Life in my Shoes

Life in my Shoes

Friday, June 30, 2017

Slowing down summer



Exploring a new-to-us Cupcakery!!











Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


Zucchini Bread


Banana-Chocolate Chunk Bread


Fun with a new neighbor


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Honoring Dad

 We had such a fun day showering the Dad of the house
with lots of love and surprises this Father's Day!

He works so hard for us and sacrifices much to be sure
we have all we need.








Happy Father's Day!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Savoring Summer

What could be better than a toasty evening at the local beach (lake),
sharing hamburgers and corn-on-the-cob,
building sand castles,
chasing the ducks,
and watching a group of believers at sunset as they baptized new converts.
It just doesn't get any better than that!!
We have so very much to be thankful for!















Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Camp 2017

Since the beginning of the year, it was our plan for Garrett and Aryn
to go to summer camp at Southland Christian Camp in Ringgold, Louisiana.
I was also considering going along as a sponsor this year,
and I jumped at the chance to put my name in when there was
an unexpected scheduling mix-up and the dates needed to be changed.

But as the date approached and we were so busy with so many
other obligations, responsibilities, and ministries,
it looked like it wasn't going to work out for any of us to go.

But at the very last second, a way became available for Aryn!!!
We were just thrilled, though she was very anxious about going
by herself!!
We prayed with her and thanked Jesus for such a special privilege
and off she went very bravely.











  Not surprisingly, she had simply the best time,
and cried when she got home that she wanted to go back!
She also told us that she was challenged to read her Bible more regularly
and to spend more time in prayer.
We are so very thankful for such opportunities for our children
 to learn ways to grow in the Lord!!



Monday, June 26, 2017

Family treasures

While home with my parents, my mom and I spent an afternoon looking through
vintage family photos.
Then she asked me if I would be interested in having the special
"souvenirs" they brought home from their short-term mission trip
to Togo, West Africa way back in 1988.
Wait. Stop.
Did you say THIRTY years ago??

In the summer of 1987, my father was working his job
at Champion Spark Plug in Toledo, Ohio as a computer engineer.
He had been with this company for over 15 years.
All-of-a-sudden, he was given notice that this company needed to downsize
and that he was going to lose his job.  
He was 41.


For all of our school years, my sister and I had
enjoyed the privilege of attending a Christian school.
We loved it and knew nothing else.
In the summer of 1987, I was looking forward to my senior year coming up 
in the fall.
But everything came crashing down around us when my dad lost his job.

My parents felt they could not afford to put us in a private school
with no foreseeable income, so I was handed my high school diploma
that summer (they had checked with the school and determined
that I had enough credits to graduate), and my sister was told
she would be doing her final three years of high school at home.
I went to work that fall, and my dad looked everywhere for work.
But at that time, there was not a huge demand for middle-aged
men who specialized in computers
 in economically depressed Toledo, Ohio in the late 80's.
So we prayed.
And sought the will of God.
In the spring of the following year, there was a revival at our church.
I just remember one evening both my parents felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit
to consider the mission field.
Maybe this was why my dad had lost his job?
To free him up to go?
So they pursued this direction.
In the fall of 1988, I began my freshmen year of college totally on faith
and hard work,
and my parents went off to Togo, West Africa for a short-term (6 weeks)
exploratory missions trip.

It was an amazing journey for our whole family.
I can't remember where or who my sister stayed with,
but I remember letters from my parents while at college.
They came back with lots of stories,
lots of special momentos,
but very, very clear confirmation that this indeed
was not the will of God for their futures.
I honestly don't remember seeing a lot of the things my mom and I pulled
out that afternoon.
So it was a thrill to see it all "again" for the first time!!
Now that our family is involved in our own short-term missions,
I see these things with fresh eyes
and a completely different perspective!!

My mom said these things have been sitting in boxes for 30 years.
I assured her we would be putting these to good use
at our church's missions conferences
and even in furture Foreign Food classes I teach
through our homeschool co-op!!




Basket of "toothbrushes"




"Brillo pad" for scrubbing pots


Homemade broom



Homemade oil lamp

 
Threads for different hair designs


   
Portable baskets






 


My Mom told me she had this skirt and blouse ensemble custom made
for me.  The matching fabric around the waist is used to tie babies
or other objects to the Mama's backs. 





My Mom also brought home several yards of different gorgeous fabrics
and created different things from them.
Here are the potholders she quilted.
We also have an African doll she made as well.










What an absolute treat to slowly walk down memory lane
and revisit the goodness of God and His leading of my family
in days gone by.