Friday, September 25, 2009

Possible Bohemian?

It's been awhile since I've posted I know but here I am. The word for the week would be busy, original I know. Dad has shown me the area, we've had a seafood BBQ, I checked out the local United Methodist Church (super friendly), rode on a boat, and laughed a lot.

Dad and I went to Port Townsend where my Uncle Rick lives on Tuesday. He has a boat that he restored and it's awesome! We took it out on the water and motored around for about three hours. We couldn't have asked for a better day. The sun was shining, the wind was calm, and the temp was just right. The pictures at the bottom are of the trip. It was beautiful. Port Townsend was a neat little town. About 15,000 people and had a beautiful downtown. It was a bohemian style town.
For those of you who don't know bohemian is a lifestyle much like a gypsy. Very artsy fartsy, writer, musician. I'm always drawn to this type of lifestyle. It's a person who moves often and has little ties in life but is understood by so many people.
In high school and college I used to tell people that I was of Spanish decent because of my great tan and one day my cousin, Andrew, decided that he wanted to be of gypsy/bohemian decent. I said no because I couldn't let go of my Spanish-ness <- (made up word). But the more I look at my life it could fit! Since high school I've stayed at places no longer than 2 years.
Moberly, Missouri - 2 school years
Calais, Maine - Summer
Booneville, Arkansas - 9 months
Greenwood, Arkansas - 20 months
Jacksonville, Arkansas - 9 months
I've often questioned why this is. Why can't I stay in a place for long periods of time? Why do I feel that I have to do this on my own? This is a reason I've decided to take some time to maybe answer these questions.
One thing I do know and understand is that it doesn't matter the type of lifestyle you live it's how you live it! Enjoy life. Enjoy the company of those around you, whether they are family or not.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


I can't begin to tell you about the reunion with my dad. I was super nervous about 20 miles out but when I got to thinking I just couldn't help but be excited. Not many people get a chance to build a relationship with their dad after a long absence.

It's still hard to put it into words and as I sit here and replay the reunion I still cannot think of the exact words. Beautiful? Wonderful? Exciting? All of these words seem to sum up the experience of yesterday's events. Maybe the words I'm looking for are "God Blessed".

As some of you know everything seemed to line up perfectly for me to come out here. Everything just seemed to point to this adventure for the next step in my life. I am looking forward to telling you all about the wonderful adventures I embark on while here. No doubt in my mind that this was the right choice. I am encouraged to know that even though I'm "taking a break" from ministry God is still blessing me with great opportunities.

Yesterday truly was a blessing from God and I am so excited to see what else is in store for me.

Please continue to send good thoughts!

Pictures soon to come from my trip!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Phone Post

It's been almost a week since my last post because I haven't been at a decent enough place with internet. So I decided this morning to post from my phone.

It's been a good trip so far I'm currently in Nebraska at my mom's house. It's been good to see friends and family. The drive has been pretty uneventful. Although I did get free gas in Missouri because someone prepaid and then left. I didn't realize this until I was 30 minutes down the road replaying the events in my mind.

Another fun story is the rain. I've only had to pull off the road once before, but on Friday while driving back to my mom's it was raining so bad I couldn't see 3 feet in front of me. I decided not to risk anything and pulled off and updated my Facebook status.

My plan is to leave Tuesday morning around 6 am. (If that time even exists.)

Please continue to send good thoughts and prayers. I'm ready for the next chapter to get underway.

Monday, September 7, 2009


I'm usually not the type to put my feelings or emotions on a blog but I figured I would give it a try...WHO AM I KIDDING?! Of course I am that type.

As most of you know that are reading this blog I have decided to take some time off from youth ministry. A sabbatical if you will. I have named my blog "Will and Grace" because 1. my name is Will and 2. it's about my journey with the church and the gift of Grace. And I just thought the name was catchy...

I will post periodically about what is happening on my journey so if you choose you can keep up with me. Not that I'm expecting you to. Ok a few of you I am. You know who you are... :)

I am leaving Arkansas on Tuesday (Sept. 8th) and plan on stopping for a few nights with "adopted parents" from college in Missouri and then for a few days in Nebraska with some friends and family.

My plan after that is to leave for Washington State on Wednesday, September 16th. I am heading out to stay with my dad and his wife for awhile. I plan on using that time to re evaluate my life and calling into the ministry. I am also using that time to build a relationship with my dad who I haven't seen in 13 years. Yes I'm nervous, anxious, excited, scared, happy, etc. So many questions running through my head. What will it be like? What's my dad like? Will I like Washington? Will I meet people my age?

I will be honest I am SOOO excited to see my dad. I've told a few of you that I'm excited to see what we have in common. What personality traits I inherited from him. For example, the other night when we talked on the phone for the first time in 13 years we started to laugh and I noticed we had similar laughs. So many questions, fears, anxiety but, I know what I'm doing is right. I am at peace about this decision and I couldn't get here fast enough!

I do ask that you continue to send me good thoughts and prayers. It will be a long road trip out there but I plan on making it fun, by cranking my music and taking fun pictures along the way. Which of course I will post!

Like this one! My hope is that tomorrow when I go get gas that this will be the price I pay the whole way! Wishful thinking...