Let's Review, Shall We?

I asked my friend Bec if it was vain to post a pictorial review of my life in honor of my 37th birthday. We concluded that if I posted bad pictures to balance good pictures then it would be acceptable. Enjoy!

My very smart Mom delivered the firstborn and only female grandchild on her mother-in-law's birthday.

See, I can't help it. I started making funny faces at a young age.

Daddy's Girl!

Me & Mom

Girl in Boots (you notice most of the photos are when I'm small...they are the cutest!)

Then I had a baby brother, Scott.

Bad haircut, freckles & toothless

Spectacled, braces and horrible 70's clothes. When I had to get braces and glasses I wailed to my Mom "If I get any more spare parts, I'll be the tin soldier!"

Bad hair for graduation

Proof that I was really skinny once!

In college and still making silly faces

A husband

A daughter

A son

A family

I think I'm going to like being 37.

Thank you Lord for 37 years.

Happy Thanksgiving

It certainly hasn't been a traditional Thanksgiving in our house. Troy is in Morocco, and we had our celebration with about 30 other people last Saturday. Today I had a hard time imagining that it was a day when lots of our friends were gathered around their Thanksgiving table.

It's been a good day though. By 7:15 I was in my jammies and new fuzzy robe that I bought today with birthday money (Thanks Dad!) It's long, fleecy, zippered, hooded and has 2 big pockets. My dream robe!

The grocery man came to deliver the food I ordered online. I love online grocery shopping!

Earlier today I went to a mall in Madrid with my friend Karen. It's must more fun to spread out birthday celebrating to a couple of days at least! Tomorrow I will be treated like a queen; coffee with a friend in the morning, lunch with another friend at my favorite restaurant in Madrid and then cheese fondue at my house in the evening with a few friends.

I've gotten a couple of funny ecards which made me laugh.

Only bummer is that I have the sniffles and feel like I could be coming down with a full-blown cold, which I desperately want to avoid. So that's why I was in my robe by 7:15! The kids are in bed, and as soon as the load of school clothes is done washing, I'm taking some cold medicine and crawling into bed.

But all in all, I am thankful
for a husband who loves God and runs passionately after Him
for two amazing kids who brighten my life with their love
for our families, all far away but close in our hearts
for friends who love me, challenge me to grow, share their hearts with me
for a community of faith here in Madrid that shows promise of growing into the church I have been waiting for my whole life
for Jesus, the reason for it all

Happy Thanksgiving!


Times Like These

Emotions in the Cady house have been somewhat all over the place these past days. Last night there was an air of general dejection in the house because Troy/Daddy/Comedy Man was getting ready to leave for Morocco this morning. He had to lead his Alpha course last night in the city, so the kids had to say goodbye to him last night at 6:40. After he left, Meg stood in the kitchen and looked so dejected that I asked her if she wanted to get up and have breakfast with Daddy early.

She said "Yes, that would be special. I think that would make Daddy happy." So sweet Meaghan got out of bed this morning at 5:40 to spend 20 minutes eating breakfast with her beloved Daddy. When he left, she came and crawled in bed with me and we dozed with her arms wrapped around my neck and her cool cheek close against mine.

Our emotions have been somewhat all over the place. Most of the time we are excited and feel like we are on the brink of something. These words from Crowder's new album kind of sum it up for me a bit:

From Forever and Ever

I think I'm on the brink of something large
Maybe like the breaking of a dawn
Or maybe like a match being lit
Or the sinking of a ship
Letting go gives a better grip"

This morning was full of rushing around. With Troy already gone, we had to move at warp speed to eat, get both kids dressed, go fill up the car with gas, drop Nic at school and then go on to Meg's school. Both kids were cooperative and we even had fun along the way.

After dropping kids at school, I met my friend Sarah for a walk. Meg's school is out by the mountains, and it was COLD. My ears and the inside of my nose were in pain. But it was a gorgeous day. All the clouds have blown away; the sky is a blue so crisp you think it could shatter. Sarah and I walk around a huge field that was gorgeously green today. And there was a bit of cloud spilling over the edge of one part of the mountain, like the space behind it had gotten full up and it had to seep over the edge. Glorious! It cleared out the cobwebs in my head, although not sure about my brain.

Glorious. Yet on the way home, I shed a few tears of grief for what we are leaving behind. It's hard, this letting go, even though it's been God's from the beginning. We're leaving a bit of ourselves behind.

See what I mean? Emotions all over the place.

I had lots of plans to have a spiritual retreat day today, to do some emotional and spiritual housecleaning in the silence of being alone in the house. I have to get Nic at 1, so I need to go make use of the time I have left.


Long Time Coming

I have had a secret since August that I have not been able to write about here. (No, I am not pregnant!) Now that I can, I am not sure even where to begin. There are probably pages in my head that will need to come out eventually, so you will have to bear with me if I wander a bit over the next few days.

So here it is: As of January 1, Troy and I will be taking Oasis (the city group/congregation that has developed since we moved to Madrid to plant Mountainview) and leading a team to turn it from a "ministry" to a full-fledged city church. Oasis Madrid. Whew!

Even though it's good and exciting news, we needed to make sure that the news was handled well and that it came from all of us on the Mountainview team in the right way. So that's why I have not breathed a word about it here. Over the past couple of weeks, we told people in the church about this awesome multiplication of God's kingdom in Madrid. And this past Sunday, both couples (the Wallaces and us) were commissioned into our new roles. At the Christmas service on December 18, we'll be celebrating the birth of two churches.

Troy and I are really pumped to be heading into this new direction. Kelly Wills will be joining us on this adventure, and we're all really excited to see what God is going to do!

Even though the past months have not really been stressful, the emotional impact has really packed a wallop on both of us. I don't think I have ever been so mentally or emotionally tired; like I need a long winters hibernation. But we feel good at the same time. Strange place to be.

Anyway, I'll be writing lots more about this, but just wanted to get this out there. It feels great to be able to talk about it finally!


I know, I know

I owe posts, I know. I have a million things in my head to say but I am just too mentally tired to say them today. Maybe tomorrow. Plus I have a visitor here who brought me nice things like caramel Hershey's kisses and mint ones too. And cranberries and those french-fried onion things for the green bean casserole.

So maybe tomorrow.