hope

Hope is essential to life.  We all need hope – hope that today will have good things in it, hope that our hearts will stay connected to Christ, hope that the price of gas will stop rising, hope that my son David will stop trying to get me to like snakes, hope that I’m doing a good job as a wife & mom, hope that God is bigger than my doubts, hope that they’ll have decaffeinated coffee in Ethiopia, . . . .  hope. 

Obama wrote a book called, “The Audacity of Hope” – I have the audacity of hope that God is alive & working in every moment of each day through the good, medium & yucky.  Ps 146:5,  “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God.”
What are your hopes?

consumption

I’ve been thinking about consumption alot lately.  As humans, we consume alot.  Some things are necessary, some are luxuries and some things we consume are non-sensical – look at the trash dumps.  I wonder if I consume too much and don’t give enough.  One of my reasons for not being generous or not giving is that I’ll run out or there’s not enough, or limited supplies and resources. 

It stresses me out when I run out of something – when I run out of time or ideas or money or energy or even myself.  I find that when I get spun out in this deadend of inadequacy, my problem, largeley, is that I’m neglecting to keep my eyes on God as my provision (of truth, direction, wisdom, strength, . . . ).    When I get my eyes off God, great darkness sneaks in and I find myself rapidly coming to the end of my self.  I’m human and I consume, but the ultimate truth is that my consumption needs to be grounded in God.  I need Him.

things I like about my kids

I like lots of things about my kids, but here are a few:

Isabell – I like how she’s a strong person.  What she puts her mind to, she accomplishes.  She’s also very sweet, kind & super smart.  She loves Jesus lots.

David – I like how he’s always thinking & he often looks for ways to help me.  He wrote a worship song the other day & sang it for me – left me speechless.

Benji – he’s always happy and very snuggly.  He also is a source of endless energy – even when he sleeps, he moves alot. 

Here’s something cool too – last weekend, Isabell, David & I cut up 12lbs of strawberries & no one complained – they were happy as clams!  Amazing.

I really like my kids.  They’re fun, insightful, joyful, kind, spiritual, intelligent, strong, fun . . . .  Having kids has been one of the most delightful things in my life.  Having kids is challenging & very fulfilling.  There are moments of definite frustration but also moments of total amazement.

Ethiopia update

We’re 1 week away from leaving and while we’re excited, we are also experiencing some resistance.  From what I understand, there has been a change in the political leadership for the city we’re going to & it seems like they might not be as receptive to everything we have been planning.  Additionally, it seems like there’s some tension between the Orthodox church & the Evangelical churches – this has been going on for quite some time.  Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible to benefit the majority of the people of the city where we’re ministering.  I’m not interested in accentuating any tension, but rather how we can make the improvements for the people. 

Please pray that our time in Ethiopia is fruitful: 

  1. that we are peacemakers,
  2. that we have wisdom,
  3. that we have tremendous team unity
  4. great display of God’s power
  5. that Jesus is glorified

Most of all, please pray that we please God – 2 Cor 5:9 & 1 Thess 2:4

yaaaaaaaa whooooooooooo!!!

I’m giddy excited, thrilled, ecstatic, delighted, . . . . . . pick an adjective of your favorite liking & insert here!  The fantastic mark thomas wrote a song & has posted it – prepare to have your eyebrows blown back.  Go to http://denverintranslation.com/ and listen to, “its your love”.  I can’t tell you how excited I am about God’s presence on this song!

4th of July

Last year was the 1st year that any of our kids got to stay up late to watch the fireworks – it was more fun to watch & listen to Isabell’s reactions than to see the fireworks themselves!  4th of July is classic summer – grilling, hot, family, fireworks, freedom, punks, barefoot, watermelon, relaxing . . . .  it’s good to be in summer.  On this day we celebrate the founding of our nation – a great nation.

What are your fav memories from the 4th of July?  What things do you most like about our country on this 4th of July?

Does anyone have a good smokey gazpacho recipe?  Also, we finally got benji’s passport after going to the post office 2x, acquiring his birth certificate from the safety deposit box in the bank, filling out the new forms since the others were old & expired, paying $85, and unfortunately being grumpy at the 1st post office worker.  There are times I wish I would be a nicer person.

passport

Today, we’re taking Benji to get his passport renewed.  As a kid, they only last 5 yrs before expiring & he’s about due for his new one.  His old one has a pic of him when he was about 4months old – extremely cute & almost all of the pages are filled w stamps from various countries.  I looked at the passport yesterday & was extremely amazed that this little guy, who is not even 5, has been around the world – AMAZING!! 

Anyways, the passport renewal / application process for kids is pretty extensive because there have been instances of divorced parents “stealing” their kids & moving them overseas.  All that is to say that both Reece & I get to go to the postoffice with Benji & all of the documentation & a check for $70 to renew his passport.  It will probably take about 2months to get his new one.  We do lots of interesting things for our kids & this starts the minute you find out your pregnant (including giving up coffee).  I wonder what other interesting things we’ll be doing for and with them as they grow up.