Happy November! Just three weeks from today, we’ll all be gathering with our families, eating lots of turkey and stuffing, and watching the Cowboys lose on national television. These are some of my favorite traditions.
As we mentioned in last month’s post, October was a nice break in our regular routine. We spent some time in Destin and it was a great time for us as a family. Henry is at the perfect age to play in the sand at the beach and he met a lot of kids his age to play with. He only threw sand in my face once. Eden isn’t quite at the “play in the sand” phase yet, but she’s pretty good at cuddling. We’ll take that. As soon as we got home, she started crawling everywhere and it’s keeping us on our toes. She’s growing up fast!
Brooke’s work schedule will soon be shifting to a much more normal routine. I don’t remember if we’ve shared this or not, but she’s been working three twelve-hour shifts a week. When she got hired, they didn’t have any part-time positions available. In early December, she’ll move to two days a week and most of the time it will be Monday and Tuesday every week. This is huge for us as we seek stability in general for the family, but especially as we look for childcare, regular bedtime schedules, etc.
I wanted to give y’all and update this month on how things have progressed with our building renovations at the church and our fundraising efforts for those renovations. We sought out to raise $500,000 to cover our renovation costs. After our “Pledge Sunday,” we raised a little over $265,000. We didn’t know what to expect going in, so we’re thrilled to be over halfway to our goal. We still have a lot of work to do regarding external fundraising, but this is a really good start.
The initial goal was to be moved into the building by mid-December. However, as construction projects typically go, that has been extended because of unforeseen circumstances that have come up. Now we are targeting sometime in mid to late January. Plumbing has been roughed in for new bathrooms, new HVAC units and ducts are being put in, and new walls are going up all over the place. A week or two ago, we were wondering why there wasn’t much progress on the building. This week, there have been about a dozen guys working on various projects every day. It’s exciting stuff for our church!
Our Missional Community has been meeting together regularly and it’s starting to feel more and more like a little family. As often as you think of us, pray for this to continue to happen and that as we are reaching out to our neighbors, the Spirit would soften hearts and change lives. Also, pray for a friend of mine. I’ll call him James (though that’s not his real name). He’s been attending Providence Road, but has been wrestling with the idea that all of the Bible is true. He’s had a hard past, probably harder than anyone reading this. But Jesus is bigger than my past, your past, James’ past, and all of his doubts, too.
We love you guys!