Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Summer's coming to an end, but it's been good!

well, it's that time again when I've been looking at other peoples' posts and am embarrassed that it's been so long since I've written on our page! So, I think I left off in June. We finished the 2008-2009 youth group year with a j-high retreat, which was lots of fun! And we spent the month doing last minute training and preparation for our July mission trip to Tumalo (a small town near Bend.) The mission trip itself went great! We were so impressed with our teens who really stepped it up and put on an awesome VBS, painted the church fellowship hall, did a bunch of yard work around the church and really connected with the kids in the community. We camped on the church grounds and one of the moms and I were the cooks for the week. Needless to say, we were exhausted when we returned, but as always we were so aware of the Lord's work and Him blessing us probably more than we blessed the church in Tumalo.
Our pastor was out of town for the month of July, so Dave had the opportunity to speak for 3 weeks at church and took us through the book of Habakkuk--a cry out to God in the face of unexplainable circumstances and suffering. It was a great series and seemed to really touch a lot of people.
I worked in the church office for the month of July as we transitioned to a new secretary who wasn't able to start til August.
We also had a wonderful visit from Dave's grandparents and Uncle David at the end of July! It was so nice to catch up with them and enjoy some time together!
August has been one of those months where we realize summer's almost over and try to squeeze all the things we didn't get done into it! We've hung out with some friends we haven't seen in a while, which has been wonderful! Dave's been preparing for seminary (which starts next week!) as well as the fall youth group schedule-which is always exciting/overwhelming. We also enjoyed a wonderful week at Eagle Crest with my family!
Okay, I think we're mostly caught up now! Pictures to follow :-) or maybe they come first (I can never figure out where they're going to appear when I post them!