"Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow." James 1:17

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Lesson In Trust.

I am going to Haiti.

In a few weeks.

Here's the story.....I went to Haiti on a mission trip about 6 years ago. It was life changing, and I knew I would return someday, most likely on a medical mission trip. I follow the mission I went with (NWHCM) on Facebook. About 2 weeks ago, I was checking facebook....a normal day...and came across a post from the mission. "We are in URGENT need of RN's for our upcoming medical trip." My heart went pitter patter, I felt the Lord tugging and right then I decided to pursue the option of going to Haiti. I was a heart divided, I really wanted to go, but I knew that my life here may not allow for it. So, I prayed. Doug and I talked about it, and he was 100% supportive...obstacle one, conquered. Next time I worked, I talked to my boss about getting off work, late notice request..I knew it would be a long shot....she was not only willing to take me off the schedule, she was excited for me....obstacle two, conquered. I spoke with my family within a few days about helping out and watching Emerson while Doug is at work, they were more than willing.....obstacle three, conquered. At this point....the last and maybe most challenging obstacle was left....me, myself and I. I was feeling the enemy work on me and plant seeds of doubt, fear and guilt into my thoughts. However, it was so evident that God had a plan and that I was learning a lesson in trust. So, I payed the down payment...and here I am....going to Haiti, on April 27th.

I am daily reminded that I need to give up my heart to the Lord and trust in Him. It is amazing the rediculus ideas I get about why I should not go to Haiti...but after prayer and a reality check...I am back on board and trusting God.
A few details..I am leaving April 27th and return May 5th. I will be working with a pediatric and orthopedic surgeon and will be assisting in surgery the entire trip in some way or another. The mission is located in Northern Haiti, in the city of Saint-Louis-du-Nord.

Here are a few photos from my last trip.






I have been studying James in my bible study.....here a bit of what I am learning.

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what is says. " James 1: 22

"Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world." James 1:27

I am confident in the Lord that He is sending me to Haiti. Please prayer that I will daily remind myself to trust in Him.

Peace.
Andrea

Monday, January 23, 2012

2 months later.....

Busy, busy, busy.

Two months have flown by faster than ever before it seems. Here goes another catch up post.....again (seems like most of my posts are).

We had a fabulous Thanksgiving around here. The turkey was a success, thank goodness! I was overwhelmed with thankfulness this year and was reminded of how 2011 was a blessed, blessed year. It seems that we have developed a tradition over the past few years of sharing what we are thankful for around the dinner table. This year, Loreli orchestrated as she choose who would share and when. :) We all took turns and as always, it was beautiful. We take so little time in our lives to thank each other and God in our daily lives. As we share, tears are usually shed and laughs are sprinkled in as well...especially when the dog decides to relieve himself (fart) during the sharing. :)

A blessing in itself, I was canceled on Thanksgiving as able to celebrate the holiday with Doug's family. It was an usually warm November day as we ate on the deck! The kids had a great time playing outside and chasing around Uncle Doug. :) I have lost count of how many kids were there...always growing and so much fun!



A blessing in itself, I was canceled on Thanksgiving as able to celebrate the holiday with Doug's family. It was an usually warm November day as we ate on the deck! The kids had a great time playing outside and chasing around Uncle Doug. :) I have lost count of how many kids were there...always growing and so much fun!

In what seemed like days following Thanksgiving, Christmas was here! We of course visited the Christmas Tree Farm and picked out the perfect tree. As with everything is these days, it was ten times more exciting with Emerson tagging along. Watching him experience this Christmas was amazing and brought an entire new joy to the season for us.
Always trying to be like daddy...


At work each year, we have a past patient dressed as Santa come to little party at the hospital. He is an extremely nice man in real life, and makes a fabulous Santa. Once again this year, Emerson wasn't so sure about him....pictures speak a thousand words. :)

"Maybe this guy is ok, Mom seems to think so."

"No, no...I don't think so..." (pouty lip)
Our dear friends, Jenna and James, hosted a Christmas party this year! Somehow, all our busy schedules aligned and miraculously we all attended. It was a full house and babies EVERYWHERE! It was a beautiful thing seeing all those babies. God has really blessed us all with healthy, happy babies...and amazing friends.

Look at all those babies! (Yes, the little guy on the end is sleeping....priceless. ) :)

Christmas is here! It was nonstop fun despite how busy we were, don't think we would change a thing though! So much time with family and friends. Emerson has so much fun with his cousins and we love watching them play.

Doug and his dad made Emerson a work bench and I painted it! I never understood the joy of gift giving more than I did this year. Watching my child's eyes light up when uncovering those gifts was so much fun. I am so looking forward to his brain being able to comprehend Christmas and the true meaning.
Smile!
Frown. (the life of a toddler)
Ooohhing and Ahhing over baby Micah.
Family photo! This is the entire gang! (including Ellie's fiance...yes she is getting married!!!)
Our Christmas season ended with a bang. We spent a week in Colorado with my side of the family. It was time filled with relaxing in the hot tub after skiiing, game playing, good food eating, snowmen, sledding and good conversation.

Cousin love. Emerson is in love with his cousins. It melts my heart.
SNOW!!!! Missouri hasn't given us any, but Colorado had plenty for the kids to have a ball!
Totally rockin' snowman.
Grandpa Dolan, sleeping for real, no joke!
My little bear. :)
"I'll do anything and everything my super cool older cousin does."
Love this kid.
So, there you have it...the last two months of our lives summarized. :)

Peace! Happy 2012!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Homemade Halloween

Halloween was so much fun this year. Emerson had a blast, yet...he is still too little to want to collect pounds and pounds of candy. perfect age. I really wanted to dress Emerson as an owl...however, the adorable costume I loved was a whopping $50!! Not going to happen...so, instead, I spent $15 and made his costume. It took only a day (with help from my sister), and definitely was more rewarding in the end.

We had a "trunk or treat" the night before Halloween and church, that was fun and Emerson enjoyed running around the parking lot. Then on Halloween, we visited a few neighbors doorsteps then trick or treated Nana and Papa Ferrell's, Great Grandparents Herndon, and Grandma Dolan and Aunt Emily.

It was a fun Halloween...and as the photo's show, Emerson was quite the owl...."who, who-ing" and all. :)




Now, with Halloween behind us....Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Wish me luck...I am having a meal at my house this year for the first time ever! I have to admit....the 20lb turkey in my freezer is haunting me. I'll let you know how it turns out...hopefully delicious!

So much to be thankful for.



Friday, November 4, 2011

Fun in the Rockies


A few weeks ago, we packed up and headed to the mountains for some much needed family time. It was just the three of us and it was fabulous. Doug had been at the ranch the previous few weekends, and it had just seemed like we had been so busy. We were in need of some "quality time." Cliche, I know, but it is true....we are all so much happier when we make time for each other and relaxation. We flew out on a Friday afternoon and came back Tuesday. We rented a home right outside Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. It was GORGEOUS!! We had so much fun and experienced a Colorado fall. It was 75 degrees one day and snowing the next! I'll let the pictures tell the rest.


Hanging out in the cabin.
Enjoying the cold mountain air.
Beautiful rushing creek on one of our daily hikes.
Family photo.
First taste of snow.
ooo..cold!
So good....Dad, you've got to try this!
Snowy day.
The elk were EVERYWHERE...including our backyard!
Another beautiful hike.
Emerson got to experience so many new things...and I am pretty positive, that if we wouldn't of stopped him...he would have been swimming in this lake. He is fearless.
Mommy and her baby.
Daddy did the hard work....lugging the kid around all weekend on his back.
good times in the mountains. :)

happy november!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Summer Love

This summer has been amazing. Of course, the bulk of the amaziness for this first time mom revolves around my son. I cannot believe how much personality a little person can have after only one year on Earth. I guess you never really experience this until you are around a baby/toddler everyday. I could of never imagined a year ago enjoying Emerson so much. He makes us laugh every single day. Just list just a few of his amazing traits these days......He blows us kisses, pats Wesley on the head (not always affectionately, but we are working on it), throws his sippy cup at EVEY SINGLE MEAL, makes an "ahh" sounds after taking a drink (every time), loves his blanky and snuggles up with it at bedtime and nap time, thinks peek-a-boo is the most hilarious game in the world, cracks up laughing when you tickle him, makes a monkey noise and dog noise, tries to say all sorts of words (including, mamma, dadda, dog, duck, yes, up), understands the concept of no and will look his mamma right in the eyes...shake his head no...and then proceed to do whatever he knows he shouldn't be doing (defiant already? maybe so...mostly just adorable), and so on. Life is good. :)

Here are some recent photos from our back yard:
Blowing a kiss.

Sporting his Toms (a gift from his Aunts). :)


Best Buds. :) At least Emerson thinks so.

Hope summer has been joyful for you as well!

Peace.