Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sweet time!

Angie and her son Alex still in the Dominican Republic
Visit her site: Our Treasure our Heart

I have no pictures from today.

Just my memories.

I spent some time with my sisters in Christ today praying for a dear friend.

Right up at the top of me list of favorite things is to hear my sisters praying, out loud, guards down for one another.

We decided to fast for 24 hours and join together in prayer to help bring our friend home.

She left for the Dominican Republic on June 10th for an adoption.

Today, October 26th her little boy and husband are still there.

She came home for a short two week break.

Following God's call is never easy.

It requires sacrifice.

It is putting your total trust in the One who called you to never leave you or forsake you.

We had such a sweet time of prayer. It is hard to see her go back.

Only God knows for sure when she and Alex will come home and be reunited as a family.

Please pray for my friend and her family.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Fun!


That's the name of the farm we headed to last weekend.

They have all kinds of fun fall activities.

It was a very warm day but we had a blast!

Adam had fun in the fishing cabin.

Sammy loved the slide.

There's a little fishing pond...

and a hay ride.

The highlight of the farm is the corn maze.

The weather is finally getting cooler here.

I love fall!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Strong and Courageous

Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you;
He will never leave you or forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6

Adam loves his shirt from Wild Olives.
He chooses to wear it quite often.
I love the verse on the back.

Happy Sunday!

Sunday Snapshot

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Blessing

Last night was such a blessing to us.

We hosted our friend Naphtaly Mattah all the
way from Mfango Island in Lake Victoria.

He came to Charlotte to continue his work translating the bible
to the language of the Suba people.

It took 20 years to complete but last Spring the Suba
people finally had a bible in their own language.

Realizing some people could not read their own language he came back to JAARS to record an audio version of the bible. His people will have it to listen to if they are unable to read.

The word dedicated comes to mind when I think of Naphtaly.

He was also given a vision to help the children of Mfangano Island
that have been orphaned losing their parents to AIDS.

He runs a school called Gethsemane Garden Christian Center.

He cares for over 500 children there.

He and his staff educate them, teach them about AIDS and how to prevent it, and most importantly teach them about the love of a heavenly father.

It is a privilege to be involved with this work and to know Naphtaly.

We gathered last night to hear more of the stories of the children.

It is always compelling and leaves us knowing there is so much to do, so many needs.

I grabbed my camera at the end of the evening.
The sight of Adam, Naphtaly and Sir Purr on the den floor was just needing to be captured!

The three of them were drawing pictures.

Naphtaly quoted scripture in the Suba language.

He taught us several greetings in his language.

It was a blessed evening for all who were there!

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Look who's home

It's fall break for most colleges around here.

So what do you do at fall break when you have no money?

You come home to your family!

And then your mom talks you into a photo shoot.

Only after you've been mauled by the little kids.

And you miss breakfast because apparently 12:30 pm is the time you wake up.

Seriously though it is good to have him here for the long weekend.

He, his dad, and his two brothers are out fishing as I type this post.

It's a been a great weekend!

Sunday Snapshot

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Too much of a good thing!

The other night we dining on the porch.
The weather here in Charlotte has been perfect and our back
porch is the perfect spot to enjoy this weather.

I was serving Chicken Squares which is shredded chicken,
mixed with cream cheese rolled in a crescent roll.

C.J. announce at the table "This is the third time this week
that we have had something rolled up in a crescent roll".

O.K. I have to admit that advertising works on me.

I saw the commercials for the hot dogs wrapped in
crescent rolls with a slice of cheese in them.
I thought the kids would love them!

So I made them twice in a week.

Then with the leftover rolls I made chicken squares.

Greg said "Your mother is all about cooking around a theme
and this week's theme is crescent rolls".

I told him I always have one theme and that is to feed all of you!!!


Pillsbury, thank you for all the wonderful ideas on how to feed my family.
They are so appreciative!

Could you please show me what else can be wrapped up in a crescent roll?

I am sure they will LOVE it!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I will Follow

Yesterday I was alone in the car with these two.
We had the sunroof open and the radio up.
As we drove along I heard the sweetest sound.
These two little Chinese cuties were singing to the top of their lungs.
I have heard them sing before.

Maybe it was the words they were signing that really got to me.

Where You go, I'll go
Where You stay, I'll stay
When You move, I'll move
I will follow You
Who You love, I'll love
How You serve I'll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow You
I will follow You

My babies don't know it but they are singing about some pretty big stuff.

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me,
he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

I pray they will always follow Him!

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Coming to an end!

You know the saying...
All good things must come to an end.

And this has been a very good thing!

Our lease of Marshmallow is almost over.

Marshmallow is a young pony but because of a bad ankle
she is only allowed to walk/trot from here on out.
No more jumping.

Each pony has its unique personality.
I call Marshmallow the Princess.
She hates to have her ears touched.
She can be some what grumpy at times.
She loves to go fast and sometimes is hard to slow down.
She loves to be loved on and is one of the favorites among the pony crazy girls at the barn.

It has been a wonderful experience for us to lease Marshy!
We have enjoyed our time with her!

Now we are back to the same question we were at year ago.

To lease....or not to lease????

Sunday Snapshot

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