Friday, July 30, 2010

"When Invisible Children Sing"

Recently, I read a great book by this title written by Dr. Chi Huang. He wrote about his experiences with the street children in the mountains of Bolivia, where he lived for one year. This book was so amazing, yet heartbreaking for me as I read it. I have heard stories of how homeless children are treated in under developed countries and sadly the stories of the children in this book were no exception. It is hard for me to understand that someone could look at another person and decide they were of little or no value. My heart grieved as Chi Huang told of the events of five childrens lives. Looked upon as trash, because they were homeless and therefore unwanted and unaccepted.

I realize there is no overnight cure to poverty or homelessness. But, I believe that we need to look at others through the eyes of Jesus. Full of compassion. When I read about Jesus' ministry, I am amazed at His compassion for others. His ability and willingness to reach out to the most undesired and unwanted and love them, to touch them and to heal them both physically and spiritually.

I hope that as I interact with the people of Peru that I am living as Jesus did. Loving others even when it is hard. Speaking the truth and leading by example.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Recycling Pens and Pencils

My sister in law Jen is a teacher in Canada. A few months ago, we were talking about the large expense that school supplies are for many of the families we work with. Jen is head of her schools enviromental group and she came up with a great idea to recycle her students school supplies at the end of the school year. With the help of the kids and families from her school, they collected enough supplies to fill 40  pencil cases with pens, pencils, pencil crayons and more. They also brought reusable lunch bags. Today we went to visit with some of the families from our care center ministry. It was a lot of fun to see the kids faces light up when they opened their pencil cases and saw all the goodies inside. Here are a few pictures from our visits.




Thank you to everyone from Clemens Mill Public School who helped with the collection and organizing of pencil cases. Your kindness in sharing your school supplies with be a great help to several families in Peru.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Pictures from Paracas

I thought I would post a few pictures of our recent trip to Paracas with my husband's family.

                                                                                                                                       





and my favorite.....


Friday, July 23, 2010

For Women Only

Right now I am on holiday with my husband's parents and sister and her family in Paracas. It is beautiful here but very windy this time of year. Our girls have had a wonderful time palying with their cousins on the beach and collecting shells. This morning they went on a boat ride to nearby islands to see penguins, sea lions and starfish.

During the past two days I have had the opportunity to read one of the new books I ordered that my in- laws brought with them. The book was For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn. I was quite surprised by much of what I learned in this book. It deals with things that most men wish women knew about men, but don't really know how to tell us. There were a few things that I maybe had expected, but was surprised at how important they were. I have also purchased the book For Men Only writtne by Shaunti's husband for my husband. I think when we are finished it would be good for us to maybe have a chat about the things that are most important to each of us personally. I do believe that this information would be good for us to communicate better with each other and understand one anothers needs.  If you are a woman who is sometimes confused by your husband's reactions, or emotions I would recommend this book to you, to help give insight.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Thirteen Years

Today we are celebrating our thirteenth wedding anniversary.  Happy Anniversary to the love of my life.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Traffic, traffic and more traffic

Yesterday, we tried to go to one of the zoos here in Lima with Jen, Richard and all the girls. Things started out well until we hit construction where six lanes of opposing traffic were being narrowed down to one! In all of the confusion, we could not find the intrance to the zoo. Thankfully the girls did not protest too much when we decided not to try going back through the craziness to look for the zoo.  Instead we drove a short bit further along the road and came to this park with a few things to paly on and a small market.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Favorite Memory

I love this picture of Sarah and Myah. It was taken nealry five years ago durig our first time in Peru. Tomorrow, Myah will turn six years old and I can hardly believe how fast the time has gone by since her birth.

Monday, July 12, 2010

What Kind of Blog ?

I have been thinking a lot lately about the kind of blog I want this to be. I like so many different kinds of things, but in reality I cannot have a seperate blog for each of those things. It would take over my life, and since I am not sure that anyone actually reads my blog, it would be a little ridiculous. Last week I admit I was so pre-occupied with making sure that people could find my blog, that I signed up for so many different things. In the last day or so I have thought more about it and realized how silly that was. Sure I would love to know that someone enjoys reading my blog, but in the end that does not define who I am or my value. 

So, what kind of blog do I want to have? I have thought about the different blogs I enjoy. Some are about sewing or quilting. Others about being a mom, or recipes or about growing in one's walk with God.  When you get right down to it. I would like my blog to have an element of each of these things. 

I am not an expert in anything. Though I have been a believer in Jesus for as long as I can remember, I still make mistakes and sin, and I do not have the Bible memorized. I am a misionary who works with orphaned children and severly impoverished moms and their children. Most days I am in awe that God has called me to serve Him in this way.

I have been married for thirteen years to my husband Tyler. Together we have three daughters, Hannah, Sarah and Myah. I am not the perfect wife or mother, but each day I work to improve that. I have arguments with my husband, sometimes get frustrated with my kids, just like everybody else.

I hope that you will enjoy what I have to share with you as I walk this journey through life, seeking each day to become more like Christ. If you decide to stick around and read my blog, I would like to thank you. If you have any comments, I would love to hear them and if you have have a blog of your own, please leave me link so I can stop by.

Blessings,
Brenda

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Lisa over at The Nut House started a Thankful Thursday post and has invited others to join in. So, here I go.



What am I thankful for today?
I am thankful for my husband who likes to wash the dishes. I am so grateful as washing dishes is one of my least favourite jobs.

For our friends Jon and Elise, who have served along side us for two years here in Peru. We will miss them very much when they return to the U.S.

For my friend Kim and her husband and girls who came to visit for two weeks. It has been ao great to see her again.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Try it Tuesdays

I thought I would try adding a hopefully regular  feature to my blog. With two very picky eaters in our family I thought why not try something called "Try it Tuesdays."  The idea is to come up with different things to try serving for dinner. I hope that it will be fun and be a way to get my picky eaters to try something new. So feel free to joins us as we have "Try it Tuesdays."
On tonight's menu, Make your own Pizzas. I have whole wheat pitas with yummy tomato sauce and I have cut up a number of different ingredients; pineapple, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, bacon, parmesan cheese and mozarella. I think we will have a contest to see who can make the best face using the different toppings. 


The girls were happy to help make their pizzas. It was fun to watch them create their faces with the toppings.

We had a bit of success with the girls trying new pizza toppings. Hannah put onions and mushrooms on her pizza and Sarah tried pineapple.

So now I have a few days to start thinking about next Tuesday and what we will try. Maybe a new recipe, or a new vegetable. You'll have to wait and see.

Monday, July 5, 2010

In the Bag

Last week, my friend Kim from Georgia came to visit. Kim and her husband were also missionaries here in Peru for a number of years, until an illness took them home. It has been so much fun to spend time with Kim again. The other day I was in my sewing room and got the bug to make another bag. With the help of my daughters Hannah and Sarah and Hannah's friend Paige (Kim's daughter) we made this bag together. I love the colours and the velvet ribbons we added.  It was a fun way to spend time with the girls and even more fun to see the look on Kim's face when we gave her, her bag.