Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Howdy from KANSAS!

Hey Friends and Family!
After a very loooong ride we have safely made it to Olathe, Kansas. There were many sad goodbyes before we left, but in between all the goodbyes we had the opportunity to spend a weekend at the beach get rested before the long trip. It was such a blessing! We had the opportunity to sleep, eat tons of rice and gravy (one of Caleb's favorites) and frolic in the sand.

We also had the opportunity to visit Caleb's family in Halfway, Oregon for 3 days. Yolanda, as always, delivered in the food department...homemade everything and phenom jam for the bread! Yum. Dad and Mom hung out with us and
played a little baseball...great memories, and some good sun. The rest of the family spent a lot of time with us...great talks and good food. Thanks Jen for staying up late and talking to us. And thanks Mel for taking time during the middle of your work night to talk with us. We hope no patients died while you were with us instead of them :) Here are a couple of pictures of some of the bros, and then Dad and Mom with some of the grand kids on a hike up Clear Creek.

The Sunday before we left we preached in 180 for the last time, Ashley talked about redemption and I talked about Jesus...He's really the best and my favorite. We will miss Oneighty incredibly and our amazing pastors and students. On our way out of Bend we stopped overnight in Nampa, Idaho to visit Pastors Danny, Jamie, and David...he keeps getting cuter! They took us to breakfast and blessed us on our way. Friends are great!

We made another stop in Fort Collins, Colorado to visit Caleb's brother and sister in law Mike and Renee Brown. We had a great time playing games and seeing their town. We found out that Ashley was a Texas Hold 'Em ace (she cleaned us all out) and that Renee is an amazing chef! Thanks for the great hospitality!

Mike and Peggy Spedick blessed us so much by letting us use their totally rad beast...er...van to move out east with. We were able to fit every earthly possesion we own in one load...which was nice. We'll enjoy being able to move this way while we don't have kids. Almost every stop we had people (mostly men) wanting to know about the van, how high the lift kit was, what size engine, and on and on. Thanks Mike and Peggy for letting use your van...it was such a blessing...and a comfy ride!

When we got to Kansas we connected with some of the Elders from our new church and they invited us to stay with them until we got settled. We are staying on the bottom floor of a beautiful home of some of the elders in church, Bill and Pat Eveland. We have a gorgeous view of a lake out of our window. It has been a nice place to relax. No tornados yet. :) Our first few days in the office are going well. We are trying to catch up on our sleep, and we are excited and expectant for what God has in store. We miss you!

Thanks for all your prayers and support as we prepared to move. So many of you blessed us in so many ways. Thanks for the new computers, tons of money, more prayers, the hugs, the tears, the laughs, the food, and most of all for being our friends. We love you!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Hola to our family, friends, and future friends (In Kansas)

Thought it was about time to check in again for the faithful blogger(s) among us. Several incredibly facinating developments in our life. Well actually we can't think of anything facinating...so the regular old update will have to do. Here is a picture of Ashley preaching in Ohio.

The going away party for Seth (www.missionaryseth.blogspot.com). Many of his friends and family congregated to wish him well, bring gifts, eat food, worship together, and pray over the man himself a day or two before he left.

We moved out of our house today in preparation for our move to Kansas. (For those of you who don't know: we accepted an opportunity to move to Olathe Kansas to serve in a church there.This is Jonathan and Sandy Collins former church). Packing all of our many belongings filled up two truck loads (pickup truck loads). It's kind of fun not having a lot of stuff...I wonder what our moves will look like when we have kids.

The annoucement of us moving to Student Leadership and Oneighty went well...half of the kids were crying, and we tried not to. We'll really miss our incredible pastors, fellow leaders, and all the amazing students of Oneighty. Pastor Steve and Casey blessed and sent us from the stage in Tuesday's and Sunday's service. All the students prayed over us Tuesday and Student Leadership prayed over us Sunday during class. We love them and we already miss them.

We'll be moving to Olathe (suburb of Kansas City) before the first of May. If you choose to pray for us, please pray for supernatural wisdom, safety as we travel, and good gas mileage...

Fun survey question - how many of your relatives or close friends are from or have lived in Kansas (almost everyone we know has a connection there somehow)...let us know!