After a jam-packed Thursday full of trip preparations (and for some of us early into this morning 🙂 ), we are happily off for Oklahoma City! Everyone pitched in yesterday for all that needed to be done. Some of the boys worked on the bus, others worked on compiling more Chore books and MOTH books, another WalMart run was made, lots of organizing was done in the bus, many boxes loaded into the bays, and numerous other things.
Nathan and Melanie had us over for a delicious dinner, which was a wonderful treat, and we had family Bible time together after that.
We did have a bit of excitement around midnight: Christopher and Joseph were finishing up something on the bus, and a few of us were working in the basement. Suddenly, the lights all flickered, then they went out, then came back on briefly, and then everything went pitch dark! You realize this is not a good time to be without electricity in the midst of trip preparations! We were very grateful when the lights came back on within a minute. Christopher and Joseph, on the other hand, who were at the front of new the house, saw a strange, odd light suddenly appear from a power pole, and a noise, which sounded like a giant electric arc, before everything went totally black. They were also happy to have the electricity come on so quickly.
Thank you to everyone who is praying for our family; we are so grateful. The Lord blessed in all of the trip preparations, and we are grateful to have embarked on this trip!
I think I need to begin this with an apology for my lack of communication. Days have slipped into weeks and weeks into months.
Abigail is three and a half months old!
Short story is that Melanie and I love being parents. We thought this was something that God was giving us with Susannah, but that wasn’t the case. Then, as Abigail struggled so much with reflux and colic for the first few months, we felt challenged, stretched, and discouraged. Recently, I heard a phrase in Pilgrim’s Progress (audio book), something like, “Before the sweet, the bitter, For to make the sweet, sweeter.” (Not a perfect quote. I’m going from memory.)Â This is what we are now experiencing, the sweet joys of parenthood.
Abigail has become quite vocal. She’s also more alert and frequently smiles easily. She’s just beginning to be able to tell the difference between her mom/dad and others. So far, she’s frequently content with either Mom or Dad, but I know that might change. Her reflux is much better, she’s not colicky anymore, and she sleeps through the night! Wow, what changes!
Melanie and I are enjoying this new phase in life and see it as a gift from God. I’m sitting downstairs typing this as I hear Melanie visiting with a friend upstairs, recounting our hospital story. It almost seems like two different lives, and yet God so faithfully led through the previous eighteen months. We rejoice in His goodness, a goodness that is just as true now as it was a year ago.
We are home safely after our quick weekend trip to Jefferson City, Missouri. The drive went smoothly, and before going to the church, we dropped off our bags at a cabin someone graciously let us stay in. After getting to the driveway for the cabin, it was determined that Uriah wouldnâ€™t make it over the cattle guards, and since the family had offered to â€œferryâ€ (aka â€“ drive their vehicles down to the cabin) us and our luggage down to the cabin, we went for that option.
Set up went quite smoothly, especially since itâ€™s been several months since our last conference. It dawned on me Friday night that we have 7 weekend conferences right in a rowâ€”I knew our trip was 5 weeks and 16 stops (including Jefferson City), but I didnâ€™t realize that translated into 7 weekends 🙂 .
We had a delicious Mexican dinner provided for us before we started the conference Friday evening. Our music time went wellâ€”and we enjoyed sharing with those attending. Saturday went by quickly, and in between the sessions, we were each blessed by our conversations with other families. We found out that one family came all the way from Nebraska for the conferenceâ€”they drove farther than we did!
Little ones always brighten the day. One young boy asked me how many miles we were going on this next trip, and I told him that it would be eight thousand (!!). A few minutes later, he was talking to John, and this four-year-old informed him that we would be going a quarter of the way across the world 🙂 .
We were grateful for the â€œloading outâ€ help two families gave us, and we were on the road around 5 p.m., with a break outside of Columbia for dinner. Itâ€™s hard to believe Friday starts the beginning of the five week tripâ€”weâ€™re all excited and looking forward to what the Lord will do in these next weeks.
We would appreciate prayer as we prepare for the big trip! More pictures coming on that this week!
Tuesday night I greatly enjoyed putting out the childrenâ€™s school surprises at their places at the table for them to discover when they awoke on our pre-first day of school the next day.
During my one-on-one meeting with each of the school-age children on that pre-first day of school, we go over all they need to know and get set up for their new school year. In our new book, Managers of Their Schools, we go into much more detail about our pre-first day of school.
As we begin our twenty fourth year of homeschooling, we are grateful that the Lord has allowed us to continue to homeschool our children. Four have graduated, and we have four more to go.
â€œAnd these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest upâ€ (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
Trusting in Jesus, Teri
The Maxwell family and ministry blog of Titus2.com.