I feel a little ashamed, as I notice it has been over a month since our last post. It is my aspiration to be a better communicator as far as our blog is concerned, and I like it because it gives me an outlet to express our adventures in a less formal sense then our monthly newsletters. Hope you all enjoy reading as well, now if there was just more to read! 🙂
Since we last posted…
We are preparing as much as we can for the big move to Mexico!! We have managed to find buyers for all of our large furniture items. This is a huge praise, and are now going through cupboards, drawers, closets, and storage boxes deciding which items to take, pass on to friends/family, or take to the second hand store. Many have asked if it has been hard to part with our “things” so to speak, not because we have placed value on them, more because they become a part of your life, or existence as you know it to be. However, for us, (I can speak for Pete as well in this) it really has not been hard to say goodbye to our stuff. Furniture, dishes, things, are all nice to have, and have been part of our lives up until this point, but they have never been part of what we know God wants our lives to be. Plus it feels so good to de-clutter!! I love it! Really, I so enjoy the feeling of becoming organized and getting rid of things that you don’t use anymore, it’s so freeing!
The weekend before Thanksgiving we met my parents and Pax for the Baraboo Christmas parade. Afterwards they all came over to our place for a warm bowl of soup and mugs of tea!
Also since our last post we were able to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with both of our families, together! My Mom, Alice, invited Pete’s parents and sister, Alissa to join us for the day. It was so nice to all be together in one place, enjoy the meal contributed by all, play games, chat, and make memories to take with us when we leave in January.
We loved the time with both of our families, we will miss these holiday get togethers when we are miles away. It’s these memories we are making now that we will take with us. (wow…that was really sappy heart-felt for me) 🙂
The first weekend in December we had the priviledge to help our church send a missions team to Saipan! We were involved in helping them put on a fundraising weekend where they held an auction and spaghetti supper raising money to purchase supplies to help build radio towers and other constructions projects on the HCJB radio base in Saipan. It was alot of work, but a great time to get to spend with brothers and sisters in Christ! The missions team was also able to raise about 1/3 of their goal for purchasing materials to take to Saipan!!
We also experienced our first big snow of the year…which easily called for a quick hike out at Devils Lake State Park! For the record the first snow fall is always the best one of the year…after that it all just kind of goes downhill. 🙂
The second weekend in December our church, Walnut Hill Bible Church, puts on a Christmas dinner theatre called the Buzz in Bethlehem. Pete and I both signed up as volunteers to help with the production. Pete helped build the “Bethlehem” village set, and did food transporation during the first three nights of performance. Liesl prepped and served food during the show the first three nights. During the Sunday matinee performance Pete also played one of the Roman guards, filling in for another actor who could not make that particular performance. Once again, the show was a great success, and many in the community were reached with the true story of Christmas.
My niece Madeline played a sheep in her church Christmas program, “The Friendly Beasts.” She was definitely the cutest sheep, and knew all the words to the songs as well. It was so entertaining to watch.
Pete has also enjoyed a little sports action since we’ve been in Baraboo this winter. Every Wednesday night he plays for Baraboo City League basketball. My brother Jay, put together a team this year, so it has been fun watching them and being able to cheer for Pete, my brothers, and other guys we know from church.
This next week we plan to spend several nights with supporters and friends, we will be sharing at the Walnut Hill Bible Church Junior High Youth group, and traveling down to Waukesha for more time with supporters and family.
It will be a whirlwind until we leave on January 6th, and we appreciate your prayers for us as we do try and take some time to slow down and enjoy our families in these last few weeks. As many of you know, we are also having some severe vehicle problems right now, but we are trusting God. What is happening with our car has surprised us, but it has not caught Him off guard! Thank you in advance for all of your prayers and support regarding this situation as well.
This post has gotten quite long, so I will leave you with a reminder of what this season is all about. And check back soon for a recap of our Christmas week!! Merry Christmas!!
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.”