Coast to Coast and Back
We have really seen God working in our lives the last few weeks. We had a great time through the Holidays with the realization that it was probably going to be the last time we were all together for that long a period of time. Then on Tuesday, December 30th Logan, Philip, and I left on a road trip to California. We left at 11:30 pm and drove through the night and through the next day and through the night again and arrived at the south rim of the Grand Canyon at sunrise on Thursday morning. There was a foot of snow on the ground as we watched the sun rise over the canyon. It was an amazing time. Then we drove along the rim as we listened to Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable”. That is exactly what it was!
We then drove up and across the Hoover Dam, through the Mojave Desert, across the Sierra Nevada Mountains and into California. We got to Pismo Beach around 9:30 on Thursday night. A long shower and soft bed were greatly enjoyed that night! I would not trade the trip for anything. I got to pray for Logan and Philip and for their futures. I worshipped and listened to a book on CD. I really had a good time.
I got to get the guys moved into their YWAM (Youth With a Mission) house and settled in. They have roommates from 3 countries and several states. They will be working with the mission in California for 3 months and then they will spend 2 months on the international mission field. We are praying for God to really move in their lives and give them clear direction for the future.
I flew home on Sunday. I had the chance to sit beside a sweet young lady from Washington on the flight from Phoenix. We talked about what God is doing in our lives and I got to share about the kids and the upcoming move and ministry in Haiti. It was great because I often forget how good God has been to us. When we take the time to recount what has happened and how God has worked, it helps bring us back to a right state of appreciation for how good God is to us.
Judah and Jaxon will soon be officially Reeves
Judah’s case was heard in appeals court on Jan. 5th and the termination of parental rights was upheld. That means he is free and clear for us to adopt! Beni swa letenel! Praise the Lord. It has been a long road for the little guy but we now can see the end of the tunnel. We will wait to officially adopt him when we can have his and Jaxon’s adoptions completed together.
Jaxon also had court on Jan. 5th and the judge did file to terminate parental rights and so that means in 30 days he will be free and clear as well! He is such a blessing. He is now 7 ½ months old and into everything. He had a tough start with the cocaine addiction but now he is doing awesome. He is so cheerful and fun. I can’t wait until he is officially ours. We should be able to have everything done by early March! How great is that!
The Rest of the Family Updated
All the other kids are doing well. Megan is working this semester but at the moment still plans to get a teaching degree. She is just on the 7-8 year plan it appears! Luke is doing well in school. He is on the JV basketball team at Maiden High School. Jacy Klaire is enjoying 1st grade home schooling and is a total joy. God has a special anointing on her life and we are praying God uses her for something great through ministry. Josie Kate is a little doll and keeps Judah in line. She finally was on the size charts at her last doctor visit. She is almost 2 ½. Joy is managing to keep busy! She is dealing with Logan leaving the nest. She is so strong and desires to see God glorified above all else. When I grow up I want to be just like her!
Walls Built in Our Haitian Penthouse Suite
As many of you know we only had one bedroom in our apartment we are moving to in Haiti. Jim and Gayle Durham, the missionaries that we will be living with, let me know this week that the wall that we were having built to divide off a section of the living room to build a bedroom for the girls has been completed. It still has to be painted and everything but at least the girls have a full fledged little room now. We can’t wait to move them in.
We still have to get our electrical system in place. We are waiting on the Lord to supply the needed money for that. We also have to install interior doors and a bathroom vanity with sinks. We may take a trip down at some point to finish things up but if not we will just do it once we get there full time.
Fellowship of Christian Optometrists offering support for our Haitian Eye Clinic
I have been in contact with a couple of great representatives from FCO that have offered to help me get our clinic up and going. They have had experience setting up clinics in other parts of the world and even one in another area of Haiti. They are working on helping me get equipment for a lab where we will be able to make glasses on site once we are there. God is really opening doors to accomplish what HE wants to get done. We are just saying yes and expecting great things to happen!
So there you have it. That’s what’s happening in our lives. We would love to think we can be in Haiti by some time in the spring. We have to sell the house and we have no serious inquiries at the moment. We are not worried or anxious about it. We know God will sell it even in a bad economy when he gets ready for us to be in Haiti. Keep us in your prayers.