4 more years

Every year, we take pictures of the girls (Sarah, 14 and Rachel, 16) on the first day and last day of the school year.  The first day is on the left, and the last day is on the right.
It might take a little looking, but from the photo, you can tell that this is the year that Sarah officially became as tall as Rachel. (It is ridiculous how excited Sarah is about this.) By the time they go back to school in the fall, Sarah will almost certainly be taller than her older sister.

Life, as the recent commercial says, comes at you fast. Can’t believe we’ll have 2 kids in High School in the fall.

Wanted to write and give you a bit of a family update, along with the usually monthly connection to our outward-facing work we do with Keynote.  Because that’s our OTHER ministry – the one that happens at home, raising our girls and serving in our schools, church and community.

We are so VERY blessed that, in some capacity,  you are part of our ministry with Cru and Keynote. As always, I want to thank you for the investment you make in prayer and finances to keep that going. But I also want to ask for your prayers for our ministry at home.

We’ve been serving with Keynote for 11 years now; the girls were just 3 and 5 when we started out our journey into missions work. And now, we only have a few summers, a few spring breaks, and a few Christmas holidays left before the girls are out of the house.

The work that I do is not at all like a traditional 8-5 job.  I travel all over the world, but it’s hardly glamorous or easy.  I miss birthdays. I miss soccer games and band concerts and every now and again, an anniversary. I have spent 11 of the last 12 New Years’ Eve holidays playing music for a huge student conference, and barely know what it is like to ring in the new year with my own family.

I am not complaining at all – the work we do is important, and I love it, and I know we are doing what God has called us to do. But, it is not without sacrifices. 

As we head into the final stretch with our kids at home, I’d like to ask you to please pray for our family. My hope is that one day, Rachel and Sarah won’t be afraid to do whatever THEY feel called to do, no matter what the cost.

I hope they learn that much from us.