Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your life! Deut. 30:20

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Kids come

Because their Daddy was at a conference in Indiana, the girls and their Mommy came to stay with us a couple of nights.  Jill took the older girls shopping for school supplies.  Claire and I enjoyed the outdoors.

Claire discovered our water fountain.

"Hi Mr. Squirrel!"
 (aren't her sparkly shoes so pretty??)

Claire has become quite a ham.  Love this cute little face she makes!

Bath time is one of the girls' favorite times.

Bedtime stories - this was a fun book to read because I have been telling the girls about our Swiss/German heritage and how they came over on a ship, just like Jessie, in this story did.

Playing in the basement
Hannah makes "coffee"

Going for a walk around the lake 

there were some humongous mushrooms!  At least 6-7 inches tall

So nice to see the lake filling back up after the drought we have had the past couple of years.

Of course now, the rain can stop.  Places are flooding around here.

morning fog

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Date with kiddos

Last month the girls mentioned to me that they wanted to have a special day with their Nana to Wichita. 
Yesterday we made it happen!

First a stop for my husband to pick up some grout color at Star Lumber.  
But after that, it was all about having fun with them!

I let them each pick out one outfit.  Sophia wanted a Dollie and Me outfit.

Hannah's favorite store is Justice and she looked and looked.

 She is a terrible "decider" just like her mommy, and like me too!  But eventually she picked out the shirt she is wearing below.  (sorry - fuzzy pictures.  My phone camera is not the best and my other camera still in the shop)

We HAVE  to stop at Target!  In fact, the girls made a list of every place they wanted to stop.

Sophia got to choose the place we would eat lunch and she chose the Pizza Hut inside Target.  She loves that place!

As we were leaving Target (wearing new sweaters we bought since they were cold - and this is July in Kansas??) we ran into Mommy!!  What a fun surprise!  She and Adam had also come to Wichita.  (Claire was at our home with a babysitter.)  Jill was shopping and Adam was at his "study" (Starbucks) preparing his sermon.  The girls wanted to go see their Daddy so we surprised him and interrupted his study time for a little while.

Next on the list - going to the movies!

What a fun movie!

Mindy lives close by so we had to stop to see her and her kitty!!
The girls got Xander a cat toy that makes a chirpy sound.  He will love it!

It was supper time and Hannah got to choose where.
She wanted to go to On the Border.

It was beginning to rain by the time we left.  Jill called to tell us that  it had taken them 1 hour, instead of 30 minutes for them to get home due to the storm.  Water was running across the highway and they had to pull off the road several times.  There was a possibility that we would not be able to get the girls home due to flooding.

As we were driving to Newton, there was a downpour!  Had to slow way down!  After waiting half an hour, we decided we would try to get the girls home.  We would take another route using the pickup, but the highway patrol had closed off the road due to flooding.  We ended up going to McPherson and over, but so glad we were able to get the girls home!!

I love dates with my grand kids!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Action Packs

Every Christmas season I get so excited to support Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan's Purse.  

It is so fun to go to the store and pick out toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, crayons, and of course, TOYS for the little children.  I usually fill my boxes for children the same age as my grandchildren.

Wouldn't it be fun to be on the receiving end and watch the children open their shoeboxes?!?!


Recently I found out about putting together an Action Pack through Voice of the Martyrs.  The Action Pack is a great way to get involved with the persecuted church and make a real difference in the lives of affected Christians!

When refugees arrive at a camp, they usually have only the clothes they are wearing.  Often they have fled their homes in haste.  So one of the ways that VOM assists them is through the gift of an Action Pack.  These packs are distributed in the camp.

So here in July, I went shopping and had so much fun getting the items that were listed for my Action Pack kit that I received in the mail.  I put those things in the bag from the list that was sent to me (blanket, towel, flip-flops, light sweaters, t-shirts, colored pencils, pens, writing tablets) and I have mailed it out!  They will include a Gospel story book or Bible in their language.  Praying that it will bless someone in the Sudan!

If you want to join me in blessing these persecuted Christians in these countries, you can click on the above link for Voice of the Martyrs and they will send you an Action Pack to get started!

 "Whoever wishes to meet Jesus must meet Him in places where brothers and sisters of Jesus are hungry, thirsty, naked, unwanted, sick or in prison.  Whoever keeps himself distant from these places remains distant from Jesus."  VOM founder Richard Wurmbrand (1909-2001)