A few years ago, I had a friend whose family was all out of state tell me that I was lucky, “because I had people.” She was sharing how it was hard to be here, without having Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles and Cousins around for help. And I totally understood how she felt. Because when we first got married and moved 860 miles away, it was hard. We didn’t know anyone and I definitely remember having times of feeling quite lonely.
All that being said, over the years, we’ve found people. Being so involved in our church helped tremendously. We have beautiful and wonderful people that we’ve gotten to know and love at Eastport Bible Church. And tonight, we got to spend time with some of the people that we appreciate so much. It happened in the evening. We had walked over to help Jeremy make sure the church was ready to go for tomorrow’s service. He had officiated a wedding there this afternoon and just wanted to check in. On our way out, we noticed that Nathan Tuttle and his son Jonathan were there, working on a few projects. Now, the Tuttles are pretty amazing family. And I have to admit, that any chance I get to have my kids spend time with them is a chance that I always take. Nathan and Brenda are amazing and they have raised three incredible sons to be hardworking and mature and amazing young adults. And so I know that any time our children get to spend time with them, is well worthwhile.
Speaking of their sons, Jonathan was there, fixing a fence, so I sent Christian over and pretty soon, he had gloves and a saw and was happily helping out.
There is something so wonderful, seeing our son learn to do something new and being happy in helping others.
Ellee, on the other hand, got to help Mr. Tuttle, who had no hesitation in showing her ways to help him pull out old nails. He gave her a quick lesson in “leverage” and she was off to work.
She was pretty proud of herself. And I was proud of her too. Because sometimes, my mom tendencies are to hold my kids back, afraid that they might hurt themselves, or do a project wrong. But having the encouragement of someone who believes in letting kids try things and teaching them lessons that may stick with them throughout their life, is something pretty amazing. So I stepped back, and watched our girl do helpful things with fun tools. And she didn’t get hurt and it was awesome.
Oh. And she did it all in her glittery red Dorothy shoes, that she insists on wearing any time she can.
We have people. And tonight, I was reminded of how thankful I am for that. Granted, it would be lovely to live close to family and there is always a little bit of ache knowing that we aren’t able to see them as much as we would like. But God brings others to help out and to support our family and we are truly thankful for those who have been willing to come along side of us. Also, I would be remiss, to let you know that tomorrow, we have a wonderful church service at 9:30am with our wonderful church family and if you are local, we would love to have you join us! Jeremy will be preaching and I know that he is going to be awesome, so come and check it out. We’ll also be spending the day together, getting ready for our Angry Birds Kick Off, which goes from 4:00pm-6:30pm. If you need good people, come and find them at Eastport Bible Church.