It's almost been two weeks since we've arrived in Elkhart. For the time being (and the foreseeable future) we are staying with a friend who has graciously taken in us four (noisy, sticky, mess-making) Scatliffs. Our days have been filled with administrative stuff (obtaining social security numbers, applying for new insurances, establishing a new banking systems, etc), searching for a new-to-us vehicle, and, now, hunting for a home. We quickly learned that renting isn't a great option. Considering what is available (and for the cost!) compared to the depressed housing market (mortgages are actually less than rent) is just makes sense to buy. Now finding a suitable one, that's been the trick.
And let me tell you, I am so ready to be 'home'. Being in transition since Matthew was about six weeks old has taken it's toll. I'm tired. I want to go home now. But we don't have one. What we do have, thankfully, are some amazing friends who have offered for us to live in their homes until we find ours. It's amazing how The Lord provides, no matter where we are.
Tom starts at the Technology Center this Thursday and he couldn't be more eager to get down to work. He is slated to work on a water project that he's been looking forward to for quite some time. In all honesty it's surreal that we are actually here. We've dreamed about it and have been working towards it and praying about it for so long that it's nearly unbelievable that we are indeed here now. But now that we are here I'm anxious for the dust to settle and for us to find our community. I very much miss our friends and church family in Canada.
Well ain't this post all over the place... I guess that's what you get with nights full of a screaming teething baby and a toddler that has repeatedly fallen out of bed.
This too shall pass, right? Riiiiiight?
If you are the praying type, please join us in petition God for our housing situation to be resolved.
Today marks one full week of being in Indiana. This past week has been far more emotionally challenging than I ever anticipated, but thankfully the past few days have drawn us back to what matters and I'm reminded as to why we are here.
As I head to bed tonight, I'm clinging to words of wisdom:
Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God
Can I get an amen?
On Wednesday afternoon my mom, the kids, and I flew into South Bend, Indiana, the nearest airport to Elkhart. Tom and his dad (who drove the uHaul truck and arrived the night before) met us at the airport with the rental car. And just like that... After two years of support raising, lots of prayer, blood, sweat, and tears, We. Are. Here!
Currently we are a bit overwhelmed with everything we need to do to settle ourselves and trying our bestest to let everyone know we are here and how things are going. For the time being we are living with a friend while we search for a home for our family. On Monday there is a welcome for us at work, hopefully we can snag a family pic of us at our first day at the Technology Center!
This is it! We are, literally, going now!!!
After an amazing crew of friends helped us pack the uHaul truck on Sunday, June 1st, Tom and his dad rolled out of town Monday morning - Elkhart bound! The kids, my mom and I are hanging back at a friend’s house to allow the guys a few days to get to there, get unpacked, and get a rental car. They will meet us at the airport in South Bend, Indiana on Wednesday afternoon.
This past week has been incredibly busy, a tad overwhelming, and a whole lot emotional. Such a time of excitement, joy, and anticipation, peppered with good-byes, thank yous, and see-you-laters.
The kids have been troopers. Our friends are amazing. Our parents are so supportive (read: using their spare time to fly out here and help us relocate. I’m not sure you can get cooler than that). We are blessed! THANK YOU ALL!
This is it. Our last night in the place we've called home for four years. The place we scooped up in a heartbeat when we returned from serving in Ecuador. The place we brought our first child home from the hospital to. The place our second son surprised us by arriving while we were still at home. This is it. Our last night.
I've always had a love-hate relationship with this place. So it's suiting that this past week I've been choked up while excitedly packing to leave.
I'm really looking forward to this giant leap of faith ahead of us. As Tom summed it up for me yesterday in a much needed packing prep-talk: We are daring to follow our dreams, and babe, this. is. it. We're going! Let's GO!
But tonight, tonight I'm putting the excitement aside for a moment and allowing myself to grieve. Its a feeling that needs to be felt. We are leaving where we've called home, moving away from a place where we have amazing friends, departing from a community where we fit in.
"I'll miss you" feels like a gross understatement right about now. But don't get me wrong. I'm thrilled we're going.
This past week has been a BIG one for us! We traveled to Elkhart, Indiana for an important fund raising event last Saturday and this past Wednesday we traveled to the border again to have our visa applications adjudicated. The Lord walked ahead of us for both of them! The fundraiser was an awesome evening and on Wednesday our visas were GRANTED! Praise the Lord!!
We are now ‘all systems go!’ for heading off into full time service at the Technology Center in Elkhart, Indiana! We start the move on June 1st
The next 14 days are stuffed with preparation for our international move. My head is spinning with all there is to do and all the decisions that need to be made. We are also desperate to see everyone before we head off. Thankfully a few awesome ladies from our church have graciously offered to host a pot-luck farewell breakfast for us on Saturday, May 31st, from 9:00-11:00 at Lakeshore Church. So if you are in the area, we’d love to see you there!
Also, please join us in a happy dance and praising The Lord!
It's time to take a giant leap of faith. We've given our landlord notice that we are out June 1st.
Yup, June 1st.
No, we don't have our visas yet. Those will come, Lord willing, in the 3rd or 4th week of May. Considering we won't have a home within a week of that date, THAT is where the giant in 'giant leap of faith' comes in. Don't wory, I'm sure someone will take us in if it doesn't go as we planned. Right? Riiiiiight?
Anywhoo, we are busy sorting, packing, and getting our butts in gear. Oh, and also preparing for our trip to Elkhart next week!
So, if all goes as planned, we leave Montreal on June 1st and head to Elkhart. Moving into our friend Kathy's house until more permanent digs are found.
Praise the Lord we have a plan!
Sooo... Who wants to come help on June 1st?
This is it. The time is now!!
We are going - Lord willing and Lord providing - June 2nd, 2014.
That's 58 (broken) sleeps from now.
And between now and then we need miracles. Lots of them. But if there's anything we've learned in this process, it's that waiting on miracles is an awesome place to be.
- --> At a minimum, we need $600/month more pledged by the end of this month.
- --> We need the visas to be processed... And accepted!
- --> We need to return to Montreal and pack up our home
- --> We need to visit the states mid-May to attend a fund raising banquet, to then return and leave our home, permanently
If there was ever a time we needed you, it's now. We are in need of much, much prayer to have these miracles come through and for us to survive the next 58 sleeps (and beyond!) to reach our field of service. Because this is it, the time is NOW!
As we round the corner to the end of our time here in Manitoba, we are facing a few (mega) things and a few (mega) decisions need to be made. It feels a lot like a storm, with so many things swirling around: funding percentages and a start date, and everything that those affect (giving notice at work, giving notice to our landlord, officially applying for the visas, packing up our home in Montreal, etc etc etc).
We need an absolute minimum of $600/month more pledged before we can head out. And all of the above hinges on finding that. And finding that, really needs a lot of prayer.
We are speaking at a church this Sunday (April 6), to two missions committees next week, and at another church next Sunday (April 13). And then our time here in Manitoba is done. We are waiting on miracles. Anxiously waiting on miracles. Would you please join us in prayer that the Lord will provide, in His perfect timing?!