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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

2. Mama

3. Farmer

4. College Professor

5. Minister

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!

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 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.

 

This Post Has 18 Comments
  1. You are amazing! I love following your adventures and the way you make things happen!
    Good luck! Can’t wait to hear about it!

  2. Wow Erin, that is amazing! Congratualtions to you! How fabulous that you had the center to know what you wanted and the drive to make it happen. It’s truly inspiring! Many of us can not even make that list (does ice cream taster count as a life goal?) Let alone make it happen, espeiclaly while raising a family.
    Your mother’s stole is beautiful and I can’t wait to hear all about how the wedding goes.
    Yay Erin!!!
    .-= BOATBABY´s last blog ..labor of love =-.

  3. Oh my goodness!! You just gave me goosebumps!! I am so thrilled for you! What a wonderful calling. I can see you going really far with it.

    (I did The Artist’s Way workshop about a year ago, and I agree, it’s very powerful. I’m still feeling the ripples of it a year later. In fact, I just recently started painting again after a three year hiatus. It feels great! )

    You never cease to amaze me Erin, many blessings on your new journey.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..this moment =-.

  4. so wonderful! congrats!!! Can’t wait to see pictures!

    when is the wedding??? I’d love to give my Celebration Love tea in honor, let me know asap so I can send it to you in time!

    xo~

    Jen

  5. I discovered you over at Soule Mama and wanted to tell you about The Happiness Project going on over at my blog. Every Tuesday I host a carnival where everyone posts a photo of something that makes them happy. It’s that simple. I am trying to take over the blogosphere with happiness.

    Here is a link to yesterday’s post if you want to check it out.

    http://leighvslaundry.blogspot.com/2010/09/happiness-project-week-27.html

    I would love it if you joined in the fun next Tuesday!!

  6. Wow – this is incredible. I am working on The Artist’s Way right now. Haven’t arrived at this part yet though.

    You know…I’d have to say that 1, 2, 3 and 5 would all be on my list as well.

    How inspiring you are. My first time commenting here. (I think.) Nice to “meet” you.

    Namaste,
    Debbie
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..solstice knitting =-.

  7. You are a very good secret keeper. I can tell this makes you happy and so I am very happy for you. May the couple you join find many years of happiness, and may this be your first of many weddings.

    Namaste,
    Anna
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..A Positive IEP Story =-.

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