Tuesday, October 9, 2012

It's Been A While...

We know its been a little while since we've written anything on this blog and even when we have, the pickings have been slim. Our hope is that that will change in the weeks ahead. We truly love this blog and are honored to hear from our readers how our holymess marriage is helping others.

So, a quick update on our lives and why writing has been less than usual...
  1. We just completed the manuscript for our first book that will be published by Simply Youth Ministry/Group Publishing. The tentative title is 99 Thoughts on Marriage and Ministry and is exactly what the title implies:  99 one-to-three paragraph thoughts about marriage care and balancing marriage and ministry. We're really excited about it and can't wait for it to be released, hopefully sometime early 2013.
  2. Second, connected to our book, we're very excited about our first marriage event that will be taking place January 6th-8th, 2013 in Spofford, NH. The weekend is a marriage retreat specifically designed for those in ministry and we have the privilege of organizing the weekend and working with some great friends and mentors on this. From what we've heard, it's the first event of its kind! There are plenty of youth ministry training events out there and also plenty of marriage retreats but the two have never been combined. We are already finding a ton of support for the event and there is hope that the one in January will be the first of many - and hopefully in other areas around the country. The retreat is already half sold-out (it's limited to 15 couples) and we have gotten a slew of National Partners who are helping keep the retreat VERY low cost ($50 per couple!!), as well as giving us a good chunk of freebies to give away.
  3. Lastly, things are continuing to progress well for our little guy and court is coming up soon which could possibly finally put us on the road to adoption. (Not sure if we are allowed to publish the exact date thus is why we are keeping it general.) Honestly, as good as things are looking now, it was a pretty difficult August/September as court was supposed to have happened already, but there was a delay and then some other logistical hiccups that really tested our faith. We continue to be reminded that God is good and in control through every step of this long, taxing process. Little man is 9 months now, crawling, getting into everything and chewing on whatever he can find!
Needless to say, these things have been dominating our time. but we are excited about turning the corner and investing more in this blog again!

The last thing we'll say is that we'd love to hear from you!! We have a handful of ideas for upcoming blogs, but we'd love to know what you want to read about. What questions are you asking? What are you wrestling with in your relationships? Our door is always open for your input and feedback. Just send us an email at jakeandmelissakircher@gmail.com.

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The goal is to provide three things:
1) HOPE for struggling couples that they are not alone.
2) GROWTH in our marriages and our understanding of marriage.
3) ENCOURAGEMENT to keep loving your spouse unconditionally.