Two weeks. In two weeks, we will be loading up a moving van and heading west. It still isn't real. It should feel real because we live in a state of utter chaos right now. Two rooms are full of packed boxes and every other room in the house is in a state of half packedness (I coined yet another term). In an effort to "get ahead", I have packed everything I think we will not need in the next couple of weeks, but obviously, some of our stuff we do need.
After starting to pack up the kids' rooms, I realized, if there is any chance I will retain any amount of sanity, I actually have to allow them to have a few of their toys, games, etc. Although, for a couple of days the perfectly neat rooms were amazing! I did however, have to break into some already packed boxes and give them back a few items so that I did not end up in jail after reacting to the favorite saying of mothers everywhere, "I'm bored!"
Needless to say, things have been a bit crazy around here! Chris is still working a full time job while trying to fundraise, which is also a full time job. He works a full work day each day and then disappears upstairs to make calls until bedtime...and he has not complained once. I know he is exhausted, but he has pressed on.
I confess, this fundraising has to end soon, or I will weigh 300 pounds! As often as possible, we are taking people to coffee or dessert or doing dessert in our house...so four or five times a week, I am eating/drinking about 5 million calories and I haven't exercised in two weeks. So yes, if you see me...I am packing on the pounds. AND, I have discovered that when you stress eat, you NEVER accidentally find yourself munching on a carrot!
Honestly, this has been just an amazing time of seeing God work. Chris was released about a week and a half ago to begin fundraising...and we are at 64%! That is just so amazing to me. Knowing we had to raise our own funding was so intimidating to me and I just did not see how it was possible...but, I am telling you, we have the most amazing group of friends, family and church members. We have been floored and humbled and left speechless by the generosity of people! We still have a LONG way to go...but our faith has been bolstered by how people have stepped out, have made sacrifices and have believed in this ministry enough to support us.
We were blessed again last night with another answered prayer. Adam (our 15 year old) was accepted into the high school he wanted to go to. That is one area that I have continued to worry and pray about. We had no idea what we would do if they denied our request to get him in. When I heard the news, I cheered, did a little dance, praised God and ran in to tell Adam. His response? "Oh." I asked him if he was excited and his response, "I guess...about the non required classes." Welcome to 15 year old boy land!
So, for those who are coming here to see how they can pray:
If you ask Chris, he will be very spiritual. He will ask you to pray for the kids we will be ministering to and for our volunteer leaders. The kids will be going to camp next week, so pray for them as they travel and that they would listen as God speaks to them. Pray that, as we hit the ground in SLC, we will be able to meet kids and that we would be able to establish relationships with the schools. Pray for the committee and those already in the area that we would be able to blend ideas and visions and work together to reach the kids.
I am not so spiritual right now. Please pray that we can get our house to an acceptable place to put on the market and that it will sell. Chris is really stressed right now with work and fundraising and he just does not have time to work on home improvements. He is having trouble getting people to call him back and it is just more stress he doesn't need. I, being the more emotional one, am just scared to death of the what ifs...I love this house but know it needs work and just have trouble imagining someone who will love it enough to take it on. I can't sell this house, but God can!
Pray for Chris' parents as they prepare to send us off and welcome our oldest son into their home. Brooks is going to live with them and attend Union so that will be a HUGE change for both of them. We are so grateful for all they have done for us over the years and it is going to be so hard to say goodbye...we are just hoping for some long visits eventually.
Pray for Brooks as he starts college on his own. In a way, I am so excited for him...this is a big growing up stage, but I am so sad to know that we won't be experiencing it with him. This is what we raise our kids for, but it is HARD!
Pray for our other kids as they move to a new place and have to start over meeting new friends, new schools, etc.
Well, I could list a million things because I am worrying in advance and have a million what ifs that run through my mind daily. For now, just pray that I would keep focussed on the eternal. My tendency is to get bogged down in the practical and forget the kids that we are going to minister to.
Finally, please just give thanks with us, because we serve a good God! He has been so faithful. One thing I so want to share with these kids is that He loves us not because of us but because He is LOVE! I find myself striving to earn that love and I just can't. Any success, any good you see in us, is just God working in us. We are so amazed at what God has already done and cannot wait to see how He continues to work!