Many of you are aware that I’ve (Paul) worked for Starbucks part-time for nearly three years. Wow, that’s crazy to think it’s been that long since we moved to the northwest and began our “cultural adaptation.” Starbucks has been one of the biggest parts of my own adaptation. I now crave coffee every morning; black, freshly ground, and less than thirty minutes old or you can take it back!
Yet my days at Starbucks are no more. We were faced with a situation where I was asked to increase my workload there, which was really an impossibility with church planting. A few weeks ago I had to call it quits. It’s the end of an era, and I’m going to miss many aspects of it. Most of all I’ll miss my co-workers. But I can always drop in to say hi, and possibly have just as long of a conversation as when I worked there.
In place of Starbucks I’ll be looking for volunteer opportunities as a way to be out in the community connecting with people outside The Vine. If another part-time job comes up that fits better with my current schedule then we’ll prayerfully consider it. Once Julie stops working when the baby comes, we may need to reconsider it, but we are trying to adjust our budget right now to see how her maternity leave will affect us. Please pray that I will find a good place to volunteer or, if God wills, a new part-time job.
So for now, we're down to about two bags of Starbucks' coffee in the cupboard. The withdrawal pains are coming soon!
Paul & I got a package in the mail this week from a church in Decatur, Texas that gives us some support. Paul was about to open it & then he said, "wait this has your name on it, so you should open it." I sat down & opened the box & it was a fun gift from the women at the Decatur church. There were like 30 cards, which were so encouraging! I sat & read every one of them, it was great. I haven't even met most of these women, but their words were perfect for me. Several of them included their favorite verses & it was just what I needed. The box also contained all this bath & body works stuff 3 different lotions! Hand soap! Shower Gel! Candles! If I'm ever stinky, I have no excuse, because this stuff is awesome. It was truly like Christmas, they even gave me 2 new books to read, which is perfect because I am about finished with the one I'm currently on & was wondering what I would read next. I felt so loved & encouraged. What an awesome surprise. Thank you Decatur!
We live in such a cool place. Random things occur in our community all the time. A few weeks ago, we found out there was a random group getting together in the park across from our apartments to blow bubbles. So, of course, we had to check it out. There really were like 100 people (adults & kids) who just got together to blow bubbles. It was lots of fun for about 15 minutes. But the kids in the neighborhood were loving it. Here are some other random things that have occurred...just this past weekend, I heard the song "beat it" out our den window, I thought it was in a car driving by, but no...it continued, so I went to the window to see what I could see & there was a group of people dressed like Michael Jackson (MJ as some lovingly refer to him), gloves & all just dancing in the park. I especially loved their "thriller" dance. This is one reason why Paul & I don't have cable because often we can just look out our window.