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Countdown to Launch…Day 6! January 6, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — raitking @ 4:45 am

6Today in the life of our launch:

Family Stuff: Kendi had a GREAT day today!  She was up and playing with her sister and brother and only complained about her stomach during one part of the day.  I think she was mainly sleepy though.  I hate it, but the medicine really does seem to be working.  I hate it because prescription meds seem to cause more problems than they solve these days, and I hate giving her anything that will harm her in any way.  I will keep giving her the medicine because it seems she really does need it.  In the meantime, I am researching natural remedies to try as well.

We also went to enroll the girls in their new school today (hey, just like Sasha and Malia Obama).  It was bittersweet.  Bitter because they’ve always gone to school where I’ve worked, and I will miss being such a major part of their education.  Sweet because they will be going to a great school where I believe they will be well taken care of.  And of course I will be there as much as possible just to make sure.  Don’t plan on being one of those annoying parents that get on the teacher’s nerves (I’ve had plenty of those myself).  But I will be a tangible, helpful presence.  It really does make a difference.

OK, on to the church stuff.

#1-Today I didn’t really do anything with the church.  Still finding my place.  Our musicians and singers had their first rehearsal.  I would love to sing.  I haven’t sung in church for years.  I’ve been in church since I was born and have always been a part of the choir until the last few years.  Here’s why: you had to audition at our last church.  I can sing.  I really can.  Not like the stereotypical black girl saaang.  But I can carry a tune quite nicely.  But I don’t audition.  My nerves get the best of me every time.  So I just never did it.

I don’t think people will have to audition at the Courageous Church.  For one, at this point we couldn’t afford to turn anyone away, because we need all the help we can get.  I’m wondering how others feel about this?

#2- I can’t believe how many people are coming to our launch. I’m not talking about the 600 + that have RSVP’d.  I think only half of those will actually show up (that’s typically the rule of thumb when planning for parties and things). I mean the people who are flying from out of town and those pastors who are coming and even bringing their churches.  It makes me think two things:

One, I hope we give them a good reason to come.  My husband is the ultimate hype man.  I on the other hand tend to lean more towards cautious optimism.  I’m really nervous about the launch not matching the hype.  Not that we should be a circus or entertainment act.  I mean this is church, not a rock concert.  I just hope it all comes together and gels, and moves people to thought and action for the issues facing our world.  Aaaaaand, of course I hope the music is good, people find a place to park, and the children are happy when they leave children’s ministry.  I will be praying on these things for the remainder of the week.

Two, I’m hoping there will be people who attend the second week!  There will be a lot of visitors on the 11th.  Friends, mentors, other supporters.  I just hope the bubble doesn’t burst on the 18th.  We’ll see!!!

I love my husband though.  These things don’t seem to worry him.  At least he doesn’t say so.  He says what he plans to do on Sunday is preach the gospel.  I like that!  Keep it stayed on Jesus baby!


9 Responses to “Countdown to Launch…Day 6!”

  1. Jill-Marie Says:

    Yah for the update! Glad your daughter is doing well…that’s a true blessing. Sounds like you may be leaving teaching after the baby is born? I have always wondered if I am going to stay working in education when I finally have a family…it’s a mystery 2 me right now. I can understand your feelings and why you may be feeling cautious. I tend to be like that too. Sounds like you & your hubby balance each other out. I am planning on being there for the launch & praying for everything to go well. Stay blessed & hang in there for that due date!

    • raitking Says:

      Thanks for the well wishes for Kendi. We’re still keeping our eye on her. Hopefully the worst of the storm has passed. I do plan to leave teaching. As a matter of fact I’m on leave now and don’t plan to return. I LOVE my job and I love the feeling of working. But duty calls, and someone has to do the laundry for all these kids. Not nearly as exciting as teaching, but it’s a blessing to have the option. Your heart will guide you when you have to make that same decision!

  2. Cyndi Says:

    I’m so glad your baby girl is doing better. How is my girl Savannah and her mom doing?

    • raitking Says:

      Thanks for your thoughts and prayers for Kendi. She started her first day of her new school today which I wasn’t sure was going to happen with her illness. But God is so good, and so faithful to His promises!
      Little Savannah is still going strong. I realized that dealing with Kendi, I had not payed as much attention to her (kick counting, etc.). Now that things have leveled off with Kendi, I am back in tune with her. 3 weeks to go!

  3. Esther Says:

    I am glad to hear Kendi is doing well. I am praying for your launch and my hubby Lloyd and I will be there. He is a church planter too and I totally understand your feeling, much like you I am the cautious optimist. I am sure everything will be just how God intend for it to be…


  4. Rene Says:

    I feel like I know you and your family although we’ve never met officially. LOL…I’m sure I am not the only blog reader that feels this. So I am just commenting to say hello and let you know I am reading your blogs. lol…I read that if you take the time to read someones blog it is proper etiquette to comment. I am not in complete agreement..but your first commenter said something that I was thinking, so I thought I’d share too. It is nice to see the balance with you and your hubby..I am a facebook friend and from reading starting randomly reading your blogs. How you two find the time….for anything is beyond me.
    Anyway, I’m praying for you all….the church, your pregnancy, that sweet baby girl, and your other babies. Take care.

  5. indulf Says:

    shaun IS the ultimate hype man 🙂 he should be a promoter!

    regarding auditions, you can’t afford to do that now. just find the people with the right heart and God will make ends meet. once the craziness of a brand new plant settles down you can be more intentional about who you pick. God blessed our church with some good musicians from the get-go and we’ve “trimmed the fat” over the last couple of years. that sounds terrible, but it’s true. gotta streamline it and strive for excellence. not perfection, but excellence.

    i know y’all know this but the important part is the heart. mediocre musicians with a big heart for Jesus can make more of an impact than the most polished professional who’s just putting on a show.

    good luck, see you sunday!!!!

  6. Tiffany Nichols Says:

    I’m so glad that you are blogging so that I can keep up w/ you! And I’m so happy that Kendi is feeling better! Started the 5 days of Prayer today! SOOOO excited!!

    • raitking Says:

      Hey Tiffany. It’s so cool you found my blog. We will definitely have to keep in touch! Kendi in particular will miss you.

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