Hi, our names are Leslie and Alex. We have been married for a little over three months now and it has been great! It has been very challenging and we have both grown so much in this short amount of time and we pray that we continue to do so.
A few months before we tied the knot, Leslie was checking her visa and passport and realized that she was subject to a two year commitment of returning to her home country, the Dominican Republic, because of a contract she had signed with her government. They had paid for all of her education out here in Utah and they require their students to come back for at least two years and work in the country. I (Alex) was already madly in love and was willing to go wherever we needed to go, I just wanted to be married to this wonderful woman whom I had known for a few years.
So, here we are, a few months out from moving to another country. We will most likely be moving midway through June. Leslie has started applying for teaching jobs out in the Dominican Republic (and one other place, you might hear more about that in a future post). So far we have only been contacted by one school and the offer they made wasn’t what we need financially, so we will keep looking for teaching jobs for her. We won’t be able to find work for me until we actually get out there and apply for temporary residency.
The first few months of marriage like I said, have been challenging. We have been living with my parents in that small amount of time. It has been a huge blessing because we have been able to save up money for our move in June. However, we are ready to have our own place that we can call home. That brings us to the name of our blog: Not Yet Home. One day a few weeks ago, I was melancholically thinking about the fact that we don’t have a place to call ours. I came to the realization that no matter where we go or where we settle down, we will never be quite home. As Christians, we won’t ever be truly home until we are absent in body and present with the Lord Jesus Christ. There will certainly be times where we catch glimpses of heaven here on earth, but only glimpses. We can’t wait for that glorious day when Jesus calls us home, but until then we are called to be in the world, but not of it.
For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. -Hebrews 13:14
Please be praying with us that God would be opening and closing doors as he sees fit as far as where we should work and live. Also that we would continue to put our faith and trust in him, wherever he might take us.
In God’s grip,
Leslie and Alex
P.S. We will both be contributing to posts on this blog and we will do our best to denote who is writing.