My husband Casey and I found ourselves sitting in our living room one Saturday morning, sipping coffee and surrounded by our three four-legged sidekicks. As we sat there brainstorming, talking, and reminiscing, we were simply present; two high school teachers with a rare day free of responsibility, grading, or athletic events.
At this moment in time, Casey had worked as a teacher for a little under three years and I for almost two. In addition to teaching, Casey coached golf and football and I coached tennis. We constantly found ourselves in different cities and places throughout the week.
As difficult as it was to be apart so often, teaching enabled us to have a rare opportunity to inspire others as I completed my Masters degree. It provided a moment in our lives that allowed us to encourage students to make beautiful things, choose loving words, and feel as a whole as if they matter. It was essentially a gift to be around others each day who enjoyed discovery and were still so new to the journey of life. It enabled me to recognize the importance of working hard to inspire hope in others and hoping that they would notice their own self worth and continue to give that same gift to others.
Because of the "stability" of the life we had built we had put the desire to follow something that had been in our hearts on the back burner. We had both always felt a prompting for Casey to follow his dream of becoming a lawyer. This was something that he had instilled in his heart even before we met. Sitting on the couch on this particular Saturday, we visited this topic for the first time in a while. We both knew deep down that this was his calling and it was confirmed to us on numerous occasions. We felt an urgency which was open to interpretation.
Despite knowing that he would make an incredible lawyer and that he would feel a fulfillment of accomplishing his lifelong dream of a career based in politics and law, we had some doubts about uprooting to a new town with a law school. We had built a life in our little town of Wichita Falls, Texas, where we both had met one summer as lifeguards. Our families were there and we had a home, three animals, and health insurance, a steady income, and friends who we had known for years.
Although it didn't make "sense" to us at the time, as we sat on the couch on that Saturday morning, we knew that we both needed to listen to our hearts and trust His plan. We spent many months thereafter pining over our decision, talking to our parents and people we respect. Knowing that something meaningful needed to occur, we took a leap of faith and put our house up for sale in a market that was truly facing difficulty due to a drought that had lasted for several years (yes...we lived in the town that made national headlines for turning to waste water as a desperate solution). Houses simply weren't selling and we didn't expect anything to happen too soon.
As we waited, Casey studied and prepared to take the LSAT and we continuously felt an urgency to follow this calling. Looking back, I truly feel that God used every single person in our lives to confirm that it was time to leave the security of our jobs and jump full time into this calling. Self-surrender however was scary but we endlessly were open to pursing this goal.
Within a few months, pieces of the puzzle fell seamlessly into place in a way that was unexpected. Our house sold, Casey started receiving numerous scholarship offers as a result of his LSAT score, and we found a little rental house near the school we were teaching at with a landlord who agreed to take on us, our pets, and was open to a short term four month lease which enabled us to finish the school year and prepare for a cross country move.
It is funny how so many changes simply stemmed and fell into place from us finally saying "yes" to something that was in our hearts all along.
The English teacher in me appreciates many things and quotes are one of those things. I have recently been reminded that Emerson once said "The great moments of history are the facilities of performance through the strength of ideas."
A few weeks ago, my life forever changed with the pursuit and interpretation of an idea.
We packed up our belongings and pets, fled from the comforts of the life we had in Texas and have taken up our abode in Pennsylvania.
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