As the realization with family and friends begins to sink in that we are actually moving overseas to be tribal church planters, there is a sense of excitement, but also a feeling of loss as they anticipate our departure this year. Since this likely this is our last winter here, there is a desire by many to ensure that we are able to take advantage of it. Ryan’s family and friends have been great to encourage us to get out playing in the snow to enjoy time with them. We have gone on snow mobile rides, been out sledding, and watched the snow fall as we sit by the warmth of a fire from inside a cabin.
We each enjoy the snow differently. Just the thought of cold snow causes April’s hands and toes to turn blue instantly. Ryan loves the snow and acts like a big kid. Jordan loves eating it and playing in it, but is not quite sure why his daddy likes to throw him in every big deep snow drift he can find. Katelynn, well…she eats and sleeps while in the snow so I guess that means she enjoys it too!
This winter, as we spend this last bit of time being intentional to connect with family and friends, we are encouraged to think that our family and friends also get to be a part of planting tribal churches through their willingness to send us out and let us go.