Friday, January 29, 2010

The World Race

This sounds like such an amazing opportunity and I would love to go. I feel so stuck in a rut right now. Please pray for us as we figure out what God has in store for us!

The World Race from Adventures In Missions on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bathroom Renos! Finished!

Well, we are basically finished! I just need the cupboard handles put on properly, fix the side of our countertop and get my picture framed. I am very happy with the results. It is so much brighter and happier! You can see the old pictures here.

Wandering The Desert

Today in sunday school and church, we talked alot about the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert. We also talked about our experiences in the "desert". It is something that I have often thought about recently. So often when I find myself between a rock and hard place, I am quick to ask "Why am I here?", "When will this be over?", and "Does God even care?".

Most people's knee jerk reaction to the last question is "Of course God cares.". But most of the time that is not a good enough answer for us. We continue ask, "Well, if God cares about us, why does He let this and this and this happen?". And with the crisis in Haiti right now, that question is in the front of everybody's minds. I don't feel qualified to fully answer that question. I think this page and this page does that question justice.

But that is besides the point I am trying to make. Perhaps instead of asking those questions, we should be asking "What is God trying to show me through all of this?" or "How can I strengthen my faith during this time?" or "How can bring God glory through my struggles?".

I feel like I am in the midst of a desert right now. And for so long I just felt sorry for myself. I asked all those questions, and some. I felt that life was unfair. I had a lot of bitterness. It was not until very recently that it hit me. Maybe God is trying to teach me something through all of this, and I have been so focused on my problem that I had been forgetting to focus on God! It is a not always easy, those feeling still creep up every now and then. But I am trying to focus on God, trying to learn what He wants me to, trying to bring Him glory through my struggles. I know that in the end, when I finally emerge from the desert, I will have learned so much more and my faith will have grown much more than if I had been spared from the desert all together.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Enjoying Winter

I can actually say for the last couple weeks I have enjoyed winter! It is has been nice enough to go out horseback riding several times, take the dogs for a walk, and do things outside without freezing. I normally hate winter, I can't stand being cold. But if every winter was mild like this, I wouldn't mind it so much!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Too Proud?

"Hello, Gimli Vet Services."

" Hi, I was wondering if my bag of cat food was in? They said it would be in Tuesday or Wednesday."

"What kind of food is it?"

"Urinary SO."

"OK, hold on one second, let me check"


"Yes, we have your bag of food in."

"Ok, I will be there this afternoon, to pick it up."

Two or three hours later, the customer walkes in.

"Hi, I am here to pick up my cat food"

D:"Oh, sorry, your bag didn't come it yet"

I step in.

"Yeah, it is, I checked earlier. You are looking for Urinary SO cat food, right?"


I drag the bag out from beneath 5 other bags and show it to her.

"That is not it"

"This is Urinary SO."

"No, the bag I want is pink."

D: "Oh, you mean ST/OX. That will be in on Friday."

"WHAT?!? I called and she said it was in!"

Quietly "You asked for Urinary SO."

D: "Sorry, I haven't ordered that food yet. It will be in on Friday"

"Well, my cat is all out of food and the lady I talked to said it would be here on Tuesday or Wednesday."

D: "I am sorry, but it has not yet been ordered. We have smaller bags you can buy to tide you over until the big bag comes in..."

"I drove 15 miles to get here, I guess I will have to go buy my cat other food then."

D: "Do you mean you want to cancel that order?"

"NO, my cat needs that food!" Angrily storms out.

Situations like this frustrate me. I don't like to make a customer upset, but there is really nothing I can do in this situation. I am sorry they drove that far for nothing, but the customer did tell me the wrong kind of food, over the phone and when I asked in the clinic. Both foods are made for the same thing, but they have completely different names and are made by different companies. Clearly it was the customer's mistake. But instead of admitting the mistake, it was easier to storm out and be angry at us.

Not that this was really a big deal, but it makes me think about human nature. Far to often when we are angry or upset, we try to blame others. Surely it is someone else's problem. But how often do we take a step back and ask ourselves what we did wrong. Why is it so hard to admit our own mistakes? Even if they are little things? I have found that is is not easy. It is very humbling. But I really think that we would be happier if we could do that more often!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


God has really been breaking down some walls recently. He has been teaching me to turn to Him for help, instead of trying to fix it first myself before I ask Him for help. He is teaching me to trust Him, and why I should trust Him. And although some of my prayers remain unanswered, many others have been. God is faithful. He deserves our trust.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

No Excitement Here

Well, it has been almost 2 weeks since I last posted! I just feel like my life is not interesting. I mean, I could talk about my work, but I doubt you really want to hear about that. And not much exciting happens everyday anyways. I mostly just have my animals to talk about right now. I am hoping that will change soon! Paris' belly has exploded in the last week! She looks like a sausage with legs! I cannot wait for those babies to come, seriously. It will be so fun!

If anyone still reads this, just stick with me. I promise I will make this blog more exciting buy summer. Hopefully.
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