Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Other news is that help is coming. I've mentioned Bethany before - she had come down to Mexico in December with a one-way ticket for the seedsowers distribution, and then offered her help and services to any of the missionary families who thought they might need her. She's been staying in Chihuahua with the Harvey's, and has just been in our area since our conference, staying with Shad and Cynthia. Anyway, we're not sure yet whether she'll keep staying with the Sluiters and come over to our place during the day, or if she'll come and stay with us - but she'll be here to help for a couple weeks anyway, which will be nice. I'm looking forward to getting to know her better.
My mom plans to come mid-April for 3 weeks, and then Tim's mom hopes to come the beginning of May - we are very much looking forward to their visits!!
No great plans for today - a little shopping and some more cleaning, plus getting ready for Sunday school tomorrow for me. Tim will be speaking tomorrow morning and then the evening too, so he'll be in the study for a while preparing for that. He just told me he has the chills and feels feverish again, so hopefully that will pass soon. Wish I knew what the problem was - it's not consistent sickness, just every other day or so, and even that is different degrees of feeling crummy. I really hope he's feeling better soon.
Better get on with my day - hope yours is going well! =)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
vv. 19-21 "He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead...or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised."
After I read that, I started thinking about God's promises and then the verse in Philippians 1:6 came to my mind, "...he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."
I don't have anything else to say about it, but just wanted to share what I appreciated today.
Second, I just wanted to give a little update on the four month old baby, Stellan (http://www.mycharmingkids.com/) that I mentioned a couple days ago. He is still in the hospital with serious heart problems. Mostly he has stayed the same, but sometimes he has a little reprieve, and other times it gets worse. Your continued prayers for him and his family would be appreciated.
I had my 36 week doctor's appointment today. Thankfully I took a book, since I waited in the waiting room for over an hour - that's way the longest around here I've waited! The baby is looking good on all points except it is currently breech (they say it's "sitting" in Spanish). Never having had to even think about this before as our others were all in proper position at this point has gotten me slightly concerned, but I realize there are likely several weeks still before he/she appears. I have an extra ulrasound with the senior ultrasound doctor (I'm sure there is likely a special name for him, but I don't know what) next week, just before my next appointment, and we will talk about more options then if the baby hasn't changed, but I would sure appreciate your prayers that our little Timbit will just pop into where he/she is supposed to be all alone.
Will maybe try to go lie down for a bit while the kiddos are sleeping...hasta luego!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Gilberto and Alicia Torrens - we had a nice visit with them.
Monday morning, Mark and Bekah got out the gifts they had brought from Ontario. I think the girls thought it was Christmas again!
These were from Cam & Erin and family
Afterward, we were treated to Dairy Queen by John and Jean V in St. Thomas. Unfortunately they weren't there too! Thanks, John and Jean!
Saturday morning, Bethany very kindly babysat Mika and Kyla, and we drove up to Tucson with Phyllis, Mark & Bekah and Shaelyn. The trip went uneventfully, which is always nice - but we sure were sad to see them leaving! Mark actually drove up to the US, and then I drove home again, as Tim's eye was bothering him so much. That night he also got a fever, and I was feeling sick to my stomach too - it wasn't a good night. Sunday morning neither of us were feeling much better, so Bethany came over and got Mika and Shaelyn dressed and their hair done, and then took them to meeting with Cynthia. We are so very thankful for kind friends. Kyla stayed home with us, and I drove Tim to the emergency department. The doctor gave him a prescription for some drops to put in, and recommended him seeing an ophthalmologist the next day. We laid low for the day - I started feeling a little better, but Tim sure wasn't. Thankfully, as of yesterday afternoon, Tim hasn't had a fever (found out Mark also was sick Sunday night), and his eye looked Much better yesterday. The eye doctor figures it is pink eye (what we had thought to begin with), and gave him yet another prescription. =P We cancelled Spanish class for today to "catch up" a bit, and except for feeling a little weak, tired and headachey, the day has gone pretty well. Tim went to meeting solo tonight, and it will likely be an early night for us when he gets home. That's it for now - thankfully no plans except Spanish and school for the next few days, so hopefully we'll all be back to "normal" soon!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Jeff, Marianne, Jared and Gracia in August 2008
Hard to believe our time with Mark and Bekah is almost over! We had a really great time in San Carlos (again, I will put pic's on in a few days!), and then early tomorrow we'll drive up to Tuscon to drop them and Phyllis off at the airport. I hadn't intended to go up as well, but it looks like Tim has pink-eye, so I will go to help drive. We've had such a fun time together, and so thankful that they came to visit.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday morning, the Torrens left fairly early, and then we got out gifts M&R brought down. The girls had quite a blast opening their birthday presents - I'm not going to put any pic's on now, but Tim's Mom made dresses for each of the girls from the same pattern, but with different colours - they are Beautiful!! They also got some nighties (as well as some other things!) which they were totally thrilled with.
Bekah watched the girls a little later while Mark, Tim and I went to the hall to clean up some. That afternoon we went up the little mountain that overlooks the city, and got some nice pictures up there. Then we went downtown where there is a big church and some government buildings to look at, with a park in between, and the girls chased pigeons and played there for a while. We went to Taco Bongo for supper, and then went to bed relatively early.
I slept in Tuesday morning, then went and got some groceries and made my one and only Mexican meal for Mark and Bekah. Eleo also was able to join us, and she brought her new puppy, Mocha, as she had just gotten her that day. Mocha is a sweet little 2 month old Dachsund (sp?), and our girls would have loved to have mauled her! =) We had a really nice afternoon together. I had a little nap on the couch in the afternoon, and then wasn't feeling that great afterward. Tim and Mark went to meeting, and Bekah and I stayed home with the girls. They all got bathed, but then Kyla was acting really wierd - really fussy, not wanting her supper, etc, so I put her into bed and she really cried. That was probably the wierdest part, since she Loves her bed, and always goes down quickly and easily. I thought she had gone to sleep as all was quiet, but then not too much later she was really screaming, and then she climbed out of the playpen (which she's never done before), and then I realized she had been sick to her stomach! Anyway, after snuggling her for a while, she did finally go to sleep, but it was really late for her! After Mika and Shaelyn were in bed, the adults enjoyed some adult conversation, and stayed up Late! =)
Today we have been getting ready to go down to San Carlos this afternoon after lunch. We have a couple hotel rooms booked at the same place (by the sand dunes) where we met Duncan and Cain's that one day. We're really looking forward to it, and it's so nice it's only 1.5 hrs away. We'll come back tomorrow afternoon.
I think I'm caught up for a bit, and will hopefully get on here again with some pic's in the next few days!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
The theme for the conference is "The Spiritual Woman", and it sounded like it went well this morning and part of the afternoon. Dinner was served at 2pm, and then I brought the girls home to sleep. So far, only Kyla is sleeping, even though the other two girls were falling asleep in their seats before we left - why does that happen? We heard the news too that Shad Kember Sr. from Sarnia, ON passed away today, after having a heart attack a couple days ago. Shad Kember Jr. (working in Obregón, 3 hours south of us) spoke twice at the conference today - choosing to stay here and speak because he was burdened about the message he was giving - rather than go where I'm sure he would have preferred, to be with his family. He received a phone call (thankfully the phone didn't ring) at the end of his second message about his dad. I was just thinking about what a sacrifice that was. He and his family left after dinner to drive up to the US, and then fly up to Canada. I'm sure the Kember family would appreciate your prayers.
Tonight, Tim's brother Mark and wife Rebekah will be here too (YAY!!!), and we are praying their flights and then drive down from Tucson today go smoothly. We are SO looking forward to spending a week with them!!
Here are a few pic's from over the last week. I forgot to take pictures the last couple days, so now I've got my camera in my purse, and will hopefully take a few.
This is the Woodford throne room, with Jester Shaelyn, Princess Mika and Lord Kyla residing. I have since put Kyla's hair up in pony tails again, since everyone thinks she is a boy!