Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pray for Us

It was one year ago that Ethan sat among several pastors in Northeast Romania, teaching through God's word and ministering to them. Friday, he will return to this beloved country again, instructing them in the Old Testament books of Ruth and Jonah, as well as teaching and leading them in preaching from the Old Testament.  For the last couple of years, these men have been attending classes taught by TLI instructors and growing in knowledge and discernment.  It will be a privilege to return once again.

Iasi is located in NE Romania near the border with Moldova
And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the works of our hands for us. Ps.90:17

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sampler From Granny

The little girls enjoying what has been completed so far on Granny's Quilt.
Some of the treasures that I inherited from my grandmother after her recent death were fifteen unfinished quilt squares.  These squares were designed to be a part of a quilt sampler intended for Ethan and me.  She created them during a time when she was experiencing intense pain after receiving treatment for breast cancer.  I believe that as a result of her pain and all the medications, some of the squares were a bit skewed.

I tried to add borders to some so that they would all have the same dimensions.  Next I had to find a way to put them together.  My sister-in-law, Sharon, was here a couple of weeks ago, so she gave me some advice on that.  She is definitely a more experienced quilter than I am.  I am in the process of putting it all together right now. I added some borders and squares of my own at the top and bottom.  My favorite squares that Grandma made so far are the house square, the three-dimensional blocks, and the spools of thread.  The next step will be to buy batting, made a fabric back, and begin to quilt it.  It should be an interesting experience, and I hope will honor my grandma and all of her hard work.

Then on to the knitted sweater that Grandma started during the last year of her life here on earth!  That will be a challenge, too.  Any advice from knitters out there on how to complete it would be very appreciated!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

To My Husband On Our Anniversary

I Love You Because…
The Igloo you built for our kids.

You love God and have made His interests first priority in your life.
You only have eyes for your wife.
You will wait to make a decision so that you may seek God’s best for us.
You are able to have a “cheerful heart [that] does good like medicine,” especially with the kids when they are grumpy.
You have a manly, godly energy that keeps you going.
You are SO good to your wife and children.
You have purposed to give to your wife and children your time and your ear.
You will set aside your own desires to play “hide and seek” with your children.
You are a great handy man.
You are a creative, excellent problem-solver, who will build something yourself if it will solve the problem in the best way.
You are frugal and have self-control.
You gave up a path that would feed your ego, your pocketbook, and your reputation in order to serve God’s interests. Hallelujah!
You sing hymns with your family.
You read the Bible to your wife and children.
You go for bike rides, hikes, and rural and urban adventures with your family.
You stand up for Truth even when it is in opposition to family, friends, and the world “If you abide in My word, You are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32
You have used your gifts to minister to the Church, even in adversity.
You enjoy the beauty of the earth and help others to give glory to God through it.
You have persevered through some of the most difficult of circumstances, and overcome, and you will overcome “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” Rev. 12:11

Your devoted wife,