Saturday, June 15, 2013

Doll making

We have some dear friends who run an orphan home in Zambia.  They came to visit us for a few days earlier this year.  There was a brief comment that the social workers complained that the children do not have enough toys.  That comment got me all stirred up and ready to craft this little sweetie.  She is made using the “Patchwork Penny”  pattern in the Wee Wonderfuls book.  (Though I embellished the eyes). 

I delivered her to my friends at the leader’s conference in South Africa, and now I’m sure she is being loved by some precious little girls in Zambia

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cape Town part 2

Our time in Cape Town was so awesome.  We had a little over two weeks there, and we packed in a whole lot of catch up time with friends.  The community we were a part of there is so amazing, and we miss everyone terribly.  It was so wonderful to visit with everyone, and pray together. 

While we were there, we were also a part of a leader’s retreat.  It was so encouraging and challenging.  The speaker talked a lot about obeying God even when it looks risky.  He talked about being like Caleb, and trusting in God more than having fear of giants.  He told story after story about crazy, and sometimes terrible things that happened in his life, but how God’s kingdom came through those things.  It was beautiful and challenging.  To place value on the kingdom coming above the things we view as our rights.  I am not sure yet what things God might ask of me, so I am still waiting and asking.  

Saturday, May 25, 2013

South Africa Highlights part 1

Our time in the Cape was FABULOUS!!  We rested, enjoyed cool weather, visited friends, and were super encouraged.  More pics and a catch up from me coming soon

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Motherhood and lessons from picture books

Robert McCloskey wrote some of the best children's books of all time I think, and the last time I read "Make Way for Ducklings" I was really struck by Mrs. Mallard.

After a long flight, she and Mr. Mallard chose a spot to next- "And only just in time, for now they were beginning to molt.  All their old wing feathers started to drop out, and they would not be able to fly until the new ones grew in."

Being a stay at home mom with little children is like voluntarily losing my flight feathers.  In this time of life, I am not out and and about all the time.  I can't run around town, making new friends and learning a new language.  I have given up the flying abilities of starting a big project to help women here, but one day my flight feathers will grow in again.  My little ducklings will grow, and we'll all go flying.

After the ducklings hatched, "It was a great responsibility taking care of so many ducklings, and it kept them very busy... 'Don't you worry,' said Mrs. Mallard, 'I know all about bringing up children.' and she did. She taught them how to swim and dive. She taught them to walk in line, to come when they called, and to keep a safe distance from bikes and scooters and other things with wheels."

I am so busy with my little ducklings.  I have so much to teach them, and they are learning so fast.  Life with little ones is busy, important, and a delightful season of life.  I am enjoying this season, not going far from my nest, just investing all that I can in my children.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ian is on the move!!

The month of January was a big one for Ian.  He started army crawling/scooting all over the place, and   he got 4 teeth!  Isn't that nuts?  Big month for my baby boy!

Saturday, January 19, 2013


I recently decided that I should start actually writing more on my blog.  Sharing my thoughts and ideas is important for me, and I don't get to do that in person very often anymore.

SO, I've been thinking about politics for a while now.  If you know me very well, you know that I hate political debates.  I avoid conversations about the government like the plague.  But, right now, facebook is flooded with "anti" posts- anti gun control, or anti guns, anti socialism, anti public health care, etc., etc., etc.  All those posts eat me up, and I've been trying to figure out why.  I think I know why. And, what follows will be my opinion on gun control.

People want to feel safe.  People don't want to fear for themselves or their children.  Some people want to feel safe by having guns to defend themselves.  Some people want their government to step in and make it harder to for "bad guys" to get hold of a gun.  Both sets of people want to be safe and secure.  Will either of these situations keep everyone safe and happy and fearless?  NO.  Will either of these situations change the "bad guys" minds about doing horrible things?  Maybe sometimes, but not always.

So, what can?  What would a place look like where people wouldn't live in fear?  Where people wouldn't even need weapons?  Where people could be happy, and could live in love for all other people?  An upside down place.  A kingdom; yes I know what you are thinking... heaven.  And, yes, heaven will be perfectly like that.  But when Jesus came to earth he brought his kingdom with him.  When he ascended back to heaven, he left some of his kingdom behind.  I am a friend of Jesus, and I can experience part of that kingdom now. We can.

We could invest in people.  If we want there to be less crime, we could reach out to criminals.  We could tell them Jesus loves them.  (After all, it is his love and kindness that bring about real repentance, not fear of punishment). I want his kingdom.  I will pray for it.  I will engage in the things Father puts in front of me and watch how it unfolds.

Okay, next topic: Welfare

This one bothers me even more than gun control debates.  Some people want the government to take care of the poor, and some people don't want them to.  But the people who don't want them to, talk about the poor with words like "have-nots"and "lazy", while the middle class is referred to as "working hard", "upstanding citizens", people who "take care of their families".  What is it that I don't like about that kind of talk?  I don't like the classing of people.  I don't like the us against them kind of talk.

Jesus was compassionate towards the poor.  He healed them, he loved them, and he taught them with stories they could understand.  If we feel that welfare is harming people and keeping them stuck in the place that they are in, then how about if we help someone personally.  How about if we let them know that they are loved; that they can change; and that we are their brothers and sisters here to help them along the way.

In conclusion if a perfect law system and government could eliminate sin, then Jesus would not have come.  There was already an extreme law in place, and extreme measures were to be taken to ensure it was upheld; but it didn't work.  Jesus coming did work, and is working.  He is changing hearts, lives, and communities.  He is forgiving sins, cleansing evil, and putting things right.  If those are the things we long for, perhaps we could ask him how we could join him in his work.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ian's 2012

Well Ian went from this

to this

to this

to this 
 He learned to smile, to roll over, to grab things, and got his first 2 teeth