Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
When the kids come back this weekend, we will all be in sleeping bags till we leave a week from tomorrow--YIKES!! IT'S ALMOST HERE!!! We are so excited, so emotional, and so blessed by God and people!!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Not too busy for a party though---we have a party for John's work tonight!! IF you think---what should I pray for---we would love prayer to remember to do all the things in time that we need to do!!
We have a wonderful friend that just informed us of where to go if we need medical help in Russia!! So nice to know ahead of time. I even have the address and phone number of the place!!! Ahhhhh---a big relief!!!
Ok, that's all for now--may not post for a couple of days--but I wanted to keep you all informed of what we are doing while we are not posting!!!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
It does help that my friends in Thailand and Germany have walked here before!! I am so happy for that help!!
We have packed 6 suitcases so far and have about the same about to go or more!! Crazy! I keep thinking---we have tooooooo many clothes...so they might be donated(some of them) to those that need more when we get there! It is amazing to me how blessed God has made us. We have been handed down so many clothes over the years that we truly have not felt the clothing need as much as should be expected.
What are we doing this last couple of weeks with the kiddos????---having lots of play dates with their friends!!! They have loved it!!!
God be with all of you!!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
- Shop for last minute items and take advantage of sales and no tax
- Share our Russian vision in our Sunday school class tonight and tomorrow morning!!!
- Made our power point for our presentation--with music!!--last night.
- Had a date!!! Thanks to Abby for babysitting!--last night
- Katie went to a b-day party!--last night
- Cousins are coming over today!
- Going out to eat with very dear friends tonight after our class!!!
- Home group--last one:(
- Eye Dr. appointment for me
Boy, our weekend is packed! We are getting our last things done this week before our big garage sale next Saturday! We are seeing how time flies. John says that he goes to work and looks up and it's already 4pm! He leaves around 6pm to come home! These are the last days in America for awhile:( and :).
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
- I have a four page long to-do list--it's not as intimidating as that--it's on a long skinny note pad.
- Today, I have changed mailing addresses for some bills that won't stop til we are gone.
- We are talking with the realestate agent about what to do with the house. Still for sale.
- I divided out the dress up clothes that the kids wanted to take with them and the g-sale items.
- I've packed a box of books(almost threw John's back out picking it up-haha!--not really--he's strong!!
- We have packed 3 large suitcases of winter clothes and such.
- I've packed away to store my cookbooks.
I know I do more than that...but you get the idea. Plus, I want you to read my post not get tired of long posts-ha!
Monday, August 11, 2008
I have been young, and now am old,yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his children begging for bread.
Then, he said a funny which just flowed right after the scripture..."I've been rich and I've been poor, and rich is better!"
It was such a funny quote I just had to post it!
On a serious note, it was such a good and tearful prayer time...my third oldest nephew, Davis, sent me over the top in emotions...he prayed for us and then my father in law had Davis lay his hands on the tops of our heads while my father in law prayed. Let me just say--the tears would not stop!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
My thoughts go to how much I will miss my family and friends and how much they will feel our departure. Sometimes I talk to the Lord about how His calling us as people isn't easy for the people that we know and love. It doesn't just affect us, it will affect all the people we hold dear to our heart. That does not make it easier to follow the Lord's path, but I know the Lord cares about everyone who is involved in our lives and will take care of them just as much as He takes care of us. I pray that the Lord will prepare them(I probably have prayed that more than I pray for me to be prepared). I know it's harder for the ones left behind than for those who move. It will be hard---I am a home-body from birth!!! And, yes, home is the USA for now. I am sure I will feel some of these feelings when the Lord has us return home to the US about Russia being our temporary "family". That will be a hard thing too, but I don't need to worry about "tomorrow" for today has it's own problems.
No movement on the house...still on the market.
That's all for now.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
This is a video of one of my favorite worshippers! I was introduced to his songs by my friend Amy in Thailand on her blog about a year ago. I love his songs--my favorite is No Sacrifice. His video that was from CBN last fall made me think of my brother in law. He and my sister in law shared that God really wanted him to be himself in his ministry, not anyone else. That might seem obvious to you, but often times we try to be what "people" expect of us and not who God made us to be. Hmmm....thought provoking. Click here to see the video if you can. It's about 6 or 7 minutes long, so just do it when you have a bit of time.
So, does anyone have any ideas? We are getting a storage unit for a few things, but that's like a bed and sofas...so we won't be getting it until about a week before we leave. Boy, that week is getting packed by the moment!! So, thoughts, advice???
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
We are expecting to get our visas in the mail this week!
We just got our ticket prices for leaving on the 2nd of September and it was more than a thousand dollars cheaper than a month ago's prices. We prayed the night before they came on an email and I asked the Lord for a certain price and they are a few(I think about 80!) dollars under that!!! Amazing--thank you Jesus!! Thank you also to Amy from Thailand for your advice to not hurry the date and buy the tickets!!! It's so nice to have friends in Thailand and Germany and more that have been through this and can advise from their experience!
Our house--the offer did not work...so, we wait and pray and trust! More details as we know them later.
Thanks for the continued prayers---we really need them.
Ideas to pray for : health here and in Russia, easy travel experience...it's a long flight, strong marriage, strong family, love for the kids that will live with us.
Monday, August 4, 2008
“Jesus, I can't go to lands across the seas.”
He answered quickly,
“Yes you can—by traveling on your knees.”
“You pray, I'll meet the need.
You call, and I will hear.
It's up to you to be concerned for lost souls far and near.”
And so I did;
I knelt in prayer,
gave up some hours of ease,
and with the Savior by by side,
I traveled on my knees.
Friday, August 1, 2008
By the way, he went a bucket this morning after holding it all night!!