Saturday, July 23, 2011

How are we doing? answer to that question would probably depend on when you asked me.  I'd like to say that we are coming out of this, and almost post that in between coughing fits, but I really don't know.  Sammy has some coughing fits, but is doing much better.  The girls are still in the rough stage, though we'd like to think they are almost through.  So far Eric and I have had nothing more than a little cough, sore throat, etc.  We greatly appreciate each of your prayers, emails and suggestions.  They have been such a blessing.   
Since my last post the Lord has given me a change of heart and shown me that I am not practicing what I am teaching.  The last few lessons I had with Kristina, I talked with her about having joy and thankfulness amidst the problems in our lives.  Her tasks were (besides memorizing some verses) to 1) daily write down 10 things she was thankful for and one had to be about her husband 2) to sing as she does her daily tasks.  I didn't realize how lacking I was until the other day while working on dishes exhausted from babies crying, coughing, throwing up and little sleep, I started to sing some hymns.  Anna quickly came in and gave me a big hug, then ran back out.  After a minute or so, she ran back in, hugged me and asked "Why are you happy, mama?"  "Because Jesus washed my sins away." I replied.  She said, "Me too. {pause}  I like it when you're happy."  Wow!  Have I really been that stressed?  So, not only am I taking time to sing but also to drop my work and cuddle and play.  Each of them love this mommy time so much and I, sadly, sometimes go at such a fast pace that I forget to take as much time as I need to enjoy each precious moment that I have with them.  I am always rewarded with smiles and lots of hugs.  I am such a Martha!  I pray that I can learn to sit and enjoy and savor each moment with my Lord and my family. 
Lydia loves to help collect produce from the garden.

All of the kids LOVE it when papa pulls out his guitar.

Yes.  Those are Sammy's feet.  
Yes.  Poor guy has to sleep on flower/butterfly sheets.


  1. Hope and pray everyone's health and strength returns soon.

    p.s. How did you do the picture of Lydia and the produce from the garden?

  2. So true. That was an eye opener for me to read what Anna said. I am the same way. I can't do two things at the same time well, so when I am busy with my work, I tend to tune out everything else. I have to consciously MAKE time for Seth. I definitely need help in this area too.

  3. I'm glad to hear this. I keep praying for you, and I know He will carry you through.

  4. Praying for strength and healing for all of you again today! Some day this will just be a memory...

    So sweet that God gave you a song in your heart. ♥

  5. Beautiful, beautiful pictures.... and still praying for your health!


  6. I just found your blog. I love missionary wives!
    Anyhow, hope you all are feeling better. I'll be back since I subscribed to your feed. :0)



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