We can gather our thoughts, but the Lord gives the right answer.
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.

{From Proverbs 16:1, 9 and 33}

It's crazy how God shows himself to us. Sometimes it's in the most obvious ways, through what is right in front of our eyes...nature, family, friendships...sometimes it's subtle and personal, like the way I found an eight dollar bible at TJMaxx which is totally random. Now I can upgrade from my duct tape hardcover. And sometimes it's all in his timing. When we came home from Alaska, we really didn't know what to expect for the rest of the summer. We were just trying to transition from one place to the next, wondering how it would all work out. Well, a month and a half later, we can humbly say that God has been blowing our minds with provisions through working opportunities and time with family and friends. Although we swore we would never spend another summer in our parents' houses, we were disproved yet again because God had something else in mind. This is definitely one of those things where the more time unfolds, the more sense is made from the whole thing. We are grateful to be here and yet still so homesick for our little place and all our friends. Down to a little more than 2 weeks left, we cannot stop anticipating with excitement and longing the rest of our training. We almost wish it was longer! Just goes to show that we are where we need to be. So whatever you are going through, if it seems like chaos and you couldn't have imagined up a crazier situation, God's still in control. That is why "Chaos" by Mutemath is one of my favorite songs right now. If you don't know it, you should.

"I know you stay true when my world is false
Everything around breaking down to chaos
I know you stay
I know you stay True"


Summer So Far


It's pretty crazy how plans can change when you least expect it. When we came to California this summer, we had our Alaska plans and tickets in place and expected to spend 2 monthes of the summer working for a salmon fishing company on the Kenai penninsula. Well, we arrived and began work, and on the second day, I (Kat) fractured my hand while cleaning a metal door in the plant. Thanks to the brush I was using, the door didn't go through my fingers! But it did do some damage and it's taking a while to type this out! After consulting our employer and discussing the season, we were advised to return to California based on the labor that we would be doing and taking into account some other medical issues that arose. So...here we are, a lot of money and traveling days later, back in California. Since we didn't expect to be here, we are busy arranging for work and trying to spend a good amount of our energy preparing for our field destination...which we have changed from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia. Lots of fun and exciting changes! To all you who said about Alaska "What an Adventure!!" Let us tell you, it was! Two eight hour lay-overs, 5 solid days of traveling and experiencing solstice in a state where the sun doesn't set AND eating "solstice" pizza at a place called Moose's Tooth. Wow. What will God do next? We even got to spend a day with Tim's friend from YWAM who lives in Anchorage, which was a blast. Alaska is beautiful and we're glad for the brief experience we had.