30 May 2009
27 May 2009
At the petting zoo...Joel did a lot of observing...
20 May 2009
Fast forward three, sometimes long, years: all sorts of adjustment, a serious bout of postpartum depression, another cute kiddo later, God began to place events in our lives again that showed us our next steps. It was a struggle believing and trusting that God created me to be a mom to Faith and Joel during these years that we never thought would have the pitter patter of little feet in the mix. Through the gift of friendships and MOPS, I learned that everyone's world gets turned upside down by that pitter patter sooner or later, and I have come to absolutely ADORE being mommy to these precious souls. This feeling of truly belonging to motherhood and wifehood was a search I needed to complete before we ever jumped on a plane to some remote destination.
It is amazing how much our lives changed in that first year of marriage, and now in our fifth year. To have the gift to look back and see how God has been preparing us all along, is such a treasure and an affirmation of his hand in our lives. I can't imagine these five years any other way!
19 May 2009
For those of you that want to oooh and aaah over our little Faith, here is her performance at MOPS this morning. I have to say, I think we have a front row girl...she needs a few more inches for that second row! Anyway, it made my day to see her up there, I hope it brings a smile to your face too!
15 May 2009
It is amazing to see how this sale has grown. I don't know exactly, but I think it's been around for 10 years or so. It started out small and now we use most of the rooms in the church to display the sale items. The job of Munchkin Market coordinator has no doubt become a very big job!
14 May 2009
Back up a little to last week, I started getting sick on Thursday, then by mother's day, I was pretty much bed ridden, being pampered for all the wrong reasons! I haven't gotten better very quickly: I was sent home early yesterday to rest, which I did, and I'm showing up late today.
It's frustrating to me, because in my mind, this would be a great time to serve our MOPS group, a great time for Jim to get some work done on the house, a great time for us to have a date Friday, a great time to spend my moments at home cleaning...a clean that wouldn't be undone 5 minutes later, and a great time for renewal. And now, I am home instead of at the church, I don't feel so great, and I think it's just getting messier, and I don't have toddlers to blame it on!
I guess I'm really feeling God's calling to slow down and rest even though my list isn't being checked off. And maybe I'll FINALLY read this book a great friend gave me last month!
09 May 2009
One of the first Maasai bomas (homes) that we visited. Don't the kids just capture your heart?
04 May 2009
Jeff and Jen Musgrave are involved with Push International. They collect and distribute wheelchairs to people in need around the world. Many of their trips have been to Mazatlan, and they often bring along their two young children. I have worked with Jen at MOPS, and Jeff owns his own business building antler chandeliers and sculptures... this allows them to commit so much to missions.
Tim and Laurie Thornton moved in two doors down right before Joel was born, answering a long-prayed prayer for another young mom to be close by us. They have a music ministry, reaching others through the powerful lyrics and music of the songs they write. They are incredibly talented musicians and vocalists. You can hear some of their music on their website. We have been introduced to a whole new side of missions that happens right here, and is incredibly culturally relevant.
We then met Chad and Nicole Corman a year and a half ago, after they returned from Malaysia. They are currently taking an extended furlough from that ministry as they work out some citizenship issues for Nicole. They have been in long term ministry overseas and are just an incredible resource for us. They also live about a block away!
Chad and Kristin Tabor work with e3 Sportreach. Chad uses the universality of sports to bring people together here in the US, as well as around the world, and shares the gospel with them. Most recently, Chad traveled to Argentina to run some soccer camps. Their summers are mostly spent here in the US, traveling around with their little girls and coaching kids at camps. Kristin is also Faith's teacher at MOPS, and Faith just loves her class.
Bruce and Bev McDonald are the grandparents of two of Faith and Joel's playmates here in town. Bruce is also our Sunday school teacher. Bruce was a chaplain for many years in the NBA, and now he and Bev minister to missionaries, traveling to attend retreats and conferences of missionaries. Missionaries don't typically get much time off, so these retreats are rare chances for them to be renewed themselves. Bruce and Bev give of themselves selflessly during these retreats.
It is incredible to see how God has placed all these people into our lives, little by little over the last few years. It is wonderful to have the wisdom and insight of those that have gone this path before us, are still on it, and continue to learn from it. We look forward to the missionary community we will have at RVA, but we feel so blessed to have one already!