We took the motor home to the church this weekend. It was nice and the church members have been very welcoming and supportive. In between services, the kids played outside. Gloria ate sand. Elijah carried around a microphone. Occasionally, he would stop and sing. Gloria enjoyed throwing her baby down a small hill. So much for that "motherly" instinct! Nicholas is a good helper. He has taken his role as "RV expert" quite seriously. If there is anything to be stowed or retrieved, you can count on him to do it. Noah likes to get dangerously close to a rather high and steep hill behind the church.
Scott & Dan picked up Dan's drums from J's house. They also put together Dan's kids' beds. Dan & his family moved into the parsonage this weekend. They too are happy to be closer to the church which he has been called to pastor. Dan is an interesting individual. We've had the opportunity to witness his calling to the ministry and his subsequent growth and power from God being placed in him. Dan would be the first to tell you that he is an unlikely pastor. He is younger than most of the church members. He has a "checkered" past. His tattoos are not kid friendly. He is proof that God will accept a willing servant, regardless of his previous station in life.
All of our kids like Dan. Elijah was covered in peanut butter (what else is new) and said to Dan, "I want you to hold me." Elijah is so loving, but he is also very shy. This was very out of character for him. Dan, in his very very nice Sunday's best suit, didn't even hesitate. He picked him up peanut butter and all. Hope that comes out. Elijah said that Dan is nice to kids, but he yells when he is praying. Noah agreed, but reminded him that Bro. Terry (past pastor) did that, too. In addition to the entire "selling our stuff and moving into an RV", we never would have guessed that we'd be attending "hell fire and brimstone" churches. We're still not big fans of Southern Gospel music, but the music does not a church make. We're there for the word. This church mixes in some contemporary Christian music. They have found a nice balance.
December 9 we are hosting a "Youth Christmas Party". Scott & Dan have promised to play some music and you can be sure that there will be something embarrassing to teenagers. They seem like a very nice group of kids. I am sure that they are not without their problems, but they are friendly. Looking at them, I am reminded of my youth and how blessed I am to have made it through that time. I think that they have more to endure socially/spiritually than we did 15 years ago. I would not trade them.
On the way home, we were driving the motor home through the country and looking at Christmas lights. We had Christmas songs on the radio. At one point, the boys started to argue. Scott, in his most authoritative fatherly tone, said, "Don't make me pull this house over!"