It may come as a great surprise to some of you, but I am a person who thrives on order, structure, planning, and did I mention order? Needless to say, staying in a hotel room with 7 people is a little tough for me. I mean, have you ever lived out of a suitcase?! When we travel, I do my best to pack things in the easiest way possible, I unpack and organize as much as I can as soon as we arrive, and I try to straighten up the room every morning when everyone is finishing getting ready. However, no matter how hard I try to stay organized, it just doesn't always STAY organized. We are in Michigan right now while Danny preaches a revival; and since we left home I have misplaced diapers, forgotten the baby's cup, lost the baby's blanket that he MUST have to sleep, left my wallet in the room when we went out, forgotten the all-important blanket in the room when we went to church, and had trouble finding various clothing items when I needed them. While all of these things had me momentarily frazzled, the baby has not been without diapers, a sweet lady in the church ran to the corner store for some milk and put it in a cup that the church had on hand, the missing blanket was found, and we have all been properly clothed when leaving our hotel room. Then, as I lay in bed listening to the sounds of my sleeping family....snoring, teeth grinding, sleep-talking, baby sighing.....I couldn't help but smile with complete contentment. Whether things are perfectly ordered in my world or not, I am extremely blessed. I have a godly husband who is sharing God's Word from his heart in this revival meeting, I have five beautiful children, we are spending the week having fun and worshipping with wonderful friends and family, and we are getting to know some precious people from Community Free Will Baptist Church. God is good even when I am stressing about a lack of order in my world. And I just have to remind myself to "be anxious for nothing." The temporary lack of order is so worth it for this special time with family and friends. I mean, the boys don't share a bed normally, so this wouldn't happen at home. Such sweetness....
Tonight we had to say goodbye to some sweet friends. When we met Chris and Sara a couple of years ago, we quickly found out that we had much in common. We have spent some great times eating Mexican food and discussing God's Word, ministry, philosophy, theology, and much more. They have taught Bible study for us when we needed to be gone. They have brought food when I was sick or just plain worn out. They have played with and loved on our kids, and my boys think that Chris is a great playmate. We have played games together and laughed together. We have had Star Wars marathons. There are some people that come into your life and just make life better by their encouragement and love. Chris and Sara are just such a couple. We are going to miss them, but we are looking forward to seeing how God uses them in their new ministry.
It's Spring! Today was the first day in about seven months that we have had temperatures in the 60's. It was lovely to go outside in short sleeves. I wore shoes with no socks! Now most of you probably judge spring by the sight of grass and flowers, but the coming of spring in Québec is a little different. We know it is spring when the retirees come home from Florida and everyone starts taking down their temporary garages. So, I thought I would share with you the coming of spring to Québec.
Every fall these temporary garages begin to pop up all over the city. They save us many hours of shoveling and cleaning off our van. They are a wonderful help, but it is exciting to see them come down at the end of a long winter. Our abri, as it is called, went up on November 15. So, it has been up for a long five months. Today, Danny and I began taking it down, which was a first for us. Our landlord helped Danny put it up in November so that he could see how it was put together. Taking it down is a big job, so we were thankful when our much more experienced neighbor jumped in to help us today. What a blessing!
We have grass! I couldn't see that flag for the last few months. It just became visible a couple of days ago. Things are melting quickly now.
It's all gone! Now to put all of the pieces away for the summer....all...these...pieces.
Danny, Autumn, Summer and I all took part in that task. While all of this was going on, the boys enjoyed the warmth and sunshine.
Joshua was so happy to be outside with no coat. He played with his friends, rode his bike, and had a wonderful time.
The snow in the background just looks wrong, doesn't it?
What? You don't build snow castles in your yard in the spring?!
Many people have asked us how we stand the cold and snow for so long every year. It is not always easy, but we love it here. We love our home and the people around us. Today our neighbor helped us with our abri, and that is a really big deal. I spent time playing with the boys and their friends in the front yard of one of our neighbors, chatting with their parents. These opportunities to build relationships are what we pray for. So, while we may still need to wear boots a few more times, spring is here; and God is good!
When most people think of the Easter season, they think of the coming of spring, green grass, beautiful flowers, brightly coloured clothes, open-toed shoes....oh, how I miss open-toed shoes.....you get what I'm saying. Well, our Easter doesn't exactly look like that. And, while I would love to see some green grass, I am quite content with where God has placed me, snow and all. Even though there were no open-toed shoes this morning, I celebrated my risen Saviour with a wonderful group of friends in a beautiful service. I partook of the Lord's Supper and pondered how blessed I am to be bought and paid for with the shed blood of my loving Saviour. Tonight my home will be full of friends who will come to study God's Word with us and who long to grow in Christ and be used of Him. Aside from those blessings, I have a godly husband and five beautiful, crazy children, three of whom have already chosen to be followers of Christ. I have much to celebrate, and if you are a follower of Christ, so do you!
Here are some pictures of my adorable kiddos at church this morning....
Have you ever tried to get five kids looking at the camera at once? Not easy, my friends.
This is a pretty good picture of the personalities of these three. Oh how I love them!
I hope you all had a wonderful day celebrating our risen Lord!
I have always loved to write. I was the girl who finished research papers early and then proof-read everyone else’s papers. I know…nerd. I was not that academically responsible in every subject, but grammar was my favorite. Mrs. Jones would be proud.
I’m telling you this because I have been itching to write lately. I’m not a great writer, but I find it a good way to work through my thoughts.
In thinking about starting to blog again, I thought maybe I could make it interesting for myself and for anyone who happens to read the blog. So here’s what I’m thinking….besides writing about topics that are on my mind, I will write about things that our supporters or website visitors might find interesting. Maybe you have a question about our life here in Québec. I will do my best to address any questions or areas of interest that you bring to my attention.
So, hopefully this will be fun for me and informative for you as well. So, let the fun begin!