Well, except for a little “oops”! Our friends, Dave and Liz, are coming too (in their vehicle), and we just realized we forgot our passports :-). Thankfully, we were only a half hour away from home when this was realized, so, John and Dave are going to make the small trip back, and the rest of us will continue on, with an ETA of about 2:30 in Oklahoma City.
A very special thank you to Anna Marie who did lots of ironing to help us! Thanks, Anna Marie!
We said good-bye to all the relatives around 8 this morning, and then headed on our way! By the time we get back to Kansas, spring will be in full swing.
It’s now nearing 10 p.m., and our departure is drawing so close. We are still all up working, and working :-), and some hope to make it to bed soon. I’m sorry I don’t have pictures for this post, but they are on my camera, and there’s too much to do to take time to download them at the moment. Thank you for praying! We are so grateful!
“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalms 23:3).
60 may seem like a lot, but I’m confident time will continue to fly by at a quick rate! Progress is being made on our “to do” lists, but there’s still much to do. We are extremely blessed to have friends from out of state, Dave and Liz, helping us for several days, before coming to the Oklahoma City conference with us.
Thank you for praying for us. We are so grateful for your prayers as we prepare for this trip!
Sarah for the rest
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye” (Psalms 32:8).
I want to encourage you to join our Titus2 fitness challenge. I decided to participate with my family in the February pushup challenge although I had no expectation of being able to improve my ability to do pushups.
On our trip last fall, I had done pushups as part of my on-the-road exercising. I started the trip being able to do seven pushups and ended the trip being able to do seven pushups.
On the first day of February when we tested how many unbroken pushups we could do, you guessed it â€“ seven for me. Â Throughout the month as a family we encouraged each other in the challenge and reminded each other to do our pushups, usually doing them either before or after dinner. We groaned together with sore muscles at first, laughed trying to find a place on the crowded living room floor for all of us to fit in when we did them at the same time, critiqued each other on our form, and decided pushups were easier upstairs on the carpet than downstairs on the tile.
Each day, except Sunday, I did three sets in a row of all the pushups I could do at one time. At the end of the month when we were to again test how many unbroken pushups we could do, mine was 21. Not only did my number triple, but my form improved as well.
I am sharing my pushup challenge story because if a fifty-five-year old mother of eight Â and grandmother can do pushups and significantly improve through consistently doing them, then I think you could as well. The pushups donâ€™t take any equipment. Â You can do them anytime of the day. Your children can do them with you, and it doesnâ€™t take very much time. If you would say that you couldnâ€™t even to one normal pushup, the Jan. 28th post on this blog has information on a beginner way to do pushups. Â It is the post that started the pushup challenge. Then on Jan. 28, there is a post that gives suggestions if you canâ€™t even do one beginner pushup.
I encourage you to go to the Titus2Fitness blog and join the current fitness challenge. This month we are doing lunges while keeping up our pushups. We are only doing the pushups twice a week, but you could combine both last monthâ€™s pushup challenge and Marchâ€™s lunge challenge by doing pushups and lunges every day â€“ except for our full rest day on Sunday. I think you will be pleased with how simple it is and the amount of quantifiable progress you can make. Â The lunge post was on March 1. It will give you the information you need to begin the lunge challenge.
If you started the challenge in February but didnâ€™t finish it, pick it up again. Post on the new Titus2 Fitness blog and let us know what you are doing. We will be encouraged, and you will be too. You will also find it is a good time together as a family.
â€œBeloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.â€ 3 John 1:2
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).
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