For those of you who used to read my blog, you get the title of post. It was called Prairie Prologue. I called it that in light of this life just being a prologue to eternity. But now as I drive around the countryside with a heart full of love for these prairies it is coming to have a new meaning.
I've been thinking. A lot. About life and chapters. This summer our family has experienced a sort of "awakening" that is calling us to prepare for the next chapter. For 9 years we have lived a blessed life in this blessed land, with God providing for our needs so generously and giving us the opportunity of a lifetime to invest in giving our kids a solid foundation. For ten years we have been teaching our kids about God's big wide world and the people in it. We have tried our best to serve and love the people around us and to support others who are building the kingdom elsewhere. Looking back on these past 9 years, and other stages in our life before that, we see how each stage was amazing and wonderful and beautiful in its own way, yet served as a prologue to the next amazing and wonderful and beautiful chapter.
As Shailey enters ninth grade we realize that we are entering a new era. Our children are growing up. We have had the chance to teach them so much, we would like to have the chance to EXPERIENCE the things we have taught them as a family. To expose them to other cultures, people groups, churches, needs and to serve as a family. There was a point this summer where both Pietro and I felt very clearly that God was saying "Get ready".
That is no easy task when you are a family of 8 with a house and barn and shop and quonset and acreage full of possessions and a hundred year old house that needs a lot of work to be ready for market. So we are putting one foot forward in obedience and faith to that "get ready" call. We are starting to simplify our life in preparation of one day living out of a suitcase. We don't know when, we don't know where, but we know when the day and directions come we want to be ready. We look forward to watching the story unfold, and sharing it with you.