Pancake Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday. Mardi Gras. What ever you call it, it is an excuse to eat pancakes for supper! That’s what it was for me growing up. What kid doesn’t get excited about having breakfast for supper, especially when you only get it once a year. This year I celebrated with fellow friends and Continue reading
One week down and a whole lot more to go! I’ve started a new adventure at Acadia Divinity College. It is in a beautiful town, which I am going to explore tomorrow afternoon to find a coffee shop. I would like to study Greek in style – with a nice caramel latte (Yes, I miss you Cafe O!).
I’ve almost been introduced to all of my classes for the semester. It seems as though Greek is going to be my heavy one. More so because of the exercising and the memorization. Right now I am working on the alphabet and some vocab. I’m gonna get it down pat for Wednesday’s class! I can do it!
I have met some great professor’s and staff. I already knew a staff member and a faculty member from my brief time at ABU (now Crandall U). It was nice to walk in to the school last Tuesday morning and see faces that I recognized. I’ve only been there a week but it seems like for some of the people I have met (mainly students) it seems like I have known forever. I think it is just the feeling that they look familiar and it makes me feel like this is the place I am suppose to be.
Some seem familiar for a reason. Not that I might know them, but there are connections. Yes, I am a true Maritimer figuring out how I am connected with someone. One new friend is connected with some people from my home town because he went to Bethany Bible College with them. Another is from Riverview and connected to some people I know. One is married to a guy from my high school (although I didn’t really know him since he is younger then me, but I remember his brothers). I love finding the connections. It makes you feel closer to the person when you don’t really know them at all. It’s starting to build a sense of community.
I do hope to build a new community here, while not forgetting the amazing community (or should I say communities) that are back in Ontario. I look forward to the new adventure and the new community that will form over the next few years.
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Heading back to the homeland – to God’s country – to a beautiful place that I miss and love.
I’m sure that most of us think that where we come from is God’s country, but the Maritimes are so beautiful. Yes, I know I haven’t been out West yet to compare, but one day I will get there and I will probably still say that the Maritimes is God’s country. Some might argue about which part specifically is the best, but I say it all is great and wonderful.
For my reader’s who don’t know, my journey has a bend in the road and I am indeed heading back to God’s country in the fall. It was not an easy decision to make. It is going to be challenging and a lot of hard work. The easy and safe road would be to stay here, but I have been called to do more and so I am off. Where to exactly?
I’m heading back to school to get my Masters of Divinity at Acadia. I’m excited about this as I will be closer to family (so close I will be living with my sister). I can see my niece more often (very much looking forward to this). I get to study full time again. Something that makes me a bit nervous, but with the help of Christ I will make it through. At this time in my life I need a bit of change and have the sense that God is leading me back to God’s country.
The program is 3 years. So for these next few years, that is where I’ll be. If you are someone I’m leaving behind in Ontario I want to take this time to tell you that Nova Scotia is an awesome place to take vacation! Which means you will have to let me know you are coming so we can get in a visit! For friends and family that I am coming back to – I will see you soon!
I don’t know where I will be after 3 years, but I do know that I want to encourage leaders in Children’s Ministry and encourage networking among this very important ministry to kids and their families. It is so important that these amazing leaders have support among each other and know about the resources that can help them do ministry 100 times better. From experience, I know how important this is and is a ministry in itself.
Yes, I am excited to go back to my family and friends in the Maritimes. Yes, I am sad to leave my friends and church family that I have grown to know over the past 9 years here in Ontario. No, I won’t go insane over the next 52 days trying to pack, finish things up at work, and try get everything done on my Ontario Bucket List (already have 2 things checked off)!
Don’t worry, I still plan to blog along the way! I will have something new to blog about – going back to school!
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