t r a n s i t i o n

The 1995 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on Monday January 2, 1995 because New Year’s Day was on a Sunday. It was the 81st Rose Bowl Game. The Penn State Nittany Lions defeated the Oregon Ducks 38–20.  This game bares a tremendous amount of significance in my life and not because of who was playing or the outcome of the game, though both were important to me.  Instead, this day will forever live in eminence in my life as the day marking major transition in my life.  It is the day that set my adoption as a 16-year old kid into motion; a day that I will forever be grateful for and a day that has changed the trajectory of my life and the lives of those around me forever.

High School graduation, June of 1997 from Oregon City High School is another day that carries large significance for me.  It symbolizes the accomplishment of so much that so many never thought was possible.  It is the month that I graduated with my senior class, a feat that I never thought I would overcome and a day that brought about major transition in the lives of many.

November 2000 is the month that I became a Father for the first time.  Though it wasn’t in the traditional sense, I would become a father to a beautiful 5-year old little girl over night; a result of a lifestyle and decision that preceded my adoption.  As you can well imagine there was a lot of transition in store for a single 22-year old guy who just found out about his daughter whom he never knew he had.

Another large transition came for me on November 16th, 2002, the day of my Wedding to my beautiful bride, Stacy.  Stacy and I were married in the little town of Camas, Washington with nearly 300 of our closest friends and family in attendance.  Our ceremony is the longest, to date, that I have ever witnessed, been a part of or experienced – a great day!

September 8th, 2003, my son, Kaedon Robert is born…

November, 2003 we move to Glendale, Arizona to serve some of the best years of ministry as youth pastor’s with an incredible church group of people…

November, 2005 we move to New Bern, NC where Stacy and I had accepted a position as Next Generation Pastor to a wonderful church body…

January, 2006 my daughter, Tailyn Kay is born…

December, 2007 my wife and I give birth to our stillborn son…

March 2008, Stacy and I pack up the kids and head to Oregon City, OR to begin a new life – no jobs, no money and living on faith…

July 1, 2008 I began work as the Young Adult/Growth Group Pastor with a church in my hometown of Oregon City, a position that has proven to be most rewarding…

August 19, 2008 I had a stroke; the kind of stroke that can leave individuals paralyzed or even dead.  God is good and I have absolutely zero residual effects from the stroke – a medical mystery?  I think not.  God is good and brought me through by His healing power…

March 28th, 2009 my daughter, Ryen Elizabeth is born…

t r a n s i t i o n . . .

Hmmm.  I find myself snickering out loud even now as I type.

So many transitions.

And…

Here I find myself in the midst of another transition.

In just a few short weeks my family and I will be making many transitions.  We will be transitioning States, from our home in Oregon to the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota (really, there are more than 14,000 lakes in total), I will be transitioning from my position as an Associate Pastor to the Lead Pastor of a young and changing church in the midst of their own transition.  What’s more is that our kids will be transitioning from their schools here in Oregon to new schools, new systems with new friends.  My wife, Stacy, will be transitioning from daycare full-time to a new role; one that she is excited about and lying in wait with great anticipation.  The above is by no means an exhaustive list of the transitions ahead of us.  They are simply some of the things that we will be experiencing very soon.

With transition comes many feelings and emotions: excitement, joy, sadness, loss, curiosity, anxiety, anticipation and more.

I guess this post is really a form of therapy for me.  I don’t necessarily have a “real” reason for writing.  My goal is not to inspire or evoke emotion toward life-change.  My purpose in writing is really more for me to process; after all, I am a verbal processor and this is a chance at that.

If you’re reading this post and you feel compelled, can I ask you to pray a prayer of blessing over me, Stacy and the kids?

If not, that’s okay too.

As we transition, here are some ways that you can pray for us:

1. Pray for the peace of God to penetrate and radiate within our lives
2. Pray for health and wholeness
3. Pray for the kids as they self-sacrifice; setting aside their own agendas for what we believe God is calling us to
4. Pray for our extended family whom all live close to our current home setting.  This transition is really hard on them as well
5. Pray for God’s will to be done in and through us
6. Pray for safe travels
7. Pray for family unity and that we will grow closer to one another

Thank you for taking the time to process and pray with me.

~Andrew

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