Sunday, March 1, 2015

"BMW" Blog Hop

I have the opportunity today to connect you with some fabulous other bloggers: other Baptist missionary ladies.  Now, for the sake of our acronym "BMW" (and hence the title of this post), we like to refer to this wonderful group of ladies as "Baptist Missionary Women."  Through this blog hop, you will be introduced to somewhere between 10-20 other ladies who serve on various fields throughout this world.

To those who are new here:  My hubby and I served as missionaries in Ukraine for ten years.  Two years ago, the Lord brought us back to the USA to take the Missions Department at Golden State Baptist College.  Missions runs deeply through our veins, and is the heartbeat of our family and ministry.  My hubby is a third-generation missionary and is a perfect fit for his role.

The only requirement given to me for this blog hop is to tell you 5 fun or interesting facts about myself, and then to send you to the next blog.  So, let's go!

1.  I have the awesome privilege of speaking in two conferences in the next two months.  The first one will be here in our home church in a little more than a week (just one session), and the second one will be somewhere that my eight-year-old daughter Brianna and I will be flying to.  I won't say where we are going just yet, because I want to create some sort of suspense here just to make it fun!

2.  My current favorite extra-curricular activity of the week is teaching "The Missionary's Wife" to 28 college ladies every Thursday.  I love being able to transfer what God has taught me {and is still teaching me} to the precious group of ladies He has put me over this semester.

3.  I have been surpassed in height, weight, shoe size, and hand size of my firstborn son who is only 12 years old!  Is that supposed to happen this early on?!  By the way, his shoe size is already bigger than his daddy's too.  I think we are rearing the Jolly Green Giant (and he loves it!)

4.  I bought myself a Costco card with my recent Christmas money.  We are a family of seven, and most people were surprised to find out we have never shopped at this money-saving warehouse of bulk items.  For fun, I have challenged myself to try to ONLY buy my groceries and housing needs from Costco, to see how the savings add up for awhile.  My choices are more limited there, and I have had to order a few things online from Amazon, but so far so good.  The biggest change I have noticed is how much more meat we now enjoy.  Hmmm.... I wonder if that has anything to do with #3?

5.  Our family of seven lives in a home that is 1,207 square feet (which is considered small in the USA), and I wouldn't have it any other way.  I love knowing where everyone is and what everyone is doing most of the time.  I also feel great satisfaction when all of us (except the one-year-old) can clean the whole house so quickly because of its smaller size.  Can't beat that!

Now, onto the real fun...

Now you get to visit Anne Williams, missionary's wife to the people groups of Burma.  Her blog is new to me as well, so let's get to know her together!  Click here for Anne's blog, and to learn five things about her too.
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To start at the very beginning of this blog hop, start by clicking here: Baptist Missionary Women
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

My In-Laws: Philip & Liz Sloan

The series that I started on introducing my hubby's amazing missionary family may take me awhile to get through, but I will certainly finish.  And, I believe you will be blessed if I do!  This family has long been a symbol of what it means to serve the Lord together in missions.  I often tell people that it is natural that my hubby is now teaching missions at Golden State Baptist College.  Missions is really all he has ever known his entire life (He is brilliant in many areas, but you know what I mean!), and speaking/teaching about missions is as natural for him as breathing.  Although it is natural, it certainly isn't monotonous!   He has a deep passion for missions and the Gospel, as does his entire family.
The next brother I would like to introduce you to is David's third brother Philip.  Philip has a natural gift for ministering to people.  He has been on the mission field of Mexico (as an adult) since 2003. After his father passed away, he took the pastorate of the church he grew up in that his father had started and pastored.  Philip grew the church to new heights with his youth and vision, and spent 10 years dedicating his life to that one work.  He and his angelic wife Liz (who literally has the voice of an angel) and their four boys have since moved to another part of Mexico to start a new work.  David and I are excited to see what the Lord is going to do through them in this new phase of ministry.

I enjoyed the opportunity to travel one year on my college's tour group with my (now) sister-in-law, Liz.  At the time we didn't know what the future held, but it is fun to look back now and realize that four of the seven of us who were on that group are now related in some way or another.  Before you start thinking our college was tiny, I assure you that it really wasn't.  The Sloans just had a way of saturating our college with their amazingness. :-)

We are proud of Philip and Liz and their four precious boys, and we are praying the Lord sees fit to eventually add some sweet pink (a girl!) to their little sports team.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Jesus is the Reason

The kiddos are snuggled in their beds in their new pajamas while hubby and I finish up some last-minute jobs before we retire for the night as well.  It is our family tradition to open one gift Christmas Eve, and that one gift is always a pair of new pajamas.  Now that the bigger kids are old enough to remember past years, this is one tradition they look forward to.  Even though they know what they are going to open, at least they don't know what they will look like.  Unless, of course, you are Micah (our nearly four-year-old) who is always with me when I go shopping.  Since I was choosing everyone's pajamas while he and Mackenzie (our baby) waited in the shopping cart, I went ahead and let him decide which ones he wanted.  Why not?  They still got wrapped, and he was still just as excited to open them as everyone else.  But, that kid lives in excited mode.  It is just one of the descriptions of a three-old boy.

We will be spending Christmas Day at home with just our own little family since our closest family is more than 1,000 miles away.  I guess since our own family really isn't too little anymore, it is going to be a houseful even without anyone else.  I am looking forward to the sounds that await us tomorrow morning.... the excited chatter of kids who just can't wait to open their gifts and the beautiful, traditional reading of Luke 2 by Daddy.  Our Brianna memorized that passage of Scripture in her 3rd grade class this fall, so she has asked if she can quote it for us.  There is nothing quite like the sound of hearing your children quote the Bible.

Christmas evening we really will have a houseful, as we are hosting the Golden State Baptist College students who were not able to go home for Christmas.  They will be coming to our home for their Christmas dessert (pies and cheesecake, anyone?).  We are greatly anticipating that time with them, as they really have become family to us now that we have dedicated our lives to teaching them! Another tradition our family has that they will get to participate in with us is that of having a birthday cake and happy birthday song for Jesus.  We even bought lots of candles for them to blow out with our kids.  If anything, they will have the opportunity to learn a new tradition that they might like to implement in their own families one day.

I want to wish each of you a very merry Christmas as you celebrate with your loved ones.  Not only is Jesus the reason for the season, He is THE reason for everything we do.  May we all remember to keep  Him at the center of our celebrations.  Merry Christmas!