Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Stuff, But Not Nonsense

** We've begun again in earnest. Chore charts hanging on the kitchen wall are newly planned, the "spin-wheel" chart being of particular interest to the young guy in the house. I have a fresh determination to see kids rising on time, arriving to the table promptly, participating in daily devotions (personal and family), and getting work done thoroughly. I also have a determination to make routine last longer than two weeks. By prayer and supplication that end is possible! ;)

** Today Rick and I drive Ryan to the Ottawa airport where he will board a plane alone, leaving Danica and Jameson in our care until he calls for them. Meanwhile he will settle in at his office space, search for apartments, and make new acquaintances. A new chapter opens in their lives.

** Louissa is visiting Liz Skoglund, a North Country native who now lives in Italy. She will be there a few days before heading back to Germany. This coming weekend her music team will participate in a Christian summer music fest. Then back to Bodenseehof to minister once again to the future generation of Germany as her team disciples the Konfi kids sent to them for classes. Germany is in desperate need of Godly seed, truly desperate. I pray fervently that the Gospel shared with these young teens will take root and bring forth much fruit - thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold. Please pray for Louissa and her fellow workers as they labor in this field. The average German teen in these groups is 14-15 years old. A vast majority of them already know incredible brokenness: alcoholic parents, divorced parents, abuse of all kinds, immorality from a young age, and drugs. And these are the "churched" kids. May they come to know the freedom and help that is in the true Gospel. May they shine in their generation and bring the promise of liberty and eternal hope to the nation of Germany. May they become established in the Word of God, building their lives on the one true foundation. Oh, may they be blessed in Him, bringing change and help to their nation.

** The summer schedule is beginning for the college boys. Josh and Jamie will be heading in regularly for 8:00am jobs. Jason Morris is here for the summer. He will be taking summer courses in Spanish; he is hoping to secure a part time job as well. Mom and the kids will press into finishing school -- the musical always puts us well behind. Two of said kids will also head to Spain for a missions outreach. Five of us will participate in CPS summer musical theater productions. We will help Brietta as much as possible and do what we can to get Danica to California and settled.

So goes the summer, along with hopes for a new roof installation and even some painted clapboard (hey, one can hope, can't one?)

For now, coffee is waiting, kids need stirring, and a car is in need of drivers going to an airport. Bon voyage, Ryan. We will sorely miss your trips over for ice cream and AI. It's been fun...


Blogger kb said...

Hello there:) Sounds like your summer will be full as well.

I wish my summer could include all the traveling that's presented itself to me... And I'd love to come visit up there in the North Country (and, yes, return to Espana!). I don't think that will be happening, though, with these intership hours I have to get in. I'm just thankful I finally got to come to Illinois for the first time since January!

I wasn't planning on being a stranger...life is just taking me for an unexpected ride right now! I still miss you all up there, though:) Hopefully someday soon we'll be able to cross paths once again:)

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Blogger RB said...

I want to thank you for your extended comment on my April 29th post, "what do you do when the lord is wrong?" It not only was one of those comments that really add and improve upon the post, it was much better than the original post!

You have a lot a wisdom. This is especially amazing given your youthful age.

Be blessed!


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