Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Make a Difference Forever!

Remember Kees?  Our Compassion Advocate friend that goes to Bolivia often?  Well, he is there now for a couple YEARS... so he visits the Compassion projects often.   He really spends lots of time at Erik's project.  Every few weeks I will hear from him through Facebook.  It is so neat to be in contact with someone over there.
So often we think our Compassion children are just not real.  I mean...  out of sight, out of mind.  We do not write like we should or take the time to pray for them....   or even realize just how much sponsoring them changes their life!

With the holidays right around the corner... our Christmas letters need to be sent.  You can write online with a Christmas template or you can send a handwritten letter with some stickers and Christmas-y things.

Always remember what a difference you are making in the life of a child. We can not change the whole world but we can change the life of ONE child!

Maybe you are considering sponsoring a child? What an amazing Christmas gift to that child and to your family.  Sponsorship has truly changed the way we do life.  We are always talking about Erik or our other sponsored children.

You can change a  child's life forever.......    

Sponsor a child today!
Grace~ Teena

Saturday, October 11, 2014

In Christ Alone...... HOPE.

It's been a while.....    My word for 2014 is HOPE.  

HOPE .....   it pops up here and there....  and my song/one line that I sing when needed the most...

In Christ alone.... my HOPE is found.... He is my Light, my Strength, my Song.... 

My first-world problems seem BIG in 2014 .....   it seems it is one thing or another...   but HIS HOPE is there always.

Suffering is not the absence of goodness, it is not the absence of beauty, but perhaps it can be the place where true beauty can be known. ~ Kara Tippetts 

I know so many around me.....  really, really suffering.....   several I know with cancer and fighting for their life.  

I talked with a mom last night and we both shared how we are praying for Kate McRae as cancer has returned for the 3rd time! How this 10 yr old fights .....  and still smiles!  

I listened to Kara Tippetts video clips about what is really important.....   as she struggles with stage 4 cancer.  Reading over at Kara's blog and seeing how she continues to glorify God through her cancer.

A dear friend's mom is now with Jesus after suffering with cancer.....  

my Uncle (my dad's last living brother) is with Jesus too....  after his fight for several years....

So, again I come back to my little struggles.....   and I know that I know that God is working all things for His good. Lots of trips to doctors for us this year,   Wyatt with stomach problems, Lysa with several things .....   but in those trips we take time to talk, stop for an ice cream/snack, or look for neat places to see.....  

In August when our car's engine blew.....   our fairly new car.....    Mike & Amber were with us and I look back and see how the timing was perfect.  Do I understand WHY the engine blew.... no.
God is the God of HOPE.  Mandi is missing in this pic. She moved to Alabama in May and we miss her a lot!

I have been blogging for several years now.... sometimes more than others....  but most of all I want to be REAL.   Not just sharing the pictures that look perfect and ALL the good times....   but even in the struggles.  

In Christ alone.... my HOPE is found....

Grace~ Teena

Thursday, September 18, 2014

School is Underway at Our House....

This year I start my 24yr of home schooling.  I love this journey. It isn't always easy and I do grow weary....   but the JOYS of home schooling are so worth it.  I do know it is a gift .... and not everyone can home school. No judgement here. We do what works for our family.

School has changed so much since 1991.  This year I have three students.  Not my largest or smallest class yet. The way we school is different.   We are more Charolette Mason- y.   We use a hodge podge of curriculum.  We love Heart of Dakota.  We read a lot!

They love it.  Oh they may not love "school" but they do love this curriculum and they are learning!

Just this past week..... I heard Wesley (our youngest)  say "this might be my favorite year so far... I really like this."   Our children learn more when they enjoy it.  Now, we all know that English or Math is not always enjoyable and somethings just have to be done.   Wes was my child who took the longest to read and didn't like reading until maybe last Christmas.....    so this is great.

After 24 years.....   if I was asked some tips to give moms just starting out, or moms with young ones ... I would say.... breathe deep, laugh lots, take walks, read aloud together.  When Wyatt/Wes were toddlers and I read with the older ones (if they were not napping) they sat on a small blanket with a couple toys (that they didn't normally play with) while we read.  This worked great. I would not stress over the small things..... if they are not reading in Kindergarten or first grade.... its OK!  If they are not reading in 3rd or 4th grade .....  it is OK!  Just keep on keeping on. THEY WILL GET IT.  I didn't change my phonics program when we struggled.... we just kept on doing it....  sometimes we would just put it up for the day and go outside or have a snack.   They ALL read well now!  The same with Math.   Do not stress.  

These years are fleeting......   I know. I know.  When Wes was 6 months and Wyatt was 2 (and screaming all the time) and Lysa was 6, Dakota 10, Mandi 14, Michael 17......   I just wanted sleep and we were in survivor mode.....    believe me I do understand.   Every now and then  I wish I could go back for a week..... month and have all the crazy and chaos!

Hang in there.... you got this.... and even if you don't  GOD does! 

Sponsor a child today!
Grace~ Teena

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Wait is Over.

This is a bit long.... but so worth it. Keep watching....  around 4:16 you will need a tissue!

The world tells us we can't make a difference but I beg to differ.....   I think if you could ask our sponsored children....  they would tell you different.  Our words make such a difference.  They can damage and they can build up.

We try to write our Compassion children every month. Either on line or ....  hand written.  It is so very easy and only takes a few minutes to write online.  When I write a handwritten letter ... I love to add stickers and little things.....   oh and pictures!

It only take a minute or two .... or ten to build up a neighbor, friend, husband, child.....    and that is the same with our Compassion children.

We can make a difference..... one child at a time!

Sponsor a child today... make a difference forever!