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Mixing Bowls

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 16:58
The new game we play allllll day long! And then we use them as "chairs"...

The answer to human trafficking?

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:46
As we were making videos for our current campaign, we discovered a way to prevent human traffricking. While talking about our own orphan-no-more daughters, we realized that by taking them in we have...

The Many Hats We Wear

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:28
On Tuesday of this week I had the privilege of attending the local WMU Spring Meeting/ Luncheon.  It was for the Lincoln Baptist Association churches.  The theme was "The Many Hats We Wear"...

The answer to human trafficking?

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:46
As we were making videos for our current campaign, we discovered a way to prevent human traffricking. While talking about our own orphan-no-more daughters, we realized that by taking them in we have...

Hypocrisy

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:00
Matthew 23:1-12 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees hypocrites!  For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside are full of extortion and self-indulgence... Pray today for all the...

Japanese Pork Pancakes

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:26
Okonomiyaki お好み焼き I made these for my family last night and they were very well received. The name means "my favourite taste" so you can pretty much add or omit anything (aside from the...

Waves and Going Deeper/Olas y Profundidades

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 03:41
     I stand on the beach counting heads, usually in groups of 2 or 3, it's faster! The wave rolls in, the kids tumble down, heads pop up....2, 5, 7, 9...good! The wave rolls in, the...

When it rains, it pours...

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:30

JOSIAH at 12 MONTHS

Missionary Blogs - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:21
1 year already?  Incredible.  Ginny said to me just last night that she can’t wait for Josiah to see what Josiah looks like walking around.  Yes, I suppose that is the next mile...

The Way to Translate– Part Two

Ben Witherington - Bible and Culture - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:06
COUNTING THE WAYS March 24, 2014 By Philip Jenkins 0 Comments (Edit) Early Christians referred to their movement as The Way, Hodos. No later than the early second century, the converts’ manual that we call the Didache, the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, began by declaring that “There are two Ways [Hodoi], one of Life [Read More...]

True Rest Tuesday #0011 | About the Intoxicating Allure of Comfort & Learning to Worship

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:14
The sleepy and intoxicating allure of comfort I arrived to a point this week where I was considering what the Lord is teaching me this week that I might write for this True Rest Tuesday and realized...

I'm Sorry...

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 19:26
As some of you may know my Grandma on my dad's side passed away two weeks ago.  At the last minute I decided to make the trip to celebrate her life (thanks to my super generous folks) and it was...

Overnight Trip to Covington, LA

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 18:46
After Cruz's ballgame on Saturday morning we headed out on a little overnight trip to Covington, LA.   We had plans to do a speaking engagement on Sunday morning.  I know I post a lot...

Fundraiser Concert Sat, Apr 12, 7-9pm (Brush Arbor Revival)

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 18:19
Come one, come all, to a fundraising event put on by Brush Arbor Revival, a bluegrass gospel band who'll be playing live this Saturday, April 12 from 7pm-9pm at the Husa's house (245 W....

I worry for the Mommy Bloggers.

Jamie The Very Worst Missionary - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 18:06
I really do.
Their posts roll down my Facebook feed and they pop up all over Pinterest. So many sweet pictures of backlit kids running down the beach, or they're wearing tiny aprons and stirring cookie dough in bright mixing bowls, sometimes they're flying above the playground at the apex of the swing with a sunny instagram halo behind their organic, unvaccinated heads. School lunches have become brilliant little works of art and nutrition, filled with sandwiches that look like sushi, fruit kabobs, and cheese cubes cut into three dimensional letters of the alphabet. Life is good. And some of these Mamas are working overtime to make it look even better.
Cute. But really?!I don't know how they do it. It honestly looks exhausting. 

There are braid tutorials so complicated they make me stand up and praise God for the XY chromosome that prevailed time after time in my womb. When I was a kid there were two kinds of braids; regular or French. If you really wanted to go crazy, you could roll up a regular braid on each side of your head, like two hairy cinnamon rolls, and all the other girls would be like whoa. Now there are 8 thousand braids. And there are a gazillion “tips”. Y'know, tips? Like “10 tips for getting your toddler to eat hummus.” “5 tips for teaching your kindergartner to write a Haiku.”. “25 ways to help your baby do things it will probably learn to do on its own no matter what.”
Tips are great. When my kids were small, I could have used tips on how to get them to quit pooping in the bathwater and stop eating their boogers, and I'd have loved some tips on how to keep them in bed at night without considering psych ward restraints. Tutorials would have also been helpful: How to break promises, How to find the library book you lost over a year ago, How to get goo off stuff. ...I once called my mother-in-law to ask how to remove chewing gum from a 2 year old's penis, but she was as stumped as I was. Ice? Peanut butter? If only I'd had the internet to tell me.
Mom and Pop bloggers have changed the culture of child-rearing and opened up a world of resources for other parents. I honestly believe that today's parents are more informed, more educated, and hopefully more encouraged than we were, back in the day, when I began the journey of parenthood. That was 20 years ago, when it seemed like all mainstream Moms had to choose between was working or staying home. Now parents are wrestling with more questions – home birth vs hospital, to vaccinate or not, local vegan fare vs Quacker Oats and SpaghettiOs, home school vs somebody get these kids away from me. There's a lot of junk to think about, and Mommy Bloggers are leading the way in these good (sometimes hard) discussions.
I love that.
But still, I worry.
I worry because every last one of these darling, finger-painting, nap-loving, veggie eating babies are growing up fast. Soon they'll be awkward middle school dwellers, then they'll be high school haters. They will drive cars and get jobs. These kids are going to turn 18 and there is not damn thing their Mama can do about it. She knows it's coming, but it's still going to bite her on the ass so hard.
Trust me.
Today, they're writing a funny anecdote about how little Chevy Legend and his sister Trixie Tulip poured a whole box of cereal in the toilet and tried to eat it with a spoon. But tomorrow (Seriously, it will feel like tomorrow!), Mommy Blogger will run into Chevy buying cigarettes at Target and she'll find a condom wrapper in Trixie's waste basket. And while she'll be super happy that they're healthy eaters with good cholesterol and a low BMI and that they never died of Polio, she'll still wonder if she's parenting them well... if she's saying the right things... or not saying things at the right time... she'll speculate as to whether or not her kids will still be speaking to her in 10 years. She'll search the internet for natural remedies for acne (both for herself and her teen) and she'll find herself googling the effects of energy drinks on adolescent brains. She will have a deep internal battle over how much control to exercise over her teenager's internet usage and gnash her teeth wondering if and when and where they've looked at porn. She'll pray a hedge of protection around her kid's genitals, “Protect their junk, Lord, from pregnancy and STDs!”, because while she's hopeful that certain integral family values will reign supreme in her kids lives, it is now up to them to decide how to live. And UGH!, that is the worst.She'll anguish over their broken hearts and dashed dreams and stupid decisions.
There's a reason there aren't very many blogs from Moms of teens. It's because as they grow, they become like a magnifying glass to all your fatal flaws and the myriad ways you screwed them up as children. Who wants to read about that?! It's depressing.
Fly, baby! ...But not too far. When they're young, you've got it made, so I long for the days of the Mommy Blogger. How I would love to go back in time to when my kids were small and the crap they said was cute and hilarious. There are moments when I would give anything to trade arguments over poor grades and bad attitude for battles over how many bites to eat and how many books to read before bed and why the Roly Polies have to sleep outside. Some days I think it would be fun to go back to before they learned to pump their legs and jump off the swing like brave little warriors, to when they still needed their Mama to push them higher. On hard days, I wish I'd been a Mommy blogger, so I could look back at the stuff I thought was important but turned out not to be, and the stuff I ignored that was pretty crucial. 
Mommy Blogger, you are precious. You are giving life and hope to other Mamas. Keep doing your thing. I mean that!
But when your kids are big and grown, when they have exchanged their fake tattoos for real ones, and they smoke a pipe in the back yard, and they introduce you to their romantic interests, and you think you might just die because they are so huge and smart and in charge of themselves... Call me.You are going to want to talk. And your kids aren't going to want you to do it on the internet.
I'd say “Ask me how I know.”, but I can't tell you here. 
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Oh, Parents of Adults, tell me you survived.... Ok. Now tell me how.

Sigh of relief

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 17:17
I had to go to Immigration today. Here's why: -Last September, I got approved for permanent residency in District #1 (I'm calling it that for simplicity's sake) -I "claimed" the permit and got...

Patience in the Wait

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 15:52
If I had a dollar for every “So when are you guys leaving?” question, we would never have to raise funds again. But missionary funds do not materialise with that, or any other, question....

Too much packaging

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:45
Can you see the over wrapping on this chicken that I bought? It is vacuum packed, then cling-wrapped into a styrofoam tray. Japanese packaging often seems to be overdone. If you buy a packet...

Greatest Commandment

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 08:00
Matthew 22:34-46 Love the Lord with everything... and love your neighbor... Pray today that Love would be the rule of life among all who claim Christ in Uganda.  May we love in word and...

Little Note

Missionary Blogs - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 04:16
One of our "orphan-no more" girls left this little note for one of our bio-kids this morning:   * FYI: This orphan-no more and bio-kid language is just for clarity on the blog and other social...
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