(a.k.a. 7 Quick Takes)
1. We have been internet-less for a week. Several calls to our provider, a new cable, a new modem and a visit from a technician all led to the discovery today that 1. The fancy new modem didn’t work and 2. There was no apparent problem. But there was, we swear it. Either way, we’re thankful to be back online and hope that we can return the new modem for store credit at least.
2. Things are really crazy with the church right now. Or they should be but we all have a great deal of peace about it all. It’s time to renew our building contract and our owner decided that we should be paying much much more for it. That just wasn’t going to happen. We pleaded and pleaded, sent testimonies from our neighbors about how wonderful we are, and prayed hard. Now she’s offering a price that we can almost afford but it’s still not what we can pay. So as a church body we’re trying to discern what to do. We know that our time in this location is limited regardless of what we decide right now. There are many possibilities, all of which require great faith. Last night some of us got together for a special prayer meeting about it and it was just a beautiful time. I ask you to join us in prayer. We are doing our best to not just try to “think our way” through this one and also include our members in the process. (I would have asked for your prayers sooner but I needed to wait until the church was included in the conversation to blog about it.)
3. Other than the potential chaos of having to move sometime in the next ten days to twelve months, things are going well. We had a Sunday School teacher training afternoon on Sunday. Fourteen women came; 5 or 6 of them were from other congregations. Heather taught about helping kids with special needs in your classroom and I did a quick lesson on the importance of story-telling. We’re hoping to have training times every quarter or so. My other hope is that next time we’ll be able to get some of the men to participate, too!
4. This Sunday is our annual “Two Tunics” day (the name is based on John 3:11). It’s like a garage sale without the sale, a swap meet without the swap. Everyone brings up their extra stuff to share with their church family. We have two rooms full of household goods and clothes. After church on Sunday, our members will be given the opportunity to go up and take what they need. It’s a little way that those of us with more can help those with less.
5. My hubby is super-awesome. He’s been running off and on for a while but since we just got back from furlough he was mostly in an “off” time. But he found out there was a 5k last Saturday night and he decided to register. He did it with less than a week prep and finished very well. He’s now going to go on to do a 10k and on and on.
6. My son is super-awesome. He is a little chatterbox and constantly amazes us with his vocabulary. He’s going to start school soon so his English learning may take a backseat for a little while. I think what I’m enjoying most now that he can talk is that he’s picked up manners (a few, anyway, he is just two!). He says, “Thank you VERY much, momma!” and excuses himself if he burps (and says, “Excuse you!” if you do!). That little bit of sweetness makes up for the crayon on the wall and the REALLY HARD headbutt to my mouth this afternoon (an accident).
7. Russ got a Kindle for Christmas and one of my favorite things about it has been how many free Christian fiction books there are on it. I’ve been reading and reading lately and it feels so good!