Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mom's move

Well it’s official! My mom is moving from Missouri to Michigan just 3 weeks from now!!! Her house sold and she bought a house just blocks from us in a matter of weeks. All I can say is God is faithful to provide!

It is going to be a hectic few weeks for her and us as we face this move. We have just three weeks left in the semester before all the students head home for the summer and she has just three weeks to complete her packing. I know it is a daunting task for her to do all alone but she is plugging away day by day while still working full time at her job. She will work her last day after 16+ years at OSS on May 14. It is certainly bitter sweet for her.

Joel will fly down to Missouri on Saturday, May 15 and help her finish up the last bits and then she closes on that house on the 17th at 4pm and they will hit the road in a big ol’ truck and head north, arriving here in Jackson on Tuesday and then will close on the house here on Wednesday, May 19th at 9am. Talk about a whirlwind!!!

I’ll be holding down the fort here with three kids and 6 house guests. Who says we aren’t doing guest house ministry after all!!?? We’re just on this side of the ocean doing it!! Our adopted daughter Grace is graduating and 5 family members from various states will be staying with us!

We covet any prayers you would pray on our behalf!

Friday, April 16, 2010

please pray

Well, we have some news, a bit old and a bit new.  This past week, my mom put her house on the market in Missouri in hopes of selling it and moving up here to Michigan to be near to us.  We were hopeful it would sell but cautiously optimistic really.  Well, within 3 days, there were 3 offers at full price and one for cash!!  In today’s market, we were shocked and in awe of God!  Apparently He wanted the house to sell and was gracious to bring it about quickly. So mom accepted an offer and we are now waiting to close on it. Prayer request #1 then is that the closing would happen without a hitch.


This then put us into a spin of sorts, realizing that we now needed to get Mom a house up here in Michigan. So for the last 4 or 5 days, we’ve been hunting. We have a great real estate agent working with us and he is a believer too which sweetens the deal!  Last night Joel looked at a house with our agent and it seems to be perfect for Mom. Not a perfect house mind you but suitable to what she needs without lots of major repairs.   We are putting in an offer this morning!  So prayer request #2 is that God would work out the details if this is His house for Mom and that we can rest in Him and His timing in it all. 

It’s been interesting doing this from 2 different states and Mom has been very trusting of us!! 


Thanks for praying!


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

thank you great grandma stroud

My grandma, Kate's great grandma, sent her the most precious outfit. It says,
"He formed me in my mohter's womb."
Psalm 139:13
Grandma, I love this and am so proud to have Kate wear such a special gift from you!
We love and miss you!
Two of your three girls!
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does it get any cuter than this?

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Monday, April 05, 2010

our three gifts

you know, being a mom is tougher than i ever dreamed it would be. each child is so different and so training them requires much patience and creativity. it is sometimes draining but also rewarding... like just now, I was doing the laundry while holding kate over one shoulder and jack was helping put the clothes in the washer. as he walked over into the playroom,
he says, "hey mom!"
i said, "yes, jack?"
he said "mom, i just love you!"
it's just what i needed. i mean, loook at these three! God has blessed us in so many ways and our three kids rank high on the list of blessings!
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happy easter from the potters

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my first easter

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In the kitchen with grace

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Our two girls

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