Saturday, April 14, 2012


Leilani turned 17 a couple of days ago - and had her birthday party today!
We are SOOO privileged to have a daughter like her who brings MUCH JOY into our family and is becoming a radiant young woman who loves God and people!

Sadly, our camera isn't working at the moment, so no photos from the birthday...


One year ago - tomorrow - our first grandson - Gideon Temana, the mighty warrior, made his entrance into this world - with a big battle - which, by the grace of God, he won!

We are SOOO grateful for his LIFE and HEALTH and SMILES and the busy little man that he is - full of energy - just started walking!

What a JOY he is and we are SO grateful to GOD for this gift to our family!

Here are some photos from his first year. Enjoy!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy (belated) EASTER!

"Greater love has no one than this
that one lay down his life for his friends.
John 15,13

We've had a wonderful Easter!

Hence the - belated ~ ~ ~

Just enjoying LIFE - FAMILY - FRIENDS - NATURE - and mostly


"He died not for men, but for each man. 
If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.”

~ C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


I just stumbled onto this information - makes my heart ache!
This is the area of Africa that I feel called to - at SOME point.
French-speaking Africa.

I recently told Rich that I don't know if I EVER want to go back to Africa.

The PAIN I experience with what I see and hear there is just about too much to handle...

Of course, I WILL go back.
I HAVE to.
(as of today, there are 58 children sponsored by our church-members in the "Hope In Villages+" project and this will have to be followed up - 
especially the + part...)

But not soon.

Just a 2 1/2 week trip has pretty much consumed my life for 2 months.
And my family needs me.

But nonetheless, my heart breaks for these dear people in West-Africa.

LORD, have mercy!