Saturday, May 22, 2010

Word Of Life Ladies' Retreat--Schroon Lake, NY--2010

What a wonderful time we had at the W.O.L. ladies' retreat this year! Here is a photo of our whole group that went. There were 38 of us in all from ME, NH, & TX.

We had a wonderful speaker for the weekend. Here is her bio. She spoke on Abiding in Christ in Obedience, Patience, and Confidence. It was just precisely what God had for me to hear this weekend!

Hello! My name is Jennifer Sands, and I welcome you and thank you for visiting my website. I pray that as you explore this site, you will find hope, encouragement, and inspiration.
My husband, Jim Sands, was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Back then, no one could have convinced me that I would recover from losing Jim, or that I'd ever be functional again. But I have since learned that God can do amazing things -- things that I never could have imagined. Before 9/11, I did not know Jesus as my Lord and Savior... but by His abounding love and grace, I have since undergone a radical spiritual transformation. I am now determined to spread the Gospel and a message of overcoming trials -- and living everyday life -- through faith and trust in Christ and in the power of His Word.
If you've ever been through the pain of adversity and found yourself thinking, this can't be happening..., then I have encouragement for you. If you've ever searched for answers to life's toughest questions, then I have wisdom to share with you. If you've ever desired the most valuable riches, then I have a priceless treasure to offer you.

Our singer for the weekend was Paula Dunn. Born and raised in Maine, she has an amazing testimony of how a church going door to door one day, saved her and her siblings lives. She was only 6 weeks old at the time.

For the past 22 years, I have had the exciting privilege of sharing God's love through music and my testimony. Throughout this time, my purpose has been to reach out and encourage those who are hurting, to challenge believers to a deeper walk with God, and especially to bring as many people as possible into a personal relationship with Christ. This has been and continues to be my prayer for each concert-a prayer that God is continuing to answer each and every weekend.
The fellowship was so sweet, and my battery definitely got charged and I'm ready to abide in Christ! We are already super excited for next year! Madelyn will join me next year and that is going to be awesome!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mother's Day 2010--Mom's Favorite Chinese Food and the Beach!

I am so blessed by my family! They gave me the most wonderful mother's day! They say a picture is worth 1,000 words...and I'll let you fill in the words from all of these glorious shots!

Cousins are soooo much fun!

The cousins sure do love each other, and it's sooo much fun to get together!
Ahhh....sweet family times!

We Love Our 102 Year Old Great Aunt Frances!

Oh how we love Aunt Frances! Yes, she's 102 years old! Yes she came up to her camp on Suncook Lake in Barnstead, and Yes we treasure our visits with her!

She was so excited to meet the twins for the first time. She'd been praying for them all winter long! And of course the feeling was mutual! They have LOVED telling everyone at school about their 102 year old great aunt!
We love you bunches Aunt Frances, and are praying for your recovery from your broken shoulder!

Father and Sons!

All hard work brings a profit,but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Proverbs 14:23 (NIV)

It brings my heart great joy to see Glenn working with our two sons and to see how well they work together as a team. On this day, the project was preparing for the coming winter. Yes, I know it's barely Spring time, but Glenn loves to fill the woodshed for the next winter. It gives him such encouragement to work hard and to be ready.

Junior LOVES to drive the tractor, and that actually makes getting wood fun! Both boys love to run the woodsplitter, too. They are learning such great character skills from such a wonderful man!

When Junior first came here he would often say..."Mom, Dad is such a hard worker, I want to be just like him!"...and I would say..."That's a terrific goal sweetie, you do that!". There have been many nights when Junior will say..."Dad, are we headed back out to do more wood?", and that has motivated Glenn to put in another shift! It's truly a win/win situation, and I love that the tornado wood is getting cleaned up!
I just LOVE my boys! Another job well done! We now have all of the wood we need for next winter!

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!--2010

"He gives the childless woman a family,making her a happy mother."Psalm 113:9 New Living Translation

What a joy this day brings to me and my mother's heart. As I prayed and yearned for the expansion of our family last year, I am amazed at how God has answered my prayers this year. What a joy! I am in amazement of our heavenly Father and how He truly wants to give us the desires of our hearts....he truly does! I am so thankful!

Here is a poem I wrote when I was 12 years old. It's still just as true today!
Mother's Day
What is a mother?

Why she is someone whom we share.

To cater to our many needs,

and show us that she cares.

She helps us up when we are down,

and sends us on our way.

She helps us through the toughest times,

and brightens up our day.

Sometimes I stop and wonder.....

Just what would happen if....

Mother's weren't around,

to give that gentle lift.
But then I turn around and see,

my Mother's smiling face.

And I know that she'll never leave,

for that love I can't erase.

It will stay inside my heart,

for as long as I may live,

and remind me as I go through life,

of the love my Mother gives.

So to all of you Mothers who are honored

in this beautiful month of May,

I have one other thing,

that I'd really like to say....

God gives us gifts,

and that means so much,

but far above most others...

One of His greatest gifts to earth is when,

He created Mothers.

Dedicated to my Mom--Linda Meserve--
I love you Mom!----

Share our joy!----Easter 2010 --Winslow Mountain

(our 5 darlings)

Brittany and her husband Chris
who reside in Michigan at New Tribes
Bible Institute.