Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Kaitlin definitely did catch this grand moment on film...on her phone. It's not a file type that Blogger will read. So, Grandpa and Grandma Duncan, Grandma Jay, and Grandma and Grandpa B, we'll try to email you the video. Until then here is a different video I thought you might enjoy.
Our "gordito" (a term of affection here meaning fat little boy) does have a turned in foot as a resultof one tendon being shorter than the other, evidently it's quite normal. The Orthopedic believes it should correct itself once the other tendon catches up in growth. If Silas still has the turned in foot after he is a year old the doctor would like to see him again.
As for Brandon, his nose has character. He saw the plastic surgeon for a recheck on Thursday. Since the break is not affecting his breathing they opt to leave it alone. If at any time that changes they will reconsider their options.
Thank you all who prayed for short waits at the hospital. Since all of these appointments were with the specialists our time in the hospital should have been much longer, especially since Kaitlin and Silas had numbers 4 and 10. Thankfully, I only had to wait for about 45 minutes since the Orthopedic graciously saw both of them at the same time. Scott had absolutely no wait on Thursday. Leaving us both with more time to get other things accomplished.
Monday, July 21, 2008
In October 2007 our friends Shawn and Sandy Smith were given the diagnosis of their son, Andrew's Diffuse Intrensic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) brain stem tumor, and of Sandy's breast cancer. (See the previous post for Andrews CaringBridge website link.)
I thought I would post this in honor of Madi Hixson and Andrew Smith.
“Passage of the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act in the Senate is a monumental step in the fight against childhood cancer,” said Coleman. “I am proud that my colleagues were able to come together and pass legislation that will provide the resources to not only support children and families with childhood cancer, but also find a cure.”
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Silas, almost eight months old, enjoying his first 4th of July.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
One of the most honest and humble explanations of how God worked in one woman's heart can be heard in this two part series - Full Quiver and God's Provision for Children. I completely relate to Holly Eliff's testimony of just how God showed her His will regarding their family, and the reasons they chose to embrace God's gift of children.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Back to the subject at hand...this lady after sharing her testimony of salvation and resting in the Lord, revealed some difficulties within her marriage. I wish I could elaborate here, what I will say is that it is vitally important that we be in prayer for Olga. Pray for God to work on her behalf, for God to protect her and for her husband, Hugo, to understand God is real and desires to save him. Before we left we organized a prayer chain for Olga. Each lady agreeing to pray daily for Olga at a specified time. Please leave a note in the comment section if you are able and willng to pray for Olga.
Friday, July 11, 2008
The chapter we will be discussing deals with the lies we believe about sin.
- "I can sin and get away with it."
- "My sin isn't really that bad."
- "God can't forgive what I have done."
- "I am not fully responsible for my actions and reactions."
- "I cannot walk in consistent victory over sin."
As I read down this list I can see how I personally have believed these lies. When God desired to save me from my sin, his enemy, Satan, had me believing that the first three lies were true. First I believed that I was not accountable to anyone, let alone a Holy God. I also was confident that my sin wasn't really that bad. But then when I saw that Christ died for me, the pain and suffereing that He willingly endured for me, I became convinced that there was no way God could forgive the sins of my past. When I realized the truth, that there is no sin too great for God to forgive, that the blood of Jesus Christ is sufficient to cover all sin and that God's grace is greater than any sin, I willingly repented of my many sins and trusted in Christ to save me.
As far as I know, all of the ladies that come to our study are saved. And so, tonight I plan to focus mainly on the last two lies. Of vital importance is bringing to remembrance that God dwells in those whom He has saved. It often times, is the presence of a specific person that will cause us to think twice about commiting sin. For instance, how many times have I been short and harsh with my kids yet when the phone rings I answer with a sweet voice? If we would not commit a sin before a friend why would we do the same thing before a Holy God? Because we dismiss His presence. We choose to do what we want even though the Holy Spirit is whispering for us to stop. We excuse our sin as not being sin. Or we yield to the desires of our flesh.
As you can see, I'll be hitting on some tough things tonight. Please be in prayer for our ladies, that their hearts would be tender and submissive to the leading of God. I would greatly appreciate your prayers for clarity in thought and speech. I have taught the last couple studies in Spanish, and I find it very mentally taxing to get such deep thoughts across in a language still foreign to me.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Kaitlin baked her specialty, Wacky cake. And I made pink, blue and yellow colored popcorn. She got all kinds of goodies. And several cards from the USA. She had her first birthday sleep over with her Peruvian friend, Debora. And she's looking forward to doing some shopping with her birthday money from Grandma Jay and Grandma and Grandpa B.
We're in the process of recovering my Trojan horse attacked computer. Once that is done I'll be able to upload some photos of her birthday.
Bethany - will be seeing the eye specialist on the 10th.
Brandon - broke his nose at camp. Scott took him in today to see the Ear Nose and Throat specialist only to find out that he needs to see the plastic surgeon...on the 10th.
Adeline - has been up and down with her asthma ever since April. Her pediatrician changed her meds a bit to reflect her growth. I sure would like to see her peak flow stay in the green zone.
Kaitlin has been having a problem, for about 2 years now, with her lower left leg. The pain is always in the same place, not in any of her other bones/joints. It is not typical of growing pains, which tend to be in the joints, not in one place only. She'll be seeing the Orthopedic specialist on the 25th.
Silas' pediatrician discovered something with his right foot that concerns him. So he too will be seeing the Orthopedic specialist on the 25th.
Typically, every person has an appointment for the same time. Then the patients are each given a number for the order in which they see the doctor. Brandon, for example, has an appointment at 1 pm but his is #18 in line. Sometimes the doctors are on time and so you can judge when to actually show up. Much of the time, especially with certain specialities, there is no good way to guage the progress. So Scott and Brandon could show up at 3pm and still wait for a cople hours. With the way that the office visit system works here we will be spending a lot of time in the hospital waiting to see doctors. And learning a lot more medical terms in Spanish.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
"For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent
not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him
might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that
believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of
the only begotten Son of God." John 3:16-18
God is doing a great work here in Colonia. Praise God for the salvation of Leo, the grandson of one of our church members! He recently began attending church and decided to go to camp. Federico, the young mormon we asked you to pray for was saved to a new life in Christ on the 4th of July! It is difficult to put into words how heartwarming it was to hear Federico's testimony this morning in Sunday school. Federico told Scott tonight that our son Brandon had a part in leading him to the Lord because Brandon was willing to speak to him of his need to be saved.
Please pray for the salvation of , Santiago, Melissa and Federico's older brother, who is preparing to leave on his 2 year mission with the Mormons. Pray also for Elder and Mrs. Tilton who are completing their 2 year term here. Melissa and her brothers attended their meetings.
Thank you for praying! The seeds we plant, water, cultivate and/or harvest are seeds that you have helped us to sow.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Standing in front of a table decorated with Red, White and Blue, and looking into the faces of our Uruguayan campers, our family along with the Perez children had the great honor to sing the first verse of the Star Spangled banner at camp yesterday. Of all the Indepence day celebrations this certainly ranks high. There was a certain specialness (if that's a word) in being able to sing our countries national anthem in the country which we have adopted as a home. God has called us to Uruguay and it is here that we live and serve with joy and a deep satisfaction. Yet we are, and will always be, Americans! Oh! thus be it ever....
Thursday, July 03, 2008
We expect at least 45 campers. Please pray for all to surrender the will of their hearts to the will of God. Pray they will see clearly any areas they need to change in their lives. These are the ones that we ask that you pray for specifically:
Federico- Is Melissa's brother, he is still going to the Mormon services, and needs to be saved.
Sabina, Eva, Yeni (pronounced Sheni) and Caren - they seem to have little desire or thirst for the things of God.
Dario - has recently returned to church after 3 years of not attending.
Jimena has not been in church for a few months.
I will be staying at home with the younger kids, but plan to go to camp tomorrow for the day. Pray for safety as I drive there and back.