There are several important things to note about this picture --
1. The ten year old was bored beyond words and really, really didn't want to be in the picture.
2. The two year old was wondering why she couldn't just take the nap she badly needed (the fingers in her mouth are the first clue).
3. The four year old needs to be reminded that sticking out your tongue at the camera is never appreciated by certain mothers/photographers.
4. The office is John's new office because the announcement is that . . . John has been asked to be the Linguistics Center Director!
(This is the point where you all start cheering in congratulatory excitement for my husband!)
If you have no idea what the Linguistics Center is then you really need to click HERE to read this lovely article filled with frozen Toliver children and a visual tour of the Center.
While this is a huge responsibility (and believe me, we both feel that enormously), it's also a huge privilege to serve the Wycliffe missionaries and staff in Dallas in this way. Don't worry, John has his feet firmly planted on the ground - it helps keep you humble when your four year old sticks out her tongue for pictures.
Plus, he has our lovely cheesy faces on canvas staring at him above his computers.
(Seriously, though, didn't John's niece do a beautiful job on the photography?!)
Since I'm big into lists for this post I'll just close by saying that this "announcement" reminds me of two really good things:
1. The Lord has been preparing John for this position and He'll give him the strength and wisdom he needs. Years ago, I would have never seen John in a leadership/administrative role. It reminds us to be faithful wherever He puts us.
2. The importance of serving. While John has a lot of responsibility beyond what he had earlier (he was director of facilities since 2010), it really is the role of a servant because he, and we, are serving hundreds of missionaries and volunteers at the Center who are part of the bigger picture of Bible translation.
And that's really what Romans 12:3-8 is talking about - the body of Christ working together!