Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin into the future . . .and I am struggling to keep up. Not just with this blog, but with life in general!
Last night, Josh and I had an epiphany ( feel free to roll your eyes )! We realized that the times in our family and marriage that have been most challenging have consistently been when we are pulled in too many different directions! We are trying to balance too many plates, wear too many hats . . . and the stress effects the whole family! (i.e. poor sleep, stomach issues, and snarky attitudes)
Praise the Lord, our God is NEVER overwhelmed! So we keep leaning on Him and He's holding us up. Although we find ourselves in a bit over our heads right now, it's okay because our Master can walk on water! :)
So, Josh and I are practicing our deep breathing exercises ( ha ha ha j/k) and working hard to use our time wisely and prioritize according to God's priorities and not just the loudest demands.
The week before last, we went to western Washington. As always, it was a gift to spend time with family and friends in the place we called home for the first 10 years of our marriage. We treasure these times and look forward to living a little bit closer so that these visits can be a little more frequent!
We are continuing to wait for our official home loan approval, although Josh has talked to our loan agent who told us that as far as he can say, we should have no problem being approved and will probably be able to begin actively "house shopping" by the end of this year or early next year. That timing is what we expected so we will move forward with our plan of renting an apartment in the Spokane area while we wait for God's perfect timing and provision of our new home.
We are beginning to pack up our few belongings here at the ranch, so that when we leave for our Fall California tour the last week of September, we'll be all ready. Then in November we'll move our belongings from Montana to our apartment in Spokane and begin settling in there for the holidays.
In the midst of packing and traveling for ministry (we are gone almost every weekend this summer) I have been working like crazy to have all of my Homeschool lesson plans ready for the new school year. We will officially start school on Monday, after our month of summer break. I know it's Labor Day, but with our super busy ministry schedule, getting ready for our fall tour, and packing to move, I've got to get school days in when I can! :) So Monday will be our first day, and I am ECSTATIC to say that after showing the boys their new school supplies and talking about our upcoming year, they are actually looking forward to starting! Praise the Lord and Hallelujah! (doing imaginary cartwheels around the room)
Our September schedule is very full of ministry events. Our summer ministry schedule has been kind of light, so it's exciting to have lots of opportunities this month to be at churches sharing Jesus' love! It does make for a very FULL month though, so we'd appreciate your prayers for balance, wisdom about how to spend our time, productive and efficient homeschooling. . . and sanity! :)
Beginning next week, I'm going to be sharing a few blog posts about our Homeschooling. (No really, I am! I already have the first post written and scheduled to post Monday morning! ) I'll share details about our curriculum choices, our schedule and more. So stay tuned! :)
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You will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
Trust in the LORD, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
Jeremiah & 2 Timothy
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Mother and Son:
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