Monday, January 26, 2009

Update on Hannah

As I've been reading some of your comments I realized that several of you did not realize that my cousin Hannah had moved back to TN. I posted an update over on my NYMission blog but we haven't posted anything on here. Though we were sad to see her go home early, we are so glad to have had her help when we did. She had an amazing attitude and missionary-like flexibility, and was here when we needed her most. It has opened things up in the apartment a little, though we have moments of having our hands extra full. We are excited about her college pursuits, and will forever be grateful for her willingness serve with us here in NYC for a brief season.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Last Wednesday night Freddy and I got a chance to go out on a date. When we got out of the building he asked me to choose Option A or Option B. He had in his head two destinations and I had to pick which one we went to first. I chose option B, so we hopped in a cab and headed to Barnes and Noble. He darted to the NYC section with a book in mind. At last he found it and we made the purchase. We walked away with New York's 50 Best Places to Find Peace and Quiet. Can you believe it? It's the perfect book for us right now!

Listen to one of the top 50:

Yelo (

" The somnolence begins inside this specially designed YeloCab- virtually soundproof, honeycomb-shaped sleep pod. A soft recliner surrounds you like a beige leather cocoon, elevating your legs for a feeling of weightlessness that slows your heart rate You customize the colors of the unique LED lighting system to wake you from slumber with soothing, simulated daylight, and select from a choice of calming music or soporific environmental soundtracks. The effect is magical and immediate- like mainlining melatonin with none of the risks."

$12 for 20 minutes
$24 for 40 minutes

I'm sure its worth every soon as I get the chance I'm there!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

2 Months: Twins (and a few extras)

Lillie and Elliott hit their 2 month mark on the 7th. I guess at this rate you can expect the monthly pictures to be about a week late. I did take the picture on the right date, its just finding a few minutes to get it from the camera to the computer to the blog.

They are really filling out. Newborn clothing is getting a little snug and they are comfortably fitting into their 0-3 month sizes. Great Gran is here right now helping us out and over the next month or so we'll have more help coming up. When people are here it makes me wonder how in the world I do it by myself when its just me and the three kiddos. As Gran says "its a 3-ring circus" around here. Very rarely is it quiet. Someone is always crying, needing a diaper change, hungry, wanting a snack, needing apple juice, wanting to "build something", wanting me to "sit right here", etc... I'm still getting about the same amount of sleep. I think we are finally making it to a 4 hour stretch from one feeding to another, its helpful but I'm still longing for them to make it a little longer.

Jack is full of personality. He loves to see what Lillie and Elliott are doing. He asks to feed them, but that really means hold them because he'll find a seat and hold out his hands. He thinks Elliott should be able to play like he does, "Elliott sit here, wanna racecar?" and he told Lillie she was pretty this morning "Lillie, pretty Lillie". He had his first baking experience with me a few days ago, we made chocolate chip cookies. He dropped the butter in and also helped me mix the dough. He also got to try chocolate chip cookie dough, I think he liked it.

Please keep praying for our perseverance to make it through these hard, early days. We are having fun, but we are tired. Pray for strength and energy and wisdom as we try to raise these little blessings. Enjoy the pictures.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

A year ago Freddy and I took a day and went to the Larson's lake house to reflect on 2007 and set goals and make a plan for 2008. His goals were written in blue, mine in red, and things we wanted to accomplish together in black. We felt good about our plan.

Proverbs 16:9
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

That's the verse that comes to mind when I consider all that 2008 held. We started the year as a family of 3, living in a house in a neighborhood, 2 cars, a job with a secure income, in Clarksville, TN surrounded by most of our family. We ended the year as a family of 5, living in an apartment an the 19th floor, no car, raising our support to do ministry in the most strategic city in the world, the place God has called our family to plant our lives, New York City.

What a year! I could have never guessed all that would take place. I'm glad I didn't know. Knowing I'd be living in NYC would have been scary, doing it with a 2 year old and twins would have sent me over the edge. God has been gracious to me and to us as a family. He has given us the strength and faith and excitement to follow his call. I think my natural tendency would be to face 2009 a little scared, leery of what is coming that I don't know about, but I'm choosing something different. I'm facing 2009 with faith. Faith that God knows what is best for me, faith that he will see our family through each day and give us new mercies each morning.

I'm excited about the new year. It's a fresh start in a new place. Hopefully we are finally getting settled, maybe no major life changes will take place this year, but if they do come I know God will see us through them and prove himself faithful once again.

Happy New Year Everyone!