Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Where Do I Even Begin?!?

The last month has been an absolute whirlwind!  Add to that my lack of internet access and you have some serious blogger overload.  I will do my best to catch up in pictures...

We packed,

filled up two trucks, a suburban, three trailers and a car
with our earthly possessions,

 said goodbye to our house,
(where Brandt was born *snif*)

our friends...

 our land and the faithful Missy-dog. 
(she has a wonderful new home with our neighbors)

Then we drove to Colorado,

to be surrounded by mountains,

and love,

 and family.

While here, we've stayed at Doug's grandpa's home, Doug's parent's home 
and my parent's home while Doug completes various jobs for them.
(with Charissa's help, of course)

And during that time we prayed, we applied, and we waited
for the place God could best use us.

Charissa contemplated the meaning of it all.

Brandt ate chocolate (he's a little more happy-go-lucky).

We celebrated Doug's sister's graduation from college,
(Congrats, Andrea!)

and my Dad's retirement after 26 years as an Army Chaplain.
(So proud of you, Dad!)

During all of this, our Heavenly Father 
was orchestrating the next step in our lives 
with the perfection only He is capable of.  

After a very quick application process and interview, we have been called by the Mt. Republic Chapel of Peace in Cooke City, Montana.  Our start date is June 17th.  Thankfully, we haven't unpacked yet!  We've simply been ready and waiting.  Our gracious God hasn't kept us waiting long and has given us the desires of our heart - ministry in a rural mountain community, and did I mention it is only 2 miles from Yellowstone, my favorite National Park and also involves a snowmobile ministry, Doug's favorite winter sport?  We are blown away at God's faithfulness and the peace He has granted us in accepting this position.  We will be pretty remote, but "remote" in the 21st century involves having wireless internet, so I'm excited to continue sharing our journey!

Thank you all for your prayers.

So many of them have been answered!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Happy Birthday, Little Men!

The Saturday before we left Oklahoma, we had a birthday/goodbye party.  Since Brandt is almost a twin it was a double first birthday!

Aunt Di-di and Aunt Clara decorated the amazing cupcakes.

Our house was almost completely empty of furniture, 
our living room was a compilation of folding chairs and love.

The birthday men bask in all their glory awaiting their coming sugar high.

"Happy Birthday...

to yoooouuu!!"

Ohhhh yeahhhh!

Meanwhile, the mass of little girls in our circle of friends 
were out on the porch eating off coolers 
(which would soon to be filled with the contents of our deep freeze).

T. can't contain his birthday bliss.


*Brandt is stunned that Mama gave him sugar*

"That was...amazing!"

The next day would be Easter, so we had an egg hunt!

The boys got to hunt for their eggs first.

While the girls waited for the count to three.

Off they go!

T. watches the trampling hoard from a safe perch!

A birthday smooch from Auntie Clara!

Inspecting their loot.

An attempted group shot.

It was a wonderful day.  We have been so blessed in friendships!

Happy First Birthday, Little Men!