New blog, new season…new city!!! (Part 1)

Apr 13th

It’s been pretty much a year since I’ve blogged ANYTHING!!!!  I won’t even try to make up an excuse or tell you all the things that have been making our life ca-razy over the last 12 months because then you’d be reading a blog full of excuses :)  It is so hard to believe that our time at Seminary is coming to a close, so I thought I’d start out on our *NEW* site doing a quick recap and a little sneak peek of where we are heading.

It’s been almost 4 years ago (it’ll be 4 years in July, to be exact) that “twoBrewers” headed out from Watkinsville, GA with our sights set west.  At the time, I’m pretty sure we really thought we had it all together and planned out…looking back now, that seems totally idiotic.  Yes, it is totally reasonable to sell almost everything we own, move completely across the county…with a little more than just enough money to pay for tuition, books and our housing allowance…and no job…and, oh yeah!, the hardest place in the country for an RN to get a job.  Suuuuuure, we knew what we were doing…  The truth is, we had no idea what we were doing or how it was all going to work.  We did know that: 1) God had called us to Golden Gate Seminary, 2) He was calling us to orphan care (which we gladly interpreted as opening our own orphanage in Sub-Saharan Africa) and 3) He’d have to work out the rest of the details because we didn’t have a back up plan.

He is ever faithful and I almost immediately got a great nursing job and we found an incredible church family at First Baptist Church, San Francisco where we were able to jump into ministry pretty much right away with Colby working as the lay Children’s Minister.  Next stop…babyland!  We found out I was pregnant about 6 months after we moved here and were so super excited.  After drudging through some pretty gnarly morning sickness, we thought the worst was over and the fun part was about to begin when the massive atomic bomb dropped that there was something wrong with our sweet baby (and, oh yeah, it was going to be a boy).  Again, our only plan was that God would work it all out….no.backup.plan.  It continued on and on with me becoming almost deathly ill and delivering a premie (the irony for a NICU nurse, right?!) and we just wanted to get him home and everything would be “alright”.  So we brought him home, only to have him try to die on us twice at home and aging his mother about 10 years after doing CPR on him twice in our living room!!!  (By the way…this is not *quite* what we had in mind with the sun shining on our face and the wind blowing our hair on our drive out here…..)  Ok, so we all survive and make it out alive (literally) and we are ready to move forward and continue on to conquer the world!

It didn’t take long for me to sense that our dream of moving overseas to care for orphans was dying.  We couldn’t move to the third world with a child that had a list of four specialist doctors and a CPR guide on our fridge for the baby sitter.  My heart broke, yet again.  Ummm, this is not why we moved out here or what we signed up for!  Colby, tried to reassure me that our dream wasn’t dead, it would just look differently than I thought.  Gotta admit that every time he said that I was like, “Uh, yeah and how is that gonna be possible?!”  O ye of little faith…stay tuned….

There are so many fun things about being at home on maternity leave with your first baby: napping when they do, a sweet quiet house, going on walks with other mommas, running errands with one sweet baby, dressing them up in all the one million outfits people have given you at various showers…the list goes on and on.  Well, we were already on a “different” path than most, so why not just keep things exciting (we hadn’t had enough excitement, right?).  SOOO, my first week back to work from maternity leave (when judah was about 3 1/2 months old) I took a pregnancy test…and it was positive.!  Well, ready or not, here comes little Miss Sunshine!  Again, I was blown away by God’s faithfulness and how much He used my sweet “Edy Poo” to heal my heart of so many hurts from my pregnancy and newborn phase with Judah.  She is oh-so-sweet and a little fire ball with a flair for the dramatic (wonder where she gets it….?).  Again, Lord, you are the only true North, because we are now on a different planet than the original map for “our” plan.

About 6 months after Miss Sunshine arrived, we had the chance to go to an incredible conference (thanks so two very special friends who loved us and believed in us enough to pay our way) and it changed our lives…and put us back on our course.  We arrived at Saddleback Church in Southern California ready for Summit VIII; a conference all about Orphan Care in its many various forms.  We were so challenged and encouraged to see God breathe life back into our dream of doing Orphan Care, in ways we never could have imagined as the two 24 year olds naively driving out to SF in our moving truck!

Fast forward again, and we are getting ready for our next big leap of faith…WE ARE MOVING TO AUSTIN, TX!!!!!  The moving truck is reserved, the boxes are being collected and we are heading out of the Bay Area on May 25th!  (Yes, that is about 43 days from now…ahhh!)  I cannot wait to share with you in Part 2 how miraculous this move is…we absolutely cannot take any of the credit.  Once again, we are facing a cross country move…this time with a little more oh-my-goodness-I’m-scared and a little less wind-blowing-in-my-hair-sun-shining-on-my-face naiveté.  But there are still three things we know: 1) God has called us to Austin, TX 2) He is calling us to Orphan Care and 3) He’ll have to work out all the little details because we have no back up plan :)  Ok, for real, we have a little more of a plan than we did when we moved to SF, but you will have to wait until Part 2 to hear all the juicy and super awesome details!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but we would love for you to come alongside us as we continue our journey and would LOVE to hear from you!

Stay tuned for Part 2…Ellen

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