Not Too Big

Not Too Big

It’s been just over a week since these ladies came to visit us!  We’d been talking about the possibility of them coming even before our family moved here in October.  There was a conference they’d be helping with in the UK.  I jokingly (but kind of  seriously :) insisted on them stopping through Ireland on the way back, since they’d be only an hour away.  I’m so thankful they made it happen!

I have to admit, I surprised myself, tearing up when they walked though our front door.  The last few months have been amazing and full and good.  There’s been (and continues to be) a lot of transition, and we are settling in to the new normal.  But somehow, their familiar faces, standing with luggage in hand, in our entry way – it got me.  They’d brought a little bit of home to us and I was both thankful and overwhelmed.  I suddenly realized how far away from the familiar we really are.

We went to the ocean while they were here.  We actually hadn’t been to the beach since we’ve moved here.  Sometimes I forget we live on an island now!  The weather in Ireland can be unpredictable.  Actually, the forecast was quite grim for the two days they were supposed to be visiting.  I remember just praying for favor beforehand, that the Lord would hold off the crazy winds and pouring rain!  And the Lord answered!

When we got to the ocean though, it was pretty windy (as you can see in our picture above!)  The sky was thick and gray, the waves full of commotion and noise.  It was incredible, the water seemed to go on and on forever.

We’d just walked down to the shoreline and it started to drizzle.  I thought is was the ocean misting up at us at first.  Within minutes, it was raining, then all but pouring!  There we were, three grown women, running from waves and trying to collect a few rocks, souvenirs from this side of the Atlantic!

We probably only stayed about ten or fifteen minutes.  By the end of it we were all drenched, laughing and yelling to be heard over the water!

I’m so thankful for these women, for two days packed with laughter and late night tea and easy, full conversations.  I’m thankful for memories made in full winter gear at the beach, with the ocean threatening to wash us away.  And I’m thankful especially for friends that make you feel like home is not so far away and the world is not too big.

Until next time…


Boys On Mission – January 2017

Boys On Mission – January 2017

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our first Boys On Mission update!  We made a video for you at Charles Fort, a historical site we first visited in 2015.  We got to go there again last week.  We’re doing good, and having a great time in Ireland!  We hope you are also doing well!

Silas & Ethan

Boys On Mission

Here are a few more pictures our Mom took of the fort.  I (Silas) will explain them to you.  Do you see the giant hexagons?  These were actually used to store water at the fort!

These are some of the buildings.  We saw a kitchen, the armory, the barracks, and lots more!  The fort is by the ocean on a hill near the town of Kinsale.

And this is a family selfie we took there.  It was very sunny out.  We tried to look good, but we failed.  Dad looks evil, I couldn’t keep my eyes open, Ethan looks like he got stabbed in the chest, and Mom looks a little confused.

Thanks for reading our post!  See you on the next Boys On Mission update!

41 / 52 – Six days in

41 / 52 – Six days in

“Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. 
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”  – Habakkuk 2:2-3
Two and a half years ago, Jesus whispered “Ireland” into my heart.  It was the beginning of a great journey in faith, in growing to know and love Him more, in believing Him against impossibilities and finding Him faithful.
Six days ago, on October 10th, our family launched into the mission field in Ireland!
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We arrived in Shannon, Ireland the following Tuesday – 9 suitcases, 3 carry-ons, 4 backpacks, 1 guitar, and 4 tired but excited people!

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After a three hour bus ride, we arrived in Cork – the second largest city in the country, and where we’ll be serving with a church called Calvary Cork.  The first night we were here, we stayed in the city.  This was the view from our hotel room.

Cork, Ireland

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It’s strange to feel like you’ve both left home and come home all at the same time.  Maybe it will always feel like that.  We’ve waited so long to be here, and there is so much to do to get settled and established, but it definitely feels like we’re exactly where the Lord would have us.  I’m thankful for that!

Oh jet lag :)

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I took this picture of my keychain the day before we left Denver.  Keys are sort of symbolic you know?  They represent ownership and security and stability.  We have those things only in the Lord now.  In these first six days, this reality has been scary at times.  Other moments it has brought great comfort, knowing that the Lord has not led us this far to abandon us.  He is our refuge and strength, and is proving again and again, that He loves and takes care of His own.  We are His and He is enough.

Please pray for us as we continue looking for a house and a car and trying to get settled here.  We know that the Lord has those things for us.  It’s honestly been really hard not having them figured out already, but we are trusting that even the timing of those things are in the hand of the Lord.  I was reminded today that,

“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.”  – Psalm 18:30


Also, I just had to share this picture of Ethan :)  He lost a tooth the second day we were here, and somehow has an even cuter smile than he did before!!  Missing front teeth are my favorite :)

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