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October 2014 Update

Snow is on the ground in Nenana.  Likely, the snow will stay until next spring.  The brilliant white covering the town drives home the reality of Isaiah 1:18:

“Come now, let us reason[a] together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool. (ESV)

The Troxels have now returned from traveling around Alaska.  We were able to attend a conference directed to ministering to rural pastors and missionary families.  We had a blessed time and caught up with dear friends.

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Fall 2013 & Winter 2014

February 2014

Friends and family, I apologize for the delay between updates.  I permitted the busyness of hunting season and the holiday season to provide an excuse for not updating you all with life and ministry in Nenana.  Let me catch you up…

First, we have a much needed prayer request.  We are in need of a family vehicle.  Rebecca and I (along with Emily and William) were in an accident on the Parks Highway.  The road had seemed good, but I hit a patch of ice and lost control.  We struck a guardrail and came to rest before plunging into a deep ditch.  Our van was totaled.  We are thankful for God’s protection.  There was no oncoming traffic.  Even though it seemed that we would go into the ditch and rollover, we hit the guardrail on the opposing side.  We were blessed to receive a few scratches and sore muscles.  We even had good friends come along not three minutes after the collision and provide us with a ride back home.

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Vacation Crowds

Everywhere we go and people find out we are from Alaska, we are instant celebrities. Wednesday, Rebecca was discussing Alaska with someone and told them our home town had 400 or so people. They were shocked and told us that we are in an area with 14 million people.

We started into our experience of LA crowds by hitting the highway on our way to the California Science Center. The trip to the center included some adventure on the road. The traffic was light for LA, but a bit stressful for us. Google maps leaves a bit to be desired. The directions off the highway to the center was quite wrong and we got a bit lost. After a few minutes of getting our bearings, we arrived.

The science center is a hands on and visually stimulating museum. Part of the exhibit included a nature portion by terrain type. The arctic display made us a bit homesick. The aquatic displays were very nice and included an interview with one of the scuba divers while he was diving in a tank.

We are thankful for the fun we had and for the safety we enjoyed.

Thursday and Friday marked our forays into Disneyland Park and California Adventure.

Thursday was Disneyland. We got there about 9 a.m. The crowd was thick, but not real bad. We managed to ride almost everything we wanted to ride. We finished the night with a ride on Space Mountain that involved a 55 minute wait in line. We got done there and stopped by a Buzz Lightyear ride on our way out.

to infinity and beyond

We managed to get back to our hotel at about 10:30 that night. We were exhausted.

Friday, we started by going to California Adventure. We started the day there at 10 a.m. with Monsters, Inc. ride. The kids had discovered roller coasters the day before and wanted more. We rode one on the pier that included some steep drops, tight curves and even a loopty loop. We went back to Disneyland for a few hours, but had to leave by 7 p.m. as the park had a special Halloween event that was an additional ticket fee.

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September Update

Fall seems past and winter upon us. The temperatures in Nenana are below freezing at night and not much warmer during the day. We have had our first snowfall of the year, but it was light and has mostly melted away. In a short time we will have snow sticking until next spring.

September has Aerin and Ethan back in school. Aerin is in junior high now and has new braces. In her father’s mind she is still toddling around with baby curls, but she has grown into a young lady seemingly overnight. She is now a leader in training (LIT) in our AWANA program and doing very well. Ethan is busy figuring out what he wants to do for the science fair. His mechanical mind is looking at some means to use gears and create a display showing the different ways they can be used.

Rebecca had a great time at the Valdez quilt festival with her good friend Mary. They enjoyed some ladies only time. Rebecca was really busy this month planning a family vacation in California and Washington. We have a missions conference to attend soon in Washington so we have saved up some money to take a vacation and take the kids to Disneyland.

Rebecca appreciated all the prayers as this month marked the due date for the baby that miscarried last February. However, we still intend to add to the number of Troxel’s in the world and we hope to share good news with everyone perhaps in the months to come.

Rebecca is back as secretary of our AWANA program. She keeps the club running smoothly and the commander (me) would not want to do without her help. She has already found some new and fun things for our club and we expect to have them shipped to us any day.

I am the new commander and game leader for our AWANA club. My joy as commander is seeing the AWANA leaders and LITs (leaders in training) busy working with the little ones. All of my AWANA workers are a joy to work with and take their ministry to kids to heart. As game leader, I am having a blast. Our two main rules for games is 1. to have fun and 2. to make lots of noise. At an AWANA workshop, we were reminded that when kids can exercise several major muscle groups it helps them stay focused and alert for story time and helps them memorize verses better. My personal assistant/LIT, Leon, is a big help and it is a joy to work with this young man.

Other big events this month included a city wide celebration of national sobriety month. Alcohol and drug addiction impacts many rural areas, so local citizens take this time to celebrate those who have become sober and to encourage others. The town event is called “Dancing in the Streets.” The main host is Railbelt Mental Health and Addictions (a wonderful office full of people who offer counseling services to the entire area.) The point person was Maryellen and she did a bang up job organizing the event.

The motto for Dancing in the Streets this year was “Mooving into Recovery.” The moos were supplied by a local cow with the motto emblazoned on a sign she wore. The event coordinators also wanted someone to wear a cow costume in the parade and that honor was mine.

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Also this month, my health was a little rocky with my liver condition. Thank you for the prayers. I am feeling much better now. Praise be to God!

As always, we are so thankful to God for calling us to serve him by serving the people of Nenana Community Church and living in the wonderful town of Nenana. Thank you to our financial and prayer supporters. You are our partners in the work of the Lord. Thank you to the church – you folks are a blessing to us and we hope we are a blessing in return. Thank you to Nenana – we love where we live and thank God for Nenana and all who live here.

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Troxel Miscellany

Several things have come up with the Troxels lately and here they are in no particular order:

Gooodbye to the Hodges. This family has relocated to Mexico in a retirement community. We love them dearly and miss them already. Michael gave Bill with a hunting rifle before they left. Thanks for the gift.

Freecycle – Thanks to Jeannie and the Wellness in Nenana group for putting together the last freecycle. This even was scheduled shortly after our return to Nenana. Given our sorrow, Jeannie helped us immensely by organizing the lion’s share of this event. Further, she will be organizing these events from now on. Their family is a missionary family that focuses on community outreach. This event fits well with their mission and helps us share ministry with other believers.

Elder’s Retreat – Adam, Art and I spent several days at a nice apartment in Fairbanks this past week. Among other things, we have laid out a proposed budget to be voted upon at our spring business meeting. We also received up to date information from Village Missions about budgetary questions concerning the building project. This additional information will also be shared at the meeting.

Hawaii Photos – Rebecca has posted some photos of our vacation. If you have a Facebook account then you can find those photos by Clicking Here. Other photos may become available there, so you might want to check back several times.

Google Maps – A picture of me is seen on Google Maps. I am the one riding the bicycle.

So there’s a few short blurb-like updates. I hope that makes up for the shortage of recent posts.

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New Baby Photos

The Troxel family went to Fairbanks yesterday for the first prenatal doctor visit. We were hoping to listen to the baby’s heartbeat, but the usual equipment did not pick up the heartbeat because baby Troxel is still too little. Fortunately, the doctor ordered a sonogram to get some photos, hear the heart, and project a due date from the sonogram’s data.

After a quick trip for lunch, the Troxels returned for the sonogram. Mom went back first and dad and kidlets were able to be there for the first look. The sonogram technician played the sweet sound of that little heart and then took some measurements. She managed to get baby to move so we could see the new bundle in action. We were able to see the heart beat, the arms move, and the body twist. Baby Troxel is doing well. The measurements predict a due date in early to mid September just as we had thought.

In order to share our joy, three sonogram photos are included. The photos have some labels on them. The first photo has the head indicated and the second points to the arms. Baby Troxel is still very small and has a lot of development ahead. Future photos will likely have more detail.

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Photo 1 – look for the head

Photo 2 – look for the arms

Photo 3

Enjoy the photos!

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Photo Opportunity

A friend has asked me for some updated photos. I thought perhaps I should post an update for all of our friends and family. Click the images for a larger view. Let me start with a portrait of Rebecca and I taken by a friend.

A picture of Aerin – self portrait

A picture of Ethan (wearing my jean jacket I had at his age)

Pictures of Baby Troxel still pending. If we get an ultrasound photo, I’ll post it.

The images can be clicked for a larger view.

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