Life PV

Today I preached my last sermon as “Vicar Merritt”…though in all likely-hood a good chunk of the congregation will still call me “Vicar” out of habit. Titles for the next year have been tossed around from various people, but I think we found one that might stick. “Post-Vicar” or “PV” for short. Continue reading

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A Random Friendship

Aldi LogoEarlier today Veronica and I went to get our yearly physicals. On the way home Veronica told me that she needed to stop at Aldi to get a few things for dinner this week. Because of where we were I decided to go to an Aldi that we always went to near the Seminary rather than one that we’ve been going to more recently, that’s closer to where we now live. Continue reading

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Just So You Know

TTR_0024Just so you know…it will be 1-3 years. No, not jail time! What’s wrong with you? C’mon! According to Christian Family Services (CFS), it should be 1-3 years until an adoption placement will occur for Veronica and me. We started the adoption process the other day by completing and submitting the application to Christian Family Services. Now we’re waiting for approval from them to move forward. Once we receive that approval we will start the process of getting licensed as a foster home through DCFS. We will not have to do foster care, that’s just the law in IL for the process. However, we have considered doing foster-to-adopt in the future. After looking at various options, we feel at peace with the decision to pursue¬†a domestic infant adoption. Continue reading

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An Adventure at the Muny


Veronica and me after the performance.

Veronica and I enjoy going to The Muny (a large, outdoor musical theater in Forest Park). Most of the time we’ve gotten to the theater early to wait for free seats, and twice we purchased tickets thanks to “date money” from friends and family. The other night, however, we had quite an incredible opportunity. A member of our congregation was generous enough to take us to The Muny with her family’s season tickets…10 rows from the front. The show was Beauty and the Beast and it was incredible. Continue reading

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Still a Clean(ish) Bill of Health

On Tuesday (7/7), Veronica and I spent an exciting and magical day in St. Louis. Well…more appropriately…at Barnes Hospital for a check-up MRI and Neurologist appointment. Honestly though, it was kind of magical. It took me back to adventurous days at Great America. Continue reading

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