So where are we? Right now, we're in Dallas, Oregon....we moved to this darling little town in the Willamette Valley exactly five years ago in April. We have so many precious memories at this little house on Juniper Ave. This home and town will always have a special place in our hearts.
When we moved into our little rental home in 2007, our kids where just 5 and 2!
It's hard to believe that as we gather boxes and prepare for the next chapter in our lives that our children are now 10 & 7!
Oh My...I guess that means Scott and I have aged a bit too! Hopefully we're not just older but also a bit wiser too! Our time here in Dallas has had it's good times and it's bad, but all in all there has been plenty of opportunity for growth and maturity and that's always a good thing! I hope we have learned all that the Lord had for us here and that we are better equipped for all that lies ahead in our lives and ministry.
Long Story Short...We are moving back to Puyallup, Washington at the end of June! It all started on Feb. 4th when we received a phone call that there was some transitioning happening back at our home church of Lighthouse Christian Center . By Feb 14th (Valentine's Day) Scott was talking with the lead pastor, Art Hunt about the possibility of interviewing for a Youth Pastor position at Lighthouse. After a few phone calls, we felt the excitement stirring in us about the possibility, but also kept our emotions in check. The process of seeking Gods face and praying for Gods will in this began and by March 17th we were sitting in the Lighthouse board room having an interview! It was a St. Patrick's day treasure we will never forget. We left the meeting feeling at peace and able to rest in Gods souverinty over every detail. It was the following week March 24th that we received a phone call from Pastor Art offering the position. Timing would have it that we were just arriving to our hotel in Anaheim, California. Disneyland here we come!!! We had a fabulous vacation as a family and took that week to pray over what the Lord would have for us. It was the following Saturday, March 31st, on our way home from Disneyland that we said YES to Lighthouse! Wow, a new chapter in our lives was about to begin.
Our news has spread slowly but surely and now we find ourselves in a strange in between time of both sorrow and joy combined. We are extremely excited to get back to Washington to be near close friends, family and a church we have never stopped loving. At the same time our hearts are heavy with the loss of living life together with so many here in Oregon. We have truly come to love the town of Dallas and are so thankful the Lord allowed us to share in the lives of many over these past five years. We have been blessed with many life changing relationships that are sure to be forever friendships whether we live near or far during this journey called life.
As for where we are at right now...we would love prayer for a few specific things. If you feel led to pray for us as we make this transition, here are a few of our current Prayer Requests:
- Health & Energy for our entire family.
- Peace & Strength in the process of moving and so much change.
- A Spirit of Adventure, Gratitude & Excitement for all the Lord is doing in our lives.
- That House Hunting would go well. (That God would lead us right to the home, neighbourhood, neighbours, schools, etc....that he has for us.)
- That our hearts & minds would be focused on Christ & not all the unknowns that can distract us.
- That as we transition into our new home/church/lives that God would give us the grace, strength and love we need for each new adventure and challenge.
Thanks so much...we'll keep you posted in the months to come. Stay tuned!!! If you have been or care to follow along please make not that our blog address has changed. http://livelovelifesong.blogspot.com/
Love & Blessings ~ The Totten Family