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Peace Despite Circumstances

By | Life and Faith, Personal Reflections | 9 Comments

Last Sunday, Brandon drove out of country to pick up a short term mission team. We were so excited because the team was from our home church but also anxious as this was the first short term mission we would lead by ourselves. Later that same day, I started cramping and bleeding. I was 12 weeks pregnant. I thought it was just a little scare, like we had with Zach. I had so looked forward to the next week when I would have my first ultrasound and get to share the news with our friends and family. By Wednesday, when the pain had only become worse, I knew it was serious. I was told to leave the team and go home to rest. I felt God prompt me to make an appointment with my Swazi doctor despite my intentions to ignore the pain. The following day, my doctor said I would need surgery as soon as possible. Within 24 hours we had dropped everything to see my primary OBGYN in South Africa. He gently told me that my baby had most likely passed away at 8 weeks, but my body took a month to recognize the baby’s passing. I felt horror, grief, and disappointment. I don’t know why these things happen. I don’t know why these things happen to me. I laid there alone in my hospital gown for hours awaiting surgery, looking at an unfamiliar hospital room, on the other side of the world from most everyone we know….

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Finding our Rhythm

By | Life and Faith, News and Updates, Swaziland | 6 Comments

Blessings. We feel them every day here. God has given us rain for the past few days. Many mornings, low clouds and mist surround our house. My heart this morning is full, I can feel God’s presence here. We live in a beautiful country. We work with beautiful people. Sometimes, these blessings are easy to miss. We haven’t found our spiritual rhythm here yet. We haven’t been able to go to church much (no nurseries and Zach isn’t used to sitting still so long), it’s one of the most difficult things here for us. We long for the opportunity to sit and enjoy another Sunday at our home church- what a blessing those times have been to us! Thank you God for giving us so much love; for pouring so much into us over the years! We sure are missing our spiritual family. Joy literally oozed out of my heart yesterday to see the photo of Capital’s May mission team- we can’t wait to be with them! Overall, we are feeling more and more settled. Zachary has been a champ; quickly recovering from transition after transition (and lots of teething). His personality is becoming more apparent and it’s so much fun to watch him develop. My favorite thing now is that Zach’s been in the habit of snuggling before bedtime; it’s so precious! We’ve graduated him to a twin-size bed and he’s consistently sleeping on it nuzzled near the pillows and his stuffed bunny. He squeals when he hasn’t seen us…

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Rain, Rain, Come this Way!

By | Friends and Family, News and Updates, Personal Reflections, Swaziland | 6 Comments

Pouring rain, thunder, lightning, then… no power. No biggie, we feel super proud of ourselves for bringing headlights and solar-lamps! Then… a bit of disappointment when the lights go back on five short minutes later. We were excited to rough it! We were glad for even that half hour of rain, as the drought has been terrible here. Fields that should be green are crunchy with dead grass. It’s spring here, but instead of new life, over 12,000 cattle have died from starvation. We are glad to hear it may rain more in the next few days. Please keep Swazi weather in your prayers. We’ve now been here just over a week and have gotten so much more done than we expected. We were told that everything takes a lot of time here, so we feel blessed that we have been able to get a post box, buy a car, and sign a lease on a house. Of course, there are no set dates for when we will actually receive the car or move into the house 😉 We’ve also gotten to visit a few carepoints while they’ve had their Christmas parties. We are thankful for that distraction because before the festivities begin, they are pretty fascinated with Zach. They don’t get to see non-Swazi babies often (if ever), so they tend to swarm him and all want to hold and touch him. I’m glad they will make good playmates for him, but for now, I’ve been keeping him close as to not…

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