A lot is going on in my world right now. We are in the process of moving from Louisiana back to Albuquerque, NM, where my husband and I grew up and married. There are a few other minor events going on: waiting to sell one house, trying to buy another, wrapping up my boys’ school year, and, in a few days, receiving my first edits. No pressure!
Dan and I have always loved our hometown, but realistically never thought there would be the opportunity to go back. Until now. He’s been asked to start a new Presbyterian church. From scratch. (That means the four of us, to begin with).
And another thing: we need to come up with half the money to sustain a little church for three years.
We’ve put offers on two lovely houses, only to be turned down. In this market, sellers are cautious when it comes to buyers who haven’t yet sold their own homes.
In some ways, this process is terrifying. We’ve stepped out onto the edge of a cliff, trusting a safety net to be there when we jump, when we return to this beauty:
Albuquerque is nestled between the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande (Sandia is Spanish for watermelon; the mountains glow pink at sunset).
Albuquerque is tamales, dirt, turquoise skies,
adobe, high desert, road runner country,
scientists, the homeless, artists, skeptics,
Hispanics, Native Americans, Anglos.
I understand this city down to my bones, and it understands me.
Like my decision to walk away from teaching (without a book contract or even an agent), our decision might strike some as odd, some as foolhardy. But Dan and I are convinced this is exactly what we need to be doing and exactly where we need to be.
Vivian at HipWriterMama posted a wonderful clip about failure and success. It ended with this simple phrase: risk = life
In the weeks and months ahead, I will try to keep to a regular posting schedule, though I’m sure there will be breaks (anyone who’s moved across country will two little boys will know why!).
For those of you interested in hearing more about this adventure, please stop by my husband’s blog, The Duke City Project.
What risks have you taken in your life journey?