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"Exciting things are afoot in the Hough House. Stephanie and I are expecting... to move to California." I remember being up in front of CCF that last Senior Night in 2002. Wow, it is hard to believe that we have been in Pasadena for seven and a half years! As Stephanie and I have thought, prayed, and discussed together and with others close to us, we think it's time to make another move. So we are expecting... to move back home!
The plan is to finish out the year at Maranatha and move back to the Midwest this coming July.
Now, we don't yet know where exactly we are going. I don't have a job, and we have not won the lottery. I am hoping to work in a local church, and am beginning to send my resume along as I find opportunities, especially around St. Louis and Nashville. We have decided to move forward, though, and see if perhaps things will work out. The backup plan is to move to St. Louis and find some kind of work so that we can at least be in the area building relationships and discerning where God wants us.
So prayers are good, as are leads on jobs (of any type, actually). We'll also be dusting off the list of things to do in California before we leave, so we will also take submissions for that.
My time at Maranatha has been formative, and I am sad to be leaving behind the wonderful teammates I have been blessed with. I think we'll be able to find someone amazing for the position, though, and soon enough everyone will be wondering why a change wasn't made sooner!
I would say we are cautiously optimistic, except I don't know that I can ever really be described as 'cautious.' I guess we are excited, but remain realistic in the face of what this decision could potentially cost us. But for now the plan is to roll out of Pasadena almost exactly eight years after coming here. Save the date!
Ya-HOO! I’m on board with this plan. Having you guys closer - even just a state away - will be wonderful.