Wednesday, April 27, 2011

History of Peruvian Cuisine

This morning, Carmen and I took the moms to central Lima to see the exhibition of the history of Peruvian cuisine. The exhibits where very well done and everything was well explained. Did you know that Peruvians are responsible for domesticating the potato? It used to be poisonous to eat potatoes, who would have guessed, not me. Enjoy the few pictures I was able to take this morning.
Pachamanca - A meal cooked underground with hot rocks
Common home setting
Lady from Cajamarca
Our group
Map marking the origin of different dishes
Typical design found on Peruvian pottery

Monday, April 25, 2011

Good Friday in Cieneguilla

We were invited by our friends the Kennedy's to spend the day with them and the kids from their children's home at a campamento in Cieneguilla. It was a fun day filled with swimming, games and yummy food.

Phase Ten
Sarah with her friends Mikayla and Lauren
Myah and sweet Ellie
Hannah and her special friend

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

Because every post should have a little sweetness.
This morning I woke up and realized that God has placed a peace upon my heart. Yesterday, I asked people to pray for our family, that God would give us wisdom with some decisions we need to make. A few people responded letting me know they were praying and I know that God is responding.

I wish that I could share with you this trial we are going through, but for now I am not able to. I am only able to ask you to continue praying for us as we try to make sense of things that don't seem to measure up. Please pray that we would continue to place God first and that we would seek to glorify and honor him as we walk through this valley. He is worthy of our love and obedience. Please also pray that we would not get discouraged and be tempted to do things in our own strength.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sweet Fingerprints

This week with the help of the moms in our MHM ministry we finished making the Easter cards for the Oasis sponsors. We had great time creating pictures using ink and fingerprints. The kids had a lot of fun using their imaginations to design their pictures. One morning the moms helped each of the littlest ones with their cards, oh it was so cute to see.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Room for One More

Room for One More - Cover 
When I was about 12 years old I received a copy of this book from my aunt and uncle for Christmas. I remember enjoying it, and for some reason as I have grown up it has always managed to remain a part of my library.

Room for One More * is the wonderful story of the Scott family who adopted 15 children from various countries of the world after having two biological daughters. I cannot fully explain what it is that I love about their story, but it is amazing to see how God carefully brought each of their 15 children into their family.

As Tyler and I prepare for our own adoption journey I have enjoyed reading this book again. Being reminded of God's incredible plan for our lives and encouraged to trust Him as He is leads us to grow our family through adoption.

When Tyler and I moved our family to Peru in 2007, it was evident that this was God's will for our family. Six years ago, I never would have imagined that God would be calling us to adopt, but I am so thankful that he is. Living and serving the Lord in Peru has given me so many opportunities to experience God's perfect faithfulness. He has always provided, watched over and cared for us. We are able to completely trust him because He is faithful. I am not saying that everything has been easy for us, but we have walked through each trial and difficult time because of Him.

We are not perfect people, nor are we perfect parents. We make tons of mistakes like everyone else and maybe even more than most.  But, God doesn't call us because of who we are or what we have accomplished. He calls us according to His will.  "The Lord did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous that other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Rather, it was simply that the Lord loves you." Deuteronomy 7:7-8  "God chooses people according to his own purposes; he calls people, but not according to their good or bad works." Romans 9:11-12  There are countless examples in God's Word of him choosing the phsyically weak, unpopular, the materially poor, or simple person to fulfill his will. I am thankful for these passages, they serve as reminders to me that I don't need to be "perfect" to be used by God, but willing to be obedient.

* Room for One More written by Nyla Booth & Ann Scott