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Carneval

We went to the park with the kids to pass out tracts and get some play time and we found out while there that there was a fair there with rides, food, music and in the end, fireworks. We decided to stay and the kids were delighted that we did. they all got to chose a ride, and I was surprised that CC chose one that was pretty high. Christina and her had the control and went as high as they could.

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Jordan and Cherise went for something a bit closer to the ground…

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This is what goofy Jordan does with an empty pop corn bucket!

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The boys really like playing with Ema. Jordan kisses her hand like a little gentleman and will do anything for the little red head!

My favorite quotes, songs and stories

Beautiful

This song is a priceless winner which has, over the years, encouraged me through some pretty tough times. The lyrics are so simple, the idea something we should always know, but nevertheless it’s one that at least I need reminding of sometimes. I love the way NTL sings it with emotion and when I close my eyes, it’s one of those songs that just takes me to another place!

Beautiful
 
Do you ever wonder why
You just don’t fit in sometimes,
Like you’re left out every time.

You don’t see yourself as beautiful,
But before you cry,
Just stop & listen for a while.
 
You’re so beautiful to Me
And I want you to see
That you’re just the way I made you to be.
You’re so beautiful to Me
And nothing can change
Or take the place of what you mean to Me.

Somewhere inside this great mystery that you see
There’s a reason, oh yeah,
An answer to everything.

I made you different from the rest of them,
Unique and so beautiful,
Like a diamond, so precious, more than anything, you are –
 
So beautiful to Me
And I want you to see
That you’re just the way I made you to be.
You’re so beautiful to Me
And nothing can change
Or take the place of what you mean to Me.
 
I know sometimes it’s hard to accept the way that you are,
But you can glow with a beauty from within and be My shining star.
Lift up your head & look in My face.
Just let Me be your all,
And that’s all that matters.
 
I want you to know
You’re so beautiful.

about the kids

It’s been quiet…

…too quiet…

So, I thot I’ll post some pix from the last week. I still haven’t been able to get any pix from the wedding, need to download them from another computer, but with life being so busy these days I just haven’t gotten around to it. But these will have to do for now, heh.

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He’s just too cute when he sleeps. I buzzed his hair as he was just too hot. He wanted it shaved, but I didn’t go that far, heh. He can sleep in for the longest time, longer than any of the other kids, especially if he goes to bed late. He also moves all around in his bed and if I’m not careful I’ll get a foot or two in my face at night as his bed is right next to mine.

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Someone gave this crane for us to give away, but of course the boys just had to set it up to make sure all the pieces are there, the electronics work, etc. This toy is gonna make some kid really happy!

food-spread.jpgWe had some Indian friends over for dinner. Faithy made the most delicious curries, I think we all ate too much 😛

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Hannah with her flower girls showing off their bangles.

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Busy weekend!

Last week has been busy in every sense of the word! The weekend came together in the most amazing way. We had so much to do, but nothing overlapped, thank the Lord and we had great fun as well!

Saturday I was at the zoo for six hours face painting for their anniversary. Joy had other face painting parties to do so I was on my own, but since it was busy it was fun as I didn’t even have time to look at my watch, much less get bored. The Lord made the weather perfect, as it didn’t rain, but clouds would cover the sun making the heat bearable.

When I was done, it was a rush home for the fastest shower I’ve had all year and making the girl’s hair in preparation for them being flower girls at a friend’s wedding. Thankfully, they were already clean and dressed by the time I got there, meaning I just had to do their hair and get me ready. We did get to the church on time and the girls were adorable. CC and Christina walked in front with baskets full of rose petals and Cherise and Ema were at the back just looking cute.

It’s only my second wedding at a church, but this time we were more involved and it was very small so we were able to actually see what was going on at the front. I never used to understand why people cry at weddings, but it hit me too…can’t explain it, tears just come…At the end, I couldn’t decide what was more sweet, that the bride (she’s Indian) chose to read her vows in Croatian, or that the groom was quietly whispering the lines to her. That just made me smile. After the ceremony, the girls got to throw the petals on them as they came out of the church. Someone told the girls to throw them up high and the next thing I see is a full handful of petals going straight into the grooms face. We were all laughing as the groom stood there coughing petals!

We were invited to the reception afterwards which was a first for me. Lots of Croatian music, some oldies and plenty of fun. There were other Indians, so I had great fun talking about my favorite subjects…It rained when we got to the boat restaurant, so we were inside most of the time. The only down side was that I hadn’t eaten since breakfast and the dinner was traditionally late so I felt sick when I finally did eat at 11:00. That’s something I’ll remember for next time, heh.

Sunday, we brought the kids to the zoo as well, so Joy and I took turns facepainting and I could take the kids around to the animals. There were baby animals: a monkey, a sea lion and 2 bear cubs which absolutely delighted the kids.

All in all, a delightfully busy weekend, but to be honest, I’m glad we decided to take the day off today!

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This n That

This morning Joy was telling the boys the story of Mary and Martha for devotions. She asks them if they know the names of the two sisters Jesus was staying with. Prompt reply, “Charlotte and Cherise!”

Mickey comes and says, “we’re playing I’m the daddy and Jordan’s the deer.” “A deer?” “yes, like, Dear, you do the dishes!” My oh, my!

I would very much like to devise means of torture for the person(s) who invented English spelling. I mean, who needs a ‘d’ in hedge or ledge or ‘t’ in watch or catch?!?!?! Why is come with an ‘o’ instead of a ‘u’ and why oh why do we need 9 ways to spell and pronounce ‘o’???? Both CC and I were in tears this morning…reconciling ourselves that at least we’re not learning to spell in French…no offense, heh.

We finished the room changes! Putting stuff up in the attic, moving furniture, boxing away the winter clothes and blankets, etc. The kids are now all in the big room and Jordan is sleeping with us in a smaller room. He’s very excited about his new bed and is doing great at sleeping in it all night, heh. Thankfully there were no injuries and other than a few scrapes and scratches, we survived and will rest peacefully tonight…the sleep of the truly tired!

My favorite quotes, songs and stories

Another great one!

This is one of those quotes I’ve grown up with, one I’ve read many many times but that still speaks to me every time.

What the Lord looks on is not just all your hard work, but your motives.—Why are you doing it? Is it because you have that same driving passion which motivated the Apostle Paul and all the Apostles and all the martyrs and every great man or woman of God?—That irresistible compassion which should motivate every child of God in everything they do, everything they say, everywhere they go, with everybody? The great fanatical Apostle Paul summed it all up in these few famous and ringing words which have cried out from the heart of every true Christian in every true good deed he has ever done, and for which indeed he is willing to die: “The Love of Christ constraineth me!”—2Cor.5:14. 

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This is what happens when Jordan gets ahold of mom’s cappuccino before she does and gives it a good blow!

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Been kind of overdue on a pic of Jo…

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While in Serbia, Cherise found an NIV Bible which she found easy to read and could not be lured away, not even with food! I need to get her a nice large print one…

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We had a special dinner with Grandma and Granddan, they even serenaded us before dinner which was a nice addition. Sadly there aren’t any good pix of that, but the kids did all dress up which was cute!

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Little Chinese gifts from Grandma’s friends

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Long post…be warned!

Seeing as this trip was two weeks ago, I’m so tempted to just let it go with a few pictures. bridge.jpgHowever, so many things stood out to me and there was so much I wanted to share, I’ll go ahead and put at least some of it down. I want to start by saying that I’m not ‘taking sides’ politically in anything I say and want to steer clear of politics altogether in this post. I’m aware of the animosity still felt on both sides of the border but we had a great time in Serbia and as such wish to convey only that point.

The reason for our trip? There was an Agro fair (largest in the area, we were told) and on the weekend was the ‘baby Exit’ which is basically the Exit festival but for young people and kids without the rock music, heh. We were invited to help as our host was alone there during that time, her home being busy with other work. So we loaded our car (thanks to Sam who let us use the roof rack—boy, do we need a bigger car!) and headed east.

Thankfully, most of the trip was on highway, making for faster and smoother travel. Soon the landscape changed to fields and fields of wheat and eventually tobacco. Now I understood why that area is called the bread basket of Croatia. As beautiful as it was, it soon became monotonous for Jo who quoted friends of ours who had told us this is the most boring highway in Croatia, ha! Getting off the highway just before Vukovar the landscape changed once again to vineyards. It was beautiful! The sun was starting to get low in the sky and I felt like I had just walked into a scene from A Walk in the Clouds.

Before we knew it, tower.jpgwe were in Vukovar, a stark reminder of what this country went through ten years ago. All along the road were signs warning of mines. Patches in the street that were potholes of a different sort. Many buildings still wore scars from mortar shells. Others were deserted altogether with burnt out roofs and overgrown gardens. Parts of the outskirts of town looked the same as when we had visited eight years ago! Other than that, development seemed to be coming slowly and I have to add at this point that we did not go through the center of town, so I can’t give a complete picture.

The villages on the way to Serbia reminded me of Hungary: long villages in the sense that most of the houses were right on the main street with their ‘back yard’ being their field or plot of land. Soon the Danube was in view and we traveled for some time winding next to it.

The border crossing was uneventful in itself except that we found out the hard way that our green card expired and so needed to pay for insurance in Serbia. After discussion, we decided against taking the guard’s offer to look the other way if we obliged with some ‘convincing’ as we had heard that there are a great many checks in the city. Thankfully, the home had a car with local plates so we didn’t actually have to drive our German car around too much (old as it may be, we were told it’s worth is about 4-6x what we’d get for it here).

The fair went well and was indeed very large, making for a great excursiondanube.jpg for the kids as well. One thing I have to interject at this point is that I noticed how very beautiful Serb women are. And they dress up nicely for events like this as well! The kids had fun looking at the animals and other stands there. One stand in particular was Jordan’s favorite because not only was it tractors and earth movers, but it was all yellow! Especially at an international fair like this, giving out tracts was usually alright and the kids could get away with giving them out any time.

Several of the people the home is ministering to came by as well, giving us a good chance to brush up on our Bible study skills. One girl was starting the bridges, so since I was the only one who’d ever given that class, I got to give it again. It’s great having a ‘church’ that is doing so well! This particular girl was met last year at Exit and was high and dependant on drugs at the time. She’s had a complete turn around, knows her Bible in and out and is seriously looking for ways to better serve the Lord.

Baby Exit was postponed because of themermaid.jpg rain and because of the rain we didn’t get to go to the center of town. Another good part about the rain was that my allergies got under control after the first day. I think all the construction (major construction boom!) materials were bothering me at first, but the Lord was good and it didn’t get bad. Thankfully, it rained at all of the right times, so the kids were still able to come to the fair two of the days we were there.

We had planned to leave a day later than we did, but because of the postponing we had an opportunity to do something we otherwise wouldn’t have: gone shopping at the Sunday open market. This place was something like we’ve never seen in a very long time. For the kids, it was an absolute first, and although it seemed overly crowded and loud, they got used to it quickly, to where they enjoyed themselves in the end. It was an outdoor bazaar type market, with everything for sale, from DVDs and video games to strawberries or mouth-watering barbequed sandwiches to clothes or shoes to car parts in every shape, size and model, new or ‘off the side of the road’. Jo didn’t take pictures as he didn’t ‘want to buy it off of one of the vendors 10 minutes later’, ha! We got what we needed though and went back on our way home the next day.

So we’re back now, the message about Exit came and I’m hoping I get to go this year around as I’m no longer nursing (hee hee) and would like to experience something like that just once.

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This stuff smelled so good!

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This whole set up was also at the fair…

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Jordan’s favorite stand!

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These girls were drawing in coffee grain, some of the stuff they made was very good.