(posted by Mindy)
(Pictures of our week are below as are a schedule and prayer request list.)
Over the last week and a half we had a wonderful time of food, fun, food, fellowship, food, friends, food, family, food…you get the idea. We crammed a lot in to that short amount of time and had a great time doing so, and this week we are back home and coming down off a sugar, fat, processed food high. We are eating healthier again. Since we have only a few more weeks here at home, we don’t want to buy a lot of groceries and are trying to use up what we have on hand. It has been challenging, but fun, coming up with new recipes to pull together meals from the ingredients we have in our freezer, frig and pantry. I told my guys to be flexible and willing to eat things we are not used to eating together. Of course I am the one that is probably going to have issues since I am such a nutrition fanatic. This too I have given to the Lord.
With so much left to do before the move and only 4 weeks of “home” time left, we are beginning to feel the pressure to get things done. Many of you who have moved know the feeling of “What do I do with this?” when going through your earthly possessions. Besides the many different sorting projects scattered throughtout the house, I believe not knowing what to do with things is the hardest thing for me to deal with. Do I need a crochet needle in the Bahamas, do I take my whole sewing kit or leave it in storage, do I really want to pay duty on my great grandmother’s wall mirror, what if this, what if that, should it go or should it stay… Perhaps I should hire someone who has no sentimental attachment to our things to tell me what to do. I am praying over almost every item as I fit it into the bins and add it to the inventory list. Please pray for discernment and clarity of mind.
We are still working on shipping company details. We are waiting for another quote from a company referred to us by a friend, and as soon as we hear back from them and the other company we are seriously considering, we should be able to make a decision on our shipper.
Reminder to those who are interested: our Commissioning Service at our church is scheduled for Sunday, December 9th at 10:00am. If you would like more information, please don’t hestitate to contact us.
Here are some pictures of our Thanksgiving week…
December 2: Ministry Presentation at Living Faith, Viroqua
December 7-9: our parents and kids in town to celebrate “Christmas” and attend or commissioning service at our church
December 13-17: Travel to Michigan to visit friends
December 17-20: Travel to Chicago to visit friends (Garrett meets up with us in Chicago)
December 20-25: Travel to Covington, IN to spend Christmas with Mindy’s family
January 4-6: Travel to Green Bay, WI to represent ALC at the E-Free Church’s youth conference
January 7-11: Crazy move week! (see last week’s post for more details)
Immigration paper work is still not processed
Garrett needs a job
Logistics of moving (packing, shipping, etc)
Discernment on purchasing a vehicle in Nassau (specific request: right-side drive, >8 passenger van)
Zach and Logan’s homeschool work schedule (it is challenging for them when we are travelling so much)
Philippians 1:3 says, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you.” We think of all our dear family, friends, and acquaintences often. As the Lord brings people to mind, we are compelled to pray for them. If there is anything you would like us to pray for, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line and share your request with us.
May God bless you. Until next time…