Friday, May 27, 2016

A Full Month = A Full Heart

    May has almost come and gone! The weeks are flying by so quickly.  A number of things have happened this month.  At the beginning of the month we had a few kids over from the community we are working with, Pueblo Modelo, for a tea party and a cool down in the little pool. They are such sweet kids and are a blessing to us! They adore Hadassah and in return Hadassah coos and smiles. I feel like they have already accepted her as one of their own. They know she is a Guatemalan citizen now and I really do think it brings a connection that Caleb and I may never fully be able to take part in. It's pretty neat. 

    It looks like we have become the church bookmobile as well! Caleb's sister, Elisabeth sent down a bunch of Spanish kids books and the children are eating them up. We're finding that reading just for fun isn't very common here. Libraries are scarce and the schools don't even have them. We have begun to lend these books to the kids in the church and they are doing very well with taking care of them and returning them. They're constantly running up to our van when we pull up to see if they can borrow another. It's a lot of fun :) 
The Lord placed someone very special in our lives a few weeks ago. Her name is Reyna and she is sixteen years old. Caleb met her in the regional hospital when he went with a group from church to visit and pray with patients. Reyna was severely malnourished, unable to walk and looked no older than ten years old. Caleb knew she was why he was there that day. We found out that she is a Christian, but it looks like she hasn't had any discipleship. She doesn't even know the basic Bible stories, so Caleb has been reading to her. Since then, she has been moved to a clinic which specialises in malnourishment. She is doing much better now and can use a walker to walk sometimes, but still needs prayer. We think her situation at home is not good and she will soon be sent back there when she is well enough. She really needs God's intervention. We're continually praying about how we can help her. 
Bringing Hadassah to see her has proved to be a really good way to bring a smile to her face. It blesses my heart to already see my daughter reaching others even though she doesn't realise that is what she is doing. Just proof that we are never too young or too old to be used by the Lord. He has a plan and a purpose for each of our lives. It is good to be reminded of that in a time when Caleb and I are whole-heartedly seeking Him for guidance as we try to understand what His will is for us here. We are involved with several things, but our hearts are also sensing something in the air and we really have no idea of what that is. But in the meantime, Christ is teaching us what it means to truly love others and each other. In just a short year the enemy has attacked us greatly at times and to be honest, I am weary. Sometimes it is hard to find the mental, emotional, and spiritual strength to seek God and reach out to others. We would appreciate your prayers. Please pray that we will keep Christ first and that we will stay faithful to His call no matter where we are at physically and emotionally. And for wisdom to know the best way to be refreshed so that we can continue to pour out. Our only desire is to see Christ glorified. Truly. 
We love the Guatemalan people greatly and unless God tells to go elsewhere, we are committed to serving here.  

Our precious little Hadassah Joy is doing VERY well. She went with us the other day to a shoe distribution with Soles for Souls and wow did she have a crowd!                                       I rejoiced in being able to celebrate my very first Mother's Day as a mommy a few weeks ago. So often I look at my daughter with disbelief that she is mine. And her daddy, oh my. He is SO good with her. I am a very proud wife. Caleb's love for the both of us is extremely evident... I love that man. If only he could see my heart when I look at him. We have not had the easiest year of marriage, but we both are quick to say that we have seen the faithfulness of our God and He is good. True love may be tested greatly, but I believe it also overcomes greatly. I am very excited for the Lord to continue to work in us so that we may become the couple He has called and created us to be and to be an example to our daughter of what a godly, wonderful marriage looks like. It may take more work than we realised at times, but it is WORTH IT. It is a great joy to be raising a child together as we celebrate her early accomplishments. 
Speaking of which, Hadassah can now touch her feet and has reached past the 10lb. mark! She also loves to talk to Caleb. I'm convinced already that she will be a daddy's girl. I hope so, for there isn't anything in this world like being close to your dad. 

She truly has a fan club wherever we go. We're pretty convinced that people just want to see her now not us ;) But who could blame them?! I mean, look at this cutie pie:

God's blessings be upon you dear friends. He alone is enough.

P.S. Check out Caleb's blog!

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Very Special Month: April

   April 11th marked our first anniversary.  Just days earlier, Caleb surprised me with an overnight stay in Antigua (a perk of living in Guatemala). It was so special, and even more so having Hadassah with us. She couldn't be a better symbol of the love we share.

On the actual day of our anniversary I surprised Caleb with a picnic-style candlelit dinner and we renewed our wedding vows to each other to freshly remind us of what we have committed to for life. It was a romantic evening together. That weekend sparked many more days of refreshed romance for us. 

Overlook of Antigua
Christ has blessed us abundantly with each other and to say that we look forward to another year of marriage is an understatement. 
We have learned and are still learning that true love is much more than butterflies and fast beating hearts. Love is...

"... patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends." ~ 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

It is an honor and privilege to choose to love each other every day. Is it always easy? The majority of the time yes, but no, not always. Sometimes trust is broken and needs to be rebuilt, but like my dad stated on our wedding day, "Your vows don't mean anything until they are tested".  As life sometimes brings those tests, I can't imagine walking through them with anyone else. 

   This month also brought Hadassah's one month birthday! I can't believe how much she is changing already. She is such a good baby. We have been very blessed that she takes great naps, likes being in the car and only wakes one or two times to feed in the night. 
She is beginning to smile a lot more and making little talking noises. She also likes her bath better than she used to and takes a pacifier now as well, although she likes mommy the pacifier best ;) 

1 day old
1 month old!
Caleb  had the opportunity to help translate for a team that came to work with our church here a few weeks ago and this past weekend we had the privilege to go with our pastor, Jose, and some others to facilitate a church service in Jose's in-law's home. It was quite the bumpy, dusty ride up a mountain with some fun people! 

Jose's desire is to build a church building in that village soon because there are hardly any Evangelical churches in that area. Your prayers for God's provision, guidance and wisdom for that project would be appreciated.

Blessings to you all! Hope you enjoyed the little update. More to come soon! 

Friday, April 22, 2016

And here we go!

Hi there! Welcome to my blog. 

Is that how you're supposed to start? I've never quite figured out how to introduce a blog...and I think this may be my fourth or fifth. 
THIS blog is simply a spot to record my little family's adventures, big or small as we journey with God in Guatemala. I'm really bad about writing things down in a book, but I don't want our lives to go uncaptured, whether in picture or word, so, here I am and I'm inviting you to join us!  
I hope this blog will be an encouragement and/or something to enjoy during a little down time for you, whether you be family, friend or curious bystander (Just don't be a creepy person, okay? ;).