Friday, December 7, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Dear Friends and Family,
First of all, thank you so much for your continued support of our family during this season in our lives! We are grateful to God for your prayers, encouragement, and financial generosity. Thank you for being willing to cooperate with God in His provision for us!
Recently we found out that there is a new matching fund for all gifts in each seminarian’s “House Account.” How it works is like this: if you give a gift to Nashotah House, accompanied by a separate letter indicating the seminarian you would like to support with your gift, that gift will be doubled, until that seminarian has been given $5,000 in gifts in a year. This is the way Christ the King sends us financial support, and if you would like more detailed directions on how to give just let us know! Gifts like these are a huge help and blessing to us.
Now for an update! Seminary life has been going well. As always, things were very busy during the semester. The busy-ness of having a baby right before last semester started was tempered by a visit from Forrest’s sister, Hannah, who stayed with us several weeks to help out.
After she went home, we were blessed again with visitors, when Rebekah’s parents and youngest siblings came to spend Easter with us. They got to see Mary baptized at Nashotah House’s Easter Vigil service.
Towards the end of May, Nashotah House had Commencement for the graduating students and we attended the beautiful service for that and celebrated the graduation of several of our friends. Now Forrest has completed his Middler year and is a Senior! The three older kids, Timothy, David, and Noelle, finished up their home school year in May also. In June, we were given the wonderful privilege and responsibility of becoming godparents for the fifth time, for Theodora, the new daughter of some close friends on campus.
After being part of a church that meets on campus for quite some time, we have started working with a nearby church plant in the northern part of Milwaukee. We are grateful to have some experience with a church plant, since it is very possible that church planting will be in our future. We seek God’s guidance for what He has in mind for us after seminary and would ask your prayers for this also.
As summer moves on, many people have moved away, and still others spend the summer elsewhere, doing a temporary job or a summer internship. We are happy to get to stay here on campus this summer, enjoying family life and a little slower pace, and Forrest is able to work with Maintenance here. The kids are all enjoying a break from school and increased opportunities to play outside and go swimming at our campus beach on the lake. Mary is growing so fast, and is already sitting up, beginning to scoot around, and has cut two teeth.
And now we are looking forward to, God-willing, a visit to Spokane and Forrest’s ordination to the Diaconate in August! We hope, and would be blessed, to see all of you at the ordination in Missoula.
Thank you again for all your prayers and support! May God continue to bless you.
Love, Forrest, Rebekah, Timothy, David, Noelle, Anastasia, and Mary
Friday, March 30, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
We are thankful to everyone who prayed for us and our dog, Lightning, through his ordeal with hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. As a result of this ordeal, we have accrued $1,500 in vet bills. A friend suggested that we offer a way for others to help us with these bills, so in the upper-right-hand corner of the blog you'll find a paypal donate button. Any amount helps! Thanks!