Well our lives have been a teensy bit crazy lately.
So I wanted to just do a short little "here's what we've been doing" in a few photos.
As per usual, I blog when there are other pressing things to do. Today's avoidance is called: grocery shopping.
I used to love to grocery shop, because shopping is shopping, yo.
But since plastic bags have become currency here (they charge 5p per bag at ALL stores) that adds significant time onto my weekly trip, and I have to remember to bring bags along with me.
So yes, in procrastinating I'm hoping in the next 20 minutes it takes me to write this that
- the government will reverse it's law to charge for cheap-y plastic bags,
- there will be grocery-packing-leprechauns at the end of every lane
- Lidl's (grocery store like Aldi) will stop checking out your entire purchase in 5 milliseconds making you fumble for your wallet and hurriedly repacking your [unsacked] groceries whilst the rest of the lane stares at you.
This is like some kind of hideous and twisted calf-roping event to me:
The great check out challenge, where I attempt to reload my cart and pay in record time.
I feel like I should be applauded when I shove my wallet back in to my purse,
snatch the receipt, and pitch the last of the groceries in the cart.
"Ladies and gentleman, we have a NeeeeeeW record!
We were unsure at the beginning as she had the minor fumble re-stacking the 3 dozen eggs purchased,
but she recovered by flinging the non-bruising onions into the cart."
"Yes Donny, Mrs. Anderson may have a new record
but if we look at the stats we'll see this is one of her lower scores;
she's gotten one loaf of bread squished, every single dang tortilla chip smashed,
and all the frozen items scattered throughout the cart.
She's going to get docked major points on those."
Ok, so it's obvious I have issues with grocery shopping.
And yes, I do have these conversations in my head.
We wanted to bring you up to date with some events affecting our family. In 2012 we were invited to minister with the Buckie Church of Christ in Scotland. From the very beginning our aim, as felt by the Lord's leading, was teaching and implementing discipleship within the church.
In the past 6 weeks Mark has met with the leadership of Buckie Church of Christ. The church has decided their vision and direction is no longer in line with our own vision and calling. We, feeling the Lord's calling and focus for our ministry has not changed, and in agreement with the leadership of the church, have deemed it necessary to part ways with BCC.
Because of our visa requirements our family will be returning to the USA in mid-to-late July. During this interim time Mark will continue to preach on Sunday mornings and I will continue to lead the children's ministries. We will continue our work in high school youth group in our home, weekly men's discipleship group, as well as our Sunday evening service. This summer's Holiday Bible Club will take place as well as the second annual Holiday Bible Camp for high schoolers.
We ask that you please continue to keep our family in prayer during this time as we seek the Lord's direction.
As always and foremost:
For the sake of the gospel,
Mark & Jordan
Caedmon, Caithness, Aberdeen, & Airdrie