I had the privilege of teaching a beginning ballet class at church this semester. I love teaching ballet, but I must admit that I've never enjoyed a class as much as this one. These are such precious little girls. They LOVE dancing. Our class times were full of chatting, giggles, smiles, hugs, and watching one another express our emotions through dance. We had a wonderful time together. To finish off our fall semester, they performed a worship dance that we've been working on each week. They were beautiful. They truly worshiped God through their dance. Maybe I'll have a video soon.
Posted by Beth at 9:29 PM
My niece is now a lovely married woman. She and her high school sweetheart had been dating for five years and decided it was time to tie the knot! They got married in the church where they met and have been attending for years. It was such a sweet little country church out in the middle of some beautiful farm land. I thoroughly enjoyed the drive and the serenity of the church setting. Anna and Luke were ring bearer and flower girl which was just adorable. They did a great job. Congratulations Nicole and Michael! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day. We love you guys!
Posted by Beth at 8:25 PM
The year 2008 has been a big year for many of my friends and myself. When I use the term "big," I'm not meaning physically large. No, be ye not misunderstanding. What I'm trying to communicate with the word "big" is a feeling of sadness, anger, confusion, disillusionment, regret, and an altogether sense of depression. Why so downcast, you ask? Unfortunately, I was born in the year 1978. You might be saying to yourself, "Hmm, what's so unfortunate about 1978?" Well, I'll tell ya. 1978 was exactly 30 years ago. Which means I'm now 30 myself. Last year I was a babe in my 20s, now not so much. Fortunately, I age at the same rate as everyone else and my friends and hubby are experiencing this right along with me. We'll get through it together. Maybe.
Just joshin'!. I really don't care that I'm 30. I'm actually kinda glad because I've celebrated this birthday for 6 months now, and it looks like I'm gonna keep on celebrating 30 till I turn 40!
So far, I've had a trip to Vegas, a weekend with Ryan, dinner out, a party with family, a day with Ryan (for his big 3-0 day), and an evening with Siena and Rachel for Siena's big day, and a party with Rachel for her's. Next is a day at the spa with these same gals.
When I turned 29 I think I maybe got dinner and some gifts. Is it just me or is 30 like the best age ever?
Posted by Beth at 9:15 PM
When Ryan and I were dating, we decided to sponsor a child through World Vision, a mission organization committed to helping ease the pain of poverty and disease while communicating the love of Jesus Christ. We chose a precious little three year old girl from Lesotho, South Africa. Here is the first picture we received of her.
Isn't she precious? Well, this little girl grew over the years.
She is now a beautiful 14 year old young lady.
Several years ago, we decided to sponsor two more children, one for Anna and one for Luke.
Here is Betinha. So cute. Every time I look at this picture I want to take out a tissue and wipe her little nose clean.
Maybe she's a little handful.
And here is Baphelele. Precious. . .
. . . and maybe a little shy.
Here are some shots of Anna and Luke holding their pictures. We took these to send to the kids so they would know we received their photos.
All three children are from different parts of South Africa which is a total coincidence since World Vision works with kids all over the globe. I think that's God's way of telling us we need to go visit all of them one day.
They all live in communities plagued by famine and disease. Mostly we receive positive updates of all that is going well in their communities: wells being dug, schools being erected, food, clothing, and health care being provided. We receive their pictures and personal notes and drawings. They always look very healthy which is such a victory itself. We have occasionally received letters of sadness informing us of the deaths of fathers, mothers, and grandparents. We suspect these are deaths from preventable disease, deaths that may not have occurred had they lived in different circumstances. They seem so far away, theirs lives so difficult and unfair.
But lately I've been feeling their closeness. When I hold their letters and pictures in my hands I realize I'm touching something they've touched. The physical distance between us is not really that far. We're a part of the same world. We have the same needs. We're watching them grow just as rapidly as our own children.
Aren't they just wonderful? It really is amazing to be a part of their lives.
We would like to ask you, our friends and family, to remember them in your prayers each time you remember our own children. And if you would like to know more about child sponsorship, visit worldvision.org.
Posted by Beth at 9:02 PM