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Today at lunch, our 2 year old son exclaimed, “I so happy today.”  

Too cute!!!!  
 

This was last week on an afternoon he said he didnt need a nap. 😊

 

My Mother in Law

I know I mentioned in one of my Mongolian posts about how my mother in law was staying with us and we were caring for her because she was unable to because of lung cancer.  She spent about 1 & 1/2 months here in our home, during that time she had two hospital visits.  For the most part her time here was beautiful and she thoroughly enjoyed our noisy household.  We turned our office into a room for her and even though she couldn’t leave her bed much, she enjoyed hearing the noise and being that the office was on the main floor, our children could pop in and out.

We enjoyed a lovely Christmas together, but just a couple days after Christmas, we could see that she was declining in health.  On Dec. 30, we had to make the difficult decision of moving her into palliative care.  She was just too weak for us to help and her breathing was getting worse.  We stayed night and day with her there and on Wednesday, Jan 4/17 at 11:30am, she breathed her last with my husband and mother by her side holding her hands.  I had spent the night with my husband and her and had come home to make sure the children were ok and get a shower.  I was just heading back when my husband texted me to let me know she was dying and I so wanted to be there with my husband, but it wasn’t in God’s plan.

Even though the past couple months have been difficult and filled with tears, we have beautiful memories and  God faithfully lead us each step of the way.  I’d have fears and questions pop up and I’d wonder how we would handle such and such, but every time those questions were answered and a way I never imagined.  God is good even in the difficult and sad times.

Tomorrow is going to be a difficult day. 😢 A beautiful service is planned to honour my dear mother in law. The burial will take place in the spring so it won’t be completely over tomorrow…..

Pray for comfort and peace as we go through the afternoon tomorrow.

Rest in peace, dear mother of my husband, I promise to take loving care of your dear son. ❤️❤️ I know he meant the world to you as he does to me and I’m thankful for him and for you for raising a wonderful son who became my own dear husband.

You will not be forgotten and we will treasure you always in our hearts and your memories will be shared with our children so that they will remember you too.

Helen Mary Haas

July 29/47 – Jan. 4/17

 

Mongolia – Part 2

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He loved this kitten so much.  Her name was Ellie 😀

It was so good to arrive at our friend’s home and have the long flights behind us.  We had traveled over 16 hours in a plane and then 7 hours by van. So unloading the suitcases and making ourselves at home was nice.  We had brought over many things for our friends, so it was almost like Christmas with all the goodies.  LOL   Our first day was spent visiting, napping and more visiting.  During that whole week we spent at our friends house, we helped harvest their carrots, potatoes, cabbages, beets and turnips.   Plus I helped the children do school and of course, we enjoyed lots of visiting.

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Such a precious smile!  He was such a perfect traveler, it was amazing. 

 

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The days were packed full, but it was so good to be there helping and  we made such special memories.  I was expecting the days to be colder, but a few afternoons, it was warm enough to be outside without a jacket.  Once the sun disappeared behind the hills, or the wind picked up, it cooled down quickly.  So you kept your jacket close.  We worked hard each day and on Thursday, or actually it may have been Friday, that we took a trip across the countryside to some hot springs.  More on that in Part 3 🙂

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I just wanted to add a short side note here…

My hubby’s mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer  last month.  She has come to stay with us when not in the hospital, because she is unable to take care of herself.  We are taking it one day at a time here as we don’t know how she will be feeling from one day to the next.  Thankfully she is not in pain, but she is very short of breath and has to be on oxygen all the time.  We are trying many natural treatments and she may start chemo next week depending on how she is feeling.   She is very weak and the doctor is concerned to try chemo because of that.  Prayers appreciated for her and that she would feel God’s peace surrounding her.  It’s hard, but God’s grace has been sustaining us all through this.

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Mongolia – Part 1

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Happy faces before our flight to Beijing 🙂

This past September, our second oldest daughter, our youngest son and I took a trip the far way land of Mongolia.   Why Mongolia you may ask??  The reason was we really wanted to visit some friends there as our daughter’s best friend lives there with her family.   We left on a Wednesday evening and arrived in Beijing Thursday evening and that is when the “fun” began. We had just a 2 hour layover and since we arrived late, had to collect our luggage and catch the 20 or so minute shuttle bus to another terminal, we arrived at that check in just 10 minutes before our next plane was to leave.  We were told the check in was already closed and we had to wait until the next flight the next evening.  Talk about disappointing and scary!   After a numerous times, I was able to finally get on wifi and let my hubby know back home that we missed our flight and ask him to let our friends know.  I was in tears, but felt peace that God was going to take care of us.    We found some benches and tried to slept.  That was one long night…..  The next morning at 9am I called the airline we were taking and told them my story and they told me that seats were available on the evening flight, but they  could not hold any for me.  They told me to come to the check in at 6pm.  So I spent the day praying that we would get on that flight.  Thankfully our youngest was such a great traveler and we nap and just walked around the terminal.  6pm comes and I go to check in and hear the dreaded news, “I’m sorry, but there are no seats available.”  I was in tears, I could not imagine another night and day in the airport.  I told them that and they said come back at 8pm.  So that whole time I’m pleading with God to please get on us that plane.  Finally it’s 8pm, I go to check in and they call me over and start filling out forms and check in our luggage  and the next thing I know I have real tickets in my hand!  Thank you Lord!!  (I should mention that they said maybe we could go on standby) But here we had real tickets with seat numbers and the girl told us to hurry to your gate.  So off we ran! My poor daughter was feeling a bit sick and struggled to keep up with her mom, but I was not going to miss that plane!  LOL  We were one of the last people on the plane, but I was just so happy to be on the plane!!

Landing in Mongolia and picking up our luggage was uneventful and quick and the next thing we knew we were with familiar faces.  Such joy!!

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We had a 7 hour drive to our friend’s home.  Most was at night, so we didn’t see the landscape on route until our way back to the airport just a week later.

I’ll share more about our trip and try to update on what’s going on here at our homestead too.  Much to share.

More coming!

The Ocean and Sunshine

Last month hubby had a business trip to California and the baby and I went along to keep him company. 😊  The three of us were gone 2 weeks and during that time hubby and I enjoyed spending time together and enjoying the sights. We spent a couple nights in Boulder city in Nevada and then drove on to California where we have friends that we could stay with while away. We were blessed to be able to stay with them the whole time and we enjoyed our visit and also could do our business while there. I enjoy going on business trips with hubby, but I miss the rest of our children at home and so wish we could have them with us too.  They would enjoy the interesting places!
Anyways my favourite times were when we spent it at the Pacific Ocean.  I love being by the ocean and could spend all day there.  I think next time we will have to plan a whole day there and rent bikes and bike along the coast.

Our future driver….  we were just passing time while daddy was in the UPS store.  🙂

Joel was a great traveler, being 14 months he did very well on the plane and traveling in the car. I can’t say he was always happy in the car, but he did very well.


His first experience with the waves washing over his feet included a few tears, but once he got use to the feel of the sand on his toes, he then loved exploring the beach.

Anyway, I came back home refreshed and more then ready to be a full time mommy again.
We have gotten funny comments while away….  We look like the couple with one child and when they find out we have 8, it can be pretty funny!  I can’t think of any at the moment though……  Oh maybe I can….  One funny comment is, “Just wait until he gets older, then the “fun” begins.” (That is from those who think baby is our first)    LOL  we’ve been through this before….

I love every stage!  I feel so blessed.  ❤

Just a peek into what happened back in January.  🙂

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from our family to yours!!

2016 is here and it’s like a new page.  I’m looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us.

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Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

Rich Mullins

And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

Christmas 2015

It’s been about 4 years since we started to “keep” Christmas once again.   Long story short, my parents stopped keeping it when I was a child and it wasn’t until a few years ago, that hubby and I decided we wanted to do something for our children during this season.  We desire to keep this time focused on Jesus and what His coming to earth as a baby really means for us.

 

Anyways…..

We have been making our own family traditions over the past 4 years and it has been such a blessing to watch the children during this time and see how much they appreciate this.  We draw names the end of November with my parents included and each has a person they must make or buy a small gift for.  That has always been a lot of fun!  This year hubby got my name and I got his!  Fun!  Hubby and I also get each child two gifts each. Nothing extravagant, but gifts vary from toys, books, clothing or a musical instrument.  This year for a first, I sewed up some stockings for each of the children and told them they could help fill them.  They drew pictures, wrote cards, and sewed up some homemade gifts.  It ended up being a lot of fun for us all and a tradition I’m hoping planning to keep.  It was so much fun to watch them pull out the items!!  Gift opening time was fun and enjoyed by all.  Some get so excited with their gifts!  Our Nathaniel (12) loves to read, so of course new books are a big hit.  This year we bought for him some Adventure in Odyssey books that he hasn’t read or heard, so he was so thrilled!  He already is our dynamic child.  🙂  It’s good!!  Some of our other children can be hard to read what they are thinking….  😉

 

Our youngest happy with his new truck. He loves the balls that came with it. 🙂

This year we ate our special meal Christmas Eve and then opened up a gift each.  Christmas morning we read through Luke 2 and opened up our gifts afterwards.  Breakfast was homemade cinnamon buns.  Yum! We then spent a relaxed day together as a family plus we picked up hubby’s mom and she spent the afternoon and evening with us.  It was a lovely day and I look back on it with precious memories and I feel so blessed.  Meal wise, it was very easy as we had lots of left overs, plus Nana brought with her some sweet goodies to share, so a restful day indeed.  🙂

Joy to The world! the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev’ry heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world! the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonder wonders of His love