Monthly Archives: April 2013

What a month!

It’s hard to believe April is almost over! This month seems to have sped by – I think because it has been so incredibly full. It hasn’t looked at all the way we planned for it too, but we’ve had plenty of chances to practice resting in the fact that God is sovereign and knows what He’s doing, reasons to mourn, reasons to rejoice, and times where we kind of just had to laugh at how crazy life seemed:

The 30 Days of Prayer Focus – Knowing that people are praying for Papua New Guinea and for our family has been an amazing blessing! (If you didn’t get to join in during April, most of the prayer requests could be used during any 30 days).

3 speaking opportunities – We were blessed to be able to teach a workshop on Bible translation and Papua New Guinea for homeschool students, share at a church in Tennessee, and share again with our own church.

New homeschool curriculum – The kids and I started a new curriculum. One of the great things about being homeschoolers is flexibility in our school calender year, and so we decided to jump right in with our new stuff, April or not. It has been a bit of an adjustment in our homeschool style, but a lot of fun as well!

The stomach bug – The whole family was hit with a stomach bug, and it overlapped with one of David’s speaking opportunities. We are so thankful that as far as stomach bugs go, it was a fairly mild one.

Tragedy – April 14th, a teenager from our church died in a car accident. We celebrate that we know we will see him again, but continue to mourn for his family and friends. That same week our nation experienced tragedies as well, with both the Boston bombings and West, Texas explosion.

Anemia – I became anemic following the stomach virus, due to not eating much real food for several days. I’ve been working hard at getting my iron back up through a good iron supplement and iron rich foods, and I am feeling much better!

Broken glasses – David is very dependent on his glasses, and his only set of frames broke. That made things very interesting for the week or so that we waited for the new glasses to get in! Thankfully, the glasses got here in four business days, not the projected 8-10.

Officially “full term” – Our little one isn’t due until the middle of May, but I am 37 weeks and officially considered term, so an appearance could happen any day. Or not. Lots of baby prep going on around here!

Poison ivy – Makaylah got into some serious poison ivy, and I apparently got exposed from her. We have both been fighting it for several days now.

New partners – We’ve been blessed to have several people commit to partner with us in ministry on a regular basis, and we are excited about reaching 20% of our monthly ministry budget!

Here are a few photo highlights:

Makaylah deep in the midst of nature study.

Makaylah deep in the midst of nature study.

The girls recording their observations for school.

The girls recording their observations for school.

Isaiah found a little blue feather, and was SO excited.

Isaiah found a little blue feather, and was SO excited.

37 weeks!

37 weeks!

Nehemiah's smile can brighten most days.

Nehemiah’s smile can brighten most days.