Monday, November 8, 2021

So much has happened!

 Look I know it's my fault for waiting so long to post a blog... but seriously you know what it is like... you think to yourself...

"I'll post something after vacation....no, after the wedding...no, after MK Camp...no, after the next wedding...no, after the next wedding...no, after the birthday...no, after Halloween...no, after the next wedding" 

I know very relatable... and here we are after the next wedding and just like I was thinking "I'm going to post something". Lots of pictures and silly overviews but if you want specifics... we will need to get coffee... for you to stay awake while I share it all :). I will endeavor to limit myself to just a few pictures per event.... okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.... deeeeeeeeeep breath..... here we go! 





Vacation of course has too many stories and pictures to actually be able to fit in this over sized blog... we went to Washington and Montana and had a blast seeing family and friends, we toured Seattle, went to Glacier National park (saw a bear up close and personal) and got to see Diane's sister Lisa and her family! It was rejuvenating and bonding for our family and left us in a really good place. We packed it full! First 2 week vacation we have ever taken, it was so good to travel again. 






I finally had my dreams come true and thanks to COVID relief money was able to get my garage climate-controlled! It's a den now more than a garage... but really it's a fortress of solitude :). One that is always full of people :). 

Here are some of the fun things we did with the MKs. Senior camping trip! So fun! I had a fan on me the whole time... summer is hot! Party at the Humistons pool! Coffee at Black and Bitter every Friday! It's so good to rebuild community after the isolation we have had due to COVID. 





It was such a great honor to walk Abby down the aisle and to have the father daughter dance with her. Her relationship with her dad has been stressed and I'm so grateful for the relationship that I have been able to build with her. I'll never forget it, it was so incredible and yes I wept like a baby! 




It was amazing to have a day of camp this year... the motto this year is to be just a little better than the last year where we couldn't do camp at all. 







The day after camp I had the honor of officiating the wedding of these awesome people! Anna and Andrew Isenberg!!!! 

We now have two puppies! Due to an unfortunate incident we got Bowser a little earlier than expected. We have had our growing pains, but it is really fun to have two big dogs around, it definitely keeps me from ever really feeling lonely :). 


We were able to kick our year off with Skate night! We welcome in the new MKs and farewell the Seniors, it was a wonderful night! 


I went to a MK conference where one of my favorite MKs led worship! It was a really great time to learn new things to help me be a better care giver! The speaker was really good and so was the networking. 







Then I had the joy of seeing my brother in law get married! Go David and Annabelle! It was near Houston and a fun time away with the kids! Diane celebrated her birthday on their wedding day,then later some of her friends threw her a surprise party just before we went on a mini vacation! Anyway, it was great to see so much family at the wedding and celebrate! 








Diane and I got away to Palm Desert, a vacation we had bought for a steal during the prime COVID time and now finally had a chance to use. It was nice to just rest and strengthen our marriage through quality time together. A highlight was getting to go to Joshua Tree National park! What a great day we had there! 



More fun with the MKs, building community and making memories! 





We took Asher to his first concert! Switchfoot and NEEDTOBREATHE! A night to remember! 


Liam is officially 10! I love you Liam! You are so kind and considerate and have a keen sense of humor! So grateful for the joy you bring to our lives! 



It was great visiting my friend JT and getting donuts with him! Such big donuts! He is almost graduated and I'm so proud of his journey! Its so fun to watch the MK relationships forged in high school grow even more through college! Friends for life! 



Diane won for her Trunk or Treat PokΓ©mon creation! It was great having the MKs come out and help my church again with Fall Festival! So grateful for the things we are able to start doing again! 


There is a close up picture of me and my costume... really I think I nailed it :). 













Montana is ok I guess :). We had a lovely long weekend there and I officiated the last wedding of the season for me! Michael and Tiana are such incredible people with such an incredible story and I'm so honored for the role I was able to have in their wedding. I unfortunately don't have any pictures of the wedding, but if Diane does while she is editing this, she might add one for you and you can see it below. 





God is doing great work in the MK world! I love working with these amazing kids and it is so fun to be doing things again! However, I have accumulated a lot of grief these last years. This has been a hard time for a lot of my friends and while many marriages are being born, others are coming to an end. Being a care giver has its challenges and I had a breaking point a couple weeks ago when I realized I was done being angry and was just sad about a lot of the things. I have been faithful since then to grieve and I continue to grieve, hopeful for what is to come. The most recent grief is the death of my Uncle who finished his battle with cancer. I rejoice that he is in eternity with Jesus, probably making something epic right now - they are both carpenters! But while I rejoice and have hope for many things I have to also allow myself to be sad, and through all of this God is teaching me a great deal about comfort. I want to be a person who is open to receiving comfort and I want to grow in my ability to comfort others as well! 

Thank you for being used by God to bring so much comfort to me and my family. I feel you fulfilling that role in my life! I can't do this ministry alone and certainly not without you! Thanks for supporting this ministry with your resources, both physical and spiritual! I'm so grateful for you! 


Love you all so much! 

Blessings, 

Caleb 


If you want to support what I do a little or a lot, on a one time basis or with recurring gifts, click on the tab "Supporting the Work" at the top of the page and sign up for Chase Quickpay. You can then send your donation to HCLC - Caleb Robbins Ministry using my e-mail address caleb_robbins@sil.org. If you would like further instructions on setting that up, please click on the link at the top right of the page called How to give. Or feel free to contact me directly! 214 558 8431.

Another way to donate to the ministry is via check. If you write a check to "Holy Cross Lutheran Church" and put "Caleb Robbins Ministry" in the memo line, it will get deposited into my ministry account.

The address is:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 
4400 W Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76016

Diane is my beautiful wife and the mother of my precious children Creed 14, Asher 11, Liam 10, Echo already in heaven, Bella 6, and Serenity 5 years old.




Monday, April 19, 2021

Spring Baby!!!

We did it!!!! We took a stay-cation family vacation over spring break and it was awesome! We took hikes and watched movies and played games and enjoyed a slower pace that involved just us... and we gardened our hearts out. πŸ˜Š

I have had some sweet strawberries from this garden and made some fun drinks with that mint! I was worried that much had been lost in the deep freeze, but I'm enjoying seeing some things that I thought were dead now coming back to life and I'm loving adding some new stuff as well. 

And of course we had to celebrate Pi day (March 14). πŸ˜‹ I'm so grateful for the community God has blessed our family with! 



Then Easter visited us and boy, was it a fantastic visit! I love celebrating my Lord crushing death! I also enjoy hiding eggs and watching my kids' delight in finding them. We did two egg hunts with the same eggs because the kids had so many! We don't dye eggs in this family... just hair. πŸ˜‚ Diane had a fun party with her sisters! 


Speaking of parties... we have lots to celebrate in April in our family since both Creed and Serenity were born this month! 


Creed turned 14 and had a bunch of friends over to watch the Rocky movies!!!! So proud, he has such great taste. It was the first time I felt like an old dad who needed to give his son space to hang with his friends. Oh well... I'm so grateful for the friends he has and so proud of his generous and kind heart! He's almost as tall as I am now! 

Then Serenity turned 5 and that was a blast! She has had such a tough year without school to give her constant friends but she has been so great with Apex, our ever-growing puppy. I'm so thankful for all the extra time I get with her and so proud of my sweet, sassy, and lovely 5 year old. She says the funniest things and keeps me laughing and smiling! 



Apparently lots of people are born in April! My friend Rick was born on tax day and I loved going out and seeing him with his kids. They all caught about 3 fish. Rick lives on this cool boat out at Joe Pool lake. Although it rained the whole time, the fish were still biting and it was a great memory! I'm excited to be back in his life and looking forward to what God wants to do next. 



This picture warms my heart so much! Last year we missed this event - the MK Senior dinner...COVID-19 was so new and no one was able to meet during that time and I didn't know what we could even try to do for our senior dinner. I feel badly that last year's seniors missed out on this time with us, but I'm so grateful that we are beginning to find ways to make these events happen again! 

Life is busy and you have to be intentional to do the things that God is leading you to do...the little things like seeing your family and not letting daily moments of connection slip by. God is filling my heart with hope and joy for this season as I anticipate all that is coming next! Something awesome is afoot! I'm learning to be more intentional with my family and more careful with my ministry and I'm seeing things that I thought were dead come back to life and I'm so excited for what may be next. 

Odds and ends... we got some new doors in our garage! I'm excited to show you pictures when the project is finished. It's so cool to have that space more climate controlled and mosquito free! My summer workouts are going to rock! 

I had an intern for the first time ever! It was so fun to meet with Aidan and share the work with him! God led me each day and it was a great time for me to reflect on all that God is doing in this ministry. 

During the senior dinner it was great to be reminded what an impact this group has had on the lives of these kids. A few of them commented that they loved this group the most out of all of the many youth groups they attend. To God be the glory! 

Thanks for partnering with me and may you share in the glory that comes from the fruit of obediently serving in this role! I couldn't do this job without your prayers and financial support. Know that your faithful partnering is producing good fruit that will last! 


Love you all so much!😁😁😁


Blessings,

Caleb 


If you want to support what I do a little or a lot, on a one time basis or with recurring gifts, click on the tab "Supporting the Work" at the top of the page and sign up for Chase Quickpay. You can then send your donation to HCLC - Caleb Robbins Ministry using my e-mail address caleb_robbins@sil.org. If you would like further instructions on setting that up, please click on the link at the top right of the page called How to give. Or feel free to contact me directly! 214 558 8431.

Another way to donate to the ministry is via check. If you write a check to "Holy Cross Lutheran Church" and put "Caleb Robbins Ministry" in the memo line, it will get deposited into my ministry account.

The address is:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 
4400 W Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76016

Diane is my beautiful wife and the mother of my precious children Creed 14, Asher 11, Liam 9, Echo already in heaven, Bella 6, and Serenity 5 years old.