We made our last trip to Spokane over the weekend. It was rather bittersweet-getting to once again see dear friends, but also knowing we don't know when we'll be with them again.
He has been such a trooper. At 3 1/2 months old he has been on 10 airplane flights legs, traveled for over 1 month total, been to three different states, endured us packing up our apartment, and lived among stacks of boxes. In two weeks, he take his final flight (until May that is :) and have visited an additional three states. God knew that we needed a flexible baby and He gave us one!
Views from Chris and Lisa Chun's house of the load of snow dumped on Spokane over the weekend. It was beautiful but a bit hard to get around in!
Liam is such an observant little guy.
Andy was formally sent off by the Faith Bible Church elders to minister at Harvest Bible Chapel. We know that having the confirmation of a group of godly men will be a confidence giving reminder of Andy's call to ministry during any difficult seasons while being a pastor.
Andy's parents and brother and my aunt and uncle were able to come up from Portland for the send off. My parents also wanted to come for the weekend, but my Uncle Brian had emergency quadruple bypass and my parents stayed to help him. We all continue to pray for Uncle Brian's speedy recovery.Uncle Sean was so entertaining for Liam.
Dan Jarms and John Smith were on Andy's confirmatory ordination counsel. The last counsel consisted of about an hour of Bible knowledge, theology, and practical theology questions.
LaNae threw Roland a great graduation party over at the Klock's. What a blessing it was for Andy and I to be able to go through seminary with such a godly couple. We learned a lot about marriage and parenting through their example. We'll miss them greatly along with so many of the other wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ that we grew close to in LA and Spokane.
Here's the schedule for the next week or so-we'd greatly appreciate your prayers for safety and a smooth transition to Illinois. Yesterday, on Monday, Liam and I flew back to LA as Andy drove to Oregon with our family. Andy, his dad, my dad, and my uncle all left Portland this morning to drive some stuff we had stored in Oregon down to LA. The hope is that they will get here early Wednesday. We then pack up an ABF trailer on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, Andy and the men drive out while I go to work. Jessica Hoch will be watching Liam for my last two days of work (Friday and Saturday). The guys hope to make it to Albuquerque, New Mexico on Friday night, somewhere in Oklahoma I think by Saturday night, and hopefully get to Rockford, Illinois on Sunday, weather permitting. I fly with Liam to Rockford on Tuesday the 5th of February. We don't have a guarenteed date of delivery for our belongings, but we are praying that it arrives that Thursday so we can get it unpacked that day because we leave for Wisconsin on Friday for junior high and high school camp. Andy will be preaching at the camp, which ends Sunday the 10th. We are really looking forward to meeting the students and staff. So there's the run down. As you can see, it is a bit chaotic and we'd appreciate any and all prayer!