Tuesday, February 28, 2012
On the other hand, I have a prayer request that I ask you to pray for. As you know, it's more difficult for me to obtain my citizenship. I was told it's better to go ahead and get the kids done, then work on me. So, in the meantime, I applied for a Long Term Visa that is good for one year. That was approved in Miami in November. One of the requirements with obtaining this Visa is to register here in St. Barths. We did that and now have my Carte de Sejour. We were called about two months ago and told to come in and discuss the next step. Next Step? We thought we were done with the Visa stuff! When we went in, we were told I would have a series of appointments in St. Martin (the island closest to us) They have my appt. scheduled and I'm obligated to be there. So, this afternoon Patrick and I will travel to St. Martin for my Medical Examination to be done tomorrow morning. I have all the paperwork that I could obtain that I'm supposed to turn in tomorrow. Hopefully it will be a quick, easy appointment. (The next appointments are psychological examination, a class on french culture, and a signing appointment)
Since my appointment is so early, Patrick and I fly out this afternoon. We really debated about whether to take the boat or the plane. The plane is a quick 15 minute trip, but expensive. The boat is about 45 minutes, but can be quite rough. Patrick and my midwife really felt the plane would be better this far along in my pregnancy. I'm actually glad they decided this because this morning we woke up to wind and rain and rough seas! So, it's off to the friendly skies this afternoon for me and Patrick!
Monday, February 27, 2012
This book is perfect for the hurting marriage, as well as the successful one. Read it! I know you'll love it, too!
This book is available for purchase on their website, Hook Publications.
While you're at their site, I highly recommend for you to check out their patterns for Culottes. This is the pattern that my girls and I use, and we love it!
We also love their daughters Music CD's. They are one of our favorites!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Look at these verses with me in Deuteronomy chapter 6:
6. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
It’s my duty to encourage my children to seek Christ. I want them to know God is a real, personal God! I want them to see my personal relationship with Him on day to day, moment to moment basis. I want to make living a Christian life so desirable that they want to have a life like that. (This is what verse 6 means by “shall be in thine heart.”) Tall task, I know! My kiddos are watching me like a hawk and one thing that Patrick and I have always told ours is that we are not perfect! But, I want them to see my heart’s desire of living for Christ. I want them to see that I truly want to seek Him with my whole heart. When I do this, and I’m real about it, they will want that kind of life, too. It makes me think of Naomi’s relationship with Ruth. What a tough time for Naomi to live through the death of her husband, then of her two sons as well. But, somehow, through all of this, Ruth saw a side of Naomi that was desirable. Naomi lived a life and had a purpose Ruth wanted. Naomi was real to Ruth, and it turn Ruth wanted to serve the God that Naomi served (Ruth 1:16 “And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God”)
So, how can I show them an example of someone seeking and finding Christ daily?
~Have I ever shared my testimony with my kiddos? I want them to hear the details of the day I got saved. I want them to hear and feel my excitement when I talk about the greatest decision I ever made!
~Have I ever talked to my teenage kiddos about my life as a teenager? Now, I’m not saying I need to share every sin with them, but it would be okay for them to know some of the struggles I faced and how Christ helped me with victories in my life. I want them to learn from my mistakes, not make the same ones I did.
~Do my children know how the Lord is speaking to my heart through my daily devotions? I need to share with them how the Lord gave me a verse to ponder on throughout the day and what I want to do for Him.
~What about what the Lord is teaching me through the preaching of His Word? After church it’s easy to talk about who was there and who wasn’t or to talk about the cute dress Mrs. “So and So” was wearing or the new haircut she had. But, what about talking about how the Word of God spoke to your heart during the message. Tell them about the decisions you made at the altar and how excited you are to serve the Lord!
My children need to see that I’m a real person and that it’s my desire to grow closer and closer to the Lord each day. I want them to see that the Lord is involved in every area of my life and that I am seeking Him in as many ways as possible! This is what Deuteronomy 6:7 means by saying, when you’re sitting, when you’re walking, when you’re lying down, when you’re rising up….that’s pretty much all the time! I truly believe that the way I can encourage our children to seek the Lord themselves is to see a Godly example from me! They sure are watching and they’re trying to decide if they want to live this Christian life, or not. I want to point them to Christ!
That last thing to remember is that one of my responsibilities as a mother and wife is to make sure that our home if Spirit-filled. (notice verse 9 speaks of the “house”) We set the tone and atmosphere of the house while our husbands are out at work. When we do the above things, we make a “home” that Christ can have preeminence in and be able to shape and form the hearts and lives of our children. Christ should be able to be “found” throughout our home!
I encourage you, dear Mother, to encourage your children to seek Christ!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Thanks Keela and William for sending this to us! You're so sweet and thoughtful to remember us and make us feel so loved.
So, what did we think of the movie? We loved it! What a great movie with a great message, too.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
So, how does a “pulled-in every direction” wife let her man know this?
By seeking him.
I’ve been praying, “Lord, show me how to seek my husband, please! Give me practical ideas to make sure he knows how special he is to me.” Here are a few things He revealed to me:
1. The Lord has given me an amazing library of great books by Godly woman. I’ve read most of them…..about 15 years ago! Some I’ve never even read! I posted about my reading goals and one of them is to read the book Romance in Marriage. Well, I’m halfway through it and it is an amazing book! It’s making me to see things that I’ve forgotten and has helped me to be a little more creative, too! Proverbs 12:15 says, “He that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” So, the Lord has given some Godly counsel to me, through the authors of these books….it’s time I read them again!
2. To seek my husband means I’m going to be by his side, right there with him. Now, I know it’s not possible to be with our husbands 24/7. Times apart are necessary but absence does make the heart grow fonder! Now that we are on the mission field Patrick and I find that we are together a lot! We do like it this way but sometimes it’s easy to be in the same house yet not truly be together. We see each other all throughout the day, go on visitation together, work the ministry together but there hasn’t been that meaningful time together. Know what I mean? This is why we have to purposely make meaningful times together actually happen. You know what kind of times I mean. The times when you’re not talking about kids, or finances. Times when you laugh, giggle, flirt, and just look at one another. Make those times happen. If that means staying up a little later, then do it! If it means putting aside something you’ve been wanting to get to all day so you can have those moments, then do it! Look for opportunities to be with your husband and just flirt with him. ..and don’t forget to pray for those opportunities, too!
3. Like what your husband likes. When we first got married I wasn’t so crazy about football. I loved the excitement of going to games and the anticipation of eating the junk food, but as for the game itself, I had no clue! One year I made it a resolution to read the book Football for Dummies. I learned the basic rules of the game and what the refs were raising their hands about. I found out that I actually like football. (Well, I tend to like the story behind the player more than the game…I actually posted about it!) The main point is, I’m with Patrick. I’m liking what he likes. I’m seeking to be with him. I do have to praise the Lord that there are no deer on St. Barths, though. I’ve never really enjoyed the thought of hunting Bambi! Work your hardest to have a connection with what he likes and what interests him.
4. Remember all the creative things you did when you were dating and first married, and do them again! Write notes to him, bring him a cool drink while he’s mowing the yard, hand him the tools while he works on the car, make him his favorites. Seek to show him that you think about him….a lot! (and when you do these things throughout the day, don’t forget to “bat an eye” and make it fun!)
5. Praise him. Talk about all his good things to other people. Tell the kids what an amazing Dad they have. Whisper in his ear how cute he is. Seek for opportunities to build up your man. It’s your job and you don’t want anyone else to steal that job from you!
As I read of the Proverbs 31 woman, and of the husband-wife relationship in Song of Solomon, I can’t help but see the desire this lady had for her man. She puts forth a lot of effort to make him feel loved. In return, her husband praises her! Wow! What a benefit! What lady doesn’t want to hear sweet compliments from her man? Seeking does take effort. It takes forethought and planning. It can be tiring at times, but we will find that in seeking our husband that the Lord will gives us joy in our hearts for our man. We will have a fire for him that we’ve forgotten about. The benefits of our seeking are some that I can’t live without!
She called this morning to say that the surgery is scheduled today for 10am. I told her we would definitely be praying for her and we're ready for her to come back home! Her spirits are doing great and she has joy in her heart. Her surroundings are a different story. I'm realizing through this that in America we are so blessed. I've taken for granted the clean conditions we have in our hospitals! Where Maria is there is no air-conditioning, only a small window with a light breeze coming through. All phones and lights are turned off by 8pm. Cold showers (no hot water) are all you can do IF you don't have an IV...otherwise you must stay in bed, with just your birthday suit and a sheet. No Tv's in the room unless you pay the 8 euros a day, then you can have it Monday through Friday. Expect some mildew in the bathroom, or as Maria put it, A LOT! After her surgery she will not be able to leave her bed for 48 hours for anything.
So, please remember Maria today. She's ready to feel better, and to come home.
If you're in a place where hospital conditions are better than what she's experiencing, then you need to be thankful. We really do take a lot for granted, don't we?
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I woke up to two babies napping, 3 older ones finishing up school for the day, and a clean house. Thank you Patrick! I love you!
Monday, February 13, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Here's the back. It's sooooo soft!
I knew I wanted to do a pinwheel quilt this year. I love em'! Then, I thought about combining my two goals of ~baby girl quilt and pinwheel quilt. I love the combo!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
I realized this week that we are the bride of Christ and as we desire to seek Him more and more, we have the similar feelings as one seeking out their husband-to-be. We should want to know more about this kind and caring Saviour that loves us. As I thought on this, I realized how amazing Christ is. Just think of His names: Wonderful, Our Sure Foundation, The Great Shepherd... If you’re like me you tend to think of the names of Christ in the past. For instance, I remember when He was my Great Physician (when there was a time I was sick). I remember when He was my comforter (at a time I was battling difficulties). It’s so good for us to remember! But, what about today? He wants to be our God on a daily, regular basis!
So, here’s what I did. I’ll give you a couple of my examples, but it’s best to come up with your own. I wrote down the names of Christ found in the Bible. (I love our Power Bible CD program for our computer!) I picked out the ones I wanted to focus on. Then, I asked the Lord to show Himself real to me on a daily basis using these names.
Here are a couple of the names of Christ that I picked out:
He is “The Bread of Life.” (John 6:33, 35, and 48) I love to make bread! When I first got married I knew I wanted to be a baker of bread. Poor Patrick has endured many flat, non-risen, too sweet, too salty, too bland, just plain yucky loaves of bread! But, as I’ve practiced and read many cook books, I’ve learned to make a loaf that my family loves. They can smell it in the oven and are ready to butter it and dig in! It’s funny though, after all the work of bread making, we eat up the two loaves in just minutes. Then, the next day they want more! We’re never really satisfied with the bread from yesterday, we want it daily! Christ is the Bread of Life! He is a satisfying Bread and if we eat of this bread we will never hunger again! Wow! It is amazing to think that all of my needs and cares are satisfied daily when I partake of Christ, my Bread of Life!
He is ”The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) Turmoil…some days just feel like I never get started right and they just go in turmoil! Now, it’s nothing serious, but you know Mommy life! My potty training boy wakes up with an accident. So, your day is started with showering him, then a washing of his plastic sheet, and sheet set. Next it’s “hurry and get breakfast going so the older ones can start school”, but wait… we don’t have any milk? Okay, how can I make biscuits without milk…and flour? Sweet hubby runs to store for bread…not really how he wanted to start his day. Then, baby girl decides to try and make breakfast herself since she is starving and manages to pour the whole box of Apple Juice on your freshly mopped floors. You quickly wipe it up along with the chocolate milk that was spilled in the next room. As your husband walks in with the bread from the store (and sticks to the floor with each step because you missed a spot with the juice) he asks, “Why are you still in your jammies?” Ever have a morning like that? Some days can be a little rough from the get-go! But one the names that I need to remember is that Christ wants to be my Prince of Peace. Sweet peace, it’s what every Momma needs! Focusing on this name of Christ, taking a deep breath, and remembering everything He suffered for me, helps me to put my “turmoil” into perspective. Once I’ve put things into perspective, then I am able to laugh at everything that has happened in the first 10 minutes of my day. This can help me to have peace. Thank you Lord for wanting to give me that!
He is “The Bright and Morning Star” (Rev. 16:22) When I see the first light of day coming over the mountain and it gets brighter and brighter and brings with it the excitement of a new day, I can remember, He is The Bright and Morning Star! Each morning is fresh and new with no mistakes!
He is “My Counselor” (Isaiah 9:6) When I need help and direction, He wants to be the one to guide me! He has even told me to “cast my cares upon Him!”
He is “The Friend of Sinners” (Matt. 11:19) When I fail Him yet again, He continues to be my friend!
Remember the promise from the Lord that if we seek Him we will find Him. Go about your daily tasks looking and seeking for Christ. We will find that He is there with us the entire day!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
My friend, Maria, at Raising 4 Princesses has a great blog! She has a feature called T'Time where she encourages others to take time for their children and husbands. She asked if I would be a guest blogger for her special Valentines Series. Awww! How sweet of her to ask me! I wrote about having a special Candlelight Dinner with your special man. (Something that is on our schedule for Feb. 14th!)
Check out Maria's blog, you'll love it, I promise!
Monday, February 6, 2012
As Patrick was frying them up, he told me he wanted to play a couple of tricks on Josh. Usually when we try new foods on FFN, we all have our first taste together. So, in Josh's corndog there wasn't a dog! He took a bite, stared at his corn dog and said, "Well, it's good, but mine doesn't have a hot dog in it." Ha! Then, we filled one of his with chopped up green olives. (Not his favorite) He took one big bite, stared at his corndog again, and then made the most horrible sound while running to the trash can. Ha! Don't worry, after he recovered he ate plenty of corndogs until he was stuffed!
Friday, February 3, 2012
I'm defnitely in the stage of my pregnancy where it's time to put my feet up a little more. My calves are starting to swell some, just like when I was expecting Callie. (not a pretty sight!) So, I thought I'd share with you exactly what I'm reading. Then, I'll do a Book Review! (this is something I've wanted to add to my blog for a while!) So, here's what's on my nightstand!
First off, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Book, Little House in the Big Woods. I'm actually wanting to read the first 3 this series this month. Here's a link to the challenge I'm joining, in case you want to join, too!
My next book is one I bought for my girls for Christmas. It's by Elizabeth George titled, A Young Woman After God's Own Heart. I read her book for woman and loved it, so when I spotted this book in St. Martin, I thought it would be a perfect book to do with my girls a chapter at a time. Our goal is to have Thursday discussion times. Next is Romance in Marriage, Keeping the Flame Alive by Bob and JoBeth Hooker. I've already read parts of this about 3 years ago, but I want to reread those parts and finish it. From what I've read this is an excellent book! The Hookers are the cutest couple! (I also love their daughters CD, it's one of our favorites!) As a side note, this is definitely a book for married eyes only. This is another book I picked up in St. Martin called Draw Close by the Harley's. He is the author of His Needs, Her Needs and I love that book! I bought this for Patrick and I to do as a devotional together...so far we've done chapter one.