one of the best things I did with my daughter so far was to wake up 5:30am while the sun rose to pray for our family & friends back at home. As a mom, seeing her heart through prayer is amazing.
I blog this every year and now know this hymn by heart. And every year this hymn gets stronger in my heart as a lifesong, a truth undeniable that humbles me to reflect on His goodness. By His grace, “since He lives, I also will live.” (john14.19). The longer serve Him, the sweeter He grows, The more that I love Him, more love He bestows; Each day is like heaven, my heart overflows, The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows. The longer serve Him, the sweeter He grows, The more that I love Him, more love He bestows; Each day is like heaven, my heart overflows, The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows. Since I started for the Kingdom, Since my life He controls, Since I gave my heart to Jesus, The longer I serve Him, The sweeter He grows. Ev’ry need He is supplying, Plenteous grace He bestows; Ev’ry day my way gets brighter, The longer I serve Him, The sweeter He grows. “The Longer I Serve Him” Thank you Lord for the love you have started in me, and have shown me through the years. Ever since I surrendered my heart to you, You […]
Most children’s parties in the US lack the entertainment that both grab the attention of the children AND the parents. Well, (WELL!) … Emma, Zi, and Isabel (their cousin from the Ababa side) had no such party. They had Jollibee. Jollibee has a DJ. Yes, the children danced to really tribal inducing tunes, tunes that lingered days after the party, even unwillingly. Jollibee was no joke. When he came into the room to greet the girls who had their eyes tightly shut, they screamed and smiled in delight. Normal bees don’t get this type of attention. But Jollibee, oh no…he’s quite different. He’s got moves that would make a Lola blush AND her teenage granddaughter. Not only did he dance with Emma, Zi, and Isabel, he danced with Tito Benex, Isa’s yaya, and Lolo & Lola. Zienne was so amazed he came to her party, live, in person. So much, that she kissed him several times, hugged him, danced, laughed, talked, and confirmed their friendship by saying, “see you tomorrow!” Did I mention she was sick with a cold during her party? It was unapparent when Jollibee was in the room. She was in such elation, she even ate so […]
my, things have changed since 2007. guess where i am now. just guess. if you’ve travelled within the last 2 years, you’d probably think it was no big deal, but oh it is! It is! i’m in the air. yes. This is my first time blogging thousands of feet up in the air. No, not in a hot air balloon. Not on the wicked witch of the east’s flying monkey. Inside an airplane. When did this happen- free wi-fi? I was even able to let my family know that I’m doing ok, that the kids are well and sleeping, on Facebook. Has it blown your mind yet or am I over obsessing over a molehill? Anyway, we’ve been in the air for only about 30 mins. and Emma asks, “are we in the Philippines yet?” Only in the movies, my love. However, Zienne is fast asleep. I found out something about my little diva. If you prepare her before doing something, she’s more likely to comply than when you surprise her with it in that moment you need her to do something. To my surprised, she let me put earplugs in her ears because on the drive to […]
Just wanted to let my family know how much I love them. Did I tell you? I love you… Thank you for all your help preparing. I don’t know how Perze does it, living so far from his family. It makes me sad because that’s how I would be if we were that apart. I always pray to God for you everyday. His will is perfect, so I know that’s what I pray for, for you.
hi team. we’re about to leave in a couple of hours, so I just wanted to encourage you with an incredible verse that is dear to my heart while I was in college: Zeph3:17 “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” It resonates now as a promise that God’s love over me is active and not just a passive thought or emotion. He will fight for me. And as every woman will attest, that act of devotion only comes from those that love you the most. Not only will he stand by you, and fight for you, He delights in you, in every crevice of what makes you you. And His love will cover even the parts that hurt Him the most. He covers that with audible adoration. What I love most about this verse is that it is one of the very few Biblical verses that connotes the imagery of God in all of His glory, singing. Singing over us. His song is what captures me. I hope the weeks we’re not […]
I like to make us match. When I was young, I used to think couples who did this were rad. Now I think we’re pretty rad.