Wednesday, April 16, 2014

We are headed to Haiti!!!


Over the past year Lance and I have been pouring into and loving on five newly married couples.  We have discussed communication, conflict, and finances every other week for 13 months.  As the year continued, we realized there was no better time to take a discipleship trip than NOW! They are young, childless, have double incomes and this trip would be a great bonding experience! It’s for this reason that we wanted to encourage them in this direction and join them in it as well.  We were so pleased to learn that all five couples were on board with this trip!

That being said, God has opened the door for us to go on a short-term discipleship trip to Haiti with Watermark Community Church in June. We will team up with Mission of Hope-Haiti.  The purpose of the trip is to build relationships through serving the people of Haiti and sharing the gospel with Haitians who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.


We would love to ask for your help in two ways.  First, please, please, please join our prayer team!  There is no way any of this can happen or make a difference without the LORD first going before us and working through us while we are there.

Second, we would treasure your support financially.  Our portion of the trip costs $3,000 and it is due by May 15th.  If you feel led to give in this way, click HERE to give online using your checking information.  If you choose this option, please send me an email that you gave online so I can keep track of the funds.  You will need to create an account (this just allows the system to gather your information for sending you tax receipts later). 


We are truly excited about this opportunity. If you would like to learn more about all that Mission of Hope is doing to care for the people of Haiti, please visit http://www.mohhaiti.org/.  Thank you for considering partnering with us in this endeavor.  
 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Time to prep for Easter!

Don't panic!  
It's not THAT close, but if you want to be intentional with your Easter traditions the time to start thinking about it is now.  Planning today  means low stress, more fun, and (let's be real) maybe we'll actually DO IT!!! 

Sooo... Here's a round up of somethings you might want to do.  Just pick one and have fun.  Doing all of them will leave nothing new for next year and make your neighbor feel like you have it all together... and who wants to give that impression.  We're all a beautiful mess!  Embrace it!

This one is a great one for our little preschoolers!  For those of you that have done it before... this one is a bit different.  Rather than tell the entire Easter story, it unwraps many of Jesus' teachings and then encourages your child to act on what they've learn.  New twist on an old tradition!  Love it!  You just need an egg carton and 12 little trinkets (most that you can find around your house).  She uses stories that you can find in most Children's Bibles and I think it is a win!

My kids have enjoyed this from age 3 and up through the years!  This one involves salt, flour, and some pipe cleaners.  All things you can grab at the dollar store!  Holla!!  We enjoy making it before Palm Sunday so that the kids can read and act out each part of the Easter Story in real time as much as we can determine! 

Hey!  That's all right!  Let them dye Easter eggs all day and stir up great discussion.  Here are some ideas to get you started!

This is a tradition that can turn a snack time into something meaningful.  All you need is a can of biscuit dough, marshmallows, cinnamon, and sugar!  Grab those things and chat about Jesus death and Resurrection!

Enjoy!  HAPPY EASTER FRIENDS!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

make it stop

he just keeps growing up and I can't make it stop!

He's loving basketball! He wears his lucky socks EVERY GAME!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

latest cookies


I had a great valentine sale this month!

 Thanks to everyone that purchased cookies!  it was fun to meet your sugar addictions.

one of my favorite new items was bags of 4 mini cookies.  the perfect gift!

so much LOVE in that room! 

 and we ended the week with a five year-old birthday party.  I'm sure you can guess the theme!  R's party is next week and I wanted him to choose these, but he wants cake pops!  So stay tuned for those.

Friday, February 7, 2014

melt my heart


We had an afternoon of snow and it brought out some pretty big smiles.

such cutenss


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Day by Day


Confession time.

I've been in a rut.

I'll be honest.  Four kids has revealed the cracks in my heart.  

My kids didn't create them... They existed before, but now they are evident to others.  Mostly those I live with and myself!  

The pride and self sufficiency that festered deep beneath the surface has come full force to the top!  I have found myself on my knees everyday asking for help, but everyday feeling like a failure.  Then I had this conversation...

A few ladies were sharing their hearts around a table last week and the subject came up of change.  So many things change after you have kids.

your body changes

your schedule changes

your time for yourself looks different

where your money goes changes

interruptions are more frequent

quietness is hard to find

The list could be a mile long and the list looks different depending on who you are. 

But you know what else changes?  
YOUR HEART!!!

It's getting a makeover!  it's being reconstructed! Outwardly I may not look so put together, but that is because inwardly He's making me more like HIM!  I may not be able to finish a conversation with a friend.  I may have the loudest house on the block.  I may not be able to find time to work out any more.  But I also have God that loves me desperately enough to use the frustrations and disappointments of this season of life to grow me deeper and closer to Him!

2 Corinthians 4:16 says, "Therefore, don't lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eteranal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.   For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal!"

I've allowed myself to focus too long on the list of things above. 

No more.

I'm going to keep my eyes on the unseen... the work that He is doing through even my momentary troubles.  what about you?  whether we are talking about parenting or not - do you find yourself frustrated by your current circumstances or grateful that our Savior is at work within you?

Because i'm not as eliquent as others, I'd like to share a quote that is in reference to the woman in Luke 7.  My sins may be different, but no less sinful.  This is from the book Passion Pursuit (which I HIGHLY recommend):
"She was eager, desperate, and probably terrified.  But the shackles of her sin and shame drove her to extreme measures- she risked all, brought her most treasured possession, and threw herself on the mercy of the Redeemer.  You are this woman.  The mask of your independence, accomplishments, and polished presentations can hide the fact that deep in your heart you are no less desperate to be redeemed.  This woman left that house a new creation.  Forgiveness and intimacy with Jesus was her new reality.  Her abandoned pursuit of Jesus was the stake in the ground that marked her life as forever changed."

Happy New YEAR friends! 
Let's go into 2014 the new creations that we are!

Welcome 2014!


We spent the day thinking about the coming year and reflecting on the past.  we decided to toast the new year with milk and cookies like last year. 

however, this year, i slipped their question papers into their stockings.  when we get our stockings out next year, they can read what they wrote and be thinking during the month of december about what they will write at the end of the month. 

i'm going to keep these.  i think it will be fun to look back and see what each of them liked and didn't like.  what their hopes and dreams are, etc.

isn't His word so good!  I'm thankful that He makes all things new... no matter how bad or sinful... he can restore it!!

that evening, we had our community group (minus one couple... missed you whites!!) to celebrate fondue style.

the night went so quickly that we almost missed midnight!  love these peeps!!

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