Saturday, March 28, 2015

Beauty in Living and Dying~ Kara Tippetts

Where do I start. This week I have been preoccupied with Kara.

Kara Tippetts.   The author of The Hardest Peace. A little over two months ago I blogged about her, her book and her blog. 


Kara went home to Jesus this past Sunday, March 22, 2015.  I cried. She rocked my world. Watching her live life with beauty and die with grace.....   made such an impression/impact on me that I never ever  want it to go away!  My heart is sad as she has left this world..... her husband and her four beautiful, young children.  She is no longer sad... she is rejoicing at His feet.  She is not in pain and she is cancer free!  Kara's words to all of us.....   to me.....   wow.  

One of the things that she said was "I am like a little girl at a birthday party and my father wants me to leave early.... I am pitching a fit because I do not want to leave. I am not afraid of dying, I just do not want to go."  

That is what makes it so hard I think.... for me.... for all who read her words, blog, book, instagram.... how she wanted more days... more time...  we love Kara.  The social media allowing us to reach out and be encouraged and encourage back....  I am so much richer because of Kara's love for Jesus....  

Ann Voskamp shared about Kara....

Kara sang with her babies and loved them large and relentlessly beyond the limits of herself, and was present and insisted that suffering didn’t mean the absence of goodness but rather the presence of God, and she fought to stay tender and keep a soft heart and let the echo of her laughter live long in all their souls….




Thank you, Kara for allowing us to peek in and watch your journey ......   to walk along side you, to be your friend, to pray to the Father on your behalf.....  oh what a wonderful gift.  You asked us to continue to pray.....  not for just now....   but for forever for Jason, Eleanor, Harper, Lake & Story. Kara, it will be an honor.  


Even as my heart hurts.... I am rejoicing because Kara is dancing with Jesus. Will you pray too, for her husband and children?

Thank you, Jesus for Kara Tippetts.

Grace~ Teena

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

22 Years Ago Today~

Our third child Dakota Lee joined our family. Where has the time gone?

We already had a boy and a girl.  Family/friends wondered why we would want more?

God sees the bigger picture.

Dakota brought such JOY to our lives. He made us laugh. Michael & Mandi loved being big brother and big sister.

My dad loved him so much. He was his buddy. They hammered nails and fished together. My dad was a wonderful Papa. It was the JOY of his life.

Dakota was home schooled all of his life. He loves music, plays the drums and guitar.
                                                      silly Koda!
                                                          Destin 2014

Dakota will graduate this May with his BA in accounting. We are so proud of him.


Happy Birthday, Dakota!

~Love, Mom

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Our Newest Addition! God is Faithful!

My kids rock my world. They amaze me over and over.  Lysa, Wyatt & Wesley are very close. The boys are very protective of Lysa and love her dearly. She is pretty amazing.

We have been involved with Compassion International since 2008 when I sponsored Ucok. Over the years we have added a few.....   Neema (who was our daughter's Mandi's sponsored child), Erik from Bolivia since February of 2012 and we correspond with Betlhem from Ethoipia.

Those sponsored children are under one account ....  mine.  

When Lysa was 13 she sponsored Jazzy Rain from the Philippines. Jazzy was Lysa's ONLY child. She sponsored Jazzy under her name only.  Through the years we have helped Lysa pay for Jazzy and when she could she would help.  She sent birthday money and she is the one that writes all her letters! About a year ago Lysa started babysitting for a family we know, and about 3 months ago she went to work at a friend's shoe store. She only works about 10-15 hrs a week.  Lysa mentioned to me that she wanted to start paying for Jazzy's sponsorship.  We agreed that is what she always hoped to do.

This past Sunday as we were driving to church Lysa mentioned to me that with her work money she believes she has enough to sponsor another child. She told me she was a bit worried because she doesn't know if she has enough "time" to commit to writing another child. You see, Lysa sponsors Jazzy and corresponds with two others Regita & Rachel. She writes all three of them monthly. Wyatt & Wesley were in the back seat and Wyatt said "you could sponsor one for me?!"


Our Wyatt has begged for a child for about 2 yrs.  We have encouraged him to write Erik, Neema and Ucok and he has....   we have encouraged him to  ask Compassion for a correspond child....   but he just kept saying  "I want to sponsor a child, one of my own... my own account."   He has such a tender heart and loves Jesus.

I did not say a word.... when all this was happening in the car.

Lysa said to me, "Mom, this would work! Wyatt has been waiting for a child and I am not sure I would have the time to write.....  so I could just pay for his sponsorship till he is old enough to pay for it."

Wyatt was beyond excited!   His face was so red and he said "OH PLEASE!"

We let it sink in.....    Lysa said she would pray about it and Wyatt was so thrilled I had to remind him not to bug her.

Yesterday I let Wyatt look at all the children waiting to be sponsored. He was sure of what he wanted. An older boy.... around his age....  that had been waiting a LONG time.  We looked at a few and then he said, "Mom, will you put in my birthday and see who comes up?"    We did.

ONE.  

Waiting 330 days. 

Sebastian  (did you know Lysa loves Sebastian from the Little Mermaid!?)



Isn't God great? Wyatt is so very excited....   he is checking the mail every day, deciding what to write and telling me all the stickers and letters he wants to write.  

God is faithful. When I wonder how He will draw my children to Him.... He reminds me that He's got it!

WELCOME TO OUR FAMILY, SEBASTIAN! WE LOVE YOU ALREADY!  (did I mention ... one of Lysa's favorite movies is Little Mermaid! She was thrilled when Wyatt showed her the picture and told her Sebastian was the one he wanted!) 


Sponsor a child... change a life forever!
Grace~ Teena

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Wonderful Gift


My sister lives in Orlando. She is a nurse. Her husband died in 1999. They never had children. Sharon works all the time. She has been talking to me for over a year about us going on a cruise. A Disney Cruise. We have never ever been on a cruise and I never really thought about it. We are a one income family, have half dozen of children and ......  well, you know.

Last fall Sharon told us she wanted to book a cruise for Lysa, Wyatt, Wesley and I. I finally agreed. It was her gift to us.
So, on the 6th of February we boarded the Disney Dream..... the day Wyatt turned 13. It was a three night cruise.
Wyatt & Goofy!
Lysa (top), Wyatt (bottom right) and Wes (back) in their beds. They loved it!

This was Lysa & Wes coming into Castaway Cay~ Disney's private island. Look at the water behind them....
This was the ship....  we had just disembarked in Nassau, Bahamas.
Leaving the Bahamas. Atlantis in the back ground.
beautiful water .... at Castaway Cay.
My view on Castaway Cay.
Minnie at the dance party at Castaway Cay
Wyatt on the beach in the Bahamas
Lysa, Wyatt & Wesley, Nassau ~ 2. 7. 15

I struggled with this a lot.....    I hope it is ok to share here. Sometimes when I share this with friends they look at me like I am ungrateful or crazy.   It was so beautiful. The water and seeing ocean all around....

the blue incredible water coming into the Bahamas.....  
but.....  I struggle because I see a lot of excess.  So much food, everyone having so much....  I do love seeing different places. It is a gift. So I should receive it JOYFULLY.

You know.....   Sharon wants to go again .... THIS SEPTEMBER! Her treat again.  The kids are very excited.   I am looking forward to it.  With my parents gone and Billy's parents gone....  they miss having grandparents... so their Aunt doing this will always always be remembered.

A wonderful gift.

Sponsor a child today, change a life forever!
Grace~ Teena