Life is going by in a swirl, or so it seems, as we prepare to leave for our 5+ week trip. The departure is set for Friday morning, and oh, is there a lot to do between now and then. It has been exciting to see the Lord fill in stops–and this trip is unusual in that the majority of our stops are in Canada. I guess it could be called The Great Canadian Tour.
So, you might ask, what has to happen this week? Everyone has their areas of responsibility.
- Dad always has things to do with the ministry, from answering e-mails to writing the next Dad’s Corner, to bus work. Since we’ll be going up north, we need the tank heaters functional, and he spent many hours re-wiring them. He’s also been working on a new session.
- Mom works through the food we’ll need to start out the trip with, and she is very skilled in her master lists and making sure we have what we need. She is also the lead encourager to make sure we are personally prepared: she’ll e-mail us a packing list, which is extremely helpful. Mom is a master of using up leftovers, so we’ll be eating up about everything edible in the refrigerator over the next four days. She has also started to help us occasionally with Titus2 shipping!
- Joseph has spent many hours on the layout and design of the CD, so it was rewarding to have the completed project done. He keeps the Titus2 shopping cart running, as well as other Titus2 ministry things, in between working on his newest programming project. He, along with John and Jesse, spent several hours Thursday bringing over all the shipping materials needed for the C. family (namely Kristina) to ship while we’re away. That was a process! There have also been a lot of hours put in on music practice, as new songs are prepared for this trip.
- John is our in-house bus mechanic. He was extremely influential in helping us get on our way when we had a bus problem before we left for Ft. Smith.
- Anna also helps with food prep, and it seems every time I turn around, another batch of granola is in the oven! She is a great asset in preparing Titus2 for leaving: packing audios, helping me with misc projects, and whatever needs to be done. She also does a fair amount of the Titus2 shipping.
- Jesse, who hopes to complete his school this year, still stays busy with school, but in his spare time, he manages the Titus2 inventory, moves pallets of books around as needed, helps with audios, and loads the bus. He will cheerfully stay up the night before departure as late as needed.
- Mary, the youngest Maxwell (in the immediate family), works diligently on her school, and in her spare time, helps prepare. She helps keep things organized in the midst of trying to move out to the bus for 5 weeks :-).
- Then, I guess, there’s me. I love to prepare Titus2 for leaving, and I have a ton of great help. In the midst of that this week, I’ll be finalizing the March Corners and sending those out Tuesday.
- And, by no means, is the above list thorough: I just typed out some thoughts. It’ll at least give you a glimpse into our lives!
- Mixed in the middle of all this, is a word which starts with a “t”. It’s called trials. Yes, we can tell when we’re preparing to leave, because trials start to come. This trip has been no exception. The Lord gives grace, and we rest in His faithfulness.
This really did turn out to be a long post, which is not what I intended it to be. Here are a few pictures you might enjoy!
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:13-16).