I’m alive and well in Birch Bay

My hope was to be able to review Ken Shigamatsu’s new book by today. I had agreed to review it by August 18, but have yet to receive the book. Hopefully that will be coming shortly. This coming week I have about three reviews to get out of the way (one children’s bible and two adult offerings). ¬†But it has been A LONG TIME since I posted anything ¬†of a personal note so I thought I would take a moment to update y’all.

Vocationally: I’m still working at the hardware store in Blaine. I have been looking at churches and have put in a couple of applications only to have them swallowed by the vortex (where you never even hear a ‘thanks but no thanks’ from a church). ¬†My manager at work keeps telling me I have a future with the company as opportunities come up because I do good work. Nice to hear, but I don’t feel like this is the spot for me to flourish in. ¬†Vocational ministry is what I am made for. Nice to know if that doesn’t work out, I can always sell pig feed and power tools.¬†

That sounds way more bitter and sarcastic than I feel. Honestly it is hard to chase down church jobs when you are working full time and have a family to take care of, and I am not unhappy. Life has been good. But I still feel ‘between the times.’

My freezer is full: I haven’t just been fishing for a job, but I had an opportunity to go fishing with my uncles and cousins up at Peregrine Lodge in Haida Gwaii, BC last week. ¬†My uncle pulled in the big fish for week (a 56 lb. King Salmon!!). I didn’t get nearly anything that big, but I left with 129 lbs. of fish (mostly King salmon and Coho) and I filled my Freezer to the gills. ¬†I also went out with my kids this morning and dug some clams and dropped a crab pot. ¬†Between the fish and the garden, the Matichuks are eating well this summer.¬†

Beyond that life goes on. ¬†And I’m still looking for what God’s next step is for us and our family. I have more to say but have to go, ¬†How are you?

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6 thoughts on “I’m alive and well in Birch Bay”

  1. Hey James, have you received the Shigematsu book? I still haven’t gotten my copy in the mail; Booksneeze doesn’t usually take this long.

    Not that I have time to read it right now, though. I just got a 400-page book in the mail to proofread in the next 3 weeks.

    1. Nope. I didn’t request it through Booksneeze but through Cross Focused Reviews and got word that Zondervan ran out of review copies and it should ship early next week. I imagine it is a similar situation with booksneeze.

      1. I got two copies of my last Booksneeze offering too. I emailed them about it, and I think it may have happened with a number of books.

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful time fishing.
    Glad you had some down time.
    and just remember that God knows where you are and where He is leading you.
    love your posts

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