It's been a long long long time since I've blogged. I've thought about it. Attempted it even. BUT I didn't. Too much was swirling around in my head and my calendar looked like an NBA playbook, not pretty.
So much has changed since October! We didn't move. Our house had to go back on the market and since normal people don't try to move during the holidays...welp, here we are! I'm getting pretty sick of having a half empty, nearly always "show ready" home. Everything, however, always works out for the best.
In the fall, my husband and I felt a need to push things forward for our church plant. We were originally planning on launching in April. It was quickly made obvious that our careful calculations and plans were not quite in line with God's plans. In order to keep momentum and use the team God blessed us with wisely, we decided to launch on February 13. Since we still had our house and it's lovely double living areas, we were able to host all kinds of meetings, worship practices and events without paying for a rented space. Like I said, everything works out for the best. :)
Push ahead a few frantic months and we now have 3 open houses (team recruiting), 2 previews (practice services) and 1 wonderful, God-blessed launch Sunday under our belts! Everyone tells you that church planting is HARD work and you try to prepare yourself for it, but until reality hits, you have no idea what you're in for! We have put in weeks and weeks of 12-16 hour days along side some of the most fabulous team members ever. This past Sunday made all of that hard work worth it. We had approximately 175 people in attendance and over 20 people decide to commit their lives to Christ! To say we've been excited this week is a huge understatement! God's grace is truly abundant!
Along with "work" stuff (that always makes me laugh, church planting is our LIFE, not just our work) we have had some fun events at home too. Our daughter turned two and is chattering up a storm! How is it possible she's two already!? During this busy season she has been both a breath of fresh air and our comic relief. She unknowingly sacrifices so much, but she never ceases to amaze us with her flexibility and joy. She is without a doubt our sweet treasure.
As far as this blog goes, don't be surprised if you see some more entries and along with some changes. I'm not exactly sure what's going to happen, but it's going to be exciting! (Ha! I think that's the story of my life!) Talk to you soon, invisible friends! :)