Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Katelin and Alayna share a hug...
Annalise and Samantha share a couch...
Papa and Alexie share a tickle...
Adriana shares a smile...
Samantha and Alayna share a hug, too...
Grammie and Alayna share Papa's chair...
Katelin and Adriana share a viewpoint...
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
May your heart be filled with the Love that was sent to a little stable so it overflows and you must share the good news not only of a little baby but the rest of the story too.
To our Korean friends: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
To our Tagalog speaking Filippino friends: Maligayang Pasko
To our Ilokano speaking Filippino friends: Naragsak a Paskua
To our Nepali friends: Krit Yesu Ko Shuva Janma Ustav Ko Upalxhma Kardik Shuva
To our Brazilian friends: Feliz Natal
To our Mexican friends: Feliz Navidad
As I've shared with some of you before, God frequently speaks to me through His youngest cherubs. One of their songs asked what answer would you give should God ask...the chorus involves the enthusiastic refrain "the answer is YES!" Mary said "yes" even though she had to be overwhelmed at the thought of what lay ahead and certainly not all her questions were answered. There are moments that we feel that way about our "yes". But what else can you say?
After the program we enjoyed visiting family and friends. We are trying to spend time with as many as we can while we have the opportunity. The internet is a great connector but it is difficult to hug with an ocean between you.
Today our family celebrated our Christmas together. The girls were certainly dressed more for Christmas in the Philippines than the cold part of the world we currently call home but Christmas dinner was All-American pizza with plenty of cheese.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
A robe for Alayna's doll...
Horse wrapping paper for Adriana...
A hug for Grandpa...
A pose from Alexie and Jordan...
A video of memories for Grandma...
And the joy of God's salvation for everyone...
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Today after we got done with school, we made our way out into the snow. We had a great time. There is a park in our neighborhood with a great hill for sledding. Annalise once again showed her bravery, after a wipeout at the bottom, she made her way back up and did it again. I think Adriana is the only one who didn't have a good wipeout at some point.
Adriana, Alexie, and Alayna all pushed and pulled me on a sled back home. It took a while (and a little help on my part) but they finally delivered me to the door of my shop. I was glad to see them work through it and figure out how to pull together - literally. (We have actually been giving them more cooperative assignments so they will learn to work together better.)
Not all of the pictures are from today, some are from the last time out in the snow.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Let the entertainment begin.....we love our 4-A's and the fun of an overnight stay. Thursday night our home was filled with girlie giggles once again. We enjoyed a nice dinner together (thank goodness for crockpots for working Grandma). The evening was fairly quiet with baths and Christmas movie and books to read. The girls were cautioned that it couldn't be too loud once Papa had to go to sleep because he had to work on our play day, to which Annalise quickly quipped, "he won't be able to tickle us".
Friday morning we started with a Christmas movie, hot chocolate and cuddle time....mixed in between a crocheting lesson for Nana. This was followed by a late morning breakfast of french toast and a surprise announcement from Annalise "deer" as we sat at the dining room table. We all zoomed to the windows to watch 6 deer in our yard. We had to call Papa at work to let him know what he had missed.Then they each made special Christmas cards for Lisa's Godmother and we boxed up some of our fudge and were off to her assisted living facility. There we enjoyed a musical program with her and then a walk to her chapel to see the lovely Christmas decorations and visit with the elderly folks who were so excited to see our beautiful girls and Grandma was so proud to tell everyone they were "hers". Grandma also assured our girls, with tears in her eyes, that she now possessed the most beautiful Christmas cards anywhere.
On our trip to our next surprise destination we just happened to come close to my office, so I had to stop in and show off my special girls to some dear friends who hear about them all the time. Understandably we had a long conversation about their experiences in the Phillipines and the girls shared their excitement about returning to start their ministry back there.
On to our "surprise" lunch at a Japanese restaurant where you get to experience them cooking at your table. Our chef was very entertaining but our girls exceeded this by their entertainment of our three other dinner companions seated at our table. Needless to say, they knew all about the girls and their ministry before we finished our delicious meal (all with chopsticks) and since the girls will miss their traditional one-on-one birthday celebrations while they are gone in the future, we enjoyed a special Japanese lighted candle fruit desert and Happy Birthday song from the staff in Japanese.Now for the game part of our day, a black light indoor mini golf.....of much delight to the girls, was that Grandma and Annalise each had the "little" golf clubs. Amazing how tall these girls grew eating rice every day. We had a fun time teaching how to line up the ball and at one point when Grandma hit a slammer onto the next court, the girls quickly reminded me this was "miniature golf, not big golf".
We finished off our big day back at Grandma & Papa's after some of the girls insisted on donning their "dress-up" clothes so they could go to the theatre like ladies...watching our favorite traditional Christmas movie, Prancer, while waiting for Mom & Dad to come. Our house is much too quiet now. My prayer is that today will be a lasting memory for them when they are so far away.
This note is to fill Mom & Dad in on our special time together. Hugs, Grandma (Mom) Nancy
On another note, as I went back and forth between my shop and the kitchen, I had the radio going and they were playing Christmas music. I was able to hear several versions of my favorite Christmas song, The Little Drummer Boy. I love that song! While there are certainly some versions I appreciate more than others, I enjoy each one I have heard - even when sung by out-of-key carolers.
The message of the song is so powerful to me. No matter how little (or much) you have, no matter how you are dressed, no matter your social position, no matter..., no matter..., no matter... God expects the same, and delights in the same, offering and gift from each of us - everything we are poured out before Him in humility. That is the whole point of the song. My gift is not less because it is of little value. My gift is not less because it is of great value. My gift to our Lord matters only when it is everything I am given to Him in humility.
I hope when all is said, and all is done, I will be able to say, "I played my best for Him..."
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
YWAM has a couple of press releases posted on their site: YWAM.org.
Tom and Lisa
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
The great people of earth are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time and pray. They have not time. It must be taken from from something else. This something else is important - very important, and pressing, but still less important and pressing than prayer.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I have been reading, again, the book Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire. The other night as I went to bed with a number of heavy thoughts on my mind, I read the passage above. I was moved to set aside the book - right at the end of the paragraph, without even finishing the page! The Holy Spirit prompted me to pray. I have often been able to pull things off in my own "cleverness and energy". But there are some things before us right now that are beyond the scope of my ability. We need Him to intervene. More and more, He is calling me to trust in Him rather than the people and resources around me. He seems to be providing opportunities for me to choose to trust in Him and to call out to Him or try to resolve things on my own.
God is able to resolve any situation. But for some reason, He chooses to place before us the option of inviting Him to be the solution. I think there is some good insight into His reasoning below:
We don't often use this blog for theological or academic discussion, but these seem to be pointing to a theme which the Holy Spirit is pressing in my life. My desire is to trust in Him. But I know that often I say I trust in Him while I strive to overcome obstacles without even seeking His guidance, let alone His assistance.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
The location of this housing is ideally located. It is very near the YWAM base and shares the building with the Student Sponsorship Ministry. It would also provide a comfortable place for our family to live with ample space for homeschooling.
We know that God's hand will guide and a provide, but we also know that He asks us to pray.
If you haven't taken the opportunity yet, please check out the YWAM Mountain Province blog: http://ywammountainprovince.blogspot.com/
The girls love the horses - and the golden retrievers were there too.
Time to warm up with a little hot chocolate. (If you wear a little, it warms your lips up too.)
We still need to decorate it, but today was too busy. Hopefully tomorrow; but even naked, it is a cute little tree.
I love my family!!!!