It’s been way too long since I’ve taken time to write on the blog. Much has happened since we took our trip to Illinois. There was a lot of catching up to do with work, emails and the like, and resettling into a semblance of routine. As a result, not only was my plan to take you with us on our trip via the blog delayed because of how busy the trip was, it was then pushed back even more from lack of time afterwards as well. And though I was about to knock out a day or two of our trip tonight, I thought it best to fill you in on what’s new with the Martin-Weber’s since we got back.
That being said, I’ll still give you a quick recap of our excursion to Illinois. It was beautiful, hot, cramped in the van but only for a few hours a day (so glad we stuck with that idea); it was full of people, old friends, new friends, online friends, many new acquaintances, and more than a few strangers, country folk, city folk, people in cars, people riding the L, people walking in the streets of Chicago and cramming into shops on the Magnificent Mile or exiting one of the numerous theatres in a gush of bodies. It was sharing our vision for missions in France with very interested and encouraging people, singing one of our hymn arrangements in a worship service and explaining why France is a mission-field at all, listening to people’s stories and praying. There was so much on this trip. Caves, Kripsy Kreme, a giant metal jellybean, the Chicago beach, family in St. Louis, a motorcycle ride for 2 of our kids, fast food and tasty food. The van did great! Thank you, God! And so much more, I really do need to finish up our daily diary.
With all these people we met, we still have a lot of following-up to do. Things are taking off with The Leaky Boob (the online community Jessica started in support of breastfeeding Moms that has turned into very real ministry opportunities), and we’ve had back-to-school plans to nail down.
Today was the first day of school for Lavinia, Helena and Evangeline. They went to a tiny Waldorf school in town and loved it! Jessica and I enjoyed some serious productive time. We had some friends from Dallas stay with us this past weekend, and the Dad, Tim, offered to look at our little Honda Accord to see why it decided not to start for us anymore. He was amazing; he replaced the motor for the window that had been permanently open and got the car to start, only to inform us that there’s a serious problem with our motor, and the 15 year old sedan should really be replaced at this point. This was the car we bought right around the time Ophélia was born. It’s funny how much you can get attached to things. I know it’s just a car, but it’s also a collection of memories, and an important part of our last 12.5 years. Our family has also grown to such a point that we’ve come to rely on 2 cars to continue doing all the things we’re a part of, including going to church together – something we haven’t been able to do in 2 months or so.
I feel like I’m kind of all over the place in this update, but here are some concrete things you can pray for (see also the Prayer needs tab):
- selling and replacing our faithful sedan
- back to school adjustments (including my teaching schedule)
- changes in The Leaky Boob
- our fundraising: still aiming for full funding in the next few months
- decisions about our future