Caught in a Whirlwind

The last couple of months have been a complete whirlwind. Of activity, emotions, everything. In May we reached 100% of our monthly support just about at the 100 day mark. Then we had the task of raising 100% of our moving costs ($30,000). Since we began our fundraising in February we were only focused on monthly support, but inevitably we were given one-time gifts as well. Without even really trying we had raised $22,000 by the end of May. We weren’t sure at first where the rest of the money would come from, so we waited and prayed. Small amounts trickled in here and there (which really do add up!). Shane’s last day of work was July 10th and a few days before he learned that his coworkers had secretly raised about $7,000!! And just like that we were done. Done worrying. Done stressing. It wasn’t that we didn’t believe that God would provide. We just wanted to know HOW and WHEN! And his timing is perfect. It has been absolutely incredible to see the way that He provides. Always MORE than enough. 

July was spent packing and moving out of our house. We donated A LOT of our belongings. We threw A LOT of stuff away. It was overwhelming and liberating. Once you get rid of the “stuff” you really don’t give it a second thought. It’s just hard letting go. Anything that isn’t coming with us is stored in the rafters of our garage, and we currently have 15 pieces of luggage I believe. I still have more sorting and organizing to do with the luggage. As the time came closer to move out I just started throwing items in suitcases that I’m sure could be packed better. Here are a few pictures of the process.


We also had to re-home our animals. 

Our sweet Bowser Boy went to the family of a friend.


Scooby was fortunate enough that our renters are allowing him to stay. He’s learning to get along with their two dogs, but I’m hopeful that it will work out!


Rocky is living with Shane’s aunt Suzy. I think I will miss him terribly. I never imagined that we wouldn’t have him for his entire life. At first we contemplated taking him with us, but he is getting older and we weren’t sure how he would handle the flight. And from what we’ve heard veterinary care is not easy to come by in Honduras. I have comfort in knowing that Rocky will live like a king at Suzy’s house. He will be loved and spoiled, but we will all miss him so so much. 

The day after we moved out we went on a weeklong camping trip with our family and friends. More on that coming soon!

Thanks for reading! We appreciate you! Love, Shane & Jess 💗

8 thoughts on “Caught in a Whirlwind

  1. When Pastor David said on Sunday that he was proud of you guys, we couldn’t agree more. What a blessing and what an example to see two young people willing to uproot, take their family, and move so far away. We, too, are proud of you and thankful for the example you are to us and to so many. We know it’s because of your obedience to God. We’ll be praying for you and are confident that God will use you to bring Him glory as you serve Him. Love you guys.
    Darlene & Bud

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  2. Hi Jessica and Shane I am so proud of you two, and Shasta Cash and Cole too. You are such an amazing family so selfless to things and so serving to our all mighty God I want to do my part to help you guy with a monthly donation to help you with any extra needs you my need please let me know what I can contribute on a monthly bases before you leave I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to see you before you leave but I trust you guys will be safe and I will see you again soon love you all lots your aunt sue 9097215594

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