Go Time.

Alright, it's go time.  In about 30 minutes a group of guys will arrive to help load everything into a Uhal and we'll be on our way.  It's incredible to think that this moment has come after so many weeks of good-byes and anticipation of the end.  It's been such an emotional two weeks but God has been so good to us!  There have been times where I truly feel overwhelmed by his goodness in this.  In these last few weeks we have been blessed with sweet time with friends, unbelievable generosity, and love and support that we'll never forget.

This has been an amazing two years.  As a married couple, this is where our entire life has been!  It's been so amazing at times like the big circle at the party Megan mentions below to look around and think that we knew NONE of these people 2 1/2 years ago!  I just can't get over what God has done and given us in such a short time. 

We'll never forget these two years of relationships and ministry.  Thanks to all of you who were a part of it.  May the Lord bless and keep you and make his face shine upon you. 



Well the weekend is over. I am so overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the love I feel from our friends here in Austin. Overwhelmed that our time here is almost over. Overwhelmed by God's intense goodness to us during the past two years.

Last night was our going away party out at the lake, a huge thanks to the Jamails and the Scheibes for throwing it. Over 100 people came to share the evening with us. My favorite part of the night was when we all joined hands to pray for the meal. A HUGE circle formed, made up of some of our dearest friends here in Austin. The picture of those faces surrounding us will never be forgotten. It will stand in my heart as a testimony to God's faithfulness. Two years. Such a short time, and yet he has provided us with this ring of 100 people and countless others that have touched our lives in such deep ways. Wow. I am blown away.

Today was our official send-off from WBC, including a commissioning during the services this morning. Our families came in for the occasion- thanks for getting up on stage with us guys! Clay and I both shed some tears, but we were not the only ones, so it's ok. I actually saw Jamie Lamb wiping tears off her entire face and neck, so I that made me feel more comfortable crying on stage :) My favorite part of the morning was when Don asked our supporters out in the auditorium to stand up. So amazing. I scanned the room, looking at every face, so thankful for you, our faithful team, who has joined us as we begin this journey. How valuable you are to us!

Our families left that afternoon, taking with them my car and all of our winter clothes (we figured we wouldn't be needing our ski clothes any time soon). This means that move-out week has officially begun! I have been dreading this... I don't feel grown up enough to launch a full-scale move-out. What a big job.

We capped off the evening with our final LifeGroup meeting. I could feel my eyes wanting to cry all night, but they seemed to be dried out from the weepy day :) Thanks for a great night, ya'll. And for your support. You are a model LifeGroup and we couldn't feel more loved or blessed.

We had to run by the church for a few last minute things after LG. It was hard to walk out those doors, for is was not so long ago when we, college seniors, walked through those same doors, engagement ring on my finger, wondering if this was the place that God has prepared for us. I remember driving back to Aggieland that night feeling so overwhelmed by God's provision, and his CARE for us. Why does he bless us the way that he does? Why would he fit us into a church body so perfectly aligned with our desires and gifts? His love never ceases to dumbfound me. Into his hand I entrust the future. He has never done less than amaze me.

The bittersweetness of the moment was salved by hearing the VBS band practicing onstage for tomorrow. Indeed, is hard to not smile when you are walking out to Rob Moser singing "Jesus is my super hero" with full hand motions. You know what? Jesus IS my super hero :)

Goodnight, all. Love, Megan


More Change...

Yesterday marked another turning point for us.  June 20 was my (Clay) last day on staff with Westlake Bible Church.  It was pretty strange to clean out my office and walk away for the last time, but it feels good.  I spent the last few days finishing up some video projects and putting as much information as I could into instructions to hand over to others.  It's funny - with a job like this, I have a job, a hobby, and a service in ministry all rolled up into one, so to walk away from it means big change!  However, that also means that I have enjoyed the heck out of these last two years.  This was such a great place to be as a newly married couple.  I'm realizing more and more that WBC's style of working hard but not micro-managing time and work style is pretty rare.  We couldn't have asked for a better staff to join of people who instantly became dear friends. 

It's so amazing to look a few years back.  Two and a half years ago the thought of living in Austin had never occurred to us.  Now we look around at all the incredible friends God has given us who will, I'm certain, stay friends for a lifetime.  We couldn't be more thankful for God's directing us here to a new place to start our ministry and life together.  It's pretty cool to follow the doors that God opens and to see what he does with it!

Quick support update: we're at 80%!  We only need about $900 more per month to reach the full %100 of our monthly support budget!  Please pray with us for God's provision of this and that we could hit 100% before September.  If you would like to be a part if the support team, or know someone who would, contact us or visit our web site for more informaiton.

This is a big weekend: yesterday was the last day at work, tonight a going-away party, tomorrow an official commissioning and send-off from the church.  The families are on there way in, so we're off to run a few errands.

Next week is pack and move week.  Pray for us that as our life goes into a slightly controlled spin, Megan and I stay connected to the Lord and to each other.  Sometimes that stuff breaks down when things get crazy.  Should be a good week though.  Lot's of chance to spend time with frineds, so it should be fun!