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Moms of Boys | The Trials of Parenting, being a mama to rapscallions

Busy brothers keep me crazy. 
Well, like the title says, being a parent is trying. It's so hard! Parenting kids, especially boys, especially especially brothers two years apart, is so very hard. I'm looking at them with misty eyes when I see them playing. They're misty because I'm in the midst of loving every moment, soaking it all in, and just nearly bursting into a fit. These boys. They're what I've always dreamed of having. They're how I always pictured mothering boys would be. They're creative. They're fun. They're active. They're busy. They're interesting. They're interested in our family. They're cool. But they're also really tough to maneuver. Code is 5, and he is the classic first-born servant, leader, helper, eager learner. J-Bob is 3, and the true rapscallion.
rap·scal·lion rapˈskalyən/noun
archaichumorous  plural noun: rapscallionsa mischievous person.)Tim and I have wondered preeeetty much every day: how did he man…

Celebrating 8 years | Marriage

Tim and I were blessed with a lovely weekend away on the North Shore, back to where it all began. Here is a photo from one of our days up there. We hiked at Tettegouche State Park, and couldn't have asked for better weather or fall colors!

A Happy Thanksgiving Note, a little early. | CIM Missions Update Fall 2016

Blessings to you, dear friend!

In a season where we are infiltrated with being busy, doing more, needing more... We have been able to take a weekend away together, just the two of us, and celebrate our 8 years of Marriage! We went to Two Harbors, MN, where we were married on the shore of Lake Superior in September of 2008. We praise our God for His goodness and richness in our lives! What a blessing it has been to retreat and rejuvenate our hearts. Thank you to all of you who have been standing with us solidly in this Native American ministry. It isn't easy, that's for sure! We have a hard time communicating with our fellow missionaries, we find it difficult to find the right ways to grow deeper with the Mokahum students, and we struggle with the systems that our friends are facing each day, cycling through poverty and "deserving things" generation by generation. But you know what? It's beautiful. Because God has called us to this place where we are building up th…

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Be Deeply Rooted

"To be called to a life of extraordinary quality, to live up to it, and yet to be unconscious of it is indeed a narrow way. To confess and testify to the truth as it is in Jesus, and at the same time to love the enemies of that truth, his enemies and ours, and to love them with the infinite love of Jesus Christ, is indeed a narrow way. To believe the promise of Jesus that his followers shall possess the earth, and at the same time to face our enemies unarmed and defenceless, preferring to incur injustice rather than to do wrong ourselves, is indeed a narrow way. To see the weakness and wrong in others, and at the same time refrain from judging them; to deliver the gospel message without casting pearls before swine, is indeed a narrow way. The way is unutterably hard, and at every moment we are in danger of straying from it. If we regard this way as one we follow in obedience to an external command, if we are afraid of ourselves all the time, it is indeed an impossible way. But if…

Jesus has given us life, and He gives it to us in GREAT ABUNDANCE. | GOSPEL

At the moment of spiritual birth, God accomplishes an amazing array of works in and for the believer. In addition to being forgiven of sin and given the righteousness of Christ Himself, we receive the Holy Spirit who comes to live within us. Jesus promised that He would “give life and give it in great abundance” (John 10:10). Peter exclaimed that through God’s precious promises, we have “become partakers in the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). At that moment the Spirit of the living God begins to transform us from the inside out.
As I was reading through the student handbook for Oak Hills Christian College, the sister-school of Mokahum Ministry Center, I thought these words were just too good not to share. This is the GOOD NEWS people!

Have a blessed day.

Summer 2016 Missions Update: Native American Ministry in Cass Lake, MN. | Center for Indian Ministries

Hello to our dear support team! May you be blessed by this coming of autumn weather, back-to-school excitement, and the chilly nights ahead. 
PRAISE HIM We praise God for giving us a lovely summer! Thank you for being with us in prayer for some big milestones! 
PRAYER POINTS Keep praying for Amy's autoimmune healing. She is now fully on the Autoimmune Protocol which includes an elimination diet, among other facets. This is very difficult to manage while feeding the troops all the normal things, and having much more to take care of now! 
Pray for the kids as we venture into a first year of homeschooling Kindergarten for Cody, who just turned 5! Jesse is nearing the big 3, pray intentionally for us and him as we parent this special boy. Anna, a fast-climbing one-year-old is a joy, and we also ask for God's guidance in our raising her. Tim and Amy are both excited to  welcome the new students to Mokahum Ministry Center, who begin orientation and then school after Labor Day. Please C…

Magdalen Walks, by Oscar Wilde | Poetry

Magdalen WalksOscar Wilde The little white clouds are racing over the sky,   And the fields are strewn with the gold of the flower of March,   The daffodil breaks under foot, and the tasselled larchSways and swings as the thrush goes hurrying by.
A delicate odour is borne on the wings of the morning breeze,   The odour of deep wet grass, and of brown new-furrowed earth,   The birds are singing for joy of the Spring’s glad birth,Hopping from branch to branch on the rocking trees.
And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of Spring,   And the rose-bud breaks into pink on the climbing briar,   And the crocus-bed is a quivering moon of fireGirdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring.
And the plane to the pine-tree is whispering some tale of love   Till it rustles with laughter and tosses its mantle of green,   And the gloom of the wych-elm’s hollow is lit with the iris sheenOf the burnished rainbow throat and the silver breast of a dove.
See! the lark starts up from his bed in…

Starting a new season of quotes

Since I have been quite unpredictable with when I wrote in this blog, I have decided to try something different. I would like to try to post quotes or small photos or books that I am enjoying or dwelling on. Perhaps they'll be from Little Women, Anne Shirley, or maybe even Jane Austen's myriad collection. Hmm. I know I have a lot of fulfilling thoughts or favorite quotes mentioned in scripture, and I will hope to mentioned them as well.

I will start today off with a funny one from L.M Montgomery, in Anne of Windy Poplars.

"'But I love children, Rebecca.'
"Children, yes, but them's holy terrors, Miss Shirley. Mrs. Raymond doesn't believe in punishing children no matter what they do. She says she's determined they'll have a "natural" life. They take people in by that saintly look of theirs, but I've heard what her neighbors say of them. The minister's wife called one afternoon... Well, Mrs Raymond was sweet as sugar pie to her,…