Friday, April 27, 2012

Too Many Extras (or just an absent minded husband)

Sorry to those who were looking for a post last week and didn’t find one. We have had a harried few weeks. We are about to embark on our third long drive weekend and seem to have run into a number of mishaps on each of them (and are hoping that the trend is broken).

We had a great time worshipping and visiting with the folks in Sudbury. There was a real spirit of excitement and anticipation about what the Lord was doing in their midst and we pray that God will richly bless their work there. But that was the start of the misfortune (or Dave’s forgetfulness). The weather was so beautiful when we left Sudbury that Dave forgot his leather jacket behind. Luckily we were able to make arrangements to meet with the pastor’s wife later in the week on the other side of Toronto to retrieve his jacket. This reduced our trip tremendously but ate up the better part of the day.

This past weekend, our drive was to Almonte, just the other side of Ottawa and we were blessed to meet one of Dave’s cousins that the boys and I had never met before. The church there was very welcoming as well and doing a great job managing without a pastor. The boys got to watch some British “football” on the “telly” with our gracious hosts and we took a little time out to visit the Canadian War Museum. But, there again we had a unfortunate connection with a pillar in the parking lot that cut our trip a little short so that we could get back home to deal with accident reports with insurance companies and the rental agency.

On returning home our own car was dead –the battery had died and needed to be replaced. We tried to return Dave’s library books to Tyndale only to have him leave behind his credit card in the book store (making for an additional trip to Toronto on another day this week). We went to the seminary library here at Brock University to confess that Dave had lost one of their books and to find out about replacing it—only to find it a day later.

One of the highlight of all the miles that we have put on our car this past couple of weeks was a trip yesterday to Boston, ON (yes there is a Boston in Ontario! It is a one intersection town). Where we did a presentation for a grade one/two class that is taught by the pastor’s wife in Brantford. Thankfully, the only trouble we had was missing our corner and having to double back to get there.

Thanks to all of you that have been praying for our safety on the roads. We really appreciate it and know that despite all of the difficulties we have had things could be a whole lot worse. Dave also wants to thank all of you that have been praying for his thesis proposal. He is happy to say that it was approved, so now the real work begins (he will have to produce a chapter a month starting in September and finishing in January). Unbeknownst to them, Jennifer is looking forward to celebrating her birthday with the people in Arlington Woods this weekend.

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