Friday, May 25, 2007

Our State of the Union

Today is our eleventh anniversary, for anyone interested. After dating for six years and eleven years of marriage, we have now spent over half of our lives together. We have now moved into the "good-bye twenties, hello mini-van" season of our lives. We are happy to inform you that we are still very much in love. The romance while very different from the dating years is still intact. It never ceases to amaze me that the bond between us has grown stronger over diaper changes, sippy cups, and mud pies. We'll go out tonight, by ourselves, and probably end up talking about the kids. Let me assure you that it won't be any less romantic than it was before, probably a little bit more romantic, because the life we share is our fulfillment. The State of our Union is strong and will remain so.

Please excuse my sappiness. Please keep adding your reviews to the post below. I value your advice.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Product Reviews

The picture to your left is what my boys hair usually looks like before haircuts. This is because I never want to cough up the money so I wait until they have Afros. Recently I saw an advertisement for the Wahl Clip 'Trim Haircutting System. I know that several of my faithful blogging buddies are also mothers of all boys, so I was wondering if anyone has ever tried it. If it works, it would save us a lot of dough. Please let me know if any of you recommend this product.

Also since we are traveling for a month this summer, we are looking into getting a DVD player for our van. I think it would really be helpful for those moments when we can't take another "he's touching me" or "are we almost there yet". If anyone has one, please let me know how it works. I think that there are several different styles. Just wondering which ones work best for vans, picture quality, or whatever else you like or dislike. Thanks in advance for your help.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

The Missionary Pilot's Wife

There always seems to be a little bit of confusion about what Harold does. People frequently ask us what he does when he is not flying. So I thought that I would give everyone a view of my perspective of his occupation.
For those of you who don't know , Harold is a missionary pilot with Missionary Flights International (MFI). They fly mostly to Haiti, but also to other locations in the Caribbean. Why all this special attention to Haiti you may ask. Haiti is actually considered a fourth world country. A third world country is a developing country, while a fourth world country is stagnant, in some cases even regressing. MFI is the life line to the missionaries in this very difficult country. I have done some overseas traveling, and Haiti by far is the worst for culture shock that I have been in. Harold usually flies into Haiti once a week. He leaves at about 5:00 am on those days, and is back home by about 9:00pm. Occasionally he has overnight stays which he enjoys because it allows him to experience first hand what a difference MFI is making in the lives of the missions they serve.
His degree is actually Pilot/Mechanic, which is what he initially did when he first started with MFI. About three years ago they asked him to become the Executive Assistant. At first he was a little reluctant to give up aircraft maintenance since that is what he taught at Moody, but he has really found his niche in the office.
First he handles all the correspondence with the missionaries. He answers hundreds of emails a week, since they serve over 200 hundred organizations. It amazes me that he can keep all the names ,dates, packages , and special orders straight.
Next he deals with US customs. Since 911 it has become more and more intense. They have to have passenger and cargo lists well in advance, and they don't like surprises.
He also handles many of the MFI's humanitarian efforts. They work closely with Samaritans Purse in any case of natural disaster. He just sent 7000 sewing machines to 30 different countries to be used in micro business and community development endeavors. They store water purification kits and tarps to be shipped out as soon as a hurricane has passed over. He is now working with an organization called Feed My Hungry Children, getting prepackaged rice and soy packets to malnourished children. Sometimes we are so anxious to spread the gospel that we forget about the "cup of cold water". It is a lot easier to listen and understand if you are not fighting off hunger pains. Harold's goal is to give the missions every commodity they need to help plant the seed.
I could elaborate on each of these duties, but it would take too much time. Suffice it to say that I am extremely proud of him. He has had other guys tell him that they would give anything to be where he is today. These are people who seem to have it made materially, but just don't find any fulfillment. I am so glad that he followed his heart and made this ministry our life. With so much competing for our kids attention today, ministry has to be exciting to hold an attraction to our kids. Harold is living it out right in front of them that this is a "great adventure".
I am "the Missionary Pilot's Wife".

Monday, May 14, 2007

Mother's Day

Sorry that I am a little late publishing my Mother's Day greetings. I truly have not had a moment to sit down and write.
Our celebrations started Saturday night with the Mother/Daughter banquet. I am so thankful that my Mom got to go with me this year. The older I get and the more I realize the sacrifices she made for me, the more dear she becomes. I've never seen her angry or seen her lose her composure no matter what the circumstances. She has always been the perfect example of a lady. Last year I was pregnant at this time, and I promised that if I had another boy I would dress him up for the banquet. Here is a picture of me and little Dylana on our way out the door. I did win the prize for being the Mother with the most males under her roof. I think that means that I've lowered the most toilet seats, laughed at the most potty humor, and cleaned the most rocks out of my dryer
We had a wonderful service Sunday. Mrs. Jan Miller, from AL, spoke in the morning service. If any of you have any extra time you should listen to her.
Harold's Mom actually prepared dinner for everyone this year. It was nice for Carla and I to have a little break. I did make a banana pudding pie, since it is one of my Mom's favorites. I will post the recipe. Sorry that I don't have any other pictures. The batteries in my camera went dead. I am feeling very guilty that I didn't get any good pictures of us with our Moms. I'll have to do it later.
I wish all my friends a belated Happy Day!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


I thought that I would give everyone a preview of our new prayer card picture. We haven't had one made since before Landon was born so it was about time. We are traveling for a month this summer thus the update. If you noticed, there were streaks in the first one I posted. Thanks to my friend Ruthanne we now have a decent picture. There are a few more at the bottom if anyone is interested.
We have had a very eventful few days since my last post. On Saturday Ethan and I had a little date to see the replica of Christopher Columbus's ship the Nina. He thought that it was pretty cool that he got to go on the ship that he had studied about in school. He thought it was cooler that we ate at Taco Bell on the way home.
On Sunday morning Ethan got sick. (Not from Taco Bell) By Monday night the whole family was out of commission. It was one of those times when you don't even argue about whose turn it is, you just try to prove that you are the sickest. Thankfully we are all better. When the baby gets sick it always adds a little more stress to the mix, we are proud that he is such a little trooper.
Through various situations in my life recently it is becoming more and more clear to me how important it is for God to be enough. I tend to rely on the people around me for my stability instead of depending first on God. This hits closer to home when you try to pass this on to your children. Please pray for us that we will instill such a love and dependence on God that all other relationships that they develop in their lives will pale in comparison to the friendship they have with Jesus.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Just A Few Tidbits

Well, I'm back. I thought I'd give everyone a few days to recover from their shock of my poetry debut. Actually I worked the last two nights, so I've either been sleeping or walking around in a daze.
Julia and Tara have both mentioned rainy weather. We are having a severe drought here. Harold may line the boys up for spitting contests in the yard soon as we are under water restrictions. Try explaining water conservation to little boys. They just think its a good excuse not to take a bath. I guess we could try that, but the water we would use washing the sheets would totally negate the whole effort.
Life is staying pretty much routine these days. Thank God! We are gearing up for end of the school year activities and a busy summer.
Our Bible study group is working our way through the book "Lies Women Believe". This was a prayer from the Puritans that was in the book. I found lots of food for thought in each line. I thought I would share it as we go into a busy weekend.
Grant me never to lose sight of
the exceeding sinfulness of sin,
the exceeding righteousness of salvation,
the exceeding glory of Christ,
the exceeding beauty of holiness,
the exceeding wonder of grace.