Wow! Has it been a month since I last wrote? Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers as we have felt the impact!
In our last newsletter we talked about selling our house. IT'S UNDER CONTRACT! Over 29 days we had 35 visits. Pray for a good inspection and we should wrap this up in 45 days. (Around April 15th) -- Do you know how hard it is to keep a house "show" ready for a month with two small boys?! Someone out there was praying for us! (LOL)
Now that we have a buyer for the house our current priorities are:
Where are we living ??? for the remaining time...
Passports, new for kids, renewals for us.
The #1 priority is finding individuals like yourself to be financial partners.We signed up for Mercy Ships because we trust that God wants us there. The same way God nudged us towards Mercy Ships, he will nudge some of you to give. We are confident that God will bless you through giving. Would you consider a monthly gift? This helps us assess our budget needs and brings long-term stability. -- BUT whether you give once or monthly, we appreciate your generosity!If you haven't yet, will you partner with us today?
Awhile back I asked some friends advice about buying a laptop. We donated our laptops to a local school a few years ago. And the home computer we have is a second-hand from my parents. But for returning to Mercy Ships a laptop is almost a "must have" for keeping up with friends, family, and newsletters! -- To make a long story short they bought us two laptops and said "Go pick them up, they're ready at your local Best Buy!", WHAT?! Thank you!
Life has not been without its struggles! Tytus (6) had walking pneumonia. With his asthma it's complicated. But after 8 days and 3 doctor visits they got it under control and he is doing very well! He is back at school and just in time to share his 7th Birthday with his classmates! This video is just a small sample of the love and laughter he brings to us! We think you'll enjoy it as well!
A big part of raising money for our family to serve in Africa is the insurance. Being U.S. citizens we are still required to have health insurance. Our policy should include international health insurance and emergency evacuation. The Omega Plan (for families) by Talent Trust Consultants covers this and is U.S. approved. The cost on average is $750 a month for a family of four. Can you help me "brainstorm" and "think outside the box"? Has anyone had Blue Cross, Cigna, or another company be willing to sponsor them
About a week ago my wife (who is a registered nurse) drove up to a bad accident. I can't tell the story as good as WHNT News Channel 19 so I won't try.--There is a video at the beginning of the article and one at the end. All I can say is I am very proud of my wife! (and she has better camera presence than me) -- Mystery Nurse Steps Forward After Saving Strangers Life
On the right hand side of my site below "Popular Posts" I have a "Free Culinary Resource Page". This is where I gather links that I think would be helpful to other people who love to cook. Check it out if you haven't already! Today I am adding a link to an old, new website. Awhile ago I subscribed to The Culinary Life Newsletter. But due to a technical glitch, I quit receiving emails. Originally it was a food blog at TheCulinaryLife.com. It has since changed its name to FearlessFresh.com, where Stephanie Stiavetti is building a free online cooking school.
If you sign up for her updates you get a link(s) to free cooking eBooks and training. Her recipe archives are great! The colors, pictures, layout and design of the website is impressive! This also carries over to her printable recipes and downloadable PDF's. NICE.
[Stephanie, if this is an infringement on your copyright let me know and I will remove it. No worries.]
Tytus recently had a Christmas program at school and he loves dressing up and looking handsome!
Ezra? Well, maybe not so much. He was more about trying to catch a nap. Which is odd because he can't seem to take one at the appropriate time. Hahaha! In a picture below you seem him trying to "cuddle up" to one of the teachers aids. He yawned more than 7 times and at one point when the lady bent over to help another student Ezra leaned over and laid on her back! Zzzzzz...
In this video below you will see Tytus singing with gusto and
A quick update! We have a green light from Mercy Ships and everything is moving forward!
These past two weeks:
We have been able to get our donations page set-up online. If you click the yellow DONATE button here on the website it will take you to a Mercy Ships page for our family where you can securely give online!
Last Saturday we participated in an Advent Market. We had a booth to sell t-shirts and share information about our mission with Mercy Ships.
A local photographer helped us with getting a family picture done to make Mission Cards.
This week Christmas programs, banquets, work, and school have us pretty busy! As I am SURE you are too!
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