Another month gone by! I've not been a very good blogger this year.
A dear friend once told me, "The days are long but the years are short."
But lately, it seems the days are short, too.
The Lord is so good. I remember when I had all little ones. Nobody really able to really help. Day after day full of the same tasks. Little sleep. Diaper bill about as high as our food bill.
And I loved those days!!
And am soaking up every day I still have with sweet little ones under our roof.
Those first little ones are now big ones! Three teenagers now. One about to pass me up in height...and I'm 5' 10"! They are able to do many things as well or better than I can. And can even do some things that I can't do at all!
I love watching them develop the talents the Lord has given them. I find myself praying more and more for them.
The days are going by so quickly...they start early and end late and the weeks are so full.
Yet those sweet times of sitting by my man of almost 17 years, resting my head on his shoulder or holding his hand as we watch the children play....
sitting around the table eating a meal together listening to everyone happily chatter...
watching my older boys work outside and seeing them patiently allow the younger ones to "help"...
hearing weekly testimonies of those in our church and rejoicing over the work the Lord continues to do in their lives...
remembering where He has brought me from and how He will continue to work in me...
busy at home, working along my hubby with my children in our church and town...
I'm just soaking in all in. Feeling so blessed. So content. So undeserving. And so loved.
God is so faithful and so good.
In a nut shell, this past month flew by! Our Eliseo turned 4!! Our Rebekah turned 13!!
My hubby and I took a 4 day trip ALONE across the border. We had to go to Los Angeles to get our American born children's birth certificates apostilled. An 18 hour drive one day, paperwork in LA the next day, me coming down with the flu that night/the following day, and a 18 hour drive back the last day....
Well, some may not really think of it as that romantic...
BUT it was wonderful!
Hours to talk uninterrupted, a trip to Walmart :), picking up mail (yea!!) including lots of Bibles/books/Sunday School material for our church, and even when I was sick, I kept thinking how easy it was to just be sick and not have to cook :) ha! :) And now, Lord willing, all of our children will have their Mexican citizenship (dual) soon (no more visas...except for mommy).
Next week, we have our 7 year church anniversary and annual mission's conference. Our pastor from our home church along with Daniel's uncle are flying in for the occasion and, well, there is no lack of excitement around here! We're expecting 60-80 people from different independent baptist churches in Baja Sur to come as well, including the 2 missionaries that our church here supports.
We have several people signed up to open their home to house people and we are planning 3 days of preaching, fellowship, food. Praying for the Lord to increase our burden for the lost, increase our giving, and to send more laborers into His field.
Well, I've got a couple of boys with "nothing to do" :) I think we should go over to the church to visit/help Daddy and the big boys.
Here's a few pictures from the last few weeks :)
Okay....I just uploaded the pictures and "few" might not be the most accurate word.
|A. Family....I tried to get Daniel to roll in the grass for you all, but he just stood on it...I guess our grass isn't good enough to roll in :)|
|Letters from friends!! One of the BEST ways to brighten our day!!! :)|
|That's Samuel saying, "Where's my letter, mommy!"|
|He was super happy I let him hold the picture :)|
|Some pictures of my sweet Sunday School children|
|Extra hungry this morning, Samuel?|
|No comment...I don't even remember the story on that one.|
|I saw this little note card Noah put above his desk :)|
|New Spring time decorations! :)|
|Broken drier, but WONDERFUL clothes line!!|
|Helping make Beka's birthday breakfast|
|New purse holder for the girls...since they have a few purses :)|
|Happy Birthday, Beka Boo!!!|
|My sweet, beautiful, bubbly, girl! You bring sooooo much joy to our home!|
|Someone sent us more tracts! What a blessing!|
|Sometimes, there are days where I pray for the bickering/whining to stop! And then there are days where my heart just melts to see how much they love each other. :)|