Okay, I’ve been alluding to big changes coming for Marc and I for awhile now. I haven’t been hiding it; we’ve just been waiting to know if it was “for sure”. Yesterday at noon Marc came home to his acceptance letter to Providence Theological Seminary (which is just south of Winnipeg) where he will be getting his Masters of Divinity which is what he needs to become an ordained pastor with the Covenant denomination.
Wow. That was a big sentence.
All it means is that we are moving to southern Manitoba for the next three years for Marc to go to school. (I’m very excited to meet all of the Manitoba blog mommies!) We’re moving this summer. And in a few weeks we’ll have a really nice house on a quiet street in Prince Albert for sale (I’m just saying…). And we are officially looking to rent something big enough for a family of five in the Otterburne/Niverville/Steinbach area.
I’m excited. It’s a big change and it changes everything for us. It is the next step for Marc becoming a pastor. And if Marc is going to become a pastor we will have to become accustomed to uprooting our family and living with a certain level of uncertainty and continually recognizing what is important to us.
That’s what I’ve been thinking about lately, as I look around this house (which we so recently “up-sized” into) — what is important? While I’m slowly learning that it’s okay to have things and I don’t need to feel guilty about it all, I think, “what is important enough to me that I am willing to drag it across the country?” And it’s hard not to get mad at myself for all of the things that I’ve bought that are not important to me — that tried to fill some void that cannot be filled by random Walmart crap.
And it’s also made me think about ties. My ties are to Marc and the kids. We are the ones moving on together in life. Like it’s the five of us taking on the world. And it is a strange feeling. Knowing that the family and friends you spent your time with and relied on won’t physically be there with you anymore. Sure, new ties will be made, but it just makes the impermanence of everything so much more evident, while at the same time making me realize that Marc and the kids and I are in this together.
So, that’s the news. Sometimes it’s pretty overwhelming, but I know it will all be fine in the end.
And, seriously, if anyone needs a 1,500 square foot house in a really great neighbourhood… just give me a call! We’ll give you a good deal.