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.

image

“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.

 

 

Advertisements

Graduate Revealed

An unusual, but sweet senior year, culminated this month for our second born, Wilson Isaiah Reidt.
DSC_0374

He agreed to launch out with us on our adventure to Idaho last May. Knowing full well that this transition would be difficult, being his senior year in high school, we tried to accommodate his dreams and desires as much as possible, but he still had to continually view this year as an opportunity, and not focus on all he left behind. After 12 years of Christian school attendance, with one crazy year of homeschool smack in the middle, he had to adjust to a new way of schooling.  We know that school was more than books, a diploma, or class attendance to Wil, as it is to most kids.  It’s friends, sports, being known somewhere other than at home.  This was the adjustment that proved to be difficult.  The academic side of  things was easy, the emotional, not so much. Only once do I recall him expressing the difficulty of this change. He quickly recovered and dove into, what he calls, “his head start in life and escape from high school early.”    He is always looking at the positive.

Here are some highlights of his year.

Wilson enrolled in NW Christian's distance learning program to complete his one credit needed and attain a diploma.  They also gave him the opportunity to play varsity soccer and be awarded "most valuable player."  We are so thankful for NW Christian in Spokane.

Wilson enrolled in NW Christian’s distance learning program to complete his one credit needed and attain a diploma. They also gave him the opportunity to play varsity soccer and be awarded “most valuable player.” We are so thankful for NW Christian in Spokane.

Time spent outdoors learning new hobbies, like quad riding and golf.

Time spent outdoors learning new hobbies, like quad riding and snowboarding.

Golf practice at The Wolf Lodge.

New found love of golf. Many spring evenings of practice at The Wolf Lodge.

Every evening, Wilson found his way to his computer where he and Nicole, talked about the day and built relationally over a great distance. He took several trips home to see her in real life too.

Every evening, Wilson found his way to his computer where he and sweetheart, Nicole, talked about the day and built relationally over a great distance. He took several trips home to see her in real life too.

Wilson peeking out the door of his first house he bought through Reidt Construction, his house flipping business.

Wilson peeking out the door of his first house he bought through Reidt Construction, his house flipping business.

A happy graduation puppy from uncle Mike.

A happy graduation puppy from uncle Mike.

We are so very proud of you Wilson. You have grown into a man of much character and strength.  Attached is a link to watch the slide show we showed at Wilson’s graduation that was shared with a long time friend, Mitch Byland and cousin, Sarah Wilson, who found themselves in unique educational adventures this year as well.  Enjoy!

2014 Graduate’s slide show

May all the 2014 graduates find their place in serving Christ; may that be their goal, above any career or self pursuit.  God is doing something in the hearts of the coming generations.  So to you we say, “Go with God!”

Educational Dilemma

A reoccurring theme coming across my phone line this spring is, “what should I do to school my kids next year.” I too am pondering this. Recently I read Called Home by Karen DeBeus and Going Public by David Pritchard. These are both excellent books on standing firm and growing in the educational track God has you on. They carry different opinions, you can figure that out by the titles, but both are filled with nuggets that make one think and yet are easy to read.
One truth I gleaned from Karen DeBeus is to really bathe your educational decision in prayer. I am fully aware that my tendency is to throw up prayers out of confusion or in asking God to bless the plans I’ve already made. DeBeus encourages us to drop the planning for a period of time and go back to a blank slate asking God what his plans are. Pray, I and then wait on the answer; simple truth, but often neglected.
The other truth that resonates in my being is to take steps of action, ignoring fear that will get in the way. The concerns that turn into fear, are not something that we should make decisions by. We are often called out of the boat to walk on water. God’s love for our families and His promise that He will not leave us through the process, will sustain us when our circumstances are adverse.
This very familiar verse pretty much reminds us, He has a particular plan for each of our kids, ask God what it is, and He will answer. Now there’s a promise to hang on to.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV)

Next post…an example of God’s faithful plan to see one through a unique educational situation.

Why are we doing this?

The purpose statement:

As God fearing parents, we choose to remove ourselves and children from the normal everyday life that we have become accustom to in order to position ourselves in the wake of God’s adventuring spirit. It is through this posture that we believe that our lives will be challenged, awakened, and alive to His great adventure. We pray a spark of energy, passion, and purpose will be deposited in each of our hearts, thus changing our status quo lives into those that are willing to move at the slightest whisper from our king.

Purchase Final!

We finally got the needed insurance that postponed our closing. We officially own Wolf Lodge! Now the real work begins. A gamut of emotions are rolling through my brain. Discouragement and fear have readily knocked at our door, but friends of faith that have encouraged and spoke words of life to us in the past month have been invaluable. From retelling the story of Moses and his journey, to reminders that true faith requires steps out of our comfort zone, to scriptures like the one below that continues to feed us with words of truth to rely upon. Thank you for your faithful friendship.

From 112 Psalm
Praise the Lord!
How joyful are those who fear the Lord
and delight in obeying his commands.
2 Their children will be successful everywhere;
an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
3 They themselves will be wealthy,
and their good deeds will last forever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
5 Good comes to those who lend money generously
and conduct their business fairly.
6 Such people will not be overcome by evil.
Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
7 They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
8 They are confident and fearless
and can face their foes triumphantly.
9 They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence and honor.
10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated.
They will grind their teeth in anger;
they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.

What is the Lodge?

The Wolf Lodge is a 21,000 square foot home just outside of Coeur d Alene, Idaho. It sits on 10 acres that boarder the Coeur d Alene Forest. The residence is 60% complete; it is framed, windows are in, and the roof is on. After months of deliberating, we decided to step out and make an offer on it. To our surprise the offer was accepted with a few minor revisions. Surprised were our children when we consulted them on our plans to move and take a year building together; go from private school to homeschool, leave friends and family, and take on a massive project. To our amazement they all agreed it would be an adventure, so we dove in. It is one week later from that family meeting. All doors have continued to open and now we await one final hurdle until the deal is sealed, the building inspection. We are all a bit on the nervous, yet excited side of things. Oh, what do you have in store for us our Lord?