This past year has been full of transition for our little family. We added a new baby, moved, and changed up the face of dailyroutinefitness.com
About a year ago I decided to change the way we do things at Dailyroutinefitness.com and open my life up to my readers on every level not just fitness. My journey of health and fitness has been so much deeper then just developing the perfect abs and eating the right foods. My desire is to share my heart, my ups, my downs and be real with my audience. You will be seeing a variety of Fitness, Food and Lifestyle showing up on the blog in a stronger way as we organize, re-brand and set the stage to show you what really happens in the day to day of my life. Thank you to the readers who have been so encouraging and faithfully walked the last 2 years out alongside me.
Tonight marks the next step (or leap) into the unknown.
A year ago Troy came to me after reading “Just Courage” By Gary Haugen, founder and CEO of International Justice Mission. He told me he felt our life was going to change, but wasn’t really sure how yet. I could see a passion for ministry being birthed inside of him (little did I know at the time, but this passion had been realized much earlier by Troy in his own life) I will admit I wasn’t immediately excited about this news. I came from ministry background and the idea of going back to ministry was not on the top of my priority list. I love people and want to serve, but I wanted to do it outside the context of “church” because in my experience, church can be harsh. Troy was so patient and continued on his journey of seeking God’s heart and pursuing his love for people in the context of his current career. Through this process, he truly believed that if something big was going to happen, we would end up on the same page. At Christmas my sister-in-law was given the book “For The Love” by Jen Hatmaker. She offered to let me borrow it as she was already reading another book at the time. This book changed my perspective, my heart and the way I view people. Two major takeaways for me 1) What I valued highly in life, really wasn’t what I truly value. 2) There wasn’t anyone building community in Kelowna like the book was explaining. It was almost as if a neon sign was lit in front of my eyes. I immediately started to see so many people searching for others to connect with, people to support them in life’s struggles and the lack of love coming from the modern church. People believe in God, love Jesus, but find that their current church fails to really invest in them no matter where their current faith journey is at. To make a long story of many conversations, prayers and visions into one blog post… We dove into opening our lives (in any way possible) to the people around us. These past 6 months we have worked hard to shift our focus to how we can build that community within our sphere of influence.
During this time a young family came to live with us for a month because they unexpectedly went into labour with their second little girl 5 weeks before they were due. They were visiting Kelowna for a conference and found themselves in the NIC ward for 4 weeks while their newborn girl gained the strength needed to make the trip back home to the Lower Mainland. Our suite was empty, so it only made sense to have them come stay. Over these 4 weeks we built an amazing friendship and bond with Shane, Rachel and family that was so refreshing to Troy and I. Shane (the husband) was pastoring a church in Coquitlam and invited us to come visit once they headed home. We spent a few weekends going back and forth, sharing our passions and dreaming big things together.
Through countless hours of conversation and prayer, we decided as a family that we would take a crazy step of faith, out of a place of great comfort, and move to the Coquitlam area to be a part of Shane’s church (CLA Coquitlam) and help invest in building their community. This was a massive faith step for us, and there is no way we could have done this on our own. On June 10th, Troy gave his official notice to step away from his current career and on September 1st, we will officially be living in the Coquitlam area.
I’m excited to start training clients at the coast and pursuing opportunities to possibly teach in downtown Vancouver to help pay the bills. We are believing for an amazing house to open up, awesome job opportunities and new friendships. We want to say a huge thank you to friends and family who have already walked some crazy portions of this journey with us. There are so many things about Kelowna we love, so deciding to move has not been easy, and many times fear and heartbreak are daily struggles. Through it all, we are so excited for this new adventure and have already seen God show up in so many amazing ways!
Kelowna friends, during this transition we want to see you! Please come stop by to say hi and goodbye. We love you and want to personally connect with everyone we possibly can before we start this adventure.
Rachel, Troy, McCarthy, Bennett & Adelaide