Welcome! Nuestra Casa Es Su Casa ...Our house is your house

A glimpse into the life of Daniel and Jaynee Lockwood and their 12 precious blessings. Thank you for visiting; we pray that what we share here may always bring glory to our wonderful God and Saviour. May you praise the Lord with us for the great things He has done and continues to do as we serve Him sharing the gospel here in the little town of Cuidad Insurgentes, BCS Mexico. He alone is good and faithful!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Home

My baby sister Jacquee, her husband Chuck, and their twins with Samuel and I.
We surprised them on our way back home and finally got to see each other's babies! :)

A couple of Samuel's NICU nurses took me out to lunch the day before we left. And they gave us gift cards/money to buy a couple of meals on the road! What a treat! Yea for the dollar menus!













We stopped by and visited several people/churches on our way home. The children enjoyed playing at Pastor Wilkerson's house (First Baptist of Long Beach, CA) after being in the car for several hours.


We finally made it! We managed to turn a 3 day trip into a week, but none the less, we are home! I had great plans of taking pictures of our arrival and some video of the children jumping and running around with shouts of sheer joy as they one by one brought me all the things they'd missed that they wanted me to see...but the camera got lost among the piles of books, games, sunflower seeds, diapers, and all the other things that were covering the floor of the van. I did take some pictures during our travels and so will share some of those with you all.
Thank you so much for praying for us as we traveled. We praise the Lord for bringing us home again safely. We arrived home Friday night, and between all our luggage, supplies, and dontated clothing for the people here, I was thankful I didn't lose a child in all the mess! :) The children and I plugged away here at home and we finally have everything in it's place. Daniel has already had many calls to minister since we walked back into the door and I'm so thankful to know the Lord has called him to serve Him here; we are eager to see the Lord continue to work in the hearts of those here in the days ahead.
We had a long but good trip home. I tell you, it's been quite a week!! One of the reasons it took so long is that Samuel got sick. He began running a fever, coughing, and sounding all wheezy. We were so concerned and at the time were in San Diego planning on crossing the border the next morning. We weren't sure what to do. We prayed and then I woke up all night long to check on him. His fever was higher in the morning, so we decided we'd better try to find a doctor. We called Daniel's brother/sister in law and asked them to call the our church's prayer chain. I hadn't a clue how to find a doctor, so I just opened the yellow pages and called a pediatrician. She saw us right away and was so very nice. Samuel had fluid in his lungs, but his fever was gone by the time we got there (thank you Lord!). We have a couple of children with breathing problems, so we carry a nebulizer with us at all times. So she put him on an antibiotic and prescribed some medicine to use in the nebulizer to help his breathing. He seems to be doing better now; we have to go to the capitol this week so we'll take him to see the pediatrician there to get checked. So please pray for Samuel to continue to get better.
Daniel just got home from taking Susannah to the hospital. She was taking her shower tonight when she slipped and cut her chin open. We knew she needed some stiches and so Daniel took Rebekah (as moral support and comfort for her little sister)and Susannah to the ER. An couple hours and a few stitches later, they are home and sleeping together soundly.
It's so good to be home! Thank you Lord!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

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Home! :) We're pulling out in a couple of minutes. The Lord has been blessed us abundantly during our time here through so many answered prayers. What a wonderful Heavenly Father we have! He is so good!
Thank you for praying! Pray as we travel home that the Lord will keep us safe. Pray for our little ones as several have bad coughs/colds right now. Pray that little Samuel will stay healthy and not catch what the rest of them have.
God bless you!





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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Swine Flu

We've had a few people ask us about the Swine Flu. Some are wondering if we are nervous about going back to Mexico or if there have been any cases in our specific area.
From what we have researched, to date, there are no reported cases in our area (Baja California Sur). In fact, last time we checked, there were more cases reported now in the United States than in Mexico.
After much prayer and counsel, we feel the Lord would have us to return to our home and the ministry there at this time.
We do not fear returning and know that the safest place to be is right where the Lord has called us. We rest secure in His loving care knowing He is with us whithersoever we go.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

After 5 months in the states....

....we are heading HOME! Lord willing, we'll be leaving the end of this week to take our little Samuel (and his 11 big siblings) back home to Mexico! Can I even begin to tell you long we've been looking forward to this day?
When we first came up here, we were unsure of many things. We did not know when we'd be able to return and we just prayed that all 14 of us would return together. We have seen the Lord answer so many prayers and while the past few months have not been easy, how we thank Him for the trial. He carried us through each day, strengthened our faith and oh how we love Him more. Thank you for praying along with us all this time. God has heard!

Plans for this week: Packing, cleaning, vehicle repairs, celebrate Benjamin's 9th birthday, saying good bye to family/friends, packing, packing and packing! :)....oh, and a very long drive back to our yellow home in the desert.

Plans for next week: Unpacking, cleaning, settling back in, and introducing Samuel to our church family/friends/neighbors who can't wait to meet him!...oh, and lots of laundry...there always is after a trip! :)

Plans after that: Daniel- Preach, teach, disciple, pray and work, work, work. Mommy/children- Help Daddy in whatever he needs and begin our new summer schedule.
And hopefully begin posting again more regularly :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

We're Back...

...to posting here that is :) Not quite home to Mexico yet, but getting there soon!
I know some of you worry when you don't hear from us...I must spoil you all and post too often :) Around here, no news means I haven't had time to sit at the computer.
We are all super, duper (to borrow a phrase from my children) excited to be "almost" home! Plans and arrangements are being made now and Lord willing, we will be leaving here in 2 weeks!
Daniel has been wrapping up our time here preaching. On the 3rd, we were up in the mountains in a town called Burney, CA where he spoke at one of our supporting churches there. And this past Sunday, we were in Boise, Idaho where Daniel spoke at another church. We had a wonderful time at both places and were so very blessed and refreshed spiritually. How sweet it is to fellowship with such dear brothers and sisters in Christ!
But, as I'm sure you can imagine, packing and unpacking for 14 people each trip is quite a task...it takes up all the free time I didn't know I had! :)
We also went to a retirement home here in town where the children sang for about 45 minutes while Daniel shared the gospel with the residents between songs. Afterwards, they shared some chocolate-chocolate chip cookies with us while we visited together.
Samuel is growing and growing and growing! :) We praise the Lord he's doing so well and the children can't wait to show him their "real" home :)
Oh...and a side note...remember my baby sister Jacquee who had twins shortly after I had Samuel? Well, my next to the baby sister Jessee and her hubby just announced that they are expecting twins as well! I love nieces and nephews! I'm so happy for them!
We celebrated Daniel/Daddy's 36th birthday last week. It was the most beautiful day and we took the children to Shasta Dam where they offer a free tour of the dam and have lots of hands on activities and information for the children.
I hope you all had a blessed Mother's Day. Saturday, on our way up to Idaho, we stopped at a park to eat lunch and let the children run and stretch their legs a bit. Daniel was doing running races with them and I shot a quick video. I played it back when we got back into the van and just had to laugh. Sure it there is a lot of work in being a mommy, but there is just so much fun! The Lord is so good!







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