Tuesday, July 19, 2011

his timing is best

This is the longest I have ever gone without blogging. As you can guess, we have been busy. Really busy. I still can't believe it's been more than a month since I last blogged. Crazy. So let's see, since I last wrote at the beginning of June...

Kevin flew into Chicago from Hungary.
We traveled to NY.
Kevin traveled back to Chicago.
Kevin traveled back to NY.
We traveled to OH.
We traveled back to NY.
We joined a new sending mission agency.
I turned 30.
My mother in-law turned 60. (She will be so thrilled to read this!)
Seth threw up 20 times at least.
Kate threw up 2 times.
Seth and Kate got their first ear infections.
We spoke at two churches.
Seth threw up as we were getting up to go in front at one of the churches.
Seth cried while we were up front at another church.
Seth brought up a toy that he played with on the stage during the second service at the second church so that he wouldn't cry.
Kate rolled around the floor and knocked into the communion table at the first church.
Kate fell asleep in my arms during the morning worship services at both churches.
The kids have missed out on a few days' worth of sleep.
We have eaten our weight in ice cream.
Despite working hard at exercising, I haven't lost any weight, which may or may not be related to all of the ice cream eating.
And a whole lot more... :)

I am continuing to learn and place my trust in the Lord. (Will I ever get it right?!) It's been tough. So many ups and downs of being home and trying to raise support. But, as my dad reminded me in the words of Chip Ingram, "In spite of our faithlessness, God remains faithful because that's who he is." That is excellent since I am not always faithful... HE IS!

I must admit that being home has been so much better this time around. It was really good but weird for us the first time we came back two years ago, but it's been good this time. I haven't felt much awkwardness at all. I have closed my eyes many times in hopes of time standing still and just trying to hold onto these moments with family that I know will be gone before I know it. I probably shouldn't talk about that any more now or else I might cry.

So life carries on. Some days I feel like I'll never be able to go back to Hungary after getting spoiled with time with family. And other days, I am anxious to get back to do what I know the Lord is calling us to do. I guess I feel the same way while we live there, too. Wish I could have the best of both worlds.

Oh, and side note, with changing mission agencies (more details on that to come), we gained a new supportive role in member care. I am really excited about this, and our new mission group TeachBeyond is really happy, too. So we are feeling a bit more time pressure as a result, but I keep telling the Lord that I trust that his timing is best. His timing is best, his timing is best.


Jill said...

Great post, Kristen! Wow, I thought my summer was busy; yours is REALLY busy. I love how real you are about your mission, your mothering and your emotions. :) Jim and I are so blessed to be part of your team as you prepare to go back and resume old duties and begin new ones in member care.
Love, Jill

Jenny said...

Kris, Sounds like you all are having a wonderful and busy time. My heart is with you. I know how precious these moments with family are... enjoy every one. You are an amazing woman!
Love you and Praying for you.

Stefanie Schocke said...

Oh gosh cracking up so hard at that first list!!!!! And picturing it all in my head!

Julie said...

when do you come back here? Our lives are the same.... us crazy missionaries! And our poor kiddos.... they are such troopers! Intrigued about your switching agencies.... hugs