Wow! It has been WAY TOO long since we last posted. Our apologies… sincerely. We must say it has been one crazy ride the past couple months. Life is moving full speed ahead, and we couldn’t be more grateful or excited for all the exciting events God has allowed/is allowing us to experience here in Charlotte.
Here’s a little preview of what we’ve been up to since our last post…
March ended with a bang, and we had a blast serving as a host home for our first ever Disciple Now with Hickory Grove. We were privileged to get to spend the weekend with the HGBC Senior boys, and let me tell you, they are one amazing group of guys! Disciple Now is always a special time for us because we met at a Disciple Now 3 years ago, and this year was just as special since it was our first D-Now with our new church family.
God is moving in BIG ways on the campus of UNCC, and we can’t wait to see the BIG things he has in store for the students/athletes/faculty/community of “Charlotte.” We finished up the year with a solid group of about 30-50 students attending FCA mtgs each week– and we’re pumped to see what the fall brings for FCA.
We love special time with special friends. This was one of those “special” times where we were blessed to have our wonderful Collins and the sweet Gonsoulins in town to enjoy a chill, relaxing, and tasty weekend. We started out the weekend with a 5-star dinner prepared by Chef Collins and ended with a trip to Concord Mills and lunch at (our favorite restaurant) Macado’s after church on Sunday. Great weekend all around!
Easter weekend marked our first official trip back home to Peachtree City, since moving to Charlotte. We truly enjoyed spending some much-needed quality time with our Brettin and Gloer families as well as celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is so good to us. Praise God for He is good.
The cooking experiments continue…
(We obviously enjoy food! And we’re not ashamed to admit. Come visit and we’ll cook you up something fun!)
Yay for date night at our favorite sandwich spot, Macado’s. Imagine a place that creates and serves any type of sandwich you can imagine– that’s Macado’s! (Pronounced: MACK-a-DOOs). Britt recommends the Jackie Gleason or Veggie Fajita, and Ry recommends the Steak Stack (w/ Swiss instead of American). Great food and great service!
Britt organized the pantry…
… And painted the bathrooms. Pictured here is the downstairs guest bathroom (still a work in progress to this very day) and the master bath (painted and done!). We tried to get a head start on the home renovations before our schedules got crazy, as April marked the start of Britt’s new job (see below)!
As of April, Brittney is now working for Kforce (a professional staffing company) in uptown Charlotte. She absolutely loves her new company and coworkers and is enjoying all the perks of working in a big city. Praise God for his provision!
Tiger continues to provide cheap (yet oh so wonderful) entertainment for us, and she’s developing quite the personality. Never a dull moment with this little one around. Her new favorite past-time: taking showers. Whenever Tiger goes missing, she can usually be found in the bathroom. The best part, after she gets wet, she runs around the house like a maniac– she’s a real life Gremlin. Should’ve named her Gizmo.
(The picture top left is from Tiger cheering on her daddy when he competed in the Mud Run. Pastor Clint affectionately named his team, the Chumpettes. Ry was thrilled! Tiger too. :) The picture bottom right is pretty typical of any time Tiger is left along for longer than 5 seconds– they call it “separation anxiety.” Ryan calls it ridiculous.)
Ryan had the opportunity to speak to a local church youth group at the end of April. The text: Acts 8.
And the landscaping begins. Ryan decided to undertake the ENORMOUS task of re-sodding the entire yard. With the generosity of our friend Kevin loaning us the beast of a machine above, and hours of time spent preparing and sodding the yard, the front yard officially has grass! The backyard, on the other hand, looks like the Sahara. Baby steps. Baby steps.
Well, that pretty much sums up the past two months or so (or at least explains everything that we took pictures of!). We continue to praise and thank God for the incredible opportunities He’s placed before us in Charlotte, and we are grateful and humbled by the continued support of family and friends. Thank you for helping us to serve God here in Charlotte by praying for our family and the students of UNCC as well as by providing financial or praying for the financial support of God’s ministry here through FCA. Our words alone cannot express our gratitude.
We love and miss y’all dearly and we pray for you, our family and friends, daily. Please let us know how we can lift you up!
All our love and His,
Ryan, Britt & Tiger