Tuesday, December 25, 2007
After the meal we took turns opening our gifts and then went to bed at about 4:00 in the morning!
Here instead of Santa Claus, the kids believe that baby Jesus brings them their Christmas gifts. So, Ovidio, Naty´s brother took some of Gaby, Marcus and Veronica´s gifts and put them in the manger with baby Jesus and they went to get them on Christmas morning. Naty and I slept in until 10:00!
The weather today was spectacular so we washed a lot of clothes and I took Naty´s dad´s bike and did some serious mountain biking. I´ve never gone on hills quite like the mountains here. It was about 80 degrees and beautiful! I was praising God for his creation the whole ride.
Monday, December 24, 2007
My friend Jim took me to the airport in Columbus at about 5:00 on Friday evening thinking that my plane was to leave a little after 7:00. Welcome to holiday travel! The plane never left until a little after 9:00 PM and I arrived in Fort Lauderdale at midnight. Rosanna, Naty´s sister, picked me up there and we went to her place in Miami. Rosanna lives with another family there and I was able to get about 2 1/2 hours of sleep before leaving for Miami International Airport at 4:30 Saturday morning. More long lines! I have never seen an airport so full. We got checked in and had time for a cup of Starbucks before heading to our plane. The 767 plane was totally full as well.
We arried at the airport in Maiquetia, Venezuela (by the coast, north of Caracas) at about 11:00 and after waiting in the immigration line for an hour, passed through customs (a total joke since they don´t even look at what you have in your suitcase!). We were looking for Rosalinda, a friend of Rosanna´s who was supposed to pick us up, but we never found her! (as it turns out, she was there but we somehow missed each other and since her cell phone wasn´t working we had no way to get in touch with her) In the end we decided to take a ¨taxi¨(late 70´s Crown Victoria, in major need of some new shocks with no signage of taxi licensing anywhere) up to Caracas. Our taxista was a really nice Colombian man (angel with skin on) who was patient enough to take us to the bus terminal to buy tickets, wait for us there and then take us to a restaurant to finally meet up with Rosalinda and her eight year old son Moises. I have never seen Caracas so full of traffic like it was this trip. One thing that makes it even crazier is that Chavez has made it very easy for people to buy motorcycles and there are cycles EVERYWHERE! They go in between the cars and drive all over the sidewalks too! It´s LOCO!
The restaurant was nice enough to not only welcome us but our six suitcases/duffle bags as well. After a great meal which included steak, caesar salad, arepas and freshly made white cheese (I love it!) Rosalinda took us to Dayana and Carlos´s (other friends of Rosanna´s) house. I helped Carlos set up his blog and we enjoyed some great Chilean red wine while we hung out there until Rosalinda came back at 8:00 PM to take us to the bus terminal to catch our bus to Bocono.
Words can´t describe the experience at the bus terminal and since we didn´t take any pictures you´ll just have to put up with my very brief description. Let me just say there were lines and people EVERYWHERE! People were bumping into you about once or twice every minute because the place was so full. When we finally got through the line and out to our bus at 9:30 when we were supposed to leave we found all of the passengers just standing around and no one was boarding the bus. Very strange. We soon found out that our bus driver was being detained by the police because he had gotten into an argument with an officer on his arriving trip and the police were going to put him in jail! In protest, none of the bus drivers from the Las Delicias bus line (the bus company we were traveling with) was going to leave the terminal until the police released their driver! So there we were standing outside surrounded by buses, exhaust and people for a little more than an hour! Just as I was telling Rosanna, ¨I think the passengers just might start a protest too.¨People started chanting ¨Queremos viajar!¨(We want to travel!) at the top of their lungs. Fortunately a few minutes later the driver showed up! Thank you Jesus! We were soon on the bus and 11 hours later we were in Bocono where Naty, Gabriela, Marcus and Gustavo (Naty´s dad) picked us up at about 9:30 yesterday morning. It was so great to be able to see them again!
Last night we had a birthday party for Gabriela with lots of little friends that live near the farm here as well as her cousin Veronica who has been able to be here with Gaby and Marcus at the farm for the past week as well.
Today we are just hanging out and getting ready to celebrate Christmas tonight at midnight with a big meal and presents afterwards. It´s a far cry from a white Christmas with rain off and on and temperatures in the upper 70´s, but we are loving it!
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers, I´ll be in touch again later in the week.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Please pray with me that all goes well and we can travel safely with no complications over the next two days.
I'll try to get some posts and pictures of our travels on the blog as soon as I can.
Monday, December 17, 2007
This is a wrap-up talk given at the same conference where Frost says that to be missional we need to practice: proximity, presence, powerlessness, and proclamation as Jesus did. I finally had time to watch this yesterday and was challenged. I hope you are too. Enjoy!
She said this was on the first day and Gaby and Marcus were in culture shock! It sure looks like they are fascinated!
I'll post more photos when I can.
CrossRoads is a blugrass band from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia that my good friend Lynn Fox is in. The CD not only provided some good listening, but I got out my guitar and tried to play along. I'm not too good at bluegrass pickin' but it was fun to try!
If you click on the logo above you can get to the band's website and hear a few cuts from the CD. You really ought to just go ahead and order the CD from Lynn though becuase the best songs aren't at the web site.
Thanks Lynn for the music, keep up the good work!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
We have been praying for this to happen here in Columbus, for God to lead us where He is working. I think we are starting to see it. Here are some stories to share what I mean.
Our house church has been meeting at our house for almost two years now. We've had a great time, we've grown, even divided/multiplied and commissioned one couple to keep planting house churches in their neighborhood. All very good things. Then just in the past two weeks we had a few things happen that seem to be showing us that we need to move on, move out to where God is working.
Luis and Laura are a sweet couple from Ecuador who are friends of Maria's that she invited to come to our house church. They have been coming for about the past three months, to our house. Then a little over a month ago they had a baby and since it is cold, they don't want to take their baby out any more than they have to. So we had church at their house a few weeks ago. Then this past week we asked them if we could just start meeting at their place every week so they wouldn't have to take their newborn out in the frigid weather. They also mentioned that they had some neighbors that might want to come to the meeting. Well when we met on Friday evening, their neighbors not only came but they brought two other families with them! So, our house church practically doubled in size in one night! The one couple came specifically because their 5 month old daughter has a blood infection and they wanted us to pray for her. (Which we gladly did!) Keep praying with us that she is healed completely.
I've been reading about how if we want to start a church planting movement we have to get out on other people's turf and the new disciples will bring others to follow Jesus as well. Now we're seeing it get started.
I also met tonight for a Bible study with two men from Honduras and one from Mexico. Our friend Antonio from Honduras has come to our house church occasionally but it is difficult for him to come on Friday nights because of his work schedule. I asked him if he would like to get together on Saturdays and he could invite his roommates to join us. So that's what we did tonight.
Last Sunday we also met with another family that knew that we did house churches. The mother called us up and explained that they are Catholic but she knows that her family needs more of God. She then asked us if we could come over and talk with them a little bit about what our church is like. We had a great time sharing supper together and are looking forward to getting together with them again when we all get back from Venezuela in January.
One more cool God sighting from this past week and then I need to wrap this up. On Tuesday I had one of my students meet me at the library to work on a writing project that he hadn't finished. When we were getting ready to leave he called his mom to come and get him but she said she couldn't because his older brother was having a seizure! I told him that it was no big deal for me just to take him home. As we got closer to their apartment, I felt like God was telling me that I needed to go inside and pray for his brother. So, I asked my student if it would be OK if I went in to pray and he said it would be. When we got inside his brother was laid out on the floor and wasn't moving. The seizure was over, but he didn't have the strength to even move. I then asked his mother if I could pray for him and she said that would be great. So we knelt on the floor and put our hands on him and prayed for him. After praying he started to move a little but still didn't get up. I went home and kept praying, wondering what would happen.
On Friday after school I went back to their house to help my student out with his computer. His They told me that after I left his brother was able to get up and eat something and then they helped him go upstairs to his bedroom, something that he has never been able to do after one of his seizures. He usually just sleeps on the floor where he is. Their mother told me she was very grateful for the prayers because they worked! Praise God! If he hadn't prompted me to go and pray, I really don't know if I would have done it.
So what do all of these things have in common? They happened on new turf. God's Kingdom comes when we obey and live the gospel in the world and don't just talk about it in the church.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I re-read Neil Cole's Organic Church book again a few weeks ago and have started into The Forgotten Ways again. My thoughts were also solidified by this post on Guy Muse's blog.
I love our house church, but we aren't looking outward enough yet and since Naty and I are the leaders I think that is our fault. We need to set the example and be reaching out so that others in our group can see what we're doing and do more of it too. There is an old adage "you can't lead someone somewhere you haven't been yourself" and I think there is probably some truth to it.
In the past few weeks we have had some doors open to share with others who are not Jesus followers yet and they have opened their doors for us to come in and share Jesus with them. For now it has just been sporadic but hopefully in the future it can mean the reproduction of churches in their homes.
I've realized that to be church planters you've got to get away from Christians. Most modern Christians have bought into a very egocentric gospel, now that is an oxymoron if there ever was one, but that is what they believe. They want the gospel and church for what they can get out of it. How good it makes them feel. How do you get people to stop looking out for themselves and start looking at others? I think Paul said "Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." (Phil. 2:4) Our consumerist materialism has us trapped into looking out for "Numero uno". (I am so sick of that Verizon Wireless commercial!) But this mindset has trapped the church as well!
So, God help us! We are thankful for the new people that we are meeting and we want to keep sowing seed into their lives in the next weeks and months. We have already commissioned Aram and Debbi from our group to start new house churches in their neighborhood. Who knows, but maybe we will soon need to send ourselves out to plant new house churches as well. Whatever the case may be it's multiply or die baby! It's true for humans and it's true for churches.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
In other news... we are looking forward to the Christmas season in a new way this year. For the first time since Naty and I got married we are going to be spending Christmas and New Year in Venezuela with her family! Naty, Gabriela and Marcus will be there from December 10 to January 9 and I will be going fromm December 22 to January 5.
Lunch is over, time to get to work.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
It has also been a great experience for me to study at a public university. After all of my learning in private Christian institutions it's been an enlightening experience studying with others who come from very different backgrounds than me. It's interesting though that as I am exposed to numerous new thoughts and ideas I'm also connecting more with my own background and values in a way that I never have before. I'm looking forward to all that is ahead.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Then on Sunday we went out to eat at a Mexican restaurant with our friend Antonio. Here's the weekend in picture.
Muchisimas gracias a Papapa y Mamama Briceno por los lindos polos del "Hospedaje El Retiro". Es un lugar espectacular y lo recomendamos a toda persona que vea esta pagina!
Monday, September 17, 2007
We were thinking of starting a business in Venezuela as a way to be self-supported missionaries there but God had other plans and decided to keep us here in Columbus. So my question to Him is, "does He want us to start a business to be self-supported missionaries here?" and "What business?"
I've had two ideas over the past two or three weeks one, a for profit small bakery and coffee shop and the other, a non-profit community center. For both we would look into government grants or loans to get started. The small business would be just that, small and personal. While the non-profit would offer a combination of services that we could offer to the community probably with the help of area churches.
Both of these ideas would be directed toward connecting with and caring for the Hispanic community here in the area. We would also have the ultimate goal of being an incarnate example of Jesus in the business that we are running.
Right now, it is a dream (Naty literally was dreaming about it all last night) and we are praying and knocking on doors to see which ones He opens. The picture below shows a building about a block away from our house that is currently for sale and that I took a look at last evening. It isn't the most attractive of places but would be more than adequate to start a small coffee shop and bakery. And who knows we could probably even do a small food bank and free store there too! Although we've thought more about having a space for other Latino craftsmen and women to sell their services and wares.
For now Naty and I have made a decision to keep praying and seeking God. We know that if He wants us to join Him in a business venture He'll open the way. We want to join him in the expansion of His Kingdom and not just establish our own little enterprise.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
There isn't a week goes by when she hasn't been to the doctor's office with someone or has at least had two or three women over for coffee and conversation or even a full meal. It blesses me to see all the ways that God has blessed her with opportunities to share and given her even more passion and love for people. You are truly amazing Honeycita!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I read your blog yesterday and understand your concern and angst overbeing a missionary versus an impostor.
First, because Tom Beachy quotes Charles Spurgeon, was the quote usedin the context Spurgeon meant?...The Apostle Paul said," I have becomeall things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 1COR9:22.We refer to his journeys as missionary journeys...being an impostorwould mean we are spreading a false doctrine in our witnessing orliving a lie by embracing sin.
Flexibility in ministry (witness) does not make one an impostor or amissionary. Being all things does not imply we embrace sin to reachthe lost. Rather, we understand the viewpoint from which that lostsoul comes from and through the power of the Holy Spirit we witness inthe "language" or "speak" they understand.
Yesterday, you were a construction worker and used "constructionspeak" and knowing the "Lingo" you could explain our faith in easy tounderstand terms that might help the construction worker grasp themeaning of being born again- transformed by Jesus' love andforgiveness. Today you are a teacher, and using "teacher speak" cannow witness the gospel of Christ to teachers.
John the Baptist was referred to: "The same came for a witness, tobear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. Hewas not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light." JOHN1:7 John was called to be a witness, Jesus called us to be witnesses. So long as you witness the Truth and the Light, whether they labelyou as a witness, apostle, believer, or missionary you can never be animpostor.
Great points Barry, feel free to add them to the blog. I haven't really had any discussions on the blog yet, just one sided posting. Don't be afraid to break the silence on the other side.
I agree with what you said it is just that sometimes I get frustrated with myself that I am not more of a missionary in every action of my daily routine. That is why I said that I sometimes think I may be an impostor. It is not intentional, just my being lazy to not proactively be light to those around me.
However I have also found that in those moments I am light anyway. Light is always inherently light, it never changes. I just seem to loose sight of that sometimes.
Many blessings to you and Elizabeth. May God prosper your business for his Glory.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
"For the follower of Jesus discipleship is not the first step towards a promising career. It is in itself the fulfillment of his/her destiny. We never move from being a disciple on-the-way. And yet it seems as if we find little place for radical discipleship in our life together as believers. At best we tend to think of it as something we do with young converts. The dilemma we face today in regards to this issue is that while we have an historical language of discipleship, our actual practice of discipleship is far from consistent, and as a result this mismatch tends to obscure the centrality of the problem. I think it is fair to say that in the Western church, we have by and large, lost the art of disciple-making. This is so partly because we have reduced it to the intellectual assimilation of ideas, partly because of the abiding impact of cultural Christianity embedded in the Christendom understanding of church, and partly because of the phenomenon of consumerism in our own day mitigates against a true following of Jesus.
For the above reasons it seems to me that we have lowered the bar for participation in Christian community to the lowest common denominator. However, when we look into this element of mDNA as it appears in the phenomenal movements, we discover how counterintuitive their emphases really are—they seem to flatly contradict so many of our own church growth practices. For instance: far from being ‘seeker-friendly,’ by 170AD the underground Christian movement had developed what they called the catechisms. These were not merely the doctrinal confessions they later became, they involved rigorous personal examinations that required the catechumen to demonstrate why he/she was worthy of entry into the confessing community. Not only could the proposed convert lose his/her life because of the persecution of the time, but they had to prove why they believed they should be allowed to become part of the Christian community in the first place! Many were turned away because they were found unworthy. This is clean contrary to the ‘seeker sensitive’ practice so prevalent in our day. And it was this element of vigorous discipleship that characterized the early Christian movement that was blighted by the deluge of worldliness that flooded the post Constantinian church when the bar was lowered on membership and the culture was ‘Christianized.’"
Have I made discipleship the priority it ought to be?
She starts school tomorrow and we are very excited for her!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
After the sauce came the pizza
I finished an update letter and need to get it reformatted and sent out, so that led to reflecting over the past 3 months as I wrote. Then I wrote our 2007 activity report for the mission board at Locust Grove, our church in Belleville. So that helped me think about the past year and all that we've done. On top of that tomorrow is my first teacher workday to get ready for the new school year so I'll have another change starting at 8:40 AM tomorrow. Yesterday I was a construction worker and tomorrow I'll be a teacher again. Today I had the day off to just be a husband and a dad. I was planning to take a bike ride with my neighbor this morning but thanks to lots of rain, we couldn't do the ride, so I just stayed home all day.
At conference in Goshen, IN I heard a quote that has been bouncing in my head ever since. Tom Beachy quoted Charles Spurgeon at the beginning of Conference saying, "Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor." Challenging words. I think I've been both sometimes. It's been an interesting question for me to ask, "Am I a missionary or an impostor?"
Our change is that we are no longer missionary interns with RMM, our assignment ended at the end of June when we decided that we are no longer going to Venezuela. So does that mean that we are now missionaries since we aren't interns? (and I think we passed the class even though I haven't gotten a grade card yet) But we aren't doing anything different now from when we were interns, so I guess we were missionaries all along! But now we don't have a budget or any reimbursement for our ministry either. That is going to be interesting! Doing the same thing, making less and trusting God.
There are also times when I think I might just be an impostor too. I act like a Christian but I act like everyone else around me too, not doing anything special, not winning others to Jesus, which is what a missionary does. I also think that when one is a missionary one is an impostor in the world as well. Missionary and impostor at the same time.
As I start teaching school again tomorrow, how can I be a missionary and not an impostor, neither a Christian impostor nor an impostor of the world? How can I be authentic in both realms, the spiritual and secular at the same time?
I am excited about only working in one middle school instead of two, so at least I won't be an impostor in that way, I will actually be a full fledged member of the faculty at Pleasant View Middle School and won't have to balance working in two schools. My hope is that I can also authentically be Jesus at PV as well.
The other change we have starting tomorrow is being the parents of a daughter at Stiles Elementary School. Gaby wants to tell her whole class about Jesus and she has decided that she wants to do it all at the same time because that would be most efficient! How will we be missionaries as parents at Stiles and not impostors?
How are we missionaries in Lincoln Village?
Are we really missionaries?
Friday, August 17, 2007
It's starting. Last night we had a Mission Support Team meeting for Aram and Debbi DiGennaro our co-workers in house church planting that are going to me going to Kenya to serve as country reps for Eastern Mennonite Missions.
Tonight we got together with Gordon, Betsie, Elizabeth, Susanna and Samuel Wenger who are leaving in two weeks to go back to southern Peru where they are sharing Jesus with the Quechua people in the mountains.
Tomorrow we are going to be helping with a Honduran and Mexican wedding here on the Westside.
There's four nations in three days. Bring it on God keep leading us toward blessing others.
Here is the happy couple
Naty busy working as the reception coordinator
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Here's coffee, staying away from the garden! We also put up a hammock the other day adding a piece of Costa Rica to our back yard.
Yesterday we had this racoon visit the tree behind our house! It slept there all day and then finally went away at night. So I guess we can't get away from the country either!
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Today we had our "big church" as our whole house church network met at a metro park just west of Columbus. I realized during the worship time that singing modern worship songs doesn't necessarily lead me into worship anymore as much as it used to. I fould myself worshiping in many other ways as well. Contemplating all of the life around me in the trees, the bugs and the people. To be honest, the one thing that showed me that God is still alive and well more than any of the songs was watching a mother play catch with her son at the picnic pavilion next to ours. OK, so you think I was just daydreaming, but I found it interesting that in my class at OSU this past week we were required to read an article from an educational journal that talked about how the breech between adults and youth in our culture is increasingly wider and I had just been talking about that with two of my churchmates right before the worship time started. So seeing mom and son play catch was a reminder that there are still others out there that value their relationships even if the general trend in our culture is heading the other direction. So, I saw God this morning in a very ordinary way. He is alive!
I just read a bit of Alan Hirsch's blog entry entitled 'beyond the sacred and secular' and it really clicked with me. You may want to give it a look if the thought of God being alive in a game of catch resonates with you. As I've walked along this journey of following Jesus, I've found God in so many places and times that I least expect. I'm realizing that he is more alive than I ever gave him credit for!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
- We will love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves.
- We will prioritize our marriage and family as first ministries and strive to minister as a family as much as possible.
- We will study the scriptures, pray and fast regularly
- We will make reproducing disciples
- We will walk by faith.
These seem like big tasks but we want to be held accountable to actually doing them so I guess that is why I'm making this post. If we are not accomplishing this things, then please let us know and guide us toward doing them. Thank you.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
This afternoon we went to the Home Depot behind our house and Naty got some flowers there. Our neighbor Lori made this bench a long time ago and was going to throw it away, but Naty said she would like to have it, so here is what it looks like now in front of our house.
For supper tonight we cooked hot dogs over a fire in our fire ring in the backyard (just like camping but without the camp!) and had some arroz con leche and strawberries for desert. Can you tell the kids enjoyed it?
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Yesterday, Naty went to a women's retreat/seminar at a local church, so I had another fun day with Gaby and Marcus. They really are great to work with. We mowed grass at our house and at B.J.'s (a neighbor) and then we cleaned out the shed out back. We have a bunch of empty boxes we are saving to pack out stuff in to go to Venezuela and they were taking up a lot of space so we moved them up in the attic. Gaby and Marcus went up in the attic with me and we had fun telling stories about horses and unicorns in the dark.
Friday, May 4, 2007
As we are waiting it is amazing how many ways God has shown us that He is already using us in great ways here in Columbus. It seems like we are finally starting to see growth in the lives of several people that we have been relating to over the past few years. He is faithful!
We are also trying to look at other options that may be available for us to do if we are not able to go to Venezuela in August as we had planned. Basically, the past few weeks have been times of giving everything to God and asking for Him to lead us to what He wants, not just what we want. It has been very difficult for me to surrender all of our goals and dreams to Him and "not be anxious about anything" but He has also given us peace to get through these days. God has brought us to where now we know that if we stay or if we go, He is the one who is leading us in the path He wants.
I have to think of the line in the song "Jesus All For Jesus" - All of my ambitions hopes and plans, I surrender these into your hands... for it's only in your will that I am free.
With all of these stressors, we have felt free, so we must be in His will.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
We have had an incredibly busy and exciting past three weeks and I believe these past two nights in a row without going anywhere or having someone over for a meal is a new record for the month of April. We have always been faithful in having our "Family Night" every week, but the rest of our weeknights and weekends have been full. That's the joy of loving people, you can never get enough of them!
To be honest, I have been thinking a lot lately about what it must be like to have a normal life. I mean it is actually nice to be able to sit at home and have nothing to do but write E-mail, chat with friends and keep one's blog updated, but we would miss out on so much. Thanks to my not blogging I was able to dedicate a lot of time to a lot of wonderful people, the most important being Naty, Gabriela and Marcus. I think it was worth it.
I have also been wondering lately what it would be like to just have a job that I planned on being at until I retired. My school district has an opening for a better position at one of my schools and my principals are pretty much begging to give me the job, but I decided not to interview for it. Partly because we are planning to be in Venezuela after August but mostly because if, for some reason we aren't, I really enjoy the job that I already have. I would also rather dedicate the time that it would take for me to fulfill my new responsibilities of a new job, to being with my family instead. So, I am giving up the chance to make more money and have a better position to be able to have more time and lower pay. I sometimes think that I have to be wierd! But, honestly, isn't that what Jesus would do? It has just been a really wierd thing to actually do in real life.
Another thing that has really been consuming our thoughts and activities lately is the "what if..." question. What if we can't go to Venezuela in August as we have been planning? Naty and I have both felt very strongly that when it is time for us to go we will be able to sell our house and we will also have raised 100% of the money that we need for our two year term with RMM there. We have not had a single showing of our house yet and it has been on the market for about a month. So, what if God decides that He doesn't want our house to sell? (After all, it isn't really ours to begin with, it's His) Maybe He'll want us to stay here in Columbus longer than we've expected. One early morning as I was praying and journaling about this whole moving situation, I really felt like God as asking us to "Live our lives like we are staying here, but plan like we are going to Venezuela". Basically to not get too wrapped up in the going that we forget about life right now.
After that revelation about a week or so ago, I have tried to be sure that I am actually carpe dieming (seizing the day) and not getting so wrapped up in the future that I forget to focus on the here and now. But, as I've started to focus on "living like we are staying" it has become a problem to not "plan like we're staying" too. Honestly it has been difficult to trust that our house is going to sell and give up on planning to stay. Again, logically, it seems like we need to make plans for both options, either going or staying, and that has made it even more of a challenge to trust that we are going so we have no need to plan to stay!
If that was all too confusing, now you know a little how we feel!
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Here's a quick run through of our week and some pics to go with it. Rosanna, Naty's sister arrived at the Columbus Airport on Monday morning at 11:00. We went with her to Children's Hospital to visit Christopher, the son of some of our friends who had a bad case of croup. Also, on Monday afternoon and Tuesday during the day I mowed 4 different yards, including ours. While I was mowing, Gaby and Rosy were having fun pretending to be Elizabeth and Mary with their respective babies, John and Jesus.
On Tuesday after mowing grass I went on a date with Gaby to Graeters for ice cream. We had a lot of fun together. Here are father and daughter before our big date...
On Wednesday morning we set off from Columbus, OH to Belleville, PA to visit with friends and family in the town where I grew up and where Naty and I met nine years ago.
On Thursday we just relaxed most of the day and then in the evening we got together with the Yoders, Naty and Rosy's host family, and Naty made Shawn's favorite meal... arepas! Here is a pic of the whole Yoder crew.
Friday meant more relaxing, being with family and of course more eating! That evening we all went with the Peachey family to the Bread of Life Restaurant for a great supper thanks to Dad and Mom Peachey. Thank You Very Much!
This morning (Saturday) we went out to eat again (do you see a pattern here) at Miller's Diner for breakfast. We got together with my cousin Rich as well as our friends Michael and Maria Yoder and their two children Natalie and Paul. We hadn't been together with the Yoders in more than 2 years so it was great to catch up with them. It was great to see you again Rich, but your appearances are a bit more frequent!