Thanksgiving with Mars

img_5618-3

Today I sat at a table with Americans, Russians, Canadians, First Nation Canadians and had supper. The conversation covered Russian history, languages,politics, hunting, children, culture. My heart was thankful, I enjoy being in a setting where different cultures sit around a meal and connect. As I watched my friends children play with Mars around us and under the table, I couldn’t help but give thanks to God for giving me a heart for children. Its the main reason I moved to Canada. There are people out there who will spend a lifetime trying to figure out what their purpose in life is. For me, loving kids whatever race or creed has been my heart’s desire from the age of 13. What an adventure it has been with God as he has led me from country to country. Each place with its own set of trials and joys but the connecting thread the same, children.

img_5610-1

Jesus shared a parable of a man who gave three servants money to do something with whilst he was gone. Two did something with the little they had but one just let the money sit, thinking that there was nothing he could do with so little. Needless to say, this servant’s attitude was a great disappointment to the master when he returned. I want to be like the others who did something with the little they had. I don’t want to tire of getting better at working with children. I want to always strive for excellence. I want to say when I see Jesus,” here, you planted a desire to go and love and I did the best I could.”

img_5616-2

When I think of where I have come from and the opportunities God has given me to travel to different parts of the world because of His name, I am filled with amazement and thankfulness.What are the God-given desires, plans, ideas that have been planted in your heart? Don’t give up on them, the road may be lonely, you may not have enough people encouraging you but it’s better to live trying than never attempting at all.

img_5625-4

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving.

 

 

sojourner i am.

as of wednesday this week we( i live with my parents, brother and 3 other people that my parents are supporting) have one week to find a house pack and move. it took me exactly two days to get used to the idea, although, the thought of leaving this house just leaves me quite sad.

its in days like these that i begin to wonder… how does it feel like to grow in the same town, not have a revolving door of friends and top of the list; how in heavens name do pple make 2 year or even worse 5 year life plans?? try as i might, i cannot wrap my mind around how they do it! my life has had one constant, “unpredictable change.” for example, since coming back from the states in may 2010 i have only been able to know what i will be doing for one month ahead thats it. everything that i plan for two months or more has not worked out. so now i dont even try planning for more than a month.

it has not been easy friend, i feel like Jesus has intensified a hundredfold the lessons on “will you trust me day by day? will you obey me without knowing why i am leading you this way? will you find rest in the unknown?” i wont lie, there have been days i have said no to all questions and have seriously questioned my relationship with Jesus.

oh how i long for heaven, for many, many reasons but today i really long for it mainly because i get to make permanent roots with no fear of ever moving for the uptenth time.

i heart you petersons

an awesome cultural evening.going on walks with elsa.
reading time in our “indoor tent” SO MUCH FUN!
“sisterly love”. going to bed in our “indoor tent.”
doing school outside.taking elsa for sushi.coloring:)
shopping and goofing around with elsa.
what philly does on a hot day.

am back home in moz, got back today.
i really enjoyed my time being a nanny to the peterson kids for a whole month. uber sad that i have to go:( here is a snippet of the fun things we got to do. a big thank you to karl and glynn who trusted me with the care of their 6 fantabulous kids(“,)