Saturday, November 24, 2007

Changes

This is the first weekend after Thanksgiving since Kerry and I have been married that I haven't been putting our Christmas tree up. That is because we will be moving out of this house mid December and putting everything in storage. Our plan is to drive to Texas to spend Christmas with our families. Kerry will then fly back to California and the boys, Bailey, and I will remain in Texas with my parents through January. Kerry will be staying with some wonderful friends who are generously taking him in during the month of January. I am very excited about being back in Texas at least for awhile and spending some time with family. We know God is in control, but sometimes the not knowing what the future holds is a little mind boggling. God knows what He's doing, so I need to remember to trust Him all the time.

Friday, November 23, 2007

A Happy Thanksgiving


Levi enjoying some attention from Mrs. Sharon


You can tell Josiah has played hard and eaten well.


Caleb practicing on his skateboard


A rare family picture

We had a very nice Thanksgiving this year. Two families that are also living away from their extended families joined us this year at our home for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The boys had a blast playing with friends. Caleb felt so cool when Josh, who is a teenager, took time to skateboard with him. I think it made his week! Josiah loved playing with Zoe and watching what everyone else was doing. Levi did great being held by others. He had taken a good nap and was well fed. So, he was ready to be entertained. I think he enjoyed the extra attention since he was all smiles.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Join Kerry & Stephanie's Ministry Team as they launch Street to the Seat (STS).

Dear Family & Friends,

I am so excited to write to you about a new season of life for Stephanie and me. The past few years at Saddleback Church have brought a huge sense of fulfillment as I led the ministry that helped bring the unchurched from our community into the church to find Christ and belong to the church family. Then I had the awesome privilege of starting Street to the Seat, (STS) www.streettotheseat.com so I could pass on these lessons to churches across North America and the world.


Our Decision to Leave Saddleback

In September 2007 I made the agonizing decision to begin a conversation with the senior leadership of Saddleback Church about my future. During the month of October with the blessing of Saddleback Church and it's leadership we decided the best place for God to use my strengths and calling was going to be assisting other churches full time across N. America and the world. As hard as it was to step down from the Membership Pastor of Saddleback Church, Stephanie and I had complete confidence that God was leading us. What we didn’t know is that He would lead us so quickly!

Trusting God & His vision for STS

What is thrilling (and terrifying!) for us, is our complete dependence and trust in how Jesus will provide for us as we build this new ministry. We trust Him to provide our daily bread through friends like you.

We have a strong desire to assist pastors, churches, denominations and associations by, “making the most of every opportunity to help people choose Christ and belong to the church family “. We know this, the church in America is plateaued and we must create conversations with our communities. We can no longer simply open our doors and hope people will come to us. We need creative strategies for reaching our communities and that is what STS provides.

Partners in Ministry

As Stephanie and I launch Street to the Seat” (STS), we are spending the next 40 days developing the financial foundation for our ministry. It’s too early to rely on income from consulting with churches; therefore, by partnering with us you are providing us time to be dedicated and focused on the build out of STS.

We are asking you to partner with us in this ministry. Together we can impact the lives of pastors, churches and denominations that will in turn, impact local communities and our world for the sake of Christ.

How You Can Help

We ask that you would prayerfully consider helping us through a year-end, one-time gift or by investing monthly. All contributions are tax deductible. Contributions can be made by:

  • Check – make payable to VENTURE BEYOND
    • In the memo line write: Street to the Seat
    • Mail to:
Street to the Seat
20371 Lake Forest, Dr. Suite A – 10
Lake Forest, CA 92630

  • Securities – transferable electronically
    • Call 949-235-0308 for details

However God leads you, please contact us. The reason we have written to you is because we know your walk with God and are certain that you will both pray about this new exciting ministry and do whatever God directs you to do. How grateful we are for your love for Him!

Could you please pray for us? We need your prayers for our family as we start this ministry and build the financial foundation.

We can’t thank you enough for going above and beyond in your support of us as we take this step of faith!

Thank You and God Bless,

Kerry & Stephanie Mackey

Street to the Seat
20371 Lake Forest Drive Suite A - 10
Lake Forest, CA 92630
949-235-0308

www.streettotheseat.com (website)
info@streettotheseat.com (email)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Long Overdue Update

Life is a whirlwind around here right now. I've been meaning to give an update on the boys for the past few weeks, but something is always coming up. I finally decided I could put it off no longer. I will wait and post another time about the changes going on in our family. Enjoy the update.

*Caleb has one more week of baseball. As much as he enjoys baseball, he is looking forward to a break before spring season.
*Caleb is taking skateboard lessons. A while ago, he saved up his own money and bought the skateboard and gear. When I asked him if there was another sport he would like to try, he said skateboarding. We found a nice, clean place for him to take 4 lessons and he's loving it. He is exhausted after each one hour lesson.
*School continues to go so much better than last year. If only I would have tuned in to his learning styles earlier, school might have been smoother on a more consistent basis last year.
*He has taken a growth spurt. It always seems to happen this time of year. Just when I think about buying him new pants in the current size, he grows overnight.
*He and Josiah have started playing so well together. They have had a lot of free time this week and can be found in Caleb's room playing or outside together looking for worms and such.
*With changes coming up in our family, Caleb has amazed me with his flexibility and understanding about God's plan for our family. What an amazing boy God gave us. We are so thankful.


*The above picture is only part of what happens if Josiah is left unattended on my bed with the diaper bag which was picked up off the floor so Levi wouldn't get into it. Josiah who supposedly was watching a DVD in my room, found the diaper cream and put it all over his body and part of my comforter. I should of known he hadn't just fallen asleep.
*With all of Josiah's free time this week, he has been playing in the backyard quite a bit. With that has come bumps, cuts and bruises. But he's loving it and having fun.
*Josiah's imagination continues to amaze me. He will pretend he's on a skateboard or throwing a ball. He will play for long periods of time with the toy car garage we have.
*His vocabulary continues to explode. He does amazingly well with pronouns. For example, "Mom, I want you to get me some juice." This normally occurs when someone else plans to help him and he wants another person to help. We need to work on using the word please a little more.
*He loves playing with Caleb.
*He remembers names very well. We were at church one day and I reminded him that Pastor Rick leads our music at church. A couple of weeks later, during the music time, he was asking me where Pastor Rick was. He loves music and is amazed at anyone who can sing, play the guitar, etc.
*We had a few weeks of him not using God's name correctly. We've been working on using God's name the right way. He can be heard saying or singing, "I love God." He also prefers to say "Dear God" instead of "Dear Jesus" during prayers.
*He is still full of life and keeps on our toes. I love his little twinkle in his eye.


*Levi thinks baby food is yucky. He still has a very very strong gag reflex. We've had physical evidence of it. So, we are not forcing the issue. Two weeks ago, he learned how to drink through a straw. No sippy cups for him.
*He pulled up for the first time last week. He's not very sturdy but he's trying so hard.
*He is starting to say "Mama" more often. It such a wonderful word to hear.
*He loves to follow his big brothers into Caleb's room. It's fun to see them all seeking each other out to play and spend time together.
*He still seems little to me. With Caleb and Josiah, I was always so excited about their new accomplishments and how they were growing up. With Levi, I keep thinking he's too little to be doing certain tasks. I guess he's got my number.
*He has different cries. One is so pitiful that we all drop everything to see what's wrong. It involves his chin quivering and huge tears. I think most of the time it's when he gets a little scared or unsure of what's going on and wants some reassurance.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Pastor Kerry Mackey is leaving Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, CA to pursue Street to the Seat Ministries full-time.

Hey Gang, I am writing to you on my wife's blog as we are moving in a new direction and Stephanie felt like it would come better from me.


Over the past several months I have been processing with my mentors and advisory team the next chapters of ministry. In so doing we have come to a decision to pursue Street to the Seat Ministries full-time as a consulting/coaching ministry with and through the local church.

It is to that end that we will be leaving Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California in the coming days to pursue this ministry full-time.

We look forward to serving you full-time as Street to the Seat Ministries. Please click on the Services & Bio tab to see how we can better serve you, your denomination, association, and/or congregation.

Please let persons know that they can CONTACT US to begin a conversation. If you know of churches/organizations that may be interested they can also call me at 949-235-0308.

God Bless and Thank You for passing the word.

Kerry

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Hooray! Josiah's Potty-Trained!

It's definitely official. Josiah is potty-trained. Just two and a half weeks ago, I was talking to my mom on the phone saying that I didn't think Josiah quite understood the entire potty-training thing. He could always go to the bathroom when I told him to go try. He always went poop in the potty but at times he would think he was still dry when he was actually wet. Most of the time, he was in underwear around the house, but I started putting a pull-up on top of the underwear to make cleaning up easier on me. He would say he was dry when he was wet. Then about a week and a half ago, things started to click. On the first day, he initiated going to the bathroom about 3 times. Then the next day it was more and by the time Sunday came around, it was every time. We went to Legoland last Monday and he only had one accident. Since then, he hasn't had a single accident during waking hours. This means, he goes on his own every single time without needing reminding. I am so proud of him. Way to go Josiah!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

4:30A.M.

is the time we left our house this morning to take Kerry and Tony to the airport. We loaded three boys complete with blankets and pillows for the drive to the Long Beach Airport. To treat myself, I decided we needed to stop at Chick-fil-a on our way home for a chicken biscuit. I was very disappointed to see that Chick-fil-a did not open until 6:30a.m. I sat in the parking lot for about fifteen minutes snuggling with Josiah while Caleb and Levi slept until they turned the lights on. Fortunately, the boys let me rest some this morning when we got home. Levi even snuggled up and went back to sleep for about an hour. I guess I should get busy with our day.