June 28, 2017
A short, condensed update on us, the Miller tribe of three
Bennett is now 17 months old. I vividly remember when he couldn’t yet pick up a Cheerio, his head still fit under our wood dining room table, and his movements were contained on the square of a blanket laid on the floor.
Today, he carefully holds and crunches on an apple while nestled in the baby carrier on my back and sits on a pedal-less bike as I zoom him back and forth down our black concrete driveway. Too, I have come to understand why moms use child harnesses. (We have a very quick, inquisitive, and adventurous little ‘runner’ on our hands).
Nate is Nate: hard-working, devoted, and studious. It has been stretching for him to attempt to juggle being a dad, a husband, a full-time student, and an employee, but he’s incredible and has always made time for Friday night movies and popcorn (which is what we did in Africa every week), bedtime story time with Bennett, and coffee and prayer time in the morning.
I’m well. It has been challenging to adjust to living in the United States and my body and soul have hungered to be back overseas, but I’ve continued to ask the Lord what He has for me in this season, as I want to fully embrace the ‘now’ in preparation for the future.
Too, motherhood is an adjustment. I rarely wear make-up anymore, my ‘purse’ has become a diaper bag, my work-outs are now toddler friendly (We go for runs in the jogging stroller) and I can’t even remember the last time I set an alarm. Too, I had my first (paying) job when I was 15, delivering newspapers, and then worked all through high school, college and beyond, never stopping until our little one came into this world. Being home is definitely work (a job) too, but it’s different. For a while, I wanted to get a part-time job. I wanted to accomplish something outside of the home. After 6+ months, I finally found my peace.
Now, after 2+ years in the United States, we’re beginning to think of life overseas once more.
Nate will graduate with his degree in Urban and Regional Planning this December. His heart is to work as a planner in the Middle East, helping to rebuild post-war torn cities. My heart yearns to build more schools, as I have seen the incredible impact of Jesus, His love, and education to so many in Mozambique. Though, presently, my work is to be a mom – raising Bennett and hopefully another little one soon. (We’re believing for a third pregnancy, as I had a miscarriage with our second baby this past month – a sad, heart-wrenching experience that Nate and I am still processing, yet overcoming, as we know we will meet our little one in heaven one day).
I have so much more to say, but know that long emails are, well, long :). I’m happy to chat more about us, life, family, and missions if anyone is eager to hear….
Know that your support of Nate, Bennett, and I and the schools in Mozambique have been a tremendous blessing. Because of the school’s success and its deep impact on the village, we are now raising funds for a third school. Property has already been purchased. Anna has long been involved in the village, (where the new school will be built), just a few mere kilometers from our present school, having done outreaches there with the children for quite some time.
Growth continues to happen. Lives continue to be impacted. Jesus’ word continues to be spread. That’s what it’s all about folks. The Lord sent me to Mozambique to begin a good work and the good work continues.
I can’t wait to do more.
Joy, blessings, favor and increase,
contribution news Checks made out to:
In the memo: M55 (Support for us)
In the memo: M80 (Support for the Center)
Send to: BETHEL CHURCH, 933 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003