Saturday, September 22, 2012

~Jesus brought my sweetheart back to me!!~

~Most of you probably know that Jesus worked it out for my Phillip to get to go to the USA for our Church's ministerial. God gave them a WONDERFUL ministerial filled with His sweet presence.   Phillip also worked on and finished our paperwork that we get our Colombian residencies.  Now we can start that process here.
The Lord gave Phillip a very profitable time, encouragement to his soul, and wonderful fellowship with our DEAR family and DEAR church people!
But, there were 6 people in Colombia COUNTING THE MINUTES until we could have our husband/Daddy back with us.   He got back late Thursday night.  (Phillip had just gotten out of the taxi. Please excuse the blurry pics.)
We thought it was sweet/SAD that our neighbor boy Nicolas couldn't wait to see Phillip either.  You see he lives with his Mom and has no Dad in his life, so he looks to Phillip as Daddy.  ~
~2 HAPPY people...there's nothing like being together again. =) ~
~We served him/us a snack of tortilla pinwheels (Which Sarah arranged to make a "flower," and a fresh Berry cobbler as we listened to his stories from his USA trip.~
~Most of the time when someone comes to Colombia we look forward to getting the goodies that they brought for our family.  But, since we are fixin' to sell nearly everything to move to Argentina (we will still being working in Colombia for YEARS to come, just not living here) we had prepared our hearts...knowing that this time there wouldn't be many surprises for us.
But, our WONDERFUL FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND CHURCH PEOPLE surprised us with sending us some small goodies, that THRILLED our hearts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's always dangerous to try to start naming gifts, for fear of leaving something out, but I'll give it my best.
 ~The Pumpkin Reese's, FUN Bath and Body works FALL hand soap, the books for the kids, fun hand sanitizers, the glowing duck for Mary's bath time from the Ryans,
~the fun clothes, and Reese's from GG and Gramp and Gram,
~the bag of Candy corn from Sis. Carol Clapper,
~the birthday cards, and nice CDs that Mom D. mailed to Phillip,
~the fun muffin scoops and Skyline packets, the soap and cream, and the 2 new Holiness Music CDs from Pastor and Grammy (including one Christmas CD...we LOVE Christmas music.  It really helps our hearts not miss home/USA soooooo badly),
~A new holiness music CD, Books/chorus books to share with our church from Stephanie and the Smiths,
~A Holiness Theology book to share with our people from the Flings,
~Hand-written notes/pictures, spices, gum, sprinkles, New York Mint patties, a CUTE blouse for me, Fun hand sanitizers, and another TREAT (pictured below) from the Hausmans!
~A gift of Cash was given to buy something special for me.  How FUN!! =)
Etc., Etc.
~Laura even included some of my brother Lincoln's HOMEMADE APPLE BUTTER!!!!!!!!  He and his youth group make this every year.  They cook it over a fire, all night long.
Oh, we ENJOYED some on my homemade biscuits for breakfast that next morning. SO YUMMO! Thanks, Lincoln, and Laura.~
~Dear Sis. Kemp slipped in 3 ADORABLE FALL leaf candle holders for me with some YUMMY smelling cinnamon tea lites.~
~They add such a fun touch to my table and go well with my "Toilet paper" pumpkin centerpiece.  I made the pumpkin out of cream and brown floral material with a tad of brown material rolled up for the stem.  =)  Thanks bunches, Kemp! I love them.~
~Gram and GG sent us some Candy corns and  Dark, Milk, and white choc. Reese's.~
~Sarah quickly made Daddy a Welcome home sign and barely got it in the window before he arrived.
We took this picture the next day of Sarah (wearing a new fun sweater from Gramp and Gram), Daddy, and Elijah (who was still in his night shirt, but wanted to jump into the picture. =)~
~I love the airplane going through the cloud that Sarah drew in the "W" of Welcome. =) ~
~We were so HAPPY that 3 of our sweet friends felt on their hearts to send clothing to little Joanna.  (Lil' Joanna is from Paraiso.  Her mother has a drug problem and cannot care for her right now, so Jimmy and Farly are taking care of her for right now.  When she arrived she hardly had any clothes.)  Please pray for Joanna and her family!
All that you see on our bed is for her!  Thank the Lord Phillip had room to bring it all back.~
~Thanks TONS Janie, Dee, and Steff, for EVERYTHING you sent!  Joanna and Pastor Jimmy and Sis. Farly are THRILLED with all the fun play clothes, nice dressy dresses, nice jackets and coats, shoes, tights, etc.! ~
~Little Joanna is SO HAPPY.  She and Sarah dug through all the bags and had so much FUN seeing all the fun clothes that Jesus and our friends provided for her.  I'm sure she felt like it was TRULY Christmas in September!~
~I got some fun cheap Sunflowers to add a touch of sunshine and fall to our room.~
~I put them on Phillip's side of the bed, as sort of another "welcome home." 
Thank you to each one of you who were so kind to Phillip while he was in the US.  He said that he had a BLAST...although he felt like he was only HALF there without us.  =)
And Thank you for your kindnesses to us too.
AND A BIG Thank you to Jesus, for bringing my man safely back to us.~


lila said...

So happy your honey is home safe!!! So glad you got to have another Christmas. Thank the Lord for suppling clothes for the little girl. You are welcome for the leaf trinkets. What a nice welcome home your Phillip had. You all are the BEST!!!!! love you tons

Brittany said...

Yay! So glad you're all together again =)

Kira said...

Praise the Lord that Phillip had a safe profitable trip and that you were able to recieve some nice clothes for little Joanna .

mmsbryan said...

Thank you for keeping us posted of a very special family and your work in Colombia. So glad that Joanna's needs were met. It was wonderful to visit with Phillip and enjoy a few hours and delicious roast pork and sauerkraut dinner at Daryl and Laura's. Love, Moma

Keith and Crystal said...

So happy that he's home safe. :). I enjoyed your pictures. Your family is beautiful!

Have a blessed week!!

Janie said...

Thanks for your sweet note, Heather! It was good to see Philip and made us miss you more. Abby & Ella loved seeing the picture of Joanna with her new clothes. They had so much fun going through their clothes picking out some things to send her. So glad she likes them!

Daryl Hausman said...

Heather, I've been running too fast and just now saw your post. We LOVED having Phillip with us. Jesus gave you a precious, God-loving and wonderful husband and father. It was a PRIVILEGE to have him with... sending our hugs back to ya'll only made us pray that time flies till you're our neighbors again soon! =) Lots of love, Laura and Family
P.S. a HUGE thank you to U. Phillip on our blog post!

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