It is a blustery Monday morning, 2 weeks and a day since we arrived back in Winnipeg. After having a blizzard wipe out our plans to move this past Saturday we are VERY eagerly looking forward to moving today (even if it is currently -31 outside!). Lord willing, the truck driven by friends from Calvary Baptist will arrive in Winnipeg from Emo sometime around 10:00 am this morning, and my brother, some friends from church, and Lois and I will start loading the truck with plans to head out early in the afternoon.
This past week we discovered that 6 months without a home, and two weeks of (sometimes) frantic running around to meet people, purchase furniture, get school supplies can make a person very emotionally, mentally, and physically tired. The need to plan what to do every day because there is no routine and no real place for your children to hang out has worn us down. I am grateful for the great job my mom-in-law did of hosting us, and the fact that my parents willingly put us up these past two days when we couldn't leave as planned, but the fact is that for 180+ days we have only stayed in the same place a maximum of 14 days and that just needs to end!
God knows our limits and he has sustained us when we felt like losing it. He knows what awaits us this coming week in Emo, and will sustain us through the setting up of our new home. He will provide for Lois the time alone that she needs, and provide me with the opportunity to read and spend fun time with our kids. God is trustworthy and our adventure with him continues to be an adventure of faith.
So I ask that you continue to pray for us. Please pray for patience and grace as we wait to get settled. Pray for our children who (if we all get to Emo today) will start school tomorrow in a new town, in new grades with new children. And pray that God will be glorified as we settled into the ministry and community that he has called us to.
And on a very happy note, Caleb is now the owner of a very kind, very gentle, and very beautiful German Shepherd! Kelly is currently sleeping in my parents breezeway, and will be making the journey with us to Emo today. She is a gift from some friends, and is another sign that God cares about our needs, and our wants. We have gone to visit her a few times these past weeks, and her and Caleb are becoming good friends. She will make a great addition to our family, and be a good friend to Caleb.
So I say bye from Winnipeg, and look forward to my next post, which will be coming to you from Emo, Ontario!