Our next adventure begins

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Exciting news from the Beautyschooldropout household! My husband has been appointed to serve as the senior pastor for a small United Methodist church in a small town (pop. 3,000) about an hour from where we currently live.  His new job starts on July 1. I am so excited for him — it will be his first time working as a lead pastor — and we are really looking forward to getting to know the congregation and exploring the little town.

The job comes with a parsonage, so until I find a job there, we will keep our house, keep the kids in their current school/day care spots, and we’ll live part time in each of the two houses. (It’s probably the only time I’ll have a second home!) I’m sort of freaking out about the logistics of it all, but I’m trying to focus on the positives, so here are some things I’m looking forward to:

  • Spreading our furniture out between two houses means playrooms for the kids and a craft room for me.
  • I’m a clueless decorator, but I’m a little bit excited about the prospect of getting to decorate a new house.
  • You just can’t beat small-town hospitality.
  • We will be walking distance from the city pool and a park.
  • There is an old-fashioned soda fountain inside a drugstore where they still sell ice cream for 5 cents.  (Yes, seriously.)
  • My kids will have the church playground equipment to play on and a big parking lot to practice bike riding, etc.  (Hey, there are some benefits to living next door to the church!)
  • The drive isn’t bad, 60 miles on a divided highway that’s not too busy.  We could commute it daily if we had to.
  • I’m hoping the semi-move will help us reorganize and pare down some stuff in our house, without having the hassle of a full-blown move.
  • Two houses == lots of room for company!  (Bring your own air mattress.)  =)
  • We’ll be an hour closer to all the good outdoorsy things (hiking, floating, etc) to do in our part of the world.

So, what do you think?  Does it sound like a crazy plan or do you think it will work?  Obviously this is all subject to change if we discover we hate doing that much driving or I’m too overwhelmed taking care of the kids by myself a few nights a week.  Any advice for me?

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56 thoughts on “Our next adventure begins

  1. Well that is big news! Congrats to the new Sr. Pastor in the house(s). Your attitude is terrific, I gotta tell you. Can’t wait to hear more as the adventure gets underway.

    This is a little lame, but my husband traveled for weeks at a time when my youngest was a baby; I got used to being on my own for those stretches. My favorite thing? Cooking once and having it for dinner for days. 🙂 It’s the little things that get you through!
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    • I think our situation will actually be very similar to having a spouse who travels a lot for work! These days, he works late on Wednesdays and the kids and I have gotten used to having “snack supper” that night — fruit, veggies, cheese and popcorn! I might have to get a little more ambitious than that!

  2. Congrats to you guys!

    One of my friends in elementary school was a pastors daughter an lived in a parsonage next to the church. We had sleepovers at the church and climbed up into the belfry…lots of mischief to be had 😉

    Good luck with all the transistion!

    • Yep — I know those “pastor’s kids” stories all come from somewhere! Sounds like you guys had fun, though. Thank you and I’m sure I’ll write more as we get closer to the move.

  3. I think it sounds thrilling and I can hear the excitement in your writing! I think it gives you a lot of options (that could be blessings or could be challenges, who knows until you try) and you can adjust as necessary to what does or doesn’t work. The fact that it’s commutable if necessary is a big plus in my mind.

    Pretty much all moves, no matter what the reason, are freakout-able situations for me, but it sounds like you’ve got a good handle on it. The little town sounds great! Congrats all around!!
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    • Thank you, Marla! You are absolutely right that all moves are pretty overwhelming! I am trying to stay positive and hopefully we’ll find a good balance that works for everyone in the family.

  4. Well, there definitely will be lots of opportunities for growth and isn’t that a good thing!!? You are right in that there are lots of positives. I will take pictures of all the spare furniture, home furnishings, etc. that we have in our basement and see what you’re interested in.

  5. I just heard that you will be moving to our little town! You will love it here – can’t beat small town friendliness. There are so many here in need of a touch from our Savior, glad that your family and UMC will be teaming with our community of believers to reach out to those in need of the Lord.

  6. Ava! Another positive for your list is being closer to Baker Creek; after years of ordering seeds by mail we finally stopped by last summer – you will definitely have to go to their festival days.

  7. Wow, congrats to him and the family! New beginnings :). I was apart from my hubs and baby for a month (about 3 hrs drive) and I’m pretty sure that was about as long as we could stand to be apart, especially with a young baby. So…no personal advice on splitting the household for a bit. You guys planning to move into the parsonage in the fall? The town sounds really quaint and cute and it’ll be nice to get back to basics, ya know.
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    • Yes, we will move into the parsonage in mid July, so it’s actually coming up pretty quick! Luckily it’s close enough to where we live now that other than some big furniture, we’re going to be able to move kind of gradually. I am nervous about how the two household thing will work, but hopefully we will still be able to be together quite a bit, just in two different places!

    • For now, I will keep my job. I really like it and I think we will be able to juggle the two households, at least for a while. I’m not sure what the job prospects in such a small town are, but I’m keeping an open mind.

  8. Congrats Sarah and family! The outdoorsy activities sound great. I’m itching to take my kiddos on their first canoe trip.

    My son’s bestie is a PK. Not only is the church parking lot great for bike riding, but when they blade snow in the winter, those huge mountains of snow that result are great for sledding 🙂 The church and parsonage are about a block from our house and those boys have TONS of fun in that parking lot 🙂
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    • Ooh – I never thought of the snow mountain! Oh, the fun times we’ll have!
      Your kids have never gone canoeing? Drag them to south MO and throw them in the river!

    • Oh, the logistics… they slightly terrify me. I am definitely the planner/organizer/list-maker in the family and I’m afraid that this is more than even I can handle. But I’m trying to focus on just a small piece of it at a time so I don’t get overwhelmed.

    • Well, I’m not leaving the City just yet, but yeah — being married to a United Methodist pastor, it’s only a matter of time before we were going to have to move! Hope all is well and you’re not working too hard in retirement. =)

    • I’m not going to lie, I’m apprehensive as well, but I am trying to stay focused on the present and what I can control, and not go down too many rabbit holes of worry and anxiety over things that might never happen.

  9. I think it sounds like a wonderful adventure. You never know where you will end up long term, but it could be great in the meantime. Sounds like you are focusing on the positives, which helps during stressful times (like a move!) I totally affirm your inclination to “shed” unnecessary items as you spread into the new house. Nothing feels so good:)
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    • Thanks, Seana! You and your blog are a real inspiration for me to get more organized. Hopefully I will find lots of ways to implement your ideas while we’re setting up the new house to make it easy to stay organized.

  10. Congrats on the new position. Sounds like a great way to de clutter and the new area sounds great for the kids. Ice cream for 5 cents? So cool.

    • Yes, I think this will be really positive for us in a lot of ways. It will certainly have its challenges, too, but all changes in life seem to do that!

  11. Sarah – I’m so happy for you and your family but sad for Wesley – Matt will be leaving big shoes to fill but Ava is so fortunate to get your family. You have such a great attitude about this whole adventure and will set a great example for the boys. Even though I rarely see you (my fault, not yours since we’re in Arizona most of the time!), I still enjoy following your blog and reading about your family. God’s blessings to you all. Anne

    • Great to hear form you as always, Anne! We loved our time at Wesley and we’ll miss it a lot. But I am excited about Matt getting to pastor his own church, and I love that we get to stay in the Ozarks. Look me up next time you’re in MO!

    • I am so spoiled, I’ve only really moved (like with real furniture and stuff, to a different town) once in my life. I have a feeling we’re going to be fully taking advantage of the fact that the two houses will only be an hour apart, and make LOTS of trips back and forth!

  12. Congrats to you all! What an exciting time! I’m sure you’ll be able to make the two household thing work for as long as you need to-whenever my husband hits a period where he travels a lot the kids and I find a new “normal”. It’s mini survival mode (things aren’t as clean as usual and our cooking changes) and an excuse to slow down and only commit to things you really want to do! And 5 cent ice cream?? SCORE! Sounds like a fabulous new town 🙂
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    • Yes, I have a feeling it will be more than “mini” survival mode for a while as we get the two-household thing sorted out! That, and lots of impromptu trips to Wal-Mart!

  13. I definitely still have a Skelton dining room table and chair set that is currently sitting in dad’s basement storage room if you want it!

    • Well, “lead pastor” in a church that size is, of course, the only pastor. The only other staff person is a part-time secretary, so it will be a big adjustment from the big church with 15-20 people on staff that he’s used to. I am looking forward to small town life, too!

    • Yes, very exciting. I just read The Nesting Place book and now I’m really inspired to decorate the parsonage and really make it feel like our own space.

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