Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Day one... done!

A lot happened today... It was a long but good day. I'm excited but tired and I have another full day of orientation tomorrow.

We did very typical community building and Q&A stuff today, so I'll spare the details and give you all my top three highlights.

1. Lunch break: new friend Karri calls hubbie, hubbie informs new friend Karri that Al Gonzalez resigned. New friend Karri gets off her mobile device, informs me, and my response before I react (aka jump for joy) is,"Is that a good thing or a bad thing for you?"

New friend Karri: "A good thing, and you."

Me: "A very good thing."

2. Post-lunch group discussion: While discussing our church backgrounds I had to discuss--at length--my being a Quaker...and a Christian. Out of that conversation came the quote of the day.

Quote of the day: "I wanted to become a Quaker when we went to war with Iraq."

(side note: Quote of the Day is funnier had you met quote of the day-giver.)

3.Break conversation:

"Hey Michael I read your bio and saw that you are an evangelical Quaker. That's very cool. The only other evangelical Quakers I've met were in Morocco."

"Did their last name happen to be Kelly?"


"No way..."

On a serious note, I'm very excited about the direction of the program, the ethos, sense of community and openness of the staff. I'm excited to make new friends and connect with other young marrieds (as there are many). I am excited about the hard work that is ahead and the things which God will do this next year and beyond. I'll share more about a specific experience I had today that was impacting. Good night.

Thursday, August 16, 2007


I am beginning to get excited about the future and what school has in store for me. I have been so focused on getting Melissa through school and getting us moved to Philly that I am only now stopping to realize I am entering a new chapter in my spiritual and vocational journey.

There are some deep fears that join the excitement, fears of inadequacy and unpreparedness. Fears that I will get neck deep and not know which way is up. Fears that I will not be able to provide and protect. All fears that I know God can handle but often wonder whether I will allow him to.

God may you continue to guide us. May you hold us in your light as we settle into this new place. Give us peace and rest.

If you haven't done so already you should check out the pictures from our trip on our companion site Chappiage.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

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Friday, August 3, 2007

Funny how things go right over my head...

I was reading a recent post on gatheringinlight about how he and his wife have moved every August and this one is no exception. It wasn't until a few nights ago that I realized that is exactly how my life has been for the past few years now...this year being no exception as well.

This time the move is a little farther and carries a little more permanence (just a little, not a lot). If you haven't heard... we are moving to Philadelphia. I am enrolling in a MBA program in International Economic Development. We leave Tuesday and are planning on taking week to get back east.

Right now we plan to stop in Yellowstone, South Dakota, Nebraska (where my grandparents lived) Iowa, Ohio, and then on to Philly. (sorry Amy, you didn't see Colorado in there anywhere, I think we're gonna skip the Springs... maybe we'll catch you on the way back).

I've never driven across the country and watching Josh and the Forbeses do it (twice) I am really excited to get to see it myself.

So after a long weekend at the Hot Dog stand, we'll load up the Sube, attach our tiny trailer that we traded for a table, and hit the road.

I'll post plenty of pictures so you all (all five that read my blog) can see how our journey goes.

Keep us in your prayers as we travel.