A New Life…A New Journey

Last week we were so excited to start brainstorming ways our boys could share the exciting news about our new “addition”.

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We went to our 9 week ultrasound two weeks ago, and everything was great. We had a strong 170bpm heart beat and we were expecting baby #3 the first of September!

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Suddenly that exciting news changed our lives in a way we hadn’t expected. We found out, just 5 days after our great ultrasound, that our baby’s heart was no longer beating. Those words still sting as I hear them in my head. “We can’t find a heart beat.”

This perfect little nugget placed in my womb, was there for a different purpose. A purpose God is in control of. A purpose that was for His glory. A purpose we struggled to see through the haze of grief.

The perfect plan we had for our family. The dreams and prayers we already had for this new child, we would never see fulfilled. And then God showed us His plan…His perfect plan. A plan of patience. A plan of trust. A plan of love and mercy.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, great is Thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23.

Thank you to all our friends and family who have prayed and supported us through this. The outpouring of God’s love from His people has blown us away.
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Honduras is calling

For 6 years I’ve had the opportunity to go love on some kids in an orphanage in Honduras. Every year God has taught me new and exciting things and I count down the days till we get to go again.

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For the past two years, I’ve had a newborn and haven’t been able to go. It’s been a hard transition, but I know the Lord had bigger plans. Now that I’m not with child or itty-bitty babies…I get to go!!

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From December 5th-12th we will be serving at Orphanage Emmanuel in Guaimaca, Honduras. I’m really excited to be able to go back and see “my” girls and love on them again and again. I’ve built some really great relationships that have continued throughout the years. Despite the language barrier, we are able to communicate a lot and I see their  sweet and tender hearts longing for ways to know God in a more intimate way. Having the past two years to prepare for this, I’ve been able to get some great Spanish resources for these girls in their study of the Word.

I’m really looking forward to getting to connect with the girls face-to-face and for more opportunities with other girls in getting to share about how Christ is the love of my life.

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I couldn’t go on this trip without the support of so many people. Oliver won’t be able to go this year, so I’m so thankful that he’s encouraging me to go. Second, my mom, who has been so willing to take care of our boys for the week. I seriously could not do this without her. But we still need the support of so many more people. Many of you support our family in prayer and we are eternally grateful. We ask that you bathe this trip and our family in prayer during this time. We also need financial support to make this trip happen. We need to raise $960 total for the trip. We trust fully that God will provide everything that we need and we know that He has called us to obedience in sharing His Word to the ends of the Earth.

We will have prayer updates on this blog for those of you who would like to commit to prayer for us.

*If you are able to support us financially, you can make tax deductible donations through Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters. Either mail a check or money order with “Steph – Honduras” in the memo. Or you can go online and donate through paypal (make sure to put my name in the notes).
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All I Need

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“Do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

Several years ago the Lord brought me through a study on suffering in 1 Peter. Through the weeks I was learning and praying through this passage, I had such a strong feeling that the Lord was about to do something big. We learn so much more through experience than just reading. So, I knew the Lord was about to take me through a time of suffering. I was nervous about the unknown, but also excited at the same time because I felt like I was “ready”.

Little did I know what would happen during the following 6 months. God had big plans. Bigger than I ever could have been “ready” for. I lost a lot and then gained so much at the same time. I saw sorrow and blessing happen right next to each other.

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But it was still hard to worship God at times. I had to remind myself, moment by moment, that the Lord was in control and He was all I needed.

Recently I purchased a new album by the artists Shane & Shane. I’ve loved their music for a long time because it’s so rich in Truth. They have a song on their newest album (Bring Your Nothing) about suffering. I’m once again reminded of my need to cry out to my Savior in suffering.

If you haven’t seen their most recent music video of this song, with an excerpt from John Piper, you need to…

Though You Slay Me

I come, God, I come
I return to the Lord
The one who’s broken
The one who’s torn me apart
You struck down to bind me up
You say You do it all in love
That I might know You in Your suffering

Though You slay me

Yet I will praise You
Though You take from me
I will bless Your name
Though You ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who’s all I need

My heart and flesh may fail

The earth below give way
But with my eyes, with my eyes I’ll see the Lord
Lifted high on that day
Behold, the Lamb that was slain
And I’ll know every tear was worth it all

Though You slay me

Yet I will praise You
Though You take from me
I will bless Your name
Though You ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who’s all I need

Though tonight I’m crying out

Let this cup pass from me now
You’re still all that I need
You’re enough for me
You’re enough for me

Though You slay me

Yet I will praise You
Though You take from me
I will bless Your name
Though You ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who’s all I need
Sing a song to the one who’s all I need
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