It's been over a year since I last posted on my blog. Although I had to cut back on my art production and cut my blogging completely, I have a legitimate reason. I'm on a blessed life-changing journey!
|Happy Anniversary, Lisa!
Tim Holtz Dies, Stamp, Tissue Paper, & Distress inks; Baker's Twine; Assorted Papers; and More
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - All Things Bright and Beautiful; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anniversary; and Word Art Wednesday #338-#339
For several years, my wife Lisa and I have been talking about me going to an Episcopal seminary. I even had a conversation about it with our Diocesan Bishop during one of his visits to our Church. However, the need for a steady income, putting two girls through college, the possible need for us to relocate closer to a seminary, and other issues did not make it feasible. Then, on November of 2016, when our Bishop was in town, he called to meet with me. The Diocese was starting a bi-vocational program, and he wanted me to pray about being a part of it.
|Albert Einstein - "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination."
Pens, Pastels, Collaged Papers, and Markers
Paint Party Friday: Week 14, Year 8
I agreed, and this led me to go through what is called a discernment process. Prayers, meditations, retreats, lots of writing, and interviews with a diocesan committee were all part of the process. After several months, I was accepted. It is a 3 year program that will allow me to continue to work in the field of education, and I just completed my first year last weekend. The classes take place once a month in San Antonio, Texas, which is about 2 1/2 hours from where I live. I study the units during the month and meet with the professors for 2 days once a month for class discussions.
|Episcopal DWTX Camp Capers Garden, Comfort, Texas
Nikon D-3300 Photography
It been hectic, especially since I was also promoted to assistant principal in my school district last summer. Between my in depth studies in Theology and training for an administrative position, it's been stressful trying to balance other aspect of my life. However, I am working under a supportive principal, and most importantly, my family has been behind me every step of the way. In the words found in Proverbs 3:5–6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight."
Therefore, please accept my apologies for my absence from blog-land. I can't wait to catch up with all of you this Summer. Blessings to all!