Monday, September 9, 2019

Two Years in Scotland: A Mayward Family Update

That it's been an entire year since my last blog post is indicative of the kind of year it's been: full. Full of travels. Full of projects. Full of teaching and learning. Full of work and rest. A life of the abundant.

I turn 35 today. For some reason, it has me feeling more nostalgic and self-reflective about the nature of life, death, time, and existence than turning 30 did. Maybe it's due to reading way too much theology and philosophy in my PhD research. Or maybe it's just the natural consequences of the aging process. In either case, I've been reminiscing a lot about the last five years, and dreaming about what the next five hold for our family as we strive to live a great story together.

Five years ago, I wrote a reflection on turning 30, where I made a list of 30 goals for the next decade of my life. I wrote that blog post while living in Canada, still a pastor at a local church in Langley. So much has happened since then, and so much has changed for me, both internally and externally. Looking back on the list, there are some entries I would like to change or abandon altogether, replacing them with newfound interests and dreams (or theological beliefs). There are also so many goals I've actually experienced or accomplished that it feels, quite literally, like a dream come true. It seems a lot can happen in five years, and it's heartening to recall them not with regret or remorse, but with a sense of gratitude and hope.

This past year, members of our family traveled to Finland, Norway, the Isle of Skye, the Cannes film festival in France, Monaco, Switzerland, Iceland, and a week in London (I'm probably forgetting some travel locations—we did a lot together). We also went back to the Portland, OR area for the first time since moving to Scotland, where I taught a seminary course at Portland Seminary (George Fox University) and served as a chaplain/instructor at Theologia, a high school summer theology institute at GFU. I've also written and published number of book reviews and peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as worked as a tutor (one step above a T.A., one step below a professor) in the Divinity school at the University of St Andrews. Overall, life in St Andrews is peaceful and joyful for our family, and truly feels like home.

I'll let the pictures of the past year share our story thus far. In all this, we're thankful for the adventure we're living, both to our friends and family and to the God in Christ we continue to worship and follow.

Mayward Family, Autumn 2018

Christmas, 2018

Katie and Eloise in Finland, Winter 2019

Oslo, Winer 2019

Isle of Skye, Spring 2018

Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness, Spring 2019

Cannes, May 2019

Cannes Film Festival, May 2019

Cousins in the Pacific Northwest, Summer 2019

Teaching at Theologia, George Fox University, Summer 2019

Iceland, Summer 2019

London, Summer 2019
London, Summer 2019

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