I Have Been Blessed

All about how God has blessed me. In my marriage, with my six children, through homeschooling, and our faith with recipes, large family living, and updates on our life.


Austin and I have always had a heart for Missions. There was even a time where we opened ourselves up to God’s Will, asking Him if he was calling us to go. He wasn’t, but He was giving us a tender spot. A heart for all the lost who have never heard. We love missionaries. We respect missionaries. We have supported missionaries and mission work. We recognize the sacrifice. We understand the call. But it’s still scary. It’s scary for missionaries to take their families and go overseas or to other parts of the world. Even more scary when it’s our family! That is where we are at now. His sister and my sister are both actively working on getting out to the Mission Field.

It is such a strange pull, a strange tug of war emotionally for us as their family. Like I said, we love missions. We love mission work. We love missionaries. But in our human-ness, we fear for them. We worry. We pray. And pray. And pray.

My sister and husband (Elisabeth and Peter Putney) are beginning Full Time Deputation in July (one month after the birth of their first baby!) Read all about their Mission work to Colombia at  SeekandSaveColombia.com. They are planning on going around the states earning their support and plan to be on the Mission Field in Medellin, Colombia in 1-2 years.

Austin’s sister and her husband (Amy and Gabe Girdner), and their two-year old son, Liam, have already bought tickets to Burkina Faso, Africa for a six week survey trip and then possibly will be doing full time mission work there. Read all about their journey at our12stones.wordpress.com.

Please pray with us. Pray for their safety. Pray for God’s Will to be done. Pray for the lost souls. Pray that they are able to accomplish the Work God has sent them to do. But also, can I ask, pray for the family. Pray for the family that is going and pray for the family that is left at home. The family that will be worrying and waiting for the next phone call, or update, or word.

We have been blessed.