Welcome! Nuestra Casa Es Su Casa ...Our house is your house
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
While we've been trying to keep meals as cheap as possible and use all we can from our pantry/fridge the past week as we are about to leave, we were blest with a delicious lunch...and all Timothy had to pick up at the store for me was some margerine and pasta. :)
Daniel came home with a couple pounds of shrimp last week. Living less than an hour from 2 oceans/seas supplies us with much fish/seafood at just pesos :) And then yesterday, Daniel was visiting a family in our church when they gave him a huge bag of asparagus. Daniel peeled and deveined the shrimp, Abigail helped me sautee them and steam the asparagus, and then we cooked some pasta to go with it. So for just a few cents a plate, we had sauteed shrimp with buttered pasta and steamed asparagus. What a treat!
The children and I have kept busy all day cleaning the house, getting the laundry washed, and packing our bags. Daniel has been working on the van/trailer the entire day. He fixed a flat tire, fixed the van door which wouldn't open, changed the oil, worked on some other small issues, and is hoping to get it vacuumed, washed, with car seats installed before we have to get ready for prayer meeting.
Little Nehemiah had a horrible stomach ache yesterday and began throwing up last night. He finally settled down around 3 am and awoke with a good fever this morning. I got him to take some fever reducer and drink a bit of Gatorade and then he fell asleep for another hour or so. When he woke up, he was in good spirits and asking for some cereal which he happily ate along with the rest of his Gatorade. So far, he's seemed to feel much better and we are praying the Lord will heal him completely before tomorrow and keep the other children from getting sick.
We so appreciate your prayers as we travel tomorrow and we will update during the trip as we can.
Lunch is ready!
Abigail helping make the shrimp
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
oh wow. i have never made bagels before! they look so yummy too. were they hard to make? I was wondering how you pay for your bills, house, and food, clothing for the kids..I know you said your husband spends his days praying with the neighbors, but do they pay him for that?
Several people asked about the bagels and they were really quite simple to make. My only complaint was that they didn't last more than about 5 minutes. Next time I will have to make a double batch. :)
I got a bagel recipe a while back off of tammyrecipes.com. All it required was flour, sugar, salt, water and yeast. I let my bread machine do the work of mixing while I finished teaching the children and after it had risen, I put a pot of water to boil on the stove and the children helped me divide the dough into balls and then shape each ball into a bagel. We boiled them for about a minute each, and then put them on a cookie sheet, brushed them with egg white, and baked them for about half an hour. I haven't had a bagel in years as they don't make/sell them here, so we were very happy! :)
Often times people wonder how a missionary pays for his expenses while on the field. A missionary is supported much the same way a pastor is supported~ through the giving of Christians. In the case of a missionary, he is sent out by his home church and then supported by that church and other churches so that he can dedicate his time to preaching the gospel.
So we are sent out by our home church in the USA. They, along with other churches and brothers/sisters in Christ support us both through prayer and finances enabling us to live and share the gospel here in Mexico.
While Daniel is able to physically be here walking the streets, working, preaching, knows the Spanish language, understands the culture ect... other believers have just as important of a part in reaching these precious souls with the gospel through their prayers and giving.
Daniel does much more than pray with the neighbors. He would say his job description is simply to preach the gospel, although he does so much more. He preaches, walks from house to house soul winning, disciples new believers, visits the widows and sick, trains and teaches those young men who desire to serve the Lord as pastors/missionaries themselves, plus the never ending physical work that is always in abundance here.
The Lord has so faithfully provided all our needs. And how it has increased our faith more and more as we see Him care for us.
I was curious about your road trip home. Do you take turns driving to break up the trip? Where do you sleep during the 3 day journey? Tents or hotels? Do you pack food for the trip? How do all the kids do in the car for so long? DVD players?
Daniel does all the driving when we travel. Occasionally, if we have a very long day of driving and have no time to stop for a short rest, I will drive for an hour or so so he can get a nap, but that doesn't happen too often. The road along the peninsula scares me to drive especially since we pull the trailer. It's so narrow, no shoulder, only one lane, and the semi's drive by so close! :) Before we came to the mission field, Daniel worked for 5 years for a company where he drove a truck all day, so he's so very skilled and we ask the Lord throughout the day to protect us as we travel. If I do help drive, it is only in the USA :) We do look forward to the day when we will have children old enough to help with the driving too :)
We stay the 2 nights we're on the road in a hotel. We stay in one hotel here in Mexico and then one hotel in the states. We are blessed to have found a hotel in both places that allows us to only rent 1 room! The rooms are spacious; daddy and mommy get 1 bed, the girls all share the other, and the boys camp out with their blankets/pillows on the floor.
Yes, we do pack some food for the trip or stop at little markets on the way to buy things to make sandwhiches or burritos. For breakfast, Daniel will get us all bananas, bread, and yogurt. I sometimes bring our electric skillet and we can make egg burritos too which is nice. Once we cross the US border though, believe it or not, the children can't wait until they see a taco bell....they just love their bean burritos and so that is always a special treat we do on the way up.
The children do well traveling...they've had lots of practice :) No, we do not have a DvD player, but they bring things to keep busy. They each have their own back pack they "pack up" for the trip...books, games, notebooks, little toys, snacks ect... help the time pass. We like to sing and visit together of course. We also bring preaching tapes, music tapes, Scripture tapes, and we have some story tapes too (Pilgrim's Progress, The Hiding Place).
We do all have times of getting bored of course...it's a llooonnnggg drive! But the "goal" of reaching "grandma's town" is good to help everyone endure. Usually right around 8 pm, we hit what we call "melt down" time...that's when usually 4-6 of them start crying and fussing all at once. But the good thing is that is a sign of them being too tired and within about 10-15 minutes, they all fall asleep :)
Monday, October 27, 2008
Here is a scorpian Daniel found in the church yesterday morning!
Boiling the bagels...this was everyone's favorite part...other than the eating! :)
Brushing them with egg white so "they will look all pretty" says Abigail
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Well, the Lord sent us right here! :) And He even gave me grace to handle the crickets. They honestly don't really bother me anymore. A couple nights ago, one jumped on my face while I was eating supper and I just threw it off. The Lord is so good to even care about my fear of bugs ;)
*Oh mommy, do you think you can buy a couple boxes of malt-o-meal to take back home with us? (Timothy)
*I can't wait until we cross the border and see a Taco Bell....I LOVE their bean burritos! (Elijah)
*Oh Mommy, we can buy some stuff to make pumpkin pie and the other yummy things we do on Thanksgiving like at Grandma's house. (Rebekah)
*I LLLOOOOVVVVVEEE the states! They have these pizzas that you take home and put in the oven and they are super yummy! (Abigail)
* McDonalds french fries are there everyone! Yeeeeaaaa! (I think I heard that comment from about 6 of them).
Okay, so apparently we all miss American food. I've been telling Daniel the past few weeks, "Why is it that everything that sounds good to my queasy tummy or any craving I have ALWAYS something that is only in the USA?" :)
Monday, October 20, 2008
So I got released from my bed!!! I am still on limited activity (no lifting, rest periods required throughout the day, no hard work yet), but everyone is so glad Mommy can be up and about, do the cooking and as long as there are no other signs of problems, eventually resume a regular routine in time.
Thank you so much for your prayers. We are so thankful the Lord has chosen to bless us with such a wonderful report this morning! Well, the computer is in our bedroom and that is the LAST place I want to be right now :), so I'm off to help fix lunch.
Pray for Daniel again today as he goes back into the village this afternoon. The same men are faithfully coming and listening, though have not yet come to Christ. Some of the other people in the village have begun to show a bit of opposition to Daniel's visits, so pray the Lord will work in the hearts of those there and that somebody will soon come to Him.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Little sick Eliseo...I'm so glad they are all feeling better!
Susannah got hit in the head with a stick (unintentionally) by a sibling, so she was icing it with a bag of frozen berries. :)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
This is going to be an extra busy weekend, although a bit different than we expected with me having to stay in bed. Tomorrow, Daniel will be going down to La Paz (about 3 hours south) to pick up Brother Juan and his family. Brother Juan is Mexican missionary and dear friend of our family. He, his wife, and their little girl were in a serious bus accident 2 years ago which almost took his wife's life. Nineteen people died on the scene of the accident (8 on impact and 11 other while waiting for the ambulence which took almost 4 hours to arrive). They are such a sweet family who love the Lord and have a burden for their own people. Daniel invited Brother Juan up to spend time with our family and the brothers/sisters in Christ here and to preach in our church on Sunday.
Saturday we are having a worker's BBQ at our house which is a time for all those who work in our church to enjoy a time of fellowship together. I'm hoping to be feeling well enough to sit outside a bit and visit :) And then on Sunday we'll be having a church fellowship supper after evening service. Timothy assured me he'd save me a plate of my favorite foods :)
Thank you again for praying.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This little guy keeps me company all day :) He's so content and happy to just lay by mommy and smile
My night stand- The girls brought me their lotion to use :)
Somebody loves his daddy :)
Josiah and Eliseo joined me for my morning quiet time...there on my Bible is the u/s of our little baby. We all prayed for him/her right after we took this picture.
Josiah helping to get Nehemiah's wild hair combed.
Isaiah and Abigail going over their lessons on our bed.
Teaching from bed
Monday, October 13, 2008
I was feeling much better by the evening, but while I was getting ready to go to bed, I began to bleed pretty heavily. We had lost a baby to miscarriage between Timothy and Elijah, and we were sure this was what was happening now. I went to bed with a sad heart, yet the Holy Spirit comforted me with knowing that our little one would be with Jesus and someday, we would all be together forever. Oh, what blessed hope we have in Jesus! I fell asleep thinking of my youngest sister who is due with twins just a few days before me and I prayed for her babies.
The next morning, we went to see my doctor and explained to him what was going on. He was very concerned and did an ultrasound right away. After a few seconds he said,
"Your baby looks....perfect". He/she was moving all around, waving at mommy :), had a good strong heartbeat, measuring right at 11 weeks along. I was so surprised and happy to see that!
He told me that a portion of the placenta has torn away from the uterine wall which was the cause for the pain and bleeding. This puts the pregnancy at "high risk" and I've been ordered to complete bed rest. He wants to see me again next Monday for another scan.
Isn't it wonderful that the same God who made the entire world has so lovingly formed each and every part of our little baby? And His ever watchful eyes are upon him/her! It is so good to be able to rest in Him.
We would appreciate your prayers so very much. Today, I'll be making a revised schedule to cover mommy's chores and make sure daddy still gets fed good. The children always enjoy cooking, so they will get lots of opportunities :) Pray for Daniel as he will be extra busy. I remember when he was so sick back in May how tiring it can be keeping up with the normal "mommy" and some "daddy" jobs too. The Lord is so good to give us the grace and strength as we need it! How faithful is He!
Blessed be His name!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
There were lots of children there and our children had fun playing and coloring with them.
Daniel brought his guitar and we spent about 2 hours visiting and singing songs/hymns with everybody.
By 4:30 pm, the rain had stopped leaving us with only a strong wind which was a blessing as it served to rapidly dry things out. The children played on our back patio and since we still didn't have power, we had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and since we had no running water yet, Daniel washed off the worst part of the dirt/mud from the children's hands and feet with our bucket of mop water :) Right before bedtime, the lights came back on. Thank you Lord for your loving care.
Rebekah and Josiah were "teaching Sunday School :)"
There was a group playing a game
And Noah told me he was teaching Susannah and Nehemiah how to read...that's pretty good since he can't read himself yet :)
Little guy waits out the storm with a nice long nap
But mainly we just watch the storm...from the patio
Or if it gets too windy, we watch from the couch...on top of Daddy :)
The eye of the storm has just made land, but it hit a bit lower than was predicted which keeps us about 70 miles from the eye. So far, it hasn't been to bad! The Lord is answering prayer. Daniel just stopped by to visit the people from our church at the shelter, and they are all doing well. Just bored...so he brought them some soda and chips :)
Friday, October 10, 2008
Timothy's birthday breakfast..omelets and toast
Timothy's birthday dinner...he's got a funny face there :) Nehemiah's in the background saying "Where's mine?"
Timothy opening his gifts
Daddy handing him his BB gun! :)
Watch out rabbits, rattlesnakes, and reptiles!