Monday, June 03, 2013

Family Updates

Happy Monday! I realize it's early evening for some of you, so Monday is almost over, but it's just late afternoon here and I still have things to do before this day is done. So Monday it is!

I just wanted to bring you a little update of our family this afternoon. Some of you have asked about  Wes and the tests he had done a couple of weeks ago. He is feeling fine. In addition to the x-ray tests he had (which were very thorough, by the way: two full-body scans and one extra scan of his abdomen), he also had some lab tests done. We have an appointment for 12:30 Wednesday afternoon to get the results of all the tests. The doctor who found the tumor said that there is only about a 5% chance that the cancer had spread anywhere else - which is very good news - but we'll both be glad to know the results so we can either put this
behind us or move to the next step. We do appreciate your prayers during this time of waiting!

In other news, Beth arrived home last Tuesday night around midnight! She is already getting into the routine of being back home with her parents. Hopefully living with us is more enjoyable than living with three other girls in a dorm room! She'll be working for our church this summer as an intern. We were able to hire her through a Canadian program that allows organizations to hire college students for the summer in their field of study. Beth's is education, and she'll be working with our youth director and his wife and in our bus ministry, getting hands-on training in teaching and training children and teens. She'll be teaching a class, going to Youth Conference with the teens, helping with soulwinning and visitation each week, helping with a summer Park Night we're hosting for children, and working at Family Camp, in addition to helping with the bus route every Wednesday night. We're excited that she gets to work with us in the ministry and make some money to fund next year's education at the same time!

Beth's bed we bought used, with the little quilt I bought at the thrift store a few weeks ago. I think it turned out cute! And notice that extra storage down there under the bed!

Andrew has begun working full time in the graphics department of Lancaster Baptist Church. I have a post in the works detailing his graduation. While we were in Lancaster for his graduation, he introduced us to the 12-year-old boy he has been mentoring this school year. Andrew works on a church bus route as part of his church commitments, and he met this young boy on the bus. As he got to know the boy, he felt an interest in the boy's life outside of church and began to tutor him in his schoolwork. The boy's grades improved dramatically over the school year! He has made a profession of faith, and Andrew is discipling him as well. He's excited to see spiritual growth as well as progress in school. We are very proud of Andrew for pouring himself into this young man's life so selflessly! This is what the Christian life is about - helping others. He has put feet on his prayers for this boy and his family!

Sam and Juliana are preparing to travel for the summer as chaperons for a West Coast Baptist College tour group. They are both adjusting well to married life! We had dinner in their home the Sunday we were in Lancaster, and I enjoyed so much getting to see where they live and how they interact with each other as husband and wife! Juliana fixed a delicious meal and wasn't nervous at all (at least not that I could tell!). She just finished her first year of teaching second grade, and Sam just finished his first year of teaching Freshman speech at WCBC. Please pray for them as they travel this summer! They'll be in Texas this weekend, near Ft. Worth, so Samuel will be taking Juliana to see where he grew up. I love it!

All four of our children together at the Sunday night church service

Our church family is sending us to Spiritual Leadership Conference in Lancaster next week. I am SO excited about that! I've wanted to go for the past 5-6 years, but we've never been able to go. I'm especially looking forward to seeing friends, attending the Senior Pastors' Wives luncheon, and attending a class session on playing congregational music taught by Shelly Hamilton! The theme for this year's conference is Launch Out, and I'm excited to hear preaching geared to helping us "launch out" in faith in our ministry. If any of you plan to be there, please let me know and we'll set up a time & place to meet, if that's possible. This time we're flying - got to get there fast and get home fast! LOL

Wes and I have been going to the local auction. We got a new china cabinet there a few months ago. Now we have a patio table and chairs - old school, but very comfortable. We have also begun buying a few things here and there that we think we can turn around to make a little money. The biggest thing we got was a lot of 59 Norman Rockwell collector's plates. We're in the process of listing them on Ebay in our new store, The Auction Hutch, and I'll also be listing some of them in HandmadeByGrace as vintage plates as well (does it make you feel old that "vintage" is 20 years old or more on Etsy?!) Wes also bought some die-cast cars and trucks and is listing them. My main contribution is writing the descriptions for all 59 of those plates!

That's about it for us right now. Thanks for reading this far, and I'll be back later this week with pictures of Andrew's graduation.


  1. Thanks Susan for sharing about your wonderful family. I feel sure all will go well with your husband's tests.

    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Debbie! We are both pretty sure there is nothing more wrong, but having the tests will give us definite answers for peace of mind and the ability to move on and put this behind us!

  2. Praying with you as you await the test results. Hoping for the best possible news!

    It's so neat Beth can be home this summer, and to get paid for he;ping in the ministry is icing on the cake!

    1. Thank you for your prayers, Barbara! We're so thrilled to have Beth home with us for the summer. I wish we'd realized this program was available before now, but it will be helpful in the future, too. Maybe we can hire an intern every summer to help us with the work!

  3. What a wonderful update, Susan! I'm definitely praying about the outcome of Wes's testing. Will you plan to blog about the conference? It sounds as if it will be very uplifting.

    1. Thanks for your prayers, Mrs. T!!! I haven't decided yet if I will try to blog during the conference or after, but I do plan to blog about it. I'd love to "live-blog" but I don't know if I have the ability to pay attention to the teaching and blog at the same time! ;)


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