Keep Moving Forward


Thursday was a hard day for me.

For the past three years I have worked as the School Age Director at Cool Spring. At times the job was challenging (as all jobs are), but it was also overwhelmingly fun and rewarding.

I learned so much about successfully running a program and grew personally as a leader.

I thank God for the opportunity to impact hundreds of kids and families.

There were tear filled goodbyes, presents (shown below), and lots of hugs and high-fives.


It was a really hard day for me.

Not just because of my early retirement from my dream job, but because I sold my Jeep.

I know they say you can’t take things with you when you go, but I would have driven that ’97 Wrangler to the pearly gates if given the chance.

Elephant tire cover and all.


It was a really really hard day for me.

At this point your probably wondering why I’m writing this blog post.
I’m making you too sad.


It all can’t be happy and exciting and fun.

Share my pain.

Ok, here’s the point of this post:

One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from Walt Disney.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

I have lived by the words “Keep Moving Forward” since my middle school days.

If things aren’t going we’ll, keep moving forward.

If things are amazing and you’re nothing but happy, keep moving forward.

So the happy, exciting, and fun part is reminding myself what “forward” looks like.

Not only do I get the chance to serve orphans and reach communities in Africa for Christ, but I get the chance to do it with the love of my life!

I am so overjoyed to be able to spend the next few years living out my calling with Rachel, and I can’t wait to find out where “forward” leads us going forward.

With Love,
Tyler & Rachel

8 thoughts on “Keep Moving Forward

  1. Sue Key July 3, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Such good advice


  2. Jolanta Hoffmann July 3, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Best wishes to you both on your new venture!


  3. Erin G July 3, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    Love and prayers to you both!!


  4. MC & Warren July 3, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    Roll on….prayers coming your way. Looking forward to your next post.


  5. Lue English July 4, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    This is so encouraging!! God has given you much wisdom and insight. I’m feeling your pain over your jeep but keep in mind Joel 2:25-26- He promises to restore what has gone and what He restores will be better!Yes! He has much in store for you both as together you move forward!! Thanks for writing this! I love you both!


  6. Lue Englush July 4, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I feel your pain with you but remember Joel 2:25-26. God will replace with so much more! Can’t wait to hear what He does as you two move forward with Him!
    Love you so much!!!


  7. Lisa Barba July 5, 2016 / 4:31 am

    Thank u for reminding me to keep moving forward, Tyler. Ur in for an adventure of a lifetime and what better way to share it with the love of ur life in the name of Jesus Christ? Keep reaching for the stars, and never stop learning. We will all miss the both of u, but we too, have the chance to learn from the both of u and ur experiences. God Bless u both! Lisa Barba


  8. Taline Fischer July 5, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Wishing you lots of luck in your journey!!


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