"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." -Jim Elliot

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Preparing a place

David has gone with a group to Haiti this week. Along with the mission work the group is doing he will be preparing a home for us.  While he’s off enjoying himself (sure, there’s probably a little hard work being done in above 100 degree temperature) I’m waiting to fro the next mini-catastrophe. He flew out Sunday Within hours of our last phone call I was so sick I didn’t think I was going to survive til morning. If you know me, I really never ask anyone to take my kids. I love every moment with them so people usually have to beg to take them. Well, I felt so awful I would have begged someone to take them (of course I didn’t have to). So I went home to crash. As soon as I was just getting to sleep good, I was awoken by a man in a paramedic uniform. My first thought was, really, I’m not dying! Then I realized it was just Matt, my brother. Mom had sent him to check on me.  As aggrevating as that can be, I’m going to miss the closeness of my family while I’m gone. (Did I mention that my aunt and cousin were there too) Apparently, getting sick is a family affair :)

I finally got some sleep and was feeling a little better so I decided to try going to church. Everything was fine and we were about to head home when Maggie, my cousin, came running in holding Luke and said, “Look at his head!” To try to sum up this one day’s events, we were now headed to the ER. Luke has fell into a door frame and had a golf ball sized goose egg. Literally. It was huge.

As I went to bed all I could think was Lord, please don’t let my whole week be like this!

We survived Monday and so far Tuesday. Got a text from David saying they are all good and it’s feeling like home down there. Kristi sent word that it’s not as bad as one would expect. David said that compared to the rest of Haiti, Canaan is an oasis. Can’t wait to see for myself!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Brief bio

For those who don't know us (or for those who do and didn't know this) we want to introduce ourselves.
After some rather dramatic events in our lives God led us to marry each other May 10, 2008. Maybe one day one of us will get around to posting that story. It's a good one. But too long for me to type right now. To make a long story short, God used rain to prove to David he wanted us to marry. A few years later, while standing in the middle of a cemetary, God used rain to confirm his presence with David. Since God has used rain to show us himself in a clearer light David came up with the awesome title for this blog.

David: Accountant by degree. Teacher by God's appointment. David is an incredible teacher to youth and adults. But more than that he's an amazing father and husband! I honestly don't think I could have imagined more. He loves the Lord our God with all his heart, mind a spirit. Next, he strives to love me the way Jesus loves the church. And last, our kids think he's a super hero.

Anna: I don't really know what I am by degree or God's appointment! I have an odd degree that has lead me to work in agriculture, with children, and with politics! I try to just go with the flow but every now and then God puts a kink in my plans. :) Which always works out better than expected if I'll just let Him do His thing. I am a proud mother of the two most beautiful kids on the planet.

Luke: A 2 year old boy full love adventure and animation! He has the most dramatice expressions you'll ever see in a kid. His thing these days is to ride in or on anything that moves, especially a lawn mower or tractor. Not sure what he'll want to ride in Haiti but I'm sure he'll find something to climb on. He also has te sweetest heart and blonde curly hair and big blue eyes to go with it.  This kids steals the heart of everyone he meets. Seriously.

Abigail: Our 6 month old fire cracker. This red head is laid back and content as long as things are going her way! And when they're not she'll be sure to let you know. However, when she smiles it will light up your world and her laugh is America's 8th wonder. It looks so effortless, she won't even move but sweetest, the most amazing laugh will come out of this little drool box!