04 December 2011
03 December 2011
|Our "bun" fresh out of the oven - 7 days old!|
What have we done since our sweet Gracie was born September 24th? Training... I (Nan) have been learning to balance being a wife and new mama! I am so thankful for the jobs God has given me. Will has enjoyed getting his hands dirty in the hangar as he works side by side with MAF instructors: Doug and Steve. He is learning MAF standards that he will implement once on the field. He furthered his maintenance knowledge at Spokane Turbine Center, working on PT6 engines. It is exhilarating knowing that each day is drawing us closer to serving in Indonesia.
|Cozy in my Ergo after a walk|
AND we are so close to our support goals! Our outgoing (one-time) support has been raised! We are so thankful! Now we only have $1,300/month left! That is only 13 people at $100/month or 26 people at $50/month or... well you get the idea, we are so close because of many of YOU who have decided to join our journey! Thank you to everyone who has partnered with us to serve God in Indonesia! . If you would like to be a part of our team please go to our MAF page.
|Weighing in on the MAF mailroom scale|
Thank you everyone who is following our journey. Hopefully soon we will be updating you from Java, Indonesia!
In the arms of HIS grace,
Will, Nan and Gracie Jane
|Smiling at my Papa! I <3 him!|
21 November 2011
|Our group including Ken Smoll (our instructor) who was definitely not afraid to represent the Packers.|
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to get training on the PT6 turboprop engine at Spokane Turbine Center. The PT6 is what is used on both the Kodiak and Cessna Caravan which is primarily what I will be working on when we get to Papua. Being familiar with the operation of piston engines since the age of 15 it was great to learn about the PT6, which in non-tech terms is a jet engine with a propeller strapped to the front of it.
One of the pleasures of the training was building friendships other guys in MAF, three of which I will have the opportunity to serve with in Papua.
As a side note Nan and Gracie enjoyed me coming home smelling like jet exhaust too.
|Inside peak at the PT6A engine|
|Art class at STC|
We were given all kinds of little things for completing the course at STC one of which I was anticipating greatly. What was it you ask? A belt buckle. Yes, you got it…a belt buckle. No, I do not have a collection of belt buckles, but this thing is so sweet it almost makes me want to start one. The picture here shows the excitement of the Kodiak belt buckle.
30 October 2011
|Our Newest MAF Staff|
Our journey has been amazingly crazy! Our sweet Gracie seemed to have her days and nights flipped for the first month of her life... It was sometimes hard to remember if the day had ended or just begun. However, our Gracie has given us a bit of, well... grace. She has began to sleep 5-7 hours at a time! In saying that, it isn't without us waking up to her constant stream of noises. Daddy says that Gracie is a bit like her mama, always chattering, even if no one is listening. Even now in the midst of her nap she is making gasping, giggling and gurgling noises just to make sure I know she is present.
|Daddy & His Baby Girl|
|Enjoy a little walk at MAF with our Gracie Jane|
At the beginning of October we traveled to Nampa, Idaho at MAF headquarters for a few weeks of training and are now in Spokane, Washington at Spokane Turbine Center for Will's Kodiak training. After STC we will head back to Nampa, Idaho until December 22 for the remainder of Will's standardization (maintenance) training at MAF. It is encouraging to see Will's growing excitement as he looks towards using the skills God has given him so that God's grace can be brought to the people of Papua, Indonesia!
Going to Indonesia is becoming more tangible as our support is developing. We still need about $2100/month in order to get to language school in Indonesia by January 2012. But, as we have learned so boldly these last 9 months, "with God, all things are possible..." and that His timing is perfect. We are hopeful to join our friends that we have started this journey with in language school on the island of Java in a few months. If you would like to support us in this journey please go to our MAF page.
|Our Family at MAF Headquarters|
Thank you to everyone who is prayerfully and/or financially behind us. We cherish having your partnership as God uses us and others to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people of Papua, Indonesia!
In the arms of HIS grace,
Will, Nan and Gracie
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15 October 2011
Over the last few weeks we have had some rough moments! I developed a severe case of endometritis and mastitis which landed us in the ER for 4 days straight. But God was good and we received excellent care at OHSU. We left last Thursday and were able to pack up and hit the road for training at MAF on Saturday around 5:00 a.m.
|Daddy did my hair|
Thank you for your love and prayers throughout this journey!
Will, Nan and Gracie
|Two Weeks Old|
02 October 2011
|Gracie on day two of her life.|
If we were not so busy changing diapers and trying to sleep when we do have free time we might make this entry a little better, but for now we wanted to just get the basics out there about Gracie's arrival.
She came on September 24 at 7:27am after Nan made it through 21 hours of labor yet only 25 minutes of pushing. 20 inches long and 6lbs 14oz. She has really tough jungle feet already. When the nurse pricked her foot and squeezed the blood out she didn't even cry.
Best quote of the whole time while in the hospital when Nan was in extremely super active labor.
Nan: "I am going to have words with that woman!!" Will: "What woman?" Nan: "Eve!" What made it funny is that she was mad at her like she knew her personally.
Being parents is so awesome and we cannot believe that God is actually letting us borrow this wonderful baby girl for a time.
|Nan and Gracie about to leave the hospital|
19 August 2011
The more we hung out the more I realized what a heart Rob has for the Lord as well as MAF. It was such a treat to have met Rob and have him introduce us as we shared our hearts before the congregation there in Enumclaw. We left on Sunday encouraged and with several more life long friends to share this journey with.
So what are we doing now? Well, we are a little ahead of the game, but we are preparing to pack our crates which will be kept in storage for about a year and then shipped to Papua via sea freight after we complete language school in Java. It is so much fun putting our lives into 270 cubic feet. It's a big puzzle using all of our worldly possessions. We technically don't have to be packing yet, but because Gracie is due in four weeks, and we will start training at MAF the first week of October and then I (Will) will get more technical training on the planes I will be working on in Indonesia through the middle of January. If we don't do it now it might be a little more difficult with a newborn...or so I've been told.
So what kind of picture could we give you to look at without actually having our crates yet? The plan of how we will cram our stuff into four wood boxes. The fourth crate is the only important one, but to give you an idea of what the first three look like I have included the schematic of crate #1. Oh, I will include crate #3 as well because it has our oven, which will produce some awesome eats.
04 August 2011
|Nan getting hydrated and coming back to life|
While at the doctor on Tuesday, Nan was able to get a couple liters of IV fluid pumped into her after a bug wasn't allowing her to keep anything in her body. Then she was whisked away in a wheel chair as I followed to the labor and delivery floor for a quick tour of where our baby girl will come into this world. After being monitored for a little while at "Triage" we were released being advised of the importance of a liquid diet after having an empty body. So what does my beautiful wife request when we are on our way home? Pizza. We didn't do it, but it did put a smile on my face and then I knew she was definitely feeling better. Another clue of when I know my wife is feeling better after sickness is when she goes into white tornado mode. What is white tornado mode? It's when my wife cleans and organizes kind of like right now as I am typing. Don't worry, I do all the heavy lifting.
|Gracie at 32 Weeks|
|The 12 ton car|
|View from the top|
|Another view from the top|
01 August 2011
|Note: 12,000 miles not driven on motorcycle|
Yesterday after church we moved all of our possessions from a friends garage in Hillsboro to the home of our friend in Vancouver. Here we will sort, pack, and inventory our belongings preparing them to be put in the crates that I will make. After the crates are constructed and filled they will await shipment to Indonesia.
Please pray for Nan. As I write this she has got some kind of a bug that has made her pretty sick. Please continue to pray about what your role may be as we look for prayer and financial partners.
Recently we have been meditating on Acts 20:24...
"But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God."
18 July 2011
14 July 2011
|The Chrysler Turbine|
|Fuel for dad|
About a week ago we had a baby shower here in Michigan which was great for Nan as she was able to catch up with her girlfriends and me to meet them. Among some of the presents received was some coffee for dad as I am already not sleeping quite the same as before, but its all preparation for this next season of life.
20 June 2011
|At Hope Print House in Syracuse|
09 June 2011
One of the highlights of our trip came when we were able to visit mom Grant in El Paso on mother’s day. It was so great to see mom, the new house, and help in the process of getting settled.
|Getting a Rudy's BBQ hand washing experience!|
|With Grandma Jane|
It has been such a blessing to see so many great people, have so many great conversations, make a ton of new friends, and be able to share how Christ has brought us to this point in our lives. We are honored to have the partnership team that we do so thank you so much for all of your prayers and financial support!
|In the Detroit area celebrating a cousin's graduation|
07 May 2011
|Gracie about to suck her thumb|
38 MAF missionary families, two short-term staff, and more than 80 Indonesian staff members serve from six bases in Papua. Thirteen MAF aircraft, as well as three email hubs and communications networks, multiply the effectiveness of some 65 agencies and hundreds of churches ministering in Papua.
|A trip to Crown Burgers in Salt Lake City, UT. Also seen on Man vs. Food|
|With mom in El Paso, TX|