As of today I have taken my vows within the Orthodox Church. A long road full of existential crises has led me here. It has not been easy, but I have full confidence that I have made the right decision. I have been exorcised and blessed by my priest. I now eagerly await my full union with the Church, but I also look forward to this year of growth in patience and purpose.
Someone at the parish did take some pictures, so if they email those to me I will be sure to post them! I am filled with such an inward and deep-seeded joy; the joy of resolve. I can tell that this is a faith that lasts.