Please pray for his protection and for God to help him as he preaches and encourages our Pastor and people there!
And please pray for the kids and I as we are with Pastor Jimmy and his family and pray for our service here in Bogota tomorrow! Thank you!!
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OK, we PACKED A LOT into our December... so this post is another LONG one!
~So get comfy with a hot drink and Enjoy! :-) ~
Before we left the U.S.A we wanted to see Michael and Beth and family one more time. So, we met half way at a Burger King and ate lunch together and let the kids play.
Michael and Beth were so SWEET and bought our family Christmas gifts!!
THANK YOU, Michael and Beth! We had a very fun visit being together!
~Elijah and little Joshua!~
I want to blog these pics, for when I'm on the mission field it makes my heart smile seeing what I got to do while I was in our own home in the USA! :-) ~
We really needed a piano so our girls' could keep practicing their piano, we could practice for special songs for church, etc.
(Phillip has prayed through the years that God would provide us a real piano when it was time for us to have one.) I haven't had a Real piano since the year 2000 or so.
On Tuesday morning I asked Jesus to PLEASE send us a piano that day or the next day, so Sarah could practice for her piano lesson on Thursday!
That VERY Evening we were able to get this nice piano and it's nice bench for a great price!!!! :-) God is awesome!!!~
Phillip and the kids especially Love our Christmas village!
Most of the pieces are Dept. 56, a gift given to us years ago from my Daddy and Moma.~
Well this year He sent an antique mantel like what would have originally been in our house!!
We had asked Jesus for an antique mantel but had no idea where he would get one from! :-)
We were sooo happy to have this mantel ...
She told us that they were pretty beat up, but that they would be at least something for us to use until we got something better.
Well, This Christmas JESUS AND OUR FRIENDS THE DEMINTS gave us this BEAUTIFUL refrigerator in the picture below!!!
When we got the text about This refrigerator being our Christmas gift from the DeMints and the picture of it, It made me CRY! THANK YOU, DeMints!!!
God is SO AWESOME and takes EXCELLENT CARE of His children!!!
I'm SO GLAD that I'm His child! Not for the perks, but because He would LOVE and Die for EVEN ME! :-)
"Kitchens are made for families to GATHER!"
It's so true. My U.S.A. kitchen as you can see from the pic above, is just a make-shift kitchen using old cabinets from others.... until one of these days when we can put in the cabinets and all like we want it.
But, it doesn't matter WHAT KIND OF KITCHEN ONE HAS...they can still fill it with LOVE and with Good food and make their family happy! :-)
We hid them and made them part of Mary's Christmas present.
(Abigail got a tiny doll this Christmas and we saved a bigger doll to give to Abigail for next Christmas:-)~
So, I asked Him if we could take our 3 younger children to Goodwill and let them buy gifts for their siblings. When we walked into Goodwill, there was a sign that said,
"All toys, $10.00 and under are .99!" YAY!
So we took Elijah, Noah, and Mary back there to the toys and they had a BALL filling our cart with stuffed animals and nerf guns for their brothers and sisters. :-)
Of course these stuffed animals got a good hot bath in the washer and were dried too!!!
~In this pic Mary is hugging Noah and thanking him for the cute little pink monkey he got her from Goodwill.~
~My sweetheart and I!~
Our kids have been DYING to ice skate, but Phillip doesn't feel comfortable with the atmosphere of most in-door skating rinks.
Our kids have PRAYED for 2 or 3 Christmases now that God would help Eden Park pond to freeze over or something so that they could go ice skating!
Well, this Christmas our friend Elijah D. came up with the idea of going downtown to Fountain Square in Cincinnati to that outdoor skating rink.
~So Joanna and Elijah D., our family, Darla and Bryan, and Tyler and Katrina from church went had a Blast!~
Phillip and I used to come to Fountain Square when we were courting years ago, so it brought back lots of fun memories. (We're still courting!! :-) ~
|Elijah D., the Man with the Plan! :-)|
|(He had no idea that our kids had been praying to go ice skating!)|
When we are on the mission field we do not get to do that very often and it's something that we really MISS is getting to sing together for JESUS.
So, when we are home, we feel privileged that Mr. Rob Ryan asks us to sing. :-)
In my first December post I mentioned that while we were BUSY packing in our home, our friends Rebekah and Sarah Wegener dropped by our house with some Starbucks for us adults and suckers and gifts for all the kids.
Rebekah made a hat for Kimberly and Abigail.
~Here is Abigail in her Cute hat!! Thanks, Rebekah!!! :-) ~