January 12, 2009

Seven Years Together

Wow...it is hard to believe that seven years ago today, Steven and I were married! Lots have happened in those seven years and we thank God for giving us one another as well as two wonderful children. I am so blessed by a wonderful, godly husband and I look forward to many more years together. Happy Anniversary Steven! Remember, I love you more! :)

January 9, 2009

More Blessed to Give than to Receive

Our four-year old daughter, Lacie, is truly beginning to understand the meaning of how it is more blessed to give than to receive. Lacie has been blessed from many family, friends, volunteers and churches back in the USA with toys and gifts since the day she was born. I remember telling Steve when I was pregnant with Lacie that I wondered if she would have all the things in life, like toys, because we live so far away from folks in the USA. Oh, how God has blessed our family more abundantly than we could ever ask or imagine! Me...how little faith I have a times and yet God completely loves me anyway.

Recently, Lacie and I have gone through lots of her stuffed animals, toys, books, clothes, etc. that she has outgrown or does not need anymore. It has been one big chore but so worth it to bless another life with these items. We wanted Lacie to understand what it meant to give of herself to others so we are letting her pass out some of her tosy and clothes to the children in some of our churches. She has enjoyed watching the Swazi kids get soooo excited to get ONE new toy. It has been a life changing experience for Lacie to give something away that is from her own room. We pray that she will continue to grow and understand more about how blessed it is to give than to always be the one to receive. We are blessed by so much and know that many of you have given tons to our family over the years. Thank you!

Lacie with some of the Swazi children she was able to bless recently...thank you Jesus!
Such a precious gift...the face of a child!

Can you tell that she is quite happy with her new stuffed toy and this one plays music, too?!?!

Happy New Year 2009!

Unfortunately, we have not been doing so hot in the blog department but we are seriously looking into obtaining a faster internet connection (guess you could call it fast in Swaziland?!?!?) quite soon so should be posting more often. God is doing great things in Swaziland and we want to keep you updated! Thanks for all those that are praying for our family...it means a lot to us!
Keep checking back for more posts and photos soon...

Christmas family photo taken at a Christmas Eve service...rare treat for our family to attend a church service in town where we live (we are typically in church in the rural areas each Sunday), service was all in English (our services are in siSwati!) and Steve was not the one preaching. It was a tradition to celebrate the birth of our Savior as a family that we hope to continue.

Lacie and Nathan enjoyed the Christmas holidays as it was very special for our family to celebrate Nathan's first Christmas. What two great kids the Lord has given us!