Saturday, January 31, 2009

MIRACLE on the Hudson

Did you see this? Never believe miracles do NOT happen today, for they do. I do believe this was a miracle! The crew, the circumstances ~~ GOD intervention. Rex Babin is the artist and I think it speaks clearly. To all the passengers, thank you for you courage and bravery ... to all the crew members and pilots, thank you for being heroes in today's world... to all the rescue and cleanup crews, thank you for doing your jobs excellently! What do you think?
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Meridian, IDAHO .. Buffalo Wild Wings

GRAND OPENING TODAY. Buffalo Wild Wings opens in Meridian IDAHO. It's located on Eagle Road by St. Lukes Hospital. It's great to see a chain of restuarants open up. Congratulations! oh and BTW, paulie (aka Butters) is in the kitchen drummin' on the ol' banjo!!! have a great day. How 'bout them Arizona Cardinals!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

b e a u t i f u l ... true beauty!


I haven't a clue who this woman is, however she is native American and beautiful.... but what beauty! what a life! what stories she must possess. To live this long, to love the Lord this long ... and without regrets. I bet she could laugh us under the table. What beauty do you hold?
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television interview


.... yes, the local Lesotho television station came out and did an interview with Delrine (from Youth for Christ), Me' Neo and me. it's a little bit hard to understand as they speak "queens" English ~~~ however, we can make a difference WHEREVER we are! I so believe this. make a difference today in your world (let me know what you did!). and rumor has it I owe ice cream to everyone on teamAFRICA ... (maybe they won't remember) anyways, let's all head to DQ!! have a great day.

Monday, January 26, 2009

cold!! frigid!!! very very cold!!

do you get the idea? I know it is winter, but it's freezing ~ actually, way below freezing. It is 19 degrees. Nothing good happens at 19 degrees!! But a bit of good news, for the FIRST time since January 13 the sun appeared yesterday. I actually watched the sunset!! It was still cold!! have a great week. And Goooooooooo Cardinals! have fun at the Super Bowl! xoxoxo, m

Sunday, January 25, 2009

N E W S F L A S H !!!

GREAT NEWS!! I mean the bestest news ............. ALL 27 OF THE CHILDREN ARE MOVED INTO THE NEW FACILITY. I could barely stand it!! I am soooooooooooooo excited. they are in their new home. the last photo is of an empty bed with out a mattress etc. (however, Hans is lounging!) ... and now, clothes in the closet, food in the kitchen, kids in their rooms and beds!!! they have a well .......... an awesome well to draw water!! essential for growing and 2, not 1 but 2 cinderblock toilets!!!! yea! yea! yea!! I will bribe anyone that can get me a photo of the move in day!!! love, m
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Saturday, January 24, 2009

weight watchers

okay first week, over with and heading in the right direction! but, doesn't everyone lose weight the first week. time to buckle down and just do this!! I was told that weight watchers online, etools, is excellent. I guess I will check that out this week too. have a great weekend. love, m

Friday, January 23, 2009

all in a days work ~~~> play

It's all about the children. These two handsome guys are the Youth for Christ interns. Full loving, funny, very informative and a huge heart for the Lord ~ Richard and Kent. They are from Johannsburg... joyfully they worked with us and put up with us Americans for the entire trip. They built my team a puppet stage; most materials were donated ~ so the entire cost was $1.00 USD. Singing, playing, being creative, a whole lot of learning went on. The chldren were so eager to teach us their language, and had too much fun as we made our linguistic errors! The woman sitting on the blanket working next to Charity is Me' Neo, she is 57 years old, and is in charge of raising 27 children. This is her family. The last photo is where they have been living. We were able to complete a cinder block facility which is HUGE, painted beautifully, two outhouses, one large well .. and they will have security for this facility. I haven't heard when they will be moving in ... I'm hoping soon. It's all about the children. Oh, and the beds!! they have bunk beds!! made out of wood. How exciting. For all of you that purchased Entertainment Books ..... thank you! Everything that needed to be purchased ~ got purchased. And they are so humbly thankful. The Lesotho people (Basotho's) are joyful and very loving. Have a great day.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Good Fellas' ... the movie

it's gotta be a guy thingy! what is it about this movie???? oh my and oh well! It's not high on my list .... so, I tolerate it. I've snuck off to my office to plow through the piles. Literally, plowing .... it's a mess! I will be purging a LOT of things and making happy boxes for everyone!! have a great evening. love, m I'm hoping someone rescues me from this!!

project appointment .... I am so excited!!

okay, I've been home one week. FINALLY, through the jetlag! hey, that jetlaggy stuff is real .... trust me!! and I am less and less cloudy/foggy (not inversion!) in my mind! and I've been invited to crop/create today! yea! I am thrilled b/c I haven't really created anything ..... seriously in a loooooooooooooong time. Thanks Lori and Jen for the invite! I'll be there totally. and then I read this ....
Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV) The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love ; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. Over at the faith sisters blog they have a challenge .... God loves you. WOW! this is wonderful. Dare to share .... how God loves YOU?!!! He does, minute by minute ~ He is crazy about YOU! and even through the "messier" moments toooo.

dear friendO' mine today, that we spoke ~ you are NOT alone ... it's about your character not comfort. Hang on and live today. what are friends for? doing real life together!!!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

don't fall apart & wait ....

I don't normally post devo's but this one ~ I just have too. 2 Corinthians 12:9 & 1 Kings 2:3. Get away and be alone, spend some time with God. No matter where you are, what you're going through, your age, WITHOUT GOD ... you will get tired, worn out and weary. Who wants that? However, God never tires, gets weary, He is crazy about you and desires the best for YOU. God is wanting and willing to increase your strength (Isaiah 40:29-31) ... need strengthened? and then when you do pray ... be expectant, look for and hope in God. God is your pioneer of your pilgrim journey. He has already gone before you and made a way for you. Have a blessed day and invest in your relationships!! psst ... I'm available for coffee just with YOU. love, m

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

In (with the new) & Out (with the old)

okay .. two posts in one day ~ what can I say?!! In with our new 44th President (Obama), and out with our former President (Bush). Good luck and God bless this free Nation.
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Inauguration Day!

It's here. Change is happening. What a historical moment. As they said about JFK in 1961 (I had to read about it in history books ~ I ain't that old!). And, truly the government will be upon His shoulder. Consider where our Nation has been, and where it will go. Dream big. Be apart of the solution! Have a great day.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Washington D.C.

to be there!! Capital Hill, Georgetown, down by the Capital, by the Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue .... the nation is a buzz ~ change to come. This is historical. Whether you voted for O'bama or didn't .... this is historical. I challenge you to view the inauguration ... watch the festivities ... and consider all that our Nation has ... and what our Nation will continue to do. To my friends in Baltimore and near the area ~~~~> have fun and tons of it!! Missing you all dearly. Enjoy the day. xoxo, m

Sunday, January 18, 2009

H A N D S ... what are they saying?

I hope this photo comes through .. it speaks volumes to me! hands what do they say? what do they do? Whose holding your hand? Whose hand are you holding? What can your hands do? What should they be doing? What do you want them to do? I have often been caught saying "helping hands," and I say this out of love ... to serve! ALL OF YOU have been my helping hands, whether in Lesotho or here in Meridian IDAHO or in St. Louis ~~ you all helped me get to S. Africa, for without YOU ... I couldn't have done this trip. Thank you seems so small .... humbly and with a grateful heart I so thank you for the blessings, miracles, blankets, and all the work that was accomplished on your behalf and supporting teamAFRICA. Hope you have a great week. love, m

Saturday, January 17, 2009

not failure but feedback

well dang-it-all I'm in feedback. I was quite successful in losing weight last year (2008) and have had some major bumps on the road of life .... all of that to say "back in the saddle A G A I N!" Joined WW today .... and here we go! any takers with me? They say "hand in hand makes the road better!" So, today I begin ...

Friday, January 16, 2009

spring forth ..... W A T E R

Rumor has it the well has water springing forth. Yiipppppeeeeee!! do you know what that means? the children can move into their new home!! I'm not sure of the timeframe ... but this is a reality ~ better sleeping arrangements, better living space, better well, better health, ...... Oh happy day!!! W A T E R!!!!! What is a necessity you think you'd miss the most??? have a great weekend ~ stay warm ~ and enjoy the company you're with! love, m
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

TIME = RELATIONSHIPS .... lesson learned!!

This was a lesson learned. The kids, the beauty of the land (that's a rain cactus ~ only blooms when it is going to rain!) yes puppets go to church and they sing, and they laugh and they teach too! and just hanging out. So happy Thursday! Will you take time to invest in relationships? Maybe an accquiantance, maybe a relative, maybe a spouse, maybe a new friend, maybe an old friend ~~~ enjoy it ... let what happens happen .... tell me about it!! xoxoxo, M
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Year's Day PARTAAAAAY!! (party)


This was it!! It speaks of what we were all about .... closeness, revealing and sharing God's love, reading God's true word, and just loving these kids. Feeding these kids was joyful b/c they have 5 meals a week. And the laughter and joy and love of Jesus is igniting!!
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

back in the US of A!!!

hey you all ............ home again home again jiggedy jigg!!! and Happy New Year 2009. Have I got glory stories, have I got photos ..... I can't wait to share them!! I'm a bit tired ~ monday was a 37 hour day ~ don't ever believe there are only 24 hours in a day ... it all depends on where you begin and end the day! trust me on this one. So, glad to be home, to see douglas ...... home is where you hang your heart. How's your home?

love, m