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Listening to Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear sing this song will brighten your day 🙂


It’s the middle of 2020, but for many of us it might feel more like the middle of an eon of undeterminable length. Our familiar boundaries of work-life and home-life have been stretched if not erased, and the hope of returning to normalcy varies by day.

There is no denying the difficulties which have engulfed our communities and our nation, but I am so thankful that God cares for each of us individually. He also wants us to keep encouraging one another, and Grace and I are thankful for your prayers and support which remind us that we have a family of believers who intercede for us consistently.

So a brief update on how Grace and I are doing: healthwise, Grace has had no major changes in her neurological conditions. For now she continues to interface with doctors and maintain a stable baseline. Grace and I are both continuing our online education, and I am preparing to start my fourth year of teaching at Valley Christian in August. Praise God for three completed years! The leaders at VCS have been working around the clock to prepare for the upcoming school year, and while many aspects of schooling remain undetermined due to circumstances, I am thankful for their godly leadership of our school; their love for God and for our students, parents, and teachers is apparent in everything they do.

Finally, Grace and I are excited to announce that we purchased a condo last month! The actual unit is still being built, with an estimated completion date of sometime in November. Our apartment lease is up early next month, so Grace and I will stay with her parents until our condo is ready. Praise God for His provision, even and especially during difficult times. A move is a big transition under normal circumstances, but Grace’s TBI makes it more difficult for her to handle. She’s asked me to share the good news about our move in the hopes that she’ll be able to share more of her perspective in the upcoming months.

Thank you again for your prayers, cards, and encouragement. Please know that every kind word and deed is noticed and so appreciated! God bless us all as we continue to pursue Him first in all aspects of our lives. I’ll conclude with one of my favorite Scripture passages, so applicable right now for many of us:

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

6 thoughts on “Movin’ Right Along…

  1. So happy for your good news and Grace’s stabilization in some areas. God’s best as you move forward in your life.


  2. So happy you are able to purchase your own place. I will be praying especially as your prepare to move and for all the work that has to be done before the move. Glad Grace is able to do better in some areas of life. So thankful for your parents help as you make this transition. Hopefully you will not be too far from them.


  3. Hallelujah, super great news! Thanks to JESUS, those who trust in HIM, the FATHER Blesses. JESUS The Vine; The FATHER, The VINE Dresser!

    Sent from my iPhone



  4. Thank you, Ivan, for your always encouraging, godly perspective during these unsettling times. Those verses from 2 Cor. 4 have been resounding in my mind as well, and I think you wrote them from the NLT, a different version than the one I memorized, which enriches them even more.

    So thankful you and Grace have been able to buy a new condo, and we’ll be praying for this time of transition. “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (another favorite!)

    Susan Burlini


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