Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Moving Date

All arrangements have been made, and we pick up our moving truck on the 8th!  We already have most of our things packed up, so this last week here shouldn't be too stressful.  

Though we are bursting with excitement, we are also so very sad to be leaving everyone here.  Every moment we spend with our friends and their families during our last days here is being savored, and we will treasure these moments until we see each of them again.   

So, with the help of our friends and some of their family we'll get the truck packed up the afternoon on July 8th, and then head out early in the morning the next day.  We have reservations at a hotel in Boise, ID where we'll spend the night after a 13 hour drive, then finish the last 7 hours the next day.

We will arrive in Portland sometime in the afternoon on the 10th, and with the gracious help of some of the members of our new community at West Hills Friends we'll get the truck unloaded and begin to settle into our new apartment and into our new journey as Oregonians!

Can you believe that?  We've dreamed for 4 years now of calling Oregon home, ever since the day we stepped foot there in 2006 when we attended the Oregon Extension.  It still feels so surreal!

To our Pennsylvania family and friends, thank you for standing by us, loving us, and cheering us on from across the country!  We love and miss you all dearly and can't wait to finally visit!  To our Colorado friends and families, you all have truly been shining lights in our lives, encouraging and loving us, thank you for making us feel like family!  A big part of our hearts will always be in Pennsylvania and Colorado!  Without all of you, we wouldn't be who we are or where we are today!  Thank you for all your love and support no matter where our journey has taken us!



A recent picture of us taken and sent to West Hills Friends so everyone can see what we look like before we arrive! 

And of course I have to include a picture of our Oliver!  He's growing so much, and becoming quite the big boy!  This was taken on a recent hike near Breckenridge, CO.  Oliver is a true mountain dog.  He's surely going to love Oregon!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Big News

I (mark) have some big news. I have just accepted the position of Youth Pastor at West Hills Friends in Portland, OR. This is incredibly exciting. Since graduating from Eastern in 2008, Beth and I have been longing to do "meaningful" work. It seems like things are starting to really come together for us. We will be moving to Portland starting July 9th, and will rest our  eyes in our apartment for this first time on July 10th.

Please continue to hold us in your prayers and thoughts as we prepare for this move and transition, but most importantly let us celebrate!