Family Reunion, Field Trip and Work – Washington DC

I am so excited about traveling to Washington D.C. next week with Jon and Cayley.  This trip is a bit educational, reunion, and work.  Let me explain.

Jon and I lived just outside DC from 1985-1991 in Arlington and Clifton, VA.  What a great place to be right after getting married as we were truly on our own away from family and friends thus having to cleave to one another.  We both had a very worldly existence and desire to accumulate great wealth while living for self.  I was seeking something to fill an indescribable void I continually felt.  After our first year in DC Jon began a new job where he was employee number 3. His two co-workers, Dwight and Dave, both lived a life that intrigued Jon as they were friendly, diligent, and hard workers.  Neither one had typical work ethics.  So finally Jon popped the question, “what is it about you two that is so different?”  Both men attended the same church and were believers.  However, they never preached to Jon as they let their lives be an example.  Since we had been looking for a church we decided to visit Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA.  It took several months before our visit and it took IBC only two weeks to visit us at home. The most exciting and life changing event for both Jon and I was our spiritual birth on 2/25/1987  [John 3:6 Jesus said, Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.]  as Jon and I both accepted Christ through a home visitation.  Our lives have never been the same since and honestly I can say my life has taken a 180 degree change.

Soon after accepting Christ these two men and their wives began to disciple Jon and I.  We went through various studies on the Bible and parenting book studies as I had no desire to have children.  We eventually began a study adding three other couples who all poured into our lives.  Then in November 1988 we were blessed with our first child Caryn.  For months leading up to this joyous occasion I had numerous trips to the hospital to stop premature labor and the family of believers became our family away from home as they prepared meals, cleaned our home, and helped in numerous other ways.  We went through the same sort of pregnancy with Courtney and again my church family helped with child care also. It was here that I learned about spiritual mentoring and the incredible value it can have in one’s life.  I can’t imagine what sort of parent I would have been without these mentors.  So it is with gratitude I go back and thank them again for the impact they had on my life.

This will be Cayley’s first visit to Washington DC and since we are home schooling I have some great field trips planned.  We have tickets to see the White House as all children what to see where the President lives.  Learning History hands-on is so much more exciting than reading about it in a text book.  We have made plans for each day by reading books on George Washington so she looks forward to visiting his home at Mount Vernon.  We are now reading a book on Abraham Lincoln. I told her about him being assassinated which sparked her curiosity on how each of the presidents has died.  Thanks to Google we were able to find this info and now, of course, wants to see Ford’s Theater.  I am also really thankful for Priceline as we got an unbelievable rate at a 4 star hotel in the middle of town plus used American miles for airline tickets that all made for a sweet get away.  Of course I will miss the older girls but they have college classes and jobs to keep them busy.

I will help Jon at the Marine Corp. Running Expo where I get to share about the great product Bones In Motion developed with folks who actually enjoy running.  What always surprises me is how many people are completely unaware of the product and when shown a demonstration they get so excited.  These Expos remind me of why we have given up so much to pursue a dream Jon had six years ago.