Monday, March 12, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Beautiful Babes

Sarah Griffith Photography
My mother really wanted some good photos of the little grandbabies, and honestly, so did I.  But a good photographer doesn't come cheap in Brazil or the USA.  Luckily we found one who is really good and not too expensive.  The results were divine...


We are joyfully caring for brother and sister two days a week while Mommy takes some classes at the community college.  It's investment time.  Investment in their futures!  I want them to know who I am, remember me, and know about my God and Savior.

So with each stinky diaper and whiny day, I pray and hug and kiss and invest...

Monday, February 26, 2018

Are You Enjoying Your Vacation?

So you're on furlough from foreign missionary service and someone asks you how you are enjoying your vacation.  At the moment you've rushed from an engagement that morning, to the home in which you are staying where you hurrily cleaned up the house for a small group meeting leaving your daughter-in-law prepping snacks and icing cupcakes, only to jump in the car to head off to an evening engagement an hour and a half away over mountainous roads... how do you answer?  

Your whole week has been consumed with taking care of grandbabies, helping plan a wedding that will happen in less than two weeks, helping family with the care of an elderly grandpa, visiting your parents in another state for a day trip and lunch, studying a little for a continuing education class, doing normal household chores, making daily runs to take our teen to driver's ed at a big high school, visiting a far off grocery store looking for ingredients for the wedding shower, going out with family to test food at a place that caters weddings, cooking this and that for all that family to eat here and there, no naps, lots of coffee, and I think I read the Bible a couple of times along the way of this week.

Life in America is crazy.  Is it a vacation?  Is furlough a vacation?

helped my man at two services on Sunday

attended a bridal shower with my daughter-in-love on Saturday

fixed my teen a birthday supper on Thursday

drove to see Mom and Dad on Monday

quietly sitting and thinking

Here I sit for five minutes of peace before I run out the door to help a boy choose a suit in which to get married.  And I'm thinking that I need a vacation... 

I haven't decided on my answer to the question yet.  I'll get back to you on that!  I am absolutely sure the person meant well, absolutely.  But there has to be a good response to this request.  There must be.

Saturday, February 3, 2018


Furloughs can be hectic, stressful times.  Good-byes, travel, readjusting to the USA, trying to remember all the stuff I wanted to buy to take back, working hard to see all of our family and old friends, graduations, weddings, funerals.  

It can be a wild roller-coaster of emotions.  All of those sad moments of missing stateside family of the past term can be rolled into one big snowball of grief as we worry about the end of the big furlough party and the soon to come separation for the next term of service.

This week was Homecoming at the high school where Greyson is attending.  I have to tell you that I worried and worried about what to where.  Parents of seniors enter with their son or daughter as each one is honored and then the elected king and queen are presented.  Lots of photos and lots of people.  I wondered and wondered about what to wear.  I didn't want to look like some dowdy, out of style missionary!  In the end I wore my "traveling clothes" - the new from the store outfit I bought prior to leaving Brazil to wear on the airplane - Yes, to look good while traveling.  

Call me vain, if you like, but I spend next to no money for the four years of each of our terms of service on the field on clothes.  And I play catch up while on furlough to find out what's in style, what's out and how to look fairly nice all on a budget.  I had hunted the racks at the Good Will store and the last clearance sale racks at Belks for several weeks to no avail before deciding my "old" new clothes would be just fine.  

What silly things we silly missionary girls worry about...

"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy."  Leo Buscaglia 

But sometimes you just have to enjoy the moment... and put your fashion worries and all those other things aside.

This was one enjoyable minute of time in my on furlough week.  No worries, no cares, just fun.  Pay close attention to the verses the announcer indicates are Greyson's favorites and you can share in the silly joy of the evening.

Take care and please, enjoy many happy moments each and every day!

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