Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Comfortable and Cozy

This parenting adults thing is hard!  Why is it that every stage of parenting seems harder than the stage before? Probably because it's new, unfamiliar, unexplored territory.  We just get 'good' at one stage of parenting, we get comfortable, settled, cozy and then the carpet gets pulled out from underneath.  Once again we are left on our fannies trying to figure out how to pull our bootstraps up and get back to work. 

I'm really making it sound more dramatic than it is.  The girls are doing good. Making choices that show us they have been listening to all we just thought wasn't sinking in. It's fun having adult conversations with them and seeing them processing all their experiencing.  What's better - seeing the Holy Spirit work in in their lives and them listening and allowing Him to lead and guide.

Pray for our girls and this amazing journey they are on.  Pray for our boys as they aren't too far behind their sisters.  And pray for little guy who has years to go!  Although the dude thinks he as well is close behind.  The other day he told me he didn't want to go away like Abi and Bekah when he finishes school.  Little stinker, he thinks he's 16 not 6. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

It's Fall

Fall in Honduras is still.....hot!  Although today it's a little overcast, I'm wearing jeans and I'm not sweating.

Last week, not so much.  But we pretended.  We hosted our team for our biannual 2 day long organizational meetings.  We splurged and closed the house up and turned the AC on.  We had lots of coffee, pumpkin bread, scones, cinnamon rolls, and so much more "fallish foods"

We spent two days reviewing our goals and objectives for each ministry in La Ceiba

MEDICAL:  We have hopes of opening our downtown clinic and lab soon.  Construction is almost finished and we are in the stages of obtaining licensing. Please pray that all will continue to go smoothly and we will find favor with the government in getting permits.

PETER PROJECT:  The boys moved to a new home with more space and it's closer to our project center.  PP is in great need of finances. Will you please seek the LORD on behalf of the boys?  Will you please pray about donating to this amazing ministry?

PUERTA DE ESPERANZA (PDE): The last two weeks have been very challenging for one of the moms.  The situation that brought her to us is one of violence and abuse.  She suffers on many levels and it's effecting life all around her.  Please pray for wisdom for Alma, our PDE director, and for the house moms who live at the home and help take care of the single moms and their babies.

SEMINARY:  We see it on the horizon! Soon soon construction will be finished and classes will be held in our own facility.  We are in process for getting all government paperwork in order to be an actual institution with the ability to offer certificate and degrees. Our hope is that in February of 2018 we start with a class who will become our first graduates with a seminary degree in 2022.  Please be praying for those who will be our first students.

SHORT TERM TEAMS:  The Cains did an amazing job hosting teams this summer.  It was sweet for us to watch them take over and take the ministry to a whole new level.  Adam is currently scheduling teams for 2018.  If your church is interested in bringing a team down, get in touch with him! Please pray about partnering with us in the area of physically coming here and working side by side with us to further the Kingdom of God here in La Ceiba, Honduras.

You know that John and I don't actually DO/day-to-day involvement in the above listed ministries, right?  Except for construction on John's part.  So what do we do?  We get the BEST job of all! We get to love and serve those on our team who are in the grit of the above listed ministries day to day, minute by minute.  Please pray that God extends all wisdom to us as we strive to lead and serve this team with all humility and Christlike service to them.  The work they do day to day is hard and stressful, many days with little reward. Many days can go by where husband and wife/father and kids get little time together.  Please help us pray for each of our teammates.  That they would...

being rooted and grounded in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God...
Eph 3:17-19

This is also our prayer for each of you!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

When Parenting is Just HARD....

It's not for the faint of heart. That's for sure! Parenting.  At 23 I wanted so desperately to be a mom.  At 26 the LORD gave me that desire.  AND I AM SO THANKFUL HE DID.  But when I anticipated a child, I didn't anticipate that parenting would be so hard.  I knew there would be sleepless nights.  I knew there would be moments when I would hurt for my kids.  What I didn't anticipate was the constant tug of my heart and mind.  Every second guessing every decision, every action, every word.  Have I made the right choices? Have I done right by them? Have I said what I should to them?

My head knows the answer to that question: No and Yes. I am not perfect by any means.  I have never claimed to be and I'll be the first to own my sin.  Yet, I hold as tight as I can to the grace that has been given me. I hold tight to the ONE who holds tight, not just to me, but to my children.

I just received another anonymous email.  I don't know why this person is so bent on criticizing my mothering. When I read it, I know it's a lie.  But the enemy uses it to try and create guilt in me over not being a better parent.

So, when I am already in a hard parenting season. When I am already critiquing myself over the last 17 years. When I am already judging all that I should have done different.  Someone else telling me that my "parenting skills are like that of a welfare ghetto queen" --- not really what my soul needed to hear today.

I choose to listen to a wiser voice.

I choose to focus on the written truth.

I choose to hold firm to...
"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you (me and my children) will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Phil 1:6

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Our Girls

It took longer than we wanted, but after a year of asking God to grow our family we were sitting in a dr office and seeing TWO 7 week old babies growing in my tummy.  It seems like just yesterday; it seems a lifetime ago.  We have been through rough waters and green pastures.  We have climbed rocky uphill paths and smooth level paths through green meadows. People say, "I wouldn't change a thing."

I would.

I would change the times that I was too busy serving others to savor sweet moments with them.  I would change the times that I yelled at them because I wasn't getting MY way.  I would change the times we walked through sickness and heartache.  I would change all the times we had to pull them away from the known to move them to the unknown.  I would change the fact they didn't get to grow up with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins. I would change all the moments I didn't seize to teach them more scripture and more of their Heavenly Father.  I would change all the times where I THINK I have failed them.

 It's a good think that I am not God. Because all of my changes would have made them miss all that God has been teaching them and the plans/paths He has ordained them to walk.

  • Seeing me serve others: God used to teach them to be servants
  • All the times I yelled: God used to teach them about forgiveness and grace when you wrong others
  • All the physical brokeness: God used to teach them that He alone is their healer and comforter
  • All our moves: God used to teach them that He alone will never leave them nor forsake them
  • Leaving family: God used to teach them what it means to leave all and follow Him.
  • Not teaching them enough: God used to teach them that He has given them the Holy Spirit to be their teacher.  

At least that is my prayer - that in all the ways I sinned against them and failed them - that God will use to teach them and continue molding them into the amazing young ladies they are already becoming.

With everything in me, Abigail Ruth and Rebekah Ami, I LOVE YOU!

Friday, April 28, 2017

My Joy Is Not Robbed

Quick update before the April Newsletter update (since i checked and haven't blogged since Feb)!  I am not sure why I keep this blog going?  Is anyone out there even checking and reading this?? hahah!

In just a few weeks we will hit our 7 year anniversary (5/4) of living in Honduras and our 14 year anniversary (5/7) of living in Latin America! May has always been a month where we get hit with lots of spiritual ware fare -- it has started early this year.  BUT our joy remains.  The joy of the LORD is our strength and in Him and Him alone we continue this path that He has placed us on.

Thank you for your prayers! Be on the lookout for April's newsletter (before May 1st).

Blessings - we love you all!

Thursday, February 2, 2017


On the last day of January, sweet little Tiana was born to Roger and Jandery.  On Feb 1st we got to meet her. Mom and baby and even dad are doing great! We continue to feel blessed and honored that the LORD has placed us in a position to love and care for the missionaries, Americans and Hondurans alike, whom we serve with.  

This weekend John and Josiah will be helping move the Villanuevas from their current town four hours away, to their new home here in La Ceiba.  Next week Kathy gets to go to Teguc to spend some time with the Halberts and their sweet babies, giving mom and dad a much needed date night! Then the next two weeks lots of time will be spent with the Spradleys as we help them close out their time serving here in Honduras with us. Please pray for us, for strength and wisdom, as we walk alongside and serve and lead our own family and our team family.  

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A New Team Member!

Our team is growing and growing!  Our newest comes to us in the tiniest of forms.

Finnian (Finn) Graham McLaughlin was born on 12-26.  

Congratulations to Seth, Renee and big brother Gavin!

Finn makes number 23 for Team Honduras.  Dr Roger's baby is soon to follow in a few weeks.  So many changes going on, I feel like change remains a constant theme for Honduras. Jan of 2017 we will officially be adding The Villanuevas (who will take on the girls home and teaching in the seminary) who have three college age sons.  As well, The Nunezes (Ventura who has been directing the street boys center) will become active national partners on the team. They have one precious toddler daughter. 
We continued to be humbled and honored that God has placed us in a role serving these young families and their precious kids. Thank you for supporting and loving us as we support and love all of our team! We pray you all had a Merry Christmas and that you will have a blessed New Year!