The grave is overwhelmed

There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say “It is well”

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

There’s a day that’s drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
[x2]

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

Roadkill bill

While President Obama postures for a run at another term and Republican hopefuls debate healthcare, national security and the legitimacy of Rick Perry’s high school diploma, lawmakers here in Illinois are tackling meatier issues…like proper credentials for handling and consuming roadkill.

According to USAToday, “Among the hundreds of Illinois laws that took effect last year, the so-called “roadkill bill” got little attention despite being perhaps the quirkiest of all — allowing anyone with an Illinois furbearer license to salvage pelts or even food from the unfortunate fauna that prove no match for steel-belted radials.” Read the entire article here.

Phew. After the Rod Blagojevich saga, it’s great to see we’ve moved on to more pressing matters.

Big day in Beecher

The humble village of Beecher [pop. 2000] is abuzz as it anticipates a major traffic upgrade. The 3rd stoplight in its storied history will soon be operational.

Third.

I worked the numbers and this equates to one stoplight every 46 years, 8 months. Drive safely.

 

Momentum on Maple Lane

Alas! We received the long-anticipated news late this afternoon that our loan has been fully processed and we’re set to close Monday at 3 PM on the house in Beecher. Below is a pic of the front of the house or go here to take a tour of the inside.

Thanks to all who’ve prayed and supported us through this interesting saga in our lives. More details to come…

Ryan

Travelogue

We arrived safely in Beecher around 6:30 PM last night!  Here’s how Day 2 [always a more serious, focused experience] unfolded:

8:45 AM Left Springfield, MO

11:45 AM Lunch break in St. Louis, MO

12:50 PM Mississippi River/Illinois state line crossing

4:30 PM Nap time on the road [Lexie and Cali alternated between these two positions for about an hour. When Cali rose up, so did Lexie. When Cali went down, Lexie followed. It was comical to watch.]

nap time 2 nap time6:30 PM Beecher arrival

8:30 Sloppy Joes at Aunt Phyllis’

Lexie road shotgun with me/Cali the entire time which inspired some interesting road games. We found 25 states in the ever-popular License Plate game. 25! Wildest finds included Oregon, Nevada, and Idaho…and two trucks from Ontario, Canada. Lexie also introduced me to a game she called “categories.” Basically, one person thinks up a color/food/animal/etc. and the other person tries to guess it. A ruthless ‘categories’ expert, Lexie annihilated me. When we did colors, for instance, I choose orange and she got it on the second guess. Her turn. I guessed every color in the 256 color palette and she giggled ‘No’ every time.  Finally, I gave in. Her color? Copper! Copper? When we did animals, I took a mental tour of the Fort Worth Zoo and guessed every animal in the house. “Not it.” Her animal? A 3-toed sloth. We did websites and I went with sites I thought she knew and a few extras. No go. Her choice?  johndeere.com

One other item of note. A neat perk of traveling cross-country with a dog is the ready-made excuse for any/all odors that waft through the cabin. “Cali did it” was mentioned more than thrice.

Many THANKS to all who continue to track our story and pester Jesus on our behalf. Things to PRAY about in the weeks ahead…

1] The closing documents for the Alexanders’ house were delayed. They will have to do the paperwork via overnight mail, hopefully early this week.

2] Our house situation here to move forward in short order. We still have several hoops to jump through and we need to close on/before 11/12/09. More details to come.

3] The continuing discussions with Leadership Resources International. Shannon and I were invited to attend their yearly banquet next Friday, 11/13/09 to learn more about the ministry.

Have a GREAT week,

Ryan