Well, for all of you who don't know......Phil has been accepted into the Army as an Active Duty Chaplain. You know we have been praying for God's will for some time and decided to just let Him work instead of pushing. Our God is faithful and true!!! All the doors have just been flung wide open and despite all the challenges and long road ahead we are on our way! God had to work through some difficult circumstances to change us and mold us into what we needed to become before He could use us!
Phil will be leaving roughly around September 16th. or 18th. for Officer Basic Training. He will be gone approximately 3 1/2 months and will be home the week before Christmas. As Ang told you, we are selling our house to them which is a HUGE blessing for us and them! As I said the LORD is working everything out perfectly. It is all coming together so smoothly. We are going to be moving out and handing the house over by the July 1st. We are moving into our church's parsonage which they were so kind to let us use until we leave. We are selling most of our stuff and are going to re-outfit once we get to where we're stationed. Since we've had most of our stuff for the 10 years we've been married it is about time to get some new things.
The boys are excited and sad at the same time......leaving everything they've ever known......but they know that we need to do what the LORD asks and He will bless us for our obedience. They are such sweet boys. They have been helping a lot and are just as happy about it all as we are.
We have big plans this Summer since it will be our last one here for who knows how long! We are heading to my parents in Ninilchik for a week or maybe longer in July. We are going to Chitina in late July or early August with some guys from Phil's work.( He took them last year and the two older boys and they had a blast) Phil and Josh are going sheep hunting in August! ( Josh should be kissing my feet for awhile for letting him go with Phil AND use my four-wheeler :0)
Phil is going to quit his job sometime this Summer after we have all the details from the Military. So, we will get to spend some time with him before he leaves. I will probably go down to my parents for a while after he leaves and Angela has the new baby. It will help the boys cope with Daddy being gone having Papa around and it will be nice to visit some with them before we leave and don't get to see them as often! The hardest part about leaving to do the Lord's work is leaving all of the people we love and have grown up with..........but the Lord never said their wouldn't be sacrifice involved did He?! Anyways, not going to get into that or I will start blubbering.
We are excited to see what the Lord has in store and how He will use us. I am going to start posting more often and keeping everyone updated as to how things are going. I will be posting pictures often too and that way I can look back and see it all someday. I may even start scrapbooking our new family adventure!!!! I just have to say how tremendously overwhelmed I am by God's love and how He saved two sinners and has been molding us for this specific ministry for some time. I can see His hand in it all and have an amazing peace knowing we are doing what God wants!