Monday, June 23, 2014

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YoungLives at Camp Buckner

I got to spend last week hanging out with this amazing group of women and loving on a group of ten adorably cute babies while their moms got to hear about Jesus, worship and get a chance to be a normal teen for a bit rather than a teen mom.

One evening while at a friends house, Mari, who has a passion for YoungLives in Carrollton, was telling us about how they wanted to take some of the teen moms that she helps mentor to camp but they didn't have enough childcare workers. I had never heard of YoungLife or YoungLives before, but Becca and I looked at each other and had one of those conversations where nothing is said out loud and then turned to Mari and said "Well, we can hold babies for a week so these moms can go to camp" we had no idea what we were really signing up for.

Becca and I were placed in the Orange nursery, which was for 8-10 month old babies, with six other volunteer childcare workers, including Stefany who volunteers regularly with Carrollton YoungLives. Nearly everyone in our nursery had never done a YoungLife or YoungLives camp before. Charnel, our nursery leader, was a camper 5 years ago and has come back every year as a childcare worker. Getting to hear her story about how YoungLives has changed not only her life but her daughters life too was inspiring. This year was Charnel's first year as a nursery leader, and she did such an epic job pulling us together as a group.

There were ten sets of chubby cheek babies in our nursery that we got the pleasure to cuddle, love on and most importantly got to pray for. Every morning and every evening for a few hours those ten moms left their babies with strangers, something most of them had never done before. Considering that, it amazed me how well those moms handed their babies off to us. There was one mom in particular who had never left her child with anyone before. EVER. Every time I talked to her she asked how her kid was doing in the nursery. I told her that her child was one of the babies that never cried or was fussy. I'm pretty sure she thought I was lying to her because she asked me anytime I saw her outside of the nursery.

We did have some rough nights in the nursery thought. A lot of the people were suffering with their allergies and so were the babies, so there was some mucus filled vomit that Becca handled like a champ. When we weren't able to but the babies down, we had to wrap them to us so we could help out with the other babies and save our backs too.

It was a hard, long week, but it was very rewarding. On the last night, while the moms were picking up the babies for the last time, they were telling us about their week and giving us thank you notes. One of the moms was so fired up about what she learned she could not wait to share. She told us that she learned about Adam and Eve, about Jesus and how all her sins were nailed to the cross with Jesus. She then said that she was frustrated that she wasn't told any of this sooner and she said "I can't wait to tell her mama when I get home!". 

Some of the moms told us how much they loved getting some time to just "be a girl again".

The last day of camp they have a believer walk for new believers and those recommitting their life to Jesus. It was great to see seven of the babies we had been loving and praying for during the week make that walk with their mom, knowing that those babies will grow up hearing about Jesus and His love for them.

It was a sad drive home knowing that I won't get to see those chubby cheeked babies and their smiles anymore, but then I realized that I might get to see them one day again in heaven. I am glad to be home recovering from a sinus infection I got there but I do miss those babies and I find myself rocking and bouncing my dogs when I hold them.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

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Family Vacation - Puerto Vallarta

Last week we got back from a vacation with Matthew's family in Puerto Vallarta. 

Enjoying the view from the balcony.

At the grocery store they had a bucket full of sprinkles, it took all my self control to not stick my hands and face in and eat them.

Lounging at the pool with the hubs :)

My lovely mother-in-law lending a hand at the ceviche cooking class.

An iguana chilling on the island in the pool. It was kind of freaky to see them swim in the pool to get to the island.

The only photo that I managed to get of the whole family.

They don't seem to enthused to be serenaded by mariachi players

Alayna and Nathanael went surfing on one of the days.

Some birds flying in formation. Don't seem to see that too often.

Epic sandcastle.

The dollar margarita that tasted more like a frozen limeade.

A gorgeous sunset view to go with our dollar margarita, and dinner.

Our Lady of Guadalupe church in old town Puerto Vallarta.

And finally the arches in old town. I couldn't figure out why these were so important. The only history I found (in my quick google search) was that they were rebuilt in 2002 after a hurricane destroyed the originals.

I will admit that I was caught off guard during the trip by the realization that Matthew and I won't ever get to do family vacations with my mom now that she's gone. We had a great time though, and it was fun getting to hang out with Matthew's family. Something we don't get to do very often since they live in Maui.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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2nd Anniversary Dinner

Hard to believe that two years of marriage have gone by for us already!

We started the evening off with a glass of wine from the wine we got last year before we went out to dinner. I decided to wear my wedding shoes too.

For our last anniversary and other holidays we've been buying bowls that go with our china settings, but we decided to get a small wine fridge instead.

Our second year of marriage was a tough one, but we have big and exciting plans for our third one!
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