I’ve been keeping a little secret from you all since last December.
(I know. Crazy, huh?)
A number of times I have started a blog post with the intention of sharing. But each time I have saved it in my drafts for a little later.
It all began a few years back, when I read this amazing book called The Artist’s Way. Actually I did much more than “read” it. I lived it with the support of a small group of inspiring women, led by my wonderful friend Julianna, over the course of several weeks. (I cannot say enough positive things about this experience. Totally life-changing!)
One of the exercises in the book is called “Five Lives” and we were each encouraged to write down five lives we would like to live if we could.
My list looked like this:
1. Writer / Author
4. College Professor
I was already a mother when I wrote this. And a writer. (Though still not a published author — Yet!! I’m working on it!).
I got to try on the college professor role when I worked as an instructor at the University of Rhode Island two years ago and the Farmer part (or at least Marketing Director, who pitches in as a Farm Hand as needed) has been coming together quite nicely over the past year.
But Minister? Where does that fit into my life?
Over the last couple of years I have explored a number of options for attending seminary but none have been the right match for this stage in my life, where we are geographically, and what we can manage financially.
And yet the call to ministry continued.
And so one day last winter I contacted my dear friend Debbie Gleadow and proposed something to her.
If I did whatever online or mail-in method I needed to do to get a piece of paper that says I’m a minister, would she be willing to take me under her wing and teach me what I need to know?
Without hesitation she said, “Yes!”
And for the last several months that’s just what she has done, graciously answering my (many!!) questions and allowing me to sit in on meetings and attend ceremonies she’s officiated.
And…I am so delighted to share that this Saturday, wearing this beautiful stole that my mom made for me…
…I will be officiating my first wedding!
Thank you to all the amazing people in my world who helped to make this dream a reality. I am so very blessed. And so very grateful.