Saturday, September 18, 2010

Heart Full

I know I have not be around much but God has been busy blessing me and teaching me. I wonder if I will look physically different soon! More on that later...

When God calls couples to ministry it often means that we are to leave our extended families behind. We miss out on Sunday lunches and holidays together. We miss out on the free babysitting services. Birthday gifts are mailed and since your time together is limited it is sometimes hard to know what to purchase for one another. God fills those gaps for me. We have friends that fill in those roles for our children. They hug, cheer, congratulate, babysit, and one even baptized for our family! So thankful for those people but they do not replace our family.

My Dear went to Puerto Rico this summer. On the way back, the flight was overbooked. So My Dear and a few others opted to stay the night in a hotel and give their seats up. My Dear was rewarded some sky miles so we put those to use. God blessed us by allowing our family of 5 to fly south for about $250 out of pocket. So we could go see...........


Nana and Pa!!
The children were excited about the flight and enjoyed talking with those around them. Miss B. proceeded to sing the B I B L E to those who were seated around us. She did so in the only volume she knows-LOUD! Folks were entertained by her questions and comments on the flight. Billy and Dolly were seated by a kind gentleman on one flight. I assured him he was about to know more about our family then he ever wanted to know. He responded with telling me where we were from and why we were traveling. Dolly had not wasted any time!

Pa reliving the days of taking care of little girls. I am not sure who enjoyed this more me or Pa.
I was also able to visit my grandmother who is still beautiful! She accepted Christ in the past 10 years and is growing in her faith. She hugs and kisses on our children and adores our Man Cub in a family over ran by little girls. Billy did well with all of the hugs and such. We were blessed with a home to stay in for free. The children had plenty of room and My Dear had cable television for football season. Billy called it his dream home. Dolly told my cousin she would cry when we left. My cousin confirmed that it was hard to leave grandparents. Dolly said, "No! I don't want to leave this house!" We swam, napped, watched cable television (what a treat!), fished, explored the ocean, rode bikes and spent time with family.
Besides seeing my parents and making memories with them, my heart was full to a weekend of answered prayers. Two babies I had been on my knees for arrived-healthy and beautiful! It is medicine for the heart to see prayers answered in such a precious form. The other answered prayer was that........



Lien is in the U.S.! I met Lien in Vnam while there and fell in love with her. I learned she was engaged to a pastor in the U.S. but could not get her Visa. My Dear and I have prayed and communicated with her and her love in attempt to assist them getting her to the U.S. We emailed one another details while I reminded God that I would be in their area on these dates if He would allow me to see her. They were home and My Dear arranged for it to happen. (That boy loves me!) I wept as soon as I saw her and we stood in the parking lot embracing....what a journey of prayer. Now wonder what God will do with some Sky Miles so I can head back for a wedding and maybe another hug or 2 from my mom and dad!


3 comments:

buckandbev said...

Glad you had fun! We started missing you all on our way back from the airport. Haven't clean the glass on the sliding door, that would mean taking the little hand prints from us. Love you.....please pass out some hugs for Nana and Pa and please hurry back.

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

What a BLESSING! So glad for a refreshing time!!!

We are no where near ANY family either and it is a rare treat to see them. :)

dad said...

What a great story. Hope you can make it back for the wedding.

It's awesome to see some fruit from your Vnam trip...