My husband and I just got back from a fun trip to Oregon. It sure is nice having older kids that can keep things running smoothly while we are away!
This sweet girl took care of Lily. She is the most patient and sweet 17 year old. She is such a gift.
November 20, 2016
It was such a beautiful and relaxing day. I felt so grateful for amazing weather and that everyone felt good.
Here are a few of my favorite memories…
Listening to Jerusha and her sisters sing while getting ready at our house.
Watching Matt when Jerusha walked down the aisle. He had tears in his eyes.
Listening to my husband’s beautiful prayer during the ceremony.
Dancing with Matt at the reception.
There were so many special things it is hard to list all of them, but the very best part was getting a precious new daughter. She is a gift from God.
Incredible wedding photography by the talented, Ally Jeppsen.
Hello my friends!
You know what I’m excited about?! My daughter, Brittany, is coming home this weekend!!! It is hard to believe her time in Nicaragua is coming to an end. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time there. I know she has been right where God wanted her to be. I feel overwhelmed with thanksgiving when I think about what God has done and is continuing to do through her. What a blessing it has been to see her grow spiritually. She has loved others and served God so faithfully.
She is sad her time there is over and unsure about what God has planned for her next.
For now, I'm just happy to have her home:)
(amazing photography by the super talented, Ally Jeppsen.)
Our trip to Nicaragua was one of the most exhausting weeks of my life, but I’m really glad I went. Seeing Brittany again was the best! I spent every possible minute with her.
We got to share a dorm room and work together each day. I enjoyed meeting the children she has fallen in love with. Watching her work and teach and love on the little kids at Taellor's House was priceless.
One of Brittany’s favorite places to do volunteer work is the Nicaragua dump. She has made friends with a lot of the children that live there and enjoys showing Jesus’ love to them.
I felt completely overwhelmed when I got there and saw all the little children coming to greet us. The living conditions are unbelievable. Trash is literally everywhere!
I looked around and thought, “where is God in this?” Immediately I knew the answer. He is in Brittany and all the other missionaries that are bringing them HOPE. Serving them food and teaching them about Jesus. The HOPE of the world.
Getting to be with Brittany on her 19th birthday was such a gift. The director at Taellor's House surprised Brittany and I by dropping us off at a cute lunch place so we could have a little date! We had yummy crepes and went next door for ice cream. It was the loveliest surprise!
The group we went to Nicaragua with spent the week building tiny homes for very poor families. Everyone in our group was assigned a family to care for and bring gifts to. My family had a six year old girl and one of my favorite memories is of her running to hug me with the biggest smile on her face.
We spent our last day at a Nicaraguan market shopping for gifts to bring home to our kids and visiting the Laguna - a beautiful lake and resort.
Brittany has already been serving in Nicaragua for 176 days. She is loving it! I know she is being a blessing and changing lives and that fills me with peace and joy. I am so grateful for her beautiful heart and her desire to follow wherever God leads.
“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” Romans 10:15
A few weeks ago Kayla got up early to mow our yard. Once she finished, she parked the mower in the shed and didn’t realize it wasn't pulled in all the way. By the time she realized it was rolling toward her, it was too late. It snapped her femur right in two!
It is amazing to me how God was watching out for us!
I heard Kayla outside screaming right after her accident. She had just prayed someone would hear her and around that same time I turned off my noise maker.
My husband was at work, but my parents were able to come right over. Seeing Kayla in so much pain had us all in tears. We were getting ready to try loading her in the car when our next door neighbor got home. He’s a former paramedic and knew that moving her with a broken femur could sever an artery. What a blessing he came when he did!
We found out later that our neighbor has been struggling in his faith and he feels like God used Kayla’s accident to bring him back to God. When he came over Kayla was screaming and hyperventilating and as he talked to her she calmed down and listened to him. He felt like God was saying, “I want you to trust Me, just like Kayla is trusting you.”
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.” Romans 8:28