A day or two ago, I mentioned that I might be re-vamping this site. Well, the indecisive part of me, still hasn’t decided! πŸ™‚ In the meantime, check out www.MoreTimeWithOurKids.blogspot.com. Sometimes I might blog the same thing on both sites; other days, the sites might have something different. Make sure to check out BOTH! πŸ™‚

Someday I might come a little closer to getting this whole blogging thing figured out. πŸ˜‰


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Oh, I had the best of intentions to keep up to date on this blog. I guess they remained that … the best of intentions. I’ve been toying with the idea of “re-creating” this blog–which I might still do at some point. The name might change–even though we are still living in a jungle, just a very different one from the “real jungle!” The focus might change. The domain might change. Who knows what else might change. But for now, that’s too much to think about, and my mind is overloaded.

soooo, this blog will stay the same for now. Though the posts that are forthcoming might seem completely random and unrelated, I’m hoping I will at least get back into the swing of writing (fingers crossed)!

Here’s to turning “the best of intentions” into action…I hope! πŸ™‚

This has now been on our fridge for days…and we’ve been ready for weeks! We’re still waiting, but know that God already knows our little guy’s birthday!! We can’t wait to introduce him to you!

I knew it had been a while since I last wrote, but I guess I didn’t realize quite how long it had been until today. Over two months…almost three! It’s hard to believe that we have now been home almost as long as we were in the jungle. We miss it. We miss it a lot. Don’t get me wrong…there are so many things that we LOVE about being home in the States, but what many people don’t understand is that there are so many things that we LOVE about home in the jungle. Maybe my posts never conveyed that. I’ve had quite a few people tell me that they couldn’t believe how honest I was in my posts or that I was “allowed” to say what I said. … almost as if I shouldn’t have been writing what I was or sharing how I did.

That discouraged me.

Isn’t life about being real? We spend so much energy wearing masks and sugar coating things. But how can we grow and learn from each other and really share the journey if we’re not real?

I’ve had other people that read of my struggles and inferred that I hated our time in the jungle. I am so, so sorry if that is what came across. There areΒ so many things I loved about being in the jungle.Β The idea that I hated our time in the jungle couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, there were many trying situations, and it certainly was an adjustment, but I believe with all of my heart that God had us there for a reason. I would never trade all that He taught us and the ways He grew us and our time there for anything in the world!

Though many might not agree with how I shared, and though that disapproval does discourage me, I don’t–and wouldn’t–take back what I wrote. Writing for me is a way of processing. It’s a way of making sense of what God is doing and teaching me. It’s a way of finding myself and being “real,” especially when it might be hard to be that real in person. And it’s a way of recording the little (and BIG) details of my Abba’s incredible faithfulness.

So I write…and I try not to hold back…because I want you to know that life is hard and struggles are present, but our God is good! And that makes it all worth it. Though the struggle may be overwhelming at times and the circumstances dark, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is there with me. He has allowed it for a reason, and He is using it for my good. For ‘if there was a better, easier, or faster way to teach me what He is trying to teach me, He would do that’ (paraphrase from Chip Ingram’s podcast God as He Longs for You to See Him)!

So I write…and I will continue to write.

Stay tuned for updates about the past 2.5 months … and the coming addition! Baby #2 is due soon…very, very soon! πŸ™‚

Thank you all for praying! We ARE home here in the States. After a LONG and eventful three days of travel, we arrived home, about a week ago now, and have been going non-stop ever since! I apologize for not writing more sooner, but with doctor appointments, family visits, Thanksgiving preparations, and out-of-town family staying with us, the past week has truly been a whirlwind!

Once things settle down just a bit I will update you all more thoroughly. Thank you all so much for praying for us! Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we transition back into Stateside living!

The past few weeks have been interesting when it comes to our options for food! Most of us here ran out of eggs, cheese, etc. a long time ago, and as we made bread and other things, we ran out of flour and other staples. Our diet has mostly been pasta noodles with butter, plain arepas with butter, casave, and corn cakes for breakfast. We have been so thankful, though, that at least we’ve had butter and salt to add a little flavor!!

God (as always) has continued to be so faithful, however. It seems that on the days I am most worried about what we are going to eat or how I’m going to feed Isabella or even those days when I am weary of lacking protein or fruits and vegetables, God sends a sweet reminder that He is the One who provides for ALL of our needs! On more than one of those occasions over the past couple of weeks, someone has knocked on our door with a small fish to cook up or bananas from the garden or some other little bit of variety to our diets! Last week Keila shared a couple of cans of tuna with us, and boy, did we feel like we were eating high on the hog! Now, I must admit that I still miss ice cream (and think about it almost every day! πŸ™‚ ), but I am just continually blown away at the blessings God bestows on us when we are so undeserving. We are so thankful for how He provides!

Today we have even more reasons to be thankful! Mike and Keila arrived this morning from an overnight trip in Esmerelda, and though we weren’t able to fill everyone’s lists, people were replenished with flour, powdered milk, etc. Some even were able to get some eggs!! We also heard great news that the fuel the village has been waiting for will be arriving soon!!! We’re celebrating by running the generator an extra hour today…another blessing!!!

For many different reasons, it’s sometimes hard to see the blessings from where we’re standing, but they are always there! We cling to the promise that He is our Provider, and He never lets us down!

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