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Seminary Life

I’ve been asked by several people to start a blog so that they can follow my life as a Seminarian. So… it turns out… I actually10435702_10100514358568804_5777335479002962232_n have a Blog.  I’m just the most inconsistent blogger in the history of inconsistent bloggers.  I’ve decided as the request has been made, I will strive to make this a personal discipline, so… ignore all the random old stuff… and welcome to my journey!

So today… Shiz Got REAL! Why do you ask?  No, it wasn’t the first day of classes.  Summer Greek (which deserves it’s own backdated post… will get to that later) began on August 15th and classes began September 3rd.  So what happened today? My clerical shirt that I ordered a few days ago came in and I tried it on.  All of a sudden I looked in the mirror and for the first time I could really visualize myself in the role of a pastor.  Up until that point I kind of felt like I was just playing seminarian or something.  I’m sure it will get even more real when I begin my Teaching Parish experience (Field Education) at Paradise Lutheran Church.  Really looking forward to meeting my site supervisor and getting to know the congregation!!!

So for a quick overview of life the past month and a half or so… packed up and moved cross country with Roger and “The Things” in early August.  (If for some reason you don’t know, we moved from Texas to Pennsylvania so I can pursue a Master of Divinity degree at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.) We have been getting settled into life in Pennsylvania, settled into our apartment (which is finally beginning to look like a home), and settled into our new routines.

“The Things” like their new school and are making friends there and through their activities.  Patrick is playing Club Soccer and doing Boy Scouts (selling popcorn and candy right now BTW if anyone wants to place an order!) and Izzy is sticking with dance and joining Girl Scouts. Roger is working in Maryland about 30 minutes from Gettysburg. Super grateful he was able to find a job before we moved out here!

Classes so far are going really well for me and I’m making some great friends.  The community here on campus is awesome! People genuinely care for one another and are willing to help each other out.  The faculty and staff love what they do and truly care about us as individuals and our present as well as our futures.  I am super blessed to be here and am grateful for everyone who listened, encouraged, supported, and walked alongside me during my discernment process.

I promise to do my best to post updates regularly… for now I’m calling it a night so I can go join the rest of my building for a Get-To-Know-Your-Neighbors Potluck!

Peace and Blessings to you all!



I spent most of my life living in the great Pacific Northwest (Oregon). I went to college in South Carolina. I have also lived in Arkansas, North Carolina, kind of Virginia, Texas, & currently Pennsylvania. I’m a single-mom of two amazing children (aka – “The Things”) who keep life very interesting! I’m a pastor-in-training. The snark is fiercely strong with me! #Javaluia #VivaMoreCoffee

One thought on “Seminary Life

  1. Ariel, as with everyone from St. Mark, we are both very proud of you and wish you all of the best. I was thinking that I should somehow cyber-nectically ( is that a word) introduce you to our associate pastor. Young, very intelligent, published, etc…… I think he would be a good fit for you in terms of being a mentor/sound board. Do you mind if I pass on your name to him? I am very excited to follow your progress as you go through seminary.

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