after 5 years working for the gat, i have taken a position at the church working soley for the cup. we open the second location at red oak next wednesday and then 2 more locations in mesquite and cedar hill this next year. my last day with the gat is the last day of the camping trip. it's crazy because i thought this day would never come. not like i wanted it to, but i just never thought this would happen. it was a much more difficult decision that i thought it would be too. the major decision here was life in business or life in ministry? i had been working towards business since i changed my major for the last time in college. and when i took the job working for the gathering 4 and 1/2 years ago, i thought i would be the admin that just took care of business. but over the last 5 years, i found that i really loved working with people too. i loved the people in the gat and the staff. i worked through my weaknesses as an admin, being that i'm not wired to be super organized or really be told what to do. lathro and paul both gave me so much respect and allowed me to lead in my strengths. they let me be an exec, if only just in our little world. i have gotten to work with some of the most amazing and interesting people. ultimately, this is a career opportunity that i can't pass up. but, dang it hurts. i will miss a million things about my job. but looking forward, i'm excited to develop my skills in business management. my dream is to one day open a restaurant that is all desserts, coffees and teas. it'll be in boulder and the entire patio will be giant stone fireplaces with comfy patio furntiture and warm hearths to sit on. you'll go there after dinner and hang out with friends for a couple hours, sip coffee and eat a yummy dessert. you'll all be invited for the grand opening. so i'm one step closer to my little dream.
i guess that means we're texas awhile longer too. which is great because it seems dear friends are moving here faster than i could ever hope. curt, dawn and jackson are moving to austin beginning of october. i'm excited for this because i love hanging out with them so much and they're going to live in a great city that i have a reason to visit more often now. carrie, jake and annika just moved here from california for a job and are living with us til they find a place. which i hope that takes a while because i had so much fun coming home last night to carrie and annika. we have a full house and i love it! add in bryson, our roommate, and that makes 6 people and 1 hyper puppy. to make our family almost complete down here, alishia's mom moved down last week. there's nothing more comforting than having a mom around, i wish mine could be here though. what is it about being married that just makes you want to be around family more? our 1 year anniversary is coming up quick and we're planning a trip to minnesota in november. i can't wait to see the fam and our friends and get some much needed down time. life has been crazy. gotta love it that way though.
justin and i are running a half marathon in december and training started this week. pray that i don't die.