Monday, September 14, 2009

Our New Home

We wanted to show you our new home. We are living in Dave and Laurie's (Scott's parents) basement. It is wonderful to spend this year on Homeland Ministry Assignment (HMA) with family. We have a full house with Scott, Meg, Tim, Dave, Laurie, Elisa (Scott's 17 year old sister) and Elsie (Scott's Grandmother) all living under the same roof. The basement is our space though. Let me give you a tour.

This is our room. It doubles as bedroom and living room.When we moved in the walls were painted but we added the curtains on the closets and the curtains on the windows.

We refinished the couches to match.

We decorated the walls with things from all over the world.

South America (Equador)

Pacific (Papua New Guinea)

Africa (Uganda, Sudan, Guinea)

Asia (Japan)

Our world map and collection of international money

You should see Tim's room too. But to do that you have to go to his blog :)

Soon we will be going to NH. We will be up there for about 3 weeks visiting my family and sharing at some churches. I am looking forward to spending time with my parents, getting to visit my sister in her new home, visiting friends in VT and hopefully seeing some beautiful leaves. So much to be thankful for and be looking forward to.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Growing in the Word

This week I was reminded of the importance of getting in the word regularly. I know its hard, and I know it takes time, but it is so worth it. A missionary friend of mine reminded me that as a mom I am more effective if I have first sought out the Lord. She shared how it is hard to be consistent and to faithfully follow through with discipline if we are empty. So true, but how do you find the time when you have 1, 2, or 6 little ones running around needing your attention?

For me, I needed someone to hold me accountable. I know that is a scary thing! No one wants to be called out or judged. I am not talking about that kind of accountable, I mean someone who is in the battle with you. A friend wants to rejoice when you are doing well and love you when you struggle. Kelly Hallahan, my sister-in-law, and I are doing that right now for each other. We each do a week of devotions from Women of the Harvest and then discus what God showed us. It is amazing to be growing and have a friend cheering me on.

No matter how you do it, try to spend time with Jesus each day. It really will make a difference. If you don't believe me, ask Scott. He will tell you that I am a different person when I spend time with Jesus, and I am not so pleasant when I don't. In John 15:5 Jesus tells us, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." I know that I want to bear much fruit, and I pray that for you also.