Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say

OK This is the LAST video Ill post...for today anyway.
I HAD to share this.
Have you heard of "Sh*t Girls say" or "Sh*t Nobody says"? Well both are amazingly funny. But this one tops them both.

Birth Doula film

Yes, ANOTHER one...don't hate.
I am very much looking forward to seeing this film.

Birth (a josh rask film)

I know, ANOTHER film, but seriously, this is beautiful.
WARNING: You WILL need tissue.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Well its official!
We are moved out of our dear condo, and into....my parents basement.
Yup, let the fun begin!
We are so thankful for their generosity! They have been wonderful, storing heaps of our stuff, and then graciously allowing us to move in with them!
Im sure we will have challenges and trails in the next 7 weeks, but we are thankful for those too.
For now, Im excited to cook with my mom and drink tea with my dad. I will soak up all the time I have, because it is limited.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

This is one of the most powerful birthing videos I have seen, even if it is only a minute long!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Better late than never...

I forgot to say:

"One cannot love or help a person one refuses to listen to; one cannot redeem a world one doesn't look at; one cannot serve a God one doesn't engage with, ask questions of, listen to, study."
Simone Weil

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Grandpa Shufflin' | Break.com

Grandpa Shufflin' | Break.com

I hope I have this much energy in 50 years.
Its raining hard outside.
The wind is throwing the rain against the windows, making inside seems warm, inviting, perfect!
We are so blessed to enjoy this week at the beach. We have had beautiful weather, amazing food and great conversations. Oregon is such a beautiful place, its making me dream of buying a beach house in the future.
A place where we can (one day) bring our little ones and make memories.
As our time here ends, it makes me thankful that we have this time. We wont get a week like this in a long time, years probably. I will miss my family so much while we are gone. I will miss the daily moments, the family dinners, the loud talking, the love spilling into every corner.
But its part of the sacrifice we are making. We are willing to miss those moments for a while, to replace them instead with flights, exploring, learning and loving others. Whenever I hold an orphan baby in my arms, I will think of my precious nephew. When we sit down to share (modest) food with families, I will think fondly of our family in Canada. We are honoured and excited to be out of our comfort zone, exploring different corners of the world, sharing the good news of Jesus.

But today, Im thankful for now. Im loving this week, this place, these people.

" There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens"
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

77 days left!
We have been packing, planning, saving and praying!
Things and locations have changed, but the core of our trip had remained.
Serve, explore, glorify God.
And that seems like a good plan to us!
We are looking forward to NYC, to spending time with family there, taking in a show or two.
We are stoked about Greece, exploring ruins, eating food.
But oh, our heart is so set on Israel! We have been in close contact with "our friends" there, getting updates on the refugee women and orphans. Because of the sensitivity of Israel, how complicated and, frankly, scary it can be, I have to be vague while we are there, ever so careful about information.
But I will tell you this, Israel is about to rock our world! Our 3 months there will, Im sure, change our lives, our perspectives, our hearts!
We have Jordan, India, Nepal and quite a few other countries planned afterwards, but right now, I cant keep my mind off Israel!

On January 1st,2012 we drove down south to Oregon together.
My mom, my dad, my husband and myself.
As the scenery changed and the hours fell away, I couldn't stop thinking about last year.
Jan 1, 2011.
I will never forget the call I got.
It interrupted our morning routine and quickly threw us, heart first, into the scariest day of our life.
Dad had a heart attack and was in the hospital.
For the next few hours, I was beside myself.
I went from hopeful and praying to weeping and doubting, then back again.
12 days in the Intensive Care Unit, countless tests, unlimited tears.
He is alive. It was not his time.
This year, we are celebrating life together. We are celebrating by running around outside, even if its raining and windy and we are freezing.
We are celebrating by eating, laughing, hot-tubing, and spending endless hours talking.
We are celebrating because we don't know how much more life we have left to enjoy.
This New Year, Im thankful for all the things we did not lose last year.

Happy Birthday to the man who bring me joy every day.
You are my rock, my best friend, the one who knows my soul.
I pray your next year will bring you joy, adventure, peace and growth.
Im thrilled to spend your 23rd year with you, exploring the world.
I love you Andrew.