Happy New Year! I know...I know I am only a month behind! Every week in January I have had "write a new post" on my to do list and every week I have been disappointed that I had not been able to cross it off. So here I am at the beginning of Febuary but I am finally getting it done.
Well, life in the McGibbon Zoo for the last quarter of 2007 was crazier than usual as you could probably tell from my lack of posts. I had a bit of trouble adjusting to the demands of five children, and all the organizing that it takes just to get us through a regular week. I spent most the last few months trying to coordinate schedules, keep children up on their homework, making meals to feed what feels like an army but is really just Daniel, researching if it would be cheaper to keep a cow in our backyard because of all of the milk the kids consume and off course doing laundry so that I did not loose one of the children that I love under all the clothes! I have never in my life been so happy to see my bed at the end of the day more so than I have in the last few months. I got a new job that I started at the beginning of November. I work in a couple local schools part-time facilitating a program that is just for girls. I adore it. Jason started playing every week at a local cafe here in town. It has been fun to go and hang out there and hear him sing. The kids all think he is famous. Our little church continues to grow and we have now been averaging between 90 and 100 people a week. It has been amazing to watch all the people that God is bringing. We now have two services on Sundays - our regular morning worship service and an evening prayer service. The evening prayer service has been a real blessing to me even though I do not get to attend too often because I have to stay with our kids. As our chruch family comes together in prayer I am encouraged that they are petitioning the Lord on our behalf.
Over the Christmas holidays we had lots of fun with family and friends. We decided to do a family photo of our ever-growing crew. That could have been a whole post in itself! I have included one of the photos and it turned out not too bad considering the actual photographic event was like trying to herd a bunch of cats! Really, truely it could have been an episode on Candid Camera. I have included a copy of one of the photos. Note which child is holding their Santa hat in their lap. She is the same one who asked the mall Santa ever to politely to shave his beard off!
A couple of days after Christmas we packed up the van and began our McGibbon Big Adventure which has been three years in the making. Two vans, four adults, and five children, all their luggage and gear on a roadtrip to the sunny south! We had blast with Jason's parents and met Jay's brother Brandon and his girlfriend Nathalie down there. It was an amazing time in which I took over 700 photos! Jason says I need to edit which I am trying to do but as I look at all the photos I am flooded with all the memories and I keep saying, "Oh it won't hurt to keep one more."
So all in all, the zoo is still as crazy as ever, God is still faithful in His provision and ever-loving kindness. He still amazes me as He makes Himself known through all the business of life and I am looking forward to watching Him work in 2008.