18 May 2017

always a good idea to be thankful


  • epic saturday - slept until nearly the afternoon, didn't get out of my pjs and didn't leave the cabin ALLLL day.
  • our stamps arrived
  • all things amy
  • new day, new mercies


  • successful cabin sale (nothing came back into the cabin...)
  • dreaming of eating at the picnic table 
  • nick's willingness to help the girls with planing and carrying out mother's day festivities
  • sweet and thoughtful words, deeds and food, including a fondant bear (not pictured :)) (the dry gin bottle is full of peanuts.  promise.)


  • usps finally came through and the piece of luggage finally made it
  • jamie's help to print the banners
  • early morning messaging that makes me laugh
  • my unstoppable friend in cameroon


  • irish whistles and harmonicas being played in 6318
  • story upon story of God's great faithfulness
  • "fresh new" smell (created by the new bed that we weren't expecting)
  • emma's field trip to see what the supply department does (she's the blue-hatted one looking at the tomatoes)


  • talking to beth on the phone
  • celebrating shea 
  • that molly remembers (and how that reminds me that God remembers)
  • johnson's kindness to bring a pizza by

11 May 2017

more and more.

  • nice time at grand popo
  • a sister i love thinking about while i'm at the beach (and any other time, too!)
  • beautiful and pretty much deserted beach to walk on

  • eli's help with the powerpoint for sunday night
  • cokes, ice, lime
  • good reading and listening materials




  • when a good song gets stuck in my head
  • jamie & lee anne's kindness to organize a goodbye party
  •  the phenomenal job tom did sharing last thursday night


  • "Faith is strong." - Nat Geo "Surgery Ship" episode 6
  • shared lunch and fellowship in the barki cabin 
  • getting to have a real dutch apple pie!


  • coffee with moriah - so refreshing
  • how happy emma was after time with moriah and monica
  • "Colors of Benin" AFM Fashion Show

  • steps forward for the edfeldts in their adoption process
  • 2 for the price of 1 benin field service t-shirts
  • kelsey's willingness to take a bag back to columbus for us


  • the new-to-me emoji shared by KJ...oh the joy. 
  • toni's willingness to work so hard to get our missing package delivered
  • packing up the dreams God's planted 


  • celebrating 15 years of being married to my favorite person on the planet
  • sparkling apple juice in fancy glasses
  • cinnamon rolls that are cooked to perfection (slightly not done!)


  • jeans from the boutique that fit perfectly
  • andrea's passionate and raw honesty 
  • raising our ebenezer



04 May 2017

raising ebenezers all over the place.


  • "...the most important thing God could give them...to know Him better." - Tim Keller "Prayer"
  • date night childcare always works out
  • help for smelly clothes (thanks to whoever put this outside of our cabin!)


  • solomon's help cutting out paper rocks for ebeneezer activity
  • kind, kind email from emelia
  • friday evening frisbee


  • they know our order at shamiana
  • the box michelle murrey sent...thoughtful generosity = beautiful
  • chocolate from lisa svatek


  • looking through pictures on the share drive...remembering God's faithfulness in benin
  • eli's help with the powerpoint
  • transition ladders & an expert in transition on the ship


  • that life is about more than packages/luggage making it where they are supposed to go.  
  • real mail from kirsten murphy
  • those who are up before the sun serving (and who happen to be excellent public speakers.  wow, tom, wow.)


27 April 2017

always more. always.

  • reading about a potential malaria vaccine
  • cherry coke with krissy (she even brought ice!)
  • oh, this guy.  he's special. 
  • treats from katie via peach
  • febreeze trashbags
  • people who go above and beyond and create glitter balloons

  • josh mcgrath's willingness to coordinate and lead sports club
  • early morning latte...with a perfectly timed song to boot
  • excellent salad making...those who serve behind the scenes 
  • when a process is easy and someone is hugely blessed because of it
  • time with jasmine (and the by-product of a hair cut and fresh - though subtle - purple)
  • special moments for dads and daughters
  • brownies with chocolate chips
  • sweet braids in cash girls' hair (and the reminder that God gives us the abilities that we need when we need them)
  • the remarkable people my kids get to have conversations with

  • hearing about nearly 700,000 kids who were given measles vaccinations in conakry, guinea.  
  • that nick gets to enjoy watching so much football (channel that pretty much always have football on)
  • walking with windsor on wednesday mornings (didn't even realize the beauty of the alliteration that was happening)

20 April 2017

abundance.

  • "His perfect love could not be overcome."
  • good friday video (the reverse one)
  • good friday service...especially the cross activity


  • swimming at the embassy
  • emma's easter egg hunt (her kindness and thoughtfulness is extraordinary)
  • little bags with precious presents (and the collaboration between Benin and Cameroon)


  • special easter outfits and dances
  • talking with amy on her deck (via messenger)
  • family


  • easter lunch...the food, fellowship and laughter
  • tasty popcorn with krissy
  • phenomenal time at hotel du port with nick & suzanne

  • the richness of friendship with the veltjens
  • packed open cabins
  • my brother jonathan.  happy to celebrate him today!  

13 April 2017

t-h-a-n-k-s.


  • quick and easy set up for palm sunday (many hands really do make light work!)
  • holy week/easter promo by andrew
  • the chance to be generous...and obediently generous
  • the incredible (and creative) teacher that nick is


  • practicing for ireland (coffee + blanket + coffee +  rainy day)
  • the moment you realize you haven't forgotten something really important (that it's still 2 days away)
  • caroline's snuggly moments
  • the way amy believes in me as a parent (and the articles that she sends my way)


  • emma's worship (added bonus = she was wearing her panda pajamas)
  • new of Derek & Elisabeth's baby
  • willing and helpful volunteers
  • Truth (from the song "beloved" by vineyard)


  • having a good book to read
  • singing "trust and obey" with comfort and emelia in the crew galley
  • sierra leone gifts from osman
  • borrowed magnets


  • "work and rest" sermon from the village church podcast (april 9)
  • watching the sloppy show.  classic comedy. 
  • super special gifs from kj
  • elementary easter breakfast



06 April 2017

rejoicing and being glad in it.

  • shooting basketball with Martha (and God’s kind timing)
  • quick responses.  drills pay off.
  • spiritual life conference - songs shared, Truth taught, gems noted.

  • Dave thinking to bring the flags down for Ally & Amy's departure (that seemed to help emma out a bit)
  • Ally & Amy
  • cookie butter.

  • “my heart’s desire is to know You more…to be known by you and known as yours.”
  • subbing for the entire elementary wasn't too traumatic (for the kids or for me)
  • palm branches are here!

  • Miss Myriam’s creative history lesson/jabulani day outfit
  • celebrating our engage-aversary
  • Miss Michelle’s investments into our lives

  • ideas for the daddy/daughter dinner and dance
  • reading a good book (having a good book to read...and the time to read it)
  • Llllion card

  • emma's first unofficial guitar lesson with nick
  • 4 Saturdays for the kids
  • phenomenal day at hotel du port