Friday, July 20, 2012

Warning Construction Ahead...

the title should say something like Warning Construction in MY Head!

so many words. so many thoughts. so many feelings and stresses and junk. all trying to make their way down my neurons to my fingers. it's like 20 lanes of traffic merging into 1 lane.

maybe it's not my time yet to write out our for sure doesn't have an ending yet and the plot keeps twisting and turning. still the same destination, just not the way I expected it....ever....and it keeps on going.

Paul's journey to Rome keeps coming to mind. he knew that God wanted him to go and preach in Rome, but it wasn't like he just hopped on an airplane and went.....there were all of these twists and curves and God used them to share the gospel to so many people who wouldn't have been touched with out that direction of the journey. it wasn't all cake and tea either....beatings...prison...shipwrecks...snake bites...but all for God's glory.

do you think he ever looked upward and asked "What the Heck?!?"

in May I never would have dreamed that I'd be sitting here typing on this couch, in this house...never...

and yet here I am.

four weeks ago, I thought for sure my silent time would reveal this huge master plan...instead i got Trust Me..Wait on Me...

so again, here I am.

I am learning first hand James 4:

"Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we're off to such and such a city for the year. We're going to start a business and make a lot of money." You don't know the first thing about tomorrow. You're nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, "If the Master wills it and we're still alive, we'll do this or that."

I've stopped planning. His ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts higher than ours.

we're not in it for the money, we're going because we have been called.

I've stopped worrying about this or that, times and dates mean nothing as long as I'm looking forward and looking upward.

at first little blessings started happening, things just fell into place.

we found a trailer that was under the cost we were looking for (amazing considering everything we saw before that for weeks had been double to triple the price).

Corey got a clean bill of health after his surgery (and thank you Lord that we had insurance..oy vey that was a big bill!)

then, Jim's business that had all but dried up over the past few years started getting calls....first one, then two, then more...lots more...and the phone is still about opening the flood gates of heaven. unexpected income that will give us security in our eventual new start.

so, people inevitably always ask...When are you leaving?

I don't know, we'll know when it's right.

months ago we had prayed that God would use Jim's hands like the widow who Elisha told to gather as many jars as she could to fill with oil. as long as the jobs keep coming, we'll do them.

it's funny because we aren't relying on our own strength or our own talents. God is the one providing this overflow. and when it's his time, it will all fall into place....and I'm good with that.

people like plans, they like dates and security...especially grandmas lol...

sometimes it feels like our reliance on God and lack of plans kind of freaks people out. I have always been the free spirit. Jim on the other hand is a play it by the book, find the depth of the lake before you jump in off the cliff kind of guy. for him to be at peace without everything but the next step figured out is huge..HUGE. and it's right.

for now we're preparing (waiting in expectation)...when God waves the green flag, it's on!

so, it is what it is. eventually there'll be more.

consider this the back cover preview of our story ;)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Young Eagles Take Flight

I promise to give you an update on all of my silent time.  But until I get my words straight, this little picture show will have to do ;)

These too little cuties were offered a flight with the Young Eagles.  Riley was raring to go...Corey was super nervous...
Jamie had done this a few years ago..looking back at Rick's photo album it was '07 (Wow, has he changed!)   There was an open seat in the plane so Jamie got to tag along too.

Here they are going through the preflight check list.  I learned a ton of new stuff!  (like stalling wasn't the engine shutting off, it's when the wings are at an angle where there is not enough air flowing over them to keep it up...who knew?!?)
Away they go!
Bye Mom!
Rick flew them over our house and made a big swing out past Jim's parents' place.  All night I heard nothing but arguing over how "big" certain buildings around town were...Riley would hold his thumb and finger near each other and say it was only this big...Jamie would argue that it was smaller or bigger, get annoyed and say "well,  maybe from you point of view.."

Some how or another, this guy found us ;)  Made my day!  He was on his way to a job a few towns over and decided to swing by and see the boys off!   He's been putting in crazy hours again so I'll take whatever minutes with him that I can get!!!
Before we knew it, they were back...
Exiting like total Rock Stars!

I foresee flight lessons in their distant future (they better get some good after school jobs, that's all I can say!).

After pictures, the boys helped Rick push the plane back into his hanger...can't be all play and no work!
All decked out with pins and certificates....they were pretty stoked by the whole thing!
If you have this available in your area, I would definitely recommend it!!!!  They learned so much and it only fueled their obsession with airplanes!