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Day 5: Nostalgia hits like a summer storm

Maybe I’m waxing poetic because of the ominous skies outside.  Stormy weather for the next few days is predicted, whereas yesterday was actually clear and hot, reminding me a lot of… Houston.  Ironic, I suppose, that we set out on this drive in the middle of a heat wave; hoping for a little relief from the Houston heat, we’ve discovered that it’s just as hot everywhere else – or maybe it’s just fair.  To be clear, I’m not feeling nostalgic on account of the heat reminding me of Houston!  No, it’s because we just rolled into the tri-city area where Jessica and I spent our first few years of marriage together: Kankakee, Bourbonnais, and Bradley.  And stormy skies always remind me of summer wind and lightning storms in France, walking through the park in the evening, listening to the wind in the trees, feeling it cool my skin and blow through my hair while the trees swayed, it was energizing, exhilarating.

We hadn’t been back to the Kankakee area in about 8 years, and the skies had that surreal tumultuous look indicative of a storm brewing; the kind of impossible sky I’ve seen in famous paintings that make me shake my head in disbelief: these kinds of skies don’t occur in real life.  Only, they do.

We had planned on meeting up with old friends, Tracy and Wayne, for a pool party that afternoon, but they had to cancel, and maybe it was for the best, as the rain started falling hard and cold and would have put a damper on our party, for sure.  But we didn’t bring our swimsuits for nothing.  The hotel we stayed at had a nice indoor pool that the kids and I enjoyed later that evening.

But more than the weather, it was the familiar sights that really brought us to that nostalgic place.  Driving into town, conversation shifted completely to sentences like:

“hey I remember that place”

“Is that where…?”

“That’s where Ophélia was born”

“Up there is where we used to go to church”

“There’s our favorite pizza joint.  It’s still there!”

“Hey, didn’t that used to be…?”

The girls didn’t think it was near as amazing as Jessica and I did.  The day was filled with quick jaunts down memory lane, including paying a visit to Ophélia’s first ballet studio, “Dance in the Light.”  It would be impossible for me to do justice to the wonderful quality of the day here in this post.  I just can’t figure out how to capture it, and I suspect I would just bore you with all the details I would want to cram in – just like the kids’ disappointing reaction to our excitement and delight.

In the evening, Jessica was invited to a La Leche League meeting by a friend that used to be her voice student and who used to babysit our kids.  All grown up with a baby of her own, she thought it would be great fun to invite the founder of “The Leaky Boob” (the online breastfeeding support community Jessica started a little over a year ago) to come and join the evening’s activities.  From what I heard, Jessica, Cosette, Soleil (our friend), and the LLL ladies all had a great time.  Meanwhile, the rest of the kids and I enjoyed some splash time in the hotel pool, followed by a pleasant surprise on the TV: Wall-E!  One of my favorite kids movies.


Getting started; a quick recap.

It has probably occurred to you that we struggle a bit in the area of communication.  Keeping in touch with people is not really our forte.  Just ask my (Jeremy’s) family.  But we are not ok with this.  Never mind that this blog was actually created months ago and we’re just now getting around to adding anything to it: this blog is for you.  For anyone and everyone who cares to stay up on Martin-Weber news – yes, as long as we keep up our end of the deal and update it!  It’s truly been a long, long, very long time for some of you since you’ve heard from us.  So a little recap is probably in order:

We currently have 5 kids:

Ophélia, 12

Lavinia, 10

Helena, 8

Evangeline, 3

Cosette, 17 months

We are still called by God to serve in Paris, France.

We took a 3 week online course on fundraising around the turn of the calendar year and it was wonderfully encouraging and motivating.  We have weekly check-ins with a marvelous coach and we’ve raised more since that class than in the 3 preceding years.  We are now close to 60% of what we need to get us going!

In the meantime, Jeremy is still teaching private piano, guitar and French lessons.  He also enjoys playing for St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church’s contemporary worship service, and plays piano for a nearby Ballet studio in exchange for ballet classes for Ophélia, Lavinia and Helena (Evangeline is going to try it out for a week this summer.  So excited!).

Jeremy and Jessica are still relentlessly and somewhat reluctantly homeschooling and have been very grateful for the 2 homeschooling programs the big kids have been going to on Mondays and Wednesdays, which are now over.  : (  and : )

We still live in Houston and have begun that 6 month or so stint where we have to force ourselves to go outside and try not to complain too much about the two-punch combination of heat and humidity.

While we are continuing on with our fundraising efforts, Jessica is also busy with an online community she started as a hobby last year in support of breastfeeding moms.  Little did she know how needed an encouraging community would be for concerned mothers.  Now a little over a year old, theleakyboob.com has outgrown its humble hobby state into a healthy and thriving support system that includes a website, blog, discussion forum and a hyper-active Facebook page with over 22,000 adherents.  It has not been easy, but the ministry opportunities that have come out of it have made the effort worth it time and time again.  We were recently asked if we would start something like it for France, because we’ve been told that young mothers tend to be very alone in France; they don’t have an adequate support system and breastfeeding is not widely encouraged.  We’ll have to see!  At this point we hope to turn it into something that will help support our family as well, at least until we can go on ministry support.

This summer we hope to wrap up the rest of our fundraising and move as soon as we can!  We also hope to take a trip to Florida (where Jessica grew up), and another to Chicago (where Martin and Weber were forever joined) to reconnect with old friends and continue seeking out those people God will lead to become ministry partners with us.  We have to work around a heavy ballet class load, but with God’s guidance, we trust that we will work it out.

As this blog is for you, feel free to comment below.  Let us know your thoughts, your stories, and what you’d like to see posted here in the future.  We’ll do our best to keep you on the up and up.  The first step should be the hardest, right?

Thank you for your support, love and encouragement for our family and the ministries that God has called us to.  May we all remain faithful to Him, sensitive to His leading, and keep praying for each other.