We have some more changes in store for our family this summer. Since we have yet to get our landed immigrant status here in Canada, none of us are allowed to work here in the public sector; Wes is the only one allowed to work, and that only through our church ministry. This is why Sam drove down to the border every day last spring and summer to work in the US. Although he did well, it was tiring for him, put a lot of miles on his car, and he made only enough money to get him started in college; he wasn't able to save much. Soooo . . .
This summer, Andrew is going to live and work with Wes's youngest brother in SC, who is an electrician with room on his crew for Andrew. We feel this will be good experience for Andrew, giving him a chance to learn a trade and allowing him to make some money to save toward college. He'll also get to spend a little time with my parents in SC, and with Wes's other siblings in NC. Needless to say, Andrew's pretty excited! He got to spend some time with his uncle while we were all in Georgia, and they seem to have already forged a good relationship.
Little did I realize last summer, as I was preparing for my first birdie to fly out of the nest a little way, that by the next summer my second birdie would be stretching his wings a little bit. He'll be back home for his senior year of school, but I expect he'll have grown up a little bit, and he won't be quite the boy he was when he left. So this change is a little unsettling for this mama, but I've been praying and trusting (and crying) and learning that God will care for this boy just like He has his older brother. Please pray for Andrew this summer, should you think of him, that he will continue to grow in the Lord and be a blessing to those with whom he works each day. Especially pray for his Uncle Albert! ;)