In a rather last minute (because that's how this control-planner-oriented-who-deep-down-is-more-of-a-free-spirit-than-she'd-ever-admit) decision, we sent the kids off (thanks, Mom and Dad!) and Jeremiah and I are headed to Haiti today.

How's that for a run-on sentence.

Yep, back to what first got us into trouble opened our eyes and hearts to a tiny island - just me and him. We will be leading a team from Thaxton Baptist and have a jam-packed week of ministry planned.

I've charged up and fired up the stay tuned for pictures upon our return!

Jeremiah is back from Haiti.
Again, just for a few weeks then he heads back down the end of this month.
Then, we head back to Haiti as a family in August and September.

It's a bit crazy, all this coming and going...but I truly wouldn't have it any other way.

The Spirit of the Lord is really moving among the people in Haiti, specifically, among our very own neighborhood at the House of Hope. We have seen many trusting in the Lord, be baptized, and get involved in a local church!

Jeremiah's most recent trip involved work with a small team from a local church from Amhurst, VA. They were able to help with our favorite kids from Have Faith Haiti Mission, converting and making ready a transition house for the older girls. I think they may have fit in a few games of chubby bunny as well. Priorities, people.

While he was there, the House of Hope hosted two other teams...for a grand total of 45 people for the week. This week has a large team from Global Partners at the HOH...the Summer season is definitely in full swing!

Speaking of Summer swing...the kids and I made up our Summer O' Fun bucket list 2016 this past week. I left it entirely up to them and love the list they came up with:

And, of course, we wasted no time getting right to it...

Sno-cone tongues as proof of completion of this bucket list item.

Happy Summer swinging!

Ella's last English assignment of the year was to write a play. She decided to do an adaptation of the Aesop's fable, The Tortoise and the Hare.

But, she didn't stop with the writing of the play. Instead, she and her favorite partners in creativity, decided the play needed a proper producing...including auditions, costumes, hair and make-up, and props and scenery.

Introducing the cast:

Ellie as "Jackie" the Hare

Eli as Tortoise

Zoe as the Owl's assistant, baby owl

Please don't mistake him for Harry Potter. This is Ezra as the Wise Owl.

And my amazing Ella, playwright and director, with her entire cast of characters.

Ezra: What's puberty?
Eli: You know, with puberty and justice for all.
Ezra: Oh, yeah.

Oh, these two. Everybody should really have boys 6 months apart in age. You don't even know what you are missing.

I'll spare you the details, was a tough day. 
(Actually, I wrote this last week and forgot to post it...)

Granted, it was tough in a totally first world kind of way. But, seeing as how I've lived in both a third and first world, I think I've earned the right to acknowledge that some days just feel matter what world you live in.

After the kids went to bed I did what I knew I needed to do. 
And no, it was not moose tracks and netflix...though I was sorely tempted.

I re-read (for the thousandth time?) the words of Rachel Jankovic:

When you need encouragement, obey.
When you are tired, walk.
When you feel lost, remember.

And then I opened up my Bible and journal. 
And prayed.
And prayed some more.

Tomorrow will be a better day. (And it was.)

Not because I will be a better mom, wife, friend. 
I'm a hopeless wreck who loses her cool at her kids, forgets birthdays, and gets snarky with her very undeserving husband. And that's just the acceptable to share on the blog bad stuff.

No, tomorrow will be better because He is better. 
And He is with me. 
And because of Him, I'll keep obeying, walking, and remembering.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. 
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, 
they will walk and not grow faint.
Isaiah 40:31
Right here.
Right now.

Not tomorrow.
Not yesterday.

Not 2 years ago.
Not in 2 years.

Not when the kids stop fighting.
Not when Jeremiah gets back from Haiti.
Not when it's not a rainy day.
Not when it's not Winter.
Not when it's not Summer.
Not when we make more money.
Not when the kids aren't sick.
Not when _____________.

Right here.
Right now.

This is the day that the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24