Wednesday, April 16, 2014

~Company for dinner~

We feel so blessed to be able to attend the Chinese church here.  God has given us some DEAR friends in that church.
Some of those friends are Nicolas, who is a dentist, and his wife Alicia and family. Our little Mary needed to go and see a dentist the other day and Nicolas did a great job with treating her. =)  (He said he was Amazed...for Mary never even cried. =)
~Last Saturday evening we had Nico and Alicia and their children over for supper.
As usual I had FUN setting the table.~
 ~I'm REALLY enjoying using our few "treasures" that we stored here in boxes while we were gone.  This tray and this little tricycle being some of them. ~

 ~The goblets, white tea cups and saucers, and cloth napkins are some of the other treasures.  =)
I was so HAPPY to find these cute re-usable plastic purple plates the other day.  (They are a thicker bendable plastic, thus I'm able to wash and re-use.)
They added a fun touch of color to my table, for VERY cheap!  =) ~

  ~It is turning Fall here and was VERY CHILLY that evening...for which I was very GLAD, for my menu included Soup, jello and fruit for an appetizer, my french bread, and a large Caesar salad.~
 ~And here are the kids (acting silly) at their table.~
  ~When we invited them for dinner, Nico and Alicia both said that Alicia makes desserts and would bring the dessert.  That was a huge help to me.  =)
She showed up with these 2 very yummy and pretty desserts which we enjoyed.  =) ~
 ~We love our Chinese friends.  We Thank the Lord for giving us "family" away from our family. =) ~

Sunday, April 13, 2014

~Homeschooling 101,202,303...=) ~

Again, THANK YOU for ALL your sweet and fun comments you left on my last post about our baby girl!  =D
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~Homeschooling is SUCH A BLESSING and Privilege!  Without homeschooling it would be nearly impossible to be missionaries like God has called our family to be.  We love it that homeschooling is FlExIbLe!
When we arrived in the USA last March, 2013, our Sarah and Noah were nearly done with their PACES for that year.  But, then we started 6 months of deputation, which is very fun, very tiring, can be stressful, LOTS of hours on the road, etc.  It's NOT the easiest environment in which to do homeschooling.
It can be done, but since we were doing the Western tour and traveled nearly 10 hour days LOTS of days, and since at least one of our kids gets VERY CAR SICK, it would have been very hard to do school work.  (Not to mention the LATE hours one keeps going from church to church, and eating snacks and visiting with each pastor late, and trying to hurry up and get your things and yourself out of the "people's hair" at a half way decent hour the next morning, etc. =)
This is NOT TO COMPLAIN...For There are some FUN PERKS of deputation as well.  May GOD RICHLY BLESS each of you who planned FUN THINGS for our family and kids to do!  
We are very blessed! =)
So, when we arrived back at our home in Cinci. at the end of August, not only was it time to start school, but it was also time to ORGANIZE our house (that we had basically only lived in for 19 days), and see church friends and FAMILY that we hadn't really seen since we had been traveling!
One of the HARDEST THINGS for Phillip and I about being a missionary is NOT BEING with our parents in their Golden years!   So, any time that "Grandpa and Grandma" or "Gramp and Gram" could come visit us this past Fall and winter, our kids STUDIES went on HOLD!
We CHERISHED every moment we could with both sets of parents, knowing that soon we'd be FAR AWAY from them.  =(
~Sarah diligently working on her studies.~

 ~So, all that to say, our children DID do some schoolwork in the Fall, but we knew that when we got to Argentina is when we would REALLY FOCUS on homeschooling!
Our family uses A.C.E. and so each student does around 60 PACES (or more) each year.
When we arrived in Argentina at the end of January...
Both Sarah and Noah each had around 46 or so PACES to complete for this year!!!
They have WORKED their heads off...and now
Noah only has 17 
and Sarah only has 14!!!    =)
We praise the Lord for His help in catching up and completing this work.
We're still working HARD each day and trying to get completely done before we head back to the USA in June.
(For when we get home we need to do some work on our house and get ready for our new baby Girl!!!  =)
~Noah being a trooper and "knocking out" those PACES!~
 ~Most of you know that I L.O.V.E. to bake!!!!  There is really nothing that makes my heart happier (besides Jesus and my family) than baking a treat!!!  A BIG part of my homeschooling my girls is passing on my love for the kitchen to them.  Kimberly can make any recipe she wants to now, and Sarah isn't far behind. That makes this Mommy's heart HAPPY.  =)
But...since we've been in Argentina, the kids have been STUDYING NON-STOP on their PACES and I haven't taken time to do any "Home Ec." with Sarah.
This past Friday I was making French bread to get ready for company on Saturday, and grabbed Sarah to come and be my side-kick in the kitchen.  (It's been rather LONELY in there in recent months. =)
I did a little experiment with some of my french bread dough and made sort of an apple danish or an apple strudel wanna-be.  =)~
 ~I let Sarah "braid it" and thought she did a great job. =) ~
 ~And for lunch that day we made homemade whole wheat tortillas.~

 ~All hot and ready to eat!~
 ~Here's Sarah's beautiful danish!~

 ~Yummo!~
 ~Kimberly LOVES the room that Jesus has provided for her right now.  She has a HUGE desk and loves to get up EARLY in the morning, make herself some coffee or Argentine Mate (tea) and study away!
She has a nice balcony right in her room.  Whenever she wants...she can open the door and get fresh air. =) God is helping her to get her goals done as well!!~
 ~THANK YOU, DEAR JESUS, for your HELP in getting our schoolwork done so far!  (And Thank you in advance for your continued help as the kids finish this year!  =)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

~What we are having!!!~

THANK YOU for all of your comments!!!!  It was so F.U.N. hearing from all of you!!!  =)

The results of y'all's guessing were as follows:
GIRL: 7
BOY: 10

Due to a mix-up, I didn't have an ultrasound until TODAY!!!

So...today Phillip and I went for my ultrasound and our little Mary is holding a chalkboard with our Family's good news!!!  =)
We're all excited that Jesus is sending us another little GIRL to LOVE!
It was so FUN seeing her in the ultrasound!! =)

My visit to the doctor went well.  I weigh 125 lbs.  =)  I'm pretty much on a low-carb diet (due to my sugar problems) and am eating LOTS of fresh veggies, and doing lots of walking. =)
Both baby and Mommy are fine and healthy!!!  THANK YOU, DEAR JESUS!!!
 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

~5 Months and counting!~

~Has it been 5 months already?  I'm now feeling our precious baby move and it's SO FUN!  I love to feel the tiny little nudges and movements.  Such a little miracle of God!~
~Lord willing this Tuesday (April 8th) I am going to the doctor and will have an ultrasound.
If baby cooperates, we should find out if I'm carrying a boy or a girl. ~
~WHAT DO YOU THINK I'M CARRYING????!!! 
I'd love for you to leave me a comment on whether you think I'm carrying a boy or a girl, and I'll let you know as soon as we know.  =) ~
 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

~I've been nominated for a Liebster Award.~

I’ve Been Nominated for a Liebster Award!

Thank you, Kimberly at http://frontierblessings.com/

Eleven Random Facts About Myself: 

1. I LOVE being a wife and Mommy.  I have dreamed of being one since I was 3. =)

2. I love being a pastor's wife.  I love trying to touch the lives of the ladies in our ministry. =)

3. I LOVE babies and wanted 12...until I found out that I had to deliver them. =)  Now, I'll be HAPPY with the half of a dozen that Jesus has given us! =)

4. I LOVE baking.  I LOVE tea rooms, teas, and pastries.  However, I wouldn't enjoy owning a tea room, for I could never watch the people ENJOYING my treats.  But, I LOVE making treats and pastries for my family and the many visitors that I have into our home. =) 

5. I am very claustrophobic. I wasn't that way until I was expecting our 5th baby. =)

6. I love dark chocolate...although I rarely treat myself to it. =)

7. I have lived in 5 different countries. =)

8. I've made a cookbook in Spanish of some of my favorite recipes to share with our people in Colombia. =)

9. My parents have been married for nearly 53 years.  Phillip and I are going on 19 WONDERFUL years of marriage.  =)

10. I LOVE to decorate. =)

11. I love setting pretty tablescapes.  =)

And here are the answers to the questions that Kimberly asked me.

What is your favorite healthy food?   A yummy green salad filled with veggies.
If you could tell the world one thing, what would you say?   Wives LOVE your husbands.  Don't treat them like a little boy or an idiot, Love them for WHO they are.  =)
What is your favorite hobby?  BAKING!!!!!
If you could give advice to yourself as a child, what would it be? Get established in Christ earlier.
Who or What inspires you?  My Moma!  She's the QUEEN of baking, sewing, decorating, writing, wife-ing, Mother-ing, Grandmother-ing, etc. =)
What is your goal for this year?  Help my kids finish their schoolwork before we go back to the USA in June.
What is your middle name? Colwell (after my Daddy's Mom, who lived to be nearly 105.  She was a Wonderful Christian and is now in Heaven with Jesus.)
What is your favorite kind of chocolate?  Dark
Who is your favorite historical figure?  I like Abraham Lincoln.  
What is your favorite animal?  I'm not really into animals, but I guess a dog.
Why do you blog?  God called our family to move from the USA back in 2005.  We spent a year in Costa Rica studying Spanish, then moved to Colombia in June 2006 to be missionaries.  I was SO LONELY for fellow lady friendship!!!  I had been so used to having visitors over and LOTS of fellowship, that I thought I would die for LADY fellowship for the first few months in Colombia.
Then in March 2007, I started my blog, and it HEALED my heart!!!  I then could share about my days with an audience, and those that left comments made me feel like they had "come for a visit" that day.  =)  My blog is my living journal, and I try to print books of my blog for a keepsake for my family.  It's still my LIFE SAVER today as we are now working for Jesus in Argentina!  =)
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Since I'm BUSY helping my children try to FINISH their school work before we go back to the USA in June to have baby #6...I didn't have time to go and link other blogs to this.
However, if you want to do this, leave me a comment that you would like to do this, and I'll link your blog to this.
If you want to leave a comment, and don't want to do this, THAT IS JUST FINE TOO!  =D
  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

~Part 2 of our trip to Uruguay!~

THANK YOU for praying for Phillip as he spoke to the Chinese young people on Sunday.  God really helped him.  To see a picture of the precious group of young people go to PHILLIP'S BLOG!
www.dickinsonjourney.blogspot.com  
(I just added NEW PICS FROM SUNDAY to his blog!)
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One of the reasons our kids were excited about going to Uruguay is that they could "swim/play" in the Plata river there.
BUT...in order to get to the part of the river where the kids could get into the water... we had a 2 MILE WALK ONE WAY from our hotel!
WHEW!  This preggo mother was about WORN OUT by the time we got done with that walk.  =)
Here the boys are "rip sticking" on their "funny skate boards."
Elijah had just learned to "wiggle on his rib board" that very day (normally he would just stay close to walls, doors, etc. and push off of those, and couldn't do "open spaces" very well, but once he learned to "wiggle" he could do more open spaces.) Noah was being KIND and "towing his baby brother" so Elijah didn't get too worn out "wiggling" for 2 miles straight.  =) ~




~And of course, if we are going to WALK all that way, Phillip and I wanted Yerba Mate (a special natural tea very popular here in S. America that helps give one Energy) to drink while we sat and watched the kids play in the water and sand. (For remember I still had 2 more miles to walk to get back to the hotel. =) ~
~The fam entering the water.~


~Baby and I "vegging out" with our Mate.  =) ~
~This Yerba Mate tea is so popular!!!!  This isn't a fad, this tea has been "the thing for your health" for YEARS here in Uruguay, in Argentina, and southern Brazil too.~
~5 of our precious children!~
~Mary and Elijah~


~Kimberly brought her volleyball as well.~
~The 2nd evening we got to the water for the kids to play TOO LATE.  =(  The tide had gone out and it wasn't really safe for them to go far out in the water.  So, they just played in the sand and the edge of the water.  And before long it got dark on us.
Once we decided that we were ready to go...we looked for Mary's other WHITE SANDAL and couldn't find it anywhere.
When I asked Mary where it was, she said that she had BURIED IT in the SAND  SOMEWHERE!  =(
The picture below was taken with flash...It was NEARLY PITCH black out there and we had to find a little white sandal that was BURIED SOMEWHERE!!!  HELP!!!!
So, we prayed, and started looking around.
THANK THE LORD, Sarah found it buried under the sand a few minutes later!!!
God is good! ~
~My Sweetheart, baby and I.~

~While on the beach the first night we met this man named George.  He had these flags from Uruguay and the USA with him not knowing he was going to meet some Americans that night.  =)
He was very kind and Phillip enjoyed visiting with him. ~
~On Friday afternoon we headed back to Argentina.  These are some pics that Noah snapped out the window of the landscape of Uruguay. ~
~Of course the tractor caught Noah's attention.  =) ~

~Mary, Mommy, and baby in the bus.~
~Elijah and Sarah.~
~Kimberly~
~Phillip and Noah.~
~Mary and her baby looking out the bus window.~
~Mary wanted to take a picture of Mommy.~
~Elijah in the boat.~
~Phillip took this pic of us in the boat.~
~Pulling into Argentina.~
Jesus gave us a wonderful time.  But this pregnant mother was exhausted after:
taking a 30 min. taxi ride to the bus station in Uruguay,
waiting in the bus station for 1 hour and 45 minutes,
riding the bus for 2 + hours,
then going through customs and riding a boat for an hour.
Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
Then walking 10 blocks to catch the LAST train at 10:30 P.M.
and riding that train for 45 mins. 
Then walking 10 more blocks pulling suitcases and pushing a stroller and we finally got home at 11:40 Friday night.  =)
And when we walked into "our home" loaned to us by Uncle Charlie and family....little Mary said, "NO, I don't want to be at THIS house!"
I think she was SAD for "vacation" to end...but the rest of us were HAPPY to be "home!"  =)
~Here we are pulling suitcases and bags to walk the 10 blocks to catch the train.~
~Noah cracked me up how he "rip boarded" pulling a suitcase the whole way home. =)  ~
~Elijah fell asleep on the train.  This is how we ALL FELT! =)  Happy, but exhausted! ~
THE TRIP TO URUGUAY IS TO RENEW OUR ARGENTINE VISAS!
~The reason we have to go to Uruguay is that when we enter into Argentina we only have 90 days before we have to leave their country so we can get another 90 day pass.
(If we DON'T LEAVE, we would be illegal, and we will lose the privilege of coming back into Argentina again!)
Our 90 days weren't quite up yet, but since FALL is in the air here...we knew it would be WARMER to go NOW than a month from now!
That way our kids could play in the Plata River without their teeth chattering.
We will be flying back to the USA before our next 90 days are up.
Thank you for your prayers.  Jesus gave us a good trip to and from Uruguay. ~
 
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