this is what my office looks like right now! i have just a few things of my own thus far but i'm sure it will fill up quickly. the bookshelves are mostly bare because there was only one box of books out that i could reach. on the desk is a Frida Kahlo box/stack of notes and a hoops and yoyo button that we're probably going to put on my door (they yell stuff like "helloooo! hellooo! did it hurt when you fell from heaven?" and other goofy stuff, that will be my doorbell!).
yesterday Merkin and i went up for a few meetings and to look around the house, settle in the office a bit. SweetiePie (the church secretary--not a great name but that's exactly what she is!) helped me know a bit more about the administrative and paper work aspects of being the pastor (ick! i've got a LOT to learn about that!). she also took us to lunch where we met approximately 25 folks from the church! this is the warmest small town i've ever been to!
SweetiePie gave us tours of the town, the school, our new home, the pool (the church bought us a family pass for a welcoming gift!) and drove me out to the smaller church that i will also be serving.
i can't tell you how very happy i am about this move and first pastorate. i think it's going to be a wonderful fit! i know the honeymoon won't last forever but the start of this honeymoon is wonderful and i'm going to enjoy it fully while it lasts!
praise be to God!
(ps. i'm trying to edit for the 3rd and last time so the paragraphs will space, so far when it's loaded it fails to acknowledge the spacing!)