What a surprise!!! God gave us a huge gift this week. He reunited our family. We knew we were going to get to see Garrett/Abby, Logan/Alex, and Tim’s parents this week, but we did not know we were going to get to see our oldest son Andrew.
We arrived in the Viroqua area on Wednesday. We reunited with Garrett and Abby in the afternoon. Then in the evening we spoke at our sending church, Grace Church in Viroqua, WI. After the service, while we were fellowshiping in the basement, our oldest son Andrew, who we have not seen in almost a year, showed up. Neither Tim or I knew he was coming. (The pictures below tell the story.) On Thursday we reunited with Logan when he met us at the LaCrosse, WI Best Buy. We were able to spend time with the boys, Tim’s parents, Abby, and Logan’s girlfriend Alex at the home of Brent and Tara Beck in Cashton, WI.
We arrived in Wisconsin content with the fact that we were going to be able to see Logan, Garrett, Abby, Alex, Tim’s folks and friends we had left nearly two years ago. God blessed us further by bringing us all together. God blesses us in unexpected ways and above and beyond what we could have imagined.
The week in review
This week was a little less intense than last week, but we still covered a lot of ground. Here is where we were and what we were up to…
November 13-16: London, Ontario
We had the aweseome privilege of spending a long weekend with our part-time Nassau parents, Bob and Faye Browning, in their London, Ontario home. We had a great visit.
It lightly snowed the first day we were in London, Ontario. We were hoping to see some measurable snow while we were in the north.
On Friday evening, we had dinner at Lyall and Julie Mix’s house. We met a couple of their children. Lyall is assistant pastor at West London Alliance church. The dinner was planned so we could talk about the upcoming mission trip their church is taking to the Bahamas.
On Saturday we drove an hour away to meet up with Bob and Faye’s children to celebrate Faye’s birthday. Bob planned the whole thing and managed to surprise Faye.
Bob and Faye with three of their sons, their wives, and a couple granddaughters.
On Sunday morning we attended West London Alliance church. Zachary helped by playing in their youth worship band.
We had Sunday lunch with Lyall and Julie.
Sunday evening we met with the West London Alliance Church mission team, shared particulars of our testimony and the Bahamas culture and ALC&C ministry, and answered questions.
It was snowy as we left the London area to drive to Toronto.
November 17-18: Toronto, Ontario
Bob and Faye drove us to Toronto to the hotel by the Toronto airport where we were to fly out the next day.
We met up with Julian Williams Monday evening. Julian has been to Nassau to visit us. It was fun seeing him in Toronto.
November 18-19: Chicago, Illinois
Tuesday we flew from Toronto to Chicago. We had dinner at Lee and Stacie Burtelson’s house. We met with another early ALC&C board member, Paul Hadley and his wife and daughter in law.
The kid’s table at the Burtelson’s.
The following morning, we had breakfast with the Hadleys and the Jungs!
Erv and Marion look short next to Zachary (who doesnt?).
November 19-21: Cashton/Westby/Viroqua, Wisconsin
Our first family reunion: Garrett and Abby.
Time with our pastor and his family: Rich, Karen, Kellyn and Ethan Maurer.
Time with the Eisermann family: Chris, Sheila, Chloe, Kinza and Jacob.
Family reunion #2- Tim’s parents.
We provided an update of the ministry work with our sending church.
I got to meet and hold the newest addition to the Jackson family. Melissa’s husband is the guest services manager at Living Waters Bible Camp.
My Viroqua “Mom”.
Family Reunion #3- Andrew!
A total surprise! Andrew walked in and Tim noticed him first.
Then I notciced him. Of course the other boys knew he was coming so, Zachary had the camera ready.
I was overwhelmed and of course so excited to see him.
We hung out at the Becks for short while after church.
Thursday morning we were hosted by the Beck children. We love staying with this awesome family.
A stop in at University Wisconsin LaCrosse to see Andrea Huser.
Family Reunion #4: Logan!
Followed by lunch with Dan and Nelva Melcher and Mom and Dad Seeley.
Zachary wanted to step foot in Minnesota, so since we were less than 5 miles from the Wisconsin/Minnesota border, we drove in just long enough for Zachary to be able to say he has never gone a whole year without being in Minnesota.
This is an indoor hockey arena now, but on June 6th, this pavilion will be the site where these 2 exchange wedding vows.
Me and my boys!
We loved having all the boys with us for a family picture. Our joy was hampered only by the fact that Katie could not be with us.
That afternoon we hung out at the Beck’s house.
The kids were all on their phones playing a game together. At least it was a “together” game. I just enjoyed sitting and watching all of them.
Family picture with Grandma and Grandpa.
Sharing our last meal with the Becks before going our separate ways on Friday afternoon.
We made a quick stop to see our dog, Bella! She acted like she knew us.
We also stopped in to say good-bye to the Jacksons.
November 21-22: Davenport, Iowa
Friday evening we went to Grace Evangelical Free Church in Davenport, Iowa to meet with a prospective mission team for next summer.
After the meeting, Zach played some fuse ball.
It has been another tiring, but rewarding week. We are starting to look forward to the normalcy of being home in the Bahamas again in a little over a week. In the mean time, we are looking forward to seeing family in Indiana over the next week.
Until the next post, have a great week!
Tim, Mindy and Zachary