This past month for us has been dedicated to establishing new rhythms and routines. Like a lot of things in life, we didn't know how much we loved a regular schedule and routine until we didn't have a schedule at all! I (Jay) have spent the past month in the office, getting to know the Prov Road team better and learning my new role on the team as well. At times I feel like I'm drinking from a fire hydrant, and at other times I feel like I've been here for years. Overall, it certainly feels like it's been a smooth transition. Prov Road is growing as a community of believers and it's an exciting time to be a part of what God is doing in and through this church.
A friend from Prov Road gave me his used hybrid bike. I put a little bit of money into it and I've been using it to commute to work. You can see it in the picture above, along with our rent house in the background. Oh yeah, and Henry on his bike!
A couple weeks after we moved here, Brooke was determined to begin potty training with Henry. So far, so good! We've had a few accidents, but he's picked it up very quickly. Not without bribery (handfuls of M&Ms) or inconveniences (going to the potty multiple times an hour), but we're moving in the right direction. Her pregnancy is going smooth and next month, she'll probably give an update on that. We find out gender soon.
One of the reasons we wanted to get back to Oklahoma was to spend more time with family. We've certainly done that! The past 3 weeks it feels like we've travelled to all corners of the state to see them. It's been good for us to get to build relationships with family we haven't spent a lot of time with the past 5-6 years. We're hopeful those relationships will only grow as we spend more and more time with them. Though we've been going, going, going lately, we've found some time to get away for us as well. Labor Day provided us the space to visit the OKC Zoo.
Prayer and Thanksgiving
We've got so much to be thankful for, even as we reflect on just a little over a month of being here in Oklahoma. One of the things we've been most thankful for has been the Missional Community that we've jumped into. In a season of not a whole lot of consistency at all, it has been something that we've already gotten connected to and can rely on for one of those weekly rhythms we long for. People within our MC regularly text us, encourage us, and invite us on mission with them. As I'm writing this, Brooke is making cookies for us to take to friends of ours in the MC to hang out tonight and I'm receiving messages about an outing we're planning to help build relationships with some international students at OU. We're looking forward to growing closer to those in our MC and serving Jesus and the people of Norman with them.
As often as you think of us, would you pray for us? Here are a few things we'd ask you to pray for:
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