Filed under: Friends
I snapped this picture of the children with their friends (from left to right) Amanya, Rachel, Hannah and Christian. Elijah is wearing his new Nebraska Huskers ball cap given to him by Mr. and Mrs. Holmes from our church. He likes to wear it backwards or sideways around the house. . . and he had such a great look on his face here, I had to use this shot! Amazing that we got all six children looking at the camera!
Notice how tall Merry is getting! Doctor yesterday said she and Elijah are both tall for their age.
Filed under: family news
Jeremy called me yesterday and told me we have orders for our next assignment. . . Charleston AFB in South Carolina! He will probably deploy often, which is sad for us, but we will only be a little over three hours from four of my siblings and only five hours from Jeremy’s two brothers, sister-in-law and our niece and nephew. This is the closest we have all ever been before!
Another thing. . . we will finally be near the ocean again! It’s the Atlantic – not the Pacific, but hey, it’s ocean! Jeremy has also recently researched a Master’s program in Savannah (only a short distance away also) that he thinks he would like to attend.
Again, God and the Air Force threw us a curve ball (this assignment isn’t even on the current list of bases for Jeremy’s new career field. . . so we had NO IDEA!) But, we are excited for what good things God has in store for us! He has always given us HIS best, and provided perfectly for all our family’s needs (as He promises He will do.) So, we trust His Word on that, and remember all His goodness to us is the past, knowing that He is a God who does not change (Mal 3:6).
Lest you think I think this move is going to be a trip to an amusement park. . .I do know that sometimes God’s best for me and our family will mean/require painful change. We are already very sad to leave an amazing church and friends who have become so special to us. And I don’t enjoy single-parenting, so increasing deployments aren’t something I look forward to. However, if God determines this “good,” then we will bow our hearts to that. (Psalm 73:24 & 84:11) We are thankful that He is a God that we can trust at all times in our family’s life!
Please post if you know someone who lives near the area (check out google maps). This should be lots of fun!
Filed under: Elijah
Elijah was so well behaved it was amazing! We had practiced a bit at home and I really tried to talk it up. He loved the water squirter – he kept asking the dentist for “mo’ gaga pease” and the “iceam” she used to polish his teeth with.
And mommy loved the free kids meal at Applebees we got for his good behavior! That will come in handy soon.
If only the dentist was this easy our whole life!
Filed under: family news
God has been so very good to us (much better than we deserve – not just about our summer plans, but in all He has given us since the beginning of time into eternity!) Details have been worked out for us to spend some time visiting friends and family in DC (including Daddy on weekends of course.) We will fly to Miami on June 5th, drive up to South Carolina with Aunt Naomi (my sister), pick up “Gunka Johnny” (my brother) and drive to Maryland. We will visit Aunt Roseann on the way through North Carolina. It will be a few days of driving, but broken up into small chunks with some aunt or uncle in the car to distract the children.
When we get to Maryland, we will house-sit for a friend of a friend. God provided so that it is a mutually beneficial arrangement – they are moving to another state and needs someone to watch their house for them until it sells, and we need somewhere to stay close to Fort Meade! It is so perfect! We will stay in Maryland until the house sells or until we get sick of being away from our own house. We plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, visiting sites and parks and traveling to visit family and friends within a day’s drive of DC.
So. . .we are moving up in luxury. . .
We bought our Impala on Ebay, now I sell it on Ebay for a van also bought on Ebay! Some people say we are brave. I don’t know if it’s brave, thrifty or dumb. Maybe a combination!
Jeremy is doing well at school so far. He has passed his first test (yes, it is only day two!) and has made some great contacts with some Godly men. . . the chapel has a bible study and pizza twice a week at lunch time – Jeremy loves that. . . free lunch AND a bible study – what more could you ask for right?!
To God be the glory GREAT things He has done!
We love you!
Filed under: Adina
My mom told me that the best career a woman could have when she “grew up” was to be a mommy. And she was right – but of course she would know, she was Mommy to nine blessings!
How amazing that God has seen fit to give some of us the opportunity to preach the Gospel to our children’s hearts for years at a time! This Mother’s Day, I say with the apostle Paul, “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified (if I cannot teach my children anything besides this, I will still count my career as a mom a success). I came to you in weakness and fear, (what Mom doesn’t feel this regularly!?) and with much trembling (that too!). My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, (if I had to have these, you could have counted me out of motherhood!) but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, (it’s not me, but the Spirit at work in me. . . what a relief!) so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power (my desire for my children as they grow is not that they think I am great, but that GOD is great and anything good has come from HIS power). Romans 2:2-5″
So today as we thank our Moms for all they have done, I thank God for what HE did in giving me a godly mother. I also thank Him today (as well as other times!) for giving me spiritual mothers who have blessed me with godly leadership and love at various points in my life. You ladies know who you are! God bless you for nurturing me so that I can nurture my little ones. The things you and my mother taught me live on and bear fruit in the lives of Elijah and Merry as I serve Jesus Christ as their mom.
Here’s to all the mothers I know. . . smile and count yourself blessed – God saw fit to choose you as someone’s mother, to be used as the teacher of their hearts – what a big job, and what a big blessing!
The two pictures are of me and my mom, and me (as a mom) and my daughter Merry today, Mother’s Day 2007.
Who ever heard of an ice cream van? Well, we have one. . . it’s not a truck but a van rigged out with ice cream “iceam” as Elijah calls it. Here he is experiencing his first encounter with that wonderful vehicle with his friend Christian (pronounced”Choochoo” by Elijah.)
Merry’s first day wearing a barrette!