Friday, October 24, 2008

The next chapter begins...


Like we stated in a previous post, we are so grateful to my parents for allowing us to live with them during our time of transition from one chapter of our lives to another.  David officially completed his Masters of Divinity at Southern Seminary in Louisville in August, and he resigned as pastor from New Hope Baptist Church in Springfield, KY in May. We were so thankful that he finished seminary in such a timely manner, but the time to leave New Hope came all too soon, proving to be very hard to say good-bye to our dear church family.  We love them so, and we were so grateful for how they took care of us while David was in school.  What a blessing they were and continue to be in our lives.  

So, that chapter closed, and we proceeded to move to Alabama to spend precious time with family before heading for our training with the IMB.  Our brief ~ yet memorable ~ Alabama chapter was also completed so quickly, and we have now begun our Field Personnel Orientation in Richmond, VA.   Training officially started on Wednesday, Oct. 22nd.  However, we were given permission to arrive by noon on Monday to start moving into our "quads" and getting settled.  I will post pictures in the future about our living arrangements, which have proven to be quite comfortable (I hope that this is encouragement to you, Hannah Attaway! :)  We were very thankful for being allowed to arrive early, for it gave John David some time to get comfortable with his new surroundings.  (He has been such a trooper through all of this transition, and thankfully, has been sleeping well despite many new settings.  Praise the Lord ~ this was a huge answer to prayer!)  As of Wednesday, David and I have been attending various training classes from around 8 am to 3 pm.  Because we are in classes the majority of the day, John David has had to be in day care (well, we call it "school"; it sounds a little better :)  This was what I have been most concerned about in regard to us coming to this time of training.  But, of course, God has proven to be so faithful in allowing John David (and his Mom & Dad!) to transition well to this seperation.  Everything that we do - eat, sleep, and learn - is located on the International Learning Center campus, so, thankfully, the building where John David is during the day is very near.  They also gave all the parents beepers if they ever need to reach us.  The child care workers could not be more precious or accommodating! Each day when we pick him up, we receive a "daily report" which tells us what he ate, how long he napped, etc., along with a little "teacher note" at the bottom.  His teacher is so dear and encouraging.  We are so thankful that John David is a good eater, so that has not been a problem.  Praise the Lord he has been napping so well, going to sleep easily in a new place with other children around. (Aunt Lynn, they did end up putting him in a crib instead of on a mat ~ that made the transition much easier for him.)  Anyway, more to come about specifics of our orientation as we continue to figure out the new routine for ourselves.
 
David and I wanted to have access to a car while training in Virginia, so we chose to drive instead of fly.  Therefore, we decided to break up the trip so that it would not be so long for our little man!  Thankfully, we have some dear friends who live in Lexington, South Carolina, which proved to be a perfect half-way point to stop for a few nights of rest and refreshment.  We truly were refreshed, as we always are when privileged to spend time with Shane and Lydia Parker, and their son, Wiley (who, although only a few months over 2, shows unbelievable athletic ability and amazing potential...I've already given Nick Saban his number...well, not yet anyway.)  They are also expecting another little Parker in mid-March.  (I may have two names to give you, Nick!)  They suggested a trip to the zoo there in Lexington.  John David LOVES animals, so we definitely wanted to be a part of this outing.  Also, we thought it best to visit the zoo prior to going to Zambia, for after that, a zoo may just look like someone's back yard to John David! Here are a few pictures from our day. 

 







               Thank you, Parker family, for such a fun visit!  

After we left the Parker home to complete the other half of the journey to Richmond, we stopped at Cracker Barrel for lunch.  You know your child is growing up when you can order him his own meal from the menu.  With our "not-so-little-anymore" John David, it seems that every situation is a good opportunity for a photo opp... 
This is not a good picture of me, but
I loved the arms around the shoulders.
It's so much fun being a mom! :)







My boys enjoying some good home cookin'!



10 comments:

Robyn Lowe said...

Hi Katie! My name is Robyn. My family and I are coming to Zambia also but will not be there until June 2009. We will be on the Upper Zambezi Team in the Western Province so we might not get to see each other too much. Just wanted you to know that I enjoy your blog and look forward to meeting you in Zambia!

David and Katie Kizziah said...

Hey Robyn! Thank you for writing. How exciting that you too are coming to Zambia. We look forward to meeting you as well. We will try to keep you posted as we transition, so you will know a little of what to expect. God bless you, and may He grant you grace as you prepare (and as He prepares you) for what He has in store for your family.

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Steve and Rita Schwarz said...

David and Katie. We love your blog. We look forward to the posts that come while you are in Richmond, although we know you will be busy. I, Rita got medical approval from my Dr. We are now waiting for THA to process the paper work. Thinks are moving forward. Hopefully, we will see you in Zambia in July of 2009. Rita

David and Katie Kizziah said...

Rita, Praise the Lord! We are so excited that things are moving forward. We will be praying for you guys and will keep you posted, as often as we can, about things here in Richmond. We do hope to stay and touch and see you in Zambia! God bless you and your dear family.

April Hollingsworth said...

John David looks so big in those pictures!!!

Anonymous said...

Great pictures. I love the one with your arms on each other's shoulders. Ella says hey.

K.J.

teresa pugh said...

Hey Kidos, The house is soooo quiet without you. We long for the sounds of you all moving around but the echos are still here and they warm our hearts. We pray that our little man is adjusting to the little people around him and finding a grandmothers arms to wrap up in from time to time. Know that there truly is no greater joy...all our love, Big Daddy and T

David and Katie Kizziah said...

April H. ~ Yes, my little man is growing so much. I have been thinking of you recently and your pregnancy. How are you feeling? Tell Rain and Jonathan hello for us. We miss you guys!


Hey KJ and Mom! Thank you so much for writing. We miss you guys terribly and wish that we could be in more regular communication. We think of you often and are so thankful for and looking forward to the time that we will be able to spend together at Christmas. Until then, we will be trying to keep you as up-to-date as possible with pictures and info about what's going on. Thank you for your prayers for us and for John David; please continue! We love you all and hope to get to talk to you soon. How is Lynn feeling? I can't believe she's pregnant! What a blessing! Well, it may be a while before our family grows, but we trust God's sovereignty. Who knows? Surprises happen (praise the Lord! :) His timing is truly best, and I am content to wait on Him. Well, I don't won't to get too personal on a blog comment, so I will close now. :) I love you all so dearly. Please tell Ella thank you for her greetings; we send a special hello to her as well.
So thankful for each of you!

Robyn Lowe said...

Hi Katie, let's be friends! :-) My email is lowe1829atsbcglobal.net. My youngest who is a boy who looks to be a little bigger than your John David. Hope to hear from you soon!