On August 2nd, we said a heart-wrenching goodbye. I knew it wouldn't be easy, but leaving Chris' family and Brooks behind was AWFUL, the children were devastated to say goodbye and LOTS of tears were shed. We got a late start and didn't roll into Lincoln (our first night's stop) until about 1 am...I won't even go into detail about Chris' "short-cut" by-pass through Kansas City! :)
We arrived in SLC on Tuesday, Aug. 4 and I promptly went the wrong way to my parent's house! Thank goodness for GPS or I would be a hermit now!
We took a couple of days to unpack...read FILL a storage unit and every nook and cranny in my parents' house! My sisters are now making fun of the huge amount of clothing we have and we are learning to live minimally, sort of!
Chris then settled into figuring out this job of his and I began trying to get the kids registered for school. Oh. My. Goodness! Why didn't someone tell me how hard it was to get kids into school? I had no idea how easy home schooling was until I tried to do something different! Yikes! We finally have everyone a home! Brooks started Union today (sob!). Adam and Lilly will start tomorrow, Adam at Olympus High School and Lilly at Olympus Jr. High. Cooper and Annet start next week at the school my mom teaches at. Everyone, including momma is excited but have some butterflies about this new step!
I have a new school home, too. I am working a little for my dad but I also got a job as a 4-6 grade aide in an Autistic Unit at one of the local Elementary schools. I am a little nervous but it is a great way to get my foot in the door in the area and the hours are good.
We have had a couple of chances to meet some of "our kids". We attended a camp reunion party and last night Chris and Adam went to play Ultimate Frisbee with some of the kids. I hear that Adam is quite the Ultimate Frisbee player...I had no idea!
I know that as school starts and I start working, things are bound to get even crazier, so I wanted to just check in and let everyone know what is going on. I hope to be able to find a window to do updates at least once a week.
For our TN friends, we miss you like crazy!
How can you pray for us?
- Pray for Brooks as he begins classes at Union. Pray he adjusts to his new schedule and school workload...and Jackson peeps, feel free to make sure he is doing homework and getting to class!
- Pray for the kids as they start school. I know they are a little nervous. Pray especially that each of them would find at least one person to begin building a friendship with.
- Pray for our house to get finished up and officially listed. We have people coming to do work that are not being really quick about it...we NEED to get this house on the market!
- Pray for the sale of our house. Lilly has been allowed in her school under provisional enrollment. If we do not move into the boundaries, she will not be allowed to attend next year. I do not want her to have to make another BIG school change. This is the one that is really stressing me...I know, God's timing, just being real.
- Pray for Chris as he figures out what he is doing...things are a little overwhelming now and he is still trying to do fundraising as well.
- Pray that God will lay on the hearts of people to give. This ministry is not possible without the support of our financial partners.
Please let me know how we can be praying for you. More stuff soon...maybe!