Friday, December 24, 2010

This Christmas

It has been funny for me the past few weeks preparing for Christmas this year. In the back of my mind I cannot help but think that next year I may be a mother to 4 or 5 and not just the three wonderful girls I have right now. Tomorrow I believe is when we will share with our families of our hope to adopt. I am not sure of the reactions we will receive, but you can be sure that I have played out many scenarios in my mind. 

I am excited when I think about my other children and who they may be. Our two oldest daughters, who know of our plans to adopt can barely contain their excitement and ask questions regularly. They are awaiting the moment when they can freely talk about their new siblings without worry that someone might hear before the announcement.

So, this Christmas I will celebrate the birth of my beloved Savior with my family as I look forward to next year and the hope that we will be joined by the rest of our family.

May you be blessed this Christmas as you reflect on the amazing birth and life of our Savior who gave us the right to become children of God.


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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Reverse Culture Shock

I have heard that this is a possibility and I guess that I experienced a little of it 2 years ago when we came back for medical reasons. However, this time I am definitely noticing reverse culture shock. Maybe it is because more things have changed, or maybe I have changed. I actually believe that both of these statements are true. It could be that I feel like Peru is my earthly home now until I am in my eternal home. I am not really sure.

I am not the only one in our family who is currently experiencing a difficult adjustment to North American culture. Myah has asked to go home every day since we arrived. This does not surprise me though as she has little to no memory of Canada, as she was only 2 years old when we moved to Peru.

Beyond the adjustments to being here, we are doing well. Hannah and Sarah had a lot of fun visiting with friends from church on Sunday, and everyone has enjoyed seeing family members. We look forward to the time we have to spend with friends and loved ones.

Please continue to pray for us over the next few weeks.

Brenda

Monday, December 6, 2010

Mixed Emotions

Today was a great day! We started it off by going to our friends children's home to play with and hold babies. Any of you who know me well, will know how much I love this. Then in the afternoon everyone from our children's home had a despedida (going away party) for us. They made a special lunch, one of Tyler's favourites. When the meal was done different kids and some of the adults said some very kind words of appreciation to us. They finished the afternoon by praying for us and our family. It added to the mixed emotions that we feel when leaving here. We love visiting with family and friends in Canada, but this is our home now and we love and are loved by so many here. We need the time to refresh and share with others, so it is a good thing and I know we will enjoy it, but we will also be missing some very special people in our lives.

As an added surprise mu friend Isabel along with her husband and 4 of her children came to say good bye to us and brought me a cake for my birthday that is coming up. We had a great visit with them. We will really miss them. Their second youngest daughter will turn 3 on Wednesday, it was fun to go out and find a baby doll for her. She loves dolls and spent the entire visit playing with her baby.

So, we have less that 48 hours before we head to the airport. It won`t be long now and we will be where it is nearly 40 degrees colder!!!

Brenda

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Passing Thoughts

Sometimes I feel funny writing a blog that for now has no one else to read it. At least until we tell our families about our plans to adopt. It would be kind of mean for them to learn about them just by coming across our blog.

It is hard to belive that we have to wait at least three months before we can even begin the process of adoption. When I was talking with my husband the other day he said to me " I think it is God's timing that we wait, or our time in Canada might be consumed with the wrong thing." Not the adopting is the wrong thing, but that our time in Canada is to be spent sharing with our family, friends and supporters about what we have been doing over the past three years.I can completely understand what Tyler was saying.

Over the past week I have read a fair bit about God's care and love for orphans. His word says so much about this. He LOVES the orphan and widow. If you think about it we ourselves were orphans. Sin left us as orphans and God in his grace adopted us into His family. What an amazing priviledge to be part of His family. As we move forward in obedience to God's leading in our lives to adopt, I pray that He will continue to change and challenge my heart, and that I will become more and more like him.


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Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Project Progress

I have been trying to finishe a few Christmas presents I started making a litle while ago. I am still working hard on my hexagon quilt. With less than a month to go, I do think it will get finished, but not with much time to spare.
Pillow front for my Grandma

Fun Sunday Afternoon

A few weekends ago we spent the afternoon with two daughters of a friend of mine from Manchay. We went to La Granja del Abuelo and to fly kites on the beach. Unfortunately the wind was not co-operating for us to get our kites off the ground. Instead we sat on the rocks listening to the sound of the waves as they crashed onto the rocks. It was a fun afternoon for all.



Brenda

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Emotions

I have to say that I am full of emotions these past few days. I am overwhelmed (in a good way) by how God has been working in our hearts and leading us into adoption. I feel like I cannot read enough to help me understand the process that lays ahead. I am thankful for the different families who have shared their stories on different blogs. It has encouraged me and opened my eyes and heart. I cannot wait for the day when we bring our little ones home. Though we have not even begun the application process, I have started praying for our child(ren), their birth mother and the workers who will guide us through our adoption.  I praise God for His love, grace and mercy in my life and allowing me to be a mother to those He gives me.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Our Journey Begins...

Today, was the first step in our journey to have another child. Tyler and I went to the National Secretary of Adoptions (SNA) in Peru to inquire about adopting a child or two. We met briefly with a psycologist who answered a few of the questions we had and she asked us a few in return; our reasons for adopting, our ages, how many children we already have and their ages? At the end of our meeting she told us about making arragements when we return to Peru in February to begin the process of applying to adopt. She also told us the we would be considered to adopt children under the age of five, based on our ages and the ages of our girls if approved.

So, we begin the journey to having our next precious child(ren). We know that this a process that will test our faith and our patience. But we look forward to seeing what God has instore for us and our family.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Canning and Preserving...Ever Tried it?

I have several memories from my childhood of my Grandma MacDonald coming to our house in the late summer and early fall to help my mom with her canning. I remember that I did not care for the smells of her chili sauce or relish, but oh the jams and the fruits, they were delightful.
My Grandma was one very special lady. She was an amazing cook and could whip something up without the need of her recipe (she had them all memorized) and it would come out amazing. One year she even taught me how to make Pumpkin Pie while I was visiting with her at my uncle's farm and she let me make a mini one for myself. She was a lot of fun.

Recently, I have been looking into canning and preserving some things for the first time. I admit the thought occured to me during our first year in Peru however, canning supplies and tools are not something to be found here. I am hoping to buy some while we are on our furlough to bring back with us.  I have dreams of making jams, pumpkin butter, barbeque and chili sauce, and I hope that I can do this with our girls.

Do you have a favourite recipe you use for jams, jellies or other preserves? Do you want to share them? Maybe you have some great tips you could share with me, I would love to hear from you. 
Pictures from
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Myah Riding a Two Wheeler

This video was taken a few minutes after Myah learned how to ride her bike the other weekend.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Family Cravings...

There are some funny conversations happening at our house lately. If you were to walk by our window and listened for a bit you might wonder what was going on as you hear "yum, oh,  and I can't wait."  No, no one is excited about the dinner I made (though it does happen on occasion). We are all talking about the foods we miss and what we plan to eat during our two months in Canada.

Before you being thinking that the food in Peru is not to our liking, I will tell you that it not the case. It is just that we miss some of our favourite things that you cannot get here. You know some of those childhood favourites. Four out of five people in our house are so excited about having a glass of root beer. Others are excited about traditional fish & chips and unanimously everyone is dying to go for a Harvey`s hamburger.

So for fun I thought I would leave you with a list of things that some or all of us miss and hope to try again in a few short weeks.
I know there are more things that have been mentioned around here but, I`d better stop now or I might start drooling on my computer.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Cupcake Quilt

Amy at Amy's Creative Side is hosting the Bloggers Quilt Festival. Pop on over to her blog to check it out.
Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

Three years ago we moved from Canada to Peru. When we moved, I decided to make special quilt for each of my daughters. I came across the Yellow Brick Road pattern and decided to try it. It was the first time I had made a quilt using fat quarters.

I chose this particular fabric for my youngest daughter. The first gift I received for her when she was born was a pair of sleepers with little cupcakes on them, they were my favourite. Myah affectionately became nicknamed Pinker due to all of her pink clothes. When I came across the cupcake fabric, I couldn't resist.  I admit that I did not like the compination of colours while I was piecing it, but when it was all put together, I loved it.  I am grateful to my mother in law who helped me with the hand quilting. It makes this quilt even more special that it was worked on by two generations. It remains one of my favourite quilts to this day and Myah sleeps with it every night.


Myah with her quilt
Hand quilting

Monday, October 25, 2010

Weekend Fun at the Juniper Tree

This past weekend we spent a few hours at the Juniper Tree with the kids from the home and the Oasis during their first ever olympics. I enjoyed watching the activities and taking pictures of some very sweet faces.












Brenda

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I think it is only appropriate that todays post be about the things I am thankful for in my life.
  1. Most importantly, God's amazing and all sufficient grace and salvation.
  2. My husband who loves me inspite of all my short comings. Plus he likes to wash dishes, which is one of my least favourite jobs, thanks honey.
  3. My three daughters who delight me, challange me to live by example and allow me to see anew the wonder of God's world throught their eyes.
  4. Being able to share God's love and word with so many amazing people in Peru. For God's continued presence and strength to carry me through the hard times in doing so.
  5. God's Word, The Holy Bible, one of my greatest comforts.
  6. Family and friends with whom to share life's joys and sorrows.
  7. The ability to use my hands to make things such as quilts and clothing.
I could continue to list so many other things, though most of them are related in some way to the things I have already mentioned.

So how about you? What are you thankful for this day?


Friday, October 8, 2010

Sew and Tell with AmyLouWho


My finished project this week is an adorable backpack I made using this backpack tutorial from Moda Bakeshop. It was well written and easy to follow. I made a few adjustments to make it work with the fabrics that I had and ended up using 1yd for each the main fabric and the lining and 1/2 yd for the inside pocket and ties. I also did not have any magnet snaps so I made a strap and ran that through the top of the bag and added two button holes for the fabric to pass through. I plan to make a few smaller ones that can be used for small toys and games while traveling.



 
Stop by to add your link and check out everyone's work.



Here is a link to the pdf file with my adjustments to the pattern for this backpack.

Monday, October 4, 2010

All the Foss Girls (and mom)


Here are a few pictures form Hannah`s birthday dinner. We had a lot of fun together and managed to get a few good pictures.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

So Frustrating!

This afternoon, we took the girls to see Nanny McPhee 2. It was a fun movie and sweet as well. The part that makes me so mad though is that the first two adds were very provocative and completely inappropriate for children. Why do they do this? I hate having to tell my kids to close their eyes and plug their ears until it's over, I shouldn't have to. There is no need for this kind of add at all in my opinion, but absolutely not at a childrens movie.

Just needed to get that off my chest, thanks for letting me vent.

Applique Tree Pillow

I made this throw pillow front the other day. My inspiration came from this tutorial by cluck cluck sew.  I didn't want to copy her design completely, so I came up with my own interpretation. Hope you enjoy is as much as I do.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hexagon Piecing is DONE!!!

After nearly one month of working on my hexagon project, I have finished piecing all of the flowers. I still need to add the borders and quilt it. I have to say that to all of you who are making larger quilts than I am, I admire your patience and determination.

I am so please with how this has turned out, and I am looking forward to seeing the finished project.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I became a mom...

Twelve years ago today, to a precious little girl. It is hard fo me to believe how fast the years have gone by.

Hannah, I pray that you will seek the Lord with all your heart and live to glorify Him in all you do. You are a special part of His creation and He loves you. This verse I give to you today; "But, blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He is like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." Jeremiah 17: 7-8

I love you Hannah, and hope you have a wonderful day.

Love,
Mom

Friday, September 24, 2010

Three Years Ago Today......

This is what we were doing



Bording a plane for an 8 hour flight, as we moved from Canada to Peru. I can hardly belive how fast the past three years have passed. God has been faithful to us and he has helped every day. We have seen much, loved much and also grown in many ways. Thanks you to everyone who has prayed for our ministry here and for the people that we love. We look forward to many more years of ministry here in Peru.

Monday, September 20, 2010

So Adorable...

Have you heard of SarahJane? I came across her blog a few months ago and I love it. She is a wonderful artist and illustrator. She also has a beautiful Esty shop where you can buy her prints, stationary and patterns for embroidery. That is where this post is leading.

I wanted to try my hand at embroidery and I came across Sarah's Months of the year patterns.I decided to try the April Showers pattern. Can I just tell you how much I love it? I was surprised by how easy it was for my first try. I think I may just have to try a few more.

So if you like adorable embroidery or just sweet prints I encourage you to stop by SarahJane's blog or her shop, you'll enjoy it.