Tag: plan b

this wonderful week in photos

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Celebratory dessert. These are the cupcakes and the icing on the cake.

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Our village. From start to finish, Wednesday was an “it takes a village kind of day.” It included our last Search for Significance Bible study, which was packed with revelations for me until the very end. It included some time to laugh and dream with my husband. It included a fun reunion with my MB sister-friend who is flexible enough to meet me and the girls for a park/library combo and brought them treats, too. It also included a a few impromptu and very fruitful meetings… with more people who are more than happy to include our kids as part of what we do.

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New doors are opening. And let me tell you, it feels good to walk through open doors, especially without having to kick them down first.

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A new Plan A. I am really, really, very excited to be embarking on a new plan with people I trust, respect, share faith with, and enjoy. Getting flashed a note like this during a meeting is much better than weighing the consequences of homicide.

We are energized, blessed, grateful, and ready to run. Happy Weekend!

an honest look at Plan B

I am not a person who gets it right the first time, or does it the way it is supposed to be.

When i graduated from high school, I had a full scholarship and then some to my college of choice (go Illini!) But I dropped out after a year and didn’t finish until 10 years later.

Those 10 years were filled with foolish choices, reckless choices, hurtful circumstances, numerous setbacks. But I started my 30s living the life I’d always dreamed of having.

And today, I have a family of 6. The marriage that wasn’t going to last is going on 9 years. The step kids who are supposed to resent me are 2 of the people closest to me. And the babies I wasn’t supposed to be able to have? Well, you probably know how that went.

Don’t get me started on whether former adulterers can be used in ministry. God’s grace is bigger than scarlet letters and unforgiving labels, and His plans don’t require any of us to be perfect, only to be humble and willing. Don’t get me started on the crazy idea of ‘throwing a gospel convention.’ It was never about competing with anyone or trying to make money, only about following a call.

As for moving our family a thousand miles away, to the beach, for a startup company with an unconventional concept?

I didn’t expect it to be simple. I kind of expected the nervous stomach, the uncertainty, and the occasional threats of violence (I mostly exaggerate).

I believe in Big Risks. I believe when your heart is in the right place and you follow your heart, something good will come of it.

And I believe in Plan B, but not because I expect to fail, ever. I only expect that life, in some ways, is a journey we take along a script God has written, and we can’t always tell what’s going to be on the next page. There is no white out, though, and no turning back. We have to keep turning the pages to get to the best part.

And I believe in Happy Endings.