(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…
After leaving Michigan last Monday morning, we spent our first night in Chicago at the home of my best friend from high school. Charles cooked us a gourmet meal.
After dinner we took a walk over to see Lake Michigan (he lives just off Lake Shore Drive near the north side of Downtown Chicago) and to get some much needed exercise.
On Tuesday morning, we said good-bye to Charles…
…and boarded the El train to go in to downtown Chicago for some sightseeing.
Once downtown we rode to the top of the Willis Tower (used to be called Sears Tower) to see Chicago from above.
More from on top of Chicago.
After the Willis Tower (Zachary’s choice), we walked several blocks to the Chicago Institute of Art (Logan’s choice).
Zachary enjoyed the medieval art
Logan enjoyed the modern art. (The far painting happened to be my favorite painting).
After a quick lunch of cheese and crackers in Millennium Park, we headed down Michigan Avenue. We stopped at the “Bean” to pose for a picture.
Michigan Ave. bridge crossing the canal between the business and shopping districts
Tuesday night until Thursday morning we staid with the Goin family in Warrenville ( a suburb of Chicago). We met these dear people at homeschool family camp.
Zach with 3 of the Goin children and a friend.
On Wednesday evening, we picked Garrett up at the train station (he had taken a train from La Crosse to Chicago). He joined us at the Goin’s house and participated in a game of Mafia with everyone.
The Burtelson family. Lee and Stacie are ALC board members, and we met with them on Wednedsday to discuss a few business matters.
After leaving the Goin’s house Thursday morning, we stopped in for brunch at the Del Boccio family’s house. This is another family we met through LWBC. We enjoyed our visit with them before heading south to my parent’s house.
We had dinner and exchanged Christmas gifts at Jane’s house Friday evening. Jane was my grandfather’s companion these last 3 years since the death of my grandma. She misses Grandpa so much and enjoys having us all around.
Uncle Raymond and Aunt Carol (my mom’s brother and his wife) were with us at Jane’s.
Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Garry (my mom’s sister and her husband) also joined us at Jane’s house.
Jane and her nephew Greg Holliman.
Mom and I iced Christmas cookies together this morning.
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!