What has God done in your life this past year? What have you done with God's blessings in your life this past year? Have you followed His plan and call on your life or have you waited until it was just right to finally allow God to have His way?
Did you do what He called you to do without quibbling?
Lots of things have happened in our past year!
January- we knew God had called us out of the church we worked in. It was a good thing he birthed a new vision in us in that few months prior, I was really struggling with what God had been planning for us. Not with God, but with leaving the many children and families we were working with and that the growth of the ministries were amazing. God was doing and growing so many parents. I watched as adults who grew up in the church gave their lives over to Christ. I watched lives change and grow because of what God was doing through us. It was a wonder working power, it was the most powerful thing I had seen yet! I have seen a lot!
In Feb. - we received a job offer from OKC for a campground job working with KOA (Kampgrounds of America). Each park is independently owned and operated with over 450 parks in the US and Canada. This job offer, we prayed about it, the owners and manager were Christians as were most of whom we would work with.
We knew we would have to give notice at the church and we knew that God had called us out the past Sept., we just (I) with saying goodbye. We were trying to set things up in advance so it wasn't a terrible shock to anyone.
We also traded our travel trailer in for another one.
We had this for a little over a year and 1/2. We spent 2 seasons in it. It gave us a real taste for full-time living in our rig.
But it didn't have heated tanks and pipes would freeze in the colder weather.
We lived in it after a return from Estes Park CO (8/2008), we just couldn't bare going back to our apt. So we lived in the State parks for 2 mo.
During the summer of 2009, we lived in it out at a land lease
We traded it in for this in Feb. It is about as long but the floor plan allows for comfort and we put a w/d in it so we could quit paying for the laundry mat. But it has heated tanks and it has a lot more storage.
March- we gave up our apt. and had moved in full time in our new rig. It was 14' outside and over 3ft of snow on the ground in Omaha NE! We had a heated hose and we were set.
This gave plenty of time to clean out the rented garage! Oh my! It was full of so much! Stuff got sent to kids and given away. We had a dear friend come by, she worked at a furniture consignment shop and she said she could sell most of it. We took stuff to the pond shop also. We sold my car first, I missed her- that car as much as I didn't want her at the beginning of a new journey, she never gave us much trouble!
April- we gave our notice, had a few going away parties and sold Steve's car. That was a great car too! 31 mpg every time, consistently!
I had never been so proud of a group of children as these and I have never been so blessed with some really incredibly gifted, loving leaders as the ones we had.
This was our T&T (Truth and Training) 3-6th grade group.
This was our 4th year and in this group we had over 50 children and 10 leaders.
|Group Hugs! These children and I grew together for 5 years!|
|I am so losing it! Saying goodbye to so many was so hard!|
I look at this picture now and it still tears me up! I was telling them, this is most likely the last time I wear my Awana Commander Shirt, because I don't know what God has planned in the future.
After that night, we arose in the morning and we headed south to OKC.
The wind was blowing at least 50-60 mph and it was a rough trip, over 9 hours and with the wind- we were both white knuckled and exhausted from it.
So, our new jobs took us down memory lane at least for me. I grew up working in my gramma's restaurant and learned a lot but never did I think I would ever use that teaching! I did it! We had great days!
We worked from May-Sept. here.
Steve learned how to wait on people and take their orders, then took their payments.
Some mornings we served just a few and other mornings we were so busy we didn't realize the time had gone so fast! On Friday and Sat. nights, Steve BBQ and I cooked all the sides. We usually had a good group of people on these nights.
We met some really wonderful people and saw some great things happen here.
In May, we experienced our first huge tornado! It was an F4 and it hit just a 1/2 mile away from the camp! It took out so many houses and a few businesses. We lost power for 3 days, and w/o power we didn't have well water. So, the owners Terry and Tina hooked up the generators long enough for everyone to fill their water tanks. Thank God our water tank is 84 gals. and we had plenty of propane!
We worked about 34 hours a week. Found lots to do in town. We even went to Guthrie OK. We took the trolley tour and found ourselves in a little shop and a Cowboy Pastor in front of us. Oh Man, that man could pray! He prayed a blessing on us that was so Holy Spirit filled it was like we were floating when we left.
This man had worked as a mule skinner in Montana and then came to Guthrie later and makes custom made boots, some even with great details.