Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The Woodford Five!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Keenan and Moriah
When Joia was up in Ontario recently, her family put on an early surprise party for her:
Joia's husband Philip is currently deployed right now, and I've thought a lot of her, and being alone raising the children during this time. Being a mom can be so hard, let alone doing it on your own - and yet all I've seen from Joia is a positive attitude in this. While a difficult situation, she's been able to make some visits to family during this time, and we are so excited and thankful that she, Keenan and Moriah are coming to visit us here in a few weeks!!
This verse came to mind when thinking of your birthday post, Joia. "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19) I was thinking of this verse, and that when God promises something, He always follows through. There is a big difference between just saying a verse, and knowing it's true and that the Lord will follow through - He can't break His promises! It must be hard to not have Philip with you today - we're praying especially for you. I hope that this verse encourages you, and you are knowing His close presence with you.
Wishing you the most wonderful and Happy Birthday (and week), Joia!! =) We love you!
PS (All pictures taken by Joia, and stolen from her blog www.pjknews.blogspot.com !)
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
A Missionary's Vision
After marriage God called me to the mission field,
A little bundle needing all my care.
A disciple in touch with my life.
Obedient to all he hears.
Then came some more, all in a row.
Everywhere I went, six little arrows in tow.
God had to call me again to His mission field.
I answered, "To China, to Africa, to Israel, oh where?"
His voice was clear, soft and gentle.
My ministry arranged,
"My child, you are to polish our arrows,
Preparing them for my call,
To spread my words of life for other nations to see."
"Lord," I cried, "Loneliness surrounds my soul,
No other woman stands with me answering your call."
"The sacrifice is great.
Women give way to another's voice,
Pulling them away from their home,
Far from the quiver, full of dust."
Once more I pleaded, "May I go too, Lord?"
I feel the call to share with the lost life-giving words,
To feed the hungry a satisfying meal."
"My child," Jesus replied, "You share with your
Children salvation and truth.
Feed them meals under your roof.
Discipline them, train them and lie down at night
In peace, for sacrificial love you have given
To make the world better.
Arise in the morning, open my Book,
Teach them into my eyes they must look."
"Yes, Lord," I replied. "But should I serve you
In a more obvious way?"
"Child, my sweet child," God spoke once more.
"I anointed you to this work,
To the High Calling of Motherhood,
To show our children the need for my love."
"Lord," I sought out, still not fully convinced.
"Should I sew for those in thread-barren clothes,
A Dorcas, a Martha?"
"Sit at my feet, my child. Listen to me.
Your daughter needs dresses,
Your sons warm shirts,
The button of your husband's coat lies
Still on the table."
"Pick up your mantle, the rod of Aaron,
Lead women back to their home."
Filled and content, I took my position in
God's mission field.
Hungry faces graced my bedside.
Clothed in God's mantle around my shoulders,
Children at my side,
I prepared breakfast.
- Mrs. Paul Muller
I just thought this was such a great reminder of my first priority.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Little Alisa learned how to smile finally on Saturday, so we are enjoying seeing that on a regular basis now! She turned 2 months old last week, and when she was weighed at the doctor's office, she was 12.5 lbs!! She's gained more than four lbs since birth! She is aptly named "pumpkin" as she is quite a chunk-a-lunk, with a sweet round face and tummy, and squeezable and kissable all over!
Tim took the three older girls to children's meeting in Tirocapes on Saturday, and Vivian fell asleep here:
I took the time to have a little photo shoot with out littlest sweetheart:
Here's Vivi again an hour later!
The girlies are all sick with colds right now, so we have quite the hacking going on. I had one of the biggest scares of my life recently, when, at 230am two Fridays ago, I heard what sounded like choking. I rushed into the girls' room, and Shaelyn was gasping for air, and sounding like a seal barking. I figured she had croup, so we turned on the hot water in the shower, and thankfully that helped after a bit. It took over an hour for her to be breathing semi-normally, but still wheezing considerably. I thought she would be better when she got up, but she continued wheezing through out the day. I was worried then, so called my trusty sister-in-law ER nurse, and she recommended taking her in to start on some meds. I thought instead I would just try to call our Pediatrician. Here in Mexico we have their office number, cell number and even personal home phone number to reach them. Of course, they don't always answer, but it's nice to have. Anyway, I was able to reach him on his cell phone, and gave me the names of some meds I could go and pick up at the pharmacy, without a prescription. I was so thankful to be able to get her started on it. Alison watched the girls while I went out, and Shaelyn ended up having a good sleep, and not waking up croupy. So thankful!!
Here is Vivian conked out on our bed. There is a kitten on each side of Alisa - and she's the only one not sleeping.
The girlies really wanted to make a fort one evening, so here they are:And a goofy one!A sweet smile! We have a new baby swing that we got for FREE! Debi K was looking at garage sales up in Phoenix for us, and a lady she knows is moving, and said we could have hers - yay!!
One of the girls' favourite things to do - paint rocks!The other side of the table:
Hmm, good thing I removed the clothes before the painting started!! =)
Trying to get Alisa to smile!
Smiles too from Vivi...
Well, that's it for now, although I know that's not a complete update. I'll try to get on here again soon. The days fly by, and there is so much to be done - I could really get on here if I really wanted, but I'm trying to do the things that Need to get done. I'll just leave you with this verse I read this morning: "...whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." (2 Corinthians 9:6) I was thinking about my life, and what do I "put into it" for the Lord. Will I reap sparingly or bountifully? What about you?
Saturday, May 21, 2011
The whole family last summer - now missing 2 babies (Alisa and Joshua), with one still on the way (Joia and Philip's due in the fall).
Mom recently decorated a cake with part of this verse on it:
"For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister." (Hebrews 6:10)
I thought it was very appropriate, Mom, as you are not only a worker, ministering to the saints (and to those who aren't), but that you also do it "toward his name" - desiring to honour and glorify your Lord and Saviour. Thank you for your example, and may the Lord encourage you in that, He sees, and doesn't forget!
We love you, Mom - hope you have a wonderful day!!
Friday, May 20, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Mr and Mrs Timothy Woodford
How very thankful and blessed I am to have been married to my best friend for 10 years! As I look back, I see God's hand upon us in a way that is completely unexplainable - except by grace. I do not deserve such a husband as Tim; he is a sweet, patient, godly man who has always worked hard for our family. He loves the Lord, and desires to obey, honour and serve Him, no matter what. Our family is indeed more blessed as a result!
Tim, I love you and respect you so very much! Thank you for the many sacrifices you have made both for me and for our family. Thank you for putting God first, me second, and our children third. You are an amazing husband, and an incredible Daddy to our girls. Though we have seen both joy and sorrow, we have grown much, and have had a wonderful 10 years together. Thank you for each and every day!
Tim and I in Arizona in April
Our family in March
Yesterday I also took some photos of Mika and Shaelyn's pictures they've coloured over the last while. Some of them I've kept, and some I threw away afterwards. Here are some of Shaelyn's pictures:
This is Shaelyn's first attempt at a horse. I need to go back and find it again as it turned out blurry. It's eating a carrot. =)
Pictures by Marika
These are northern lights
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Happy Mother's Day too too all the dear women in our lives, some who have children, and some who don't, but are mothers to many anyway!
Here are my extra special sweethearts who made me a Mommy (the beautiful dresses are compliments of their Uncle Mark and Auntie Bekah):Today we had a Mother's Day program at the hall. There was a great turnout, and then we served a pot luck lunch afterwards. Here are a couple pictures:
My last post talked a bit about how God is working. In the first of the two pictures above, there is a lady in the top one with a black shirt with another blouse over top. Her name is Erica, and is another of the ones in Tirocapes I have mentioned before for prayer. She got saved on Friday night when Tim and Cristian were visiting with her! Praise the Lord!! She is a single mom of three girls, and I know she would continue to appreciate your prayers for her and her family. She just beamed through the gospel meeting tonight, and both her and the other lady who was recently saved, Flor, had their moms out today.
Just couldn't wait to share the news!! =)
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8,9