The New Year has been FULL of sweet memories and kindness amidst the hardship of Josh’s recovery. The Lord’s people have swept in like angels—anonymous gift-givers, meal- bringers, and even a desperately needed laundry angel!!Yes, God has been good amongst the chaotic needs of our family. He is constantly reminding me, how He cares for us. This care is thorough and deep. A sincere thanks to all those who have humbly served us during this time; we truly feel the love of God through this momentary hardship.
January began, well, as you all know, with a crash, bang, and boom! Josh’s soccer accident happened on the 2nd, but not long after, we got to celebrate our anniversary on the 8th. 6 years of marriage; and it ironically felt more special and meaningful to celebrate our relationship through a trial rather than through some relaxing getaway. Every year, we draw closer in understanding to what love really is, and that it’s pouring out from God’s hand through His Son, Jesus Christ. The weekend of our anniversary also marks the annual Board of Directors Retreat. This is where the staff and board of Indian Hills Camp gather at Rough Acres, CA for relaxing fellowship, informative meetings, and prayer. We came for the day and got to lead the evening worship and prayer time. It was especially sweet to see, at the end of the meeting, all the staff surround Josh in prayer. It moved me to tears.
We are so thankful to live in the family of God; supernatural faithfulness and compassion shines through His people, and this season has caused us to just bask in that light for a while.
January continued onward with an annual Christian Camping Conference that took place at a Salvation Army camp in Malibu, CA. As chairman of the education committee, Josh played a key role in creating seminars, collecting speakers, and teaching. Bum knee, pain meds and all, He led two seminars for the food service and maintenance track emphasizing spiritual intentionality in the mundane tasks. I got to sit in on his food service track. It was really powerful to hear him encourage staff in their duties that seem unimportant, or less than glamorous. He reminded them that food is not just helping the program move along, it is a ministry within itself, that both the old and new testament emphasize. We really love this conference, because it allows us to connect with other camp people. It’s like talking to slightly different versions of ourselves, sharing our joys and our struggles and finding so much encouragement knowing we are not alone. And that ultimately, our camps are not in competition with each other, but genuinely striving to reach and teach as many kids as we can with the Gospel.
As if January wasn’t already very full, we managed to squeeze in a dinner for prospective summer staff that are graduating high school this year. We got to eat some yum burgers together and talk about their future plans.
Towards the end of the evening, Josh got to explain our college program and how it differs from the high school hoorah. They seemed inspired by the challenge to be called a “summer missionary”, and we are eager to see them all back in July, Lord willing.
January also required much of the staff to work on the maintenance end of camp. The stormy weather uprooted trees and broke pipes. A lot of mess to clean up, and a few weekend groups got cancelled because of it. But through it all, we were fortunate to witness the drilling and re-drilling of multiple wells on camp. This was good news, as you know, since the drought really effected our water situation. Overall, it’s been quite a tumultuous season, not just for our family but for camp as well.
FAMILY UPDATE: Silas is 3 going on 30, so smart and inquisitive. He asked questions like crazy! A few favorites, “How do birds sleep?” “Why doesn’t anyone get invited to everybody’s houses?” and “Where does poop live?” We answer them to the best of our ability, but sometimes they do end with “because I said so”.
He loves going to the library and picking out superhero books, watching animal shows, and avoiding naptime with imaginary play. The twins turned 2, and have been chatting more and more. It’s just the sweetest sound ever. They love to play tickle fights and have dance parties, just a fun bunch a guys in my house. Baby 4 is growing so much… I can’t seem to eat enough! But other than that increased appetite I feel generally strong and healthy, and able, praise God! Lastly, Josh is back to work, but with limited hours. He goes at the pace he can, and has been very diligent to care for his leg through hourly exercises. Still no weights on his foot for 2-3 weeks, but the stitches are out and everyday he is closer to getting back to his normal, walking self.
Thank you once again for your continued intercessory prayers, unconditional love, and faithful support! We love you all, and hope the Lord shines bright on your face today.