Russ and I leave for Texas tomorrow. It is crazy hot there – yesterday when it was over 60 degrees here, I tried to imagine it more than 30 degrees hotter and I just couldn’t do it. That being said, the heat is a small price to pay for spending time with wonderful people in Texas.
Our purpose in going is to study at TCU with Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and other wonderful folks as our teachers. I am ready, so ready to soak it all up. I imagine I’ll be furiously scribbling notes as I think about my kids and all of you. I know how very blessed I am to have the privilege of attending TBRI, so I’ll do my best to share when I’m back. We’ll also see sweet Emmelie, Karyn’s assistant who told us about the training in the first place.
We’re looking forward to having dinner with Michael and Amy Monroe and meeting their children. We have all been so busy with life that our Empowered to Connect work is piling up and we have lots to talk about. We’re also going to be filming some short videos on Saturday. I have to admit, it makes me really nervous. I love to talk, but talking while a camera is on me is another thing entirely. I hope to avoid saying anything completely ridiculous – and let’s hope we have a good film editor on the project.
An unexpected and especially sweet blessing will be seeing some friends who adopted their children from Ethiopia not long after we brought Honeybee home. They arranged accommodations for us with their pastor the first few nights of our trip followed by a few nights at their home. Not to mention, they even offered to loan us one of their cars. I had not imagined all of this coming together and it not only helps us financially, but we feel God’s blessing on this endeavor. It is a huge stretch for us to leave our children for an entire week and attend a course at a university very, very far away from north Idaho. In fact, I would not have even imagined us trying to make it happen. But each small step of the way, the details have fallen into place and it seems that the Lord is making a smooth path for us.
In addition to all of this goodness, I’ve prayed and worried so much about where to leave to the children while we are gone, and those details have fallen in place as well. Noah and Samuel will be holding down the fort at home while Rusty, Ladybug, Honeybee, and Dimples attend our church summer camp. Sunshine, Eby, and Little Man are staying with family and “almost” family in western WA. The details of getting them there, leaving our car, switching them mid-week to more family, would make your eyes cross, but I’m pretty sure it is all going to work out. I’ve gotten choked up about leaving my littlest ones – it’s a very long time to be gone.
I’ve got eight people to get packed and ready to go to their various destinations by late this afternoon. Of course, Russ can actually pack for himself, and Ladybug and Honeybee do a decent job as well, but still, it’s a lot of details to cover. No matter how much work it is, in 24 hours we’ll be embarking on our big Texas adventure.
If I have time for quick updates, I’ll be sure to hop on here, if not, I’ll be back in a bit over a week!
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