glorify busy

just a phase

warning! this video contains explicit material!
grab a tissue and know you've been earned :)
especially if you have a quiet, clean bedroom in your house that  screams you are in the final phases!  



i love dinnertime! dinnertime during sports season is far from picturesque. some nights it is a meat and three at 4:30 (before we leave.) some nights it's a meat and one at 8:30 (when we get home.) but we do try our very best to sit down at the table every night.

when our kids were younger i would make them tell us "5 things about your day." and it can't involve the lunch menu. when mary claire came along we joked that for her it is, "only tell us 5 things from your day;)" this girl holds nothing back. every story emphasized with dramatic flowery language.

lately mary claire has been very worked up over darwin's theory of evolution. obviously this is a topic in her history class.  note to self; check her notes and textbook  tomorrow! bennett and anna katherine skimmed over this topic at school.

 her dinner table rants about humans evolving from apes is going to earn her an emmy nomination!

today anna kathereine's chemistry teacher said something so awesome about christians and science. so awesome i thought it was blog worthy. when asked about christianity and he said, 

"YES, i do believe in science
and i think science makes God look pretty awesome!"

pretty awesome indeed!

kicking it off

it has been one of those weeks when your "urgent" to do list seems to be growing! while i am preparing to leave for 10 days in ecuador,  jeff is preparing to leave for 7 days in boston. and sadly not one single day is concurrent. that really stinks.  
preparing to leave work for 10 days means 15 days of preparation. even though "my people" are pretty self sufficient (with one parent is supervising), preparing to leave the country makes me a little antsy. 

i have an overwhelming need to make sure things happen while i am away... like balanced meals, (ok ~ somewhat balanced meals) clean clothes, prescriptions, appointments, school projects, swim meets, sunday school substitutes, list for my office helpers,  feeding the animals, keeping the animals out of the house, brushing teeth.... a maddening list of things i must control ;)

the logical half one third one fourth of me knows that if i didn't take care of these things (except the sunday school substitute)  they would all take care of themselves. jeff would make sure. i am worrier and worriers thrive on worry.  (sigh) so this week i will pack and plan and work and fret over things!  so much fun ;)

some real fun happened over the weekend. we kicked off our actions program. this program was formerly called "the girls auxillery" i really really love the old fashioned sound of that. however many people thought it sounded  outdated and boring. so they changed the name to acteens. (which my computer loves to auto correct as actions) 
acteens focuses on my favorite bibile verse.
matthew 28:19

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations"
this year we were able to include the high school girls. that was important to me personally because i have a high school who has always had a giant heart for missions.

 in fact her heart is so soft and compassionate she is already loving our fist project! 
love ~ serve ~ give 
this ministry does exactly what is says: we love, serve and give to others in need.
 i also want to share that i am very cautious when photographing the people we wish to serve. after reading articles like this i became more aware of how photography can hurt our true mission.

on this day, i didn't bring a real camera. this sweet man asked to have his pictures made with this mrs. paulette (who wouldn't want a picture with this saint like lady.) my camera phone came out, the flood gates opened. our kind friends were asking to have their picture made. 

 our acteens are already excited for our turn at love, serve, give. 

meet john henry (aka skyline) he was the first "stranger" that i ever shared the gospel with. two months later and skyline remembered my name. he remembered my name! i am going to pretend he remembered me for amazing reasons ;) but i know better!  i am guessing he had never heard the gospel presented quite that way before ;)

 we (fbc) didn't arrive at this party jesus in tow. sure we brought the folding tables and the food.  but Jesus was here long before we showed up. He loves hanging out in abandoned parking lots!

 this is after the picture flood gate opened. i have dozens :)
back to our kick off party! I AM SO EXCITED to work with this group of girls. i want them to be crazy excited about missions! 

a moment

summer mission trip

two weeks from today i will waking up in ecuador. yes, again :) everyone has a happy place and several members of FBC will say that machachi is it.

my prayer partner knows that i am a little anxious about going with this team. they are fearless sharers of the gospel.  praise God anxiety and awkwardness is a foreign concept to them. (because then there's me) while i have made giant steps in sharing my faith boldly, i am still giant steps behind these guys. 

i keep reminding myself, " i should never be anxious to tell others the most important news in the world?!" then i am reminded Jesus died for all of us, even those who do a poor job of witnessing. He died for those of us who have all too often failed to share His news because we feared it might "get awkward." He died to give us the grace to press through the awkwardness and anxiety... and i know this is true. 

this is my sweet prayer partner. (love this young lady!) we were together on the summer trip. she knows all too well my anxiety and fears. i asked her to pray that God help me to be bold and fearless. i asked her to pray that i rebound from any failures and not crumble in the face of anxiety. that our team will be a contribution to God's glory!  (and calm the erupting volcano :)
now for a few pictures from our summer trip. 
a few as in enough pictures to trigger carpal tunnel!

our group of young men prepared a sermon on the the power of prayer. it was awesome!
this is not the best picture, but one of the best moments of the trip. 
(i my son is teary eyed.)
while these trip include a lot of fun, they also include "real" work. i rarely pull out my camera when we are sharing with others. i do not want our mission to turn into a photo op. 

i did manage to snap this one picture of patrick while we were in a home storying. the guest walked to the kitchen for more cheesecake and i snapped a quick one. this young man did a wonderful job!

we visited the macahchi fire department. the firemen were so kind and welcoming! enough to make our visit feel like an elementary school field trip. our guys got to shoot the hose :)

this is the moment my volcano fears began. the firemen showing  off the shiny new evacuation buses just sent in from quito.

jack came up with some great games for the school kids.
 pretty funny at times.

thank you darwin for the wonderful lunch. 
the fried plantains are out of this world!

this puppy followed us several blocks to the fire department. 
when we were gathering our bags to leave, we found him curled up underneath. 

 my biggest hugs were from these to beautiful ladies! they made a special trip all the way across town to hug us goodbye!i am looking so forward to seeing all of these sweet faces again!

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