Tuesday, December 30, 2008
But I'd like to propose a moment of silence in honor of the man who originally found Phil and offered the contract in Sweden. He died two days after Christmas, 2008. Phil just got word yesterday.
We are thinking of Fred's family and feeling like there was so much left unsaid and done.
We owe the joys of discovering Sweden to Fred.
(He's the man in the orange shirt, sitting next to his wife. One of his daughters wears a striped red and black dress, the other holds the dog. This photo was taken on the day we celebrated an American Thanksgiving together at Fred and Kathryn's home November 2007).
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Please bear with me as I work on THIS year's letter while posting one from last year (written before the Easter letter post in Feb/Mar 2008):
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13 N.I.V.)
After Jesus was born in
Here’s to your health, your search for meaning and for the New Year! We hope this wordy note finds you feeling better than we were at Christmastime. We were lying around coughing, blowing and shivering. It was supposed to be some kind of fulfillment of every man’s dream that we make a temporary move to
From our U.S. Pacific Northwest perspective, it feels like we have spent the year seeking the One Who lives and reigns at the right hand of God and in the hearts of those who seek Him. We’ve even tried traveling “far and wide” on such a search, but we had no idea how far those travels would take us and how many ways we would find Him.
The only travels we had in mind would be a Work and Witness trip to La Esperanza-Chilatz,
After that trip, Phil realized he had saved up enough frequent flier miles for us to keep our promise that we would someday visit Marília and her family in
Some highlights: I got to be a featured poet at an advertised local reading, Ana got a job at MacDonald’s and Phil had to put Seth, the family dog, down due to a tumor in his chest. Phil received a promotion to the management level at F5 networks, something he had dreaded ever doing, but accepted for the sake of helping his supervisor and the company. In May, Ana turned eighteen and graduated from high school (Hooray!) and I decided to put in my resignation as a substitute teacher to pursue travel writing and photography and spend more time with Hunter.
Phil was increasingly restless about his management duties so that I asked him if he hated them. “I really do,” he said. I asked what he really wanted to do. “I want to go back to Consulting.” That night we told the Lord about Phil’s desire and asked for guidance. The very next day, Phil received an e-mail from an old consulting client. We continued to pray, but Phil accepted the proposal that he fly to
At the end of July, we flew to
Phil decided that it was difficult to work full-time and moon-light, so he quit his job at F5 at the end of September to begin consulting full-time. No sooner had that happened, than the Swedish company asked that Phil temporarily MOVE to
We’re still shaking our heads. What a year! With Natassja living and working in Seattle, Ana out on her own in the
As if that were not enough, Phil recently attended meetings in
May your search for a loving, living God be equally exciting and fulfilling in its own special way!
Love, Phil, Juliene and Hunter