Our Journey Home

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Gumballs vs. Diapers

We are very excited about Bella's newest adventure- potty training! Bella absolutely loves gumballs, so we decided that every time Bella goes potty in the toilet, she recieves two pennies for our gumball machine. Wubs wanted to get some delicious gumballs too, and I realized I had a win-win situation on my hands. I told Wubs that she could get two pennies each time Bella earned them. So now Wubs is Bella's biggest advocate for potty training! She is always asking Bella if she needs to go potty, and Wubs cheers the loudest when her little sister earns them some pennies! I'm hopeful that by next week, we can say good-bye to those diapers. (And we'll be able to say hello to that $30 we will be saving on our grocery bill each month! Hooray for gumballs!)

"Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."- Romans 5:7-8

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Catching Up

My goodness, it's been so long since our last post... I almost don't know where to begin! We had a wonderful Christmas, celebrating the birth of our Savior. After the Christmas Eve service, many of the families in our homegroup came to our house for snacks and a birthday party for Jesus. On Christmas day, we woke up (to the footsteps and shrieks of two very excited little girls) and we found our special gifts from Santa. That evening, three families came over for dinner and again we celebrated baby Jesus! The day after Christmas, we traveled to South Carolina to spend time with our extended families. We returned to North Carolina just in time to ring in the New Year at home! Things didn't slow down, though. David left the second week in January for a mission trip in Costa Rica. We missed Daddy a lot, but we were able to talk to him and see him nearly every day on Skype! David has the most amazing stories about how God is moving in Costa Rica! He had the opportunity to share the gospel (with an interpretor... however, his Spanish vocabulary is now muy grande) , invite people to come to a local park to watch a video and a live drama presentation about Jesus, and share the hope found in God's love and Truth. Over 500 people heard the Good News during that week, and many of them have already accepted Jesus!
Here we are standing outside Grandma and Grandpa's house with the big snowman!
We went to the Wake Forest Christmas parade. However, the Grinch was the parade coordinator this year and he insisted that no candy be passed out. (wink. Okay, that last sentence is only partly true...)

A typical home in Costa Rica. David and the mission team would knock on the gates so the people would come out from their house for a conversation about Jesus!
Several of the mission team members, taking a quick break.
I had to include this one! David took this snapshot of a lemon tree growing in Costa Rica, and I just love this picture!
Precious photo- this man and his family just accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. He's giving us the thumbs up!
What a great way to start off 2010! We pray this entire year will be filled with opportunities to share the Truth found in God's word! Happy New Year!

"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;"- Psalm 103:11-13