Sunday, October 20, 2013

On the Road...Again

I'd be telling a flat out lie to say that any of us Geurinks are excited to hit the road again for a road trip, but that is what lies ahead tomorrow. I am already having lack of minivan and DVD player regret, hahaha. I am excited, however, about getting to see my sister, brother-in-law and 3 nieces soon so despite the lack of enthusiasm for the car ride, we are all happy to be seeing more family that we haven't seen for 3 years (wow that is a long time).
We are off through the Great Smokey Mountains to South Carolina and the forecast looks pretty good for the week. It will be good for our kids to get reacquainted with their cousins through some time at playgrounds and hopefully a little hiking too.
At the end of the week, we will get to see our friends Tim and Antje who were in a bible study with us many years ago and who happen to live only about a half hour from my family (how convenient). Bryan and I will have the opportunity to share our testimony with their bible study group and about the ways God's glory has been evident during our time at Beautiful Gate, so prayers for wisdom and God's words would be appreciated. Well, off to finish packing before we hit the road!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Some October Highlights

Yep - we are CRAZY!

My mom, dad and brothers spent a week with us so we thought it would be fun to represent our favorite teams for a family picture. Yep, we had them all beat with our Packer gear!

Our kids made some new friends when we went to visit some really good college friends and their 2 super cute kids.
There was a huge bin of corn for the kids to play in and Bryan enjoyed burying our kids. Who needs a beach with sand when there is corn in the autumn.
Can you believe we got all 5 kids looking at the camera!! Miracles never cease. We had such a good time in Chicago.

Our final stop in Chicago included surprising our kids' "big sister" Paige who lived next to us for 8 months in Lesotho. Her sister helped us surprise her as we showed up unannounced at her college dorm (we are so sneaky). That was pretty cool!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Some Days

Some days, I walk through the trees and look at the beautiful fall colors and I think of how deeply I missed that when I was in Lesotho. Some days, I look west in the evening and I think of the magnificent sunsets that were a part of my daily life in Lesotho.
Some days, my heart is filled with such unexplainable joy when I see my kids experiencing things which are part of the normal everyday lives of their American friends, but they relish it with such an innocent delight that it takes my breath away. Some days, I think of the late night conversations I had with my kids about a child in the hospital or a recent death of a BG kid and I remember my heart being filled with such a deep satisfaction that my kids really understand God even on our darkest days in Lesotho, even on days where I was tempted to doubt.
Some days I think 5 years is enough for our family to serve in Lesotho, but then I think 5 years is no where near enough time. But today, I am not worried. I am not stressed. I know whose I am. I know that God will show us the way, He will guide our path and our steps because He is close to us and He cares about us. He will prepare the way for the next leader when the time is right and He will be faithful.
Since being home I have discovered a new song which is my new favorite. The Great I Am by Phillips, Craig and Dean. It is a perfect reminder of who God is and that He is in control. He knows my future and I do not need to worry or be afraid because I am being lead by the Great I AM!!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Writer's Block

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't know what to write about! I have sat here for 3 nights in a row and just don't know what to write about. I have so much on my mind, yet nothing that I can really put into words. We have done some amazing things like celebrating our churches 50th anniversary, and I have had a lot of mental struggles that I am working through. Some are just dumb things like trying to figure out why it bothers me when I feel like I have deprived my kids of certain things and the next minute I am beaming with joy over some incredible insight they showed from an experience at Beautiful Gate. So I guess I am just in a pensive state right now.