Well, summer is over for the most part and we're heading into the fall here in the Northwest. We've made it a whole year so far! August 21, 2009 was our 1st year anniv. of living here. It's still almost unbelievable that we're here. We did have a fun, busy summer with a big trip to GA and FL to see our family, with a quick trip to the MAGIC KINGDOM thrown in the mix! Jacob and Rachel went through a week (each) of reading tutoring at a dyslexia center. Rachel did 12 days of Science Camp, Rebekah ALMOST went camping with her Girl Scouts to the Olympic National Park, but got VERY anxious the night before and didn't end up going. Maybe next year.
We've started going to a new Community Group to get trained by our new campus pastor, and in a couple of weeks Randy will begin leading our own group. Today was our first soft launch of the newest Mars Hill Church campus in Federal Way. We are SO excited. The grand opening (Hard Launch) will be Sept. 20th. One year ago, we had NO idea this was in the making. We just figured we would drive the 45min. into Seattle for as long as we needed. (we live in NE Tacoma b/c it's cheaper than Seattle) It's so awesome to be able to live in the area where we serve AND be able to invited people to a campus nearby.
Oh, and I can't forget this memorable time: Our nephew Michael (18, almost 19 years old) stayed with us for about 8 days while he was waiting to fly out to Anchorage. He's there now, working at an organic farm. We did have a fun time with him. He rescued us from a raging river, captured our run-away pooch and taught us which plants were safe to eat!
We're just so thankful for everything and how God has been providing. I start teaching kindergarten on Sept. 28-Dec. 17. After that, I will continue to sub at the elementary level, catching phone calls as early as 5:15am. Maybe this long-term job will turn into something more permanent down the road?
Well, I will go for now...........thanks for your continued prayers and love.
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."