Since I can't remember who I have told and what I have posted I'll just write from the assumption I've left you all in the dark :)
A little over a year ago my best friend made the statement 'you should be a marriage couselor.' This was after about 6 weeks of relationship advice but it also resonated deeply in me from over a decade ago. About 15 years of God giving me a burden to help marriages. Sean at this time was winding down his first year of school to become a counselor and I had become very interested in what he was learning.
I had an ah-ha moment.
I went to God with this passion burning a hole in my pocket but felt I was supposed to wait a year. In the mean time things started changing in our recovery ministry and 7 months ago several possibities became an option for me there, facilitating groups to help finances, marriages and infertile women. I realized as a marriage counselor I could touch on all these! I felt very confirmed.
Then about 2 months ago, in the midst of feelings of purposelessness and depression I felt whispers about school again.
Well I wanted to sign up that minute but courses for next term were not posted until mid - June. Then they changed the requirements to enter even the part-time courses, I need to have volunteered in a social services type setting for minimum 100 hrs. Well my recovery service was applicable but I had to quickly fit that verification in before our vacation. Then when we came back I found I had to go in person to do a name change since I hadn't been a student there since before marriage. It took awhile to finally get down there, then I had to wait for my application to be approved, then another day to get my verification in the mail.
Yesterday it came! It is now official!