Good-byes and Good Hellos

Well, we have officially finished the first transition in our journey to Papua New Guinea! We have sold and moved out of our acreage home and have moved into a cute little rental home in Marshalltown. When we were at our Equip training in Orlando in June, they taught us the importance of saying good good-byes so that you can say good hellos. So far, so "good".

Here is a little of the photo record of this part of the journey:

We said good-bye to the swing set, rope swing, barn, camp fire and our house of 8 years.

Good-bye swing set

Getting ready to jump onto the rope swing

Good-bye camp fire
Wonderful friends from church helping us move
Good-bye acreage & home
We have enjoyed our hellos to our cute little rental home in Marshalltown. We get to attend last-minute programs at the library, 40 minute grocery shopping trips (as opposed to almost 2 hours), walks on a sidewalk, chatting with neighbors, and a 10-minute drive to church! We have already been able to host two different couples in our home for dinner, in just the past week!
Our temporary little place
Eli chatting with our across-the-street neighbor

Eli is enjoying long summer days playing with friends for the first time in his life. I think this is his favorite part of the move (and it blesses his mama's heart too). These boys are almost as crazy as he is!! He spends as much of every day as he can with them.
Eli with Charlie & Kyan...his nearly constant companions!



And...HE GETS TO GO OUT FOR FOOTBALL!!! That is one happy boy right there!

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?"
Isaiah 43:18-19

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