Monday, June 29, 2009

The beginning of summer...

It is seriously warm here right now. Although the temperature stays between 32C and 38C outside, the humidity stays up around 65% most of the day, which makes it more like 56C. Inside, unfortunately, isn't much better - very humid. Unless we are sitting directly in front of a fan or a/c vent, we sweat! The power went off for about 45 seconds today, and we were just so thankful that was it. The hottest months are still to come...!?! I have had some sort of stomach flu the last couple days, so that hasn't helped much. Tim's stomach was feeling funny this evening, and I just hope he doesn't get what I've had. I think I'm on the mend though, I'm feeling mostly better tonight, and hope to have Spanish class tomorrow.
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Here are two verses I read this morning that caught my eye:
"Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint (or are discouraged)," (Proverbs 29:18)
"So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." (Psalms 90:12)
I have always thought that the verse in Proverbs is speaking about the unsaved (KJV says: "Where there is no vision, the people perish"), however reading it in ESV seems to give a different perspective - one of my own life. If I have no spiritual "vision" or goals, it is likely that there won't be any spiritual advancement in my life. My life won't be as effective in pointing others to the good news of the saving power of Jesus Christ. Then I read Psalm 90, and thought the two went hand-in-hand. Life is short. Much shorter than I likely have any idea. I need to use up my time and energy bringing glory to God. A friend emailed a devotional today, but all I'll put on here is the verse that had been speaking to her: "...what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)
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This is a picture of Kyla and Shaelyn saying goodbye to each other yesterday. =)
This afternoon Mika got out a book I got a couple of years ago. It is called "Draw Write Now". There are several of these specific books, and the one we have is about animals. They go through step-by-step how to draw a whole bunch of different animals. These are her drawings from the three she tried today:
Horse
Hen and Chicks
Sheep
There was a baptism last night that I unfortunately missed. Oneida was one of the ladies who became a Christian during the gospel meetings we had last fall. Her husband still is not saved, but comes out often, and seems interested.


A couple videos from today:
"Head and shoulders..."

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"I'm a little tea pot..."

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Happy Birthday, Katja!!

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There you have it, folks - the next generation of Woodford singers! (Hopefully their tune improves soon!)

Okay, we've finally reached the end of the June birthdays (at least of our immediate family)!! Today is the 3rd birthday of my sister's little girl, Katja! Katja is a big sister to Kiernan (8 months old), but it looks like Kiernan doesn't want to stay the "littlest" for very long! =)

Here is a picture of the birthday girl: Miss Katja Elizabeth - Three Years Old!

Her family: Trev and Liz, Katja and Kiernan

Best buds: Katja and Kiernan

We love you, Katja! Hope you have a wonderful birthday, and we're looking forward to seeing this summer!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Videos of Kyla

Kyla was in a funny mood yesterday afternoon, so I got a couple videos of her.

Tim made it home safely last evening at 630pm - the van he was driving wouldn't start 2 more times on the way home, but thankfully someone boosted them each time.

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Some insight into our new world...

We are learning, little bit by little bit, about the culture here in Mexico. It is amazing what things would be "normal" to us, and yet offensive to them, and also what is "normal" to them, can be offensive to us! The other day, Tim was out visiting with John, and at one of their stops, the lady was remarking at how "strange" our girls were - they don't like to be touched!! John was trying to explain that our culture wasn't as "touchy" as it is here. The lady exclaimed, "Don't parents hug their children there?" John said, "Oh yes, but just parents and family generally do." She was totally shocked. She told them that if anyone sees a child or baby - in a store, going for a walk with parents, etc., they would stop and hug and touch that child. It's just what they do. When children are going into their schools, the teachers stand at the doors and generally touch each child as they go in. I thought people touched our kids because they have blonde hair! I guess I just didn't notice everyone elses kids being touched.

In many ways, it's very nice to be in such a warm culture. The women who know each other will kiss each others cheek in greeting, many young people (male and female) will do the same. Occasionally men who are very good friends will kiss one anothers cheek as well. Children touch one anothers arms, put their arms around each other, and hold hands up until they are quite old. Yesterday I saw a mom and daughter walking along - the daughter would have been a teenager likely - holding hands. Good female friends (up to late teenage years), and male/female (not dating) friends will walk along holding hands, or will grab the others hand as they pass, etc. There is a family with four boys here (there are actually 2 families with four boys here - one is American, and one is Mexican) - but the Mexican boys will sit beside each other, and have their arms draped around the other, and are quite comfortable. It's funny that to me it seems odd, and to them it is totally natural!

Some of the differences in our cultures are frustrating. The driving here is..."interesting". If I wanted to change lane, and put on my signal (with lots of room between my vehicle and the one behind) - I am likely to get honked at. If I just swerve over into the other lane, cutting off the other person, it will likely go unnoticed!! Traffic lights seem to be "suggestions" here, and so even when my light turns green, I usually look all other 3 directions to make sure no one is going to plow into me. Although there are turning lanes here, they seem to be just suggestions as well. Just last night I pulled up to a red light. There was a lane to my left (a left-hand turning lane), and a lane to my right (that could turn right or go straight). A car pulled up to my left, and turned RIGHT! Coming up to a road while driving in 4 lanes of traffic, you could have a vehicle turn at the road from any of the lanes beside you - it definitely keeps you on your toes.

The roads themselves can be interesting enough. The other night, Tim was driving us all to COSTCO, and it was dusk. Some work crew had dug something up on the road, and left a hole, as well as some rebar sticking up out of the road! There were no signs/detours or anything - we were just thankful to have seen it! We've seen that before, but it was piles of dirt and concrete that were down a few lanes (on a main road) of traffic, that you were just expected to know they were there, and hopefully miss! I am not complaining, as most of the main roads are quite good - it's just interesting some of the differences!

This past weekend the Cain family visited. They actually left last week from Tepic, stayed in Obregon for a week, then here for the weekend. They are traveling to Nova Scotia, via the west coast up to BC, through to Winnipeg, down to the US for a wedding, then to NS by late August, early September. They've actually never driven up to Canada before, and since their oldest will likely be going away to school next year, they figure this will be the last time they'll be able to do something like this. I'm sure they're thankful their youngest is 7 though! =) Mika was overjoyed to have Ebaden (Kyla's name for Evelyn) stay over, and got Saturday and Sunday full of playing. We enjoyed visiting with the family while they stayed with Dennison's. We spent Saturday afternoon swimming, then went to Taco Bongo at night. While we were there, Mika was playing with the other kids on the trampoline, and started to scream. She ended up having been stung twice, right beside each other, by a bee. We were thankful it was that and not a scorpian, however, and by the next morning, there was no swelling, just two reds dots.

Yesterday was busy like usual, with a delicious taco dinner after meeting was over for Father's Day on top of it. They did pork this time, and I think I enjoy pork more than beef here (at least in tacos) because the beef is often so gristly (sp?). After night meeting, we went back to Dennison's for a hymn sing, and although it was hot, it was really nice. I admit I am looking forward to singing in English again.

Today is hot! Tim left early this morning hitching a ride with the Cain's to go up to Tucson to pick up a van for the couple he brought their things down for a couple weeks ago. It is almost 38 C out, and I was just talking to him, and he said neither the a/c or the fan in the van is working! The battery also died when they stopped for lunch, but Tim thinks he left the lights on. Please pray he'll have a safe trip home! The girls and I went out for a walk this morning at 930am, and when we got back, we all were Very sweaty! We baked some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, and are now enjoying them for dessert after lunch. Speaking of baking - yesterday I baked a pecan pie for Tim for Father's Day before we left for meeting. I came home at the break, and realized just as I was pulling into our subdivision that I had forgotten to take it out of the oven!! I had set the timer, but somehow missed hearing it, then walked right by the oven when I locked the side door!! Very, very disappointing!!

Okay, I'm off to put the girlers into bed for naps, but here are a couple pic's, and videos from the last couple days. I re-did one of Vivian smiling, because the other was so far away.

Evelyn, Kyla, Shaelyn and Mika


Smiley girl

Another smiling video...
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The girls "new" room

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Video of Vivian

It finally worked!!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Long post...

This is kind of a mishmash-of-everything post. I started thinking about this next part in the earlier part of June, but have only today sat down and started to write it. The rest is bits and pieces of other parts of my life the last little while - not necessarily in correct order.

In the May 2009 issue of Christian Missions in Many Lands Inc. (CMML) magazine there was an article that caught my eye immediately. It is called, "Being a Missionary: Easy, Difficult or Impossible?" by Joshua Miekley. We haven't been missionaries for very long, so I'm not qualified to make any comments on that part of it, but I was appreciating how it applied to me as a Christian. I found it interesting how it brought out our North American mentality of when ever we find ourselves up against something bigger than us, we will think, or someone will say, "You can do it!!!". This mind set tells us that with enough strength and effort, anything can be accomplished, no matter how difficult. How often have I thought that in my Christian walk with the Lord?
The writer of the article wrote, "I admit that I've often thought that the believer who works the hardest at his walk with the Lord is the one that will experience the most growth and will have a fruitful ministry....it has taken repeated letdowns and failure to realize that apart from Jesus, I can do NOTHING. ... We all need to realize that the Christian life is impossible on our own, and it can only be lived as we allow Jesus to live in us and through us. Let's replace "You can do it" with "only Jesus can do it in you!" I have been struggling again in recent days, trying to "do" my walk in life on my own. I love the reminder of what the Lord Jesus said, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Just an aside for your thoughts and prayers - as most of you likely personally know someone who is a missionary, some of the things the article talks about missionaries struggling with (although certainly not unique to the mission field) are: loneliness, rejection, feeling "forgotten", and challenging living conditions. I'm sure they would appreciate your prayers for them in this regard.

I have really been enjoying my daily readings recently, and I'll share some of them:
"The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish." (Proverbs 14:11) "The LORD tears down the house of the proud but maintains the widow's boundaries." (Proverbs 15:25) These two verses I've likely read many times over the past months that I've been reading through the Proverbs, but only this month have they caught my eye. I was thinking it was interesting how the "wicked" and the "proud" were both in houses, but the "upright" and the "widow" only had a tent, or just boundaries. So often I know I try to make sure I'm "safe", and our family is "safe" - yet it's obvious here again that "safety is of the LORD", and I would be just as safe in a tent here in Mexico, as in a bomb-proof mansion back in Canada.

I've also been enjoying reading in 2 Corinthians - just this morning in chapter 5, these verses caught my attention:
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;

and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
(2 Corinthians 5:10, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21) WOW!!! I'll be reading these verses over again for the next few days.

Those particular verses somewhat coincided with what I've been reading in a book a dear friend recently sent me. I haven't had much time to read the last little while, and haven't even gotten past the 3rd chapter, but I've really been enjoying the little bit I've read. It is called "The Mission of Motherhood" by Sally Clarkson. Again, although it is speaking specifically to mothers, it can be applied in everyday Christian life. Here is a little bit from the book:
"The truth is, serving others in the ordinary moments of life is not something that comes easily to me. I'm the kind of person who tends to be attracted to the grand sweeping accomplishments of life. ... The everyday realities of running a household just don't have the same appeal."
She then goes on to speak about the model of a servant leader: the Lord Jesus. She writes about how just before the Lord Jesus went to the garden, and was then tried and then crucified, this is written about Him:
"Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God," The Lord Jesus had in mind His position in the universe.
Then this is written about Him: "rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him."
(John 13:3-5)
Jesus reached the hearts, minds and lives of His disciples not just by telling them what to do but by serving them in LOVE. I just really appreciated that, and the Lord has been helping me, little by little, to see what His calling for me is.

Okay, I'm finally writing about Shaelyn's prayers. Unfortunately I've likely forgotten many of them, but anyway - here goes. Shaelyn loves to pray. She always asks to pray at meals, and wants to pray first before bedtime. Sometimes she gets a little silly, so at lunch today we had this little discussion: Me to Shaelyn, "Pray nicely, okay!?!" Shaelyn to me, "Mommy, that's a VERY good idea!" She usually has one eye open and prays for whatever she sees: the food, the fan, the chair, the light, all the family members (but usually forgets Mika), etc. At other times she squeezes her eyes tightly shut and swings and bobs her head from side to side.
One time she "forgot" to say something while she was praying, and Mika reminded (interrupted) her. Shaelyn stopped and turned to look at her and said quite indignantly, "Mika, I'm talking to GOD!"
Here are parts of some of her recent prayers:
"...and we pray for the Christness of God..." (?)
"Thank you for the Lord Jesus Christ 'cause He died on the cross for our sins."
"I pray for Grandpa on his trip to Mozambique!"
(One of her favorite words, this is where Andrew is right now, but his dad isn't going - as far as we know!!)
"...pray for Mrs. and Mrs. Walser, and Mrs. and Mrs. T, Uncle Lyle and Aunt Doris..."
Then after Janet died,
"I pray for Mrs. Walser, cause he's sad, and Mrs. Walser, 'cause she in heaven with you..."

A couple funnies from what the girls have been saying: I could do a 100+ of Kyla, since she's really starting to talk, and it sounds so funny, but I'll just put one. This is what she says when we play peekaboo: "peepaboo!" Shaelyn sometimes asks us if we "Memember?" something, and Mika will say "Askident" for accident - and I think it's funny so haven't corrected her! =)

On Sunday, Eleo came up to me and said she would like to babysit for us one night this week so Tim and I could go out for supper - it was my birthday present! Isn't she sweet!! Especially since she knows our girls! =) Wednesday night worked for both her and us, and Tim had been noticing a restaurant where he drives by to pick people up for meetings. It is called "Mariachísimo", and at certain times during the day and evening, there are live Mariachi bands. Unfortunately, we didn't catch a band playing, but the music they had playing was nice. We took along Vivian, and she was great and slept most of the time. They brought us a menu that had 2 options on it. Grilled meat, ribs, salad, tortillas, refried beans, and dessert - for 2 people, OR, Grilled meat, ribs, salad, tortillas, refried beans, dessert - for 2 people. I'm not kidding. They were about a dollar different in price, but other than that, we really couldn't see any difference! It was Amazing food - and we would highly recommend it to anyone. Unfortunately I forgot the camera, because I really wish you could have "seen" it! There were 3 tortillas with our food. One was a covering for the meat and ribs, and then one for each of us. They were seriously 2 feet wide! We felt like total gringos trying to eat our food the way we thought it should be eaten, and hoped nobody was watching us! =) We had a really great time, though - good company, good food, good conversation - just nice to be together! Thanks so much, Eleo! We were gone for about 2 hours, and when we got home, the kids were playing great with Eleo, and wished we hadn't come home so early - yay!

Also for my birthday, Tim put together my sewing machine table! I actually got it for Christmas in 2007, but then we didn't get it set up right away. We found out we were moving here in March, so decided to leave it packaged, and then it just wasn't high on the priority list to get done. It fits quite nicely in the spare room/nursery, so that's great!

Speaking of the nursery - I'm not sure what exactly prompted me to do it, except that Tim and I had talked about what we would do about sleeping arrangements for the girls, but this afternoon I did major re-arrangements in the girl's bedrooms. Tim was out visiting, so after lunch, I moved everything out of the way in Mika and Shaelyn's room, and then moved their bunkbeds against the window wall. I haven't got pictures yet, they'll have to come another time. Then I moved the dresser over to where the beds were, and set up a play pen beside that. Their table went behind the door in a corner there, and then we swept and cleaned everything up - even getting rid of some things! When Tim came home, he suggested switching the table with the play pen, so then Kyla would sleep behind the door. It fit perfectly, and will be nice as the light won't reach her too easily. The nursery got cleaned too, and we moved the sewing table to a better spot, and now Vivian can move into the crib. Because of the cleaning/moving/etc, the girls didn't get naps this afternoon. We went for a Long swim at the pool, which we all enjoyed because there was hardly anyone there - came home for supper, and then I put Kyla right into her "new bed". She fell asleep immediately! I read books to the girls - I am reading "The Secret Garden" right now to Mika - and then they were in bed around 845pm, and asleep shortly afterward.

Yesterday, our little Vivian turned 2 months old! Oh, I can hardly believe it! She still sleeps a great deal of the time, which is convenient as I tend to be fairly busy with the other girls, but when she is awake, she is a very contented and happy little baby. She has lots of smiles for us, and I will post a video of Mika making her smile (although what she did to make her smile would make me scream, but Viviana seemed to like it!). She is enjoying her little play mat that has toys dangling from it, and she looks as if she might bat at them any day now. When she is sitting in her car seat, she is always trying to pull herself up into sitting position. She really doesn't like being reclined 1/2 way!

I think I'm at the end of everything I wanted to say. I was definitely "long winded" tonight, but I guess there was a lot I'd been thinking about. I'll just leave you with this little video.

Hmmm....for some reason the video still hasn't uploaded for me. I will send this now, and if it works by morning, I'll post the video then.

G'night!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

"She has done what she could"

We just found out yesterday that a dear Christian lady from St. Thomas passed away. Janet was a blessing to those around her, and will be missed deeply. Though she fought cancer several times over the last many years, you wouldn't have heard a word of complaint from her, and she was always busy doing things for others; doing things for the Lord. She and her husband Ted worked on making magnets with Bible verses on them for others to give out, and although she had physical limitations, she worked long and hard hours in this way for the spread of the gospel.

This past Sunday morning in St. Thomas, we heard that a Christian brother stood up and spoke about the passage in Mark 14:8, "She has done what she could." That applies perfectly to Janet. Please pray for her best friend and husband Ted, as well as her children and grandchildren who are greatly missing her.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Happy Birthday...

...to my dear (and youthful!) wife of 8 years. She's beautiful, hard-working, patient, loving, sacrificial, serving, sensitive to others, loves to laugh (even at my jokes), is a great mom and teacher, enjoys enjoying her Bible and is a committed disciple of the Lord Jesus. Thanks, Sweetheart for teaching me so much, for standing by me through life's valley and mountain-top experiences, and for holding hands with me across all the rest of our lives. Felicidades!
And now - back to the resident blogger, who permitted me these few guest lines!
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Today ends the marathon week of birthdays. There is still one more in our immediate family the end of this month, but for right now we're done. I'm glad I decided to just do family ones on here, because June is an extremely busy month for birthdays!!
This morning Shaelyn asked me how old I was, and I said "32". She replied, "Oh, you're TWO on your birthday!" Yeah, plus 30! =) Today's been a pretty nice day so far, with the girls all being fairly well behaved! We also went to Applebee's for dinner, which was quite good, so it was great not having to cook (or clean up!) We came home for cake and icecream for dessert. Tim, Mika and Shaelyn decorated a cake last night for me, while I took the two littlest ones to Walmart for a while. Right now, everyone but me is sleeping, and I am enjoying some peace and quiet!
Here are some pic's from this afternoon:
My beloved and I
3 of my girlers and I
The Beautiful cake! Great job

Now a couple random photos:

Matching "Pooh-Bear" slippers for the four girls - thank you Mrs. Bamatter!
Vivian and Kyla
A message from Tim on the...thingamajig...I forget the name of it.
Eleo stayed after class last Thursday for some strawberry shortcake - it was her first time trying it! I love this picture of her and Vivian.
Our newest science experiment, with celery (bought especially for this, since we don't usually eat it!), water and food colouring. Tim thought it would be neat to do two different colours, to see how they compared.

Day 1
Day 3
This is a baby outfit that I wore as a baby. All four girls have worn it now - here is the front view:
and back view...
That's all for now - I'm off to enjoying another hour (hopefully) of quiet!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Happy Birthday, Ada!!

Today is Tim's brother Rob's wife Ada's birthday!! =) Is that confusing? I had to check it a few times to make sure I put the apostrophes in the correct places! Ada and Rob have been married just over 2 years now, although we have been blessed to know Ada for quite a bit longer than that. Ada has a heart for the unsaved, and has spent much time, money and energy in reaching people. She has spent time helping underprivileged people in the Ukraine and desires to be a blessing to those around her.

Here is a very cute picture of Ada and Rob Here is an even cuter picture... =)
Did I mention that Mika said she wants to be (and I quote) "...big and tall some day, just like Auntie Ada!" Very high expectations! =)

Rob and Ada are expecting a baby in October! Happy Birthday, Ada-Potata, love you lots!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy Birthday, Dad!!

This is birthday marathon week - and today it's my Dad's birthday! When I just sit and think about my dad, I think "kids". Me as a kid, special children's meetings, stories, etc. Although we're grown up now, he's enjoying our children and nieces and nephews, plus still doing lots of children's meetings and Sunday school teachers teaching! =) My dad has a special heart for children, and for as long as I've ever known, he makes each one he meets feel special. Dad traveled quite a bit while I was little, and while I do remember a very few of our partings, what I remember the most are the times we were able to spend together, because he always made sure that our time together was important.

I love this picture of Dad and Mom

Hope you have a wonderful birthday, Dad. I love you!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Happy Birthday, Jeff!!

Today is my big brother's birthday. First he was a pest, then he was my protector while I was growing up, and then Jeff also became a pray-er (for me). Jeff has a passion for the Lord that I admire very much. He has made decisions to go way out of his comfort zone to be a blessing to others, and he does what he believes is the right thing to do, even if/when no one else is doing it. He married a wonderful woman who is perfect for him, and they are such a great couple (plus they have adorable children)! Jeff has a very special place in my heart, and I couldn't be more thankful to have him as my brother.

Jeff and Marianne

Family picture August '08

Their little cutie-patooties, Gracia (2) and Jared (4).

Awaiting the arrival of #3 in August! =)

I love you, Jefferson! Have a wonderful birthday!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Finally!

Today has been a relatively long day for us. Tim was up at 430am, and on the road at 5am to head up to Phoenix. A man from the West Phoenix assembly was deported about a month and a half ago, and his wife and 2 children were left behind. Tim went up to help load up their things and drive them back here. The husband met them at the border, as well as John D, who was on his way back from a conference. It took a relatively short amount of time to get across, thankfully, and they just have reached Hermosillo a few minutes ago. Hopefully Tim will be home a little after 11pm. **(Update: It is now 1150pm, and Tim still isn't home - he just text-messaged me to say he was on his way over!)**

We had a pretty good day though - except for 7 loads of laundry, we just did "fun" things. We read books, went for a walk, played outside (I taught Mika how to skip tonight!), and just had a generally low-key, but fun day.

The "finally" in the title is that we were able to get to the children's museum! It is really more like a science centre, and we had a lot of fun. I posted pic's at the bottom of that. This was actually our 5th attempt though. The 4th attempt was Thursday, just after we had mailed all Vivian's citizenship and passport papers - we were "on our way" when Tim thought maybe it would be a good idea to call, "just in case". It was 230pm at that time, and we wouldn't get there for another 15min or so, and we found out it closed at 4pm!! The next day it was open until 6pm, so that's when we went. Anyway, to ward off some of the disappointment, Tim said, "I know, let's go to Dairy Queen instead - then we'll go to the museum tomorrow." Shaelyn piped up, "I know, let's jump on a plane and go to Canada instead!" We had a good laugh. She was funny today too, when we were making a list of fun things to do today, she said, "And we can go potty too!" As if that was the most fun thing she could think of doing! =)

Two Saturday's ago when we were forever at Walmart getting Vivian's passport, etc, pic's done, we bought a basketball. Ever since, the girls have been begging to go to the playground where there is a basketball net, so last week Tim took them while I had my Spanish class. When they got back, I heard about the "game", and also found out that the teamers (Shaelyn's name for them) were called "Butterfly-Flower", and "Sticks-n-Leaves". Can you guess which "teamer" Tim was??!!

We also had a Family Fun night again on Wednesday, complete with Hide and Go Seek and smoothies! Shaelyn is getting a lot better at hiding, which makes it more fun too. Tim stuck her up in the top shelf of a cupboard and she stayed there the whole time! The next time, I put her in Vivian's playpen bassinet. She did stay pretty still the whole time, but when Tim walked into the room (not yet finding her), she popped her head up and said, "Oh, you found me!"

Mika had her first friend over this past Sunday. Her name is Jazmine, is the daughter of a couple in the assembly here, and she used to live in the US and speaks some English. We had other company over too, and I was trying to figure out how to tell Jazmine in Spanish to bring her plate over to our table, and was a little flustered. Then she said to me (in Spanish), "You can speak English to me - I understand you!" =) Whoops! The girls had a really fun afternoon together, and it looks like they would like to get together again soon!

I don't have before/after pic's, but I also trimmed both Mika and Shaelyn's hair a week or so ago. It was only the 2nd time I did Mika's, and took off about 4 inches; and the first time I did Shaelyn's, and just evened it a little at the bottom. I've discovered it is Much easier to trim wavy hair than straight (you can't see all the mistakes in wavy hair!!).

Okay, that was a bit of a mish-mash from the last week -and now here are some pic's too:

I love this picture! Tim took it while the girls were listening to a story on CD.


Top view. I couldn't choose which I liked more, so I put on both! =)
Check out Kyla's face!
Mika holding Vivian
At the Children's Museum - In the bubble room.
Can you see the bubble all around Kyla? So cool!

This thing was really neat. This "table top" was hung up, and then was swung to make a design. Sorry, bad description, I'll let the pictures show you what happened.


This is funny - I like the imprint of whoever's tummy it was!
They had a "real" Walmart store there, with shopping carts just little kid size, and then they are given "money" and let loose! The had lots of fun!
Kyla
Shaelyn
Mika
Tim on the bed of nails. The girls didn't want to try it.
Shaelyn holding Vivian
Oh yes, Saturday afternoon we went to Kino beach. It was very relaxing (for once), and we had a nice time. There were lots of baby jellyfish around though, so we had to be careful where we stepped. This was a picture of the sunset just as we were leaving. Too bad our camera can't capture how beautiful it really was.
Our "other" company on Sunday was Duncan and Beth, and Beth's parents. We really enjoyed our time with them.


That's it for now. However, as for an update on the fire here - we haven't heard much else, except the death toll is at 44 now. =( I have caught myself thinking a few times, "I'm so thankful my kids aren't in day care!", which I know is a totally ridiculous thing to think. I have been reminded many times recently that "...safety is of the LORD" (Proverbs 21:31). Yes, there are lots of things that should have been different and better in that day care, and yet our every breath is truly held in His hand. "In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind." (Job 12:10) May we rest fully trusting His perfect will, and use everything He has blessed us with for His honour and glory.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Please Pray!

I'm sure by now most of you have heard about the terrible tragedy here in Hermosillo. There have been 41 children die as a result of the fire at a day-care centre in the south of the city on Friday. While we don't personally know any one involved, we have been imagining how absolutely terribly this must be for these poor families. Please pray for them. Pray they will be comforted; pray that they would find God and turn to Him amidst all of this; pray that, if possible, we may be a blessing to those who are hurting.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Smiling!!

I have actually been trying to write this post since Saturday, although these first few pic's are from today! Yes, our little six-week-old sweetie is smiling, and I even caught her first few on camera! =)
Thinking about smiling...
She's looking at me here, and I've got the camera just clicking away beside my face!
Half smile
I love seeing them learn to smile - it looks so lop-sided!
Funny! =)
Aaaah, I love it! So very cute. She's sleeping beside me blowing raspberries at present, and looking quite smoochable.
I don't have time tonight, but I am planning to put some of Shaelyn's recent prayers on a post soon. They have been really hilarious of late, and I have to get them down before I forget them.
Here are a couple pic's of the last few days. At breakfast one morning, Mika picked up her spoon and cup and "talked" to Kyla on the "phone".
Kyla "talked" back with her bowl! =) She really is talking a lot right now, and repeats everything and anything.
Daddy with his little snuggler
A close up
This is a short video clip of Shaelyn holding Vivian. I prompt her to talk, but she had already said this sentence several times before all on her own.

video
She says, "We think you're the precious little baby in the whole wide world!" =) I wish I could have gotten her on video when she was talking to her in her really high-pitched voice she usually uses when speaking to Vivian.
Recently, we've been (mostly Tim) working at getting Vivian's Canadian citizenship papers and passport so we can cross the border. We were well over 2 hours at Walmart on Saturday with all the girls, trying to get a photo of Vivian that met the Canadian passport and citizenship requirements (both different), plus her Mexican passport requirements (different again). We were slightly worried with everything that was needed, and Tim has spent a lot of time on the phone with the Canadian embassy asking questions. We found out Monday that many of the things that are usually required, don't apply for new borns. We are so thankful! Tim translated her birth certificate today, and since we don't have a guarantor here, we have to take it to a notary public to have his stamp of approval. I believe once that is done tomorrow, we can send away all the Canadian stuff, and finish working on the Mexican passport. Hooray!
Okay, it's way past bed-time! I'll try to get on here again sooner than later. Goodnight!