Saturday, January 30, 2010

Powdery White Stuff

For the third time this month the snow, sledding and skiing in North Carolina beckoned us. The first a skiing trip for Jason. It's like a little slice of Heaven to him. The second and third were to surround ourselves in white and show guests some sledding fun. Both times it was a success: two weekends ago and again today. We turn into kids every time!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pulse Check

We're still alive...and up at 2 a.m. Darned stomach bug!

Here's a peek at what we've been up to lately.

See you back here soon with more updates.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Firsthand Reports

It seems an unwritten rule in the blogger world that publishing others' posts should only ever be done as a guest post. But, yesterday I stumbled across a report from missionaries in the heart of Port-au-prince, Haiti's capital. I'd like to share an excerpt with the link so you can read more.

The sun is about to come up. The aftershocks continue. Some more noticeable than others. There is no way to even begin to share the things we’ve heard and seen since 5pm yesterday...The few things we can confirm – yes the four story Caribbean Market building is completely demolished. Yes it was open. Yes the National Palace collapsed. Yes Gov’t buildings nearby the Palace collapsed. Yes St Josephs Boys home is completely collapsed. Yes countless countless - countless other houses, churches, hospitals, schools, and businesses have collapsed. There are buildings that suffered almost no damage. Right next door will be a pile of rubble. -from Troy and Tara Livesay's blog post: The Morning After- Earthquake Haiti 2010

Additionally, we have reports that all families we know on the island and in the capitol are okay. Cell phone lines are down and reports are coming to them via radio. There is concern for structural damage and food supplies for themselves and the Haitian people. Traditional death wails can be heard throughout the streets as news reaches families that loved ones on the mainland didn't make it.

While walking the streets of Haiti weeks ago we heard such great reports about the work of Compassion International. So that is where we are turning our attention in our hopes to add action to our prayers. Any donations will make impact. Click here if you'd like to help.

Thanks for reading and caring with us.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Update from Haiti

Tonight we are speechless watching the reports flood in. Our hearts are so heavy for the precious people in Haiti. We were just walking there weeks ago.

Matt felt the ground shake but all reports say he and others he's working with on the island are okay. We'll give updates as more come in.

Lifting up prayers for the people of Haiti,

Jason and Kelley

Childbirth Class Unfiltered

We just got back from class. Our eyes are still wide. Nothing was held back. After a review of the stages of labor we watched THREE birth videos showing EVERYTHING: epidural, episiotomy, forceps, birth. Sweet Jesus. How are there so many people on Earth?

Oh. My. Goodness. For being 'natural' nothing could look (and I'm sure feel) so completely UN-natural. Wow. Speechless. Incredible & amazing process!

Moms with two or more kids, I don't know if I'm more awed or puzzled by you. The diagrams look so simple. Somehow flesh and blood isn't as pretty as a picture. Good news though: I didn't come close to passing out during any of it. That's a good sign, ay?!?

Welcome to our world, tonight! :)