Moving On Up (North)!

August 23, 2013

Let’s start this post out right, you guys. With a little gem from the Gopher Hole Museum.

These dead gophers are at the hockey/curling/skating rink ready for some icy fun! I especially like this lady gopher’s figure skating costume. A little lacy apron always gets the judge’s attention.



Guess where I am right now? On my couch. At my apartment. In Denver, Colorado. In the United States of America! Crazy!!!


Andrew and I have literally been traveling since August 1. We’ve been around Canada and across North Dakota, and to Minnesota and then to Colorado. We have had a lot of fun visits, which I’ll tell you about in a later post. (That post will include a lot of talk about how fascinating it is to drive across all of North Dakota and Nebraska.)

I am back in Colorado because my roommate and I have to be moved out of our apartment by August 31. We’ve got a lot of packing to do.


My roommate Heather is getting married and moving into a new place with her husband. They did not invite me to come along. Fine.

I will not be moving into a new place, but instead I’ll be staying with friends in their guest bedrooms and guest couches as I wait for my Canadian work visa to come through.

That’s right, guys! I have been offered a job as a communications coordinator for CrossRoads Church in Red Deer, Alberta. CANADA.


The church has submitted a request for a work visa for me, and if Canada is nice to me, they’ll approve it and let me come up to work! It’s really exciting — everyone at CrossRoads has been really kind, and I’m so looking forward to this job. I’ll learn a lot and I know I have a lot to offer in this position.

So, pretty soon, I’ll be moving to Canada. I’ll likely be in Colorado most of the month of September, but when the work visa comes through, I’ll pack up and drive north. I’ll get a place and start my job, and get to take more pictures with this one.


When I was in college, I assumed I’d graduate, get a job at a magazine in Minneapolis, and stay in Minnesota forever. Somehow I ended up in Colorado Springs. And then I decided to torture myself by getting a Master’s, so I moved to Denver. And apparently I’ll soon be headed to Canada. Sometimes it feels a bit overwhelming — packing, new job, new country. (Do I have to tell America I’m leaving? Do I keep my car registered in the States? Does Canada have Friday Night Lights??!?!?) But overall it is really exciting.

God has provided a lot, you guys. This summer, I connected with someone in the CrossRoads children’s ministry and found out that they use the curriculum that I write for. I went to sit in on one of their Sunday school lessons — in Red Deer, Alberta — and it was a lesson I had written. The children’s ministry friend then informed me of the one job posted at CrossRoads this summer, and it was a communications position. The timing was perfect. They decided to hire me. I think we’ll be a good fit. I have time to come home and spend time with my friends before I move. I feel like over and over again throughout the past year as Andrew and I have been dating, God has shown up, provided and encouraged.

The other day when Andrew and I were driving across the never-ending plains of Nebraska, we read a devotional based on Exodus 16, when the Israelites were in the wilderness. They were complaining because they were hungry. So Moses tells the Israelites that God will provide for them. They look out across the dry desert floor, and they see the glory of God. God says he has heard their grumbling. At twilight they will eat meat and in the morning their stomachs will be filled with bread. Then they will know that he is Yahweh, their God.

The devotional then asked what we’ve complained about, and asked us to think about where and how God has provided enough. It is so very easy for me to worry and complain and forget. I tend to focus on what I don’t have instead of what I do. What I want is to notice — each day — all of the enough God has given me. I had a great summer in Canada — traveled and spent so much time with Andrew. Because we live in different countries, we weren’t sure how to figure things out once summer was over. So God provided me with a job — a job where I can contribute and serve and learn and get connected in Red Deer. I have multiple friends in Colorado who have offered space in their homes while I wait for my visa. I have enough freelance work to get me through until I start my job. I have family who loves me, Andrew’s family who has welcomed me with open arms, new friends in Red Deer, and solid friendships and connections in Colorado. I have a man who is strong and funny and strives after what is best, and I have grown so much with him this past year.

I am excited for this next step. It is a new adventure and I am excited to see the enough God gives each and every day.

I’m also excited for more trips to the gopher museum.


Love you all!



8 Responses to “Moving On Up (North)!”

  1. shannon said

    Go Denise! I can’t wait to read more about your adventures.

  2. Awesome Denise! I’m so excited for you and your unexpected life adventures!

  3. Rebekah Lewis said

    SO exciting, Denise! Canada will be blessed to have you…and so will Andrew, of course! 🙂 I will be praying that the details fall in to place re: your work visa!!! Exciting times ahead!

  4. Amy McConnell said

    I am so excited for you, Denise! Congratulations!!!

  5. I am so excited for you! Thank you for helping me refocus on all that is more than enough in my life. Also, please make sure you always have enough watermelon for Andrew and plant him some kohlrabi.

  6. Debbie Johnson said

    Denise Ruth! My heart is breaking! I can’t believe you’re leaving America (me). But I love the fact that you see God working in your life on a daily basis. I’ll be praying for you as you begin this new adventure in your life. Love you! Debbie Johnson (the one forever stuck in Minnesota)

  7. […] Heather is getting married, and I am moving to Canada, we had to pack up our apartment. I am still waiting on my work visa to come through, so I sold […]

  8. clarissa said

    Denise! If I was smart, I would have taken a picture! I loved seeing you and meeting Andrew! Just because your moving to another country is not excuse to not come visit me tons more!! Miss you 🙂 So excited for this next phase in your life. Really am..

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