It’s been well over a month since we have sent out an update on all things Project Henderson. For that we are truly sorry. Life started moving quickly almost from the moment we arrived.
We had an amazingly easy journey across the desert of Nevada and into Utah. The kids and Gil (our 100 lb lab) could not have behaved any better! It took us around 11 hours and about 1,000 stops but we all arrived in good spirits and still loving each other.
Our daughter Rachelle and her pup Dodger as many of you know have decided to stay in California. She was able to get a job and a place to live in Grass Valley! She lives and works at a dog rescue and rehabilitation center where she gets to help rehabilitate aggressive dogs. SHE LOVES IT! She also has another job at some local stables working with and exercising horses. She will be returning to Sierra College in January. We are very proud.
For the first two weeks we lived with our Pastor Paul and his wife Jini. They were amazing hosts. We even had a nice arrangement worked out where she would do our laundry and Heather would cook. We decided that Polygamy is probably not all that bad as long as we each have our own spouses ;0).
We moved into our own place the last weekend of October and have been settling in ever since. We live on top of South Mountain in Draper, UT. It is a beautiful place to be with endless hiking trails and majestic mountain views.
The kids LOVE their new school and are quickly making new friends; Mormon and non-Mormon. So far they have not had any negative experiences with making new friends of a different faith. We feel pretty blessed by that since we have heard several stories of other children in our church having difficult experiences with making Mormon friends. Caroline has made fast friends with a little girl in our neighborhood and Jack has yet to really get out there and meet some new kids. He is happy tagging along with his sister for now.
Rick has been hard at work at SMCC. His job responsibilities have just about tripled and he loves every minute of it. He is managing some of the staff and oversees several ministries. He is growing in so many ways. This week will be the third Sunday he has spoken since we have been here. That number will increase as the new year progresses and he settles in to the new work load. The staff here have been amazing and welcoming.
Heather keeps herself busy with the kids. Jack is in half day kindergarten which prevents her from really pursuing a job of any kind. She really looks forward to the new year when she can sink her teeth into Women’s ministry and also signing up for the worship team. She has started mentoring a group of young ladies, newly married or engaged. They are studying the book of 1 Corinthians on Saturday mornings, twice a month at 7am.
We are all adjusting well and resting securely in God’s providence over our family. We can’t believe how much we love this church and the people in the community and vision for the lost they have. We could not have picked a more perfect landing place for our passions. As ministry experiences unfold we will keep you posted. Thank you for praying for us. We love you all!