Monday, October 11, 2010

We are here...

First of all, please forgive me for not keeping up with our family blog! We have no real schedule, and living in a hotel does not always present good internet for blogging opportunities…neither does having a 2 year old that refuses to nap…but that is another blog post for another day!

Most of you reading this are enjoying the beautiful, cool, fall weather. Some of you are already enjoying your fireplaces. Others are enjoying Geig’s apple cider and Buehler’s cider donuts. And I must say that I am completely envious. I must be going through that “feeling sorry for myself” phase today, because I am totally missing home! But, I am attempting to find good replacements for my favorite things to keep me going while I am here…Like Leonard Jr.’s hot malasadas, and the best pineapple I have ever eaten. Not to mention the daily rainbows and the fact that the beach is fifteen minutes away from me. The 85 degree weather is something I will never get used to (fall and spring are my favorite), but at least it isn’t 120 like it was in South Carolina!

We are feeling very blessed. We are able to move into our house this week, a day earlier that we were expecting. Most people here wait at least a couple of months for housing, so I consider our 5 week stay at the Schofield Inn only a small feat in comparison to others’ stays. It has put me into planning mode, so I have been planning out our meals for at least a couple of weeks…I know I am a loser! But I can’t wait to take care of my boys and feed them real food, in a real home! And a routine would be nice too.

Bryan has been enjoying his job so far, so that has been a blessing as well. It is nice that he is finally able to do what the Lord has called Him to do. While this job is going to be very challenging, it is nice to know that we are where the Lord wants us and in His will. You can’t, or at least you shouldn’t, argue with that! We are looking forward to seeing what the rest of our time in Hawaii will bring for our family. Many challenges, of that we are sure!

Please continue to lift Bryan up in prayer, as he prepares to deploy this spring. He has been in contact with the chaplain that he will be replacing when he arrives in Afghanistan, and WOW does he have a tough job ahead of him. He will be preaching, counseling, and doing medical ministry while he is there, and is in charge of a large ministry area. Please pray that the Lord would keep him strengthened and encouraged, in the midst of trials. As much as I hate deployment, it is a relief to me that Bryan will not have us there, so that he can focus on the mission that he has ahead of him.

We love and miss all of our family and friends dearly. We appreciate your support and prayers, and we can’t wait to be with you all again soon! Here are a couple of snapshots that I have taken so far, nothing spectacular, but enjoy anyway…And lots more to come soon!

Much Love, Jessica



Lewis Family Page said...

Hey Beach Mama!
I am glad to see that you all are doing well in Hawaii. I just wanted to tell you that I am praying for you all as you are facing this new season of life. Know that it is ok when you feel you are not strong enough, because our Father is strong enough for us both! He is carrying you along this journey and will never let you go! I have a family friend in Afghanastan(sp) right now! I'm going to messaage him and tell him about Bryan! He is a Christian as well and might be able to be a friend for Bryan!
LOVE YOU TONS! Praying that God sends much love and comfort and frienship your way!

Kate said...

When did i miss you blogging?!?
I love the snapshots!! it looks so heavenly there as I sit in my flannel PJ's wrapped in a blanket not wanting to look out the window and the Snow! Fall has already came and went here.