(posted by Mindy)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!
We hope you all have had a blessed time with family and friends as you celebrate the birth of our Savior and ring in the new year. We had 2 wonderful weeks of visiting with family and friends, and now we are home and back at the task of packing, sorting and inventorying everything. We left my parent’s house Christmas morning and arrived home in Westby around 4pm that afternoon. We are road weary and glad to be home.
It just hit me this morning: TWO WEEKS! In 2 weeks we will be leaving Westby. In 3 weeks we will be leaving America. That is not a whole lot of time. I am a tad bit overwhelmed and feel like my head is spinning. Tim seems to be taking everything in stride and is more relaxed. Although I am not anxious (by God’s grace I am at peace), my “remember to do” list is filling my brain, and I am concerned that I am going to forget to do everything that needs to be done. Please pray for clarity of mind, discernment, stamina and strength, and plenty of time to get everything done. Please also pray for Logan and Zachary right now as they face the challenges of school work as well as packing and moving issues. My mother-heart wants to protect them from this hustle and bustle, but I know this transition is an educational opportunity in and of itself and will build character in them.
I will probably not be posting much over the next two weeks because of all that is going to have to be done, so I am going to quickly give you a recap of our schedule for the next two weeks:
December 27-30: Winterama/Winter Recharge at LWBC: Zach and Logan are dish washing, and Garrett is counseling.
December 30: our last Sunday at our church
January 4-6: Tim, Mindy, Logan and Zachary representing Adventure Learning Centre in Greenbay, WI for Districts (E-Free church youth conference)
January 8: Pick-up moving truck, load truck with things being stored in Minnesota
January 9: Tim and Logan to take moving truck to Minnesota, drop off things in Minnesota, return to Westby, load truck with things being shipped to Nassau (and other places south of here)
January 10: leave Westby for Covington, IN by 10am (Garrett will be going with us); send-off party with Mindy’s family that evening
January 11: leave Covington for Corbin, KY
January 12: leave Corbin for Charleston, SC
January 13: attend church with Mindy’s sister and present the ministry to the assembly there
January 14: load shipping container at Charleston Port
January 15: trip to Florence, SC
January 16: Tim, Mindy, Garrett, Logan and Zachary fly out of Charleston for Nassau via Atlanta, GA at about 10am
January 24: Garrett flies from Nassau to Charleston, SC
January 25: Garrett flies to Minnesota from South Carolina
January 27: Garrett returns to La Crosse, WI from Minneapolis via Amtrak
Please pray that the weather cooperates. There is not a lot of leeway in the schedule for bad driving weather. We know that God is in control and His ways are perfect. He will work things out according to His plan.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Drop us a line if you get a chance. We enjoy hearing from you!
Have a great week everyone. We look forward to communicating with you again. May God richly bless you!
(posted by Mindy)
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3 ESV)
This verse has been on my mind. As the busyness of life continues, there is a peace and contentment that I know can only be coming to me from God Himself. Humanly speaking there is too much going on and too much to be done in our little world to offer any sort of peace. Thanks be to God for His little blessings to us!
This week someone point blank asked us how we are/were doing as we continue in our preparations and journey to the Bahamas and the new ministry. As we reflected back over the last 3 months in preparing a response, we are amazed at how smooth this journey has been and how God has been so good to us. There has really been no major bumps. We are almost reluctant to say it, but since it is a testament to the awesome work of our awesome Lord, we say that our road to the Adventure Learning Centre has been a smooth one. That is not saying it has been easy. It has been a lot of hard work. God has just been gracious and has paved the way for us. Hallelujah!
We have been thoroughly enjoying our time with family and friends, knowing that this is the last time we will be seeing many of these dear people for quite a while. We are trying to treasure each and every moment. This weekend we are at my parent’s house in Covington, Indiana and are enjoying some quiet time together. Tomorrow we will be worshiping with some fellow believers at the church I grew up attending, Edgewood Baptist Church of Danville, IL. Monday (Christmas Eve) we will be getting together for dinner at an aunt’s house. Tuesday (Christmas Day) we will be heading home.
Until our next post, enjoy our week in picture review…
Thanks for the time and interest in our lives and our ministry work. We are very encouraged and blessed with your attention. We hope and pray you all have a Merry Christmas!
(posted by Mindy)
We had a great weekend with our friends in Michigan. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
After a very long good-bye and a couple of shed tears, we said good-bye to Erica and the Glardons this morning. We are currently in Chicago. We arrived here around 2pm and visited the Lincoln Park Zoo for about an hour before heading over to a Starbucks about a block from the zoo to catch-up on email and wait for my high school friend Charles to get off of work. We are staying at Charles’ house tonight and may even come back downtown tonight after dinner to see Christmas lights. They say the city is beautiful at night.
Tomorrow we will be going to some other friends’ house here in Chicago to stay with them for a couple of nights. We will be meeting with Lee and Stacie Burtelson (ALC board members) on Wednesday afternoon, picking Garrett up at Chicago’s Union Station Wednesday evening, meeting with some more friends on Thursday for brunch, and then heading for my parent’s house in Covington, IN on Thursday afternoon. We plan on leaving my parent’s house sometime Christmas day.
I am sure I will find some time to write more over the weekend. Until then, have a great week!
…departure update, weekend with our family and commissioning service at church, plans for the next couple of weeks!
Before we share the events of this past weekend… you will notice that we now have a count down to departure on the right side of this blog page. It is hard to believe that we are nearing the one month mark. Soon the count down will be measuring days instead of months. Yesterday was the one month to go mark for our departure from Westby. We will flying out of Charleston, SC on January 16th.
Our earthly possessions continue to dwindle and packing is coming together nicely. The big job left to do (besides the actual move) is the inventory lists. This is the part that is going to take a lot of time. Thankfully God has given me an organizational mind. Please pray for me that I exercise wisdom and discernment. It is imperative that our paper work is correct and in order so as not to cause any red flags for US or Bahamas custom agents.
We signed the service agreement with our shipping company today. Please pray that all goes according to plan.
This past weekend’s time together as a family was absolutely wonderful! My (Mindy) parents arrived on Friday, Andrew and Katie and Garrett arrived early afternoon on Saturday, Tim’s parents arrived late afternoon on Saturday, and Abby (Garrett’s girlfriend) joined us around 7pm.
Our weekend in pictures:
Sunday afternoon we said good-bye to Tim’s parents and Andrew and Katie. Tim and Logan will see them when they go to Minnesota to drop off the US storage items in January, but Zachary and I will not be seeing them again before we leave for the Bahamas. It was difficult for me, but I know that God will sustain.
We leave Thursday for our trip to Michigan, Chicago and Indiana. We will be connecting with friends, supporters and family on this trip. We will be returning home on Christmas day. Please pray for travel safety.
We will keep you posted on our trip. Until then, have a great week.
If you are able, you are welcome to join us at Grace Church in Viroqua this Sunday for our Commissioning Service. The worship service begins at 10:00am. For information and directions, our church website is www.grace-efca.org.
A Week of Family Celebrations
Our week began with a celebration- Logan’s birthday, and it will be ending with another celebration- “Christmas” with our children and our parents. Because of the Commissioning service scheduled for this weekend, our children and our parents are joining us for the weekend. We thought we would take the opportunity to celebrate Christmas together as a family on Saturday. It may be a long time before we are all together again.
Speaking of separation…This past summer, right after I realized another move away from family and friends was imminent, God brought Matthew 10:37 to my mind, “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” I also realized that when compared with the expanse of eternity, our time on this earth is so very short, a speck or blip in the screen of eternity really. We must be doing what we can to “bring others” to Christ while we are able. After all, we have all eternity to enjoy fellowship with those we love (provided our loved ones know the Lord as their Savior). We are well aware that we are being called away from our friends, family and loved ones to do a work that will impact the kingdom of God and will bring glory to our Lord. The eternal benefits of the work we will be doing will assuage the pain of separation. The glory of God and the prospect of reaching lost souls for Christ make this momentary “suffering” worth it. Please pray that we are able to keep our focus on the job God has called us to do and not on homesickness and longings for visits from family and friends!
This past Sunday we were able to share our ministry with the assembly at Living Faith in Viroqua. The congregation was warm and welcoming. The time of prayer they had with us during the service was very encouraging. We are reminded all the time of the importance of prayer, and knowing others are praying for us is such a blessing.
Next Thursday we leave for our trip to Michigan, Chicago and Indiana to visit friends and family. We will be returning to Westby on Christmas day. Winterama/WinterRecharge starts two days after Christmas and Tim, Zachary and Logan will be working in the kitchen for the camps. Please pray for our time with friends and family and for safety in travel.
It has been a long hard process, but we believe we have found a freight forwarder who will be handling the shipping of our household items to the Bahamas. We originally had thought we would load the 20 foot container ourselves and save some money, but we have found this company’s price to professionally load the shipping container to be quite reasonable and have decided to pay the extra money to have them load it for us. We believe it is money well spent. Please pray that everything goes according to what has been promised by the shipping company. We realize it is all in God’s hands and are trusting Him to work things out for the best (whatever that looks like).
I will try to post again next week before we take off for Michigan. I am sure we will have plenty of Christmas pictures to share.
Have a great weekend everyone!
At 3:04pm on December 3, 1995, the Seeley family welcomed into this world a bright, feisty, strong-willed, persistent, fun loving little boy. Little did we know that our parenting skills were about to be challenged and take on a whole new dimension.
Logan, despite the challenges you brought into our lives, we are so thankful God gave you to us. We have enjoyed watching you blossom into a godly young man and look forward to seeing what God has planned for you in your life. We love you, Logey!