Monday, June 18, 2012

My Half Birthday

I must share that I have the best husband in the entire world. Last week, amongst the craziness of life, he remembered that is was my half-birthday and he surprised me with gifts, flowers, and candles. He had this planned far enough in advance to have something brought over for me from the States with the team that was here. A iMac Magic Mouse. What a guy!

Thankfully we had made brownies for dessert that night and he used it as my cake. To stay in the theme of "half" he put half the amount of candles on one-half of the cake. He's not only wonderful but clever!

To clarify why he surprised me with a half celebration, it is because my birthday is in December along with our anniversary and Christmas. He always feels like I get gypped because of that and we've joked about having half-birthdays and anniversaries but never have done it before.

Thanks Babe-love you so much!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Where Has the Time Gone?

Where has the time gone? I seem to find myself thinking about this often these past few weeks. I have so many things that I want to share but the time hasn't allowed for that. I'm not even sure where to start.

* The O'Tools left us about three-and-half weeks ago and things have been very hectic since their departure. We miss them greatly but are so thankful that they can be back in the States with family and friends at this time. They are also busy traveling to churches and sharing about Restoring Hope Village and the work that is being done here.

Louie and Amber are a true blessing to us as friends and co-workers here at The Village. The Lord gave them to us as partners in His work at Restoring Hope Village and we are better servants for the Lord with them along side us. We miss you guys a lot and can't wait until your return in September.

* Our little Charlie turned 6 months about 2 weeks ago. He already has 2 teeth, has become very mobile with rolling over and over and can push himself backwards underneath the couch. He loves giggling, eating his toes and recently has started growling at everyone. He's such a perfect little addition to our family-we love you little Charlie!

* Construction at The Village is full steam ahead. The Lord has provided the funding to get our volunteer/guest housing started. Our first project was the Guest House that is a fully self-sufficient house for our volunteers that here for more than 2 weeks. Currently we have 3 girls here for various lengths this Winter (your summer) ranging from 2 months to 8 months.

We also have started our team bunk house and team kitchen and lounge area. We will be hosting 4 teams during the next 3 months and we pray that these areas will be done enough to be in use by July.

Right now we have a team from Point of Grace Church here helping us finish the playground Castle structure for The Village. It is requiring lots of heavy lifting and even though the team is small in number they are giving it their all and getting lots accomplished. Thank You Jean, David-Louis, and Frankie.

* We also have many more blessings to share but that will be for another post.
Let us know what you think about the Castle Playground!