Sunday, April 20, 2014

I am the Resurrection



John 11:25
Jesus said unto her, 
I am the resurrection, 
and the life: 
he that believeth in me, 
though he were dead, 
yet shall he live:

{picture of a plant in our Garden}

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Snapshots of Happiness, not Sadness

Ok, I admit it.  
I'm depressed!  

I am having withdrawals from having the blessed priviledge of keeping 2 precious grand-kids here in Guatemala for the past 6 days.  They left on their 18 hour journey back to Nicaragua by bus this morning, and I've been depressed ever since.

For the past 6 days, GrandDad and I have...

Gone swimming with the grand kids at the local "hot springs"


Watched the movie Rio 2 (in Spanish) and toured Paseo Cayalá



Ridden the train at the SanKris mall


Climbed up on McDonald's playland


Sung Jesus Loves Me


Tickled, Love on, Hugged...

Lived the exciting days of discovery
Changed diapers
Bathed
Played in the Princess Castle




Invited 7 of the 8 Tarwater kids over to play


Fed the kids 


Played "Cake Doodle"

Watched BabyTV

Oh, did I mentioned that Ellen and Luke were here also?  Thanks E and L for coming for a visit and for allowing us to spoil the grandkids.  

They have blessed our lives.  

I am thankful that I got to spend a week with the family, changing the kids' dirty diapers, rocking and singing them to sleep at night, reading books, answering endless questions as David begins to put whole sentences together and hear those precious words "Whatcha doin' Ead?" and giving David's mother a break from the constant barrage of, "Mama, Mama, Mama..."

Come to think of it, I'm not depressed.  
I'm happy and blessed.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Crown of Thorns

John 19:2

And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Grandkids are Here

After an 18 hour bus ride from Managua, Nicaragua to Guatemala City, Guatemala, Ellen, Luke, David (nearly 3) and Emily (1) arrived on solid ground.  
(Ellen holding 3 of her Babies....the 3rd little one is due Oct 3, 2014)

For the past 5 or 6 days, Nicaragua had been experiencing earthquakes.  Constant earthquakes.  Swaying.  Motion.  {Read more.}  Ellen and Luke had prearranged to spend their Easter week with us in Guatemala.   

No complaints from the grand-parenting department here.

I found this Princess tent at a garage sale several years ago for $5.00.  Now the grand-kids are enjoying playing in it.
I have the David and Emily to myself this morning, as Glenn has taken 
Ellen and Luke to climb up the Volcano Pacaya.  

Yes, I would rather keep kids than climb an active volcano!
Having the time of my life.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Welcome to the World


BEFORE
 Then 3 days later....
AFTER

Our newest missionary family added a new little family member last Friday.  Josiah David was born to Michael and Gina.  Big sister, Emma is thrilled too.

Welcome to the World, Josiah!

Sweet Thing!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Quick Trip to Panajachel

After the conference, Glenn and I took the 15 church volunteers out to
 Lake Atitlan, the most beautiful lake in the world. 

 We had a time of enjoying God's beauty,
boat ride across the lake,
breakfast at Hotel Casa Del Mundo, 
zip-lining,
 visiting Nancy in her shop,
 and then shopping up and down Santander Ave to barter with the vendors.


{Photo: courtesy of Lacie F}

We pray that those who came to help with conference and bless us
 were also blessed 
with the beauty of Guatemala,
 the beauty of the people of Guatemala
 and the beauty of God's special children, the TCKs.
Thank you again, 
FBC Lake Jackson
 and
 FBC Liberty City
 for sharing your lives with Glenn and me
 and also with the Camino Global Guatemala missionaries.   

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Conference 2014

Over this past weekend, Glenn and I coordinated the 
Camino Global Guatemala 2014 Conference. 

We were blessed beyond measure.  A team of 9 (including the speaker and his wife) traveled from Lake Jackson, Texas to help with the children's programs while the adults were in their sessions.

{Photo: courtesy of Lacie F}
The 20 MK's (Missionary Kids) were prayed for, loved on and had a great time with their group.
{photos:  courtesy of Lacie F}
All the kids had their own programs, while the adults were blessed with special music by Keith W. and his worship team of 6 folks 
and a challenge from Chad A.
{photo:  Courtesy of Doc Langley}


Thank you First Baptist Liberty City for the special music! 
Photo #1 - Conference folks
Photo #2 - Conference folks
 We can not THANK YOU enough.
Thank you Chad for your words from the Word of God.  
Simple, but how profound! 

 We will be forever reminded of your cup, stones, cross and perfume  illustrations which challenge us in a fresh way to
display the Glory of God 
in our lives and ministry.




Saturday, April 05, 2014

Count Your Blessings

Before the missionaries arrived on Friday afternoon for the annual conference, we had a quick 1/2 day to show our volunteers some key landmarks of Guatemala City.  The first stop was the Cemetery. Bob H. gave us the history, culture and insights into the customs.



The cemetery is on the edge of the Guatemala City Dump. 

There is always one in a crowd. - Thanks Dr. Langley

Then we were off to Casita BenjamĂ­n to see that ministry.  The volunteers loved hugging on the children.  Our time was way to short there.

Ashley

Jordan
 
Group Shot

Our tour concluded with a delicious steak meal at our favorite restaurant - Media Cancha.  We each split a meal.  Pretty Tasty!
 
When you think about it, here we had experienced
 death (cemetery),
 disease (the dump),
 poverty (day-care center) 
and now luxury (nice steak), 
all this within a 2 hour time period. 
My emotions have been challenged.
 
I am so thankful for God's blessings!