We just moved ... the 16th move in our almost 40 years of marriage! And I have decided that I am going to heaven from this house! We downsized - big time! Our church has a thrift store in downtown Kansas City, and I am their new best friend. They made four trips to our house to pick up the things we no longer wanted or needed ... and I may not be through yet!
Seriously ... I went through every single item we own. If we had not used it in the last year or if it did not spark joy in my heart ... it was gone! I either gave it away, threw it away or donated it to our thrift store. It is an amazing feeling to have closets with space, empty cabinets and shelves and drawers. I am defintely over stuff!
But the process ... oh, the process just about killed me! However, I have lived to tell about it! And I am actually at the place where I highly recommend what I have come to call The Purge.
We basically gutted the house we bought ... and are still in the process of completing the remodeling process. I am not a fan. Evidently I need to learn patience because not one single thing has gone right since we started. The closing date was changed three times. That should have been a sign of things to come. I am learning to roll with the punches. And someday it will all be finished! Maybe ...
Post move update: We are all moved in and love our new house! The top floor is done. The basement will be done ... in awhile. We are working on flower beds with the help of Dan's fire group. Bless those precious men!
Our children and grandchildren are wonderful! Here is the scoop on them!
Big news! Jered and his family moved to Kansas City! Dan said God must have gotten tired of hearing my prayer for them to move. They are living with us until they find a house and get familiar with the different areas of town.
Lelia and Jaydan are 9 years old and adjusting beautifully to the move from Charlotte. I can't believe they are in third grade. Mo is talking up a storm and the best big brother ever to Nori who is now walking everywhere and beginning to talk as well!
Jodi is getting paper work turned in to get her nursing liscense to be a nurse in KC. in the meantime, being mom to four kids is no small task, but Jodi does a great job!
Danna and Sam are doing well ... and Sam is the rising star in the construction company where he works. We are so proud of him! Danna is busy with Justus and Hudson who get more adorable and fun every day! Justus was in the hospital with both a bacterial as well as a viral infection. He was very, very sick, but the Father healed him ... and now he is going strong. Go God!
Danna and her family are living in a townhouse about 2 minutes away ... 3 minutes if I hit the one stop light. They are there until their house is finished.
I am loving being home more! I have made the commitment to do only one travel speaking event a month this year. I am praying that my new Skype ministry, Friends for the Journey, will grow and allow me to do that. I am working on launching it, so please pray for God's blessing and favor as I seek to encourage women across the country via Skype.
Because I am home more, I am able to teach a monthly Bible Study for the women on our church staff, have started a bi-monthly support group for the wives of our Church Planters, and will be teaching a Bible Study at Westside this year. I am especially excited about teaching in our worship services on a regular basis as well.
I am going to University of Kansas Spine Center where I had a spinal cord stimulator inserted. It has made a huge difference in my upper back. They are still working on the right program for my lower back. I thank God for a doctor who refuses to give up until I am free of pain. I will keep you posted.
Dan is feeling better! Thank you for praying. His doctors are close to finding the right combination of medication for his heart.
Girlfriends in God ... God is blessing the socks off of this ministry! We are doing more conferences ... our devotions are impacting the lives of more women ... and more women are reaching out to us through Facebook, Twitter and email. All I can say is GO GOD!
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