Saturday, July 7, 2012

Summer 2012

Friends & Family,

Spring sure has flown by quickly and Summer is almost half over!  Laura persevered through the Spring in completing her master’s degree, and I finished my Junior year (only 1 year left!).  Near the end of April Mom & Dad Walker drove from Florida through Chicago on their way back to Sherwood Park and had lunch with us.  It was great to see them and catch-up! 

In April/May Laura and I did a 30-day cleanse that we paired with a prayer focus for each week.  As we started seeking the Lord about my internship, the summer, etc. God started changing our plans!  We decided to postpone my internship from this summer until after my Senior year to allow us more time to prepare and to rest this summer.  We were busy last summer with Laura’s internship and sensed the need for a slower pace this year.  We’ll be staying in Chicago working on campus for most of the summer, and visiting Alberta in late July & early August. 

Laura’s plans for next year have also changed.  She had planned on working in her field for a year under a provision in her student visa, but discovered when meeting with a job coach that there is no opportunity for a paid ministry position for a year.  Laura has a dream of one day having her own cake-making business and was encouraged by a friend to do something this year that would move her closer to that goal. So we started looking into Le Cordon Bleu (a prestigious culinary school just 2 blocks from our apartment).  Laura has applied for the baking and pastry program and we’re both very excited about the possibility of her attending there this Fall.  Laura and I agree that it’ll be good to have more practical skills to pair with her ministry training.

Classes finished in early May for the Spring semester and soon after we celebrated Laura’s graduation from the Moody Theological Seminary with her Masters in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship.  Mom & Dad Grant flew down for five days of celebration and we all had a blast together.  We all enjoyed renting an electric boat on the Chicago River, watching the sunset and finding a wine bottle with a message in it!  Later Dad and I did a Chicago Segway tour while Mom & Laura shopped!  We also ate many yummy meals and got a few card games in.  It was a wonderful time (see some photos below)!  

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you while we’re home in Alberta (particularly our brand new nephew Evan!). 


Praises:
-          Laura’s done and graduated with her Masters!
-          A great visit from both our parents
-          Answers to our prayer requests for perseverance & direction
-          I am getting baptized on July 15th in Lake Michigan at 7 am! 
-          We’ve had a great summer so far

Prayer Requests:
-          That Laura and I would continue to experience rest this summer
-          Travel to Alberta & back to Chicago
-          Provision for our last year in Chicago and my internship in Asia (date TBD)
-          Continued direction for our future after Moody


Sailing on the Windy Ship on Lake Michigan
P.S. Laura shaved her head!

6 comments:

  1. What a wonderful way to relate how God's been working with you guys this spring and summer!

    You both are very dear to our hearts. We look forward to every opportunity we're given to fellowship together with you.

    We're praying and trusting God's continued direction in your lives. Thanks so much for your unselfish kindness and friendship!

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    1. Frank and Melissa,
      You are so dear to us as well! We've really enjoyed our Monday nights with you guys. Thank-you for your prayers and friendship.
      Love,
      Laura.**<for Steve and me.

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  2. Love you guys! So proud of all you two have accomplished! Looking forward to seeing where God leads you two!

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    1. Jeremy and Clara,
      Thank-you! Praying for you guys and your future.
      Love,
      Laura.**<for Steve and me.

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  3. Congratulations on your graduation Laura--great photos. Did you shave your head for cancer? Lots of love, Auntie Linda

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    1. Auntie Linda,
      Thank-you! No, I didn't shave my head for cancer. I was selfish and did it for the pure delight of it! It was quite invigorating! Hope all is well with you and your family!
      Love,
      Laura.**<for Steve and me.

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