Monday, July 16, 2007

Summer!

This is what summer is supposed to be all about! I am so thankful to my friend, Margo, for inviting us to share in her vacation. Margo was planning her vacation and feeling bummed because her family wasn't going this time. She asked Molly and I along for the trip. At first, I was feeling a little like a homebody. I've been gone so much this summer, and our own vacation is next week. I was sort of wanting to hang out here. We decided to go with Margo and Haley. I thought it would help Margo to have someone for Haley to hang out with. But...what I thought was doing something for a freind, ended up being such a blessing to me. Kent ended up getting off work the last part of the week and came down with Maci. Poor Margo didn't get lonely!! We had a good time and relaxed. I realized that I was going to be home all school year! Summer is supposed to be about the beach, camps, and mission trips! God blessed us through a good friend. I hope she had as good of a time as we did. We're trying to get her to quit her job and come hang out with us next week! I think beach bumming for the summer wouldn't be a bad thing. We'll figure out how to pay bills in the fall! She doesn't seem to be going along with the idea. I tried the calling in sick, but she's just too loyal to that job of hers!! Maybe next year!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Crazy summer!

Okay, things have been a little crazy around here! Brazil and then Super Summer (camp), but we're finally back on track, at least for the next few weeks. Kent figured out how to put pictures on the blog so maybe I can do better at keeping it updated. I think I felt bad writing anything when we had promised pictures and I still hadn't gotten it worked out. It is really Jamie's fault. She has been out of town for 3 WEEKS and I was waiting for her to get back to help me!! hehe. Kent figured it out before she stepped in though. YEA KENT!
Our summer has already been so full! The mission trip was the most amazing experience ever. Seeing my kids lead others to Christ was the best. God also brought a lot of healing to me. Many of you know that after we lost the baby in November, I had a hard time dealing with the grief. I kept praying for God to just show me how he could be glorified through this. I thought it would make it easier. I finally realized that I had to trust God without seeing. It wasn't until then that He opened the window. God allowed me, while in Rio, to lead many pregnant girls to the Lord. I was able to share with them a little bit of my story, and how that I would see my baby again one day in heaven. I told them that my prayer was for them and their babies to one day be with me and my baby in heaven. Over and over these girls accepted Christ. I told them that my prayer for them was that they would raise their children to love the Lord. God reminded me that if I had my baby, I would not be in Brazil. My due date was June 16. Coming home and facing that day, was made easier, knowing that not only me and my children, but my new sisters, and hopefully their children, would all be in heaven together one day. I saw a glimpse of the big picture that God was seeing all along. It was the hardest thing I have ever gone through, but God understood. He had given up his son to save the whole world. Ephesians 3:20 has been the verse I have clung to since my brain lesion, but today as I was reading it again, I kept reading the whole thing and it came together even more clearly.

Ephesians 3:20-21: Now glory be to God who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of-infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes. (21) May he be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the church through Jesus Christ.

He has been glorified through this, and I have been blessed to be a small part of his master plan.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Brazil pictures

This is the pastor from Park of the Mission church. Our group presented him with a love offering to help with ministry needs in the community.

Shawnah playing duck duck goose with the kids

Our family at the beach for a quick pic...no time to swim, bummer!

Maci with new friends. Sorry I don't know how to turn

All the kiddos LOVED Molly. Sorry, hope your neck is not sore!

These children are playing in a creek...full of sewage.

I love this picture of my wife! Shawnah had just been able to lead this baby's mom to the Lord.

Photo of our entire group...63 in all at entrance of Rio Hard Rock Cafe

Jared with his team. He is a rock star for Jesus.

Another pic of Maci sharing her faith. She was so nervous but God used her in an amazing way!

Photos from Brazil


Here are some pictures from our mission trip to Brazil.