Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Preparations...

The view outside our window

Today our home is filled with activity:

  • Dad and Andrew just came in from changing oil on the bus -- and heartily covered with the evidence!
  • Ruth is helping Alaythia finish her sewing project. She has been eagerly learning how to sew and recently cut out matching jumpers for herself and Charissa. Aside from zippers and hems, she's completed the projects herself with little help. She's very self-motivated...yes, like Bethany. [smile]
  • Elizabeth has been heading up much of the kitchen preparations today with chicken cooked and frozen, burritos made, and granola baked. Our 'staples' for the bus kitchen.
  • Matthias and Stephen have been practicing music and packing the bus.
  • Hannah is now in the kitchen baking cookies for a friend -- and a few extra for us, too.
  • Susanna and Nathanael have been helping on all fronts and Charissa is taking the action in stride.
  • Mom is overseeing the variety of action and activity while catching up on "thank you notes"
  • Oh, and I'm giving pre-trip haircuts and catching up on everything that needs attention while we still have internet...including -- blogging!

Yes, the signs are everywhere -- we're getting very close to departure. Tomorrow afternoon to be exact. We've had a good couple weeks at home. Time to slow down a bit. Time to seek the Lord for His vision for the coming year. Time to work on those projects that are nearly impossible in the bus. [We have yet to develop a good system for sewing or baking in those crowded quarters!]

As we shared fellowship with our church family on Sunday, we were once again encouraged and challenged with the mission ahead. Pastor shared from Phil. 1:6 --

"Being confident of this very thing,
that He who has begun a good work
in you will complete is until the day of Jesus Christ."

We go in confidence. Not our own -- far from it! We're actually feeling very weak at the moment. Andrew will not be making this trip with us due to his desire to prepare for his own home someday, so musically we're feeling inadequate.

But we go in confidence of HIS faithfulness. Recognizing our need. Requesting prayer. But thanking the Lord for what He will do! We look forward to sharing more in the coming days.

Winter smiles!


"Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ,
...that you stand fast in one spirit,
with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel."
Phil 1:27

14 comments:

Under Southern Skies said...

It sounds like you all have been very busy! The "winter" pictures are cute. :) I'll be praying for you all!

Anonymous said...

Yay! We are looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

Kimberly Ruth said...

You guys sound extremely busy!!!!!!!!!
But I'm sure it will be worth it. And the smiles are absolutely adorable!!!
And I will be praying for all of you.:)

Kenna said...

Loved the "winter" pics! Sounds like ya'll are busy!
Is this friend that Hannah is baking cookies for a guy or girl????? :)
Be careful as you travel!

bassplayer7 said...

I will be praying for you as you travel. I hope you will be able to slow down some while you are on the road - as busy as it is.

The Gilmore Family said...

I pray you have a safe trip!

Love the pictures, especially of 'little Bethany' so cute!

Sarah g.

David Kent said...

My prayers are with you all.

Thanks Ruth for the follow-up on the yogurt! Looking forward to some posts by you. :-)

MoonShaw said...

I'll be praying for you and your trip! Hope you have a blessed time!

Elizabeth said...

Rachel,
How nice to see another update from you!

You will have to share some photos when the matching jumpers Alaythia is sewing for herself and Charissa are finished! It sounds like a lovely sewing project!

Sounds like Elizabeth is busy with cooking and Hannah's cookies sound yummy!

Blessings! May the Lord bless you abundantly!
Elizabeth

Lulu said...

I hope you guys have safe travels and that God would be glorified and others would be blessed through you!

Anonymous said...

Just wonderin'...
where do ya'll live?

Anonymous said...

You all will be in my prayers!
Very cute winter pictures:)!

~An Indiana Aqaintance :D

Lulu said...

Anonymous~they live in Milford, Nebraska.

The Munck Family said...

Praying your travels are safe and that the Lords hand be upon you all. May hearts be open as your family shares music and of HIM in the days to come.

We are a family of 12 and live in Cleveland, TN. We are very much looking forward to seeing you on Friday night.
Blessings, Laura