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Alopecia | Be a light in the Dark, 2 Corinthians 4

The other day in reading during my quiet time, I was revisiting 2 Corinthians. I was thinking, Tim and I have spent many an hour thinking a lot, about a lot. There are so many ugly and awful things going on across the globe, and across our front door. Our mission field is in Northern MN with Native Americans. In this ministry, we have stumbled through some thick, difficult situations. I am certain you can all attest to difficult times being just that: difficult. The Lord doesn't bring us into circumstances just to drag us along, seeing us become battered and bruised, but it IS His priority to bring glory to His name. We are His chosen ones, and our privilege is to sing Hallelujah to His name!

Anyway, I was thinking that we have faced difficulties. One thing that I wanted to share with you today is about my health.

In 2014, I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder called Alopecia. This was saddening and drove me and Tim crazy for three years. One day, I found a bald spot on my …
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My Jesus, I Love Thee | William R. Featherston Hymn

My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;For Thee all the follies of sin I resign;My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me,And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree;I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow,If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
In mansions of glory and endless delight,I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow,If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.



This is such a beautiful hymn. I hope you take a gander at the beautiful words and soak them in. Sing this tune with praise tovHim who loves us immensely!

It's a boy! | Kastenbaby #4 joins the crew on Mother's Day 2017

Welcome to the world, little man! We are delighted in this precious gift from God and count it a blessing and treasure to parent him. What a treat to have 3 boys and a girl. Thankful and Glad do little to describe how we feel about him.

Titus was born swiftly at the hospital after about 4.5 hours of labor. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 19 3/4inches long.



Christ's power over death! | Easter

"Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
cast off that I might be brought in,
trodden down as an enemy that I might be welcomed as a friend,
surrendered to hell's worst that I might attain heaven's best,
stripped that I might be clothed, wounded that I might be healed,
athirst that I might drink,
tormented that I might be comforted, made a shame that I might inherit glory,
entered darkness that I might have eternal light."stripped that I might be clothed, wounded that I might be healed, athirst that I might drink,tormented that I might be comforted, made a shame that I might inherit glory,entered darkness that I might have eternal light."

from the Valley of Vision (pg 76)

Spring has sprung! | The great outdoors

This is what I love about being alive! Enjoying the sunshine, making mud pies, glorying in God's great land, watching these three little ones grow up. 


Our Codeman is halfway up the tree in a yellow shirt

 Splish splash Anna Ev
 Muddddddd
Three Little Kastenbees
Mudballs!
Brothers so sweet
 Anna made mud cake.
Baby is 32 weeks along already, and I'm enjoying it!
Baby Bump silhouette
Getting comfy by her mud baking oven
Found several of these tracks in the driveway, about 3 feet apart each, walking in a line down the middle of the drive. Not sure what they are yet- haven't looked them up. There was a pileated Woodpecker here yesterday, and there have been several cranes nearby... 

Having fun when you're not having fun.

What it feels like to parent on a daily basis, completely exhausted.  Yet, still determined to get through the day. 

Hope you get a kick out of this as much as I did. :) Laughing out loud over here.

Thankful for Outside

We have been blessed by an abundance of snow, sun, and superior playing weather. Usually, the winter drags long and cold. We would be suffering from seasonal depression, wondering when the days will grow longer, when the temperatures will grow higher. But this year, it feels different. Somehow, it is already February. We have been enjoying the sledding hill much! We have been exploring the woods a little. We have ventured a bit more than the usual to-the-mailbox-and-back jaunt. It's been nice.

Simply nice.

It has snowed and snowed and snowed, so many times! Beautiful, fluffy days. Cold and Blistering Windy days. Blizzarding days. Icy pelting snow days. Below below below zero days. But it's been beautiful, nonetheless.

One January afternoon, it was in the thirties and dripping snowmelt all around. The kids had been out playing in knee-deep drifts and tall plowed-mountains until they were soaked. The sleds were strewn about the front yard, and we had a hot lunch on the porch. IN…