We’ve been really busy lately. Some things we’d rather not do (and are cutting out), but other things have been a lot of fun. We’re YMCA members now so they kids just finished their fourth swimming class a couple weeks ago and are excited about swimming this summer. We just made a trip to St. Louis to see Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith at Church Of The Rock and hit the zoo and Union Station while we were there. It was a really fun time.
Our goal right now is to get a little more margin built into our schedule so we aren’t always running from one task to another. It’s just so easy to add one more thing.
Also, we’ve been doing the Facebook/Twitter things now so find us on there if you want.
The annual pinewood derby at the church was held this last weekend. Lacey won first in design and first in speed in her division, Reagan won first in speed. Brenton’s car had a little trouble, but he did win two of the heats he raced in. It’s a fun time. There is always a big pancake breakfast before the racing starts and it gives us good time to sit and visit with friends.
It’s amazing how little we get to visit with people that we go to church with. I know that our primary reason for getting to service isn’t for social time, but that is also an important part of the equation. We need to spend time building relationships with other believers as well as our relationship with our heavenly father. We’ve been watching an Andy Stanley series on how we push everything we do to the limit and leave no margin. We all try to fit as much as we can into the day, spend up the the limit where we feel uncomfortable, and don’t understand why our social and spiritual lives are so hard to maintain. This series is all about how, as we surrender our time and finances back to God and let him steer us towards the priorities He feels are the most important for us, we’ll get margin back in our lives. We’re seeing that this is true for us.
The past few weeks have been crazy. I don’t want to let the blog go too long without updating it in case somebody is reading it so here’s what’s been going on.
We are mostly settled in the house. We had plans to get a lot done over the week of Christmas because we were both taking the week of. It’s kind of a pain holding back the time all year to do it, but it’s worth it for that week together. During that week my Grandpa passed away, the radiator in the van blew up, on the way home from picking it up a guy hit us, etc. I don’t want to make it all negative because, although there was a lot of painful stuff that week, it was nice that we had already planned to have that time off. That let us make it to the hospital a lot and get the other things done without the added stress of trying to arrange time to get it in.
Some good things: Mom and Dad Kennedy came to visit us for a few days after Christmas, our friends Rusty and Mary in Las Vegas just had their first child, and we were able to spend a lot of time with family over the holiday time.
We have everything moved over and are in the middle of unpacking. The closing on the other house will happen Monday so we have to clean everything up really well and meet the carpet cleaners on Saturday before handing the keys over.
When we came in the new house there was a tin of cookies and a nice card from the Erdel’s, the previous owners. She also had left a trash bag and a couple of dishwasher tabs under the sink. That was really nice. We didn’t talk to them much, but they seem like incredible people from what we did see of them.
Today Diane met one of the neighbors while she was packing the kids up for school. While they were talking the lady asked if she worked and if she did every day. She said that everybody wants to know who should be home during the day so they can keep their eye on everyone’s houses. I love it here.
Our house sold in two days of being listed!
We signed the papers on our new house on the 12th without selling ours thinking it would be much easier to show and sell ours after we had moved. This decision kept us from moving for a long time and we decided that we should do it this way to make things easier. They sent us the paperwork to list our house and brought a yard sign. On the 15th I sent the realtor a picture of the front of our house and was going to work on better pictures over the weekend, but we had an offer in on the 17th that was also very close to what we were hoping to get out of the house. On top of that, we were waiting for a handyman to come do some painting, wallpapering, landscaping, repairing that the realtor had suggested we do. We also had lightbulbs out inside and other things that probably should have kept the house from going.
God is amazing! This isn’t a coincidence. We aren’t just lucky. For this house to, in this market and area, have sold in two days to the first couple to come look at it is beyond luck. God cares. I learn more about him every day now and it strengthens me and my faith to see how much a great and awesome God provides for us and cares about our smallest needs.
We are moving to a new house in three weeks. We’ve been looking at this house for months, but every time we were close to buying it we’d get afraid and back off. A couple weeks ago the house disappeared from the listings. We thought it had been sold which was a relief in a way. Both of us were watching the site, though, and it came back on so we realized that this is the house we had to have. We have “enough” room at our current house, but we really wanted a place where the kids could bring their friends over and would give them their own rooms so that they can do homework, have some time to themselves, or whatever.
We are trying to sell our current house now so pray that we find a buyer in the next few weeks so that when we move we won’t have to deal with anything at the old place and can focus on enjoying the new one.
We were able to go out with some friends to see Fireproof and eat at Mijuri Saturday night. Fireproof is the newest movie put out by Sherwood Church. The first two, Flywheel and FacingThe Giants, are also great, rated PG, and new favorites of the kids. We’ve watched a couple of interviews and documentaries on the church and the movies lately and it is great to see how much they believe in what they are doing.
This one had Kirk Cameron in it and is a story about a firefighter and his wife who have drifted apart and are nearing divorce. His dad asks him to wait forty days and take the “love dare” which shows him how important small things can be to keeping a happy marriage. He also reminds him that unless we love others (especially our spouse) as unconditionally as God loves us we can’t truly experience everything that God has for us in our relationsships.
Anyway, if you get a chance to go see the movie you should.
Last weekend was the Evangel Temple All-Church Campout. We’ve talked for several years about going, but we were either too busy or weren’t sure how much fun we’d have. We were called by Myra at the church office Friday because someone who had rented a duplex at Bennett Springs for the campout couldn’t make it and offered to let us stay there in their place.Â It was the greatest weekend we’ve had in a long time.
We took several pictures and put them up here