So, here we go. I want to first and foremost apologize for any rambling (because this is something I even do everyday), for any bad punctuation, spelling errors, for any bad, or is it poor, English grammar (which I am going to start learning another language, so that should make things interesting since I am not the best at even ENGLISH!) or for jumping around.
I am by NO means a writer, so you will be reading our stories, pretty much through my thoughts, I will probably get better with time, but please bare with me. I am really only writing to keep the people that care and the people that I love up to date on our journey.
Now, our journey…
We have been AD Air Force for 10 years, after David received a school select position, we sat and talked and prayed about what we wanted to do next. David had dreamed of trying to get into the Olmsted scholarship program, learn LOTS more at http://www.olmstedfoundation.org. In short, this program would send us overseas to another country to get a Master’s degree and study that culture, for only 2 years. This will replace the School Select year instead. So, he applied at the end of the summer 2013. After a few hundred AF applicants (all branches can apply) the AF board made a selection of about 14 men and women for a phone interview. David was one of them. We were even shocked to get that far. For the next several months David and I did a lot of praying. We feel God is using us here in Pensacola/Perdido Key in a lot of areas and absolutely LOVE our Church family and the mission’s we are doing through them, and our PBFC (Soccer) life has kicked off as well. David started coaching Devin’s Academy team and has fallen in love with the game again and I see such passion in both of them, it’s truly a gift! So, where does God feel we need to be. With Serving the Lord in so many areas here, working the Redemption Store, serving on the Mission board, Working the food bank… I have felt God is calling to stretch me.
I want to serve Him more overseas someday, so is this my opportunity??
With my nursing degree, but being a stay at home mom the past 8 years. I could never “work” in the states and feel competent with all the advances in the medical field, therefore, I would need to go back to school anyway. AND my kids come first, I LOVE being a Stay at Home Mom and wouldn’t change that for the world, but Joycelyn will be starting Kindergarten (I can’t believe it!) so what am I to do during the days they are both in school….MORE SERVING, is where my heart is! So, maybe if we move overseas I would get the chance to use my nursing skills I have by serving in a Free clinic or some missionary type work.
So…GOD, Where do you want the Manrrique’s to go???
So the Date that the Olmsted Board meets was March 18, 2014. They pick from every branch the scholars that were interviewed in November. As the time approached our anxieties became more evident. David didn’t feel he did well in the interview and was saying he didn’t think he got it. I felt like he would get it and our life would forever change, then I started panicking and thinking I wanted to back out before the list was chosen!! UGH….I hate those thoughts of doubt, they do not come from our Father. James 1:6 “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”
March 20th comes around. The list is officially out, AFPC writes an article about it. http://www.afpc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123404302
David is selected 1 of 5 in the Air Force!!!
WHOA!!! Here is a verse that I had written on the kids’ bathroom mirror. Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
THEN, God says wait….”guess what country I am sending you to”
David will be studying at Tel Aviv University in 2015-2017
Pure excitement and Joy fills our hearts. This is a chance of a lifetime, the kids are thrilled to see the Holy Land, let alone LIVE there!!!
So, it’s off to Language school this June 2014 in Washington DC for Hebrew.
Please keep us all in your prayers as we try to “sort” our lives out over the course of the next few months. I was just telling Devin that God has called us to serve in the Military and travel the world, He will always go before us and guide our paths, as long as we keep our minds, eyes, hearts on Him!!