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A little life update– In February we inherited someone’s “farm!” Friends of ours moving to Colorado, gave us: 12 chickens, one rooster, a goat named Justice, and a Great Pyrenees dog named Caspian. We are loving all the farm duties: collecting eggs, wearing overalls, the whole bit.

I love the sounds the chickens make, and just watching the animals helps me enjoy the simplicity of life. We sit with them, and wait for the sun to break through the clouds. While hearing the breeze through the branches, we humbly accept each animals quiet offering, whether it’s eggs or serious, giant snuggle time. These animals make us stop and embrace the tiny wonders all around. It definitely has stirred some desires in us to become more self-sustaining. Josh watches YouTube videos on farming and permaculture; he has giant vision for creating something special for this here 5 acres! But everyone has overalls except me! So, hopefully I’ll get an awesome ol’ pair of overalls soon, and some more animal adventures to share in my next blog post!

Until then, stop and embrace the quiet Blessings that are so quickly overlooked and forgotten! ❤️🙌🌈🐔🌳🌻🌞❤️

James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

2018 Year-In-Review

The Rasmussen Clan— What happened in 2018?

46501816_10158428752813849_1658858129405771776_n2018 was a year of transition, change, and ultimately, great growth.  Back in May, we left Indian Hills Camp, and embarked on a big faith journey.  I refer to this journey as the “camp-mountain trailer-house adventure” in which we moved a few times unsure of the “final” destination.  And I won’t lie to you, some days during those hot, summer months were full of tension, heartache, and just plain old discomfort from living in small quarters with boxes piled high.  But at the same time, it felt rather fun to have our hands so open to God, saying, “Send us wherever, Send us”.  Ironically, His plan the whole time was to keep us in the same zip code with a house of our very own.  Wow, what an amazing and unexpected turn of events.  This cozy, little abode is a pure slice of heaven for our family.  I couldn’t be more grateful because this crazy life adventure wasn’t just about obeying God and walking by faith.  It was about confronting where I place my identity.  Does it come from my job, my house, my ministry?…  Who am I without those things? I wanted so badly to place my security on a tangible thing: a house, a job, a ministry.  But God pulled us off those seemingly firm foundations to remind us that at the end of the day, He is my bottom-line source of all life, truth, and joy no matter where I am or what I have.45558456_10158374276038849_2992078461268393984_n

 

 

In March, Josh accepted the Interim Worship Pastor position at our church.  He gets to impact hundreds of people weekly through encouraging song selection and thoughtful intercession.  It took a few weeks adjusting to the new Sunday morning rhythm, but it’s a privilege to serve the body of Christ!  Also back in May, Josh accepted an amazing job opportunity with Kidz at Heart, which is a global Christian community that trains, partners with and mobilizes networks of leaders to help children fall deeply in love with Jesus!  He is currently the Vice President of Development and has enjoyed the dynamic nature of the position; always learning new skills, and meeting new people.  Click HERE to watch a cool video Josh made explaining KidZ!

In September, He got the great privilege of traveling with a team to El Salvador where he did some training and met with many people and organizations eager to partner with Kidz at Heart.  Pictured to the right: El Salvador team on a retreat near a volcano! 42482863_1962651690447901_2320153281898217472_oIt was also praiseworthy to find out that Josh had befriended a young man who worked in the hotel where they were staying.  Josh was able to answer some of his theological questions and lead him to the Lord!  What a way to orchestrate a prodigal son home! I absolutely love the way God extravagantly brings people from across the globe together!— for His glory!

2018 was a big milestone year for our family; I stepped into a new season of motherhood that was not revolved around diaper changes; Hey!…my children ARE growing up!  SILAS started his first year of academics as a big 5 year old with Inspire Charter School and Classical Conversations.  kis18He also enjoyed his first soccer season!  Silas is a fast-learner and a fun team player for sure!

OWEN and CALEB developed a ton more vocabulary as three year olds.  Owen loved meeting new friends and figuring out any contraption he could get his hands on.  Caleb enjoyed making things out of clay and also exploring the outdoors.  They bring fun energy wherever we go, always making everyone (especially strangers) smile along the way!

And of course, there is Zoe– the toughest and cutest little cookie in the jar.  Not even two years old and she loves marching around the property far away from mommy like Miss. Independent!  She keeps up with her brothers and always finds a way of telling us what she wants.

As the kids get older, we can see it is getting more easy and more fun taking adventures.  Living in San Diego, we were blessed to explore many fun places this year like: LEGOLAND, the Living Coast Discovery Center, Sea World, the Zoo, and an extra special birthday treat– the Great Wolf Lodge!

Well, it is true what they say… The days were long… but 2018 was short! We stand in awe of what God has done for us this year. What He has shown us in His love– we will cherish and due our best to share more in the future!

If you are reading this, thank you so much for your care and concern over our lives, your prayers, your financial partnership. We love you all and pray 2019 is filled with God’s provision and wonder.

Blessings from,

The Rasmussen Clan:  Josh – Alicia – Silas – Owen- Caleb- Zoe

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El Salvador UPDATE: volcanoes and dirt

Just wanted to send out a little update that Josh is safe, healthy, and enjoying his time in El Salvador. Fun Fact about El Salvador: it is the most densely populated country in central america, over six million people!img_0325.png

Today, he got to visit a volcano. How often do we get to say that word in a sentence!?… Volcano. volcano, VOLCANO.. kinda fun… or maybe I’m just really CRAZY tired! hahahe

So, the visit to the volcano… was part of a retreat that his team hosted for the regional director, national director, and the local training and network leaders of El Salvador.  It was a time of much need rest and encouragement. Hopefully more stories and pics when he returns.

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Josh along with the Kids at Heart team met with two extremely large churches: Churches that host 500+ campuses, with 200,000 members each, that include 10,000 seat auditoriums!!– Wow, Talk about some FAR-reaching nets to grasp the souls of men! 

The team also met with a local university about establishing 8 courses to equip this up and coming generation.

The trip also has and will entail some training of the local staff and volunteers.

I really wish I had more to share, but that’s it for now! Josh returns, Lord willing, Thursday, September 27th!

And here back on this side of the Ha-mool River, ALL four kiddos have fought off a bacterial eye infection…. I think we might spend TOO much time in the dirt?? Oh well such is life! Messy but beautiful!

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Thankfully prescription eye drops did the trick pretty quick, but please keep the tots in your prayers… as you know things can change in SO quick.

Lots of thankfulness and LOVE,

From the Rasmussen Clan

 

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El Salvador, Birthdays, and Tension

Josh leaves for Arizona today for a staff retreat and then from there to El Salvador! He is going to be doing some training for the regional and national directors of Latin America for Kidz at Heart International. He will also be meeting with several in-country partners. (If you would like a detailed itinerary, email me! therasmussenclan@gmail.com). I look forward to the pictures and the stories he will return with!

Josh will be gone for two weeks. And I’ll manage the fort with Silas (5) who is week two into homeschool with classical conversations and totally loving it, Zoe (1) now walking like a little pro, and Owen and Caleb (3) …curious as ever!

With the little family update aside…

I want to share a little story.. well, a little question actually that led to some big thoughts…

Recently, Silas asked–

“How many birthdays do we get…..

And it just hit me like a ton of bricks.

“I don’t know, Silas. We don’t know. Only God knows; He numbers our days…that’s why each day we have is like a gift even before our birthday comes…”

I could feel some anxiety and even some deep sorrow inside us.

Why doesn’t God tell us! Warn us.. something. What is this?? Why is it like that? Ahh!!

Well, I also got to thinking about Jesus falling asleep on the boat during the storm recorded in Mark 4 (Mainly because I had listened to a sermon recorded from my old pastor in Julian on the subject). Jesus didn’t tell his friends the storm was coming. This is somewhat disturbing, much like in the way he doesn’t tell us when we die. This is the tension we live in–The CONSTANT unknown.

And like in the car ride with Silas with the completely unsatisfying “I don’t know” answer… I found a tremendous satisfaction trusting God and knowing Him through the work of Christ –Who answers all the primal questions of life (origin, morality, meaning, and destiny!) . He holds it all in His hands…

He “hushed” the waters quiet, the same way A mommy comforts her crying baby. The voice was familiar to the water–as it was the voice that made it!

And so like the water, I pray we can heed the similar hushes whispering into our souls right now.. whatever the question or storm….He is there and He is enough.

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On May 12th we moved into a friend’s house my children affectionately refer to as “pool mountain”. Due to the fact, that their house is on top of a mountain in San Diego, and bet you can guess, they have a pool. We loved living on Pool Mountain, but as I addressed in our last blog post we had to move out on June 10th, because a missionary from China calls it her temporary home. (above: boys playing with sticks on the south side of Pool Mountain) Fortunately, we were able to still be on Pool Mountain, because a friend from church provided a trailer. So thankfully, that move wasn’t too drastic; just a few stroller strides with boxes piled high! This trailer sheltered our little tribe of 6 until escrow closed on June 29th. Yes! I said escrow! Is that a proper noun? I don’t even know!! I just know it means we have a house! Not tied to a camp, and in San Diego county. It’s literally a dream come true, A dream I never really dreamed because it was too expensive. But God closed lots of little doors and opened this one. So, like I see in every dimension of my life—God made a way, where there was no way.

A lot of moving in two months time: Camp- to -Pool Mountain- to -Travel Trailer- to —-House!

“Exhausted” was a choice word during those many move days. But as my flesh dies down and my soul begins to reflect, I think the greatest word defining all these gusts of change and momentary inconveniences is…”Adventure!”

We put ourselves at the feet of God! We prayed for a place to live literally looking all around the globe, allowing our whole family to feel the rush of faith! Knowing good and well, He would provide all that we need. We told our kids we can’t always stay in the same spot; God changes it up for our growth, and for HIS glory!

I think it’s interesting to remember Life on camp is often referred to as a terrarium–A safe place to receive love and grow in God. But sometimes, God chooses to prune and sometimes He decides to supplant! Thankfully, we weren’t supplanted far from our beloved community–We are STILL in Jamul! What an unexpected blessing. We thought for sure God would move us away somewhere desolate; somewhere fit for martyrdom.  But it looks like (once again) this is a moment where He is showing me–I am His precious daughter, not just His dedicated worker. And as much as I was willing to go somewhere for Him, it pleased Him to quench the quietest desire of my heart. I stand in awe of where we have come and where we now stand– 5 acres of rolling hills, boulders, and trees!  The silence is loud and the stars twinkle bright, to God be the Glory and to all a good night! (😜that’s preschool mama rhymes, free of charge) hahaha

Ok, Mom jokes aside .. Through it all, it’s comforting to to remember our heavenly home is forever, and will NEVER be moved because of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus!

Before I end this diatribe….. I gotta speak even more loudly to this blog’s theme of

WHOA MOMENTS!

Get. This.

On our LAST day in our house on camp. I was filled with sadness and distress. I didn’t want to leave camp—the kindred community, the spacious four-bedrooms, the known comforts surrounding. Not to mention all the UNknowns swallowing my peace and strangling my faith!

I was struggling internally. But thankfully, something happened. A timely run-in with God’s Holy Book–

As a family we were seated at the breakfast table. When suddenly, (randomly) Josh voiced from the melancholy dining,

“Let’s read from the Bible”. He picked up a 365 daily kids Bible. One we haven’t read much since Silas was an only child.

The question raised, “Where should we start!?”

“From the beginning'” I insisted for convenience and continuity. And the kids agreed.

“The beginning! The beginning”, they shouted! Bouncing from their chairs, their blonde locks swooshed over their energetic eyes, which of course, gazed above their huge smiles!

I thought for sure Josh would cave to my logic and their chanting. But he insisted we start from the EXACT day we were in the year. With some calculated configuring turns out it was Day #156. Which put us in the book of 2 Kings.  “Oh great” I thought to myself.. “What can we possibly glean from the obscure historical timeline that makes up 2 Kings!?”

Well, to my utter amazement, the account described in the one verse devotional paralleled our lives almost to a tee.

2 Kings 4:9-11

“She said to her husband, “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.”

Okay, we didn’t sleep in a “small room on the roof”, like the prophet but something close to it. How cool is that!?? We got to explain to our kids that the lady holding the chicken was like Ms. Susan from “Pool Mountain”. She and her husband were showing kindness to us just like the two described in 2 Kings!

I was so thankful for that moment!!! 1. Because it gave my boys a greater grasp of what was happening.

2. It gave me a greater hold on God to trust Him midst the unknown.

And 3. Just the craziness of getting to the book of 2 Kings and God legitimately

using  it to show me He TRULY is *El Roi “the God who sees me”…HE SEES ME! (*Genesis 16:13)

Okay that’s all for now! I hope my little life update encourages you to navigate your own WHOA MOMENTS!

You are BOTH seen and loved. How marvelous is that!?

I pray today we make him our Lord, AND our shelter forever!

Much love to YOU,

from the rasmussen clan

Goodbye IHC, Hello NEW Adventures…

This is a very important update to share with you.

After many conversations and much prayer— We decided to say good-bye to Indian Hills Camp.  As shocking as this news may sound, God is not surprised and nothing thwarts His plan.  I am deeply thankful for the four years we spent at IHC.  We doubled our

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family size amongst amazing neighbors, campers, and staff both seasonal and year round—What a gift from the LORD of which we will always be grateful!IMG_9637

WHAT’S NEXT??! —- It is truly incredible to share, On Josh’s LAST day of work at IHC, a formal job proposal was presented to him from a ministry called Kidz At Heart! (The LORD did not want me worrying a single day about unemployment).  He started work as the Vice President of Development in their virtual office on May 21st.  Kidz at Heart exists to —

Equip people to reach and teach kids for Christ within their own culture

To expound on their mission, KIDZ desires to create culturally relevant and sustainable children’s ministry all around the globe! As I personally researched the organizations website and newsletters (which you can subscribe to by clicking here! ), 2 Thessalonians 3:1 immediately came to mind:

“…Pray that the Lord’s message will spread RAPIDLY and be HONORED wherever it goes, just as when it came to you”.

KIDZ is passionate about training trainers…to train more trainers! With a model like this, a countless expanse of the gospel is happening all around the world! Currently, KIDZ has nationals operating in over 40 countries as trainers! And with Josh on board, we pray the Lord’s message will continue to spread rapidly and be honored— just like the timeless 2nd Thessalonian prayer!

WHAT’S NEEDED??!—    Our housing at camp lost effect two weeks after Josh’s last day of work.  We moved out on May 12th, and have been staying at a friend’s granny suite in Jamul.  This has been generously provided to us until June 10thPlease pray the Lord provides a place for us to call home!  We are diligently searching real estate options that will work not just for our nuclear family, but for Josh’s parents as well.  So far, nothing proves to be a good match logistically or financially.  We are considering any and all options that present themselves before June 10th!  We know nothing is too difficult for the Lord to provide.  He is a GOOD Father and will make it clear to us where to go next.

*For networking purposes, we are seeking to live in San Diego County, so if anyone knows of anything for sale or rent please let us know!

Also, as much as we love the 1994 Chevy Suburban for hauling all the tools and all the boys— it’s not the best car for work. The need for a more fuel efficient vehicle has presented itself! Please pray we can find the perfect car to fit Josh’s new job!

 

Thank you SO much for reading this BIG, life-changing update! Your care and your support for us during this season is truly cherished in our hearts and minds. Every time we think of YOU, we are blessed and thankful to God!love

As you partner with us spiritually through prayer, consider also how you can partner with us financially as we transition into this new ministry.  Click here to support us either with one time or monthly partnership

MANY blessings from above  and MUCH thanks from us,

The Rasmussen Clan— josh, alicia, silas, owen,                                                                                                                                               caleb, and zoe

Got questions? We would love for you to email us: therasmussenclan@gmail.com

& be sure to check out KIDZ at Heart:  www.Kidzatheart.org

 

oh, sweet child of mine

I wanted to take a break from the long, life updates to just share a short story. I have drifted away from my blog’s theme of “whoa moments”. I haven’t shared many although they are all around. Macro. Micro. Moments where I recognize God’s presence.  How He really is everywhere (Jer. 23:23), pursuing to show me His character, His power, and His………  “Never-Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.” Yes, His love. It’s chasing me down, and making me say, “whoa” again and again and again.

This short story begins, last April actually, but I still remember it very clearly, because it was so powerful and too profound to forget. You see, I host a weekly prayer gathering at my house for camp, and all the staff. We try and pray for every single staff person  and their entire family by name. This can take a long time, and this morning, like every morning, the kids were running round loud interrupting to pull mommies away.  But this particular morning, my eldest was eager to interrupt, but not to ask for water or tattle tail, but to pray! It was so sweet. I was in the middle of praying for Jessica, who at that time was the camp registrar. I prayed, “God would you give Jessica..” and I paused to think about what to say. Words like rest, peace, strength came to mind. But Silas chimed in before I could say those super spiritual words. He said, “a present!” I laughed with my eyes closed, and said, “Yes, God, would you please give Jessica a present, amen! Good prayer Silas.” Well, that evening, randomly Josh and I somehow got the awesome ability to go out on a date. While we were out Josh apologized saying, “I know we aren’t supposed to run errands on dates, but I really need to buy Jessica                    A PRESENT!

What the WHOA, people.

I burst out crying! Oh my gosh, Josh! Are you serious?!… as you can imagine He was very confused and panicked thinking I was upset with him.

Silas prayed for this to happen, Silas prayed for this happen and it came true!

Turns out it was Administrative Assistant day and Josh forgot, so we went to Staples and bought Jessica a  cat mouse pad for her desk.  And the next morning, I showed Silas his answered prayer. He seemed kinda underwhelmed comparative to my jumping up and down laugh-crying experience.  Like “yeah, of course God heard me, mom”.  Silas had some sweet trust in Jesus to provide the perfect answer to his simple prayer. I want to be more like him. Simple. Trusting. and totally dependent on God to provide his perfect will.

 

SOME SIMPLE VERSES FOR THE CHILD IN ALL OF US:

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Matthew 11:28– Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

John 6:37– All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.

John 1:12– Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–