Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Transition

You may or may not know that over the past ten months, Hubs has been looking for a new job. He has worked for the past 19 years for a wonderful college ministry, and about a year and a half ago, he graduated with a masters degree from seminary. His desire has been to find a new job in a church in some kind of a pastoral role.

Our preference has been to find something in the Los Angeles area because we both love it here, and for me, it is the professional market that I moved here to work in.  From the beginning of Hubs' search, we have prayed that God would direct us to the right job for him by opening and closing doors. Boy did He ever answer--He closed 16 doors here in the Southern California area!  :)  We knew that if God was faithful to close that many doors that He must have had something pretty special in mind for the door that He would eventually open for us. We decided to expand our search criteria to include New York and Houston, since those are good markets for acting, and my family is in Houston.

In early October, Hubs submitted his resume to a church in Houston that began to show serious interest in him. A month ago, they flew us both out to see the church, meet the people, and for Hubs to interview. To make a long (and very awesome) story short, we loved the church, and they offered Hubs the job! 

We are feeling a mixed bag of emotions here. While we are sad to leave LA, our friends and the life we have so enjoyed here; we are very excited about the future. Hubs is thrilled about his new job opportunity, and I can't wait to live close to my mom, sister & bro-in-law, and of course, little Sam! Hubs is starting his new job March 1.

Meanwhile, we still have some time to live it up here in So Cal, so I decided to really go for it, acting-wise and audition away until it's time to move. I wrote a post yesterday about a dream I had the night before. Many of you said you were bummed that it was just a dream. Well, I think the reason I had that dream is because I found out on Monday afternoon that I have been cast in a play at The Neighborhood Playhouse Palos Verdes!  It is called Our Leading Lady, and this will be the first major production of the show since it opened in New York. I will be playing the washed up ingenue, Clementine Smith, who never arrives places on time and enjoys her whisky a little too much.  Fun, huh? ;)

My play will run February 19 - March 8, so Hubs will move to Texas before me, and then I'll join him as soon as my play closes. As stressful as I'm sure that will be, I'm grateful for his supportiveness and I'm thrilled to be able to leave LA on such a splendid note!

I need to write another post about the amazing ways that God answered our prayers by opening this door for us in Texas, but for now, let me just say that we are so thankful for the opportunities He has opened up for us. To God be the glory!

15 comments:

Christine said...

WHAT????

I know your blogging audience is far-flung, but to this particular reader who was really looking forward to being back in CA soon, and closer to you, this comes as a terrible shock, I confess.....!!!

And yet, congratulations are in order all the way around!! Congrats to Hubs, and congrats to you for the play (can't wait to see it!). But Starshine, CA won't be the same without you two.....

Clio said...

That is terrific news! Now maybe you two can settle down and start having those babies I keep dreaming that you have!

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

I'm so excited for both of you! What wonderful news. And just think of the money you'll save on airfare, not traveling to Texas so often? ;)

I'm glad to hear that Houston has a vibrant acting scene, because my first thought was, "wait, what about her passion?", and when I told Ted, he said, "What about her acting?" So I'm very glad that there will be wonderful opportunities there for you both, and this last play will be another feather in your cap before you start auditioning in Houston!

Yay, you (both)!

Cha Cha said...

What amazing news! Congratulations to you both!

Kevin and Ginny Moore said...

Wow, how awesome! I knew about the job and the move, but I'm so excited about your new play!!!!! That's a great way to leave LA. :) Congrats!

Katie said...

How cool is that?! God is so amazing. And for you to be so open to His leading, is very commendable.

I can't wait to hear more about your play, it sounds like so much fun!

Jen Bates said...

I'm so glad you are coming back! Hopefully you'll be living closer to us and we can get to know B. Yeah!!!

Katie Bearden said...

That's so exciting! Welcome back to Texas!

Mrs. G. said...

Congratulations to you and hubs. How exciting!

ana l said...

Hey Tracy I am so happy for you both. I got your Christmas card yesterday and read your news..God's timing is so perfect! I look forward to reading all about your new adventures!

Bridget & Josh Lee said...

Wow! Very cool. I know how it is is to leave good friends and good opportunities but it sounds like Houston is going to be a great place to be too! And much closer to us too. :)

Autumn's Mom said...

That is great. I know your heart is so close to your family. God is great. Congratulations to Hubs :) And to you for your play! So, only a short time left til we have that margarita. :D

Saucy said...

Congratulations on this new chapter of your life together. Tell us about the acting opportunities in Houston. I would have never have thought that. Closer to family is always good.

I'm pretty glad you're going to be away from wildfires and earthquakes, but that's just me. I worry.

Dana Cheryl said...

That is great news! Congrats to you both!! Good luck with all the little details require when moving across the country. :)

thoti said...

.. me gusta tu traje amarillo de los años 40.. jeje..
.. sabes que comparto contigo lo de "To God be the glory!".. El es siempre tan especial con nosotros..
.. que tengas una muy Feliz Navidad, con todo su profundo y auténtico significado en vuestras vidas.. y que el nuevo trabajo de Brain sea de especial bendición para vosotros y para muchas personas..
.. os queremos!!!