Tuesday, June 24, 2008

on the learning curve...

Wow, we are on the learning curve in every area of life these days!! Bernie & I both had visions of being 'empty nesters' after 30 years of child rearing. We had dreams of nice quiet evenings, a neat & tidy home, less garbage, less laundry, less cooking,...and instead we are embarking on the biggest adventure of our lives!! Is this a mid-life crisis or is this really God calling us to be dangerous dreamers and move to Amsterdam with a team of amazing friends (who are also dangerous dreamers) to plant a church?? Seriously, I've given God lots of opportunity to let us stay and it seems He has some awesome blessing for us if we trust Him with this!! SO, we are the grandparents on the team and very obviously the ones who need to get a little more savvy with all the 'social networking' (or more appropriately, anti-social networking!). Someone needs to write a book called BLOGGING FOR DUMMIES (maybe I could tackle that in all my spare time). But, once again, God is good and bigger than us, and here we are...all up and running (with some tweaking still to be done). It really is encouraging that you CAN teach old dogs new tricks!! We are living proof!! AND learning to set up a blogspot is just one of the many new things I/we've been learning these days: we're learning how to be fully engaged in this culture and yet fully preparing to move to Amsterdam, learning how to ride the tram in Amsterdam, learning the difference between a 'coffee shop' in Amsterdam and a coffee shop in Columbus, learning to live with a lot of messes, learning to pray harder than I/we've ever prayed, learning how to more fully surrender all, learning how to leave our jobs, church, friends, learning how to say 'goodbye' to life as we now know it and how to say 'hello' to our new lives, how to relate differently as a family as we prepare to communicate through skype (whatever that is!), learning to trust God for our support,...and on and on! All in all this is a really exciting time and we are anticipating all the sweet things God has for us over the next few years. We are also ready to tackle all the transitions...good & bad...it is a bittersweet time and through it all our God is bigger than ever!

pressing on!...seriously
roxi & bernie (on the learning curves of life)

4 comments:

Ralph said...

Outstanding work! It was just yesterday that Bernie was sharing that he was doing some research into the "how to's" of blogging, so I didn't expect to see this so quickly. Learning and growing have a lot of things in common and and perhaps tackling these small "new" challenges is all part of the Lord's plan to prepare you for the "bigger" challenges to come! We love you guys.
Ralph & Melba

John & Amanda said...

Holla!!! Our whole team is now officially blogging. Watch out, Amsterdam!
-john

John & Amanda said...

Check this out:Blogger for Dummies. I found it on Amazon, if you're interested.

Anonymous said...

whoop whoop my rents now have a blog! learning so quickly! you two are going to do amazing!