Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
As you know, 2018 has held a lot of new adventures for the two of us (my excuse for not blogging more than once the entire year). The first few months were spent in preparation for our wedding - everything from choosing decor and music to sitting at the feet of a wise couple from our church for premarital counseling. We got married on May 26th and have been learning a lot from each other over the past several months.
Because Joseph is in the Virginia Guard now, we moved to Richmond, VA right after our wedding. Many people showered us in prayers both for a God-centered marriage and an easy transition as we established ourselves in a new city. We are grateful for the many prayers! We are also happy to report that your prayers have been answered for us in more ways than I expected. Not only do we have a wonderful church family here in town, but we even have our community group leaders right around the corner from us. It has been wonderful to have new friends so close and be able to walk to study the Bible with our fellow believers.
At the counsel of my mother (and others), we strove not to waste our “newness” in the area. This meant a decent amount of discomfort for me, in particular, as I’m a creature of habit and require quite a lot of alone time to recharge. We’ve had a few opportunities to get to know our neighbors as well as others in our area through volleyball, disc golf, work, and church. In some ways, we feel like we’ve been in Richmond for a long time now.
Joseph’s job allows him to have Mondays off, so we have set that evening aside to invite people over for dinner and games. This started out small, with only a couple of people coming. Now we regularly have around 10 people over on any given Monday evening for dinner, good conversations, and fun games. We ask for your continued prayers that the Lord bless this group and that He would bring unbelievers into it so we have an opportunity to witness to them.
Another new challenge has been the addition of my job to our schedule. Up until October, I was a stay-at-home wife, but looked for job opportunities that might work well for my skill set. A friend of ours from church saw there was an administrative assistant needed where he works. I applied and was offered a part-time job (with Mondays off) that I accepted. We really liked how that worked out - automatic long weekends for camping and visiting home - but, at the end of November, they asked me to go full-time. We had a weekend to discuss the pros and cons and ultimately decided I would accept the offer. God was gracious to give me a gradual transition to working full-time in addition to giving me a job I enjoy doing.
2018 has been a year of change, during which we have seen the Lord minister to us in numerous ways. We pray that the same is true for you and your family and that 2019 proves to be a year of growth and blessing.