April 23, 2018

Life Lately – April 2018

Now that it's April, I'm finally setting my New Year's goals. But before you think I'm a horrible procrastinator, let me confess that I did set one goal back in January -- to put off goal-setting until my latest grad class was complete. I knew that planning and dreaming would either distract me from my studies, or cause frustration at not being able to accomplish anything other than school. I missed reading for fun, lettering every day, and pursuing my long-term goals. But my class finished last month, and after a few weeks of relaxing and traveling for deputation meetings, I'm back in the saddle again (metaphorically speaking, of course). Here's Life Lately, now that I'm temporarily [...Read More]

Getting Personal with ‘Life Lately’

"Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal." So says the charming Kathleen Kelly in the well-known film, You've Got Mail. Think what you will about rom-com's (I'm not usually a fan): this particular one is clean and funny, and my husband and I enjoy its reminders of how we started getting to know each other. Unlike Kathleen and Joe, however, we already knew each other when we started IM-ing -- but it's still fun to watch and reminisce over past life events. Anyway, about getting personal . . . How about meeting for a virtual cup of coffee and comparing notes on life lately? I want to start sharing more about life behind the screen -- what I've been doing, [...Read More]

2017 Recap: A Year for the Books?

This past year was a year for the books, I think. From surviving our first Wyoming winter (which was not as bad we'd expected, although it was longer than we anticipated), to learning new skills and growing in ministry roles, discovering latent talents, exploring the west, and beginning our deputation adventures, 2017 has been full in every sense of the word! I discovered how fun it is to snow-shoe and hike in the Rockies, how enjoyable it can be to teach God's Word to children, and how much I absolutely LOVE doing art. I took another seminary class on my (long, drawn-out) quest to earn an M.A., tried watercolors for the first time (and loved it), practiced lettering on an almost-daily [...Read More]

Snapshots from Our Adventures in Wyoming

If one picture is truly worth a thousand words, then twenty-two pictures ought to be worth a lot more that that... right? But since everybody likes photos, and it's a lot easier to show you the area than to explain it in words, here's a 2200-word glimpse (in photos) of what I've been up to since arriving in Wyoming. It's hard to believe we've already been here for two months... One of the biggest answers to prayer has been finding a comfortable (and affordable!) place to live. We actually stayed in a local motel for over 3 weeks while we searched for something, and God provided a place that fit the exact specifics we'd been praying for: something with enough insulation to be warm in [...Read More]

We’re Going On A (Western) Adventure!

Remember when I shared a personal appeal to pray for missionaries? And then I wrote about the events from my high school and college years that led up to the beginning of our missionary journey? Well it's finally officially happening! To paraphrase a famous hobbit: "We're going on an adventure!" Ours just happens to head west to the Rocky Mountains, instead of east to the Lonely Mountain. At the end of this month, we're headed to Wyoming!  Not that I'm excited or anything... :) Over the past two months, things have been happening fast and furiously. My husband had been looking for a work-from-home job that would allow flexibility with traveling, relocating, and the [...Read More]

How Was Your 2015?

How was your 2015? Mine was a confusing jumble of mountaintop experiences and dismal unending plateaus. If you've watched The Lord of the Rings, I often felt like I was stuck in the dead marshes. But like Frodo and his faithful companion Sam discovered, the marshes do not last forever. Neither do the hard seasons. And looking back over this past year, I realize that our time in the marshes pales next to the thrill of the mountaintops and the lessons learned in the valleys. I started the year off on a plateau, zoomed up the heights of seeing my husband graduate with his Masters of Divinity (after 7 long years of climbing!), flew to the next peak to begin our missionary journey, then [...Read More]

Pray for Missionaries: A Personal Appeal

I've recently been sharing some ideas about praying for missionaries (here and here). How would you like a real-life opportunity to put those things into practice? As some of you know, my husband and I have felt God's call to be missionary church-planters in the intermountain West. We've had a long stretch of waiting and preparing as he worked through six years of seminary. Last spring he finally graduated, and we flew out to Salt Lake City to meet with the board of Northwest Baptist Missions. We were officially accepted as "pre-field missionaries" and started looking for a more specific area to focus on. We had a few days free to survey different areas, and God clearly directed our [...Read More]

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