Thursday, October 11, 2018

Kalena is 12!!

Kalena has turned 12 and I am trying to wrap my head around her being so old!! This sweet girl has brought so much laughter, happiness and fun to our household every day of her life. Since we first laied eyes on her we knew she was beautiful on the outside but it has been a joy to watch her grow to be a beauty on the inside as well. I love her heart and her zeal for life and for the Lord. She is an avid reader and some of her favorites are The Series of Unfortunate Events, Acendance Trillogy and Star Wars. She has so much fun with her daddy, sisters and brother. Her and I share really special times sipping tea and having late night talks. I love spending hours talking with her and hearing what is on her heart and mind. She is an amazing teacher even at her young age. She developed a grammar class for Katie and Andrew this year and she was their favorite teacher of all time. She is so creative, thoughtful and caring. Kalena is amazingly smart and we are consistantly finding new areas where she knows more than me. It’s kind of a fun game as we battle to see who knows more about different things as we go through homeschool. I am so proud of her and how she has embraced our move to Kazakhstan. She had to leave her friends and family whom she dearly loves and she is taking it all so well. She is a helper to me and I am so thankful for her support as we embark on all of our projects in Kazakhstan. 
Kalena I love you more than words can say. You will always be my sweet baby girl who has stollen my heart from the first moment of your life. How am I so blessed to have this girl as my own?!

























Womans Retreat

I love our church’s Womans retreat and Emily and I have shared some amazing weekends there together. I can’t wait until we can go together again someday! This picture was from 2012! It was such a great weekend and I loved sharing it with my sweet sister! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sewing Lessons!















Finished product! These skirts turned out so cute! Thank you Kalina and Debbie!!





Almost 7!

This little guy is turning 7 on Friday. We are celebrating today because Justin and Sara are leaving tomorrow to visit some partners in Asia. Andrew is such a love bug. He is constantly cuddling me and picking me flowers and telling me he is never getting married but living with me for his entire life. Oh how I hope that is true because I love this little one so fiercely! He is a dream child. He obeys me consistently, he puts others first, he looks for ways to help me, and he loves to pray and talk about deep things of God. Because of how we do prayer time at our meals, Andrew is always the first to pray. I love listening to him pray. 
The time we love the most is our cuddle time at night. We read our favorite books together. Since we moved to Kazakhstan we have had a small selection of books to read at night. Instead of this being a terrible thing, which I thought it would be, we have really bonded over reading through the same books over and over again. He doesn’t mind at all and we have deep conversations about these books. They have become very special to us. One book called “The Little Eskimo” was my dad’s and has my dad’s name written in it in kindergarten handwriting!
Everyday with my boy is a gift from the Lord and I love him so much. I pray he will grow to be a strong man of God and continue to pray and worship Him. 
Although I am so sad he is growing older, it is an honor to be his mom and watch him grow. I love this boy with all my heart! 















Thursday, May 24, 2018

My Boy


I captured this sweet moment when Andrew  lovingly rested his hand on my arm while eating his cereal. These precious moments with this little boy melt my heart. He is the sweetest little boy on earth. I don’t know why I am so luckey to get to be his mom. He is constantly hugging and cuddling me, telling me how much he loves me, picking me flowers, and wanting to spend time with me. I tell him all the time that he is like a part of my body because he is from me. We have such a special bond and love each other so very much. I love each moment I get to spend with him. I love reading him books at night. Our favorite books are The Ox Cart Man, Quick as a Cricket, the Little Indian, The Little Eskimo, Good Night Sweet Butterflies, The Maggie B, Blueberries for Sal and Miss Rumphious. We also love playing outside together. Our favorite things to play are basketball, soccer, and badmitten. This year he is doing Kindergarden homeschool so I get to be his teacher. I love teaching him. He loves to learn and is a quick learner. He has great stamina to conscentrate. He wants to be an inventor when he grows up and make a real transformer, among a lot of other things. 
Andrew also loves to pray. He prays every time we pray as a family. He prays everyday for the Scott family to “not miss Molly too much” and he prayes for all his extended family.  His prayers are amazingly sweet, heartfelt, and well thought out. I am constantly impressed. I love this little boy more than I can say with words. He has the sweetest and funniest little personality and I love that I get to spend all my days with him. We both pray we will live for a long long time so we can live together for many many years. He doesn’t plan on ever getting married so that we can always be together. 😂 I’m sure he will change his mind someday but if he doesn’t I will be one happy lady! 💙 











Sunday, May 20, 2018

TotalFit

My friend started a workout outreach in the park near our home. It has been fun to be a part of the group and to see strangers walk up and join our workout! It’s a neat way to connect with the community here. There is a theme to each workout. TotalFit is a workout program that address the total body (body, mind and spirit). She talkes about different themes in each workout (perseverence, forgiveness). Yesterday she told the story of Joseph and how he was able to forgive. 











My Chalkboard

I love my chalkboard. I have had one ever since the kids were very young. It has been so helpful in teaching so many different things to the kids. I guess I am a visual learner, so I like to draw things when explaining them to the kids. I have drawn so many different things for kids over the years. I’m not an artest, but just even simple symbols can help kids understand complex concepts. I was so worried when we moved here to Kazakhstan that I wouldn’t have a good chalkboard. I beggged Justin to let me carry mine on the plane (it was just a bit too big). But God provided an amazing chalkboard here, which I found at a local bazaar. I love it and have used it even more now that we are homeschooling. I also love that chalk is available here, and cheap.