Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Scrap Bag

I came across these leftover pieces from a quilt I made a while ago and decided I could use them to make something else. Within a few minutes, I was working on this scrap bag/purse. It was fast to piece together and I like how it turned out. So do all of my girls, who keep asking if it is for one of them. I don't know yet, I'll have to see.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Family Visits with Holy Trinity Team.

Yesterday, I went with the women from our current team from Holy Trinity Anglican Chruch in Raleigh N.C. to visit with some of the moms from our current and past MHM programs. We had a wonderful time with each family that we visited. This morning I received a note from the team telling me how much they loved and admired my love for the women of Manchay. I cannot express how special it is to hear these words and how encouraging it is to know that there is evidence of Christ at work in me and using me for His glory. Thank you for your kind words and expression of love for the people of Peru.

Here are a few pictures from our travels.


Mini Me Paper Dolls by Lily & Thistle

The other day I came across these really cute paper dolls by Lily & Thistle. Myah loves to play with paper dolls, so I thought I would get some for her to play with during the next month and a half off school. Also, they would be perfect for when  my nieces are here next month. You can buy them pre-printed or print them yourself. I chose to print them myself as having mail sent to Peru can take a while. You can have your doll custom made by choosing hair style and colour, skin colour and extras like freckles or eye glasses. Also there are several different clothing sets; Spring, Summer, Fairy Tale and Girls of Literature. Check them out and if you want to try a few freebies click here.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Passing Thoughts

Yesterday, I was talking with a friend and we were discussing the challanges of being moms. I think as a girl I grew up believing that it would be easy to be a parent, and I wouldn't be like the mom in the grocery store with the screaming kids. Well, as I'm sure you have guessed, I was wrong. My kids have had their share of moments, as have I, and being a mom has not proven to be easy. I love my three girls and my hope for them is to grow up loving God with all their hearts. Trusting in Him completely for their salvation and living to honor HIm in all they do. But, in order for this to happen, I need to be leading, guiding and teaching them everyday, this is what God commands of us as parents. "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deuteronomy 6 :5-7  I often think of this verse. I think that rather than being overwhelmed thinking I have to be doing something every moment to teach my children, is to realize that God gives us opportunities to do this everyday. Sometimes it is in simple quiet moments, or moments of disciplining our children, or maybe just playing a game with them. I have often been surprised how often and easy it is to make the most of these moments with our girls and I enjoy them very much.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Crazy Log Cabin

I was browsing through a few blogs the other day and was inspired to create this Crazy log cabin quilt block. I think that I will make it into a pot holder. Quick and easy, it is a fun way to use up scraps.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Visitng Daddy at Work

Last week Myah and I decided to go and visit Tyler in Pachacamac while he was working with a team.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ready to Start Something New

I am ready to start a new project after a very long time. I decided to take a few pictures of the things I would use in this project before I start.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Grace in the Midst of Grief

This past week has been one of the most difficult I have experienced since we arrived here nearly three years ago. It began on Tuesday when I received a call from a friend telling me that one of the moms from our moms ministry was in the hospital and that she had just given birth to a stillborn baby boy at 39 weeks. I cannot explain in words the emotions I felt as we prepared to go visit with Melina* and see how we could be of help to her and her husband.

When we arrived at the hospital it was difficult for us to get permission to enter her room. Thankfully after expressing our concern about her loss and her not having any other family they allowed me to see her. As soon as I saw her face, Melina's first words to me were "Mi bebe, mi bebe es muerto" (my baby, my baby is dead) Grief again took hold of my heart as she cried and held my hands. What do you say to a mother who has lost her child? Knowing that there are no words I can say to bring true comfort to her, I held her and told her how I loved her and would be there for her.

The following day Tyler and I went to pick Melina up from the hospital. We needed to take the baby directly to the cemetery to be burried. I am so thankful for God's perfect grace in those difficult moments. He is so faithful and I know that I was able to support Melina only through His perfect strength. Please be praying for Melina as she grieves the loss of her son and for me that God would give me wisdom in caring for her.

* Name has been changed to protect privacy.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Re-living the Days of Guatemala

Hannah had to write a report about another country for the beginning of this month. She could not write about Canada or Peru, so she chose to write about Guatemala. Her grandma kindly mailed her some of our things from Guatemala including some traditional clothing that the girls had while we were there. Unfortunately, the package didn't arrive on time, but that didn't bother Myah who wanted to try the clothes on right away. It is hard to believe that this outfit fit Sarah three years ago.