Looking back a few years, I can see us getting on a plane and moving to Costa Rica. Missionaries embarking in pursuit of God and His Kingdom in Central America. I remember holding hands on the plane when we made the move here and being a little nervous, very excited, and ready to take on anything. Life happens.
The annual Texas Camp for the seniors of Colegio Metodista takes place in May. Every year for one week we take the graduating class to Texas and experience adventure together at Camp Eagle. Every year is terrific, but this year was even better. Paul Trejo (worship leader for Kerrville FUMC) lead worship and Ryan Barnett (Senior Pastor of Waco FUMC) shared testimony each night of who Jesus Christ really is.
My favorite part of Texas Camp was "Cabin Time". Every evening before we turned the lights out we would gather in our bunks and share our high and low points of the day, and then how we experienced God. It was a blessing to listen as students took inventory of the day. What was also a blessing was getting to spend the week with Brian and Katrina Sherman (Youth Directors of Gonzales First Methodist).
I'm going to talk about them for a bit. Brian and I met in high school. We played football together as defensive linemen. We were involved together in youth group trips to summer camp and it's where we both met our wives for the first time. Brian and Katrina are absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt some of the best people we know. As youth directors in Gonzales, they are amazing. I want my future children to be a part of their youth group because it's that good, folks. They also take a week from working with their students to come and work with our students! For the past three years they have spent the entire week with us and our students during Texas Camp. Leading small groups, games, and life changing conversations. They've even come to Costa Rica multiple times to follow up and continue to build relations and plant seeds. AND! They just had a baby! So be praying for their ministry alongside ours, as well as their sweet healthy baby girl.
The week we get back from Texas Camp, we took a selfie at the school:
We love this picture. And we're even wearing our fresh Camp Eagle shirts. We were tired, but excited about how camp went and to be home. Right after this photo, Kendra says "My side kinda itches and it won't go away."
Kendra gets shingles. Crazy. Later that day we're looking at her side and there's this weird looking circle rash thing. So she spent about 3 weeks resting, taking medicine, and avoiding anything that raises body temperature (apparently when you have shingles, everything gets more itchy and irritating when it's hot, or so I've been told). She made a full recovery and is 100% more beautiful than ever!
July was super busy. Kendra and I broke a record... for the longest amount of time we'd spent apart since getting married. There is a three week break in July and we usually spend some of it in the states visiting our families and churches. One of my best friends was getting married the week before the break started, and his bachelor party was a camping trip the weekend before. Then Kendra stayed a little bit extra in Costa Rica because Brian Sherman was in country with his youth group helping build a church! I've never been so excited to pick someone up from the airport!!!
August... Kendra's birthday is in August. I was planning a thing. I was going to take her on a surprise birthday trip to the beach for the weekend. I was going to pack our bags, hide them in the trunk, and then on Friday when we left for work.... drive right past the school and straight to the beach for her birthday weekend celebration bananza! This did not happen.
I always thought I had a sensitive tailbone. I had heard others say theirs was sensitive. So when mine hurt, I always thought it was just a little sensitive. Not even worth mentioning. Over the years it would become more sore, and then less sore. However, the beginning of August it started to be more than sore. I went to sleep on my side because laying on my back was a no go. Well, in the morning Kendra decided to be a goof ball and wake me up by wrestling me out of bed. Usually I would welcome such a challenge. When climbing over me she accidentally drove her knee into my tailbone. I woke up seeing stars. So much pain. We end up going to the hospital and as it turns out, I have a massive cyst on my tailbone. It had been there for years. I'm excited that now it's going to not be there for many more. Kendra's birthday bananza to the beach turned into Spencer having surgery in the hospital. I am healing. And hopefully will have my final check up appointment this Friday.
September has been on autopilot. I'm at home, trying to do things around the house that I shouldn't really be doing and she's at the school keeping the boat from sinking. She's done an amazing job taking care of me and covering for me at the school.
Things are winding down at the school. The end of the school year will be in November, so October is full of test review and final project preparation. We are currently three weeks into a card game known as Phase 10 with our small group students. I am winning. But I don't know what's going on. And Kendra keeps looking at my cards. I think she's cheating... but it might be to help me win. I don't know.
Cowboy (our dog) is doing wonderful. He doesn't know what surgery is or why I've been around the house more often. But when I came home from the hospital he could tell something was wrong. He slept by my side and brought me all his toys throughout the day. We also adopted a cat. Her name is Indi. Cowboy and Indi. They love each other and play together all the time.
The last few months of this year we have found a new normal for our life. We have not been able to operate the way we did months previous because life happens and we adapt. Thank God for this incredible gift. The world throws problems and pain at each of us, but God in his infinite wisdom equips his children with the ability to learn new things and adjust to circumstances we can't always control. From family to friends (and in this case doctors) we are grateful for the work God is doing through His people (Romans 8:28).
We love all of you. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. We are praying for our Texas friends and all the rain they're getting. Stay safe out there!
- Spencer, Kendra, Cowboy, and Indi