Well, my in-laws left yesterday, so we're only two extra in our house now! It's funny, because now having Michael and Bethany here doesn't seem like anything (she leaves Tuesday). It was great having family here. I am blessed to have a mother-in-law, Jenny, that I really really love, and my father-in-law, Joel is great (and no, they don't read my blog, haha). It was really too bad though, because yesterday morning as they were getting ready to leave, my father-in-law got some really bad news. The mission organization they were with dissolved. I didn't know this, but any money churches give them goes to the mission board, and then the mission board gives the money to their missionaries. Really, it's a way for churches to feel safe that the money they're sending is actually being used for missions. Anyways, they have been traveling the States all summer and raised a bit of money, plus they had other money they had saved and they just lost it all. Every penny. They do have a bank account in France that is safe, and while I didn't ask for their financial information, it probably wasn't as much as their US account. The amazing thing is that even though they found out they were unemployed and lost all their money in one morning, they weren't in dispair. They were shocked and sad of course, but they have fully trusted God in all of this.
What an amazing example.
The other day when the government was talking about defaulting Joel (my Joel) mentioned casually that we could lose all our retirement and bonds we've saved up. I was really frustrated because here we are trying to do the responsible thing and have been storing away 10% of his paycheck each month for the last four years and it could all be for nothing. While I was ranting, Joel told me, "It's just money. If we lose it all, God is still here taking care of us."
Like father, like son.