The last time I wrote a major life update on this blog, Andy and I were getting ready to move to South Florida.
So much has happened since then.
In the words of Inigo Montoya:
So to sum up:
Last August we moved to Florida so Andy could start teaching Bible at a Christian high school. They asked me if I wanted to teach a class (or maybe two) and I wound up teaching four. In September we evacuated because of Hurricane Irma. Thankfully all of our stuff was fine.
But I was not doing fine. For many reasons, the load of teaching I’d taken on was too much, so I resigned at the end of October. That was a rough decision (I hate quitting things), but it was so good for me.
We started settling into Florida life. We went to the beach more. We found a good church. We really liked our apartment.
Then, when we were home with my family in Minnesota for Christmas, we got an email informing us that when the school was inspected after the hurricane, they discovered not hurricane damage, but lots and lots of neglected routine upkeep the school couldn’t afford to pay for.
Andy took a ten percent pay decrease. Morale at the school was not good. The school declared bankruptcy and closed at the end of the school year, leaving teacher contracts massively underpaid.
While this was going down, we needed to figure out what we were going to do next.
We made some wonderful friends in Florida. Also there are alligators there, which is super cool. But since we were going to be uprooted in some measure anyway, we wanted to move closer to family.
Andy decided he was done with teaching for now, and we feel we’re not being called to ministry at the moment. So he thought about what he would do if he could do ANYTHING.
And what he wanted to do is open a small independent movie theater.
This is such an Andy thing to do, and such an extraordinarily non-Anna thing to do. I hate risk. I hate new things. I really love consistent paychecks and health care. All of which make me such a great candidate to be married to an entrepreneur.
But we talked about it. We talked specifically about whether I could handle it. My mental health isn’t always the sprightliest, and the past year hadn’t been especially kind to my poor nerves.
Andy said that if I couldn’t handle it he would do something else.
And that was very tempting.
But this idea makes him so excited. When we had this discussion he had already been researching and planning and contacting people and hustling and he knew it was a real possibility.
And so I said, “OK.”
I trust Andy, and I trust his hustle, and I want him to do things that make him feel alive.
So at the end of the school year we moved to my parents’ house in Minnesota.
He found a fantastic location in Rochester, Minnesota, and incredible people to work with. We’ll be moving down there early this fall, and that's when the theater should open.
I’m still nervous (I’m always nervous) but excited, too.
When we're up and running we would love to have you come and check it out!
And in the meanwhile, you can learn more at the website: www.grayducktheater.com
You can follow all the social medias (which Andy would super appreciate):
And eventually, if you want, you can support the theater’s Indiegogo campaign. There are t-shirts!
We’re so grateful for loving and supportive family and friends as the plan changes once again. I really don’t think I could handle all of these plan changes without such wonderful people. So thanks for reading and caring about the next step in our wild and crazy lives!