That next morning, April 16th we left early!!! We were full of excitement, questions, and the thought that everything could change quickly. We were picked up that afternoon and drove to Mount Hermon in Santa Cruz,CA. Mount Hermon is impressive, it just is. They do everything to exceed your expectations. Andy had interviews all afternoon. I decided I would nap a half hour to rest from the jet lag and then explore. 3 hours later I was still in bed. That night we went out with a couple that had worked for Kidder and gave us the lowdown on the past 5-10 years. It was overwhelming and exciting to hear about the possibilities that laid in what they described as, ' the most beautiful place.' We came back to our room and Andy immediately crashed from an exhausting process of all day interviews and info. We got up really early the next morning (still on Wisconsin time) and took a hike. We talked and prayed and prepared for our drive to Kidder. It was a 6 hour drive with the person who was interviewing us and would potentially be Andy's boss, not intimidating at all... They talked while I tried to disappear from the process. When we drove into Kidder to say our hearts where taken back is an understatement. It truly is a breathtaking spot. Apple orchards with horses in them, with mountains and streams as the back drop. I think now a little of us fell in love right then. Who wouldn't want to raise their kids in that kind of place?
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
So we waited... and we would call... and we continued to be lead toward Kidder Creek. In February or March we found out we were 1 of 3 candidates remaining and they would want to do a face to face interview. Things were picking up, and getting real! By March we kept our calendars completely open in case they said, 'this weekend.' It was hard to be living fully in Wisconsin with so much going on in California, but I feel we did. We loved LGYC and it was easy for Andy to continue the work he felt called to and passionate about! I was having all the 'girl' thoughts. Will this other place be a good fit for our family? Where will I deliver this baby? How rural is rural? We found out we would be flying out April 16th. I wanted to have a reveal party to before we left with all the people we loved the most in Wisconsin. Thanks to friends bringing almost all the treats we made it happen the night before we left.
It's a boy!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
This past 6 months have been the most transitional 6 months in my entire life. To just brush past them and not document this whole experience would be a shame. So where do I start... When Andy and I set out on our journey together (April of 2000 is when we began dating), adventure was in our hearts, travel was in our shoes and the love of God and people tied it all together.