First, an update about photography. I just shot my fourth wedding, which involved me flying back to Massachusetts for the better part of four days. It was a wonderful and terrible trip all at once. It was so great to see friends, our MA Family, really, and to see all the places where we had once tread. And church...oh, church was so good. I got to be in a place where things made sense to me. Its hard to move away from that. It was also terrible too, because of everyone I saw, and all the places that I love (mostly pubs and church). Its hard to know that this was such a wonderful life, and yet it is no longer our reality. The Northshore is a crazy place, and an intellectual place, and a spiritual place, and many of our peeps are there, but it is no longer home. I looked around the Logan airport while waiting for my bag at the luggage claim and had the interesting thought that though I knew this place, and had waited here before, and had walked this particular area many times, they had all been with that feeling you get when you have come back from a long journey (especially after the red-eye) and you long for home and your own bed. Well, our bed is here in Washington now. It was strange being just a visitor.
I got to go to choir practice, and Dan, the "Master of music" graciously invited me to sing with the choir during the Sunday morning service. How cool is that!!? So I did. It was in choir practice that I teared up a bit, because the choir were singing two particular pieces for the wedding that I love with all my heart. The first is a version of the Ave Maria, I don't even know who it's by, but I loved singing it. The second was my all time favorite hymn 'I want to walk as a child of the light.' Here is the chorus:
In him there is, no darkness at all, the night and the day are both alike, the lamb is the light of the city of God...Shine in my heart Lord Jesus.
The tenor part, I feel, makes it, and I think this is one of the reasons why I love it so much. Here is a link to a decent version of it, though with no words.
So anyway...back to photography...
The wedding went very well, and was gorgeous. Marc and Katie looked great, and, more importantly, Jesus was indeed glorified in their union. The photo side of it went well too, and I finished their images in record time. Even though this was the fastest that I had edited before, if this were my full time it would have been even quicker.
I now have a real web page. It's up and functional, though my designer and I will be going back through it to move some photos around and add more. You can find it here. This is really exciting, because I can now start effectively advertising, which is a huge deal. One hopes that this would bring in more work, which in turn will bring in more. I have high hopes. I also got new business cards.
Speaking high hopes, I will be doing a wedding in july here in Seattle. This is a huge deal because hopefully it will provide some momentum for work here. Also, the couple are friends, and so the event should be quite exciting.
As far as Starbucks is concerned, its getting a little easier. For those of you who haven't heard me whine about work in the last two months, the short story is that I retained my position as a shift supervisor with Sbux, but the job description is a little different out in the shadow of Corporate, than it is out in Massachusetts. Needless to say, I felt like I was running around like head-severed chicken. I was learning a new store, with different rhythms. I was learning a different time of day, because I switched from closing (2pm-10:30pm) to opening (4am-12:30pm), and I was learning many new elements to a job that I thought I knew how to do. It was rough. Things have settled in for the moment, and it also appears that most of my coworkers can stand me moderately well, which is also good. We'll see how the holiday season goes. But...at least I am employed. Seriously...that's awesome.
Home life is good, though weird. With these new hours for work, my days are off, mostly because I go to bed around 7:30pm. I'm getting used to it though, and its not really that bad. I also have weekends off...that's huge. We have settled into life with Jerry and Linda and Alex well too, and by and large, I think they like us here...you will let us know right guys?
There has been a lot of co-prep of dinner, me mostly rocking the grill, which has been a blast.
All in all things are good, though its hard to feel fully settled when everything seems to be a temporary fix: Sarah's job with REI is seasonal, our living situation will need to change soon-ish, and even my work will hopefully transform this upcoming year. The goal is to be down to real part time again because I have enough photography work. Pray for us in all of this.
Church is also something we are "working on." We have been to three different churches now, which doesn't seem like many, but we are trying to go to them at least twice, unless it is really obvious from the first visit that we're not going to fit there. We visited a church up north, much farther than we were hoping to go, and it seemed like a good place, but the commute made this a non-option. In thought about this, and a lot of prayer, we concluded that it wasn't going to work to spend Advent bouncing around from church to church. For that matter, what about Lent, and Easter? So, we decided to make a commitment to Christ Episcopal Chruch of Puyallup, which seems to be pretty solid, for the seasons of Advent (now-ish) through Pentecost (early May). This will (we hope) give us a really good read on the congregation here, and hopefully allow for us to share common life with these folks. Also, if I am going to do any church work at all (and I'd like to, since I have two expensive MAs to use here) it would be good to forge a relationship with a rector somewhere. So...here goes. We might also sing in the choir.
Well, enough of this - I took too long writing this anyway, since I started it a while ago, and now its late November.
I hope Thanksgiving was great for you all.
May the Lord bless you with his grace and mercy, and may his peace be that which characterized your lives.