We have not forgotten our blog. We have just been under a lot of pressure and haven’t had time to update as we would like.
Regina got a big promotion at work. I am so proud of her. Seeing what she does everyday in the lives of hurting woman makes me delighted to be her support staff, staying home and caring for Imogen. Regina is now, in essence, second in charge of women’s ministries at the Rescue Mission. God has really gifted her in this capacity, and I am thankful to see the fruits God’s gifts are producing.
I have been overwhelmed with my studies and my teaching fellowship. I ended up dropping a class earlier in the semester because I found myself sinking rather than floating or swimming. It was a hard decision to make, but I received tremendous confirmation afterwards that it was the right decision to make.
My teaching fellowship has been going very well. I have been participating in the research for my supervisor’s next book, which is great experience for an aspiring author. My supervisor left town for about a week, which meant I was given the opportunity to take his place. It was a lot of work. I had the opportunity to spend about 8 hours teaching, which required a lot of preperation. The experience showed me just how much I have to learn about the craft of teaching. But, it was also an affirmation. I walked away from the experience feeling that, with the grace of God and by the gifts he has given me, I can do this. But, I am thankful to be returning to my “regular” hectic schedule of study and research.
I have been participating in a series of interfaith dialogues that have been really interesting. I have been gathering with several other Christians to meet with Buddhist friends. We gather to talk about our different faith traditions. From our perspective, we are learning what it means to love our neighbor, when our neighbor is very different from us. If you are interested in reading up on it, there are several posts over on my theology blog – http://fromeverlasting.com.
Imogen has been doing well. Well, that is if you discount all of the sickness. This is our first whole winter in the cold Northwest, and Imogen’s first year in daycare. So, most weeks someone at home is sick, if not everyone. We feel like we just can’t catch a break. We are hoping the impending arrival of spring will bring better health to us all.
But, Imogen has been learning and changing so quickly we are daily amazed by our little girl. The other day, she almost repeated the entire alphabet (Darn you Double-U). She is learning new words and phrases daily, and starting to learn to assert herself (for better and worse). She has started sleeping in her own bed, and has begun to refuse being placed in the high chair for want of sitting at her big girl table.
Basho is starting to settle in at the homeless shelter. He still misses us an awful lot, but is beginning to develop a routine. There is certainly no lack of love showered upon him at the shelter.
Our school had its big missions conference this last week. We began seriously speaking to different missions organizations, trying to get a feel for who we would like to partner with. There are a few organizations that are rising to the top of our list. They are all very impressed with Regina’s resume. We would appreciate your prayers as we try to figure out what we should do once school is over. There are a lot of big decisions that we want to get the ball rolling on. We would also love your prayers for our limited time together as a family and the pressure to run well the race God has for us.
Well, I suppose that is all for now. We love you all and are thankful to have you along for our journey.