Welcome! Nuestra Casa Es Su Casa ...Our house is your house
Friday, December 14, 2007
Last night, we celebrated Nehemiah's 1st Birthday. He doesn't actually turn 1 until the 18th of December, but since Lord willing, we will be leaving on the 17th to head to the USA, we all thought it would be much better to celebrate here at home rather than in the van :)!
We are so very thankful for the blessing of our little guy! He's brought much joy to our home and everyone loves to "love" on Nehemiah all the time. He's really a sweetheart! As is our family tradition, we went around the room giving each person a chance to "bless" Nehemiah and say why they love him. We all remembered when he was first born last year and wouldn't hardly wake up and didn't eat for 9 days. We just kept giving Him over to the Lord as we thought God just might call him back home to be with Him. Then we remember how very sick he was those first 6 months of life as he struggled with his breathing. He's always been a bit weaker and seems to catch anything that's going around...yet the Lord's so gracious and little Nehemiah is growing and doing well.
All of our children have a nickname~ some of them have many :) We call Nehemiah either "Miah" (what Susannah called him when he was first born) or "the bullfrog". We had a froggie birthday party for him. The children made frogs from paper to decorate the table. I made or at least attempted to make a frog cake :) We bought a pack of green mints and some green olives to place on the table too. Everyone had fun blowing up green balloons and making 3 banners to hang up in the room. One said "Happy Birthday Nehemiah"; another said the words of Nehemiah's song I sing him every night, "Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know"; and the last one said "Psalms 127:3 "Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is His reward." For a special supper, I made homemade pizza~ 2 large pizzas for us and a little personal pizza for the birthday boy :)
Grandma had sent a gift for Nehemiah in the mail, so we let him open it. I just love his expression in that bottom picture. It is a little car dashboard/steering wheel and it makes car sounds and talks in English and Spanish. He had fun playing with it while we cleaned up from the party.
This week has been busy! We started out the week with most of the children under the weather with a couple of different sicknesses, but we thank the Lord they are all doing better now. We finished up 2nd quarter in our homeschool the week before, so we took this week to do some winter cleaning, Christmas baking, and other projects.
Tomorrow we will be putting together some goodie plates, and then in the evening, our church and our family will be going Christmas caroling. Sunday is our special Christmas service. Two Mexican Pastors from this state along with some people from their churches will be traveling to join us. We will be having a time of song, prayer, the children's choir will be singing, Daniel will be preaching, and then we'll end the evening with a Christmas Supper and gift exchange. Everyone is looking forward to it and we are praying that as our church invites their unsaved family members and neighbors to join us, that the Lord will open the hearts of many who will accept Him~ What a wonderful Christmas that would be!
Monday, we head "home" for Christmas. We are all excited about spending our first Christmas in 3 years with our family in the USA. We are looking forward to visiting and fellowshiping with our family, friends and church there. If the Lord brings us to your mind, will you please pray for the Lord to keep us safe as we travel, bless and direct our time in the states, and that our church here in Mexico will continue to grow and enjoy fellowship together in our absence. Pastor Humberto from the next town will be coming to hold services each week.
Well, I have a little Noah (age 3) who's half asleep and crying for a drink. Merry Christmas!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
It has been a while since we last wrote. First, I am so thankful that I (Jaynee) have been feeling soooo much better from my morning sickness. I know many people here in Mexico as well as in the states have been praying for me, and I thank the Lord for His graciousness in answering those prayers. With mommy back to feeling well, we set back into our daily schedule in full swing...this leaves me very little time during the week for the computer, but my goal is to at least update everyone here on Saturday evenings and maybe in the mid week if I have time.
The past couple of weeks, Daniel and the boys worked many afternoons on Hna. Juanita's kitchen. She is a widow lady in our church and has 4 of her young grandchildren living with her. She has a small brick house and had a kitchen attached to the outside put together by plywood and other odds and ends. As you can see from the first picture, it was falling away from the rest of the house, and we were thankful to be able to help her out. Her grandchildren tore down the old kitchen and then Daniel and they boys set to work. With the help of some local cement workers, they were able to build her a new kitchen. Although the kitchen was a blessing, Daniel shared that it was even an even greater blessing to be able to spend so much time with the family there while building the new room. He was able to spend hours witnessing to, talking with and discipling not only Juanita and those who live with her, but with her son, his wife, and their children/grandchildren who live next door. Please pray for these families that their hearts would be open and they would receive the Word of God, believe it, and give their lives to the Savior.
Tomorrow evening, after the church service, our church is having a posole dinner (a type of soup) and a time of singing around a fire outside. Though it still hits the 90's during the day, we are just as thankful as can be for the cooler nights and mornings...I think it get's in the 50's...cool enough to wear a sweater and sip a hot cup of tea or coffee. The Lord is so good!
The children are all getting excited about "going to grandma's house" for Christmas. This week they put together a paper chain to count down the days until we leave :) We all had a very good week and again, I am so very grateful to be feeling better. Daniel and Hno. Macario were able to go visiting and soul winning most every afternoon together this week. Daniel was thankful to have a man willing to go with him. Timothy and Elijah have started teaching Rebekah and Benjamin piano each afternoon after their studies and chores are done. I feel so blessed to have so many "little/big" helpers. Rebekah and Abigail have been making apple butter ever Saturday for the family for the week. They use the crockpots to make it, so really need no supervision and we all enjoy the "fruit" of their labors all week at breakfast :)
The 3 oldest boys have been sleeping out in the "treeless" tree fort every Saturday evening (provided they've worked hard with sweet spirits all week). They have enjoyed staring at the many stars in the night sky and have made many comments about how very big and mighty the Lord is just by looking at his vast creation. Yet He loves us so much!! Thank you for your prayers for our family and the people here...continue to pray the Lord will open their hearts so they can know our wonderful Savior!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Then next day, she woke up the same; I couldn't even put her dress on all the way, so Daddy took her into town to the hospital. At the hospital, they x-rayed it and found she had dislocated her elbow. They called it "codo de la ninera" (nursemaid's elbow) because it is common for children of that age to be holding the hand of the one caring for them and then to trip and fall while the adult holds them up by the arm thereby dislocating the elbow. Daniel was amazed how easy it was to fix...the doctor just simply and very lightly twisted her hand and it popped back into place. She had instant relief and was as good as new. We were very blessed that the entire proceedure only cost $10!
On Sunday, we were getting the house set up for service when it began to rain...within 2 hours the town was a mess of mud, streets that had turned into flowing creeks and mini rivers, and it was just a mess. When it rains here, nobody will leave their house for fear of not being able to return. So Daniel and the 3 oldest boys ventured out with the van to try to get to as many houses as they could. While the younger ones begged to go too, we figured if they got stuck, Daniel would have a hard time walking back with the little guys. Daniel was able to have a Bible study with some of the people in their homes which was a blessing. When they got back here, they were wet to the bone. They all changed and then had some potatos and warm bread that Elijah had made with me that weekend.
The town is still a disaster...MUD EVERYWHERE! Daniel and the boys took advantage of the soft, wet dirt and have been digging ditches they've needed to dig to put in some water lines. This morning, Daniel and they boys went over to Hna. Victorias house to trip her hedge and the girls are helping me prepare the food for the day and do some laundry. Lots of mud=LOTS of laundry! :)
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I just figured out how to add video to our blog, so I thought I'd share a clip :) Our church meets in homes for our services. This service was held in our home.
Also, our little Susannah turns 2 years old today! She's holding a present that Grandma sent in the mail a few weeks ago. We got it a few days ago and put it on top of our book shelf to save for her special day. She's walked by that bookshelf at least a dozen times a day this week pointing to her gift saying, "That's my birthday" :)
The children are going to make homemade decorations and hang up balloons this afternoon for her party. The girls will help me bake a cake this morning and Daddy will go into town with the boys to buy a couple treats for the birthday girl.
Two years ago today, I lay hemorraging on a gurney in the hall of the hospital all by myself. This morning I began by thanking the Lord for his gracious hand of protection over Susannah and myself that day and for the undescribable peace he gave me during that time. Our God is so good to give us the grace we need just when we need it. He is so good! Happy Birthday Susannah!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
1. I told my children that it is a lot different being pregnant at 34 than it was when I was 23 :) Mommy's getting old! But now I have lots of strong, sweet children to help me. They have done so well not only being sure to do their regular chores, but to help out in the things that mommy usually does, but can't do now.
2. I am so thankful for the many meals I have made with my little helpers working beside me. Since cooking is one of the most difficult things to do when I'm feeling yucky (next to laundry), I appointed Chefs Timothy, Elijah, Rebekah, Benjamin and Abigail to take over. I just have to set out the ingredients, give instructions, help light the stove, and supervise from the couch. They are enjoying being the cooks and doing a fine job.
3. Homeschooling- This is now mostly done in Daddy and Mommy's bedroom. We have a table and chairs in here where they can work; they get to snuggle up next to mommy and read their lessons. We've spent extra time working on their flash cards, doing spelling bee's, and reading which can all be done easily from bed.
4. Daddy- the nutricionist! :) Daniel has been so good in getting me whatever sounds good at the time...7-up, Gatorade, a plain baked potato, or a cup of hot corn. He's also done most of the shopping for me the past week so I don't have to and even picked up extra things from my list to give us some easier meals (Sandwhich stuff, cereal, ect...)
Timothy told me today that he is praying that I'll feel better soon, but that he has liked having the extra chores and enjoyed taking care of me. Daddy is gone out of town for the day and the children are doing such a great job of taking care of everything. Rebekah and Abigail came in the room a few minutes ago fussing over a game they were playing. Timothy walked in and said, "Don't worry, I can help them figure it out. I've seen you do it a lot. And if they can't work it out, I'll just have them put the game away and do something else, right?" Wow, they are growing up fast!
The Lord is so good to give me the grace and strength I need each time I go through this. It is also a time of increasing my faith and trust in Him. When I'm feeling really bad, I thank Him for being right there with me, giving us another little baby, and for all He teaches us through the hard times; then I just look over at little Nehemiah smiling at me with his big brown eyes and I smile too knowing that it is all more than worth it.