I know...it has been forever...again! I really though I would be so good at updating this blog. I was wrong. We have now been in SLC for almost ten months. That is so hard to believe. It seems like years since we have hugged the necks of dear friends and only moments ago we were registering for school. Our kids have survived their first year of school in Salt Lake. My parents have survived nine months of 6 extra people in their house. Chris has survived his first Young Life season. So much has happened!
I have been shocked at how hard this life change has been for me. I mean, for the first time in over 20 years, I live in the same state as my parents and one of my sisters...I didn't assume it would be seamless, but I never imagined it would be so hard!
To be perfectly honest, this year has been spiritually really hard on me. While Chris has thrived and loved every minute of his job, I have felt like I have barely kept my head above water. I have been through every emotion, but have spent most of the last year in a pretty low place. I have cried more in the last 10 months than I have in the last 19 years of parenthood...and THAT is saying a lot! My faith has swung from amazing highs to amazing lows and is resting somewhere on the lower side of normal right now. I love being a part of a church plant...but I miss the encouragement of like-minded women. I love the opportunities that abound (and I mean ABOUND) to share truth with people...but I get tired of being the only Christian in most settings I enter. I love seeing Chris' excitement in his job...but I am having a hard time finding the balance between supportive wife, loving volunteer, and a working mom. I totally realize that this year has been FULL of answered prayer...we were fully funded before starting the job, we sold our house despite a lot of unexpected issues, we found a house in our ministry area despite a ridiculous housing market, all of our kids flourished in school, I found a part time job for this year and have a full time teaching position next year, my family has completely blessed our socks off with hospitality, Chris' family has been beyond supportive despite the fact that we moved 2,000 miles away from them, we have seen God provide over and over in our ministry, we have watched Him provide full scholarships for kids to go to camp...I could go on and on. And yet, I struggle.
That is part of the reason the posts have been few, because I felt like if all I could do was whine, it was better to be silent. But, I think the fog is beginning to lift and I hope that in a month or so, I can come back and not be a big baby.
However, I wanted to get on here to let my few sweet readers know what we are doing and how they can be praying. Chris and the two big kids left today headed for Seattle. The Littles and I will get on a plane Wednesday morning and meet them there. We will then head 5 1/2 more hours to Egmont( I think), Canada where we will get a ferry that will take us to Malibu Harbor where we will get a water taxi and travel another hour to Malibu Club in Canada where Chris is on Summer Assignment for the month of June. He will be head leader at the Young Life camp there for the first four weeks. Our family gets the privilege of going with him and loving on the volunteer leaders that are bringing kids to get to know Jesus! We are super excited! (We are also super stressed because we just started moving into our house 2 weeks ago). Please be in prayer for our family and for all the kids that will be introduced to the amazing love of Christ during this time. We will be almost totally out of communication...no phones and super limited internet access, so there will be no updates or social media posts...but we will be sharing a lot when we get back in July!
Also, please be in prayer for Adam. He is struggling spiritually. This is a hard place to be and he hasn't had anyone besides Chris and I to pour into him and that has been hard. We are praying that this summer at camp he will make some connections and maybe get some encouragement but he could use the prayer support.
Chris' parents will come spend the last week of camp with us and then drive back to UT for a few days. Then, Brooks and Hannah will be coming to visit on July 6th (Yay!). The last week of July, Chris and Adam will be heading to Arizona for our kids' camp and two weeks later we will be taking our Jr. High kids to CO to camp. Our niece will be getting married right after that and then school starts back again and I will be starting a full time job...so life isn't really going to slow down any. Please be in prayer for a little bit of rest and recoop time...I don't handle change well and we have had a lot in the the last year!
Please also just continue to be in prayer for this area and our ministry. There is just SO MUCH NEED and so much opportunity but funds and volunteers are limited. Pray for direction on what opportunities to take and what to table for the time being. Pray for the planning of some fund raisers and that God will provide all necessary funding for the work He has planned. Finally, and selfishly, please just pray that I can get back to the person I used to be. I know that I have lost a lot of my sense of humor. I am cranky more than I laugh. I am cross with my children more than I want to be. I am cross with my husband more than I want to be. As an introvert, I know I need time alone to process and refresh and that has just been impossible for many months. Pray that I would learn to manage my time in such a way that my soul in being nourished so that I can continue to serve those around me.
I love you, sweet friends...Bye for now and I'll "see" you in about a month!