This month has been slammed! Once we got past the baby’s birthday, everything flew by:
I helped host an IF:gathering at church. We figured if 20 women showed up for our first year, that’d be great. We ended up with almost 50! It was a great morning with much interest in a second showing and follow-up. Now to just keep the momentum moving!
The kids’ Christian school had their Serve-a-Thon. The entire school, K4-grade 12, are divided into groups for two days of serving around the community. We were excited that they chose to come serve at MRF again! We had a large group come out that we split into two teams. Brian took one down to our back pond to clear out the path and the area by the pond so residents can hang out there, even camp if they would like. I led the second team (only got pictures of them – above) in clearing out the leaves from the area by our mailboxes and the playground. We didn’t finish the playground, but it’s no longer super intimidating to complete.
We had our final Skill Nite of the year in our Wed. evening program. The kids learned about Service from our own Pastor Dave. He taught about restaurant etiquette, listening skills, and various tips on what servers do. The kids had a great time! It was a fun way to close out this portion of the school year program.
Brian had the opportunity to help lead a team from our church down to Rockport, Texas, to do some hurricane relief with Samaritan’s Purse. Their time was phenomenal – they got a lot done (as seen in the above before & after picture of the one house), bonded as a team, and can’t wait to go back. Samaritan’s Purse was incredible to work with and they are very glad they got to go. I’ll be sending out a newsletter soon and will include more details there.
While Brian was gone, I attempted to hold the fort down at home. We made it through a bike accident, tornado warning, ear ache, to and from school (on time!), and a visit from my sister who was an enormous help and great company! All in all, the kids did awesome without Daddy for a week and I’m thankful for everyone who prayed us through it.
In other news:
At the beginning of the month, a dead bear was found on the MRF property. Brian reported it to the game commission and they discovered it was poached. We had an interesting few days with game wardens scowering the property and surrounding neighborhoods to find the shooter. To our knowledge, no one has been apprehended. Originally, the game commission was going to leave the bear there to decompose, but the day of the Serve-a-Thon, when the teens were to be down in that spot with stinky, rotting bear, clearing it out, the bear mysteriously disappeared. We’re thinking someone from the neighborhood who were more in the smell-proximity must have complained and had it removed. He was getting rather… fresh. Here’s a link to a news article about it.
This past Saturday was the spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Don and Gail. The event turned out wonderful and looks like it was a great help to them. If you attended, thank you! We had absolutely nothing to do with it, but we’re grateful for everyone who put in all that time and effort to make it possible and help out a beautiful couple.
June is shaping up to be a quieter month with no trips or major events planned. It will be nice to catch our breath for awhile.