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Family Fun...and Home Improvements

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We had a weekend full of fun and celebration. Grammy and Poppy came to our house and we took advantage of their help to change Dylan's nursery to a more boyish room. The light green paint below the chair railing was transformed to a medium blue color - the first of several efforts to change his room to that of a Cars theme by his 2nd birthday (next month).

We also managed to work in some birthday celebrating for me as well. We (the big clan - all 7 of us) dined at a local, quaint, family-owned Italian restaurant and capped off the night with cake, ice cream, and presents at home. All in all, we had a wonderful time playing with grandparents!

The fun made the weekend go by too fast. I woke up Saturday morning without a voice - which made the 5 hours I was taking nurse phone calls from home that afternoon VERY interesting.

Sunday the fun continued as we spent time fellowshipping with our music minister's family - they have 2 sons (ages 6 and 4 I think) and they kept Dylan ente…

Update to interview

Just had time for an update on Tim's interview:

The beginning of the interview did not go smoothly, as they were having trouble communicating. But by the end, Tim said he gave it a 7 out of 10. The job is for a networker at entry level. Don't know when we'll hear back, but they said they would call. So until then, we will pray...
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It may only be January 21, but the new year seems like it is going full speed already. Seminary has started back for Tim and he is pumped about it - since it is his last semester. He has a job interview tomorrow with a networking/telecommunications company - and we wait with anticipation to see what God will do with that. Originally we had considered that maybe he should just stick it out with his retail job, since we thought we might be transitioning to chaplaincy relatively soon. Now, though, it appears that becoming a chaplain may be be a more lengthy process than we had anticipated. Not much can substantially be done prior to graduation, except for some paperwork. Nothing can be submitted until after May, and from there it can take 6 months to a year (we have heard). So, maybe a change of pace from retail would be just what Tim needed to get him through until then. We are hopeful, but trusting God. This place called him based on what they saw in his resume - so we will se…

Eph. 3:20

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Not alot to say today; It is hard to keep up with my posts during this 4 day work stretch. I just couldn't help but post this picture of our boy. Nothin' like a freshly bathed kid! I love how his feet don't reach the end of the couch. When I think about Dylan I am reminded of this verse from Ephesians 3:20:


Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us...

Jenn's thoughts...and Dylan's Day of Fun

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A couple of days ago I read a scripture verse from Isaiah 65 that says "Before they call, I will answer". That immediately gripped my heart and made me want to look deeper into the heart of God's forethoughts of His children. As I searched the scriptures, I also came upon these other references to God going before us:Isaiah 45:2 - I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates or bronze and cut through bars of iron. Isaiah 52:12 - But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard. Matthew 6:8 - ...for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.These scriptures have had a fresh meaning to me in light of this past year. My husband and I were watching the ministry God had placed Tim in be seemingly sabotaged and undermined before our very eyes. Yet, God was going before us and clearing out paths before we knew we needed them. This time last year the job I now have w…

Ode to 20-something

As my last chance approaches to put a "2" at the beginning of my age on my birthday cakes, I am growing reminiscent and waxing poetic. Here is my poem entitle "Ode to 20-something"

20's, you have been good to me.
You have seen me through good and blah.
From the single life, to wedded bliss
To motherhood and all that is.
Weight gain and loss
3 apartments, 2 states, 1 house.
My first car wreck, and first new car.
College education, and the "night shift".
The energy of youthfulness
Tempered with bits of wisdom,
I still feel like I'm 21
But hopefully don't act it.
Only one more year left
that I can say
"I'm 20-something. Hey!"
But through the years
God's faithfulness shines.
If the next decade is
anything like the past,
It can only, better, be.

One sick boy

I guess I should consider myself a lucky mother to have never experienced a child's upset stomach in almost 2 years. But last night, we made up for lost time. Dylan must have caught a bug and it left him fevered yesterday afternoon. I went to church and Tim stayed home with him. I had no more got home and eaten dinner when Dylan punily crawled up into my lap, moaning about something. I pulled him in close to hug him and - bleeeeaaack - I got it good. We're talking hair, shirt, pants, underwear, couch, floor, carpet. Poor guy! Tim and I both freaked - we stalled, like cars out on a busy highway. Fortunately, common sense kicked in quickly and we rushed him to the tub. Tim gave him a bath while I took shower #2 of the day. After we all got cleaned up, Dylan sat in his Dad's lap while I sprayed Lysol over every inch we had tread. It wasn't too long after this that Dylan made the score even by getting his dad good. So we repeated the aforementioned scene...and fortunately …

God's leading

Finally, another chance to blog! The New Year is in full swing and we have been enjoying unusually cold temps.
This will be a difficult blog for me to write and maybe a difficult one for you to read. We have information to share and we're not sure of the best way to get it out to our friends and family. As much as we would prefer to share it with you in person, neither time nor money will permit. So pardon this seemingly cold, impersonal notice - but consider it as us sitting down with you, one-on-one and sharing our hearts with you.
Ever since I learned of Tim's calling to full-time ministry (he felt the calling at age 19, I met him at 20), I have wondered what that ministry calling would look like for us, for our family. Often we have earnestly prayed to God for insight into what He would have Tim do and where he would have us go. For awhile, we didn't seem to hear much in reply. Then, when our journey led us to Arkansas, Tim began to hear the faint whispers of a minist…