Hey y’all!! I’m pretty excited to finally publish this post 🙂 I wanted to get all caught up on everything else before I filled in all these deets. So, many of you might know that DJ has been applying for grad schools. Well, I’m so stinkin’ excited to announce he was accepted into his #1 choice and we are moving to Austin, Texas this summer!!! I am so dern proud of him & happy for him (us)!!
It’s pretty cool how this all came together, and I truly believe God’s hand has been in this whole process.
So y’all know how much I love the Bay Area. DJ loves it too, but I adore it on anotha level. When DJ started talking about applying for grad schools out-of-state, I became uneasy. The thought of leaving filled me with a twinge of dread. We love our life here, although we had never planned on staying here past a few years. I would have gone wherever he wanted and knew the move was inevitable… but I couldn’t wrap my head around the actual reality of leaving this place we now call home. However, when he said he was interested in a school in Austin, I surprisingly found myself excited and at peace about the idea.
DJ meticulously perfected his application. We prepped for his interview together into the late hours of many evenings. And finally…*the* weekend came! The interview seemed to go well (of course DJ humbly downplayed just how well; if he says it went “pretty good” that means he knocked it out of the park). We flew back from that weekend ecstatic and hopeful as ever! Seeing just how badly he wanted this made me want it for him all the more.
Yet something still bothered me in the back of my mind. The thought of leaving our church was difficult to grapple with. I know the church isn’t defined by place, structure or location…and yet I still was uneasy about it. BUT … you may remember the Gala I went back to for Boys and Girls Club back in November? The very same evening was the Vision Gala for our church where we discuss the Vision for the coming year. Due to the scheduling conflict I couldn’t go, but DJ repped us! On the way home he called me and said, “You will not believe the Vision for this year”…
I love the audacious faith of our Pastors, but nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to hear.
“What what what?!” I was bursting at the seams to know.
“To open up five new campuses in one year”…
My jaw was on the floor- I couldn’t have heard that right? Our last vision was to open up five campuses in FIVE years (which was accomplished)….now we want to do five more in ONE year?! Like I said, audacious faith. Love it.
So my next question was… “What are these five campuses?”
He lists them: Morgan Hill…Hawaii…Chicago…Milan (yeah, THE Milan)….. and
I could hardly believe my ears, and yet suddenly everything made so much sense. The peace that surpassed understanding around the idea of Austin alone… the timing…. everything.
And keep in mind…. at this point we didn’t even know if he got in, but in that second I knew he did. I knew it in my heart because everything was aligning too perfectly.
Fast forward a month later. DJ gently woke me up super early in the morning. The only other time he has done that was to tell me our fish died (RIP Spanky Tom), so I panicked. Immediately he told me with all his typical DJ composure that he was accepted. Well, I lost any semblance of composure and jumped up & fist pumped the air about a hundred times. We hugged, I cried… it all became official… We are moving to Austin. We both feel an overwhelming peace about saying goodbye to our Bay Area home, an emotion I never thought would coexist with the idea of leaving. Oh, and logistically, I’ll be able to continue school online and fly to NC for on-campus intensives/ do my clinicals locally for those wonderin’.
We are probably going to move in June/July depending on apartment move-in dates and our schedules. I’m feeling nostalgic writing this as I started this very blog to record our California adventures….. but we are ecstatic to start this next chapter…. next stop: The Lone Star state!