A Retreat and a Move: Update and Pictures

The fool says in her heart, “I know I’m about to enter into a ridiculously busy season of life, so this would probably be a good time to announce to the world my new-found zeal and commitment to blog more consistently.”rajneeshpuram

Yeah. That’s pretty much what I did. I haven’t posted once a week—as I so enthusiastically intended and declared a couple months ago, but I’ll tell you what I have been up to. Just a few days after my last post, Jesse and I went on a retreat with the elders / pastoral staff from our church. For this, we traveled to the former site of the international Rajneesh headquarters in central Oregon.

The generally creepy nature of that movement and the scandalous history of mass food poisoning and murder plots surrounding it, make the location slightly spooky, but only for a second—until I reflect on how God has redeemed and transformed it.

Washington Family RanchThe former “town” of Rajneeshpuram is now Washington Family Ranch, a beautiful Young Life Facility where junior-high and high school students are served, loved, and introduced to Jesus at camp every year. (Plus, they have a lodge that makes for a pretty kickin’ leadership retreat.) The highlight of this year’s stay was a hike that Jesse and I took together on a crisp and beautifully clear afternoon.

On top of the world.
On top of the world.
Looking back while taking a break from sliding down the shale hillside.
Looking back while taking a break from sliding down the shale hillside.

And one morning, we awoke to this frosty wonderland!

One morning we awoke to this frosty wonderland!
So beautiful!

Upon returning, we threw ourselves into the business of packing and moving…and, of course, we all got sick. But we had help, and now we’re completely relocated and getting settled. For those of you who do not know, we have moved into the “mission house” on the church property. This will eliminate a minimum of 6o minutes of drive time per work day for Jesse, and it will mean that the boys and I see him much more often.

We are also terribly excited to be more available to our new neighbors and to the body at Trinity Fellowship. It may be that a big, red flag just waved in your mind, followed by the recollection of  some parsonage horror story, but have no fear—we’re confident that planting ourselves in the precise physical location where we want to be effective for the Kingdom of God is the best thing for our family.

Max enjoying some chocolate ice cream in front of the new fireplace.
Max enjoying some chocolate ice cream in front of the new fireplace.
Soren goofing off in our new back yard.
Soren goofing off in our new back yard.

We did get ambushed by an interesting little surprise as we investigated new school options for our youngest. He had been attending morning-only kindergarten, but our new district only offers full-day kindergarten. While we like the idea of being connected to the neighborhood school, and we think public school is a good fit for this little guy’s very gregarious personality, we also don’t think such long hours away from home at his age are either necessary or best.

So…before the move I homeschooled one mostly calm, independently studious fourth grader. After the move, I have two students—and one of them is a very active, chatty, and easily bored 5-year-old. Definitely an adjustment, but the first week has gone very well!

That’s why I’ve been quiet. Hiking, moving, recovering, and homeschooling.

But I’m back now.

I think.

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3 thoughts on “A Retreat and a Move: Update and Pictures”

  1. Welcome back! Sounds like a fun adventure, well beyond my capacity; glad you’re still alive and smiling!
    The frosty picture is stunning. Make a great card. (Hallmark???)
    Blessings,
    Ian

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