Something New

This blog has been my companion for the past six years. Wow, I can't believe it has been that long. For the past months, I have not found the words to write here.

I think that has mainly been because over the past 18 months or so, Troy and I have been processing what God has next for us. We'd had a sense that it is time for something new. It has been a long process, full of talking, prayer, struggles, and also peace.

In June, our family will leave Spain after 12 years. Spain is the only country that our kids know as their home, so it's going to be a big change. But we hope, trust, believe that it will be good in many many ways.

We plan on settling in Chicago; there are still many details that we need to sort out.We're not sure yet what we'll be doing, but God knows, so we are OK with waiting for His timing in making all things happen.

Here is what we shared at church last night:

For the past twelve years, we have had the great privilege of serving with Christian Associates in 3 different church plants in Spain. Over the past 18 months, our family has been in process with trusted advisers and friends about what God is calling us to next, and we believe that is to move back to the US this coming June.
We feel clearly that God has brought us to the end of our ministry season in Europe. Our plan is to relocate to the Chicago area. We look forward to this positive change and its impact on our family (both immediate and extended), our finances, and our desire to continue living missionally in our own culture.

You can guess we’ve put a lot of thought into what we can do to ensure Oasis is successful with continuing ministry. Rest assured, with an elder board in place and some new CA-staffers phasing in, we feel confident that we’re leaving Oasis in good hands.

Please pray with us as we continue to seek God’s plan for what we should do next (one possibility is a different role within CA) and “stay tuned” because we are surely going to need your support and encouragement along the way!

Thanks to those of you that have been tracking with us during our Europe-based journey. We’ve appreciated your love and friendship so much these many years.

I have started a new blog, so if you are interested in joining me on this journey, you can find me here: www.heatherbetween.blogspot.com

I won't be deleting this blog, but I won't be writing here anymore. Thanks for reading!


7 Quick Takes Friday #12


I have been pathetically absent from the bloggy world this summer, so I decided I was going to do a Quick Takes post today if it killed me :)

We arrived in the US on June 24, and have been in Chicago, Kansas, Colorado and now Minnesota. We're here for another week and then we head south, to Miami and then Brazil to visit my Dad and his wife.

As always, furlough is a mixture of great moments with people we love and miss, and those moments when we'd do almost anything to sit on our own couch and sleep in our own beds.


Meaghan got glasses. It took her a little while to get used to the idea, but she settled into them just fine.


Nic, as usual, has approached this summer with unbridled enthusiasm. He has gone tubing, driven the speed boat, gone fishing and all number of other things. Often at the end of the day, he says "This was the best day EVER." Here he is with his first (and only) fish.

My hard drive crashed the day before we left Colorado. Thankfully it was still under warranty at Best Buy, so I now have a new hard drive. I was impressed with the service I got from both Dell and the Geek Squad. I always forget the difference in customer service between Spain and the U.S.


My stepsister Raquel got married in Brazil this past Saturday. She was a beautiful bride, and we're looking forward to meeting her new husband when we arrive in Brazil. I would show you a photo but Facebook has been crazy sluggish since the whole denial of service thing yesterday. Apparently Firefox does not like my new hard drive or something. Annoying!


We have been enjoying an exceptionally cool summer. Everywhere we have been it has been bearable and often cool and rainy. Nice.


One of the highlights of the summer so far was arranging for our friends Jonathan & Taryn to show up in Colorado at our Christian Associates conference. Troy and the kids didn't know about it, and their reactions were priceless. When they post the video of it, I'll have to put it on here.

Click on the photo at the top to visit Jenn at Conversion Diary and read other Quick Takes.
Happy Friday!


He Who Began a Good Work

This morning I was walking to work, listening to my MP3 player. I felt a bit unsettled and was berating myself a bit for letting my hubby down.

Just as I rounded a corner, the Lord lifted my gaze. Most Mondays and Tuesdays since October, I have been walking by a house that has been under construction. Today, it was done. Not only was it done, but the construction fence had been taken down, and the flower bed in front of the house was planted with roses and shrubs.

Into my heart, He spoke.
"There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears." Philippians 1:6
I am so grateful that He will one day complete the good work He has started in me. I've got a long way to go!