Monday, July 13, 2009

Fast pace living

Many of you have asked what we have been up to since we arrived home from Ecuador 6 weeks ago already. All I can say is we are hanging on for the ride! It has been so busy around here that we have not even had time to fill out the proper paperwork for HCJB nor retrieve our pictures from the laptop with the dead battery.

Eric has been putting in long hours trying to sell Holland Custom Metalworks and yet find work for it at the same time. He also just completed the neighbors deck that he built in his "spare" time and is in the process of fixing my parents deck after removing their hot tub. He has 2 more projects lined up outside of normal business activities as well.

I have been working at the resale store 30 hours a week and putting in extra time at home setting up procedures, volunteer training, etc.. I have also been taking care of the neighbors yard work and adding new landscaping. The landscaping project is almost complete so now it is just maintenance.

Our house has remained dry for the most part since installing 7 wells to pump the water away just before leaving for Ecuador. No carpet down yet in the basement though - just in case. I was able to finally mow the entire yard last week - the first time this year as it was under water until then.

I was able to get away for 3 days to a small cabin with no electricity or running water which was big blessing. It took a day and a half just to stop thinking about all the projects that needed to get done.

The kids have been doing well despite a bout with poison ivy, and knocking out some teeth on the slip and slide. They were able to go camping with my mom and had a great time. They also volunteer at the resale store several hours each week and Adrianne is now old enough to help watch her brothers for a few hours at a time.

As for Ecuador we have not forgotten our goal- we are meeting with the HCJB president and his wife over dinner this Wednesday night in Muskegon and attending an evening conference on Thursday with the past president of HCJB. We are planning on filling out the necessary paperwork in the next 2 weeks and then we are looking into taking distance learning classes through Moody Bible Institute as well as local college Spanish classes.

We are selling items as we have time in preparation for leaving. Eric even sold his 1969 Ford aqua/white truck that he bought at the age of 15! Never thought I would see the day.

Eric's family gave us the gift of a week's vacation on Beaver Island next week so we are looking forward to getting away from the rat race for a little while.

When we come to mind please pray for our family, especially for the selling of the business. It has been very stressful and time consuming.

Thank you for your continued encouragement and prayers - we can feel them!
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