Saturday, August 29, 2015

~Elijah and Mary singing "God Has a Plan for my life!"~

Our Dear Friend Fernando, who comes with his family to our Sunday night Holiness Meetings in our home, was in an accident last night!  
His wife told us that he was unconscious, and that he had to be rushed to emergency surgery. :-(
This morning we heard that he is improving.
Please pray for him!  THANK YOU!
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CLICK HERE to go to a link to hear Elijah (7) and Mary (4) sing "God Has a Plan for my Life" 

Have a great Weekend Jesus!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

~Have I caught the vision?~

I read this on Above Rubies, and it challenged me.

Once a man came upon three rock masons at work. “What are you doing?” he asked of them.
“I am carving these stones into the different sizes wanted,” answered the first.
“I am earning six dollars a day,” replied the second.
“I am helping to build a great cathedral,” commented the last.
Only he had caught the vision of the great work that he was helping to do!

Once a woman came upon three mothers at work. “What are you doing?” she asked of them.
“I am doing the weekly washing,” answered the first.
“I am doing a bit of household drudgery,” replied the second.
“I am mothering three young children who someday will fill important and useful spheres in life, and wash-day is a part of my grand task in caring for these souls who shall live forever,” replied the third.
Only she had caught the vision of the great work she was doing!

P.S. The painting is by Jim Daly.
 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 
The other morning Noah got Abigail out of bed and her diaper had FALLEN OFF AND WAS DOWN INSIDE THE FOOT OF HER JAMMIES! :-) ~
 ~I had some of my left-over "Reese's" that I had rolled into balls before Abigail's party but didn't have time to dip into chocolate, so just wrapped them and threw them in the 'fridge.
So one day, when we were all wanting something sweet, my Reese's came in handy!
I didn't want to take the time to dip them, so quickly drizzled some white and dark chocolate over them.
(Here in Argentina, They sell these neat bags of white and dark chocolate. The bags are all ready to put in warm water to soften, and then just trim off the corner and BOOM, you are ready to decorate your desserts. :-) ~
 ~The Thunder and lightning here in Argentina are like NOTHING I have ever heard or seen!


During the night the other night, all the sudden it started Lightning and THUNDERING SO loudly!!!
I told Phillip ANY MINUTE Elijah and our other kids are going to be in here!
Sure enough...I looked up and 4 of our 6 children were standing at our door!
Noah told me later that when they heard the thunder, Noah jumped in bed with Elijah and at the same time Elijah jumped into Noah's bed! :-)
So, then they BOTH jumped into Noah's bed together, then they were so SCARED they decided to RUN TO OUR ROOM!
The Thunder was sooooo LOUD and scary and Shook our whole house!
Kimberly thought it was a BOMB!!
So, big sister Sarah graciously scooted over in her bed, and let a very nervous Noah and Elijah join her and a sound-asleep little Mary.~
 ~The next morning found us without electricity, so we're doing school THE ROMANTIC WAY... by candlelight. :-) ~
 ~Then we made lunch and had a picnic in the backyard to enjoy the light and the warm sunshine!~
 ~A pretty flower that Phillip picked in our back yard for us to enjoy.  It almost looks like someone bleached some of the petals.~
 ~Sweet Adorable Baby Abigail has learned to play "PEEK-A-BOO" this way! :-) ~
 Now, I'm going to go enjoy "Mothering"...a Happy day to you. :-)

Monday, August 24, 2015

~Happy Happenings around Here!~

 Some of these pics didn't happen real recently, but I still wanted to post them.  ;-)
~Daddy took lil' Mary on a date for ice cream.~
 ~On Saturday mornings as part of our family devotions we do Charades.  
Here is Elijah acting like "Little DAVID"....
 ~And Noah acting like "Goliath." :-) ~
 ~One day It began to rain, and it rained here for DAYS!  (Like nearly a week Straight!)
So much that Phillip had to drain some of the water out of the pool fish pond in our backyard, so it wouldn't flood our back yard and down into the house!
So saying, I hadn't LEFT THE HOUSE FOR DAYS...and was feeling a tad like EEYORE...GLOOMY! :-)

So, my Sweetheart took me (and Abigail) on a date, in the rain!! (Thus my rain boots! :-)
The date night was JUST what I needed!
It was a delightful night and surely lifted my damp spirits. :-)
 ~Here's the fish pond in our back yard, before Phillip drained it.~
 ~Since it's been chilly I made Gingerbread muffins.~
 ~Little Square eyed Abigail...who had just awakened.~
 ~The first time the girls took a bath together.~

 ~The boy's friend Nahuel came over for one Friday evening to play.~

 ~My Sweetheart surprised me with these yummy Chocolates...which I shared with my family!~
 ~Sweet Elijah brought me these.~
 ~Before I left Colombia in January....My Sweet Friend Zulma gave me one of  PRECIOUS treasures...this nice black cape.~
 ~Last Sunday, was "Kid's Day" in Argentina.
At church they made it a very Special day!~
 ~Alicia and Kimberly making a "picnic" for the kids.~

 ~The kids' sang a couple choir songs up front.~
"GOD IS SO GOOD" in Chinese, Spanish, and our Noah sang a solo in English. ~
 ~The church gave the kids the fun bag of things on the right.
My new Friend Irene and her boys made up the fun "yummy" bags on the left, added a Scripture verse and passed them out too. :-) ~

 ~When we got home from church, Crazy Sarah took Abigail upstairs and put funny ponytails ALL OVER HER HEAD...
and made us laugh!~

 ~Mary and Kimberly...wearing her new jacket, a gift from a friend. :-) ~
 ~So since Sunday had been "Kids day" on Monday, we took our kids out to celebrate.
Monday was a holiday.
We headed to McDonalds for something cheap...
We were shocked!
So, we went to the only place we could find open.~
 ~Abigail Loves to do this with her eyes when we take her pics. :-) ~
~My Hot chocolate.  The "Chocolate part" is on the end of that little wooden stick, and when I stirred it into the hot milk, my hot milk became HOT CHOCOLATE!  :-) ~
 ~Our friends Uncle Ricardo and Aunt Elisa just got back from the USA.
They brought us a bag of HERSHEY'S!  YUM!!  :-)~
 ~"One-crawling-sock-Abigail"...climbed up on the end table and pulled back the curtain to look out. :-) ~

 ~This past Friday night the boy's friend Ariel came over to play.~
 ~He brought 2 things of yummy ice cream!~

 ~So we took the kids to the park to play, then came home and ate my 2 ham and cheese tarts, and then we enjoyed Ariel's ice cream treats.~
~Saturday found our little Elijah very SICK with Asthma, and he could hardly breathe! :-(
So, Sarah stayed home with me to help take care of him on Sunday.
~Our Dear Peruvian Friends Percy, Sara, and Percy's Mother came to our Bible Study Sunday night.  We were happy to have them here with us!~
 ~Afterwards, We had a simple supper and a fun visit together.
They brought 4 bottles of Coke for our drink.
Elijah took our picture. :-)~
 ~Sara, Heather, and Percy's Mother.~
~Have a Blessed Week in Jesus!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

~Baby Abigail turns one!~

I wanted to blog earlier this week, but I've been BUSY!  You see, we have a little baby girl who has a birthday this week! :-)
I started working on Friday getting ready for her party.
We had a fun birthday party for her last night, and here are TONS of pictures for you to enjoy!!
~Can't believe that our Abigail is 1!!!~
 ~Such Sweetness that Jesus wrapped up in this one baby girl!~

 ~Abigail smiling at her big sister Kimberly~

 ~Admiring her new birthday dress (a gift from Daddy and Mommy.) ~
 ~Elijah drew "Abigail" on your left, and Mary "drew her" and wrote her name on your right. :-) ~
  ~A fun little arrangement with Abigail's little feet in a frame, and her CUTE baby shoes we got in Colombia.~
 ~My fun chalkboard with a little Abigail message.~
 ~Kimberly and I made her cake. I made the cake and Kimberly decorated it.~
 ~The adults table.~
~I had fun making the pink and white pom poms.~
  ~Our centerpiece was my lantern with her balloons tied to it.~
 ~I spelled her name with my little white frames.~
 ~Here's her BEAUTIFUL cake that Kimberly decorated with these pretty roses in 3 different colors of pink.~
 ~Kimberly did such a great job on Abigail's cake.~

 ~My "Reeses's" in muffin cup papers, and wrapped in pink tulle are in the jar on the right.
I put pink and white marshmallows in the jar on the left.~

 ~In the basket are more of my Reeses's and in my white teapot are my "Oreo cookie pops!"~

 ~Found this cute sucker holder for cheap.~

 ~I tinted white sugar, pink and put it on the top of our goblets.~
 ~A cute pic of Abigail and the little tiny goblets we use for communion with tealites on them.~
 ~Jesus gave me the idea to use this room divider from Kimberly's room as part of my decor.
So, I hung tulle and burlap (After living here for all these months (in 2011, 2014, and 2015) just the other day...I FINALLY found where to buy some burlap and got a little! :-)
Then I hung cute white Chinese lantern lights.~

 ~I made a buffet for the hot food on the back desk in Phillip's office.
As part of the decor, I used baby Abigail's baby picture and Sarah did a great job drawing this on my chalkboard.~

 ~We picked the balloons up from the party store in the afternoon, quickly took Abigail's 1-year-old pic, and then Phillip ran and got it developed for me in time for her party that night. :-) ~
 ~On the buffet in the dinning room I made a SWEET TREAT Buffet. (you can click to enlarge.)~
 ~As you know, I LOVE TO BAKE!  One reason I do A LOT of baking here in Argentina, is because I can't do any other projects.  :-)
I don't have a sewing machine here, and no thrift stores (or room to take things back if I did a lot of projects.)
But, since I found some burlap, I thought that I would cover this little can in which chocolates came.~
 ~I found some lace I had on hands and glued it to the burlap.~
 ~And then I had the kids fill my can with little caramel "straw cookies." ~
 ~I made my supermoist choc. cupcakes with the Mocha/coffee icing (pictured on the right of my blog if you want the recipe) and tucked pink and white straws in them. ~
 ~When Uncle Leo and Aunt Caro arrived they asked if they could help.  COULD THEY?  YES, they could!  :-) They were a HUGE BLESSING!! So, while Phillip was teaching the kid's English class...Uncle Leo chopped tomatoes for me...~
 ~And Aunt Caro fried the hamburger.
Kimberly was washing up the 1,000 dishes we had used while making all our treats. :-) ~
 ~Then Aunt Yoli came and took over washing up alllll the dishes(thus freeing up my Kimberly to help me in other ways!:-) 
I told Aunt Yoli that she reminded me of my Sweet Mother-in-law! Every time Mom D. comes to my house, after the meals, she washes my dishes, wipes my counters, and leaves my kitchen spotless!   :-)
I made Indian Fry Bread Tacos.  So, while I made the dough and got the fry bread ready, Aunt Caro started frying for me.
Everyone was SUCH A BLESSING getting everything ready to eat.~
 ~The table and people visiting while waiting to eat.~

 ~The girl's table.~

 ~Abigail with all her fun presents.~
 ~I think Abigail had NO CLUE what had happened and WHY everyone was being so nice to her; Giving her gifts, singing to her, clapping for her, etc.
Nor WHY she got to eat a cupcake. :-)
I think I heard her saying to herself:
"Not sure what I did RIGHT TODAY, but may it happen again to tomorrow!"  ;-) ~
 ~Our Indian Fry bread all ready to munch!  DELISH!~
 ~And the Indian Taco feast begins!~
 ~All ready to munch.  Phillip was ready to lead us in prayer.~
 ~In the food line.~
 ~My Indian taco (buried among veggies. :-)
 ~The girls at their table.~
 ~The boy's table.~
 ~Our table.~
 ~Aunt Caro and her Indian taco.
Our company LOVED the Indian Tacos!  They had 2nds, 3rds, and even 4ths! :-)  I was THRILLED that they loved the Indian tacos like we do! :-)~
 ~Abigail and her Uncle Charlie.~
 ~Abigail and her Uncle Leo.~
 ~Someone helped Noah get into Abigail's highchair.~
 ~Uncle Charlie acting like he's feeding Noah.~
 ~Tommy with Elijah on his back and Mary in his arms. :-) ~
 ~Here's a link so his Grandparents can hear Elijah leading us in "Happy Birthday" on his guitar.~
 ~We sang to Abigail in 3 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES!  English, Spanish, and Chinese. :-) ~

 ~Here's a little link to see how EXCITED Abigail got! Each time we finished singing for her,  She'd CLAP her little heart out!  :-) ~

 ~Our family.  (Phillip has a hold of Abigail's jammies so she wouldn't fall. :-)~
 ~We gave Abigail a cupcake.  It was hilarious for when she would TOUCH the icing she would SLAP HER HAND on the highchair trying to get it clean.
She was NOT a fan of getting messy!
So, I had Kimberly remove the icing and then Abigail enjoyed her Chocolate cupcake.~

 ~Phillip cutting the cake.  We have a plan.  I make the cakes, he cuts them.:-) ~
 ~It was pure yummy!~
 ~Uncle Ricardo, Aunt Elisa, Jenny and Tommy (on the floor) with baby Abigail.  (This is Uncle Leo's brother.)~
 ~A very tired baby Abigail opening her very nice gifts.~

 ~It was so cute to see her concentrate on one of the fun books that Uncle Charlie and Aunt Yoli got her.~

 ~Valen and Sarah!~
~The sweet skirt that Valen is wearing is from the Boardmans. ~

 ~At nearly midnight poor this is what Abigail looked like after the fun was over.  :-)~

 ~Her little "shoe" bike" from our family!~
 ~Nice and fun books from Uncle Charlie and Aunt Yoli!~
 ~A cute Monkey keyboard from Uncle Leo and Aunt Caro and family!~
 ~Cute stackables from Uncle Ricardo and Aunt Elisa and family!~
 ~A fun phone from big sister Kimberly.~
 ~Abigail got this little stroller from our other children.~
 ~Uncle Ricardo and Aunt Elisa and family brought the rest of our family nice gifts as well. :-)
This is the little doll for Mary.~
 ~A very HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY, Dear Sweet Abigail!!!
We are soooo Happy that Jesus sent you to our family...and our prayer is that you will LIVE FOR JESUS FOREVER!!!~
 ~HEATHER~  (Mommy :-)

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