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Unlikly couples part seven 

Previusly on unlikly couple.

Craig wallice,a young pastor on a fluke visited a Methodist church. He met a young pastor. They seemed to hit it off. 

They had a series of up and down. She wanted a break for a while. She ended up visiting him at his parent’s church. 

Craig was tired but he had a good weekend. He thought that the weekend had gone really well. He wanted his parents and his church to have a good weekend.  It seemed that that happened.   

He went to bed that night. He had slept in his old bed room. It did not look like it did when he lived there. He was exhausted.  He fell asleep verry easily. He was out till morning. 

The next day he had coffe. He had breakfast with his family. “We posted a bunch of pictures on the church’s face book page. ” his mom said. She showed him a few.  He saw a group picture of church members. There was one of one of the extended wallice family.  There was a picture of the family with becky in the picture. There was a picture of craig and Becky.  

“Sadie! Are you in rush to get home? I was wondering if we could stop and see bec. ” he sugested. “No i am not in a rush to get home. ” she said.  “I would like to take you and her out for dinner. ” he said. “Yea. Thats fine. ” she said.

After breakfast, Craig got ready to leave his childhood home. Sadie packed up as well. They packed up the car then visited a bit. 

“It was good to have the whole family under one ruff again. ” his dad said.”it was good to be back. ” craig said. “Good things are happening at your church as well. I praise the lord for that. ” his dad said.  “Thanks dad. That meens a lot. ” craig told him. He hugged his dad.

He hugged his mom. “I realy missed you. ” his mom said. “I missed you mom. ” he said .he said goodby to his brothers and sisters as well. Then they headed out.  They got in the car and drove off. 

They arived at Becky’s home. The car drove in. She watched them drive in. She came out of the house. 

“Hi there!” becky said. He hugged her.  “I was hoping i could take you and sadie out for lunch. ” he suggested.  “Yes. That would be great. ” she said. “Awsome.” he responded. 

She got ready to leave. They got into the car. “I thought the church celebration went really well.” becky said.  “It really did. My parents realy seemed to enjoy it. ” he said. “It seems like a good church. ” becky said. “It is. It has grown from what it was when it first started. At first it was our family and one other family and a couple kids. ” sadie said. “So did you model your church after your dads?” becky asked.

“In many ways yes. I used the church as a guide. I tried to put my own touches on the church i started.  I did modify a few things. ” he said. 

“The church i pastor has been around for a long time. My predecessor was kind of old fashioned.  I had to slowly change things. I have kept it mostly the same as it was under pastor frank.” she said 

They parked and went inside.  They sat down. “So are you the seccond oldest?” becky asked sadie. “Yes. They waited a while before having a seccond kid. ” sadie said.

“I kinda wore my parents out. ” craig said.” i was a much calmer babby. “Sadie said. “She was a prety easy baby.  Baby three merissa. She was very colicky. ” he said. “Do you have siblings?” sadie asked. 

“Yes i have one older brother and three sisters. “She answered. “Do you get to see them much?”sadie asked. “Not too much.  We are not too close. “She said. “Im sory to hear that. “He said.”i was a bit of a problem child i gues. ” she said. “It seams like you have moved pass that. “Sadie said. “I have definently tried to. Old wounds take a long time to heel.”she said. 

“So are you two close?”she asked. “I think i am his favorate!”sadie said. “We are very close. I dont have a favorate sibling. Mayby gracie. “He said. “Gracie is a year old. She does not count. ” sadie said. They laughed. Aftter a time they headed back to the car. They drove back to her house.

They got out for a minute. “It was so good to meet you sadie.”becky said. “Same hear. I am glad we got to talk. ” sadie said. “We have to doa girls day out some time. I would love to talk to you one on one. “Becky suggested. “You dont want me around? “He asked. “It would be fun to get to get know eachother without you. Lord wiling you will be my sister in law some day. ” becky said.  “I will give you my number. Thats sounds like fun. I look froward to getting to know you. ” sadie said. 

Sadie said her goodbyes to becky. She got in the car. She figured that they wanted a few minutes to themselves.  “I am so glad you came yesterday. That was a great surprise! ” he told her.”i wanted to see you. I love being with you..i was afraid once we started talking. About what we are,that we would stop enjoying eachother.  So far so good. “She said. 

“I love you. Iove your silyness. Your bubbly personality. Everything.  Your amazing reverend becky. ” he said. He hugged her. She held on to him. “I love you. Your qirks and all. Pastor Wallace ” she said. He laughed. 

He headed to the drivers seat. He waved as he pulled out of her driveway. He headed out.

“So what do you think of her?”he asked.”i like her. She seems nice”sadie said. ” some times i think i am out of my mind to even think about such a relationship.  We are so different. Yet we mesh together so well.”he said. 

“You do mesh together well. Your similar in manny ways. It is easier to spot your diffetences. Your more simar then you think.  “Sadie said. “I could see that. ” he said

“So do we think we can work out our differences.  Do you think we can make this work?” he asked. “To be honest i think you two will chose to. I think you will find a way.  I dont think either of you could really live with the alternative. “She said. 

“I am trying to be carefull. I know that i can’t trust my heart. I know. The fact that she is a minister is problematic.  I know we have a lot to work out. A lot of it seems insurmountable.  “He said. 

“You have grown up fast. You saw the things in your life that you need to improve on and you have made those changes with the lords help. Mayby this is not a time to run away. You two can work on this.  With every relationship the thought is to wall away at the first sign of trouble. Mayby this is not the time for that.  You may have to down the road. I realy beleve that as i said you will do whatever it takes to make it work. “She said. 

“This is so unlike me. ” he said. “Mayby. Your ready for a relationship.  You were doing the work of the lord.you were not looking.  She showed up well you showed up. You two are cute together. ” she told her. 

“You realy think so?” he asked. “I do. You two have something . thats clear. You two mesh.you conpliment each other. You have that thing. That spark. “She said.

“Its weird i did not feel lonley. I waa fulfilled.  I did not feel a void. I felr fine. I was content. Now that i have met her i can’t go back. I do feel that void. ” he said.

She smirked.  “You were doing what you were suposed to be doing. You were abounding in the work of the lord. Remember dad always says wait on the lord. His timing is always best. Mayby this is that time. ” she said. 

“Perhaps it is. I had not thought of it that way. ” he told her. “I know you would find someone eventually. “She said. 

He dropped her up.they said there goodbyes. Then he headed home. When he got home he called becky. “Hi hunnie! I made it back.” he said. That was the first time he ever called her hunnie. “Good. How was the trip back?” she asked. “It went good. No incidence. No wild life. ” he said. 

“I had a realy good weekend with you. I love spending time with you. “She told him. “I love spending time with you bec. I was so glad that you came. I am so glad your in my life. “He said.

“No one has ever said that to me before.  I burn a bot of bridges. I am not that lovable. “She said.  “I meen it bec. Your very important to me. ” he said “your important to me too. ” she told him. 

He took a nap for a while. He got up. He did some church work.  He called the chairman of deacon bored. He worked on his surmon. He checked his facebook. He saw a relationship request from becky. He confirmed. A notification came up. Craig wallice and rebecca granger are in a relationship.  

His mom and sisters had tagged them in several pics. He saw a pic of him and her at thr church. There were several of them at the felowship hall. There were some of him with his family.  Sadie took some of them at bec’s place. 

He saw that becky had become face book friends with sadie,his mom and his sisters merissa and alesha. She was becoming more a part of his world.  He stared at the pics. They looked like a husband and wife. They had not realy talked about mariege. It had come up but not a firm plan. 

How would it work? Could it. Would they both continue pastoring. Where would they live. If one had to give up pastoring.  Who would it be? Could she pastor a church near him. What would his church feel about his wife being a pastor of a mainline denomination church? So manny questions.  So few answers. 

There was time to figure all that out. He was surprised that he was thinking about it. That was interesting to him. She thought about it as well. 

End of part seven.

Next up becky and craig ponder there futute together.  They learn more about each other. 

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Unlikely couple part three

I went back to hagerville. It had been a good day. I was not sure what would happen next. Both of us were prety much winging it. It was quute a day. Quite a day indeed! 

Another week went by. I was busy with church activities. I was enjoying my work. I was enjoying doing the work of the lord. 

I was in my office. It was my day off but i was catching up with some paper work. I wanted to do a couple of things and then i will take the rest of my day off. 

I heard the door open. I was not sure who it was. I left my office. It was becky. “Hi there reverend becky. Your still hear! You did not melt!” i remarked. “Funny! Hey pastor wallice! ” she said. He laughed. 

“I got you an ice cofee. Its mocha three creams two sugars! ” she saidni smiled. “Thank you. I appreciate that! ” i told her. “No problem!  ” she said. 

“What are you doing hear?” i asked. Using air qoates she said that she was in the neighborhood on bussiness. 

“The truth is i wanted to see you.i thought this was your day off?” she commented. “It is. I Am a bit of a workaholic i guess. Are you in a rush to get back or can you hang out for a bit. I would love to give you a tour of the area. There is a park we can hang out in. ” he said. 

“Sounds great! I would love it. ” she replied. “Awsome!” he said. The two left the church building.  “My car or yours?” i asked. “I will ride in yours. You probably dont want to ride in a car with a united Methodist bumper sticker. ” she said. “Oh ok,we will go in myine then. ” i said. She smiled and said an exited ok.

They headed to the car. I got in the drivers seat and she got in the passengers side of the car. I started the car. The car headed out.

“So originaly we met in my house. Then in the town hall. Then we brought this building. It was an ice cream store and a dance studio.” he said. “That is quite a change!” he said. “Yes it is. ” he said 

We came to my street.  “This is my street. This is my house. I got some mony from my grand parents esate.i decided to buy land and the house. Its smal but nice. There is some land. We actualy had some services outside in the early days. There is room for a garden and kids could play in it. ” i said. 

What was i doing.was i really hinting at domastic life? Aperently i was. “So. Did you buy the land with thoughts of being maried with kids?”she asked. “I considered it. “He said. 

“Then you do want to married?” she asked. “I do. I am prety buisy . i have not had time to date. I dont feel comfortable dating someone at the church. I dont want to date a non christian. I would like a partner in the ministry.  My house coud use a women touch. “He said 

They went to a bridge. He showed her various sites. Then they went to the park. They sat at a table. “So do you want to be maried?” i asked her.  “I do. I worry that i am just too dominering. I am woried most men would be intimidated by me. ” she said. 

“I dont know,there are plenty of demure men in the united Methodist churches. I am sure you can find someone. ” he said. “Funy. You think anyone can put up with me?  ” she said.  “Your not so bad! “He said.

“You think i will find someone?  ” she asked. “Yes i defiantly do. You will be a great wife and mom. ” i told her. “How can you  be so sure?” she asked. “I just know. ” he said.

“I would like to find someone who is not afraid of me. Someone who can tame me perhaps. I dont know if he exist.  Do you want a quiet damure wonen?” she asked.

“No not necessarily.  I believe in male leaderahip but that does not meen my wife needs to be pasive or damure. I would never be arogent ebough to believe i have the answer.  I believe a man is the leader. He should consult his wife. I will always vailure your insight and you.i meen my future wife whoever she may be. ” she said. “Oh ok”she said 

“Do you want your husbend to be week and subservient?  ” i asked. “No i actualy dont. I figure he probably will be. I would not mind a strong male as my husband.  It would be difficult for both of us. I like leading,i wont say i dont. I would not mind being led. ” she told me.

“I see you as a strong leader. You seam to be a director an administrator but i dont find you intimidating.  “He said. 

“I am glad to hear that. You seam like a leader but not a dictator. You seam very competent. ” she said “thank you. ” he said. 

“I hope that my futute husbend will vaulue me. Be patient with me. I will try to honor him . i would not want to undermine him..” she said.”things take time.  There is always ajustment. ” he said. 

“I gues there is. “He said. “We can learn in that adjustment.  We can come closer though it. Well between you and your future husbend i meen. ” she said. 

“So do you have any pets?” she asked.”a dog. A beigle named molly.you?” i asked. “I have a cat. Teeny.  No jokes. ” she said. “Ok!” i said. 

“So are you planing to be with this church for a while?” she asked. “I love it hear. This is my first church.i have been able to mold it and develop it. I would hate to leave. I would like to be for a while . even my whole pastoral life. I dont know if that is what the lord has in mind.i am open to either. If he moves me. I am perfectly fine with that. So in your church it is up to your superiors?” he asked. “Yes. I like this church.they seam to like me. ” she said. 

” you could end up on the west coast?” he asked. “Possibly.  I think i will be hear for a while. Would you miss me if i was gone?” she asked.”without a doubt! ” i told her. 

“We dont have to worry about that for a while. ” she said. “Good! I am glad to hear it. ” he said. 

They played volly ball fot a while. She beet him in thr first game. He beeat her the next. Then she won. “So do you grab a bite to eat?” i asked. “Yes this one on me ok? “She asked. “I dont know!  ” he said. “We can both contribute to this relationship! I meen our friendship whatever this is. ” she said.  “I really dont mind. ” he said. 

” if i had planed this better, i would have made something. I make a meen chicken salid sandwitch. Next time can we do a picnic?” she asked. “That would be great.  There will be a next time?” i asked. “Do you want there to be?” she asked.  “I do.”i answered. 
 At dinner i asked her if she wanted kids. “I do. Mayby three. You?”she asked. “Four mayby. I am not sure. I defiantly want kids. “He said. “I think you would be a good farther. “He said.”im picturing you and your daughter. A mini you. You will make a really look momy.” he said. “I hope so. “She said.

“I have no doubtS.” i said. I pictured her and me hanging out with two kids. A boy and a girl. I liked that image. I looked at her and thought thats my future wife. She caught me. “What?” she said .i smiled.”nothing.  I got lost in thought for a minute. “I said.she smiled and said ok. 

I had steak and she had a vegiterian dish. We had desert.i paid and then we left the resturant. I then drove her to a spot outside of town where you can see most of hagervile. I parked. We got out. 

“This is my favorate spot in town.i figured i would save it for the end of your tour” he said.he took her hand and helped her up. “It is a beautiful spot. I can see why itis your favorite.  ” she said. 

She took it all in. She looked around the town. “I am realy glad you came today. Its funy i had no plans for the day.never expected my day to go like this. ” i said. 

“I like to shake things up. I am very unpredictable.  Your life is never going to be the same now that you have met me. ” she told me.

“I can see that. I am ok with that. I will adjust. ” i said. She laughed. “I gues mt life will change as well. I like these changes. ” she said. “We are in for an adventure.  Up,down and everything in between.  “He said. “Sounds good! ” she said. 

I felt like things had changed. Nothing was the same. I liked it.it was scary.  It was frightening.  It was promising as welll. I knew i had to deny my self.abandon my self intetest. That was hard. I could see things in me i did not like. I knew i would have to change. I knew i had to focus on changing myself.  I had to work on conforming myself to the image of christ. That woukd not be easy but necessary.  

“Well i should probably head back home. “She said. “I figured. I am so glad you came today.  ” i told her. “I am glad i did too. I am going to miss you. ” she said. “I will miss you too. ” he said. 

They drove back to the church. They got out. “Look will you call me when you get home. I will wory until i know your home.”i said.”i will!”she said. “Thanks.  Have a safe trip home. “I told her. 

I went back to my house. I did worry about her. Then i got the call.”hi hunnie i made ot back! “She said.”awsome. I am really glad. “I told her. “Look i wanted you to know that i had a good day. I know that becuase of sin there is no such thing as a perfect day but today was close.”she said. 

“I know what you meen. I agree entirety.  “I said. “I will talk to you soon. “She said.”you got it. Bye for now.”he said. 

To be continued.