Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Let there be Light...

Last night Tom was scheduled to speak at a little church in a village not far from where we live.  When we got there the place was completely dark.  After a few phone calls and text messages with the pastor who was out of town we had almost decided to cancel the service...but there were 3 mothers and 9 children who decided they wanted to have church.

One of the mothers sent her little one to get the key to the building and while he was gone another woman came by and said that the reason there was no church was that there was no electricity.  Well, that didn't seem to bother the ones who wanted a service.  They were positive that there were candles in the building.

After retrieving the key, getting inside and making an exhaustive search for candles with no luck...we ended up having a very short service in the dark.  Tom opened up with prayer and then asked the kids if they knew any songs we could sing.  The kids were pretty excited to be included in the service and sang Jesus Loves the Little Children and If You're Happy and You Know It loudly and with lots of gusto.

Following the songs Tom read a passage of scripture and then did a short devotional on the passage.  He asked people for feedback and several of the children chimed in with great answers.  We sang one more song, closed with prayer and promised to come again next week.

It was our first time being in a service completely in the dark.  And on the drive home I realized how beautiful and impactful that simple time of fellowship was.  Not having electricity didn't seem to phase anyone.  There are families here who live without it.  Electricity is expensive and from time to time it goes out for a whole section of town for a few hours.

But last night The Light showed up and filled the church with love...and isn't that how it's supposed to be?!  

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

This cake recipe has two simple ingredients...sounds like a winner!

Gotta give this a try!

One Cake mix
1 -15 ounce can 100% pumpkin- puree, not pumpkin pie filling

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl mix cake mix with pumpkin filling using a hand mixer or a stand mixer. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour batter into a greased 7 x 11 inch baking dish. Bake for 28 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting. Serves 8.

Apple Cider Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2 T. apple cider
1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice

In a small bowl blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour over Pumpkin Cake letting it drizzle down the sides of the cake. Let set before covering. 




Monday, September 26, 2011

Gifts and more gifts




We are so grateful for the donation of a Play Therapy Kit from Sara and Ryan in New York.  It will help young children to express themselves in a counseling session whether they are verbal or pre-verbal.

The kit includes:
1 large black bag (to hold everything when not in use)

dustpan and small broom
plastic food
scribble pad
place mat for clay
construction paper
baby doll
cars, truck, tractor
puppets: bear, dog, panda, monkey, pig, elephant
baby blanket
marbles
wolf
ocean animals
army men
plastic firefighters and police officers
snake
wild animals
two alligators
dinner set
lego like toys
sand toys
pacifier
watch
dart gun
machine gun
blocks:alphabet
cooking set
money set
hand tools
doctor set
modeling clay
baby bottle
jump rope
bop bag
foam ball
pipe cleaners
dollhouse
musical instruments
mobile phones
chalkboard
dry erase board
colored chalk
crayons
colored pencils
two plastic tubs
princess set of hair combs,blow dryer, brush and mirror
bendable happy face figurine
handcuffs
masks
knife
glue
scissors
sheriff badge
finger paint
shopping bag filled with dress up jewelry
tape
bandages
sponge
tissue
markers
Popsicle sticks
toy watch


counting the gifts of life to 1000 and beyond...
291. play therapy set
292. meeting a friend of Spencer's on Skype
293. chatting with my father on the phone
294. slowing down and waking up
295. meditation on being alive in Christ (Col. 2:13)
296. connecting with family on Facebook
297. Google video chat with Tom while in the same room!
298. meditation on my debt being nailed to the cross (Col. 2:14)
299. fireflies lighting up the sky
300. fireworks to celebrate 30 years of Belize as an independent country

301. brilliant stars
302. kettle corn that turns out perfectly
303. finding more friends on Google+
304. an email from a friend I had not heard from in a long while
305. enjoying music from the movie Fighting Temptations
306. watching the funeral of the Father of Belize, the Honorable George C. Price, on television



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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Belize turns 30...and is in mourning

On Monday the founding father of Belize, The Honorable George C. Price, passed away...funeral services are on Saturday.  Condolences have been pouring in all week.  One was even sent by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.  I am just starting to learn who this honorable man was.  Two words that keep coming up to describe him are service and humility.


Yesterday Belize celebrated the 30th anniversary of her independence and the first without her founding father...he will be greatly missed.  We have heard that Monday will be a public holiday in honor of the late George Price.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Thought for Today

This photo was taken in Belize City at A Call To Worship.  It was an incredible time of rejoicing.  The dancers, flag bearers and worship team all did an excellent job.  It was more than a concert...it was church!




Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

We had barbecue the other day and I wanted to make cole slaw to go with it but we were out of cabbage so I decided to try using apples instead...turned out great!

I didn't really have a recipe but here is what I put together:

Alida's Last Minute Apple Slaw
1 large Golden Delicious apple, cut into matchsticks
1 carrot, shredded
4-5 broccoli florets, diced
1 tsp Tarragon vinegar
mayonnaise to taste

It was simple to make, yummy to eat, and yielded just enough for the two of us...works for me!




Monday, September 19, 2011

feeling full and still counting...

I made a more conscious effort this week to write down my blessings daily instead of putting it off until today.

Here is my simple list of gifts from God this week:


263. a worship team made up of people from 9 different churches of various denominations.


264.  Worship dancers and flag bearers.


265.  Praising Him as King.


266.  colors and words that captivate the eye and touch the heart.


267.  Celebrating 30 years of Belize being an independent country.


268. Knowing Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.


269.  Meditating on our fullness in Christ.


270.  Watching Rodwel grow as a speaker.

271.  cool breezes on a rainy day.
272.  Studying about the Mystery who adds fullness to our lives in Colossians 1:25-27
273.  a loyal dog who barks at the garbage collectors and passersby to keep our property secure.
274.  garbage collectors who do their job even in the rain.
275.  quiet days at home.
276.  hot chocolate with cinnamon.
277.  a double feature of Indiana Jones and True Grit in our living room.
278.  praying with Tom
279.  birds who sing rain or shine.
280.  Quiet time with the One in Whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are found.
281.  a week of sleeping without using a sleep aid.
282.  time in the hair salon enjoying Kriol being spoken.
283.  beginning to understand the joy that grows out of Thankfulness.
284.  text messaging with Nathan
285.  the energy to work.
286.  sharing my freshly baked cinnamon rolls with those who have never had them before.
287.  realizing the need to surrender and let life happen.
288.  Camillah, Angie, Femmy and Moi singing on the worship team for the first time.
289.  Skype with Spencer.


290.  appreciating the lavish blessings that come from the attempt to live a simple life.


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Friday, September 16, 2011

Road Trip!!

So excited about tonight...we are taking a group of youth up to Belize City for a worship concert. 

 We'll have an hour on the road each way so the car time will most likely be filled with laughter and snacks.  

So what are your plans for the weekend?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I wonder...

I wonder how long you can be at the stop sign before it's considered parking?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thought for today

May we rejoice along with creation over being known and may we seek to know Him more.






Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

I have finally joined Pinterest and oh my goodness is it addictive!

Friends kept mentioning it...and I resisted for as long as possible.  Resistance is futile.  What I like about this virtual cork board is that anything I find of interest on the internet can be pinned there.  A recipe, a photo. a video, a book I am thinking of purchasing...can all be stored in different categories without having to bookmark each individual site on my computer.

What a great concept.  And so far I am finding all sorts of treasures on my own and from things my friends have pinned on their boards.  Check it out if you dare...  just remember it will be hard to back away once you get started!


You can see the recipes I have pinned in hopes of trying by clicking here

I am especially eager to try this Chicken Parmesan Burger:


Happy Tasty Tuesday!







Monday, September 12, 2011

1000 Gifts

Counting the gifts:



251.  Spencer having the experience of a life time in Togo

252.  hearing stories about their work in the orphanage.

253. they were able to teach on the radio to three different countries.

254.  Watching Tom and Harley napping in the afternoon.

255.  finally being armed with cellphones to capture Tom rapping on video



256.  Tom rapping for the second time for those who missed it.

257.  so grateful for our new furniture which helped our house to become a home



258.  Having three of the youth from church come over to use the internet on Friday.  It was a blessing to be able to provide this luxury for those who don't have internet at home.

259.  having opportunities to say yes to God.

260.  quiet times capturing birds in the front yard.

261.  discovering Pinterest!

262.  Nathan's new job with Archie McPhee.  After making the move to a new state he spent three months diligently sending out applications and going on job interviews and it paid off with a job that he enjoys.




Friday, September 09, 2011

Images from the yard





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Woodpeckers can be annoyinginspiration for  life lessons, and provide opportunities for enjoying creation.  I am so grateful to have finally had an experience with a woodpecker that didn't involve me waking up two hours before my alarm clock goes off!  

Enjoy your weekend!