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My brother has a blog! Hope you update again soon…

The energetic and amazing Shaz.

I found this amazing site. I visit at least once a day as no matter where I look, there’s a great quote that just applies. There hasn’t been much new stuff lately, but I still enjoy going through the archives and finding the quote (or quotes) that hit the spot.

I’ve gotten a few links already to this site. I’m so impressed by her faith and am praying for her every day, are you?

about the kids, my writings and thots, read this

Picture catch up

My sisters came to visit last week. I didn’t have time to update, as the kids have been sick and I’ve been busy, sorry! It was so nice having them, we had lots of fun and the kids miss their aunties. We went into town one day to see all the changes that have happened since we all moved away and then of course celebrated our being together that night as well. I’ll let the pix tell the rest.


Charlotte by the river and one of the bridges. When it comes to history and beautiful buildings, this city sure has it.


All us girls…


I believe you’re outnumbered 😛


The wall is painted with a mural of all the dukes and lords that ruled here in the last 900 yrs.


And this was before we started drinking, heh. Shhhhh, don’t tell him this is here, I might just get trouble…


My beautiful little sister! Should have gotten more pix of her with the kids!


The other beauty. I miss you guys!


Our mom. She’s taken us into her place and puts up with all our noise. We really appreciate it!


Aren’t they cute?


All of us together on our nite out.

My favorite quotes, songs and stories

Quotes for the Day

This is the difference between how I see things and how you see them. I see you as successful and accomplished by your faithfulness‚ through your perseverance, dedication‚ and getting up from your falls again and again to accomplish My will for you.
I don’t look at how much you accomplished. I don’t look at all that you did for Me. In fact, that’s one of the last things on the list of deeds worthy of rewards with Me. I don’t look at how great you were and how few faults and mistakes you had. All I look at is
how you obeyed, loved Me, and did what I asked you to do.
Oh, My loves, I wish for you to see things as I see them. I don’t expect you to be faultless, and I don’t want you to expect it either. Such expectations are unrealistic and only serve to discourage you from doing all you can do. Notice how I say all that you can do? You cannot be perfect; it is not humanly possible. I know this, and that is why I don’t ask you to be perfect.
What is important to Me is your obedience, not your perfection. I know you’ll always have areas to grow in and you’ll never be without blemish or faults. I don’t expect that sort of unrealistic goal to be reached, and neither should you.

my writings and thots, read this

I wanted to dedicate a special post to some very special people in my life.

You took us in nearly a year ago, but we’ve known each other much longer than that. All the years we lived north of you, we enjoyed visiting you bi-weekly (even if I wasn’t always on the trip), celebrating all our kids birthdays, going to the coast together, participating in shows, and so much more. I wanted to say thank you for being there for me; for being a listening ear; for telling me off when I needed it; for taking me along to the UK just so you could help me get to India; for treating my kids like yours, taking CC skating; for taking us into not just your home but your lives. I miss you already! You have become more than another home in the same country, through our time with you I learned so much, and I’m so happy to call you my friends. Stay in touch; who knows? It is a small world–especially with internet 😉 I love you!

about the kids

Last post from Croatia

Yes, we are leaving here tomorrow! I’ll be writing a post about all this later, but suffice it to say, I’m tired (been packing and getting ready to leave).

Here are some pix from our last outing, last weekend with the folks from a nearby home who wanted to see some snow. The kids had great fun, though the snow was slippery because it was warming up. All the better for sledding, though! There are pix of me sliding down like a crazy nut, I just don’t have them.


They had so much fun! And got so wet!




Back at home. So rosy!


With my darling daughter.

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This one reminds me of Jordan!

My favorite quotes, songs and stories

Quotes for the Day

sunrise.jpgYou don’t see all that I have in store for you, but believe Me, if you hold on, if you wait on Me with trusting faith, you will see the solutions to the problems, deliverance from burnout, and I will continue to give you the desires of your heart.

Why did the achievers overcome problems while thousands are overwhelmed by theirs? They refused to hold on to the common excuses for failure. They turned their stumbling blocks into stepping stones. They realized that they couldn’t determine every circumstance in life but they could determine their choice of attitude towards every circumstance.– John Maxwel

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.–Mark Twain

It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream…. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is sin. –Benjamin Elijah Mays, American educator (1895-1984)

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.–Arthur C. Clarke

It takes someone with a vision of the possibilities to attain new levels of experience. Someone with the courage to live his dreams. –Les Brown

about the kids, Travels

Last trip to CK

So we did it for the last time. We took the kids to say good bye to our friends up in Ck. It was bitter-sweet; seeing those we’ve grown so close to over the years. Of course, we didn’t visit everyone, we’ve been slowly working on that over the last few months, but we did see our closest friends. We’re all going to miss them so much!


Clive and Angela, the kids’ “honorary grandparents”. These precious people have been through so much in their lives but still come out on top, thankful for what they have and enjoying life. The kids love them to bits and we’ll really miss them. They used to come over weekly for our ‘church in the home’ and are now working through the 12 FS. They started out as one of our ‘projects’ and became some of our dearest friends.


I don’t know what we would have done all these years without Jasmine. She has been a huge help with the NGO, translating, helping us with projects, doing newspaper interviews with me, she was vice-president of the NGO for a year and would also help with the kids from time to time. I love you so much, girl! We’ll miss you! Ars wouldn’t be there in the pic with us if it hadn’t been for Jasmine faithfully praying for him and drawing him closer to the Lord. He’s one of the coolest guys I know (don’t be put off by his looks, it’s an image, he’s really a wonderful guy), totally sold on the Lord and the Word. Wish we could have seen more of him in the last yr, but I hope we’ll stay in touch.


Verica, friend and children’s doctor who’s helped us in many ways and was a favorite ‘aunt’ to the  kids. She helped work out check-ups for me when I was pg, helped others get the needed medical help when needed (in this country it’s all about who you know), and was also a huge help with the running of our NGO. She gave the kids this ‘meter of chocolates’…you can tell it’s made them happy 😛


I managed to get a few pix as we walked through the park after lunch. It was a foggy day, but I don’t think I have any foggy pix of the 1000 yr old tree 😀


Or of the Cakovec castle…

my writings and thots

You are here

 It’s odd how the muse hits me when I’m going through a lot. I’ve had this running through my mind for a few days, it’s a different style of writing for me and a bit simple, but I wanted to put it down anyway.  eek.jpg

When the sun rises in the morning, You are there.

When it sets again at night, You are there.

When I find myself up, You are there.

When I have downs, You are there.

When I am surrounded by others, You are there.

When I find myself so alone, You are there.

When I laugh because my children crack me up, You are there.

When I cry myself to sleep at night, You are there.

When I follow You closely, You are there.
When I go astray,You are there.

When all is going well, You are there.

When I need You, You are there.

All through my life, You have been there.

Please stay with me always .

Thank You for all your love and care.

Thank You for being there.

about the kids

Many many pix

I finally went and got the pix off of Jo’s laptop. ENJOY!


Jo and the rest of the guys there


A castle on our way home from Slovenia. Sadly, there was a road preventing me from moving over more to show the pretty lights on the bridge and the way it was reflected on the river.


I think it looked pretty with the snow on top…


Christmas morning (we had it a couple of days later so we could all be together) gift opening. I like how her face has that look of complete surprise. This was a coloring gift from Steven…all the kids got each other gifts, it was so sweet to have them exchanging their gifts, most of which had been kept a secret.


These are the cutest cuddlies. You go and pick the animal, have it stuffed right there, get a birth certificate with it’s weight, birthday and all and an id card. Clothes come separately. Thanks Joy!


Cherise with her little dog. These animals go everywhere with the girls, including the food table and bath if I didn’t stop them!


Jordan darn near missed this event as he slept so deeply. We started at 10 or so which is why he’s still in his jammies.


Steven and CC had a day at the Christmas fair, including some rides, like the bumper cars.


Goofing around…


Awwwwwwwwwww! She took this one for me!


Jo took all the kids to the park to go sledding. I stayed back as I was tired, but it looks like they had a blast!


Man’s best friend? Certainly one of CC’s!


Someone’s gonna have a snowball thrown at them!


CC went and found India…