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Real Time

Life is certainly getting away from me these days and I’ll have lots to share in the days ahead. But for now I just wanted to check in and let you know that we have (sadly) left the Cabin, traveled to Columbus and are currently enjoying time with our two Ohio families. Since everyone is either in school or working we’ve been hanging out at the RV, catching up with life (and bills and emails and cleaning!). But our afternoons are full with family and fun.

We’re parked at the Union County Fairgrounds, and even though we’re here all by our lonesome, we have a lovely view –

(My Dad was big into Harness Racing, so every time one passes by it stirs all kinds of Dad-memories!)

Once I get the SOWER Newsletter wrapped up, I’m going to work on getting this blog caught up. You can check out the “So where are we now?” page to get a feel for just how chaotic our next couple of weeks will be!

Thanks for stopping by (even when it gets a little quiet over here!)
Steph

Sabbath Rest

I need to be very honest here. One of the harder things about our life on the road is our lack of church family. Oh, it’s been wonderful to visit churches around the country and catch glimpses of how God is working in different communities. We worship a Big Big God, and he is not constrained by denominations or worship styles or liturgy. These have been powerful lessons we have learned, and we are thankful for them. But given that we change locations, on average, every three weeks we have become Professional Church Visitors. And sometimes we grow weary of it. Which is why we have come to love the little Bradford E-Free Church near our cabin.
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We get there 4 or 5 times over the course of the summer and each time we are greeted with “Hey, it’s the Conrads! Welcome home!” and hugs. Lots and lots of hugs. We may just be ‘summer folk’, but they include us in their family. I know they pray for us (and we them) and we are blessed to worship with them when we can. This morning was no exception. We sang a ‘new to me’ hymn and the words really spoke to my heart. I’ve found a video, but I hope you take a minute to read through the words before you listen to the video. They are very powerful! May we all continue to be astounded by this “amazing wonder, irresistible and free!”

God of Grace

“God of grace, amazing wonder,
Irresistible and free;
Oh, the miracle of mercy
Jesus reaches down to me.
God of grace, I stand in wonder,
As my God restores my soul.
His own blood has paid my ransom;
Awesome cost to make me whole.

God of grace, who loved and knew me
Long before the world began;
Sent my Saviour down from heaven;
Perfect God and perfect man.
God of grace, I trust in Jesus;
I’m accepted as His own.
Every day His grace sustains me,
As I lean on Him alone.

God of grace, I stand astounded,
Cleansed, forgiven and secure.
All my fears are now confounded
And my hope is ever sure.
God of grace, now crowned in glory,
Where one day I’ll see Your face;
And forever I’ll adore You
In Your everlasting grace.”

— WORDS AND MUSIC BY KEITH GETTY & JONATHAN REA COPYRIGHT © 2003 THANKYOU MUSIC
-Performed by Joanne Hogg, Kristyn Getty, Margaret Becker
– Video by Maxfli82

R&R&R

Although there is still more to share about our time in Montrose, right now I wanted to let all ya’all know that we have settled in at our most Fav-or-rite place on the planet – our family Cabin in Vermont.
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And I have to tell you it feels pretty good to know that for the next two weeks (plus a day or two I hope) we will be soaking in all that is the Cabin. Oh, that will involve some yard work and some cleaning and some organizing, but it will also involve some family and some reading and some writing and some photography and some naps. And most mornings I’ll be waking up to the crackle of the fire and the grand aroma of fresh brewed coffee.
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Let the Three R’s of the cabin begin – Relax and Reflect and Recharge!

Things they are a’ changin’

Well, I guess it would be more accurate to say – things they are a ‘changin back.
Two years ago I shared how we had purchased this sweet house in Waco

It seemed weird, at the time, that even though we were in Pennsylvania we could buy a house in Texas. Ah, the magic of technology.
So today it didn’t seem quite so weird that even though we are (again!)in Pennsylvania we have been able to sell a house in Texas.

It was a bittersweet moment as we bid farewell (in a distant kind of way) to little bit of Waco, but I must confess that it was much nicer to see money arrive in our bank account rather than have it get sucked out. We wish the new owners much joy in the house, and pray they love it as much as we did!
But we’re not done with Waco. Not by a long shot. Even though the Parrott Ave (aka the PAZOO) Era is over, there is still lots to love about Waco. No, it’s not Chip and Joanna. It’s the friends we’ve made over the 10 years of our Waco connection and of course it’s these guys most of all –J&A&family
Yes, Waco – We’ll be baaaaack!!!