I realize that summer isn’t over, but with school starting next week it feels like it is coming to an end; the ending of fresh days and carefree living that summer always brings. This year we had no huge vacation plans but did little excursions and events that made it so special. The most important thing I’ve been rediscovering lately is how important family and friends are. They make our lives have tremendous purpose and meaning and without their unconditional love, we would be empty souls with no grounding.
I thought I’d share some photo tidbits of this summer and possibly inspire you to think back on these past few months and reflect on how awesome this season is.
Harvest and Outdoors
Bountiful and beautiful tomatoes Resulting in quarts of pasta sauce
Flowers everywhere. Cosmos were planted to honor my mom, who always had them in her garden.
The luxury of swimming every day. Soaking up the sun.
Decorating for the Season
Finding that special item that says it all – America, land that I love.
Finding the right spot for a new sign.
Beach themed everything.
Even my new huge mug reminds me of sailing away.
Off the subject but loved this sign:
Going to the Fair – Family Time
Tilt-a-Whirl – my kids are on it. Yikes!
My kids having more fun…gone are those days of BIG rides for me though.
The end of a very long day
Time to work on the good things of life (in progress)
It’s been a while since writing to you, but this is my attempt to summarize since posting last – more than a month ago. Sometimes in this life all of your options need to be set aside to gain perspective and restart.
I had an absolutely fabulous time in Vietnam. It was so different than I imagined and really fell in love with the country, its people, and aspects of what we experienced. If I should have the opportunity to return, I hope it will be soon. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, I was able to post most pictures and stories of what we did there. Here is a brief gallery of some of the pictures that I took:
Opps! On the tribal meeting house pic.
When I did finally get back earlier this month, I had to have a re-evaluation of my life and goals. The basics haven’t changed, just some of my heart issues and seeking the will of God in my current circumstances. I am still living away from my real home and caring for my mother-in-law and her home out of town. I miss my kids and husband, but I see them frequently, either here or there. I have peace and I am happy everyday.
There is new direction coming and new purposes for this season, and I can’t wait to implement them. More to come on those. Here is a glimpse of what I’m working on and not nearly finished yet.
Coming soon! New attractions and old things made new…
I felt that this year would be the beginning of God’s promises in your life and that His Holy Spirit would begin to work through your circumstances to align you to His will…that includes me, too! My heart has been desperate and patient at the same time for the Lord to open the doors for the calling on my life. I was drastically changed on my first “mission” trip to Africa and my new found perspective of reaching people groups throughout the Earth.
It has been seven years since my last journey and adventure, waiting for God to call me again to divine adventures abroad. Finally, I am going…this time to Vietnam. I will be leaving in late May for two weeks with my son, Peter (the ultimate spontaneous risk-taker), to join Rescue Humanity’s team for medical and dental outreaches from Ho Chi Minh City to northern Da Nang.
I am so excited! We will be visiting orphanages along the way, working with disabled children and youth, filling our visit with wonderful new experiences and delightful participation in a rich environment and culture. Traveling primarily along the coastline of Vietnam, we will be in a coastal paradise with many opportunities to help others and give of our talents and experience.
Follow our journey as I blog the day-to-day activities as we experience them.
Please pray for divine appointments, favor, peace, unity, provision, God’s presence, healing, and God’s protection.
There are opportunities for more team members if you are interested and would like to come join us on this life changing adventure. Please contact me if you are interested : firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to share a blessing and sow into this adventure financially, please prayerfully consider giving to help the poor and needy. Contact me by email and I can give you more details about how you can give. I would love to hear from you even with any questions that you might have and I want to create a “group” on Facebook so you can get regular up-to-date reports. Blessings to you!
This adventure is sponsored by Rescue Humanity – a non-profit organization. Visit them at rescuehumanity.com