So I am sure you have been wondering what we have been up to since Scott has been home. Honestly, we have been super busy! Having daddy around full time does not leave us a lot of down time. We don't know when he will be heading back to work, so we try to squeeze a lot of fun into this precious time.
I believe my last post was about Atira's birthday. What a wonderful memory that is! Since then we have celebrated Shavuot, which for us this year was a family day. We headed out to Centennial Trail and took a walk for a couple of hours, enjoying God's amazing creation. We went to The NED Show with our homeschool group, which was wonderful fun! We know the presenter, who is a good friend of ours and it was such a delight to see him "in action"!
Scott and I have spent some time discussing and wondering why this layoff came about so soon after our answered prayer of work. Scott feels that this is all in God's timing. As he has been suffering with quite a bit of pain in his shoulder and hands and chiropractic, acupuncture and massage were not giving him relief, he now has the time to pursue the care he needs to get back to feeling good again. We now have the results of two MRI scans done to the shoulders and neck area, Praise God no problem in his spine! However, it does show some issues with his left shoulder and a bit of arthritis in there as well. The doctor has given him a shot of cortisone to figure out the origin of his pain and now that we know it's the shoulder area, he is off with a prescription to the physical therapist. And thankfully, he is feeling much better because of the shot as well. Although that is not an answer for us, it is only a step in the right direction. Scott now takes a regular regimen of herbals each day to help with inflammation and he will be contacting a physical therapist next week. Prayerfully when it's time to go back to work, he will be feeling MUCH better! :) In the meantime, it's great to have him around.
One of our amazing adventures, where we remembered to capture some pictures at was a day spent out at the Western Heritage Center . If you live in the Northwest, you should really check out this amazing, volunteer run museum.
Jordan is using a lathe for his first time.
Our new friend, Jerry (who runs this museum) is showing the kids equipment that was used for milking cows.
Jordan is learning how rope was made, this was really a very cool hands on project, amazing how quick and easy it is!
Atira learning how water used to get into the house!
This stove is just beautiful, it needed a spot on my blog just because appliances today have none of this kind of artwork and beauty in them.
Atira driving a tractor with her dad!
ACK! He is DRIVING by himself!!! He really did enjoy this hands on exhibit, let me tell you! They do not normally let everyone drive them, but since Jerry and our family clicked, he asked if the kids would like to take these for a drive, um YEAH!!
Scott & I with Jerry up on a steam tractor. Jerry is an incredible man, he really does deserve a blog post of his own. He has gone to Africa (Malawi, same place as Scott's family went) to teach them how to farm there. What a heart of love he has for God's people! He is precious!
Scott & Jerry working the steam tractor.
Jerry & the kids working on the steam tractor. What a fun day this was. We learned so much about the Northwest and it's history in farming, mining and lumber. We will be back for sure, even if it is just to get a visit in with our good buddy, Jerry.
Our next adventure was our anniversary. Scott and I celebrated 22 years this year! It's amazing, in so many ways it feels like the time has just flown by, but in others, I cannot imagine my life before him. This year we were not sure what we were going to do, money is tight but we wanted to have a memorable experience. We knew about a conference coming up in Canada the weekend of our anniversary, and since it is not too far, we figured we could make a long day of it. We wrote our good friends who live up there and told them we would like to come up and celebrate our anniversary up there with them and at the conference they were helping with. Their fellowship decided to bless us with a complimentary entrance to the conference as well as our friends having us stay at their home so we could stay the weekend up there! What an incredible blessing that was!! Although it might not be the most conventional of anniversary trips, it was certainly memorable and special in it's own way. We are so thankful to the Bondservants of Elohim for giving us the opportunity to join them.
Scott and I posing for a picture to help us remember our fun weekend in Canada.
A photo I took of the worship dancing, what an incredible time I had worshipping with this group of people! Our good friend Gordon is a fantastic leader and teacher of the dance!! We look forward to seeing all of these wonderful people again soon!
Scott and I have been also enjoying some late nights together, watching television shows on Netflix and just having some quiet time together. It is very special and something we don't get often when he is working. The kids are loving having a daddy home in the morning to lay on in bed when they first get up. Can you put a price on that? I really don't think so. I think that brings everyone up to date on our latest adventures. I will hopefully check back in within the next few weeks with more pictures and updates on our latest adventures!