Tuesday, September 5

Happy Birthday, Hayden!

Yes ... our little guy's 3rd Birthday has come and gone ... and what an incrediblly exciting and busy day it was! Hayden is the most precious three year old to ever grace the earth ... and we partied in style at his Bob the Builder party! Homemade Tonka truck cookies and Oreo "dirt" ... two of Hayden's favorite things provided the sugar rush, but first we munched on BBQ beef sandwiches and lots of yummy side dishes! It was a great inside picnic (it rained all day) with family and friends, and it's such an honor to be able to see our little baby grow in to a little boy! Our prayer continues to be that God continues to give us wisdom as we parent and that Hayden grows to know and love the Lord as his personal savior ... we are looking forward to all of the tomorrows with our little boy with anxious anticipation!!!!!!!!!!!

As soon as I get on the computer that the pics are on I'll post them - they're ADORABLE!

A new chapter about to begin...

We were/are comfortable. Working the equivalent of 3 full-time jobs certainly has provided a financially comfortable situation for our family. It's been fun to eliminate debt...eat out whenever the desire popped in our heads...drive reliable vehicles...yada, yada, yada.

Life is about to change...

Today, after an incredible amount of prayer and discussions prodded by God Himself, I resigned my position at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Of the three jobs we have, it brought home the most $$$. Katy and I have had many discussions about this moment with the most realistic thoughts occurring last December. However, we couldn't find the honest peace we were asking God to provide.

After a unexpected and somewhat embarrassing conversation (crying) at Cracker Barrel (of all places) with a great man in our church...my heart was challenged to re-evaluate my employment at BBBS. So, we did. God spoke through two variables: a consistent lack of fulfillment and unexpected people.

So now the resignation has been submitted and I'll conclude my employment in 3 months (I need to finish the start-up of some projects while training people to keep them running). December will a month that I have longed for...after exactly 4 years, I will re-enter full time ministry. If you don't know the entire story, just ask.

For those of you who have remained close and encouraging during these past four years, I'll never be able to express how important it has been for me and my family to lean on your shoulders. I feel as though I'm about to turn around and look at the mountain I just climbed...see the beginning point and feeling the satisfaction of reaching the top and descending with a bucket full of life lessons.

If you pray...pray that I always reference these past 4 years...I never want to become the pastor who only connects with the "Sunday people". Please pray that Katy and I trust God in all this...as an American, this was a stupid decision. As a Christian called to pastor, this was the only decision.

So...I'll probably be as absent as normal from this blog, but I thought you would appreciate an update.

Believing in my God's sovereignty,