welcome matIt’s been my intention that once school started, I would get back on a regular blog posting schedule.  I have no more excuses, but this is the third week of school, and here it is Friday and nothing from me.

I wanted to bring you up to date about what’s been going on in our home and why the long silence from me.

I know a young mother from an online message group.  My son Jeb and her son are the same age (5).  She’s had some hard life happening lately and needed some help.  I hired her to do some virtual assistance work for me so that we could help her financially.  In the meantime, I found out she was homeless.

Gregg and I prayed about it and decided to bring her and her son into our home indefinitely.  We’ve told her that this is her home, that we don’t expect anything from her in return, and that they are part of our family now.  She came here Wednesday night – which is the first time we met.  There are a few things that require some prayer about it:

  1. She isn’t a Christian and we are a faith filled home.  We place God first and foremost in our home, and our lives are centered around worshiping Christ. We believe that Christ commanded us, in Matthew 25:31-46, to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, take care of the sick, and visit prisoners. We don’t think He meant to do it when it was convenient to us or when we felt the people were deserving. We believe He says that when we minister to people in need, we are ministering to HIM, and worshiping HIM. But, she had someone she cares about tell her they were worried we’d “convert” her, so she’s a little bit on edge about it.  It makes me feel like I need to tread carefully, but at the same time, I don’t want to, so I find myself second-guessing the things I say or do.
  2. Our eating habits make no sense to her at all.  She’s a Coke drinking, Kid Cuisine feeding mom who has a really picky eater for a son.  It’s going to be interesting to see where lines get drawn.  As I type this, there’s a Coke in my fridge for the first time in 10 years.  I did take her to Good Foods and got her a couple different organic sodas to try.  She’s unimpressed.
  3. She’s YOUNG.  Like, she was born the year Gregg fought in his first war.  She’s from a generation and a culture that we don’t really know much about, raising a son exactly the same age as our son.  I’ll be curious to see the full aspects in the differences in our parenting.
  4. Our house is not large.  He’s in the boys’ room, she’s on the couch until we can get a room in the basement secured for her.

We appreciate your prayers and look forward to giving you good reports about this change in our home and family dynamics.

In the meantime, now that I spent a week getting the house ready and getting her moved in, my excuses are all gone.  Children are in school, my home is in order, my garden is over with — I will now publicly commit to making sure that I create and maintain a regular posting schedule.  I’m not promising every day, but I will promise consistency where there hasn’t been in a long time.



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