It all started last December when a friend of Julie's said 'hey, you should check out this amazing clinic that I work at. I think you would really fit in well here.' That was all fine and dandy, but there was one small issue. The clinic is in Lloydminster. Moving was not really on our radar, but we started praying about it and asking God for direction. Door after door after door kept opening until we were like, 'hey, maybe this is something we are supposed to do.' Julie had a two day interview/ trial where she was hoping to find things she couldn't stand about the place. There was nothing. She ended up signing an amazing contract with an amazing radiologist. We listed our house. It sold the next day. We found an awesome house backing a park and our offer was accepted.
Our friends, families and colleagues have all been super supportive. Leaving our church is one of the hardest things we have ever done. The support and encouragement we received from our friends there over the years has been amazing. But I truly believe God is calling us elsewhere now. Even our latest sermon series on how to love your neighbor has shown me a good starting point for when we move into our new place.
Today was Julie's last Sunday playing piano at West Portal. It was also the first Sunday with no Sunday school, so all the girls were in the service to experience it as well. When I looked over and saw my three girls standing on their chairs and signing their hearts out, I was extremely thankful for what God is doing in their lives. It was emotional too and when the service was over, the girls all went up to the front to see Julie at the piano.
I realize this picture is a bit blurry, but my eyes were a bit blurry while I was taking it too. To all our friends at west portal, we thank you, we love you and we will miss you.
This week begins our last week of employment here in Saskatoon as well. Julie at her clinic for 11 years. Me at the brewery for 9. Yes, change is not something we normally jump at. Leaving work is going to be tough too. Julie has Kim. I have Colleen. Two dear friends who will be missed. They both made going to work every day that much easier and enjoyable. I just hope we can hold it together and not be too big of a mess by the time week is over.
So on that note, I do hope to write more once we move. I will be taking some time away from the work force to be at home with the kids. That is exciting and terrifying. In the meantime, we have to finish packing and get moved. Here we go. It's gonna be quite the ride. Later.