Back in June 2010, I resigned my position as the children’s pastor at Redwood Park Church in Thunder Bay, Ontario just north of Minnesota on Lake Superior to move back to the San Francisco Bay Area where Erin and I grew up. We weren’t sure what was next, we just knew that it was time to move, so we trusted God and took a leap of faith. Over the past four years, it’s been an amazing adventure!
A few weeks ago, I participated in the graduation ceremony for the sociology department as SJSU and was hooded as along with four other from my graduate cohort as a Master of Arts recipient! While I officially receive my degree in August, I’ve passed my thesis defense and submitted my thesis to the graduate studies department at SJSU. As a result, the Zonios find themselves at another launching off point.
As we’ve looked ahead at the kind of family life we want as well as the dreams we want to hold on to, we have realized that we need to take another leap of faith.
The front page of the above newspaper sums up what we’re up to next 🙂 There will be another Zonio family living in the Lexington, KY area beginning in July. (My brother and his family already live there. BTW, if you are looking for a top notch photographer, check out Conrhod Zonio Photography!)
One of the reasons we are moving simply has to do with affordability. As we are looking forward, in order for us to continue living in the Bay Area, both Erin and I will have to work full time. That is not what we want or dreamed of for our family. Additionally, neither Erin nor I are in fields that can strive here in the Bay Area. Moving to Lexington puts us in a place that is more affordable for our family and allows us margin to enjoy being together.
Another reason for moving to Lexington is that there are more opportunities for me to pursue my goal of being able to teach at a liberal arts college or university. Even if we stay in the Bay Area, we would have to move in five years or so in order for me to find a faculty position at a liberal arts institution. Consequently, I will be applying to the Ph.D. program in sociology at the University of Kentucky for Fall 2015.
While our lives are, once again, up in the air for the immediate future, we are excited to jump into this next part of our family journey. We are praying that this move will be the last major move for a LONG time. We are also looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us. Already, we’ve seen God take care of little details on this side of the move.
We are hugely appreciative for all of the people who have cheered, supported and prayed for us along the way. We ask that you continue to pray for us. Here are some things you can pray for as we move forward:
- that I will quickly find full time employment in Lexington
- for safety as we move our stuff from the SF Bay Area to Lexington
- for our children as they adjust to a new area and new schools
- that we will quickly find community to be a part of
We’re scared, excited, sad, anxious and expectant about this move… yes, a bunch of contradictory emotions. Most of all, we can’t wait to see what this part of our journey has for each of us.
I’ll end this post with a song that is becoming one of our family theme songs as we get closer to this move.