We've been busy packing for our move tomorrow.
The other day James was busily putting stuffed animals into grocery sacks in his effort to help pack!
He insisted that he could do it himself! It was very cute to watch
him intently putting a stuffed animal or two into each grocery sack.
Jerard was enjoying the noise of the bags.
Well, Kirsten turned 13 and she wanted a BIG teddy bear!
She also wanted kwarta (money) as she is saving up for an IPod!
The day after she turned 13 she and I (Mom) went on a three day mother/daughter retreat to talk about growing up issues, have fun together, relax, pray, read....it was a good, blessed time! We discussed purity of the heart, mind, body; growing in Christ, etc. It was a blessed time. We will go shopping for a purity ring soon.
Some of the books we referenced were The Bible, "A Quiet Heart" by Elisabeth Elliott; "Preparing Your Daughter for Every Woman's Battle" by Shannon Ethridge; "A Young Woman After God's Own Heart" by Elizabeth George; and "A Spirit Controlled Temperament" by Tim LaHaye.
In front of the cabin we stayed at in Loleng's Mountain Resort.
A scene from Loleng's
I thank God for the time Kirsten and I had alone together. We enjoyed walking together, talking, playing games, feeding the doves and fish, praying together, reading, etc.
Keep praying for all our kids to grow in His wisdom and grace.
One of the problems of being an MK (missionary kid) is that there are many 'so-longs' to be said.
Ben and Fernando have been friends for about 3 or 4 years now, but Fernando's family had to move back to Honduras today.
Pray for Ben and Fernando as they deal with the loss of each other's friendship. It has been a hard 'good-bye' on both their parts.