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April 5, 2013

An Ultrasound and Call Day

Monday was priceless. Timothy and I went for my mid-pregnancy ultrasound. Baby is very healthy (the tech said Baby was the healthiest she had seen all day and we were in there at 3:30 p.m.) and developing normally. Timothy's first reaction to seeing Baby: "There's a skeleton in your belly!" As if babies only develop bones after birth. Silly Timothy! We both are very thankful that everything is going well and that Baby is very healthy.

April has come and spring is here (perhaps to stay this time?). Life has been busy, between work and school and settling into a new apartment. Timothy is half way done with his spring term and we are only 26 days from Call Day. Call Day is a huge deal at the seminary! Each May 1st all the second year students receive their vicarage assignments and the finishing students receive their first calls. The festivities start at 3:00 p.m. and run late into the evening. Timothy and I are staying a bit away from Call Day this year. As first year students, we won't be receiving a vicarage assignment yet or a first call. We are excited for our friends to learn where they will be going, especially those who have been anxiously awaiting the good news that they are leaving St. Louis for vicarage. (Don't get us wrong. They like St. Louis, but they also want to experience the church as it is in other parts of the USA.) A vicarage assignment is very nerve-wrecking this year. Since it is a National Youth Gathering Year (July 1-5 in San Antonio this year), some assignments will start as early as June 1, leaving only a month to wrap up life in St. Louis and get to a new place.

With Call Day just around the corner, it's got me thinking about how vicarage placements work. I'm sure most arrangements have been made for many months already. Interviews and placement meetings begin when you start your second year and are usually completed before Christmas. I understand letting everyone going on vicarage know their placement at the same time, but holding everyone in suspense until a month (possibly two months) before you start your vicarage does seem a little akin to torture. I'm calm this year, because I am not affected by Call Day. Next year will be a different story. Packing and moving life (with a baby less than a year old) will be a challenge. On the other hand, it's kind of a blessing to not know too far in advance where you will be going for vicarage. Then you might have too long to research your new congregation and home town and already have formed opinions about it before you even pack the first box. I don't know if I really like the whole idea of Call Day but I do understand the purpose of it. Here's to 1 year and 26 days before Timothy and I know where we will spend our vicarage year.

Last side note, Concordia Seminary is currently home to a family of five ducks. I hope we see the ducklings before Call Day and all the snow we had on Palm Sunday didn't hurt the eggs!

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