Family Update

Given the changes in our lives these past few months, I figure I’m due for an update. So here’s what’s been happening, in as small a nutshell as I can manage:

From October 2013-June 2014 I worked with the Fuller Youth Institute and Compassion International to write Step Into My Shoes. Step Into My Shoes is an at-home experience the helps families connect with God’s heart for the global family and take small but important steps towards serving our brothers and sisters in material poverty.  It hasn’t fully launched, but when it does I’ll let you know!

From January to May 2014 I interviewed with a little church called Willow Creek for a role in Promiseland, their weekend children’s ministry.  I accepted the role of Curriculum Director, and so far, I love it.  I get to speak into our learning and experiential goals for our kids, as well as writing the small group materials for kids age 2 to grade 5.

In June 2014 our family moved from L.A. to Chicagoland. Curtis drove a Uhaul 30+ hours.  We really like it so far.  So far, we’ve been to the city a handful of times, found great Mexican and Indian food, and spent lots of time at the community pool over the summer.  Riley has settled right into things, especially the nursery and daycare.

Visiting the city.

Community pool.

I could wax poetic (or at least yammer on) about how much we love our church.  But I’ll contain my comments to this: Willow feels like home.  We’ve just loved diving into this community and this ministry season, and we are so grateful for how God used the hard, perpendicular season to bring us to this place. Only He could have.

Leadership Summit.


2 thoughts on “Family Update

  1. I am reading Allison’s post and her thoughts resonate with me as well!! So thankful as I read this. Thanks for the update and the photos.

  2. My prayer for you and Curtis has been to find “home” for quite some time now… I literally burst out crying when I read that line. My heart is beyond thrilled for you. I hate that we don’t share “home” anymore. Home looks so different to both of us now, and in my crazy Navy life, people are now my home. I am so blessed that your friendship has become a piece of my home no matter where I go. I’ve always been a HUGE fan of your writing, so selfishly I have to say thank you for getting back in the saddle. Reading your blog gives me a piece a home. Love you Mer, keep shining 🙂

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