Newly sharpened pencils. . .

Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.

– Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail

That “back-to-school” feeling is in the air. It’s not cool, per se, but the temperatures have dropped slightly, and I can feel the slightest hint of crisp fall air.

Oh, I love it!


This week, Adam will begin his last semester at Southern. I have mixed emotions as we approach the end of this season. It has been a long road, and it will be nice for him to no longer have to balance the many responsibilities that come with full-time school and full-time work. It will be nice to be done paying tuition {for him–I have at least two semesters left}.

On the other hand, finishing means moving on to the next thing and leaving the place we’ve called home for the last {almost} four years. There will be both gladness and sadness in the coming transition. Truly, we cannot wait to invest in some ministry somewhere; yet, we have grown deep, lifelong friendships here. We’ve made precious memories here. We’ve grown and been challenged and shaped here. This has been our first home together. This has been the only home our baby has ever known.

We’re still not sure where we will end up or what we’ll be doing next, but we rest in our Father’s perfect wisdom and meticulous sovereignty over all things. He knows what’s next and He will make that known in His time. Our prayer is that we will be exactly where He wants us, bringing Him glory as we seek to advance His kingdom. Pray for us as we seek direction for our transition into the next season.

In the meantime, I plan to savor our {potentially last} fall season here. I have plans for pumpkin picking at Huber’s Farm, Halloween trick-or-treating on Hillcrest, Wicked at the Kentucky Center {AH!}, family pictures amidst the gorgeous fall foliage, and pumpkin spice lattes while paper-writing at Starbucks.

It’s shaping up to be a busy season! Happy Fall, y’all!

Fall- 2009

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