Saturday, May 14, 2016

Trip to Kaputa


 

 I was so nervous to fly to Kaputa in a small plane.  Kevin suggested I sit up front with the pilot thinking it may help me to see better.  However, I couldn't see good because I couldn't see over the control panel.  The flight was close to 4 hours.  I did ok until the landing.  The pilot had to circle around a few times and because we were low it was warm.  So unfortunately I got sick.

 

We visited with the Adair family who has been serving in Kaputa for the last 10 years as church planters.
  They have recently gotten some cows.  So one day we went to see them.



 
 Our friend Julie was able to go with us.  This picture is of me, Julie, Mary Margaret, Lulie and Charlie.

 This was taken right before we left.

 
 Sorry, I didn't take many pictures.  We did enjoy our visit with the Adairs!

 
 Julie with the Adair family

 We are about to take off.  I did much better in the back seat and didn't get sick on the way home!
 
 Here we go!!!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mothers Day thoughts


I have to be honest and say that I am a little jealous of seeing all these pictures on fb of moms with their kids today.  This is the first year that I have not had any kids at home on this day.  It's been 14 months since I have seen Zach and Megan.  A year since I have seen Justin.  Then, our youngest, Hannah, is in Kenya so it has just been a few weeks since she was home.  So this is our life now with an empty nest most of the time. Of course we miss our kids like crazy and love them so very much, but at the same time it is a sweet season of life.  We tried to raise our kids in such a way that they would be prepared to leave our nest, go back to the US, and begin a life doing whatever God calls them to do, wherever He calls them to go. It wasn't always easy being a mother.  In fact, it was hard a lot of the time.   A mother's job is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  I know I made lots of mistakes along the way and still do. Even if you work full time outside the home, you don't stop being a mom even when you have other things to do, or they are grown and have left your home.  Your kids are on your mind and in your heart no matter how far apart you are, and no matter how old they get.  But to me, no matter how hard it is, being a mom is worth it all! So as I sit here today being a little jealous of mothers who are with their kids today, I am choosing to offer my nest to the Lord as a sacrifice to Him.  I know He cares and loves me.  I know I am the apple of His eye and so are my children.  So today, if you can't be with your kids or if you don't have any children at all, just remember you mean a lot to a child somewhere, whether you realize it or not.  And that is a blessing beyond measure! Happy Mother's Day!



Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her rejoice who gave birth to you. Prov. 23:25

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.~ Psalm 127:3

Friday, March 11, 2016

10:02

Luke 10:2 says: He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." I just set my alarm on my phone for 10:02. Each day as the alarm goes off I will be reminded to pray and ask God to send out workers into His Harvest Field. Would you join me?


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Time with our Daughter


 We were able to go to the Ark and see lots of animals.



 We got to watch the movie "Woodlawn" which Zach had helped with.  It was so cool to see his name in the credits.

 It was just fun to hang out together!

 We got to order Domino's pizza which was delivered by the way.  That was a treat!

 


 I can't even remember how many times we ate at Java House.  That is a special place we like to go to when we are in Nairobi.  We were there on Valentines Day.  Can you tell?

 Hannah got her ears pierced again.  It makes me happy that she still likes to hold my hand....


19 more days and she will be back home on her break!!!


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Enthralled

 It was so fun to spend time with Hannah this past weekend for her mid-term break.
We traveled about 3 hours North of Nairobi to see lots of animals at a very unique place.


 We went to this place called "The Ark."  We have been wanting to go there for years so this was a very special treat for us.

 We drove to one lodge and then took a bus from there out to the ark. We arrived up the hill a bit and had to walk on this bridge which led us to the ark.

 our room

 At the end of each level of the ark were places where you could view the animals which came to the watering hole.  We got to see lots of animals!



 We also got to see lots of birds, storks, and ducks.

 We were most excited about seeing this leopard!  It only came up behind the bushes for a short time before disappearing again. 

We saw lots of elephants.
 


 The Ark

 We went out on the bridge to see the birds and even saw lots of squirrels.  



 At the entrance



The definition of "Enthralled" means to be filled with wonder and delight.  
After spending the afternoon and evening being thrilled by God at His creation I awoke to a beautiful sky overlooking Mt. Kenya.  As I had my QT out on the balcony being enthralled by His creativity and beauty I read this verse:
The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. Psalm 45:11
While I was enthralled with Him I read that He was enthralled with me!  That was such a special reminder to me!







 As was very fitting it even rained late in the afternoon for a while.  As the rain was beginning to slow down the sun came out and you guessed it so did a beautiful rainbow!








 leaving the Ark

 As we left on the bus right before we got to the exit we saw these Buffalo sitting beside the road.  The one in the middle even looks like it is talking.  I think it was saying in a NC accent, "ya'll come back now."

 We even saw some beautiful flowers.

We are so thankful that God has allowed us to live in Africa for so many years and be able to experience so many cool things and see so much of His Creation.  
I am enthralled by Him!