Where’ve I been….

An explanation for where I’ve been (as I have obviously NOT been on my blog for the past month)

~Month of May-Danny was working to finish up a 19 credit semester so that he could finish his 106 credit Masters of Divinity program in the scheduled 3 year time allotment (not to mention the work of adding two new members to our family, pastoring a small congregation, and working several other part time jobs during those three years- can I hear a loud “Super Dad!!” in the background)

A Masters of Divinity AND two more kids...all in three years time. Pretty productive, I'd say.

A Masters of Divinity AND two more kids…all in three years time. Pretty productive, I’d say.

~Month of May-Have Nader‘s parents stay with us for the entire month, and his brothers and sister come to stay for parts of the month. It was so wonderful, and I now feel like I have a second family, a Libyan one.

Nader's sister, Miriam, became like an older sister to the girls, Nader's father (background) like a grandpa to them

Nader’s sister, Miriam, became like an older sister to the girls, Nader’s father (background) like a grandpa to them

~May 17-19 Fly to Dallas, TX to be part of the wedding party for Nader’s wedding. Those Arabs know how to party. Had a BLAST experiencing new customs, eating new foods, and dancing to Arab music.

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Katy-Grace, Trinity, Nader, and his brother, Osama

The girls with Nader in his traditional Libyan outfit

The girls with Nader in his traditional Libyan outfit

~May 15-23 AMAZING people show up at my house at random times to watch kids, or help me pack or clean in order to get ready to move. I COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU. Thank you…

characteristic of those last two weeks...no set schedule (or bedtime) and boxes everywhere.

characteristic of those last two weeks…no set schedule (or bedtime) and boxes everywhere.

~May 20 My incredible sister-in-law/best friend, Sara-Beth flies in with Asher to help with packing and be here for Danny’s graduation

Danny, Sara-Beth, and Asher

Danny, Sara-Beth, and Asher

~May 24- Danny graduates!! Let’s hear it for my MAN!!

Sooo proud of him!

Sooo proud of him!

~May 25 morning-hosted our very last yard sale. Over the course of the three years, I hosted, or helped host 19 yard sales…Sara-Beth was there for the very first one and for the very last one ever. Way to go out with a bang.

~May 25 afternoon-nearly 20 people show up to help us move and then to enjoy lots of food together. The entire house got packed up in 1.5 hours…record time. IN AWE of how smooth and joyful whole day was.

~May 26-28 Finish up last minute things at the house and finish packing for our upcoming 4 week East Coast trek. Yes, I managed to leave a load of laundry in the washer. That’s what happens when you have too many things on your mind…

May 28-31-In Atlanta, house hunting. Most of the ones that were in our price range had mold, or were extremely run down. THE VERY LAST HOUSE (which we looked at an hour before we were scheduled to leave town) was perfect and we quickly ran around town getting all the paperwork in order to get a rental agreement in order. We offered to pay $100 less than what they were asking per month, and they gave it to us, even though the leasing agent said there was no way. Well, with God there is a way.

Our new home for the next year

Our new home for the next year

June 1st-2am Arrive in Waynesboro, VA to see Danny’s grandparent

June 1st 4pm Start trek to New Jersey

Jun 2-worship in a church outside of Newark. Get to see graduated seminary friends and hear brother and sister-in-law (The Nolls) present on their mission to Southeast Asia. Cousins have a grand reunion. My heart throbs for the Northeast to know the fire of the Holy Spirit in that place once again, and yet it also throbs for unreached places in Southeast Asia to have the opportunity to hear of the God-Man, Jesus, who reconciles men with their Maker. Can the two passions merge?

Noa Noll, Trinity, Martha Noll, and friend, Millie

Noa Noll, Trinity, Martha Noll, and friend, Millie

June 2-Leave for Cape Cod, MA for family reunion, and last minute decide to swing through Newburg, NY to see seminary friends-SWEET time of fellowship and mutual encouragement.

June 3-2am arrive at the most beautiful place on earth (in my humble opinion)

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June 3-8 Fabulous Foursome Family Reunion-The four siblings in my family were all in the same place at the same time for the first time in many years, all united by my father’s planning and prayers. Beach time, dinners, Plimouth Plantation, Martha’s Vineyard, and ice cream runs filled our time. TRULY a blessing and a gift from the Lord!

June 9-14- After all the siblings and patriarch had departed, my family stayed in a 100 year old cottage that I went to every summer as a kid. SWEET time, although the entire week was either cold or rainy. The cold didn’t bother the kids on the beach though!

When its raining...do puzzles!

When its raining…do puzzles!

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The munchkins enjoying the water in 50 degree weather

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Family Pic…notice mother in sweatshirt….

June 14-17-RICH time with some of our old flock in Newark. Had a “family reunion” with 35 people transported out to the house we were staying at for dinner and worship. Igor Silva, an amazing Brazilian man Danny has been discipling since 2005 graciously hosted us for 3 days. I got to spend every day with Shashuna, best friend from there, and her precious kids. (What I wouldn’t give to uproot her family and move them to Atlanta with us….) Danny preaches at a suburban church in the area. The whole weekend was vastly different from last year’s mission trip and visit.

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My best friend, Shashuna, and me…her daughter, Analicia, in the background. Analicia was in my very first Sunday School class in Newark when she was 7 years old.

Faith and Malachi hanging out at Shashuna's apartment

Faith and Malachi hanging out at Shashuna’s apartment

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Danny explaining “triperspectivalism” (seminary stuff) to our former worship pastor in Newark, Adam Culp. Him and his wife Kate (and 3 boys) are dear friends and ministry partners.

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post worship picnic after we all heard Danny preach

Daniel Josiah and his buddy Tawan

Daniel Josiah and his buddy Tawan

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We transported 35 people from Newark to our friend’s house in the suburbs for a Newark reunion. Such a sweet time catching up with everyone!

June 17-20- in Waynesboro, Va with Danny’s grandparents. Good eating (Grandma’s cooking is the best), good fellowship, and a good time of working in Grandma’s garden. If you ever want to learn the art and ministry of hospitality, go to Grandma’s house.

June 20-21- In Greenville, SC for the Presbyterian Church in America General Assembly. Get to see Noll family again and see JiJi(means Grandpa in Japanese), who is back from Japan for a few weeks.

Silly time with cousins and Aunt Sara-Beth at General Assembly

Silly time with cousins and Aunt Sara-Beth at General Assembly

June 21-arrive in Atlanta to stay with our good friends, Bray and Amberly Deavours, and their four kids for a few days until we can move into our new home. What did I start doing, within ten minutes of being parked in their driveway? Start dumping the MOUNDS of stuff all crammed into our car, a direct result of seven people living out of it for the the past several weeks. You don’t even want to know how many PB &J crusts, apple cores, and shriveled carrots we found in the process.

Massive slumber parties with the Deavours girls. Such sweet friends, and gracious hosts!

Massive slumber parties with the Deavours girls. Such sweet friends, and gracious hosts!

June 23-Attend worship at Perimeter Church, attend pool party at their own pool and splash pad!?!, AND attend evening event that helps newcomers learn about the history of the church. We were there for 10.5 hours straight. Starting life here at a sprint. We are going to learn SO much. To our scattered flock in Newark: It may mean waiting several years longer, but we will return to you so much better equipped to help facilitate change, for having spent this time here. Maybe I’m finally seeing the vision.

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