September was yet another busy month in the life of our family! We started off strong and visited Arkansas during the first week. On our way there we stopped in Galena, KS so that Hosea could see “Tow Mater”. He loved climbing around inside the real tow truck that inspired Mater’s character from the animated Cars movie!
Once we got to Arkansas, we spent a day in Springdale with Katie, Josh, and the kids. Hosea and Millie love to play together!
We left Springdale and made our way to Heber Springs, AR. While there, we got to spend some long overdue time with my youth pastor and his family. Aaron Lynn is now the head pastor at the Nazarene Church in Heber Springs. I had such a great time catching up with him, his wife Stephanie, and getting to know their three boys! Hosea really enjoyed playing with Micah, Noah, and Jonah. The congregation at Heber Springs Church was so warm and welcoming to us when we visited Sunday morning. John spoke on Matthew 18:15-20 and talked about conflict resolution among people in the body of Christ. We also shared our testimonies, what we will be doing in Northern Ireland, and invited people to partner with us. We were blown away by their generosity that day!!
One of my doula friends (sacredhourdoula.com) offered to take maternity/family photos for me and got some amazing shots of our family of three! I’m 36 weeks along in these photos. Here are some of my favorites.
John has a friend who works at the Overland Park Farmer’s Market who let us come to his orchard in Paola and pick some ultra gold apples. This was one of our last adventures as a family of three! We had a great time and Hosea ate his weight in apples!
The last weekend in September we were invited to speak at a church in Ponca City, Oklahoma. I got nervous traveling at 38 1/2 weeks pregnant, so John and Hosea went down by themselves. John spoke on Acts 13:47 and shared the redemptive story of a girl that we met in Haiti. This church was very generous and welcoming!
In the midst of all these adventures we still kept up with our regular activities. MOPS meetings started back up, John continued working at the market, I attended prenatal yoga a few times a week, we did childbirth classes, saw Blue Man Group perform at Starlight Theater, went to life group, took Hosea to playdates, I taught a breastfeeding class, we had dinner and coffee dates with friends, I hosted a freezer meal workshop (stocked my freezer for when baby arrives!), went to all my midwife appointments, and John began wrapping up his bachelors program at MNU. Life keeps marching on, and God is good all the time!
*We are still looking for financial partners for our ministry in Northern Ireland. For more info, visit web.nazarene.org/goto/Carr_family