where is He leading?

As I type this, my husband is sleeping next to me while my middlest is sitting on the floor playing quietly. We all want Daddy to get as much sleep as he can as he's working hard to find a job. And I marvel at my children's abilities to adjust. Yes, they use coping methods,…

am I owning the truth about myself?

As it's Easter Sunday, I've spent a lot of time thinking about Jesus today. And as I was tiredly cleaning a refrigerator spill and trying to get my kids a quick dinner, something that occurred to me is that Jesus owned our mistakes and our garbage. In every way possible, He took our burden and…

a season of pruning

Those of you who know me will know that I get easily overwhelmed. I'm a big picture person, but I get overwhelmed when I see all the steps that lead to the big picture. My husband is excellent at visualizing the steps and methodically taking them while I'm a disaster waiting to happen. I have…

when life hurts

There is no possible way to update this blog and catch up on all that has happened since my last post. So I'll say this: October, November, and December were great months for us. We settled in, we adjusted, we made friends, and all was well. We even got to spend Thanksgiving with my parents,…

the reality of here

In one week, we will have been in the UK for one year. And yesterday marked our tenth completed month in Scotland. I haven't been able to really put my thoughts into words until tonight...so bear with me as this starts bad and ends somewhat better. Since July, we've had numerous difficult things happen, and…

the reality of missions

Yesterday, we spent our afternoon at our church's all church picnic. It might have been in the top 5 of lowest low points for me since moving here. It highlighted so many of the struggles I've had since moving here, and it left me feeling isolated and beyond discouraged. And it also brought things to…

pearls

I was going to edit my previous post and add this, but instead, I think I just want to let it flow as it is . . . Over the past 6 months of living in Scotland, we've discovered a few things: the Scottish are different from the English; the politics, the culture, and the…

an update

As our eighth month in the UK comes to a close, three things are clear: I need an office assistant, we are in a stretching season, and nothing is easy. Yet the one thing that overrides all of those is that God is good. We cling to His goodness always, and we're learning more and…