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Transition!

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Nice view out our living room to the balcony and then the grill place (brown structure)

Transition is the name of the game right now. After 8 months of being transients, we moved into our apartment on Feb. 28!! Woohoo!!!! It’s great to have so much help from friends!!! We’re not quite settled yet. The apartment needed a lot of fixing and we’re now in the final phase of wallpapering. Fortunately, the landlords arrange all of this. So hopefully, we’ll be all settled in by the end of April. It’s about 1/2 hour drive to take the kids to school, so we’re getting used to that also.

Our church is also going through a significant change of location right now. Please keep Kroskyrkan in prayer – change is never easy  for a church! And for us as it impacts our ministry as well.

The Swedes have a 5th season they call spring-winter!! It’s now, while we still have quite a bit of snow and ice, but the days are getting quite long, sunny, and warm!! And so, we are all about transition, leaving the cold, dark, insecurities behind and looking forward to a season of warmth, sunshine, and growth!! It reminds me (Gwen) of my life verse, Philippians 3:13 & 14 – “Brothers and sisters, I don’t consider that I have taken hold of it yet. But here is the one thing I do. I forget what is behind me. I push hard toward what is ahead of me. I push myself forward toward the goal to win the prize. God has appointed me to win it. The heavenly prize is Christ Jesus himself.”

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!

And it continues to come!!! Enjoy your day!!!

 

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FINALLY…

after almost a year of looking, we have an apartment!!!! YAY!!!!! We can move in on March 1!!! It’s in Sävast, about 20 – 25 min drive from Luleå. So while it’s not exactly where we want it, it is exactly what we have been asking God for!!! It’s 3 bedrooms, so the girls can have their own rooms!!! It’s on the ground floor, rather large (95 m2/~1,000 ft2), good storage, 2 big walk in closets, and a car garage!!! Dear Jesus, thank you for opening up this door for us. Thank you for this perfect place for us to settle in. It’s not exactly where we want it, but we trust You that You are placing us where You want us to be. We trust that when you want us in Luleå, You will open the door for us to live there. In Jesus’ Name, Amen 🙂

Apartment hunting!!

boats-in-harbor-b1.jpgWe will be returning to Luleå in June so we have started looking for apartments!! We’ve applied for 3, which is the most we can apply for at one time! Please pray!!! There’s a lot of competition for apartments in Luleå as the supply seems to be lower than the demand! So we really need to see God move on our behalf here! And we need to be there in June as our visas expire the next month. THANKS FOR STANDING WITH US IN THIS!!!!

Happy Hallowe’en!!!

The kids enjoyed celebrating the American Hallowe’en holiday this year with our traditional “trick or treatin” with family and friends!! Just thought, especially for our overseas friends, you might enjoy seeing it from our eyes.  Of course, it got dark quickly and with all the movement, not all of the pictures are real good. But we enjoyed it and are still enjoying all the candy!!

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Celebrating the Crayfish Festival (Kräftorfest))!

Excitement!!! That describes Jensina and Gwen when we visited IKEA and found out we could come to their Crayfish Festival!!!! IKEA has really stepped up to the plate here and has their own crayfish festival here in the US!!! We went with our extended family (unfortunately, my brother, Gary, was away with the army) and had a great time eating crayfish, shrimp, smoked dill salmon (gravadlax), cheese, Swedish meatballs, etc., etc. and walking through IKEA!!! YUM!!! A little taste of Sweden here in the USA!!!

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Leaving on a jet plane – not yet!!

First Month (4)Today, we were supposed to leave to return home to Luleå, Sweden. Unfortunately, we needed to change our tickets as our financial support is not at 100% yet. Hopefully it will be soon and we’ll be able to return!! We are around 58% of the $4000 that we need now, so we know it’s just a matter of time. Please continue to pray with us for God to release the needed support! Thanks!! We’d love to be back there this year!!

Seven years ago today our nephew, Jonathan, had a heart attack that left him severely handicapped. We never, ever saw this coming. Never dreamed that when we kissed Jonathan and Caleb good-bye for college that year, that it would be the last time he would be able to talk to us. But it was…for now. We continue to pray for God to heal your brain, Jonathan. But we’re so glad for every smile, every eye blink that tells us that you hear and understand us. One day, we will hear your voice again, whether here on earth or in heaven, we just don’t know yet. We’re so glad that you know God and we know that He is carrying you through this time of your life. Sure wish you could tell us how God is working with you in your spirit. I can’t even begin to imagine the spiritual truths God is teaching you! Love you, dear nephew!!

Gwen's nephews, Joshua, Jonathan, & Caleb

Gwen’s nephews, Joshua, Jonathan, & Caleb