The end of October brought my birthday round again...making me 31. I remember when I thought the 30's were old. Amazing how perspective changes. It also brought an end to my 3 weeks of single-momming-it. Caleb was working in a potato harvest 2 hours away. He came home only for Sunday and left again early Monday morning. It was a challenging time for all, but we made it through. I am thankful for a husband who enjoys helping with the kids and daily life. It's great to have him home again.
We had a harvest party at the church for the kids. I use the word "church" loosely here. It is really a Bible study...the pastor (who is unmarried) and us. That is it at the moment. The Bible study was started here 5 years ago and up until we moved here it was just the pastor and the occasional visitor. I don't know why God moved us from Wales, but I do know that us moving here was an answer to the prayers of many many people over the last 5 years. It is wonderful to know that God is still using us even though it is differently then what we had thought it would be.
The party was a huge success. At the same time as planning a party we were preparing and moving into a 3 room store front (out of a one room city hall). So while Caleb, the Pastor and a few men from a church in Jackson were working late hours getting the building ready. The party was left to me. The games, the decorating, the food...most everything. Let me just say I am so grateful for modern technology. Google is my very best friend! A family from Jackson came over for the occasion. They brought the numbers up with two parents, three kids, and two grandparents. The only local person who came was our neighbor's son...an 8 year old boy. My boys have invited him to church several times and it was so great to see him come even though he said he never would. One of my boys was in tears over his friend not wanting to go to church with him. He is learning that we need to be faithful even when we are the only ones and then it is just that much sweeter when we see people respond.
Anyway, the very first thing we did in the new building was this harvest party and it was just incredible to be a part of it.
Caleb's dad is visiting over the Thanksgiving holiday. Last time we saw him Paul was the baby...6 months old or so. The kids are excited to visit and get to know him a little. We have about a foot of snow and it's still coming down. The boys and Elisa have been out everyday to play. And tonight Caleb is bringing home sleds! They will be so happy tomorrow.