Sunday, September 26, 2010

Comparing the Size

As we prepare for our departure to Nicaragua, I have many "wonderings" (isn't that a nice way to say worries). Will our luggage make it? Will we adjust well? How will the kids fair? What if I can't find what I need in the market? Will we ever learn Spanish? What about learning how to navigate the roadways?

God reminded me of something through Isaiah 8: 13-14 NLT. "Make the Lord of Heaven's Armies holy in your life. He is the one you should fear. He is the one who should make you tremble. He will keep you safe."

While arriving in the Managua airport with 3 kids, a cat and a ton of luggage makes me want to tremble; I must remember that in comparison to God's Power, Sovereignty, His BIG-ness, His Dominion, His LOVE and promise to keep me "wonderings" are small.

posted by Bethany

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Insect Invasion Risk?

Does this photograph (mugshot) look familiar to anyone? For some of you, you are thinking or even exclaiming, "Blasted Bug!" We refuse to "name" this bug (see a past post to understand this)...these stink bugs are taking over the Tri-State Area on the East Coast!
So, I started thinking, do these particular bugs exist in Nicaragua? What if one climbs in to our luggage (okay, maybe it would take two)...and they start multiplying in Nica. Are they capable of destroying crops, will we be held responsible? Will stink bugs take over the insect world in Nica like they have here in New Jersey and Delaware? Blasted bugs. I am resolving to inspect our footlockers meticulously as we pack for our upcoming move. NO stink bugs will travel with us. We will not be responsible for the introduction of stink bugs to Central America!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

This is Really Happening!

We have purchased the much talked about "one-way" tickets. We have our departure date and Lord willing things will go according to plan. First, we want to express our praise and thankfulness to the Lord--it is by His strength and grace that we are here. We also want to take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude to all our partners who have helped us reach this point on our journey! In the weeks to come, we'll be sure to blog about what life is like as we get ready to take this step of faith and move our family to Nicaragua. Thanks for journeying with us!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 15--Our new Fourth of July

September 15th is Nicaragua's Independance Day! This day marks Nicaragua's independance from Spain. Happy September 15th Nicaragua! We look forward to celebrating with you!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Waiting with Confidence

I (Bethany) am reading the book of Isaiah. As I was looking at the study notes, here is the cross-reference verse that I came across (or rather God had planned for me to read). Romans 8:25 But if we look forward to something we don't yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently. Okay,I admit I am not the most patient person, so that was a good reminder. However, what stuck out to me more was the word confidently. Waiting confidently. Interesting. it is one thing to sit around and wait...with some semblence of patience...but waiting confidently--what does that mean? I think it means that while waiting I need to keep doing what needs to get done, being confident that things will come together & trusting God.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Over the River & Through the Woods to Grandmother's House We Go

We realized in the cyber world, we've somewhat fallen off of the radar screen. So let us tell you where we've been hiding. Following our time in the Catskills visiting my (Bethany's grandma), we took up residence with my (Bethany's) other grandmother who lives in South Jersey. She is on the LONG rode of recovery from a very extensive and difficult surgery. She spends most of her day in bed and can't keep house or cook. So we are taking care of her while we wait to depart to Nicaragua. It is an opportunity to serve her and offer some respite for the family members in the area who had been caring for her. The kids enjoy popping into her room to say hi to their "G.G" and she enjoys seeing them as well. A child's laughter is good medicine!!!