Fall!

I should’ve snapped a picture this afternoon. The sky was a perfect, clear blue. We have giant trees on the MRF property that are changing into beautiful shades of yellow and orange with a smattering of red here and there. With the perfect, cloudless, blue sky as the backdrop, it just couldn’t get any prettier out here. The temperature wasn’t too hot and the brisk air just smelled so good – so perfectly fall. I took time out of making beds in three houses that are expecting guests this month to rake some of the leaves off of a sidewalk just so I could be outside for awhile!

We haven’t had substantial movement at MRF in a few months as most of our residents are long-term at the moment. October changes that! This month, we’ll see a lot of turnover and one more family move in for a longer haul (through January). Brian has some work to do to make sure each home is ready, but overall, we’re all set for new residents and looking forward to it!

On the BCM front – we finally got to see a final copy of the print version of BCM World. If you remember, at the end of the winter, Brian was working to put together a compilation version of the BCM Worlds from 2014 to print so we can have something current on hand for our displays and for promo. We had yet to get our hands on a final copy – until last week! I was at a writer’s session in Lancaster and snagged a copy for us. It looks awesome. If you’d like a print copy, let us know and we’ll see if we can get one for you, too. Brian did a phenomenal job with layout and I’m so very excited to have three of my 2014 articles in there.

I went to the conference purposefully to gain more knowledge so I can become a better journalist for BCM. This is really becoming a large part of my ministry and so I want to be sure I do it to the best of my ability. I sat under the tutelage of my editor, Jeanette Windle, who is an award winning author in her own right. It was a very good session; I’m so thankful Brian took the kids from 6am-5pm for me so I could go! Jeanette and I got to spend some time together afterwards for which I’m so thankful.

At church, the fall programs are moving slowly. My Wednesday night team and I are a bit discouraged with our exceptionally small number of attendees. We are trying hard to not focus on numbers, but to focus on the kids who ARE there and invest fully in them. Lamenting the ones who aren’t attending doesn’t do any good; investing in the ones who do is what’s important. On the plus side, the programs are going very well and the teams are working so well together!

On the home-front – well, you saw the kids had their birthdays! The week leading up to the birthdays was a bit iffy as E came home with a nasty fever/stomach bug that laid her up for four days – 3 days longer than she’s normally sick. Brian and I got a touch of it, but it seems to have by-passed the rest of the family. We had plans to celebrate their birthdays on Friday, but pushed it off to last Sunday just to ensure everyone was feeling okay, which we were. We had a great time celebrating Sunday evening in the new pavilion with my parents. Thanks to the generosity of friends, we were able to give both kids “big kid bikes” for their birthdays – something they’ve been begging for all summer! Brian is sure to have a heart attack watching them fly around on the pavement, though. All of a sudden, our little kids don’t seem so little anymore.

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Moments later, Brian had to choose between holding onto E and keeping Big J from flying down the hill. He chose to stop Big J and E very slowly tipped over onto the ground! Brian had one hand on Big J and the other reaching for E, but couldn't quite stop her in time. She just lay on the ground staring at him before we all about died laughing. Poor Brian; he felt so bad that he couldn't catch both simultaneously!

Moments later, Brian had to choose between holding onto E and keeping Big J from flying down the hill. He chose to stop Big J and E very slowly tipped over onto the ground! Brian had one hand on Big J and the other reaching for E, but couldn’t quite stop her in time. She just lay on the ground staring at him before we all about died laughing. Poor Brian; he felt so bad that he couldn’t catch both simultaneously!

So, here we go into another week! Pray for us – that illness won’t take ahold a week after we think it’s been eradicated from the household! Pray that I can prepare my lessons, write a course that I’m working on, and get some organizational things done both at church and at home. Pray for Brian as he continues to work in the last half of the duplex (he’s building cabinets at the moment). Thanks for tracking with us! Enjoy the beauty that is October!

...just some general cuteness to make your day brighter. You're welcome.

…just some general cuteness to make your day brighter. You’re welcome.

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