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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!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

For my husband and sons.....

...who say most every day, "When are you going to update the blog?"

Yes, our blog may be "slow" but life here is anything but that!
I never would have imagined this, but somehow, when they were all little, the days seemed slower.
I was so tired at the end of each day yet so happy...wiping noses, changing diapers, reading books, tying shoes, games, laundry, messes, snuggles, meals, play dough, teaching, finding shoes.  
I still do many of those things.  No more diapers and most everyone can tie their shoe (or find a big brother to do it for them).  I cook more food than ever before (teenagers!), often my washing machine can't keep up with the laundry, and I still love all the snuggles I can get.  And the days are just flying by.  And I'm still so tired and soooo happy!!   These children are not only growing taller than me but growing in so many more ways as well.
It is so exciting to see them develop their interests and the talents the Lord's given them.  It is bitter-sweet to hear the older ones talk about praying for the Lord's direction for their futures...and then think about them leaving.  Weren't they just born yesterday?  

As we sat around the table this Thanksgiving, I was especially grateful to have us all sitting down at the table together for another year.  Our elbow bumping, "squishy" table felt particularly cozy, warm, and just perfect. 

Sweet Sisters

The "little" guys

The "middle" guys

The "big" guys
Apple turkeys waiting to be judged by Daddy.  Winner gets 5 pesos! :)
Samuel just walked in, looked at the picture, pointed to the one there at the end and said, "Hey!  That's mine!  I made a spider! :)"

I have loved this man since I was 17!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.
We'd invited a couple of families to come spend the day with us, but they were unable to make it.
As I was pulling the last dish out of the oven, Timothy said, "Maybe the Lord just wants us to have this day together as a family."  And a wonderful day it was!
This was the least prepared I'd been as far as the meal was concerned.  Normally I have my shopping done by that Monday and the pies made by Wednesday along with many other head start preparations.  Between traveling, sickness, and a trial/miracle all wrapped up in one (*see story below!!), I didn't get to the store until Wednesday afternoon, began promptly thawing a very frozen turkey in the sink, and began cleaning up from the day's schooling while trying to get everything together  for my children's class at church that night.  When I finally got home from church, got the children fed and into bed, it was almost 11 pm and I'd promised the children home made cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  Daniel said not to worry about it, but if I really wanted to make them, he'd stay up with me :)  SO around 1:30 am we went to bed.
Thanksgiving morning I got up and went right to pray.  My prayer that morning was that the Lord would help me not to stress about the planning and that he'd help everything to come together just as He wanted.  And He did!
By 3:00 pm, the house was clean and we had turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, home made rolls, stuffing, baked ham, yams, 3 pies, a cake, a meat/cheese/cracker tray, a veggie tray, and many little candies/treats all ready to be enjoyed!  Oh, the Lord is good!
While I was finishing up the last of the preparations in the kitchen, Abigail took the younger ones outside to the picnic tables to make our traditional apple turkeys.  That gave me just the time I needed to get everything finished and the kitchen cleaned up.
After dinner, we went around the table and all shared what we were thankful for.  I LOVE this!  I love hearing the children...the young ones so innocently expressing their thoughts.  The middle ones appreciating things they never had before.  The older ones understanding even more how many blessings the Lord gives us!  He is so faithful and so good!

Well, so much has happened....here's a few highlights.  But don't forget, I have a story to share before I close that you won't want to miss!
Wednesday nights, we have had several neighborhood children show up during prayer meeting.  Most of these children had never gone to church before, never heard the gospel before, and well, were quite a rowdy bunch!  Daniel asked me if I would do a class for them.  So we started a Wednesday night Club de Ninos.  We have 3 parts to our class.  The first part is songs and scripture memory.  Each child has been given a sheet with several verses on it which they study during the week and then recite what they have learned on Wednesdays.  Those who finished their sheet by next month get a banana split :)
Then we have a time of learning from God's Word.  Since most of the children have never heard the gospel before, we've focused on that every week.  Finally I end with either some fun games or a craft.  We've had between 30 and 40 children each week...most of them coming from the neighborhood.  Several have begun coming to Sunday School as well.  How I pray they will come to know the Savior that loves them so!

We had a couple special children get baptized a few weeks ago.
Pablo (age 9) and our Susannah (age 8) have both trusted Christ as their personal Savior and both wanted to follow their Lord in baptism.  

On the construction front, 5 new temporary wooden rooms have been built, roofed, and almost completely painted this past month.  We've had several church work days where several families have come out to help with painting, building, cleaning, and whatever else needs to be done.
With these new rooms, we no longer have to have the children meeting in the bathroom and storage room for their classes and in the evening, they are no longer outside under a little light bulb.  They now have their own rooms!

 It is already December!  

 This week the Thanksgiving crafts/decorations came down and the Christmas ones went up.

And before I start dinner, I want to share a special story.

The weekend before Thanksgiving, Daniel was asked to preach in Loreto, a town about an hour and a half north of us.  We took the micro bus with several people from our church and had a wonderful time.  Daniel had me go to the ATM in town right before we left and pull out the rest of our money as we would need some for gas for the trip and the rest would be used to pay the rest of the month's bills including our Thanksgiving Dinner and groceries for the week.
I had the money in my wallet while we were in Loreto and gave Daniel some of it when we stopped at a gas station on our way home.  I never left my purse.  It was right beside me the entire trip home in the bus.  That night, after we got home, I brought my purse inside the house, went to bed, and then grabbed it on my way to church the next morning.  
During our second service, I reached into my purse to get a pen and noticed my wallet was open.  I pulled it out to snap it shut and saw the money was gone.  I didn't think too much of it as I normally do not carry money on me unless I'm at the grocery store and figured Daniel had just taken it as I was going to give it to him anyways.

After church, I asked Daniel if he had taken the money never expecting him to say "no".  The money was gone and it appears as if it was stolen.  Daniel mentioned it Sunday night at church and our people were sad and concerned.  We told the children to pray that if someone stole the money, he'd return it and if not, that the Lord would provide for us as He always has.
On Tuesday, the children started asking me when I was going to shop for Thanksgiving dinner.  Good question!  They asked me if the money we lost was for Thanksgiving.  I told them that part of it was and that we should just pray because God always takes care of us.  We prayed together right then and then asked the children to help me put the final touches on our Thanksgiving menu. :-)

Tuesday afternoon, the children had a secret meeting.  They planned to finish their chores here at home and then go out and look for metal around town that they could recycle.  They wanted to give all the money they earned to mommy to buy Thanksgiving dinner.  I had no idea about all their plans, but about 20 minutes before dark, Josiah asked me if he, Isaiah, Abi and Beka could go out to look for metal.  "At this hour?  I don't think so.  It's too late," I said.
They begged and were so eager.  Now, I had no idea what they had planned.  And they had no idea that even if they found all the metal they could carry, it would only be worth a few pesos.  They had a goal and plan and begged me to let them just go until it got dark.  I told them to call their Dad who was working at the church and see what he said.  Daniel said it was fine but they had to be home before dark.  They had about 15 minutes.
I went back to folding laundry and told them they'd be in big trouble if they weren't back by dark.  
The children grabbed their bikes and before they took off, they stopped in the front yard and asked the Lord to help them get enough money for Thanksgiving Dinner.
I had just noticed that the sky was dark when I heard the front door open.  Next thing I know 4 very excited children were pushing me into my bathroom telling me they HAD to talk to me in private right now.
They started about telling me about their plans and their prayer.  Then Isaiah handed me some money.  Much more money then scrap metal would bring.
They told me they went to a field a couple blocks down the road from our house as we live at the edge of town.  It was almost dark, so they didn't want to go far.  This field has weeds about 2-3 feet high and they thought maybe some old metal would be hidden below.  They began to search and suddenly, Isaiah found several bills of money.  The others thought he was teasing only he wasn't.  Here, in a vacant field out in the middle of nowhere was some cash hidden beneath some weeds.  They were still determined to find some old metal and continued to search.  Within a few minutes, they could see the sun setting and decided they'd better head home.  Isaiah found an old bike rim.  No other metal.  On his way out of the field, he bent down to look one more time and found another bill of money!  
He handed it all to me and said, "Mommy, is this enough to get a turkey?"
"Oh, Isaiah, this is more than enough!" I cried.
I called Daniel right away.  We had no idea where the money could have come from.
We hadn't heard of any lost money.  We prayed that if the Lord wanted us to be able to return the money to someone who had lost it, He would bring them to us.  
But as Daniel went back to the field that night, he said it was truly a miracle they found anything there...the dark, the tall weeds.  
But there is nothing too hard for God.  He heard the prayer of some children and He answered.
Isaiah said, "Mommy, I know we don't have school tomorrow, but I want to write this down in my journal anyways."
It was truly a wonderful Thanksgiving.


  1. What an amazing story. Loved your update.

    1. Thank you, Nikki! Our Lord is truly amazing! I loved how He did this in answer to the prayers of our children and how they saw first hand how very good He is!

  2. Awwwe, so good hearing from you! The Thanksgiving Miracle is what you call that! How special and it will be shared for generations around the dinner table on Thanksgiving. God is good! You all look wonderful!!! Glad all is well.


    1. Hi, Jess!!! It will be a wonderful story to share for many Thanksgivings to come! Hope you are all doing well, staying warm, and well, I miss you~!!!!!!!!

  3. What a wonderful blessing. Thank you so much for the update. Three shoe boxes are on their way from our family. I can't wait for your Christmas update.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. Aw, that's great, Dawn! Daniel leaves on Monday to head north to pick the boxes up! I can't wait to do the Christmas update either! It's one of my favorite activities of the year!

  4. Thanks for the update - We loved all of the pictures! What a great testimony to trusting in God! - Sonya and family

    1. The Lord is so good! Josiah says hi :) He's sick today and in his bed listening to a story time tape. He says he hopes you are having a good Christmas season so far!

    2. Please tell Josiah that we are praying for a speedy recovery. Books on tape are the best! Carl right now is loving "Patch the Pirate Goes to the Jungle." He feels that any time is the right time to do some random dialogue that he has memorized:0) He is like a walking advertisement for Majesty Music to everyone we meet- "haven't you heard of Patch the Pirate?" Both Anna and Carl are in our church's Christmas story re-telling this Saturday, so we have been heading there each night this week to practice up! We just received 6 inches of snow today, so we wish that you were all up here to play in it! We were looking at your Thanksgiving turkeys again today. It looks like the judge had his work cut out for him! Praying that everyone is feeling 100% tomorrow and we can't wait for the Christmas box update!

  5. So excited to see you updated! Praise the Lord for His provision! Isn't God so good to us? I'm sure it was a blessing for your children to see that He truly answers prayer! I hope you have a blessed day:)

    1. The Lord is good! Too bad you can't see the cute skirts the girls are wearing....they are hidden by the table :)

    2. LOL...but I did see the pink dress Susannah had on:) I think of you all all the time!

  6. Beautiful family, fantastic-looking church, and aaaaaaaamazing story that will always be your special yearly Thanksgiving reminder of God's special care for your family!

    1. I was just thinking how beautiful your family of SEVEN!!! is :) Love the new picture you posted! I think of you often.

  7. It maybe a looooooooooong time between your posts but they are so worth waiting for :). I can't wait to read the story to the kids!!! That is just so neat!!! The Church building is coming along beautifully. That is WONDERFUL news about Susannah!!!!!!! Praying for your Wednesday class full of children :). Happy Thanksgiving!!!! We are SO VERY THANKFUL for each of the you!!!!

    1. Aw, it is sooooooooo good to hear from you!! I know...it's not fair, huh?! You post so often and I get to enjoy keeping up with you (even though I never have time to type you all the comments that run through my head when I read) and you get to wonder if we are still alive or not :)
      Thank you for praying for our Wednesday class! Some of these children are beginning to understand the gospel and I feel some are very close to trusting in Christ.
      Well, I will try to post again before the year ends....maybe twice....or three times....:)

  8. I LOVE the story at the end! Amazing provisions and how awesome for your children to be a part of it and experience Gods provision first hand!
    Loved all the pictures...and especially the one of the two of you! Jaynee you just get more beautiful each year!

    1. Hi, Tereza!! It was such a wonderful and loving way the Lord provided just for them! We will always remember it!
      I love all pictures of Daniel and I :) I've been trying to take more this past year because I realized throughout all the years we've taken tons of our kiddos and not too many of just the two of us. Hope you are doing well and enjoying this Christmas season with your dear family! Write anytime :)

  9. It's so wonderful to see God working in the hearts of our children! He proves Himself over and over!
    And i know how you feel about Thanksgiving. I was feeling the same way this year. Our children are growing too fast and before we know it our table will be different. Hugs to you my friend!

    1. Kami!!! I pray for you so often and it's so good to hear from you! I know you understand about the children...I remember when you wrote about Josh's plans to go to Golden State (my little sis graduated from there) and there is just such a huge mix of emotions during this time of life!! Enjoy each day with all of your kiddos and hubby and know I love you and pray for you and think of you often!


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