Monday, November 12, 2018

Brand Sparkling New

Well, Miss Amelia would have been new today, because today was her actual due date! We are so happy that she came early!

We've had and eventful 12 days of life so far!

We've had baths, which we don't like.

We've had photo ops with big sisters!

We napped before, during, and after church!

Meanwhile...this was happening! 

We have been enjoying our girls, all four of them!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Thinking on Thankfulness

So, with Thanksgiving coming up, I've been thinking about all that God has done for me recently.

  • I'm thankful for a house with a yard. That's not always common here.
  • I'm thankful for how God worked out us getting this house. He made it clear without a shadow of a doubt what He had for us. There are normally a lot of steps involved that our landlord passed (which never happens) based on the testimony of another missionary.
  • I'm thankful for that other missionary and their family, not only for their testimony and for how they've been such a blessing to our family.
  • I'm thankful for my babies and their happy spirit

  • I'm thankful for how when we needed a dog, we were given one for free. Which also never happens.
  • I'm thankful for friends here in Brazil to help our family adjust.
  • I'm thankful for text messaging and vídeo calling because then family doesn't seem quite so far away.
Like this new sweetie that I can't wait to get my hands on and smuggle!! 

What are you thankful for this holiday season? 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Casting Your Vote

As I write this, I don't yet know what the results of Tuesday's elections will be. I've been praying for sometime about the elections, and I'm desperately hoping God allows us to have the results we need and not the results I'm afraid our nation deserves.

I do believe it is our duty as well as our privilege to vote. We vote in every election, and we've also taught our children to do their civic duty as well.

I've seen much (and I'm sure you have as well) on social media lately from people who expressed their political point of view and encouraged others to vote, hopefully along the same lines. I do think it's important to vote, and I have no patience with people who didn't bother to vote, but then complain about how government isn't doing it's job.

Many people wouldn't think of missing their opportunity to vote in an election, but I wonder how many of us realize that we cast votes every single day. We vote what to do with our time, and we vote on what's important enough for us to focus our attention.

Here's a few areas where people cast votes without realizing it:

On the job--when someone makes an inappropriate comment or joke, how do you cast your vote? Do you vote for that sort of thing by laughing at it? Do you realize that staying silent is also a way of voting for those things that are offensive? Or do you vote against that sort of behavior by politely letting them know that it's not acceptable?

At church--Do you realize that every time you decide to stay home from a service, you're voting to close the church? You may not think it's that drastic, but if you are "too tired" or "too busy" to attend, you are sending the message to everyone that church is not that important.

*You're sending that message to those around you that you might have witnessed to or invited to church. Why should they care about it if church isn't important to you?

*You're sending that message to your children. Why should they care about church if you don't? If you're too tired or busy to attend on a regular basis, don't be surprised when they end up not going at all once they're adults.

*You're sending a message to your fellow believers. Your attendance encourages them. It also encourages the pastor and the Sunday School teacher and your fellow choir members and nursery workers and ushers. When you're not there, you're telling them that worshipping with them just isn't high on your priority list.

In the neighborhood--When we were missionaries in Uganda, the leaders of the town we were in told my husband that Christianity brought morals, integrity, discipline and character. That's true whether you live in Uganda or in the United States. With that in mind, if you're not witnessing to those around you, if you're not passing out Gospel tracts, if you're not inviting people to church, then you are voting for a decline in morals, integrity, discipline and character in the area in which you live.

These are just a few of the areas where we cast our vote as we go through our daily lives. So let me ask you, what are you voting for today?

Monday, November 5, 2018

A Special Delivery

Our Baby girl is finally here and we could not be more excited!

Say hello to Miss Amelia Shay!

Big sisters are so helpful already, and Stella said, "She loves her new baby sister with her whole heart".

Daddy is smitten!

She is the perfect addition to our home!

Stayed tuned the next couple of weeks as I will be taking a short break from blogging but will for sure be posting baby picture updates!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Picture picture

I know all you really want to see is the new baby, but I don't have any pictures of her. I have seen pictures and she is absolutely adorable!!! 😍😍😍

  Here is what I do have pictures of, though...
A standing baby.. Shes killing me... 

Amazing coffee

Crazy kiddos

True MK.. You can sleep anywhere 

Stylin dude. Check out those we some shoes! 

So , how was your week? 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Would You Rather

Well I've done absolutely nothing worth writing about this week because I spent all my time clearing out some closets and getting rid of a lot of stuff my husband we don't need. Since I have nothing to say, how about you say something? Answer the questions in the comments.

1. Do you go to the doctor at the first sign of an illness or are you someone that would order a coffin before calling for a doctor appointment?

2. Would you eat pumpkin flavored ice cream?

3. Are you a first-in/last-out kind of person or do you arrive late and leave early because you're not all that social?

4. Are you an expert at selfies or do you avoid them because you always get a shot of your forehead?

5. Do you look forward to that extra hour of sleep this coming weekend or do you wish they'd do away with Daylight Saving Time all together?

6. When someone says, "share if you agree", do you?

7. How do you lift your spirits if you feel discouraged?

8. Are you an organized person or do you just buy a lot of stuff to help you get organized and then just kind of forget about it?

9. If you had to make dinner tonight just from something in your fridge, what would your family be eating?

10. Do you prefer baths or showers?

I know, totally random. But that's why you come here, isn't it?

P.S. Aren't my grandchildren adorable?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Testy Tuesday

It's that time again. Just below are the pet peeves that are driving us crazy this week. Add your own in the comments, or ditto someone else. Commiserate with each other, blow off steam and go on your merry way.

Kylee: social media filters🤷🙊

Stephanie: how few hours there are between night and morning

Jill:  when the grocery store rearranges everything, and a ten minute stop becomes half an hour wandering through the store, surrounded by blank-faced, confused people desperately reading signs and trying to find their way around.

Now it's your turn. What's bugging you?