Saturday, December 8, 2012

The MOST Humbling Gift!

Only 8 months ago, we were searching for large sturdy cardboard boxes to help her insulate her tin walls...

Today, she brought me a gift...
Nancy's gift - beautiful cups with a spoon for each!

Literally, the tears started to flow.  And if it wouldn't have been just awkward, I could have sat there and sobbed!  

This was OUR Christmas party for our Girls With Vision.  
We had a beautiful meal planned - delectable treats and even sodas!  Singing, dancing and gifts for everyone.   
The BLESSINGS were for each of these amazing ladies!

Girls With Vision... they continue to teach ME so much about LIFE!
But after the festivities, the ladies sat US down.  
THEY had speeches... about lives that were changed - yes, because of training and opportunities, jobs start-ups and lots of love - but mostly because of JESUS!  
...These were their words.  

Then, they started to give their gifts!  
No, I never in 100 years expected a gift today.  
Honestly, I didn't really WANT a gift!  I know where these ladies live and how they struggle!   

Once again, I am being stretched... I am learning... 
I am BLESSED... 
These ladies have SO much to teach me!!!
The first time we visited Nancy - Sept 2011.  Her house is the one on the end - it goes up to the doorway. 

Nancy (on the left) in her home - where she lives with her 5 children.  You can see the cracks where cold and mosquitoes find easy entrance!  (There's cardboard covering these cracks now.)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

My Sam...

CRAZY Inventions From a Marvelous Boy!

Almost EVERY day, Sam has a project in mind - the moment he wakes up...

Building, creating, carving, inventing, cooking, mixing...
Hard work or dirt (especially dirt) never frighten him!

"Mom, I'm not the kind of kid that says, 
'I'd like to buy that'... I'd rather just make it myself!"  
Sam told me one morning, over a serious project...
A concoction under way... HOPEFULLY, it will explode!
MUCH of the time, his prediction is different than the outcome... often he gets very frustrated with his own limitations.

SOMEtimes though, there is an amazing moment when it really DOES work!  

EVERY time, with each attempt, I am amazed at my Sam!
A rubber band shooter... watch out, DAD!

A campsite for his "Indian (in the Cupboard)" With a REAL fire, of course!
 Often, as people watch my children, they comment...

"Abby is such a gifted dancer!

Nathan is an expert drummer!

What does Sam do?"

Sam has looked at me with teary eyes - more than once asking, "Mommy, do I have a gift?"

I choke up as I respond... 
"Oh, Sam!  So very many gifts!!!  PLEASE don't ever change!"

The Christmas tree was leaning crooked... I came into the room to find Sam had fixed it!

After mopping one day, I asked Sam to keep the dogs out so the floor would stay clean for our guests... he rigged up this bell to help him keep track - it worked!
He has admitted to me that he doesn't WANT my computer to break, but if it does, he'll be very excited to take it apart!

In my "minimalist" living goal, I cringe as he collects... springs from the ground, rubber from some one's trash, cool sticks, broken appliances... we're trying to live SIMPLY!!!  But, he truly has a PLAN for each item!

To me, just watching Sam at work reminds me of 
God's handiwork!

 You are the one
who put me together
    inside my mother’s body,
and I praise you
    because of
the wonderful way
    you created me.
Everything you do is marvelous!
    Of this I have no doubt.

Psalm 139:13-14

May we always see each other as the marvelous work of God's hands... 
May we experience and develop the gifts that God gave us, instead of wishing for the gifts He gave to someone else! 

He cut out the fabric and sewed his own pouch for his arrows

Hungry for some fries?... there is ALWAYS a way!
 I LOVE YOU, my precious SAM!!!

Making his own sword...