Friday, January 8, 2010

Looking back on a Decade

Spent Y2K with Lori and the first Presbyterian Church Youth Group. Nothing shut down and the world did not end.2001
Sold, stored and shipped all of our earthly possessions and moved from Ohio to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. We joined the Hanlons and the Striblings and became part of Team Spain with International Teams.
Our first daughter Abigail Belén was born in Santiago. Abigail means her Father's delight and Belén is the Spanish word for Bethlehem. Our team was joined by the Hellmanns.

We slowly learned about ministry within the Spanish context and while hosting short term teams teams we started doing research and fund-raising for opening a cafe in Santiago de Compostela.

Our second daughter Isabel Nora (Isabel means consecrated to God and Nora means light) was born and we opened Cafe Terra Nova with our friends.

The Baileys joined our team in SdC and I began to learn a lot about business, while continuing to be stretched in my understanding of ministry, the church and community.

Our third daughter Eden Olivia was born. Her name signifies Shalom and in a world full of war and conflict we wanted to remember that this is not the way it's supposed to be. We worked very hard at the cafe and connecting with good friends in SdC.

We sold Cafe Terra Nova and said goodbye to many dear friends. We made a second International move to the NW Suburbs of Chicago where we were welcomed by new friends and joined the ministry at Harvest Community Church.

We acclimated to life in the USA and enjoyed having family closer.

Privileged to be part of an amazing team at Harvest Community Church where I continue to grow in my understanding of the Christian faith and who Christ is.