Tuesday, September 30, 2014

enjoy the simple

Sometimes it is just black and white.
We want to get our crayons out and paint it up here and fix it up there. 
We want to enhance all the details.
just take a deep breath
enjoy the clean
enjoy the simplicity 
(a few hours at the sea side with my little ones)

feel the sea breeze against your face,

Thursday, July 31, 2014

spillin' the beans

Last month, when we went back to the States we stayed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   The kids and I were with Papa Tot and Memaw (Prince Charming's parents).  Next door lives John Truman's, 1, favorite person.  Great-Grandma Dorlis.  Over the five weeks we stayed there she was his favorite playmate.  Nearly every morning he woke up and his first thought was to take Maw Maw her paper.
 He wanted to stay with her many mornings and afternoons.
She spoiled him but he loved it.
John was carrying the bucket for Maw Maw as she was picking peas.
 She was showing them how to open the peas.
  John kept tasting the peas and then spitting them out on the ground.
Today, I received an email with this picture.
  John's peas had taken root and grown under Maw Maw's swing.
  Sweet reminder of those special weeks.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mon, it's Mango Season

Yippee, we really enjoy mango season.
  2 of our neighbors have trees
 and every day now they are knocking on my gate with a rock to get my attention.
  When I look out,
 there they are with a giant smile and an even "gianter"  bowl of mangoes!
  I love it.  

I enjoy the beauty of the peachy orange fruit
 but even more I love the joy I see on their faces when they see me enjoying their gift.
"I'm not sure about this thing." John Truman, 1 yr
"Let me taste yours, sis"
"Yep, I like it."
Eden Grace, 6
My freezer is now loaded with frozen mango puree perfect for a yummy healthy smoothie.
 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

slow down, Mrs. Missionary

As a missionary wife, on the field, we are tempted and sometimes pressured to participate in every ministry possible.  Working in the church has many, many opportunities for service.  Children's Sunday School and clubs, ladies meetings and Bible studies, choir, etc.  Each is wonderful and good, but let us not overlook our own personal ministry.
The little ones that God gave you are gathered around your legs now but sooner than you think they will be gone.  Off to their own adventures.  There will always be many ministry opportunities in the church, but you only have one family.

Deuteronomy 6:7 "And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou list down, and when thou risest up."

Don't be so busy and tired with helping others that you do not sit, laugh, joke, and play with your children.  The most important lessons of their life can be learned and should be learned at your knee.
 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bracelets dirt cheap

remember these ladies?
 These are a few of the lovely ladies of Valley Baptist Church in Spot Valley, Jamaica.  Since starting the church in 2010 our numbers have grown and we have been looking for land to build a church house for over a year.  Sometimes I get discouraged but our wonderful members have the faith the land is there and God is gonna give it to us!  Have I mentioned how awesome they are?  I may be the Pastor's wife but so often they encourage and convict me.

These ladies have gave of their time
 to handcraft beautiful bracelets.  
Each one is unique
 just like the woman who made it
& just as beautiful.
  Each bracelet is sold to raise money for a church building. 
 Now until Sunday they are on sale at a discount price.  Can you say dirt cheap?   

Regularly $15!  Hurry
So many many of you have purchased things my ladies have made.  (Mango Marketplace typically sales pieces they make and the money all goes back to them to help them support their families.)  Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.
 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

priceless times

My older 3 princesses are at Church Camp this week with their memaw and 2 cousins.  Memaw is super brave.  I have the {awesome} opportunity to stay in her home {with a/c} and take care of my niece, Aurelia and my 2 babies. Prince Charming's sister and her husband and three children are missionaries in Molango, Mexico.  So it is rare that we see each other.

 Enjoying the silliness and girlie behavior of these sweeties.
You can tell they don't live in the US.
  I told them we were going to eat ice-cream sandwiches for lunch
 and they both laughed and then said, "ewww."
  Until they saw what I was talking about.  We had seconds. {hush}
Times with cousins are the best.
When you live in another country from your cousins, times with them are precious.
When you both live in different countries from America, times with them are priceless. 
  Some of my greatest childhood memories include
 jumping hay bales and roaming through the woods
 with my cousins, at our grandparent's farm.
I'm so thankful that my children are making lots of memories this summer.
 
Wow. I can't believe that it's been almost a month since I've posted.  The kids and I are enjoying a little family time in Louisiana for a few weeks before we head back to Jamaica to host 3 awesome groups.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

someone's gonna find a spider

our church is blessed to have many children.  For some reason we are filled with rough, loud, ornery little boys right now.

there is not a Sunday School class time that I do not have to separate them.
there is not a Sunday School class time when I don't have to raise my eyebrows at them.
Each time I see their shining little faces jump off the church bus I know…
someone's gonna need discipline.
someone's gonna need corrected for something.
someone's gonna poke and tease the girls.
someone's gonna find a spider.



but when the altar time is called
           and 7 little boys gather around Pastor to pray with him…
        you wonder if maybe they're gonna turn out all right.

Thank you, Lord.

note: if you attend Valley Baptist Church and wonder about this post.  I actually wrote it when it happened several months ago and never posted it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

yesterday of their childhood is gone

I awoke in the {very} early morning hours to the sound of breathing close to my face.  As I squinted my eyes open there were 2 little hazel eyes silently watching me.  After recovering from the initial shock of someone watching me sleep I smiled and said,
"good morning.  What in the world are you doing?"
"I thought you might want to play a game."
"A game?!?"  I blinked my eyes to see the clock clearly.
"Any game, mommy.  I know, let's play house."

Now there's a novel idea.  Why didn't I think of that?

A few hours later finds us all in the kitchen..."playing house".  One princess was washing the dishes, one princess was drying them and putting them away, and one princess was mopping all the dishwater up in the floor that seemed to flow in a steady stream.  Another little one is rubbing the broom around the floor attempting to corral the crumbs from their morning toast.  And the crowned Prince?  Well, he's never in one place very long.  Sweet helpers.
he's only 16 months and 5 days....today
toss him up in the air to make him laugh so you can see those crooked little teeth peeking through
snuggle your nose into his neck to catch the faint baby smell...it will soon be gone
coax him to say your name
rock him to sleep… while he still wants you to

she's only 3 years, 4 months and 11 days....today
play candy land… again…and again
read her another story
braid her piggy tails

she's only 6 years,  2 months and 11 days....today
put her hair in piggie tails…anyways
hold her in your lap...soon she won't fit
memorize her smile with the missing tooth

she's 8 years, 5 months and 13 days....today
look her in the eyes when she tells you her story
laugh at her made up jokes
hold her hand

she's only 9 years and 11 months….today
brush her hair
let her cook the recipe herself and then tell her everything she did right
find things to laugh with her about


yesterday of their childhood is gone.  How will you spend today?
count your blessings
(John Truman had to have Eden's hat)
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