This is it - all the prayer that has gone into a huge life transition has been fulfilled.
This is it - all the conversations about "our future in Portland" are over because the reality is we are IN Portland.
This is it - we have uprooted from many loved ones, many loved places, and many loved memories in order to follow the call of God for me to continue my education.
This is it - all my optimism about school, about studying, and about diving into the community of seminary are going to be put to the test to see if we will really go for it.
This is it - there are many uncertainties that only God knows and we need to trust that He has not only prepared us for the move itself but for our entire experience we are going to have.
This is it - my aspirations about seeking the Lord in a new place, and about loving my wife well while we experience this together is real.
This is it - I'm not sure what surprises are around the corner, but that's the thing about corners... you NEVER know what's around them!
This is it - God is good, He is with us even now, he will provide both the resources for me to finish and the relationships we need to grow, and he will surprise us along the way.
This is it. And not in the Michael Jackson movie kind of way, but in the Chris Ritter kind of way (whatever that means!). We are supported by the prayers of people all over the place, and especially in California. Right now some of them may wish we will come back soon and some of them are thinking this day couldn't have come soon enough. But either way, we are covered in love and are feeling it strongly. We know we will prevail, even though there will be suffering, because we have a God who always makes sure we do. We'll stumble, we'll fail, we'll succeed and we'll rejoice. But whatever the outcome after this, I must say that I'm happy this time has come and God has really made this all happen. I'm immensely grateful for this opportunity and I'm sad to be gone from so many wonderful people all at the same time.
We love you.