I am sitting comfortably for the first time today. My morning started with nothing to sit on since we had no furniture. Then, around 10:00 a.m., a big orange truck turned on to our street and our day took a turn towards all out craziness! I am exhausted, happy, tired, joyful, excited, touched and achy all at the same time.
If you could see my house right now, you would see sheer and utter chaos. Only one room has any semblance of normalcy. My desire was to get Jonah's room as finished as possible on day one so that he would have a place of refuge. Thanks to my new friend Kathy, that is done! She got here, took a box cutter and did some serious work for us!
Jonah stayed at school for aftercare today until 2:30 p.m. He loves it there (don't worry, I haven't forgotten to post about his new school or his first day!) and would probably have way more fun there than here in this confusion. Dan picked him up and he walked in to check out his room and grinned from ear to ear. He loved seeing his things in his new house.
He wasn't here long before Stephanie Barker picked him up. This is his second day to spend with her this week. (a big picture post coming from Monday with Steph!) He loves Miss Stephanie and Misser Bob so he was thrilled to head out with her. We met him at church and he wanted to sit with them. We happily obliged. That is such an answer to prayer for us. Jonah was so connected at FBCV that we worried about his adjustment here. People like Bob and Steph have been incredible to him and he feels at home with them already.
Stetson has a very active Wednesday night program. There is something going on for every age. While we were in the interview process, Dan asked what the expectation of him on Wednesday nights would be. There is already a retired minister who leads the adult Bible Study. While they would love Dan to come in a teach them, they also recognize the need for him to visible throughout the campus. So, we devised a plan to work through every area of ministry on Wednesday nights so we could see what happens in each area and get to know the people involved there.
We started tonight in the nursery. Yep, we waltzed right into the nursery and found Mequel, our nursery coordinator. She assumed we were there to check on Jonah. We told her that we were there to work and that she could put us anywhere she needed us. From the look on her face, she has never known a pastor to work in the nursery. We walked in and Dan immediately got on the floor with the toddlers. Jonah would have flipped out had he known his daddy was across the hall with other kids!
We spent the entire time in there. Dan was on his hands and knees playing with kids while I got the grand tour from Mequel then I ended up in the baby room. It was a great night for us and a wonderful opportunity to love on some kids and get to know their parents. Next week we will move to the children's ministry.
***There was one really cool thing that happened today that totally made me cry. (In a good way!) But, it deserves a post of it's own and I can't find my camera right now for the picture.***