Friday, July 19, 2013

Frugal Friday

Skype!
Skype is such a blessing to us and probably to many of you as well.  When two people call each other using Skype, the call is absolutely free!  It sure is a fun way to talk with family and even friends once in a while.  My kids love to visit with their grandparents and cousins and SEE them rather than just talk. 
Skype is just awesome - especially since we don't have to feel guilty about spending a bunch of money to enjoy it.


talking with my oldest boys in Estonia - February 2010
Trivia:  Do you know  where Skype was invented (without using the internet)?

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hello and Goodbye

Friday, July 12, was an exciting day!  Since my parents would be arriving at the Tallinn airport late Friday night, we decided to drive in earlier in the day and visit with our missionary friends.  We had a very pleasant day, but at 11:00 p.m. we were thrilled to be getting in the van to pick up my parents.  Even as we waited and watched for them, it just didn't seem real - more like a dream.
  

But it wasn't a dream.
After a short wait, it was very much a reality.
The doors opened, and out they walked.
Welcome to Estonia!!!

they are here!
It was late, everyone was tired.....but everyone was also happy.  






The difficult part was that even though my parents had just arrived, we had to take them back to the airport the next morning, less than 10 hours after their arrival.  You see, part of their trip to Europe includes visiting Germany and The Beaches of Normandy in France.  Daniel and Andrew had the wonderful opportunity of accompanying my parents to Germany and France.  Although I am thrilled for all of them, it was not fun to say good-bye so quickly after saying hello.
Please pray for my dad, mom, Daniel, and Andrew as they are traveling the rest of this week.  They will be back Saturday morning, July 20, to spend a couple of weeks with us.  I can hardly wait! 
   
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Coming soon to Estonia....

Two very special guests....
 
MY PARENTS!!!



Needless to say, there is a lot of excitement in our house right now.  I know our time will go by quickly and I want to treasure every minute of it. 

 
The last time my parents visited us on the field was in November of 2004 when we were in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
 
 
I made this countdown for Caleb, but we are all excited as a star gets added each day - that is one day closer to their arrival.  It just doesn't seem real to me yet that my parents will be HERE....in Estonia....in our city of Johvi.....at my house.  I'm tickled pink!!!!
 



Even though we will be picking up my parents from the airport THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, they will be leaving again the next morning to fly to Germany.  They will be visiting a church and missionaries there on Sunday.  Then on Sunday night they will be leaving with a group, lead by Dr. Tom Lancaster, to visit the beaches of Normandy.  Then next Saturday, July 20, they will return to Estonia to spend a couple of weeks with us.  Daniel and Andrew will be joining my parents on the trip to Germany and Normandy.  Please pray for all the traveling by my parents and also the boys.

While my parents are visiting Estonia, my dad will be preaching in Tallinn at Missionary Mike Smith's church.  Then, of course, he will also be speaking at our services.  We are asking God to do something amazing on this missions trip.  Would you join us in prayer as we ask God to use us to make a difference for eternity?

**our most recent prayer letter mentions my parents' visit and you can read the letter on our website under "updates"

** I noticed that my hubby hasn't added our newest letter (April-June) yet, but we'll get to that tomorrow - so make sure you check back

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Independence Day 2013

We celebrated America's birthday in Tallinn with other missionary families and had a wonderful time.  God gave us beautiful weather!  
 All the ladies helped provide a delicious meal with lots of fabulous desserts.  All the kids - from the youngest to the oldest - enjoyed running around outside, giving rides in the wagon, and swimming.  The adults enjoyed visiting and playing games.  
As we enjoyed our freedoms as Americans, I am deeply grateful for the men and women who have sacrificed throughout the years and those who still do so that we can fly the flag, enjoy a barbeque, and worship the Lord.  My heart is stirred every time I hear our national antheme.  Tears fill my eyes and I get chills as I carefully considered the words.  We have an awesome heritage as Americans!  May America once again turn to God.
 

This video is from June 2011 when Caleb was 4 years old,
but I just love it and thought you might enjoy it too.
 

Our family has enjoyed listening to patriotic music on Abiding Radio

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