January 17, 2019
So, the past month has been a bit insane. In a good way, but still. Rather than trying to break it up by, I thought I’d put up a brief summary.
Once I finally got this part of the site up and running, we hit Christmas and New Years. We took some down time with the kids…although we did have a great day/outreach on St. Stephen’s Day.
After the holidays, I started a Master’s program at IBI (Irish Bible Institute). The degree I’m working towards is an MA in Transformative Leadership. The program is structured a bit differently than anything I’ve seen. So last week I had 5 full days of classes. Now, I have to do research and then write 2 papers. I enjoy the writing part, but I’m a bit nervous about the research/academic writing as I haven’t done this in 30 years.
I went into the week thinking I’d come home and work on one of the several projects that I have coming due (Irish taxes, US Taxes, Citizenship application, mortgage application. and a few others) but my brain was fried every night. I ended up trying to get up early and do all of my reading for the class, because I couldn’t focus at night…that was consensus among most of the students…and if you are wondering, there are quite a few people in the program older than me!
This week I’ve been catching up. I’ve been working on some of the Communitas Marketing stuff that has been set aside for a few weeks, getting our newsletter out and trying to get reorganized…I’ve been shutting down my laptop between 9 and 10 pm most nights…but I’ve been getting a lot accomplished…and it isn’t as bad as it sounds:-)
Today I met with a broker who is trying to help us get a mortgage. He thinks everything is doable…but he is not expecting it to be easy…since our finances are “different.” Since I am paid in the US, not in Ireland…that really complicates the process. Our hope is to be able to be in a new place by June…which seems crazy, but that is when our lease expires.
We would so appreciate your prayers in this process:
- That we get the mortgage we need
- That we can find a 4 bedroom (Although we can make a 3 work probably:)
- That we can find something that does not need major renovation, in our area. We are specifically praying to find something in Marino/Fairview, Clontarf, or Killester…we will likely need to widen our search (there are only 3 houses currently listed in Marino)
- We are also having a bit of an issue with some of the money Liz is due from the sale of her father’s property…please pray that is resolved well.
This weekend is a busy one as well. Tomorrow night our missionary community is meeting and then going to a community-wide prayer meeting.
On Sunday morning we go to Celbridge and meet with the other two couples working on the church plant with us. And then that evening, we co-lead a monthly prayer meeting for missional leaders in Dublin.
I’m likely forgetting stuff, but I definitely feel my brain shutting down for the night! Thank you for your prayers!
I shared a bit of a family update over on the blog: https://thewilsonsindublin.com/family-update/
January 2, 2019
I was chatting with Méabh and mentioned that I would be taking a seminary class next week.
She replied, “So, you’re going to be working with dead people?”
January 1, 2019
Happy New Year from Dublin! We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years and pray God’s blessing on each and every one of you!