Our work limits what I can share because we want to be sensitive about privacy issues and, the fact is, ministry is messy and everyone doesn't need to know every last little detail. But while I'm limited in what I can write about ministry-wise, I'm pretty free with other aspects of our lives, and with the crazy that
One of my 'projects' recently has been figuring out what to have my daughter put into the suitcase that a friend is bringing for us. In case you have ever wondered what missionaries stuff into their suitcases, here's an abbreviated list of things we've been ordering online or having Tina buy:
cheap mechanical pencils
Ranch dressing mixes and craisins
a can of cranberry sauce (for Thanksgiving!)
jeans for Ivan (from Goodwill)
several books to help me with the English class
several months worth of Shaklee vitamins and supplements
radio/amplifier to use with 'Gloria'**
tools for Ivan
fabric (of course!)
[**'Gloria' is a little machine that has the music for all the songs in our hymnal. We just press the buttons for the number of the hymn...a very handy "tool" since neither Adriana or I play piano. But not worth much if you can't hear the music! So the amplifier is also a handy little tool :) ]
But I didn't even have to wait for the suitcase to receive a special, early birthday present -- it came in the mail! My sweet SIL, Rita, sent these early since she figured I could use them more now while it's winter*** than around my birthday in December when it's REALLY blazing hot :) Thank you Rita!!!
SO SOFT. Luuuuuurve!
[***Not to rub it in or anything *cough, cough* but it's 81° here today -- the equivalent to mid-February for our friends in the northern hemisphere.]
Received the sad news that my niece, Elizabeth, became a widow today after her husband passed away very unexpectedly. She and Mike had been married less than 10 years and had so many plans and dreams for their future together. Pray for her, won't you?