Friday, February 01, 2008

Our first day visit at RTS Jackson

It's like 5:something in the morning and I didn't sleep very well. Perhaps it was the cup of Starbucks that I had last night at the women's Bible study that I didn't bother to ask if it was decaf because I was so cold. Yesterday was one of those days that the cold just sticks to you, like on the inside of your skin. It felt so good to crawl into bed last night, but caffeine just kept kicking my butt all night long. I thought somebody knocked on our door at 4:30, but I think I've seen too many CSI episodes.

The first day on our trip was great. Quinn and I had a great trip over; it's nice to go somewhere with just him. I took silly pictures that I'll post later. We got to the seminary right at one, when the skies promptly began to downpour. We waited in the admissions office for our tour guide, Kevin Corley, to come and watched it rain. I kept thinking: "Are we going to walk outside in the rain? Surely not. It's raining. And it's January." I was wrong. And I was wearing high heels and had good hair. Oh well, hair went up in a clip and feet were numb for the rest of the day. Kevin was great. He's from Homewood actually. After we walked around campus, Kevin put us in his car and drove us to the married housing a couple miles away. I sat in the back seat and noticed a photo album on the seat that said "Kevin's book of church signs". I was intrigued. I love cheesy church signs. I asked if I could look at it and he laughed and said a friend had made it for him. The married housing is, um, tiny, but there are lots of married couples with kids who live there, so if we decided to go, that would be an option. After the housing tour, we were taken back to talk to a professor (Dr. Waters) and then to attend Covenant Theology taught by Ligon Duncan. Awesome class and I felt convicted about my lack of knowledge of Covenant Theology. I think I might read 'Christ of the Covenants' when we get back home. It's highly recommended. I was greatly impressed by Dr. Duncan. He spent the first 30 minutes of class asking each student (there were about 40 people in the class) about their home and church they group up in and he even noticed us and asked about where we went to church. At the break, we slipped out to go check in at the hotel. We had a dinner invitation so we really needed to just check in and go. The dinner invitation came from a lovely couple named Lincoln and Melinda. We got there at 5:15, and smelled the delicious smell of homemade bread. Nice. It tasted just like Macaroni Grill's bread. I kept thinking of Anita and her love for bread. Yummo. They have three children under the age of 3 who were very sweet and well-behaved. Even the one-year old. How can that be? Anyhoo, we talked about seminary life and they showed us their townhouse. I helped her load the dishwasher and discovered she loved Over the Rhine. Cool. After dinner, Melinda and I rode to the "Mrs. In Ministry" Bible Study that the seminary offers for seminary wives and I got to meet a lot of women. I'm glad I got to go to that. They had a speaker on Time Management, which inwardly made me cringe (I'm not very good on time management), but it was very good.

Quinn picked me up from the Bible Study and we went back to watch the end of Lost.

All in all, a great day. Quinn was impressed by the faculty; they seemed very unified. Lincoln told us last night that they have to sign off on the Westminster Confession every year. Today, I'm dropping Quinn off at a class at 10 and then I'm trecking over to the public schools in Clinton (where we would be zoned) to take a tour. I'm also looking at a private school that gives scholarships to seminary students' children. After the school tours, we'll head out to lunch with the head of admissions and then back to the seminary for a final class. We then want to see a couple of churches and talk to them about internships. There are a lot of PCA churches in the area, and so subsequently there are a lot of internships. Then we'll head out for home.

I'm anxious to see what the Lord provides for our family.


Missy said...

Glad its going well and your having fun.
Your so good at meeting new people and just hanging out with them. I would be very scared and intimadated.
Be careful coming back.
Thanks for updating, I've been thinking of ya'll. :)

Abbey said...

That sounds so exciting!
I so love that you were wearing high heels and had good hair and that was a concern. I would have been thinking the same thing!

Crissy said...

Two words: Come Home.

JBL said...

A class with Ligon Duncan? A new relationship with someone who likes Over the Rhine? A speaker on time management? Hmm.

Paige M said...

I wanted to comment the same as Crissy, but thought it would sound as if I was tired of watching your child (and I'm not at all...he's great!) So I'll just say, miss ya lots, glad things went well, the kids are fine...... Blah, Blah, Blah........OK, COME HOME.

Texas Aggie in Florida said...

I heard from a little birdie that there's an RTS right here in Orlando. Don't you think you'd like to COME HOME for some good ol' Florida sunshine??? I bet your mom and dad would even let you live at home for a while during the house hunting phase. She would fix you nice homemade meals every night. And help take care of the children. And you could hang out with your sister and your nieces and nephews every day. And we could go to Disney World! (Without Kristi b/c she HATES Disney World...not sure what the mouse ever did to HER!) And we could go to the Disney water parks every day during the summer. Oh, and have you ever been to St. Pete? In my opinion, THE BEST beach in FL. And I've been to them all. We could go to St Pete once a week from May-Sept. Does't that sound remotely tempting? Come know you want to come back to Orlando.

Kim said...

It's not that I don't want to come back, but, as you know, it's pretty expensive to live there and it's insanely cheap to live in Jackson, MS. We have pursued Orlando as well, but doors have not opened down there. I do love Disney and the reason Kristi hates it is probably because she throws up everytime she goes. Weird. The mouse and his curse. BTW... I went to your dreamworld kindergarten today; I thought of you when I was touring. Amazing facility. Clinton Park Elementary. WOW.

Anonymous said...

In my head I want to say congratulations, so proud for you and excited for you, will be thinking and praying for you, and all the usual stuff I'm suppose to say and that I genuinely feel. But in my heart I have other thoughts. I genuinely feel those too. Is it any coincidence I heard from Trisha the same day I read this?