Wednesday, May 22, 2013

16 DAYS AND COUNTING

Andrew (Keith's brother), Keith, and Shane
Yes, we still have more than two weeks without Keith.  We are blessed to have been together SO much in our marriage, that when circumstances require us to be apart from each other - it is difficult.  However, we are VERY thankful for technology and the capability to be able to e-mail and Skype each other every day.

Graduate of 2013: Shane Stensaas
Shane is enjoying the "honeymoon" of American life with his dad being there to help him get settled.  We pray for him every day, and little brother Skyler still longs to see him.  He has been the first one out of bed every morning to check to see if Shane is online to talk with him.

Savannah and her friend Molly Mop (can you see the face she drew?)
With our move, we ended our school year sooner than we had planned, so our children have been on break for about 6 weeks.  In the midst of our move, we got new curriculum for next year, and our children have been begging to start.  Thus, yesterday was "Back to School" for us.  Keith will be bringing the math books, but we have plunged into everything else.  I want the flexibility of being able to take off for events going on this year rather than having the children work double-time to make up missed days.  I am looking forward to seeing how it all works out.

First day of school. Mom's bed - always a favorite place to hang out
Thank you for your prayers for us.  Last Saturday as I was driving, a tire lost all of its lug nuts and came off.  Thankfully, I was going slow enough to stop before the tire went rolling down the hill.  Went I got back home, I broke down in tears feeling so grateful for God's protection as I thought about all that could have happened.  Your prayers are needed!  Thank You for praying.





Sunday, May 12, 2013

HAPPY 2013 MOTHER'S DAY!


I never dreamed a holiday could be so difficult to truly be "happy" in celebrating.  This morning we received an early call from Keith's father notifying us that Mom was having difficulty breathing and the doctors in Mbarara urged him to get her to Kampala (a 4 hour drive) immediately as they suspected pneumonia.  We are thankful that the doctors were able to properly diagnose her and start her on an inhaler.  As they are soon returning to the States on furlough, we are praying for a quick and full recovery for her before they fly out.

Grandma and Grandpa Stensaas with Shane
Then, we began a new chapter in our lives - that of our children leaving the nest. Today was Shane's last day with us, and so our household is in a solemn mood.  It was difficult for all of us to say "good-bye," but of the children, Skyler is having the hardest time.  Savannah and Skyler are both asking the "why-does-he-have-to-go-to-America" question.  Of course, whenever one of them starts crying or asking questions, it releases my waterfall, too.  Needless to say, a day of tears.

The Macris and Petersen Families joined us for lunch today
God has sent many blessings my way to help me through the day. Two fellow missionary ladies, Lisa & Maria, blessed me with sweet notes and gifts.  While I was at soulwinning, my children made sweet Mother's Day notes.  Then several people around the world have let me know they, too, are praying.  What an encouragement these acts of kindness have been!

Shane and Baby Chloe Precious Blessing Ssendege
Please remember to pray for our family, specifically that Shane will keep his heart devoted to God.  As one of our children prayed, "Lord, please protect his heart."

This is one of Shane's closest friends - Charles.

And pray for the rest of us as we adjust to our family puzzle being incomplete.  We are certainly counting the days until Keith's return.

Little sister is already missing big brother.