Relational Living

“Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love.” Ephesians 4:1-2

After years of giving personality, gifting, and love language tests to students, friends, and family, I am convinced that God genuinely made each of us unique. I’m always taken back by the way opposites attract.  Do we actual crave the sane in our lives and thus go after relationships that balance us? Do we really need each other?  Leaving friends and family has left a gaping hole in our hearts.  At times, this winter brought loneliness for all of us here on the mountain.  But a breath of fresh air blew through The Wolf Lodge this summer.  We were pleasantly surprised with the swarm of activity that brought dear friends and family up our way for times of sweet fellowship.

End of June brought in a bunch of hoopsters for hoop fest weekend, Brent, Wilson, Sarah Wilson, Mitch Byland, Zach Wallace, Aaron Gillis and Ben Mordue.

End of June brought in a bunch of hoopsters for hoop fest weekend, Brent, Wilson, Sarah Wilson, Mitch Byland, Zach Wallace, Aaron Gillis and Ben Mordue.

 

Fourth of July weekend family bash.  All Whelham families, both Reidt families, Hulls, Karl and Sue Stone, Todd Stone, Dave and Jody Wilson, in total over 30 people camped out for the weekend.

Fourth of
July weekend family bash. All Whelham families, both Reidt families, Hulls, Karl and Sue Stone, Todd Stone, Dave and Jody Wilson, in total over 30 people camped out for the weekend.

 

Our dear friends, Dave, Beth and Diego Schlaegel visited for several days mid July. They got to experience to joys of the Winnibago  that We called home all last summer.

Our dear friends, Dave, Beth and Diego Schlaegel visited for several days mid July. They got to experience to joys of the Winnibago that we called home all last summer.

 

Mid July this bus drove up and unloaded 32 youth group members from our home church in Everett, Canyon Creek Church, for an over night stay on their way to minister in Montana. Wowzers!

Mid July this bus drove up and unloaded 32 youth group members from our home church in Everett, Canyon Creek Church, for an over night stay on their way to minister in Montana. Wowzers!

 

Mid July CDA river float with the youngest of the Sones and Wilson cousins.

The end of  July CDA river float with the youngest of the Sones and Wilson cousins.

Rick and Michelle McAninch and boys visited in Early August.

Rick and Michelle McAninch and boys visited in Early August.

Sweet Uncle Bud and Aunt Judy Beverly, from Texas, brought grandpa Walden out to celebrate Mom's birthday.

Sweet Uncle Bud and Aunt Judy Beverly, from Texas, brought grandpa Walden out to celebrate Mom’s birthday.

 

In August, my dad's visit to help, ended with a quick trip back to Seattle to see the surgeon who removed a benign brain tumor from him earlier in the summer. This marked the beginning of a series of procedures willing the spinal fluid to stop leaking from his head.  The "God" news is, it has stopped. I have valued the many trips to Bothell to spend quality time with Mom and Dad through this adventure. Their faith is rock solid.

In August, my dad’s visit to help, ended with a quick trip back to Seattle to see the surgeon who removed a benign brain tumor from him earlier in the summer. This marked the beginning of a series of procedures willing the spinal fluid to stop leaking from his head. The “God” news is, it has stopped. I have valued the many trips to Bothell to spend quality time with Mom and Dad through this adventure. Their faith is rock solid.

 

Familiar CPC faces, the Specks, dropped by for a quick visit while in town. What a refreshing surprise!

Familiar CPC faces, the Specks, dropped by for a quick visit while in town. What a refreshing surprise!

 

Brent rode over with the Wilsons for a visit over Labor day weekend.  Matt Handford and Tim Straw were here for a few days at that time too.  We had a blast!

Brent rode over with the Wilsons for a visit over Labor day weekend. Matt Handford and Tim Straw were here for a few days at that time too. We had a blast!

 

More family from Dallas, John and Nadine Mc Caw, joined us for a fun filled weekend with the Wilson family.

More family from Dallas, John and Nadine Mc Caw, joined us for a fun filled weekend with the Wilson family.

 

Our first wedding at The Wolf Lodge. Braelynn Wilson marries Boogs the bear. Personal invitations by Zoe Wilson and officiated by Liberty Reidt. Too fun!

Our first wedding at The Wolf Lodge. Braelynn Wilson marries Boogs the bear. Personal invitations by Zoe Wilson and officiated by Liberty Reidt. Too fun!

 

Wilson moved back home to finish his AA at North Idaho College. His best friend, Austin Schley, is attending Whitworth, in Spokane. We are hoping he is a frequent visitor this year.

Wilson moved back home to finish his AA at North Idaho College. His best friend, Austin Schley, is attending Whitworth, in Spokane. We are hoping he is a frequent visitor this year.

Though I truly enjoyed each visitor, reality is, entertaining is a lot of work; the continual influx of meals to prepare, sheets to change, and conversations to have can make one want to shut the doors and hang a closed sign on it! I hear an Amen resounding from all the moms out there!

 

Just a small pile of debris after one of our groups departed one weekend. The concrete floors are stellar with all the foot traffic.

Just a small pile of debris after one of our groups departed one weekend. The concrete floors are stellar with all the foot traffic.

 

Many many meals were prepared on this deck over the summer. This was one of my favorite parts of hosting the masses.

Many many meals were prepared on this deck over the summer. This was one of my favorite parts of hosting the masses.

 

Prepping for one of our many CDA river floats.

Prepping for one of our many CDA river floats.

Now that the summer has past, and I’ve had some time to reflect, I can honestly say, this was a sweet summer. A life motto kept floating about my brain when the laundry mounted and housework beckoned to be done once again.

 

“People may not remember what I say, but they will remember how I make them feel.”

 

I know beyond a doubt, each person we have seen come through our doors this summer is absolutely beautiful and so dearly loved by us and God. They have filled a lonely void that was felt through the cold winter months. They, or quite possibly it was you, are a gift.  We treasure your friendship.  We need your friendship. But that does not negate that relationships are work, be it hospitality or pressing through misunderstandings, its work, but oh so worth it at the end of the day.

 

Every day matters
Every minute matters
So spend it with eternity in mind.

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“I judge all things by the price they shall gain in eternity.” John Wesley

 

This, I believe, is living life in its fullest. Giving ourselves relational to whoever comes across our path.  May we be reminded of what really matters for eternity at each crossroad.  Thank you God for the dear people you have placed in our lives. Show us that they are really something special to you, and help us to treat them just so.

 

 

Believe it or not we did get a bit of work done on the house in between visits from our guests.  I’ll leave you with a glimps of the progress.

Jared and Wilson putting up the last bit of siding.

Jared and Wilson putting up the last bit of siding.

 

Asher after some good hard work.

Asher after some good hard work.

While I was in Bothell with my folks, Jared and the boys dug out the hill and added our second 1000 gallon propane tank in preparation for heating all 20,000ish sq ft.

While I was in Bothell with my folks, Jared and the boys dug out the hill and added our second 1000 gallon propane tank in preparation for heating all 20,000ish sq ft.

 

 

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2 comments on “Relational Living

  1. Bonnie Friedly says:

    So many great thoughts. Thank you for sharing your heart. Life is full but if we remained grateful. Grateful the relationships in our lives are part of the way GOD gives us strength and courage to continue on in the way he directs us. You say it beautifully.

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  2. Heather Collins says:

    Amazing! What a fun season you are all in!

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