Thursday, August 22, 2019

Update on our Haiti trip...

We have our new dates for our trip next year.
We are super excited!  
August 8th-15th 2020
We had to cancel our last trip due to civil unrest and funds are being held in an account to use for next year's trip.
Let the fundraising begin.
We will be sending out letters for those of you who would like to be part of this journey with this.






We can't wait to love on everyone!





Monday, August 19, 2019

If you're like me, you might be starting to think you're in over you head when it comes to being the kind of mom God has called you to be.  and that's okay, because you are.  We all are, and that's by design.  I believe God knew what he was doing when he decided to give inexperienced young women the responsibility of raising children.  

In fact, I think God must smile when he sees a mother with her child teaching and training, loving and correcting, sometimes failing and sometimes getting it right.  He understands mothers.  After all, he is a father who has watched his own kids struggle and succeed.

 HE knows firsthand the soul-altering love of a parent.  And like mothers, God is always at work to shift and shape, clarify, and correct the hearts of his children. 

Make no mistake, motherhood is tough, and it's not for the faint of heart.  In my sixteen years of parenting our six kiddos(and many others), I've learned how weak I can be and how strong God is.  I've come to believe that God wants to use my role as a mother to give me a glimpse into his Father-heart for all His children.
  
He knows I'm going to need it!

None of us start out strong. 
 The good news is that God doesn't require strength for the journey, he offers it.  He wants to make us strong, but we have to truly want his strength in order to find it.  How do we receive it?  
By acknowledging our own weakness.

Coming to terms with weakness is soo liberating.  When we finally admit that we can't do it on our own and look to Jesus, we're about to be set free.  
Free from the past.  
Free from other people's expectations.
  Free from worry. 
 Free to love.   
Free to grow. 
 Free to move with confidence into the future.  Claiming his strength is where becoming strong begins.
In Christ, you are strong, safe, sealed and secure.  You are a channel of the love and life of God for your children.
God has given us the blueprint that is found in the Bible.  He has entrusted us with bringing up the next generation, and he says that his strength is made perfect in our weakness. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

dadz camp 2019

every year my wonderful husband takes the kids camping all by himself. 
just Dave and the kiddos
he gives me a few nights of uninterrupted sleep and rest.
it is his time to connect deeper with the kids and they all look forward to it.
every year the kids have voted to go to green lake campground.
they love the campground and especially the awesome people who run it.
lots of free mini-golf,fishing and of course ice cream. 
smiles all around. 




 








 












Wednesday, July 31, 2019


Cool moon phases at the library. 
 Thank you ladies!


Olivia's cool sand art


enjoy the messy..it won't last mammas



fishing with friends


This is what the funk's do when there's a tornado warning..see how many reps we can all max out on!


the littles sit amazed by all the crazies


fresh raspberries from our neighbor..yummy~


this is what my meal prepping looks like for 2 weeks..it takes me about 1.5 hours and I love doing it!
I go through my recipes(that I've had for at least 8 years) and add a little something different in there a couple times a week.



nice and quiet these last few days as I catch up on things.  Dave took the kids to Dadz camp and I got many, many things done!


I made my list before they left and I was ready to go. I am a list person over and out.  Cross out to0 many things and ya gotta make a new one.  
finished transcripts for Odin's 10 grade 
ran to Appleton, Manitowoc, Plymouth and Sheboygan
organized all my home school stuff for next month which took about 4 hours complete with cross off sheets(I'm all about happy, colorful sheets for the kids)!
took 52 pictures of things to sell on ebay, facebook and craigslist..
listened to 6 sermons while working on things
didn't do 1 load of laundry...crazy how little you have when it's only you.
worked about 6 hours at the best coffee shop in town..Sunrise
added a few more projects to my walls
played really loud music
slept with the lights on and slept past 330
and never had the tv on once..love no tv!

I am so thankful for my awesome husband taking the kiddos camping for a few days!




Friday, July 26, 2019

Wizenup 2019

What an amazing week for VBS
Thank you for all the fun memories and all your hard work Crossroads!



















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