Tuesday, April 21, 2015

{We Dedicate You, Lia}

Lia -
On Sunday, we dedicated you in front of our church, family and friends; to the Lord. We feel so honored that God chose us to be your parents. You are a gift.

We are asking them to pray with us, these specific things for your life.

* for your salvation
* for conviction of sin
* for a humble and submissive spirit
* a desire for God's word
* protection from evil
* free from the need of others approval
* security in your worth in Christ
* strong work ethic 
* a heart that desires to extend her hand to those in need
* a joyful heart
* wisdom and wise choices
* godly friendships
* future spouse
* for obedience
* sexual purity
* contentment

You are a precious gift to us. We give you back to the Lord. You are His. Our biggest desire is that you know Him and follow Him!

Love - Mom & Dad

Friday, April 10, 2015

{Friday Favorites} - April 10

It has been a while since I've posted. It seems like all of my pictures are of Lia these days and we stay in a lot :) But, now that it is getting nicer out, look for that to change!

1. The 2015 Masters tournament is this weekend. I know it's a little weird that I like to watch golf, but I do! Anyways, go to the Masters in on my bucket list of things I would love to do. Can we talk about that course...it always looks so perfect!

2. DUKE WINS!! I have been a Duke fan for a long time, but was a little torn going into the finals...They prevailed! Going to watch a FINAL FOUR is also on my bucket list. I love the last 3 weeks in March and all the basketball that we watch. On Monday night, it is always a little sad, when the last game is over. However, ONE SHINING MOMENT...is one of my favorite things each year. Each year, I'm always a little teary-eyed when I watch it. Here is this years video :) 

3. 60th Anniversary - On April 3rd, my grandparents celebrated their 60th anniversary. While the last 10 years, my grandfather has had Alzheimer's and lived in the nursing home for the last 7, my grandma has shown and modeled what it is like to love in all circumstances. She visits him daily, baths and shaves him, she truly serves him. It is such a picture of love and devotion (even knowing you will get nothing in return).

4. LiaMarie is Walking...seriously, she is not even 9 months, she was taking steps for a couple of weeks, but this week she really started choosing to walk. Time slow down!!

5. BBQ & Bikini's: We started a new April Challenge group. This month we are focusing on Summer!! We have a monthly meal plan all with delicious grilling recipes. It's been a fun group and I've seen some of my gals losing 10-15 lbs in the last month or so! It's so fun to see people reaching their goals!! 

Have a great weekend!!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

{April Goals}

I can hardly believe it's April 1st today. March just flew by, which I'm extremely grateful for. In Minnesota, March always is disappointing to me. I'm always hopeful winter is over, yet it is still cold and we still get snow. BUT APRIL!!! Bring on Spring! Today has a chance for the 70's (we won't talk about next week). We got out the patio furniture and I cleaned in, all ready to go to be outside this afternoon. 

I didn't post any March goals, and I felt it. It's like I struggled to accomplish anything (or we could blame it on the gloomy weather). This month, I've set goals! 

April Goals
1. A date night with my hubby. 
2. Read 1 fiction/1 non-fiction book. 
3. Take 1 picture everyday on my good camera (not my iphone). 
4. Record 100 of my 1000 gifts
5. Go to the park at least once a week. 
6. Help 5 more people reach their health and fitness goals. 
7. Blog at least once a week. 
8. Send 1 hand written note a week. 
9. Listen to 1 sermon podcast a week. 

What are your monthly goals?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

{Immeasurably More}

About 10 years ago, I remember sitting in a living room, with a small group of young adult leaders. We were asked about what we thought or hoped our futures would be like. I remember responding, "I do not know what it looks like, I just have a feeling it is going to be bigger and more than I could ever even imagine for myself." 

Last week, I was talking with a college friend and she asked me if I ever imagined that this would be my life. It was an AHA moment for me. I was reminded of the event 10 years earlier and how those words really were true. 

God has done more than I could ever imagine.

I'm so thankful that my parents taught me to be a dream. I'm thankful that they modeled obedience to  God, that they taught me what it meant to be obedient to God, and that they gave their blessing for me me to follow God, no matter where it would take me.

Never in my wildest dream would I have thought I would move on my own to a new state, where I knew no one. I never thought I would then find a job that allowed me to travel back and forth to Haiti. I never would have thought that I would quit my job, raise support, and then live in Haiti. It all has been IMMEASURABLY MORE than I could ever have imagined. 

Since moving back from Haiti, we have frequently been asked the question, "What's Next?" or "What is your plan?" I usually reply with an answer about how I am teaching, Claudy is in school and someday we hope to live in Haiti again...

...but the real answer

...I don't know, I just know, that if we allow God to move and if we are obedient, it's going to be IMMEASURABLE MORE than we can imagine. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Broken and Contrite Heart

It's crazy to think we have been back living in the States for over a year and half now. So much in our lives has changed during that time. In many ways we have grown, but I still feel a struggle.

Some of my struggle has to do with being a new mom and all of a sudden not having time to be in the word, like my heart craves. I read a great blog about quiet times last week and it spoke to my soul. I suggest any new moms or moms of little ones reads it. I'm working on what it means to have time with the Lord, even when I don't have the time I desire.

One of my greatest struggles, is service. My heart is to serve others. So ofter in the word, we read about servanthood and doing for others. Our families desire is to be in Haiti. But the timing is not now. I know that, but it doesn't help my soul. I've struggled with connecting here in the US. Busyness has gotten control of me and to be honest, I've struggled figuring where I fit in. It's hard to turn off part of your heart. I know I need to live fully in this moment, where we are now and not wish it away. When we do finally move to Haiti, I'll be wishing I had moments back in the the states. I've struggled that I'm not serving.

I was reading the Lent Devotional on She Reads Truth this morning. The scripture that was used was from Psalm 51. Verse 17 spoke to me.

What he spoke to me, in this moment...I want you. I want your broken and contrite heart. That is the sacrifice (Ignore my spelling error above) I want. Today, my sacrifice isn't living in a different country, it's surrendering my broken heart to Him. Sometimes I focus too much on the service not the the person I am serving.

Today, I'm surrendering. Surrendering my heart, surrendering my desires. I'm living fully here, in my brokenness.