The last few months, and the transition for both my son and I, have been crazier than I could have imagined. Now, here we are, in the middle of September and I think we are finally beginning to feel a little bit settled. William is almost through the first quarter of his junior year and is preparing to get his driver’s license. Our animals seem to like the new house and I am reconnecting with people that I haven’t seen in 10 years. It’s a little surreal, but good.
I have been writing this note to you in my head since before we left PV even though, outside of my head, it is embarrassingly belated. I will never be able to express my gratitude to you for the love and support that you showed us as we left Paradise Valley. It was a difficult transition, but you made it okay. I honestly don’t know if I could have done it without you. You walked beside me the whole time, encouraging me, telling me I could do this, and letting me sit and rest in the moments when I became overwhelmed.
You also helped me stand up to a monster named Student Debt that has bullied me for many years. I still have a ways to go, but it is a fight that I think I can handle now. Your gift will also carry over to William since, because of you, I now have more resources to help him make his college dreams come true as well. You truly are some of the most generous people that I have ever known, both with your treasures and your hearts. William and I will forever be grateful for you and we are forever changed for the better. Thank you.
Now I have met a new congregation who calls me Pastor. I think you’d really like them. They’re a lot like you in many ways. They are loving and strong, but also willing to be real with me…and let me be real with them. They have dreams and fears, but mostly they just want to be faithful in what they believe God has called them to do. I am so grateful that they remind me so much of you. It has made this all so much easier.
It has been and always will be a privilege to have been your pastor and now your friend.
Grace and Peace,