23 February 2013

Saturday cheer

Here are a few things that cheer my heart these days.  Some are big, some are small.  
Here is Lucy using glitter spray to paint a green pumpkin and a planting pot.  I mean, how can you not love glitter spray on a pumpkin?!  In February?!  Does it get any more random?
Here is a terrible photo taken with my phone of a very hilarious thing.  Never for tears.
No further explanation needed.
You might notice two extra boys in this photo.  We have known them since they were 2 years old and 6 months old.  They came to visit and we LOVED EVERY MINUTE of it.  And several of us wept tears of grief when they had to leave.  They are my other two sons. (And not to be forgotten, their sister is also dearly loved, but not ready to go on the plane by herself!)
My mom and dad's big dog.  She is getting quite old but is so lovely and sweet.  We loved seeing her in Tucson.  She's so big that sometimes in the kitchen she has to back herself out instead of turning around.
Okay, I really don't want to turn into the person who posts cat pictures.  However, our kitty is so cute and funny and he really brings us joy. I am grateful that he came to our house.  When Lucy is crying and sad, he cheers her up.  And, if you are my friend on Facebook, you might know that he was recently baptized by Theo.  So, there's that.
Our dear friend, Liz, came to visit from Houston.  Having her in our house was like having a bit of home.  We've been in church together in Cambridge for 7 years and it was so refreshing to spend time with her.  We can't wait for her next visit!
Our church admitted 16 new members.  And we haven't even launched public worship!  As you may notice, our group skews to the WISDOM end of the spectrum, if you know what I mean.  Come on, you young, foolish whippersnappers!  We need you, too!
These bowls nesting in a deep drawer always make me smile.  I especially like the primary colors.  I love opening that drawer.
Oh yeah, baby!  I found this chair at an estate sale and I LOVE it!  I saw it the first day of the sale, but it was much more than I wanted to spend.  I waited til the second day, when everything was 50% off, and it was still there!  Isn't it gorge?!  It's in great condition, too.
So, there you have it.  What's cheering your heart this fine Saturday?

22 February 2013

One year ago this week

Let's just not discuss the fact that this blog hasn't been updated in 56 days.  Deal?  A whole lot of life and whatnot has been happening and I have not had the wherewithal to report on it all.

I do hope that my wherewithal increases soon. It's been in decline ever since we moved.  I need a new supply.

I was thinking about the fact that one year ago this week was when John and the children and I first came to Kerrville to meet the people and be "interviewed".  For the children, they had a fun week in the Texas sun, visiting with grandparents and other relatives and friends.  See?

Meanwhile, John and I were in Dallas for a few days being interviewed about possibly becoming church planters in the Southwest Church Planting Network and establishing a mission church here in Kerrville.  While the kids gallivanted around with their grandparents in the luxury motor coach, John and I made our way south to Kerrville.  Here are some things we saw along the way.

We spent the next few days meeting lots of new people and talking about our vision for church planting.  I think I spent the whole week weakly praying, "Jesus, help me."  I was shaking and in shock that God might actually ask me to move away from my beloved city to the...middle of nowhere.

So now here we are, one year later.  We have lived in Kerrville for almost 7 months!  It's been a painful year, but certainly one in which we have felt the Lord leading us and caring for us.  This whole thing has had a sense of inevitability about it.  We have cried many bitter tears over leaving Boston, but have also seen God do amazing things as we work to build community and pray for our church to be born.  God has given us amazing blessings in new friends, neighbors who feel like old friends, a church group who loves and supports us, and the proximity of family for the first time our married lives.

I think I feel a bit like Mary after she had given birth to Jesus.  The Bible says that she "treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."  We are still pondering all these things in our heart.  We are wondering what God is up to, and how He will work in the midst of our weakness and doubts.