The past two weeks we have had the opportunity of making an eternal investment in the life of a young lady who stayed with us while her mother was away. Even though the time together was not bump-free, and we did hit some hurdles along the way, the majority of the time spent together was a learning experience full of adventure, excitement, and we did have quite a bit of fun, too :) One of the analogies that really stuck out to our family was that of the glow stick: Only when it is broken on the inside can it really start to glow. But, even then, we cannot adequately glow with the light of Christ unless we have immersed ourselves in His light by spending time with Him and taking in His Word. Each and every one of us have been stretched, we have been tested and purged, we have been drawn closer together as a family unit, and the journey is not over. The Lord has a plan for each of our lives, and He is using life experiences right now to prepare us for the purpose He has for us in the future. We are learning to ask the question, "Lord, what do you want me to learn from this lesson and what do I need to take with me from this experience to be better prepared for what you have for me later?"
Here following are some pictures of a few of the highlights of the past two weeks:
Making Miniature Patchwork Memory Quilts
Mama had the bright idea of letting the girls help in the process of making their very own patchwork doll quilt, so we took two afternoons to complete the project. They got to pick out the different pieces of material that they liked and watch while Elisabeth and Anna cut them into squares. Then we sewed them together with the sewing machine. The girls got a kick out of watching and helping and they were thrilled with the finished product. :)
A Time for Tea
On Thursday, we had a tea party luncheon and invited a very special guest to join us. Mrs. Debbie B. kindly graced our table with her presence. We younger ladies had a cherished time of fellowship and learning from two precious, virtuous women, and all of us were refreshed and encouraged to continue drawing closer to the Lord in our relationship with Him.
The Blessing of a Swing Set
One unexpected blessing that came our way was given to us by our neighbors. The children were so excited as they were able to release some energy on this wonderful invention!
"I will mention the lovingkindness of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindness." ~ Isaiah 63:7