Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
One last picture with a very precious mama! It cracks me up how every time we come to visit, they always put her in the dress we sent down. It's just so sweet!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
We will try to post from Guatemala for you all if we can, but if not we will fill you in when we get home : ) For friends and family that live close, we will fly in on Delta to our hometown airport at 8:57pm Thursday(from Atlanta). If you would like to welcome Sarah home, we would love to have you there. You might want to check if the flight is on schedule before you go to the airport : )
Alright, back to packing!! love to you all!!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Today I picked up my boys' from spending the night at my sister's and as we were pulling away I heard a deep sigh and an " Oh, no!" from the back of the van. Caleb had left his new t-shirt from b-ball camp in her car. She had already left... too late. Then the tears came.
My first instinct was to say "It's not a big deal, we'll get it sometime." Of course, that led to more tears. And then I became frustrated. But as looked in the rear-view mirror at my distraught 7 yr. old, the Lord brought something to mind.
In an instant, I recalled the many tears I shed just this morning all alone to my Heavenly Father over the unbearable thought of David and our group leaving Sarah again when they have to come back to the States. I too wanted something RIGHT NOW that I may not get. How grateful I am that my Father doesn't get frustrated by my cries or brush me off.... but instead, He extends His loving-kindness and grace forever.
Filled with a new sense of compassion, I stopped the van and turned to my son and said, "I am so sorry honey, I know how much you wanted that t-shirt today." He nodded with a tear still lingering on his face. Then I said, " We will get the shirt the very next time we see Christine, ok?" He nodded again, but this time with a look of relief that I understood.
Disappointment and not getting what you want is tough surrender no matter how great or small and is so relative to what is important to you. I am definitely NOT comparing a t-shirt to a child but am thankful today that God reminded me to have patience with one another bearing one another's burdens with love and compassion.... even when your son forgets his t-shirt : )
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
We just got back from the send-off of a 26 member little army for God : ) Look out Guatemala... here comes Grace Church! They were all so excited and eager to love on some babies and share the Good News! I was so proud of my husband for taking on such a task of leading such a large group on a mission trip!
I admit I was sad and envious that they would all be able to see, touch and hold Sarah tomorrow but this picture brings me comfort that she will be safely nestled in her Daddy's arms within 24 hrs.
We are still waiting on news about whether I will be able to go meet up with the group to bring Sarah home. The Lord sent us a couple of "angels" that have given us an opportunity for a kind of last ditch effort to bring her home on this trip. We'll let you know when we hear : )
If any of the Eagles Nest families would like to follow what our group is doing at El Nido, they will be posting daily on this website : ) http://gracemala.blogspot.com/
Love to you all tonight and thank you for all your support and encouragement... it means so much!! I'm so thankful I also have arms to nestle into during these next few days... my Abba, Father. There are no words to describe the wonder and gratefulness I have for His pursuit of me and the lengths He endured to "adopt" me, allowing me the privilege of calling Him Father!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
In the mean time... here's a sneak preview of July updates!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Just a few more weeks and there will be another crazy one to add to the gang : )