Monday, April 13, 2009

Even though we have spent months, maybe years preparing for this day it still seemed like a HUGE, almost impossible task. Today we had to do almost all of the packing to leave for Fiji. We have been "downsizing" for as long as I can remember, but I don't think you can ever be ready to put the sum total of all your belongings into a 4' x 4' x 4' crate and some luggage. The Lord provided again the strength and grace to do what He has called us to. His provisions today came in the form of our incredible family. Mike's parents, grandmother, my mom, my sister-in-law, and Mike's aunt and uncle offered their assistance. They were greatly needed and appreciated. We could not have done it without them. The tenderness of the Lord is seen in His using other people to meet our needs. In hard times we can laugh, share the work, and enjoy the accomplishments together.

Lauren and Grandpa loading the toolbox

Uncle Barney and Aunt Jo surprised us with a wonderful dinner!

Mike and his dad putting the finishing touches on the crate.

Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Eccl. 4:9-12

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