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.
The day Kurt, Mikayla, Ben, and James came to pick Kirsten and I up from our retreat, we headed off for a short family vacation to Eden Nature Park. It was our respite before this week in which we are now busy packing, painting the new rental, and moving into by July 1!
Jerard stayed at home with Arlene. He tends to throw many seizures when out of his own familiar environment, so we've found it best to leave him in his comfort zone.
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.
One of our cats had a kitten a few months ago. She loves to stay in the empty flower pots we have.
We named her Ming-Tang - - Ming Ming is what our local friends call kittens; and her colour is orange like Tang!