Life has been crazy as usual, but we found time to snap some photos for this year's Christmas card. While I only included one at the top of the new look of the blog, I wanted to show some we snapped as well...
Enjoy... the kids are growing so fast!
The Girls, notice Ann Claire's Face!
How did these kids get so big! The days seem to go by slowly, but the years so fast!
I wanted to give a quick link to a little blog I am working on.
10 to Albania will be a work in progress coming up this week. I will be traveling with 9 women from my local church body to fly literally around the world to share God's love. We will be working there with local missionaries to visit a girl's group home, which I am thrilled about, hospitals, orphanages, and even leading a women's retreat there at a local evangelical christian church plant. ( A country that was the first to declare it's national atheism, and now the gospel is spreading!) It makes me think of the song by Newboys, God's Not Dead!
Would those of you out there in blog land please be joining us in prayer as we travel this coming Sunday-October 8. We are all moms and wives leaving our families behind to go serve a God we love. Please pray for our families and those God has already ordained special moments with in Albania.
What is it about old friends? They make us laugh until we think we will wet our pants. . they know our history. . they know all of our drama...they know all of our stories...
What's amazing about old friends is we can pick up right where we left off.
It's only that with old friends that I haven't seen in literally a year since the last Labor Day Trip, that within minutes of first sight in an airport parking lot, can we be laughing hysterically because we forgot the cute rental convertible would never hold 4 bags bigger than people. It's only with those friends that through laughter we would decide that the convertible was still worth the rental price and then begin to hold those bags with the top down. (that's the story that brought about laughter so hard I thought I might have an accident)
It was this month 20 years ago I met them all... some a few months later, but 20 years ago, we were freshman in college. What a different place I was in, what a different world it was. These girls were with me in some of the most crucial years of my life. It's when I went through some of my life's biggest decision making processes. They know it all, it doesn't even have to be discussed when we are together (although some stories are rehashed for hilarity's sake)but they KNOW me. OLD FRIENDS!
16 years ago, we began a tradition that has stuck, we've named ourselves "The Labor Day Ladies". There have been years of large groups, small groups, and even years of tragedy, one even met her future husband on this trip. There's no way to know where we will all be in 20 more years, but one's thing for sure. . we will laugh till we cry!
I am a mom of 12 children. (Currently 10 at home) They range in ages 3-21. I love being a mom, but I also love learning about women everywhere and how they learn and grow as moms also. My husband and I are houseparents with a private christian organization in which we have permanent custody of children and raise them as our children. I hope to be of help to other moms while also learning about how other moms make it out there. God is so good to us and has blessed us with a full, busy, wonderful life. To Him be all glory and praise for literally getting us through each and every day.