Well, two years in a row, big changes have come upon this side of the Scott family.
As of January 1st, I will be a full-time stay-at-home-mom. This was kind of a surprise to me. I've mentioned it here before but I actually really enjoy working (outside the home - trust me, working in the home is H.A.R.D. work too!). I loved my one day in the office talking to grown ups and using a little more of my brain ;-). BUT, deep down, I am thrilled to be at home full time! Between the church budget and me having two children now, this is best for both me and the church.
Another big change is Jonathan & I will be the Children's pastors (well him, not me!). And we are SUPER thrilled about this! When we first came to GCA, over 7 years ago, I started out working in the Children's Ministry with Adam for almost two years. I had a great time and really love working with that age group. Jonathan & I are taking over for Bradley & Erica who have done a great job with the kids for the past year.
We have TONS of ideas in the works. Of course, I've got some crafty things brewing and I'm working on a GCA gKidz blog (seriously, are you surprised?). For curious minds, Jonathan will still be leading worship each week, as the kids don't leave until after music anyways. I'll no longer be in the nursery every Sunday but will be instead pouring my life into the Kindergartners through Fifth Graders. Yippee! Hopefully I'll be cool and dorky enough to hang with them!! (I did watch Justin Bieber today in concert. Think that gets me some cool points?)
With me no longer working, means we are taking another pay cut. A pay cut that leaves us not able to make our house payment each month. I share that with you for two reasons: 1) For you to know that Pastors struggle too. I think there is a mindset that pastors have it easy, they have no problems because they are "closer" to God, that their job is easy (I worked 12+ years in non-ministry and trust me when I say that ministry work is way harder!). And 2) Pray for us. Someone shared this verse with me a few weeks ago: "Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread." - Psalm 37:25. We are asking mercy from our mortgage company. We also cannot keep Hosea in his one day a week school. But I'm praying that they offer us a full scholarship. He really loves his teacher and it's good for him to be around other kids. Pray with me for those two specific things.
So, overall, we are really excited! Am I nervous? Yeah, I am. But oddly, I also feel peaceful. I guess that means we're right where we're supposed to be, right?
Be encouraged my friends and have a very happy Thanksgiving!