"I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." Acts 20:24

To Tell of His Grace

Friday, August 28, 2015

First Week of School!!!

What an amazing week we have had ~had to get the hang of online school
the first day or two but after we caught on, we love it!
We had really been praying about what to do for school this year with two new little ones coming home 1/2 way though the school year. We have always sought the Lord each year about what His plans are for our kids schooling. Our deepest desire is to pour Christ deep into the heart of each of our children. 

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-8

LOVE Jesus with all that we are
IMPRESS His Ways on our children
TALK about His Ways ALL throughout the day...morning, noon and night
KEEP His Word always before us

The more we pondered these verses, we wondered if we could really follow them as the LORD desires that we do if we had our 3 bigs in school all day, then sports practice after school, then rushing home for dinner and homework.....
then time to put the littles down. 

Where would we squeeze in His Word? 

How could we really disciple our bigs and pour Christ into them if they
were gone or doing HW 10-12 hours a day?

The more we prayed, the more our hearts began to see the importance of keeping Jesus first and really the only way for us to do this in this season of life
was to have everyone HOME.

I knew I couldn’t school them with two new kiddos coming home
and needing to be loved on. 

So we are doing Clovis Online School for Kennady and Keegan ~ its the exact curriculum that they would have at their schools but they get their work done
in just a few hours a day at home. 

Kolson is doing a workbook driven homeschool curriculum called ACE, it’s a program where he can work independently for the most part and just get my help when needed ~ he can also work at his own pace, which he loves. It's pretty easy work compared to what he is used to, so since Mrs. Ashley is teaching 5th grade this year, she will be helping me supplement his schooling with added Math and Creative Writing (the subjects that I feel are "light" in his homeschool program). 

This way we have MORE TIME in God’s Word together!! It has been such a blessing......truly as I prayed about what curriculum we should use, I felt as if the Lord said, “My Word will be their curriculum this year!” We have time for devotionals, scripture memory and studying a Christian Hero together
(Corrie Ten Boom is our first hero). 

Kennady ~ Freshman

Keegan ~ 7th Grade

Kolson ~ 5th Grade

Kaylee ~ Pre-K

Of course all the bigs miss their friends.....
so a weekend sleepover should help that ;)

We will also be making a couple of trips to Haiti to see our kiddos,
so online programs work perfectly for this :)

We are looking forward to an AMAZING year of seeking HIS FACE together!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Missing our Kids!

Sis and I have been home a couple of days now and we are missing our kids big time! We are all ready for them to come home ~ Brodie and the boys are already planning their next trip :)
Sis and Little Brother waking up the hill to Duet, the sister orphanage of our crèche 
Kennady eating street food (she was much braver this time.....not me!) Could be why she came home with tummy issues :-/ 
Daddy FaceTimeing with his baby girl. Just longing to have them home!!
Sis with some of her buds
And her "bestie" :)
We traveled with a super fun team ~ these kids became like siblings :))). So fun!!!
Mommy and Little Brother ~ can't wait for the day to show you all pictures of their faces~ just look at those dimples! 
On our way to church! 
There was a Gospel Parade where churches gathered and walked the streets singing and sharing the gospel and encouraging those in the community to join us for church. We got to join the end of this beautiful procession :)
Kennady and I had some special travel time :). Such a blessing! Ready to go back!!!

Thank You Jesus for allowing us to go and visit our babies. We know You love them more than us! You hold them and care for them ~ thank You, gracious Heavenly Father! We ask You to comfort them and make a way for ALL of these waiting children to come HOME soon :). We ask these things in Your Holy Name, Amen

Monday, August 17, 2015

Day 4 in Haiti

We are having a great time with our kiddos! Such great bonding time ~ it's going to be hard to leave them!!

They are so joyful and they keep us laughing all day :)))

We are already thinking about the next time we will be back! 

It has been so nice being here with the New Harvest team again. We also met up with our friend, Torie who is living here for a year. 
She served at a different crèche so it was a nice break for her to hang out with friends and see how another crèche is run. Such a blessing to encourage one another in Jesus! 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Haiti Bound

Sis and I are blessed to be spending the week in Haiti loving on our kiddos!!! We're just arriving and can't wait to see our babies in just a few hours!!! 
We are traveling again with our NH church family!!! Love that we can serve our Lord with friends and get to visit our babies at the same time! 
Lots of young ones on this trip to keep things LIVELY! 
We may have irritated a few passengers with these crazy ones sitting next to one another on our last flight ;)
But it was entertaining for those of us who were near them, lol! 
Apparently fanny packs are back in??? Or at least these two are hoping they'll make a comeback ;)
Early morning Starbucks ~ ready for the day now!!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Beach Trip

Towards the end of summer we always do a beach trip 
We love our time at the coast! 

Last summer Kaylee would barely touch the sand......this year she acted like it never even bothered her! 

One of our favorite parts is that we always go the same week as a group of our great friends and we all meet up ~ we've made some of the best memories over the years! Kaylee's getting a  volleyball lesson from Lauren :)

And boogie boarding with her friends!

The big kids had a major spikeball game going! 

Such a fun group of kids!! 
And moms :)))

When we got home Sissy died a strip of her hair pink ~ it looks adorable! Just in time for our Haiti trip next week :))). Of course Kaylee Grace asked to have pink hair like Sissy ~ she'll have to wait a few years for that! 

All 4 kids had dental appointments and look who sat in the chair and got a full cleaning all by herself!!! She did amazing! And NO cavities! 

Got to FaceTime with Belay tonight one last time before he leaves for Ethiopia! Praying for Jesus to move mountains as he presses forward in changing orphan care in Ethiopia through Hope for the Fatherless! Can't wait to watch Jesus move!!! 

God is so good ~ looking forward to a day set aside to worship Him tomorrow!