Monday, March 2, 2015

Back to Normal

For the first time in two weeks, life is back to normal.

Not only have I recovered from the flu, but Dave has as well. So he was off to the office this morning. After having holed up together this past week, I felt a little sentimental seeing him go!

But for me, this return of health comes just in the nick of time. Tomorrow I begin leading a JV ladies retreat.

In the past we've always done one big ladies retreat with all the ladies from each of our JV countries. But this year, we're doing something different.

Instead of one retreat, there are eleven!

Eight retreats are country retreats, two are for special teams, and the other one is what begins tomorrow: a retreat for ladies who are the only JV lady in their country.

That takes a special kind of "pioneer woman" to do that! I'm really looking forward to blessing them with this time together as they talk and spend time with others who are in their same shoes.

Upcoming blog posts will be from the retreat!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

If I Could, I Would

On this very gray day as I'm still recovering from the flu, this funny little one is keeping me company.

I can't tell you how many times a day she makes me laugh! Where would we be without our faithful doggy companions?

Speaking of love for a dog, this is such a sweet little video about one dad's love for his family, and his dog. It's worth the 3:27 to watch (if you're a dog lover!).

If I ever had to leave Kaylee in a kennel, I would do that if I could! Because seriously, who could leave this sweet face in a sterile cage??

Thankfully we've never had to do that. And I suppose it would be a bit much to actually go to the lengths that he did in the video.

But if I could, I would!!

Happy Saturday to you all!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Lifting My Spirits

When I walked outside this afternoon and saw this, I couldn't help but chuckle!

For my first time out in nine days, it was just what I needed to see: a happy, cute, and a tad bit dirty snowman made by my two little neighbor boys (ages 4 and 2!) before the snow melted.

Both Dave and I were finally feeling better today. Hallelujah! And we both needed to get out of the house. I honestly can't believe how long I've been in here. Has it really been nine days??

While the snow has again melted, the only sign of spring is at a building supply store nearby. But I'll take the cheeriness of these flowers any day.

And my treat while we were out? A little apple cake and coffee from good old Starbucks. I told Dave I'm a cheap date!

I was actually sitting there texting my best friend in Portland, Oregon whose mom was going in for open heart surgery today. She's been on my heart and in my prayers all day today, and thankfully I just got news that her aortic valve replacement went well. That lifted my spirits today too.

Dave was cheery as he's recovering from this flu virus as well. We sat at Starbucks reminiscing about his open heart surgery four years ago, and how he's the picture of health these days! :) How I love doing life with him, even if it's being sick together!

I'm not yet back to my full strength, but I can feel my body healing and I'm grateful for that. Praying it will continue as I have a big week next week (more on that to come).

Praying for my dear friend Jan too, that her body will recover from this major surgery she endured today.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

For Fun: Throwback Thursday

Today is the eighth day I've had this flu bug.

While most of the symptoms are gone, I'm really weak. My body is taking its time in recovering, that's for sure. I'm sleeping long hours at night, with naps included during the day (something I never do!) and don't have much energy or strength. So I'm following the advice of many and just resting at home. I haven't been out of the house since I got sick last Wednesday.

This week someone asked me for photos of the early days of English camps so I went upstairs to dig through photo albums to see what I could find today. While I found a few of those photos, I found some others as well!

Claire was three and a half during this ski trip to Slovakia many years ago!

Since it snowed here last night, these skiing pictures seemed appropriate for this Thursday's throwback.

What a little cutie!

Love and miss you Clairey! Those were sweet days of your childhood here in Czech!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Honestly Speaking

Honestly, my heart is heavy today.

Just two hours south of us, a crazed man opened fire in a pub yesterday killing eight people, then himself.

How does this sort of thing happen??

While you sadly read about such things in the news often these days, it doesn't feel real until it's close to home.

Thus my heart is hurting for the families of all who lost loved ones right here in the Czech Republic yesterday. How many knew Jesus??

And I hurt for the fear this places in the hearts of people in that town. And perhaps across the country tonight.

I tend to focus on the positive and look for the good: "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." It's one of the passages in Scripture I try to live by.

But I also acknowledge that evil is absolutely present in this world, and that we can't turn a blind eye to it and think it will go away. It won't: "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 

How utterly grateful and thankful I am for this truth though: "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

I don't know how you deal with what's in the news these days. The only way I deal with it is through the hope of Christ and His victory. I'd be lost without that hope.

Claire wrote a meaningful blog post on this same event. You can read it HERE.