Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Three Weeks and Counting...

First of all, welcome to the very first post on our very first blog. So many of our friends are blogging these days, so I figured I'd give this thing a try. Also, I figure that the grandmas in my life would thoroughly appreciate updates and pictures of the grandkids that we're about to take to another continent.

As I write, we have exactly three weeks left before we leave for Tanzania. God has provided 100 percent of our monthly financial needs, and we have all the money we need for language school. Praise Him! We are now homeless, car-less, and living out of suitcases...several of them.

Since we left Dallas on June 3, we've been in 9 different states and in two different countries.

Our first stop was southern Arizona, where we spent two wonderful weeks with Paul's parents. One of the most magical parts of those two weeks was the short family vacation we all took to Puerto Penasco, Mexico, a small beach town about four hours drive from Tucson. We all had a great time swimming, looking for hermit crabs, napping, eating great Mexican food, and visiting.

After we said our goodbyes to Paul's parents, we headed back to the Midwest. We had a quick stopover in Kansas City so we could unload our van (which was packed to the gills with our stuff from Dallas) and then headed north to Wisconsin to attend my cousin Rob's wedding. We had a great time hanging out with family and enjoying the event.

Our final stop on our June road trip was central Illinois. On Sunday, June 21, we had the opportunity to share about our ministry at Lexington Community Church (Paul was on staff at this church when God called us into missions back in 2004). We thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with good friends in Lexington, and were privileged to have them pray over us. We even drove Josiah by the house we lived in when he was born. (He thought this was cool.)

So, after our whirlwind trip, we're back in Kansas City for our final three weeks in the U.S. We're beginning to feel the pressure that comes with preparing to move to another country for three years, but God is sustaining us through it all.

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