Sunday, May 23, 2010

Happy Birthday, Noah!

We celebrated Noah's 4th birthday last Tuesday. We had a few friends over for cake and ice cream. Unfortunately I had to decorate the cake as Michael was filling a bit under the weather. But Noah loved it! He still walks around telling everyone that he is four now, and then at home he always tells me that he still feels three. So cute! I think he expected to wake up taller on his birthday.

I told Noah I would make him anything he wanted for his special birthday dinner. What did he choose??? Hot dogs, oranges, green beans, peas, and apples. I made everything but the peas and apples. Wouldn't be my first choice of a birthday meal, but he sure loved it!


Noah posing with his cake…it's Batman, in case you can't tell!


Noah with me…usually Michael gets his picture taken with the birthday child and cake, but since I decorated it, I got to pose with my boy!


Happy Birthday, Noah! I love your sweet smile, your constant words of encouragement, the love you have for your brothers and sister, your sensitive side, your ability to make teenagers laugh, the funny things you say, and just about everything else about you! You are huge blessing from God and I treasure you each and every day.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Extreme Blog Make Over!

How do you like the look of our blog? A HUGE thank you to my friend Rachel for overhauling this blog to make it more welcoming and inviting! I can't wait to start updating it regularly!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Finally….a photo shoot!

I'm anxiously waiting picture from an informal photo shoot from one of our college girls! She is amazingly talented! I'll post pictures as soon as I get them...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Leaving Comfort for Courage

Michael and I have some news: we are moving back to Colorado Springs, CO to be part of a church plant. Michael will be joining the staff of Alethia Church (www.alethiachurch.org) as one of the teaching pastors come September. We will use the month of August as a transition month to leave Michigan and move our sweet family eighteen hours west. We are very excited about this move and to see and experience all God has for us. But at the same time, our hearts are so sad to leave such an incredible church body at RBC and our amazing friends and support here in Richland.

My new friend has a blog called "Leaving Comfort for Courage" and I feel like that title fits this phase of our life perfectly right now. We are leaving the comfort of our friends, our church, our paycheck, our little "village" to go somewhere unknown. Not unknown physically, as Colorado Springs is where we served three years prior to moving here. But unknown in the sense of the practical side of life: Where will we live? Who will love my children the way they are loved here? Who will babysit my children when I need one? How do I register Drew for Kindergarten when I don't even know where we will be living? So many unknowns… But luckily we serve a God who is beyond one step ahead of us. He is paving this path for us, and we already have so much evidence of this.

Life will look different for us. In order to make ends meet for the next 18-24 months, Michael will have to get a job and we will have to raise support. We aren't quite sure at this point what either of those will look like, but we are praying for His ultimate wisdom and provision. So as of now, please start praying for us. Pray that our house will sell quickly. Pray that Michael can find a job that will still allow him to focus on Alethia and his role as a teacher there. Pray that our kids transition well. Pray that our hearts continue to be unified and that the pieces of this giant puzzle continue to fall into place.

All of this was announced at RBC this morning. If you would like more information, please ask! We would love to answer questions! There is a page on the RBC website that is very informative, so go check it out! Click here!

Thank you for your support and your prayers. From now on, we will be using our blog to be more ministry oriented and document this exciting faith journey that God has placed on our hearts and set into motion!

Mandy