Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Asia Update

With the new baby coming soon, the to do list from the last year+ is becoming more of a priority!  So we thought we'd finally do a small blog update on our trip to Asia!  (Then maybe the baby will come!)

Thank-you to everyone who read our weekly emails, prayed for us and supported us.  All in all it was a good trip, although not an easy one!  We felt like it was an opportunity to go somewhere totally outside our comfort zone with our hearts open to God's leading onto the mission field.  We felt confirmed that we are where we're supposed to be in Edmonton during this season of growing our family and our business.  Business as Mission is something we still feel passionate about and are growing in ways to do that where we are right now.  

The most lasting impact we have taken from our trip is the relationships we made during those short 7 weeks.  It was beautiful to see the Bride working as a team to see hearts softened towards the Lord.  I took this picture when we all met together for church one time.  It reminds me of the verse "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" (Romans 10:15).  



Here are some more photo highlights from our trip!







Almost everyday I'd bath Claire on our balcony. You'd think it was to cool her off, but it was just for fun...when we got too hot we'd go back inside to the AC!  We kept our AC at a nice comfortable level for us, but when our other North American friends from there would come to visit, they'd say "BBBRRRR" and we'd say "Welcome to Canada!". They learned to bring sweaters!  


We all might have eaten our weight in white rice while we were there and definitely Claire did!  The food was really good, cheap, hot and fresh!  If anyone knows where you can get the sweet potato cakes in Edmonton, we owe you big time!  They were the best and we still dream about them!  



We took the train across the country for two days and that was definitely a cultural experience!  The most notable part of our room was the paper ring on the toilet that said it had been sanitized...although it looked about 5 years old!  And when you opened the lid, it went straight onto the tracks!




I miraculously killed 3 of these nasty creatures, at least one of them with a giant study Bible!  I know it sounds ridiculous but it was definitely one of the scariest things I've ever done!  Good thing we didn't have rats in our apartment!  




 Well now I'm gonna go have a baby!  
Love,
Laura.**--for Steve, Claire, Baby and me.  








Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring 2015


Just wanted to give a quick update!  

Claire is doing very well 3+ weeks after her cleft palate repair surgery…thank-you for everyone who has been lifting us up and thinking of us!  

I've got my toothbrush & passport...what more do I need, Mama? 
In other news, our little girl is going to be a world traveler soon!  We are all going on a great family adventure to Asia for 7 weeks. We’ve been talking about this for a while now!  We’ll be leaving at the end of April and returning mid June.  

We are looking for 21 Warriors to lift us up with some “vertical thoughts and words” while we are preparing and away.  If you split the week up into 7 days, morning, noon and night, you get 21 blocks of time.  We are hoping to have someone on their knees for us a few minutes in every one of those blocks.  If you’d like to be one of our warriors, that would be amazing!  Please let me know which block of time you would prefer (for example: Saturday night, Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning, etc).  Some people have even set alarmed appointments in their phones so they are reminded every week.  If you’d like to receive weekly updates via email as well, please include that with your preferred time.  My email is laurasdiscovery@yahoo.com  And thank-you in advance!    
   
Below is our support letter minus our giving info.  If you’d like to give, please email me (laurasdiscovery@yahoo.com) and I will get you that information.  You can give up until our last day in Asia: June 17th.     

Dear Friends & Family,

Well the time has finally come! After three years of planning and waiting, listening and preparing, we are finally off to Asia this April!

When Steve was in his 3rd year of college, we began to explore the opportunities to meet the requirements for his internship. We had always thought we would be going to Africa together. We also looked into Turkey and even thought of going to northern Canada. But obviously the Boss had other plans! As our Father continued to refine His passions in us and as we listened to how He has designed us with hearts for community development, business and disciple-making He lead us to a business opportunity in Asia.

We are excited to spend 7 weeks immersed in a completely different culture and way of doing business that has lasting impact on the Father’s plans. We will be involved in a couple different IT ventures as well as a coffee shop which are areas that are both within our interests and skillsets. We see this trip as an opportunity to see what the Father is doing and be open to His leading if He would have us serve Him longer term outside of Canada.

Although it’s difficult to be very specific in all we share, we wanted to give you an opportunity to partner with us and our Father to be part of something He is doing as He builds His family in Asia. Whether you are lifting us up, giving or both, you are part of what our Father is doing there. You may never get the opportunity to go or know anyone from Asia, but this can be your bridge to the Family that one day you will meet in glory. Thank-you in advance for helping with the Father’s plans to make His family bigger, stronger, and closer.

Under His Wing,
Steve, Laura & Claire 

 Here are some specific areas that you can lift us up in:

-continued healing and health for Claire
-smooth visa process
-travel
-culture shock
-tremendous time change for two parents of a 1 year old (oh, and her too)!
-the Father’s leading of daily kingdom opportunities
-language hurdles
- that we would be a blessing to our brothers and sisters there
-health
- marriage and family
-opposition
-clear future direction and leading

Many blessings on you all as we look ahead to Easter, may you be reminded of His amazing love, grace, sacrifice and freedom we enjoy!  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Claire's Surgery



Just wanted to give a quick update on Claire!  Her surgery to repair her cleft palate is scheduled for March 4th, two weeks from today.  She will also have tubes put in her ears as she has fluid built up due to her inability to equalize pressure in her ears (normal for babies with clefts).  We have heard of quite a few cleft surgeries being cancelled (even the day of) due to not enough beds for after care at the Stollery.  We’ve been praying that Claire’s surgery would not be bumped as this would greatly affect our upcoming trip to Asia.  Please join us in praying for our requests:

-that Claire’s surgery would go as planned on March 4th
-that the surgery itself would go very well and healing would go perfectly
-that the Lord would give us strength, wisdom, rest and peace as parents
-for comfort, healing and joy for Claire (she has to wear arm splints probably for about a week after so she doesn’t touch her mouth)  



In other news, Claire just turned 10 months!  She is army crawling like a pro and we can hardly keep up with her!  Mama is her only real word and she is constantly saying Mum mum mum for everything!  She’s waving, clapping, pointing and is an excellent communicator at what she wants and doesn’t want!  She’s drinking from a cup and loves feeding herself. She examines each bite she puts in her mouth and eats as if she has all the time in the world (I’m sure many of us could learn something from her)!  She’s working hard on pulling herself up to standing and is learning to appreciate books as something other than a chew toy!  Her favourite activities are pulling her socks off, pointing out the window, finding every crumb on the floor and climbing on anyone who will let her!  She has a great sense of humour and we love her little giggles!  She is a delight and we are so thankful God has entrusted us with such a treasure as her!

 Stay tuned for another update soon on our upcoming trip to Asia and how you can be involved!
     

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Eat Ice Cream on Tuesday


On November 4th our family will be celebrating a life that very few of you know about.  

We will eat ice cream because that is what we first did to numb the pain a little when we lost our first child to a miscarriage at 9 weeks in Chicago.  

We named this little one Sam after Samuel in the Bible because just like him, our little one was prayed for too.  And also named after my mom who was called Sam as a child by her friends because those were her initials.  On November 4th, 2014, this Tuesday, Sam would have been 1 year old.  We don’t know if our little one is a boy or a girl although often in my mind’s eye I see a little boy who looks much like some of Steve’s childhood pictures.  We actually don’t know much about this little life…we don’t even have an ultrasound picture.  Just a photo of a positive pregnancy test, a few very early pregnancy photos and a little black bear that we bought when we found out we were expecting.  

But there is Someone who knows all about our little Sam.  Someone who walks and talks with him everyday.  Someone who is better at loving him than we are.  And I am so thankful for that.  Sam is in the Lord’s hands.  

I am very thankful for Claire and delighted that we are enjoying life with her.  But believe it or not, she is in God’s hands too.  Even in Claire’s short life I have felt compelled many times to give her to God.  Corrie ten Boon said, “hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”  I pray that I will be able to show Claire a good God who is always there for her in ways that I could never be.  It is a privilege to be entrusted with these little lives for the time God sees fit.  

I look forward to the day when I will hear the sweet words from Sam’s lips “Mama!”  What a glorious day that will be!  I cannot wait!  And how much more dear heaven has become since that day in April when our little Sam entered glory.  

In some ways my heart is very sad but in other ways it is at such peace and so delighted at the thought of our little Sam perhaps sitting down with the Lord to a giant bowl of ice cream!  If in fact, heaven has ice cream, and if not, undoubtedly there is something far better!  
 
So on Tuesday, in honour of our little Sam, have some ice cream…hug your kids a little tighter, hold onto them a little lighter and pray that you will show them a good good God.