Posted: December 18, 2007 in The Big Move

I’m moving. Well, next August is still a long ways off. But I’m moving anyway.

It has been ten weeks now since my self-imposed blogging hiatus, and I guess it’s about time to return. It all began with my trying to simplify life (remember that crazy check-email-once-a-day attempt?). Somewhere in the middle of that process, my wife and I began having some deep talks about the future, and somewhere in the middle of that our computer crashed. That was a convenient reason for the break.

I’ve just had a lot to sort out before spewing my life details out to the world at-large once more.

But I’m ready now.

Somewhere in October Jody and I decided that I should try to go to law school next year. I’m 37 years old, so I think this qualifies as a mid-life crisis. Going to law school is better than getting a girlfriend (and Jody said it would be cheaper, too), and a sports car just isn’t my style. No, I’ll just reinvent my life instead, incur heavy student loans for old time’s sake, and move from our beautiful home to a college apartment.

I’m pumped about it.

The downside is leaving people we love, which we will have to do next August. We told the elders of our church family in November, and broke it to the whole church family in December. Most everyone has been very supportive of the fact that we are following our hearts, even when our hearts are leading us into uncharted waters. The funny thing is, when your heart is convicted, you’ll follow it whether others are supportive or not. But the support has been heartwarming.

It’s pretty cool that I can count about two people who are probably glad to get rid of us at church, and they’ve been nice enough not to say it. Lots and lots and lots of people have told us they really hate it that we’re leaving. Some are even scared of the prospect. But they still tell us that we should do what we think is right for us to do. Very, very cool.

While I wasn’t blogging, I was sneaking around studying for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Remember now, I hadn’t taken a real test in 13 years or so, much less a killer test like the LSAT. I took it a couple of weeks ago, so now I’m awaiting my scores. From what I can tell, I will get the results on January 2. I will either be really happy or really grumpy that day. Don’t say I didn’t warn you either way.

I’ve sent in my application to six schools. It will probably be March or April before we know for sure where we’ll be headed.

The best law school on my list is the University of Virginia, but I really doubt I’ll end up there. For one, there’s this tricky thing about being accepted there. If that miracle occurs, then I have to decide if the debt is worth it.

Just behind UVA for me is Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. There are lots of reasons to go to Pepperdine, not including Pamela Anderson (Hi, Jody!). The biggest problem there is money, so I’ll have to wait and see about scholarships there.

The next two of interest are the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the University of Florida-Gainesville. I really like both schools, and I go back and forth as to which one I like best (mostly depending on the weather that day!).

Ole Miss is the smart financial choice. Oxford is a cool little town from what I hear, too.

Last, and least for me, is my alma mater, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. I loved it there, but for several reasons, it comes in sixth on my list of six.

Well, let’s not overdo it on my first day back on the blogging wagon. But I thought all four of you faithful readers deserved a somewhat substantial update.

I’ll try to get back in the habit. If not daily, at least often.

  1. JD says:

    Al, no matter where our paths take us, I pray that we will always be friends. I love you and your family. New adventures can be scary, but not following our hearts is scarier (if that’s a word).

  2. C-Love says:

    So exciting! Kudos to following your gut even when it takes you unexpected places.

    When Mom decided to go back to college in her 40’s (and sit in the same classes with her son), it confirmed my suspicion that she is the coolest ever.

    Here’s to mid-life crises!

  3. Alison says:

    I am just glad we got to O.S. in time to meet you and your awesome family! Best wishes always!

  4. raschalmommy says:

    Al, I sure hate that OS COC is going to lose you and your wonderful family, but we have to follow where the Lord leads us. You have a special place in my heart. Hopefully, we’ll make a trip down before you move. Wouldn’t it be cool if you ended up on my side of the country, CA?

  5. Stephanie says:

    Al and Jody (or JoEllen as I refer to her),

    I am soooo excited for you both and the family of course. I am sure all of your friends will be so sad to see you go, but what a great new path you will be headed down. I know you put great thought into everything you do so there is not a doubt in my mind that you will be successful at achieving your new goal.

    Please say hello to Jody for me. Though I am not a frequent writer, I do think of often.

    Wishing you the best (all the way from Minneapolis)!!!

  6. Al Sturgeon says:

    John: No worries in the friend department. You have tenure there.

    Candice: I absolutely LOVE what you said about your mom. Sentiments like that are what motivates me most.

    Alison: I could say the same in reverse. You and Cole are about the coolest folks I’ve ever met.

    Kari: Thanks for such sweet words. California is a real possibility for us, and being close to you guys again would be a major upside.

    Stephanie: You’ve no idea how much we think of you. We even thought long and hard about applying to the University of Minnesota, mostly because of you. Thanks for your kind words, and your enduring friendship.

  7. juvenal_urbino says:

    Congrats, Big Al! I know this has been something of a “long, dark night of the soul,” but it sounds like you and Jody have made your decision, are happy about it, and looking forward to it. That’s just about the best a person can hope for with this kind of decision, I think.

    Ipse dixit!

  8. Al Sturgeon says:

    Thanks, JU!

    I like the way you think.

    And btw, thanks for always being a valuable ear through all sorts of things.

  9. Lisa says:


    (See? More than 4 people read your blog!)

    Seriously, I know God will be with you, and you will find ways to do God’s work wherever you are. Blessings!

  10. Joe says:

    Dude that is so awesome! I can’t say the same for the OS church but God knows how to care for his bride. I went through my crisis last year and opted for a motorcycle, and yes, it cost a whole lot less than a girlfriend.

    Grace & Peace.

  11. Marvel says:

    Al, Let God lead you in the right path and he will always be your peace! Sometimes God blesses us before we are aware of it. Enjoy your blessings with your new journey and know that you have touched many lives! Especially ours! Here’s to peace!!

  12. Al Sturgeon says:

    Lisa: Thanks a bunch! And I can’t believe you kept coming back around during my LOOONNNGGG hiatus! 🙂

    Joe: A motorcycle, eh? Nah. But in three years, if you’re ever injured in an accident, call the law offices of ME! 🙂

    Marvel: Thank you so much. You know the upside of UF-Gainesville, right? 🙂

  13. Marion says:

    Al, I think it is great. You know I am rooting for UF-Gaineville. Seriously though, where ever you end up at it will be the place God wants you. You and your family will be a blessing to everyone around. Good luck and welcome back to college, you get to get back into studying like I did last semester. Have Fun!!!

  14. DocWatson says:

    Big Al, congrats on the decision. I need to get with you to find out a good time to come down to O.S. to work on the book. I will call after the holidays. Now the book will be a good way to remember your time there.

  15. Al Sturgeon says:

    Marion: Thanks!!! I guess I could be a fan of the color orange, as long as it’s not of the burnt variety! 🙂

    Big Dave: Thanks to you, too!!! Hey, I’ll be in Arkansas a few days next week. I’ll bring the last CD, and maybe we can hook up?

  16. DocWatson says:

    When will you be in town?

  17. Clyde says:

    Well Al, I am excited for you, but sad, too. You’re a great preacher, and we could use some more like you.

    But I know you will bless the world in whatever ministry context you find yourself, and the law profession will be better off with you in the ranks.

    I hope you have a fantastic 2008.

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