Okay - so I have a little more sleep than my last post (5 hours counts right) and thought I would update you all on our family and what is going on:
Joel is LOVING his position at the church. He has been blessed to have an incredible relationship with our pastor as well as the deacons. He is kept busy with not only the youth but keeping up with an ever growing children's ministry as well. He is also the camp director for our Associational Youth Winter Retreat FEb 14-16 and that has really kept him hoppin! In addition to all this - he is continuing to take classes toward his degree, drive a school bus route, and spend time with us! He is very busy but honestly I haven't seen him this excited about ministry in awhile.
Currently, I am still at the hospital in the Human Resources Department. HOWEVER - after much prayer and discussion with Joel we have decided that it is in the best interest for our family and ministry for me to give my resignation. I will be giving my official two weeks notice tomorrow. I will still need to seek part time work but as of yet nothing has opened up. God has really given Joel and I a peace though that the time is NOW for me to leave the hospital. It has been a wonderful job and I have gained a lot of experience but it just hasn't worked for our family life or for ministry life - which of course are the two priorities to us. So - please be in prayer for us as we take this leap of faith and see what God has in store for us. I am also leading a women's Bible Study on Thursday nights called Captivating - so good!
Hannah is halfway through her first year of Jr. High~ YIKES!!! 2 and half years and I will have a kid in High School!!! She has a new dog for her 4-H project named Amber, is taking piano lessons, and babysits for my Bible Study on Thursdays. She is looking forward to playing volleyball and basketball next year as a 7th grader.
Malachi is doing great in school and loves playing with his friends. He is taking shooting sports in 4-H and VERY excited about that. He is just as laid back and sweet as ever.
Kestra is also doing well in school although struggling with her reading some. However she has an incredible Title I teacher who works really hard with her. She is as girly as ever and is excited about taking Cake Decorating in 4-H.
Tyler is ALL boy - he is constantly on the move and energetic. He has had a few rough spots in school but for the most part does well. We are looking at summer programs for him so that he can keep some of the same structure that he currently has. He enjoys spending the night with grandparents (either set is fine) and playing with his cars.
Well that is all for now! Thanks.