Our Trip So Far...

Our Trip So Far...

What has felt like a distant future for so long is finally about to happen!  We've been on the road for about 2 weeks now, and today we'll be in Shelby, Montana for the next three weeks.  This will be a great time of rest before we make the trip to Milwaukee. While it has been a very busy season, we are hoping to be re-energized, so that we can hit the ground running after we land in the Czech Republic (or Czechia, as it might be called in the near future).

It is a different feeling having all of our possessions in the States fitting snuggly in a van, and the reality of what we're setting out toward is now beginning to hit us.  While the process has been very exciting, it has also been incredibly sobering to say goodbye to life long friends and family.  Our longterm desire is to make much of Jesus through the Gospel in Czech, and this process is a part of the cost to be a part of that. It has been sweet to grow closer as a couple and with the kids as we've been in this interim state. And we're at a place as a family where we are ready to invest our lives in our new city, whatever God may put in our way.

 Last night of packing

Last night of packing

 Where did our stuff go?

Where did our stuff go?

The moving process was intense to say the least.  Walking the kids through the moving process is almost an annual tradition.  Thankfully this time we're only moving a portion of our things.  

Leaving Bridgeway Church was an exciting and difficult day, as we were surrounded by the love and support our our community that we've called home for 9 years.  They commissioned us on a day that was devoted exclusively to reminding the church of the great commission.  You can check out this spoken word preached on that day in the video above.

 Addey's Kindergarten Class.

Addey's Kindergarten Class.

Addey has had an amazing year at Kindergarten.  She has really progressed in a lot of areas.  Her teachers loved her and she made some great friends along the way.  It is one of those schools you wish you could take with you wherever you go!

 Addey and her teacher Mrs. Benoit.

Addey and her teacher Mrs. Benoit.

Bartol Family High Five Tour Begins Today!

    Okinawa Harbor people.  It can't get much better.  

 Okinawa Harbor people.  It can't get much better. 

 Enjoying the Riverwalk Boat Tour.

Enjoying the Riverwalk Boat Tour.

 I still have nightmares of these guys.  

I still have nightmares of these guys.  

 Lackland AFB. Security Forces Training Squadron

Lackland AFB. Security Forces Training Squadron

This was right next to the field where I graduated Basic Training.

It was a sweet time visiting our friends in San Antonio.  We got to visit the beauty of the River Walk, as well as Lackland Air Force Base, where I went through basic training and tech school in 2003.  It was a surreal experience, as I haven't been there in 13 years (and I'm pretty sure walking on the grass was a no-no, but my DD-214 says I can do what I want).  

While it was and is a fast paced visit, it has been a really good experience that we will not forget!
To be continued...

 

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