Sunday, July 19, 2009

uncomfortable.

my last post alluded to the fact that there is a lot going on in our lives. eric is working full time and going to class AND trying to help me plan a wedding. i am working full time, trying to plan a wedding, and trying to find a place for us to live a month from now. my brother and i recently flew out to Washington, DC for a few days to look at properties and check out the area. we thought we found a nice place for eric and i to live but for a few different reasons, that place may no longer be an option. so, here i am, thinking that the rigorous application process was for naught, feeling like i wasted a trip out east, wondering where the heck we are going to live in a few short weeks. our wedding is in two weeks and i'm trying my best to keep the stress of the living situation from ruining our wedding and honeymoon plans, but it's definitely weighty. neither eric nor i have ever had to be completely uprooted, let alone from one area's price of living to another area with a much higher price of living. it's daunting to say the least. i feel certain in my heart that God has a place set aside for us to live, a place that we can enjoy and nest in, and yet the stress of 'just finding it' is becoming overwhelming...

if you pray, please pray that God will lead us unmistakably to a safe, clean, enjoyable place to live in the DC area.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

a mighty whirlwind

a lot has been going on and normally i would be overwhelmed by it all, but to tell the truth, it all makes sense to me in a crazy way...

first of all, eric and i are getting married. we knew within about a week or two of our dating (which began about three years ago) that we were "right" for each other, that we would be good for one another in the way that God intended. we've been through some crazy ups and downs and im sure i can speak for both of us when i say that there is such a feeling of 'peace' and 'this makes sense' in our relationship. we even talked about getting married this fall and having a lovely fall-themed event... which brings me to the next item of interest. eric has been studying american sign language for the past two years and applied to gallaudet university in washington, DC just to see if he'd get in. backstory: gallaudet university is the only deaf university in the US. they only admit 20 hearing students a year to their ASL program. so if a hearing person obtains a degree from gallaudet university, they can pretty much do whatever they want in the interpreting field (it's like the 'harvard' or 'yale' of sign language schools). so... imagine our surprise when eric got in. he's 1 person out of 20 people across the whole nation that got into this extremely competitive program. holy crap, right? so... about two weeks after we get married, we're moving to washington, DC...

so as you can see, we do indeed have a lot going on. getting engaged, planning a wedding, participating in said wedding, packing, finding a place to live, moving, going to new schools... all within about 2 months' time. it's funny because eric and i would look at some of our friends' crazy lives and say, "maybe one day God will call us to live like that," and here we are, not knowing what kind of money we'll be able to live off of or where we'll be living in the next month and a half. but, it's been more than obvious to both of us that God's favor is upon us and our marriage, so there's a lot of peace to live off of there. now we must trust Him to carry us to the next life stage...