I thought it would be good to share a bit of what’s been going on over the last few weeks.
First up: we’ve moved. On February 18th our stuff was loaded in Chapin, SC and unloaded in Locust, NC. The home that we’ve lived in for over five years, that we grew a family in, was empty and our stuff has found a new place.
This move wasn’t sudden; it’s something we’ve been working towards and planning for a very long time.
God generously provided the services of a few young men who own and operate a moving service out of Myrtle Beach, SC to move our stuff. We all worked hard, and it was such a stressful, long day. The guys from the moving service made it exponentially better than it would have been on our own.
It all reminded me… I hate moving.
Hate is a pretty strong word. But… yea, I hate it.
The weeks leading up to the move were filled with packing, sorting, sifting, and trips to Goodwill and the county dump. When we moved into that house I remember how empty it felt, what with the two spare rooms we had! Somehow we managed to fill the space with a new nursery for our now 8 month old daughter and what seemed like a billion boxes.
We’ve pretty much landed now. I unpacked my last few boxes a few days ago. There’s still some unpacking to do, but we’ve pretty much moved into our new home in the quaint suburb of Locust, NC… the small village of Mission, NC.
Next up: Our family is doing wonderful even though moving is SUCH a stressful event. There are so many logistic hurdles to cross as you move. God has been very faithful, gracious, and generous as we’ve navigated it all.
God provided Amanda a job at the same bank she worked for in SC. She’s working a bit farther away, compared to the five mile commute she had for the last few months, but God is faithful.
Adahlae is GROWING. She provides constant amazement & amusement for us. Here’s a list of a few things she’s done/accomplished in the last few weeks:
+ Her new favorite thing to do is walking. She’s holding on to our fingers to balance. It’s literally all she wants to do these days.
+ She has six teeth already. Yep.. six of them bad boys have already broke through.
+ Her first word was “Da Da” and we’re pretty sure she know’s that I’m her “Da Da” now.
+ Her second word (from the past weekend) is “Uh Oh!” It caught us by surprise when she started saying it.
+ She’s sitting up on her own and has JUST started pulling herself up when can reach something strong enough to pull up on.
+ She smiles more than any other person I’ve ever been around, and her smiles make me happy.
Adahlae’s grandmothers have generously donated a few days a week to watch her, so during the day she is being spoiled by the love of those two wonderful women. I’m excited that my daughter will get to grow up in close proximity to her grandparents. I’m always amazed at the positive impact a grandparent can make in the life of child when they take the time to invest in that relationship.
Lastly… what we’re here to do: We moved to Stanly County to start a church. It’s been on the horizon for a long time and now, what was only a vision that I’d shared with Jesus and my wife, is dawning.
We’ve been meeting with a group of people that are going to help out as we move forward for a while, and I’m really impressed with them and their commitment to be obedient to Jesus. Honestly I keep saying this (and it sounds a bit trite) but God is really assembling a “Dream Team” around us.
In mid-February we held a small, private worship service. It really wasn’t that big of a production. Through some pretty poor scheduling of mine, it happened to fall on the same weekend we moved! With great humility I can honestly tell you that Jesus is faithful. We had more people in attendance than some churches have on their public launch day and 5 people gave their lives to Jesus… two for the VERY FIRST TIME!
We’ve got a long way to go, but God has proven Himself to be faithful through every step of the this journey. All that we’re doing is for His name, not mine. We’re working to make Him famous, not me.
Jesus is the only issue we have.
Thanks for your love and support. Continue to lift us up in prayer. We need it. For those of you that have been praying… know your prayers are being answered.
-Kevin & Amanda
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