I fell into the habit of tracking the miles of every trip we take. In a way, measuring the experience against the ones we’ve had before it. The hipster would say it’s the miles you put on your soul that really count. Then they’d get back to taking black and white pictures of coffee. We did feel this though. We felt it when we looked out at the Grand Canyon for the first time. We felt it when we stayed with family we haven’t seen in a long time.
In a lot of ways our trip from California to Boston was the end of a journey better counted in years then miles. Of course it’s the beginning of an all new adventure but we’re not there yet. I think tracking my miles has caused me to jump from experience to experience without reflection. I’ve been forgetting to stop every once and awhile to see the view. Ferris Bueller would be so disappointed. I lived in Mexico for over 4 years. I made an eternal commitment to my best friend there. We’ve grown and changed in so many ways. I wonder of the 19 year old kid I was when I left would even recognize me. I wonder if he’d be proud. I think he would. I know he wouldn’t believe that Blaire is actually my wife!
From Mexico to Massachusetts with all our worldly possessions stuffed in a 4×8 trailer. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks to Blaire’s parents, Alan and Patti, we we’re able to thrive in this transition. I can’t thank them enough! I’m also proud to report my “backflip in every state” has extended to 35, with only my left knee being completely destroyed! Please pray for it 🙂
Favorite quotes right now…
“A river without banks is a large puddle.” – Mike Dunlap & Ken Blanchard
“Sometimes the teacher is silent during the test.” – Church sign in Jenners, PA
Looking back! Blaire and I come to the end of a season with great memories to look back on and new adventures to look forward to. We’ve spent over four years living in Mexico. I am reminded of the man I was when I first showed up. I was single, beardless, and searching for God’s purpose for my life. Four years can change a lot. I’m proud to say my seventeenth beard hair came in last week! Even more importantly, I successfully convinced the highest quality woman on planet earth, to marry me. I can still remember pretending I let her win when she smoked me at ping pong. Little did I know, God would speak His plan for me through this woman. We talked long distance on the phone while I worked as a camp counselor in Pennsylvania. One night she told me about an amazing opportunity to partner our bible school experience with a seminary in Boston. Throughout this time Blaire and I would pray for my brother Eric. It’s interesting to look back on how all the pieces fit together. We’re leaving for Boston and now He’s leaving for outreach but before then we were able build my last house in Mexico together.
Looking up and out! We’ve learned that things look up when we do. God will always be faithful. He has continually surrounded us with such loving friends and family. Only with the prayer and support of our partners have we been able to work with so many ministries. Together we were able to help build around 35 homes for the poor with the Homes of Hope ministry. We have seen 30 students from 9 different countries graduate from the School of Biblical Studies. We have been able to teach the bible in churches all across Mexico with the Titus Project ministry. In just four years we’ve been able to serve in worship, the preschool, with the youth, the local prisons and hospitals, and we’ve had so many other humbling opportunities. We cannot say thank you enough for every single person praying for us and partnering with us. It has drastically changed our lives and we hope that we were able to change lives in Mexico as well.
Looking forward! We have never been so excited to take the next step in ministry! We feel God calling us to train for something big. I have been selected to partner and grow at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. We have a vision to impact the local and global community with God’s word. Our time of getting equipt at Gordon-Conwell will prepare us for the most exciting opportunities to work and serve. We’ll need the prayer and support of so many but really we want to thank everyone for showing us God’s faithfulness every step of the way!
Favorite quotes right now…
And now you’re my whole life; Now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you, girl
We’ll look back someday, at this moment that we’re in
And I’ll look at you and say
And I thought I loved you then; And I thought I loved you then
– Brad Paisley
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8b
We’ve gone 5,970 miles on the ground (that’s 109 hours in the car) and 4,760 miles in the air. We’ve stayed in 14 different housings in 7 different states (and 2 countries)… in just 52 days. Thank you every single person who lifts us up in prayer, support, and friendship! We couldn’t move without you.
Our time in Pennsylvania was filled with the best friends and family we could’ve ever asked for. We even got to celebrate our 1st year of marriage in a beautiful place away from home but home together!
Montana was unbelievable! The TWO DAY van ride (one way) was… fun, but the amazing relationships and teachings were even better. It was an honor to help represent our base at the North American Hub of Biblical Studies.
Finally our trip to Bend, Oregon! What an amazing place to see both a friend’s family and a friend who feels like family. If we learned anything from our near 11,000 miles on the road this summer it’s that relationship is the main point! It’s what God wants FROM us and it’s what he wants FOR us.
Favorite quotes right now…
“You can’t go on explaining away forever: If you see through everything, then everything is transparent. But a wholly transparent world is an invisible world. To ‘see through’ all things is the same as not to see.” – C.S. Lewis
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. – Romans 12:9-10
This year my birthday was particularly… growing. A couple people asked me if I felt any older and I think for the first time in my life I really do. Married at 22 with an apartment in Mexico and an income made up entirely of support. This undoubtedly grows my faith but as my faith grows my responsibility grows with it.
How do I provide for my family? How do I glorify God in everything? How do I live?
Blaire and I were teaching in Ensenada, Mexico on my birthday. We didn’t have very much money but we still felt God wanted us to celebrate. So we went and even agreed to pay for my friend who has the same birthday as I do. As we walked to the car I looked at the ground and saw something buried in the dirt. I bent down and picked up a dusty 500 peso bill (about 30$). At that moment I felt like God was speaking to me. He reminded me that “faith is confidence in what we hope for and the assurance of things unseen” Heb 1:1. It’s about trust. He also reminded me that He was our provider, even if He had to pull it out of the dust! The money covered every expense we had to the penny! HE IS GOOD!
So here’s the way I see this christian life thing.
The older I get the more responsibility God gives me. But it’s a responsibility to trust Him. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Prov 3:5. To be obedient to His sovereign voice no matter what. So we learn to die to ourselves, and Christ lives in us. John says “He must increase but I must decrease.” John 3:30. Even as Paul is chained in a jail cell he says that “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Phil 1:21. We die to ourselves and have eternal life in Christ. This, in my opinion, is our only hope of true peace. Jesus knew the world would reject him and those that followed after him. “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. This is the good news of the gospel, and the only hope we have.
…And this is us praying over the city of Ensenada and camping with friends!
From this day forward is a serious thing to say. A commitment like that requires a little more than trust and affection for another person. It requires faith. I’ve never met anyone like Blaire who completely amazes me and amazingly completes me all at the same time. She is hands down my bestfriend, beyond beautiful, and my better judgment but the glue that hold our hearts together is so much stronger than anything this world has to offer. Jesus is the third strand that makes tying the knot effortless and eternal. We got married young and quite literally penniless but because our hope is in Him, the road ahead will always bright and better together.
Just in case you missed the big day let me just tell you the Peviani’s sure know how to throw a party in style. By God’s grace and the work of my new and amazing in-laws, the wedding was provided for and planned to perfection! Shout out to the maid-of-honor (Brittany McGuirk) for making everything so stunning, the Best man (Tony Colangelo) for an… unforgettable speech, and my family for driving all the way from Pennsylvania!
The honeymoon was breathtaking! Costa Rican jungle overlooking the ocean! But as usual its the glory of God that triumphs over everything! As divine as Costa Rica was eventually we had to leave. Unfortunately I booked our flights out of San Jose California (not San Jose Costa Rica)…! We had no money or cell phone service! So we prayed and sent an email to Blaire’s mom. She contacted the airline and even prayed with the woman on the phone from the airline (a believer too). I originally payed 250$ for both flights when the flights should have been 1400$ all together. When we all was said and done they changed our flight for nothing but taxes (90$) the total came to 350$ for 1400$ tickets!!! Glory to God!
Blaire and I have had a busy and exciting past couple months!
We were able to fly out and visit my family in Pennsylvania.
The weather outside was… weather!
And Blaire got to build her first snowman!… luckily for the frostbitten residents of Pennsylvania he melted shortly after.
We also got to do some exploring!
But you know what… this picture might be from last year…?
Either way it was fun times in Pennsylvania!
When we returned to the base in Mexico we were blessed to teach in the Bible school we staff at.
Blaire taught the gospel of Luke and I taught the book of Acts (as seen above)!
…now that I think about it, that picture was from last year.
The lights of Christmas
Blarie even got to meet Santa Claus!
Unfortunately he came as soon as I stepped outside:)…
maybe i’ll meet him next year!
We got to see the lights of Disneyland for Blaire’s Birthday!
…and most importantly I offered something shiny to the one who brightens up my life…
and she said yes!!!