Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Grandson in the House

This sweet little man arrived at Papa and Nonnie's house this evening!


Caleb, Haley and Charlie are fresh in from a trip to Albania and now get to spend a JV Thanksgiving with us!


At almost three months old, this is Charlie's first overseas trip, and of course, first visit to our house. From what they said, he's been a great traveling boy thus far!

We're sure thankful that his first trip included a stop at our house.

Charlie and Kaylee getting acquainted!

What's better than goodnight kisses from a grandson?!!


When raising our kids here in Czech I honestly never thought about the fact that one day our kids might come home with their children. It's so amazing and wonderful to have another son come home with his son!


We will soak in the hours and days that we get with Caleb, Haley and Charlie!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Daily Dose of Encouragement

Do you ever need a daily dose of encouragement? Or a reminder that God is at work?

One of my favorite ways to be encouraged and reminded of God's awesome power at work is to spend time reading answers to prayer in the JV Prayer Room.


Every day I spend time editing answers and prayer requests, and while I love the requests, I REALLY love hearing the answers! More than 7000 hours of prayer have been prayed for hundreds of requests that our team has posted this year. I have yet to count the number of answers to those requests, but they are MANY.

Want to read some of them? Click HERE and scroll through to read what God's been doing.

One of the other places of encouragement in the Prayer Room is the Reflection Wall.

You can find the Reflection Wall HERE!

After you spend an hour in the Prayer Room, you're given the opportunity to respond by posting your thoughts, prayers or comments. Earlier this week someone posted this:

"This was my first time ever joining this room for an hour of prayer. I was invited by a friend to cover Serbia in the room for an hour of prayer. I was unsure what to expect but I said I would love to. The first 10 minutes of being led through everything I just sat and cried as God met with me. We sat together side by side and he just ministered to my heart as he prepared me to be praying for you all. The time I spent in prayer with him, at his knees bringing your prayers and requests before him was unlike anything I have felt before. It was amazing, I am so thankful I got to pray over you all and for the countries and places that had requests. I know I will be doing this again and I can't wait. Thank you for letting me pray for you all and I will continue to be praying..."

Oh how much joy this brings to my heart, knowing that the Prayer Room is not just a place to make requests of God, but to actually spend time in his PRESENCE! 

If you haven't tried an hour in the Prayer Room, can I encourage you to sign up and just give it a try?? That's THE BEST dose of encouragement!

There is something special happening in this place, and I don't want you to miss out on it. People are meeting with the Lord in there, and being encouraged by what God is doing here in Central and Eastern Europe. And they're praying for us.

Click HERE to register and then book your hour with the Lord. You'll be encouraged, I guarantee!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Appointments and Coffee

Growing up in Oregon, we didn't need to have winter tires. The occasional snowfall didn't last for long, and if it did, we just stayed home! I think most vehicles used all-weather tires so they stayed on until it was time to change to a new set of all-weathers.

But here in Czech, most all of us have a set of summer tires, and a set of winter tires. And it's actually a law that you must change them seasonally. I'm guessing you wouldn't get a ticket for having winter tires in the summer, but you could definitely be fined for having summer tires in winter.

And so today, I found myself here.

Neither of those are my car; it was just the view from the waiting room!

You can imagine that if every person who owns a car in Czech has to change tires twice a year (by a certain date) that it's best to make an appointment for that tire change. And today happened to be our appointment.

I waited in a cold room while they changed my tires, wishing that the coffee machine on the counter actually worked.


Ironically, today held another appointment as well. It's honestly a pleasure to see this nurse and the doctor (not pictured) every year - kind of like going to see old friends. I've been coming here off and on for almost twenty years!


All that out and about needed some coffee this afternoon, since the tire shop hadn't had any! 😉


A friend and I laughed, talked, teared up and just had a wonderful time of catching-up with each other over that coffee.

For my first day up and about after five days of sickness, it was a good one!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Neighborly Love

From the couch, where I'm still laying (it's been four days of being sick now), I could hear noise going on outside ...  the chugging engine of the lawn mower, chatty children's voices speaking Czech, and the voices of Dave and Pavel, our neighbor.

I finally got up to investigate.


On this wintry Sunday afternoon, they are collecting the last of our woodpile from out front, putting it in the trailer, and driving it around to the side of our house!


This is a gift of neighborly love to us!

There is nothing like having a stack of wood ready for the winter, under the cover of our porch. On snowy nights later on, we'll just step out and grab some to bring inside for a fire.


Five years ago we had a huge load of logs delivered to our house that Dave and friends split and stacked. That pile has lasted until now!

I don't know if it will see us through another winter, but I'm sure enjoying the fruits of their labor, even right now, from my perch on the couch.


Feeling very thankful: for my husband's care for me, for the kindness of neighbors, and for an awesome fireplace that ministers to my body and soul!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

If A Dog Was Your Teacher

My sweet little Kaylee, almost seven years old now, has been such a faithful companion these past three days as I've been sick in bed with the flu...or whatever this is that I have.


She's laid right next to me all day, every day, until she thinks it's time to check in. Then she comes and stands on top of me, looking me in the eyes as if to ask "Are you feeling better yet??"

That happens about five times a day.

Someone posted this on Facebook recently and now is a great time for me to post it here. Yes, Kaylee and every other dog has things to teach us. I'm trying my best to learn from her! 🐶  😉  💖