This post is long overdue. My goal is to try and write something for the blog at least once a week, but as you can say from the date of the last entry, that hasn’t happened. I know you haven’t been sitting on the edge of your seat, checking the blog everyday for an update, but a friend told me “If you aren’t inspired to write, then don’t.” And thats just what I did, or didn’t do.
And, can I be honest, the last few weeks have been crazy, busy, tiring, hard, but amazing all wrapped up into one. How do you describe that in a blog post or even find time to write about it? But, I am going to attempt it, first talking about our family and second about ministry. Here goes!
–Soccer has begun! Kinsley decided she wanted to try soccer this year instead of dance. After the huge disaster that soccer was two years ago (read all about that here), I was really hesitant to let her do it. But, we signed her up and she is doing great. I think school and the difference of two years have made a huge difference!
–Emerson has started school. Emerson is only 2 (will be 3 in October) but she is way ahead for her age, so I felt like it would be good to go ahead and start school with her and to capitalize on the fact that she loves learning like Kinsley. To be honest, I haven’t been super motivated to do it, but seeing her excitement to do school everyday has been fun and encouraging. Will update you on how it goes (or doesn’t!)
–Pain has been my friend these past few weeks. First, I went in for my bi-annual dental appointment. Anybody else get anxiety about the dentist coming in to check for cavities? I always hold my breath a little. This time I had good cause. They ended up having to refill an old cavity in two teeth and because of that, it was a really deep filling. After the filling, I was in severe pain and went back in for a followup appointment. They confirmed that the filling was deep and that I may need a root canal if it didn’t subside. After seeing the cost for two root canals, we started praying like crazy that it would feel better and that my tooth was just in shock from the filling. It has gotten much better and we are so thankful for that.
Then, I got mastitis. Ya’ll, it is no joke. I have had friends that have had it, so when it happened, I was pretty sure what it was. It knocked me out for two days, but I am so thankful for antibiotics that are making me feel better. I will avoid details, but lets just say flu symptoms on top of severe pain is not for the weary. I am so thankful for a great husband and neighbor who took care of me!
–Kinsley just completed her first 9 weeks in school and started her first track out, which will last for 3 weeks. We also had her first parent-teacher conference, which went really well. She is doing great at school, both academically and socially. We are praying that the Lord uses both of us to be a light both to other students and her teacher! Check out her first school picture.
–We have been very active hosting events for students, following up with contacts and sharing the Gospel, and getting Bible studies started. It has been encouraging to see and to hear about how the Lord is already moving, both at NC State and Campbell. Cameron (as told in our latest newsletter here) is just one of the many stories about how the Lord is changing students’ lives. Here are some of the things we have been up to on campus:
Packapalooza – This is a huge event that NC State hosts every year where the whole community comes out and learns more about organizations on campus as well as other places that are being promoted. Ed had to work our Cru table for a little while (where we give interested students more info about Cru), so we let the girls play on the water rides and watch the trapeze artists. They had a blast! Here is Kinsley enjoying the ride:
Party at the Park – this is another event that Cru at NC State does where we invite students to come out and enjoy pizza, sno cones, and get to know us and each other. We had a great turnout and loved getting to meet new students!
And look at this sweet picture of our staff kids enjoying their sno cones together. I love that our kids have other kids on our staff team!
Campbell Tailgate – Campbell had their first home game Thursday night so we loaded up the whole family, lots of food, and joined our students for food and fun. We had about 35 people there (19 of which were students), which was a huge increase from last year. We even had new students who want to come to Bible study but haven’t yet, who heard about the tailgate from our text messages that we sent out to all the contacts we got at the Street Fair. We are praying they will come back to Bible study now that they have meet us and other students.
We are so thankful for the great turnouts we have seen at Bible study, NC State weekly meeting, and many other events. We pray that the Lord uses us and our students to share Christ with students who don’t know about Christ and plugs them into a community where they can grow in their faith. Thank you for your partnership in making this possible!