Pondering two kids off to university

It has been a very long time since my last Pondering post. It is not that I haven’t pondered anything over the past couple years, but I just haven’t put them in words.

As Sean and Mikayla head out of our house at about the same time, leaving only Emily still at home, just the thought of that has been on my mind often lately. I don’t envision life getting any less busy, but we will end up not going so many directions for school activities. Mikayla’s summer has been packed with activities: serving in Papua New Guinea, working, visiting with friends, family reunion, and even a bit of time at the beach. And now packing for college.

We are taking Mikayla to Taylor University next Monday. It is not that far, as we will be seeing her on Fall Break, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yet, it is far enough that it is not a visit every weekend. She tell me that four hours is a good distance. We believe she is ready to fly and this will be her first test flight.

Sean too, has been active this summer. Between training for the Rockford Ninja Warrior competition and working, we haven’t seen much of him this summer. It is wonderful for us to see how his body has been transformed by the great food he is eating and the physical training.

Sean starts at Cornerstone University after Labor Day. He has been flying for sometime now, but not solo. Though he will be very close in proximity, living in the dorms will be a new adventure for him. After a few semesters at GRCC it is time for him to focus on his major.

As I think about Sean and Mikayla, my father’s heart is torn between loving their presence in our home, watching them grow into wonderful adults, seeing God’s hand in and on their lives and trusting the training they’ve had under our roof to let them go. Molly and I know that the Lord is watching over them, but it is still somewhat discomforting sending your kids out into this crazy world.


Adventure to PNG Mikayla & Emily 4 August 2017

Dear Friends,

We have been back in the US for exactly a month now. I did not recover as quickly as Emily from the jet lag of changing 14 time zones. In fact, it took me over two weeks to begin feeling normal! We have shared the amazing trip with several people since we’ve been back and each time it has mainly been about the relationships that we were able to form, renew, or grow to a deeper level. We learn a lot from the work we did and the people we served, but the love poured out toward us was most meaningful. I will be going to college soon and Emily will be finishing her last two years of high school. We are thankful that we were able to go on this trip and for the people that helped make it possible. He has made us into different people by the experiences of this past June. We pray that we can use some of these experience to be a positive influence and encouragement to others as we journey forward in our next stages of life.

Here are a few more pictures from our many adventures and life in PNG.

Heading to work at the clinic

Saying goodbye to friends

Chatting by the mumu

Gathering the mumu food

Ready for the hike up to Lone Tree

Up the mountain

Almost to the top

Camp all set up

Our whole camping group

Rejoicing in the beautiful land

Thanks to our wonderful hosts

Co-pilot Mikayla

Saying goodbye to PNG from the air

Mikayla and for Emily