Wednesday, June 4, 2014

a family/ministry/adorable-ness update

I thought it would be fun to share a little family update, being that several things have changed in the past few months, besides adding Rainier to our family. This has been a full season and I'm excited about where God has us - although I'm tired :) Maybe this will give some more insight into why I'm not posting quite as often? You know, besides the whole having a newborn and a toddler thing.

Rainier's yawn says it all - we each need a nap.

I don't believe that busyness equals success or obedience to God's call; this just happens to be a busy season for our family! And I enjoy when I get to see how the pieces of people's family and ministry life fit together. So if you've ever wondered what mom life/ministry life/church plant life looks like, here's my current, tired mom version:

The church plant:
Our church planting team was officially commissioned by our home church this past Sunday, which was surreal and humbling and awesome. (And Nicholas told Brian, "we're on stage, this is cool!") God has already begun growing a sweet little community through monthly prayer meetings, and we have monthly "preview services" starting in the summer before we officially launch in October! It's happening, wooh!

I spend many of my hours daydreaming about taking a nap. On top of that, I'm home with my two sweet boys most of the time. We've been enjoying going to the mall, frequent the local Starbucks drive thru, and spend lots of time with the grandmas. A few months ago I started managing the communications aspects of our church plant, which means I get to log more nerd hours noodling around on Mail Chimp and researching fonts. (I'm cool.) Shh, don't tell anyone that I'm a total amateur and I'm making most of this stuff up as I go. It's actually really fun and I'm happy to have this way to serve our little church body. I also LOVE my role as the Prayer Ministry Manager for Thrive Moms. It's an honor to pray for moms all over the world, and to work with the amazing women on my team.
What's crazy is that a few years ago I didn't know what Twitter was, and I would have laughed if you had said God could use the internet to draw people to Himself. He's cool like that.

Brian loves his job working with the homeless population in Seattle, coming alongside people who are working towards rehabilitation and addiction recovery. He's made some great relationships, he learns daily about the beauty of Jesus, and really enjoys what he gets to do. He also helps with several aspects of our church plant - and it's so awesome to see how these separate roles have integrated together. Apparently God knows what He's doing!

Nicholas and Rainier:
These little buddies, oh how we love them. Rainier enjoys sleeping, growing a sweet mohawk, and being adorable. And also crying from the hours of 7:30 - 10pm. But we'll let that part slide because of the cuteness. Nicholas is so TWO. The attitude is both hilarious and infuriating, which comes with the territory. He's begun to love singing, he's learning his letters, and I daily am jotting down the funny stories he tells. He loves Rainier and yesterday I caught him holding Rainier's hand, all on his own. He loves "pen-da butter" (peanut butter), anything to do with Cars, and doing the opposite of what I ask him to do. And I signed him up for preschool in the Fall. *Major tears for Mom.*

I'll leave you with a glimpse of the HAM that Nicholas is. It's a very short video, showcasing his hyperactivity, hand motions, and the cheesiest "thank you" you've ever witnessed. 10 points to the person who can understand what he's singing.

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