We do tend to raise our eyebrows when someone resigns "for family reasons," don't we? But since I am not a political appointee I expect more people will take my word for it. My children have all reached the age where they are involved in multiple activities, especially in the evenings and on the weekends. I have uttered the phrase, "I can't. My kids have soccer." too many times for me to count! The eldest is also off to college in the fall of 2015, so my time with him is limited. Especially considering how much time teenagers give to their parents anyway.
I was recently presented with a career opportunity that allows me to spend more leisure time with my husband and sons, as well as prepare for when these three adorable boys become handsome young scholars...and the price tag that inevitably comes with that transition.
I have, therefore, decided to resign from the ministry and move on to new endeavors. This is not to say I will never return to ministry...never say never..., but probably not until at least 2021 when my youngest packs up his teddy bear and moves into a dorm. Did I just say 2021?!
I am, of course, fulfilling all of the officiating obligations already on my calendar and may entertain the idea of officiating a special wedding from time to time. My legal authority to solemnize marriage isn't changing, so a "you officiated my brother's wedding," or "we're willing to pay your way to Honolulu" may win me over. (Oh, and soccer players or weddings held on a soccer pitch are guaranteed special consideration.)
But I will no longer be actively promoting my services as an officiant or accepting general inquiries, though I will speak with couples who have been referred to me. I will try to be of assistance if my schedule permits.
I have converted my website to one that I hope will provide assistance to both officiants and their clients alike. I remain available for writing, coaching, and mentoring. I will probably continue to add to the blog from time to time so do feel free to contact me with questions and suggestions.
I want to express my heartfelt and sincere gratitude to the 489 couples who have thus far trusted me with their wedding ceremonies. It truly has been an amazing honor!
Here are the names of some officiants, alphabetical order by company name, who serve Brevard County and Central Florida.
Shannon Perez: Florida Beachside Weddings
Dona Grigsby: Love is a Beach Wedding
Renee Silverman: A Lovely Ceremony
Rev. John Bennett: New Path Ceremonies
Teresa Dyer: North Brevard Bridal Services
Many happy returns!