Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Want to Serve in Haiti?



I mentioned earlier this week that I was going to highlight a few ways you can be involved in the work we will be a part of in Haiti.  Don't think for a second that we're going to be the only ones sweating our faces off on a little island not very far away.  Oh no.  We have this huge vision of how God wants to use you...yes you...to be a part of this beautiful mosaic.

God has gifted His people in various ways.  We believe that God wants to use the talents and abilities of His people for His glory in Haiti.  Many of you are incredible doctors, nurses, artists, mothers, fathers, engineers, photographers, teachers, builders, and writers.  You love children.  You have a heart for adoption.  You long to serve the poor, care for the least of these and give a voice to the voiceless.  We want to serve as the bridge between you and the needs in Haiti.  A link.  A connection.

We are also thankful that each of you have a sphere of influence…people you know, people who listen to you, people who need to hear about the suffering in Haiti as well as what God is doing to restore this poverty-stricken country.  Our desire is to help you advocate for the people of Haiti within your circle of friends and family members.

We are compiling a database, a pool of talent if you will.  If you would like to help Haiti in some way, please send us an email at mosaicvillage@gmail.com and let us know how the Lord has gifted you to serve Haiti, and if you’d like to serve short term (mission trip) or long-term.  We want to help connect you with needs, job openings and service opportunities in our new neck of the woods.

Maybe you don't feel "gifted."  We don't agree.  Some of you may come to Haiti and go all "Dr House" on some Haitians.  Some of you may come and hold babies for a week.  No matter what you do in Haiti, we can guarantee...you won't come home the same person.  Haiti has a way of stowing away in your luggage.  Brings tears to my eyes thinking of what God wants to do through so many of you in Haiti and what God will do in you because of the people of Haiti.

If you would like to advocate for Haiti from right where you are, we’d love to pass information along to you about sustainable, gospel-centered organizations in Haiti who need people just like you supporting them and spreading the word about the work they are doing in Haiti.

Get excited.  You may be reading this post from the comfort of your home, but we believe...like all the way, 100% believe that God is inviting you out of your home and into a marvelous kingdom adventure for His glory.

We are inviting you to be a piece...a tessera...a part of something big and beautiful.  A marvelous mosaic made up of tiny, individual pieces that when admired as a whole looks like the gospel...like Jesus. 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Piece of the Mosaic



Tessera: each, individual piece of a mosaic

We believe that God wants you to be a “tessera” in the redemptive work our family will be a part of in Haiti.  There are several ways you can become one of the many pieces of this mosaic of ministry.  This week I'm going to highlight three of the ways you can be a part of Mosaic Village.

I love these thoughts from John Piper (from this sermon) on being a part of world missions by sending out missionaries.

...There is a big difference between a church that “has” missionaries (on the back of their bulletin or as a line item in their budget) and a church that “sends” missionaries.  To send in a manner worthy of God is to so recognize the supreme importance of proclaiming the name of God in word and deed among the nations that we will do whatever we can to support those who go out for the sake of the name—spiritually, practically, emotionally, financially. 

We'll be the very first to admit that until we listened to the Radical Series, we were not sending missionaries like John Piper describes above.  We were heartbroken.  God is good.  He wants good things for His children.  When He asks us to be a part of global missions, He is asking us to be a part of something good and rewarding in an eternal way.  We were so sad that we had been disobedient and were probably missing out on a lot of "good" by not being actively involved in missions by sending out missionaries in real, tangible ways. 

Here are some questions we began asking ourselves months ago in regards to sending missionaries:

Do we know the missionaries our church supports?

Do we pray for them?


Do our kids know them?


Do they hear us praying for those missionaries?


Are we involved in the lives of missionaries? Do we send them emails? Do we encourage them? Do they know we are praying for them? Do they know we are rejoicing with them as they see people come to know the Lord and see lives saved (spiritually and physically?)


Do we truly see the missionaries we're sending as "going" while we're here "sending"? Do we see our relationship as ACTIVE. Do we see our relationship as a true partnership. Us sending, them going = both of us living out the great commission.

Do we meet practical needs of the missionaries we're sending? When they need things from the US are we eager to send those items? Arrange places for them stay? Serve them while they are back in the US? Do we even know what their needs are?  

We were not doing any of those things well (and in some cases, at all). We've seen missionaries as people who left to do cool God things, but have not truly felt how connected God wants us to be. We've not lived within the relationship that should exist between a goer and a sender.

If you've been a crappy "sender" and not very involved in world missions, don't feel terrible.  Rejoice in God's grace and goodness.  His mercies are new every single morning.  There is no condemnation in Christ.  No wallowing in guilt.  We simply had to confess how much we had ignored God by totally downplaying the great commission.  Missions is near and dear to God's heart, and we had to confess it had not been near and dear to ours.  Today can be a new day for you and your family.  You can participate in world missions.  By being attached to the work lots of missionaries are doing you can tangibly love the orphan, care for the poor and be a voice for the oppressed and the voiceless.  How exciting.  If your life has been dull, just wait...there's nothing more life bringing than living out the life that God has laid out for us.

Today you can send an email to your church and ask them for a list of missionaries your church supports.  They probably even have websites.  You can probably request a prayer card for each missionary and pray over them.  Noel Piper says they keep prayer cards for missionaries on their kitchen table and pray over one at dinner each night.  What a great idea!

Today...like right now, you can email a missionary you've not kept in contact with and encourage them.  Go write on their facebook wall.  Go show them they are loved and not forgotten by God and by you.

What an adventure God is inviting us to each be a part of through participating in world missions.

For us specifically...the first way you can be a part of Mosaic Village is to pray. 

Pray

We'd love for you to know exactly how to pray for us as we're preparing to go to Haiti and while we're in Haiti.  If you'd like to be someone who prays for us and for the people of Haiti, you can either email Aaron (mosaicvillage@gmail.com) or go here and subscribe to the mailing list.  Please include your mailing address because we want to send you a prayer card or magnet for your refrigerator.  Totally surreal.  Never in my life would I have thought our family would be stuck on someone's fridge.  We're a missionary magnet.  When did this happen?  Insane!

I thought I'd pass along this great article from Desiring God Ministries about how to teach kids to love missions.

For those of you who have children, not only do we want to invite you on this journey to Haiti, our kids want to invite your kids.  We have been teaching the boys that God has included them in this move to Haiti.  The other night Aaron told the boys that if God didn't want them to go to Haiti He would have nudged a different couple to go.  But God is asking us to go, and that never means just us as parents.  We want our boys to know that God has a plan and purpose to use them to bring truth, hope, love, redemption, restoration, and peace to the people of Haiti.  So...our kids invite your kids to be a part of what God is doing in Haiti.  We will include prayer requests from the kids and invite the boys to post on the Mosaic Village website from time to time.

And now for that great link:


Let us know if you want to commit to praying for our family.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Anson Saves the Day



Now that we're living in the farm we've had to deal with the fact that mice enjoy coming inside.

Cringe.

Today I went to get some flour out of the pantry and there was a mouse on a glue trap.  Let's all shake violently.

Seeing that thing moving around on the trap made me lose all control of my body.  Not kidding.  My legs felt like jelly, and this creepy feeling kept crawling up my back making me do full body freak outs.

Aaron isn't home.  Jason is on vacation.  Dean and Oscar (guys who work here on the farm) were at lunch.

Good thing I have four boys.  We nominated Anson to get the trap and dispose of it.  Hayden was dying to be the one who grabbed the glue trap, but we really felt like this was something Anson needed to do.  I knew he could do it and would be so proud of himself when it was over.  Anson usually takes a backseat to all things freaky...not because he's overly afraid...but because his brother Hayden is a self-declared wildlife warrior.  There is no animal he won't pick up and hug.  Hayden told me if he could get the glue trap then he was going to save the mouse's life by dropping hot water on his little feet to melt the wax and then put him in a little cage and nurse him back to life.  My reply..."No you're not."

Hayden wanted to video tape his brother getting rid of the mouse.  I stayed in the living room.  I couldn't even look at the thing.

It took some time and lots of laughing but Anson did it.  We're so proud of him. 

The poor mailman showed up right as the kids were about to bring the mouse outside.  Nice. 

This was my first run in with a glue trap.  Disgusting!  How are these things humane?  Ask Kirby what she used to do in college with the mice she and her roommates caught on glue traps.  Go ahead...ask her.

How to Make Strawberry Jelly


Jelly making.  Add that to the list of things I would have never imagined myself doing.

Only hippies and grannies make their own jelly.  I'm not a granny, but I'm probably on the road headed straight for hippy.

A few years ago as we were beginning to change the way we ate, I realized that the jelly I bought for my kids contained a ton of high fructose corn syrup.  I wanted to eliminate that junk from our diets.  I also wanted to continue to eat jelly and feed my children jelly.  I had two options:  a.  pay a lot of money for real-fruit jelly...and I mean a lot since the real fruit jelly jars are tiny and my family is...well...not tiny.  b.  make my own.

Option B was really the only option since Aaron wasn't interested in getting another job or selling an organ.  Now that we've made jelly several times, it is one of my favorite things to do.  You can't beat the taste of homemade jelly, and I love that I get to know exactly what's in it. 

Kirby and I made jelly this week and wrote down the directions, complete with pictures.  I hope this inspires others to grab a friend and some strawberries this summer and make some jelly.  Even if you're not a granny or a hippy, this is a great experience.  You'll be glad you canned something.  Makes you feel old-timey...like you are on Fried Green Tomatoes (minus the cutting a guy up and barbecuing him part.)

STEP BY STEP JELLY HOW-TO

Before making your jelly for the love...start with a crystal clean kitchen.  Trust us.  This makes a huge difference.  If your kitchen is a mess before starting...warning...you will break down and lose it once your jelly making is in progress.  Jelly making is messy.  Kids decide to do the most awful things when momma is in the kitchen making jelly.  No matter how excited you are to get started, trust us...clean that kitchen up little lady!

What you need for one batch of jelly (four 16 oz. jars):

2.5 one pound cartons of strawberries
1/4 cup lemon juice
7.5 cups sugar (you will need a four pound bag of sugar per batch)
2 pouches of certo (liquid fruit pectin)
4 mason jars
4 rings
4 flat lids
large canning pot (try to use a real canning pot with some sort of rack in the bottom of the pot so that the glass jars do not get too hot)
jelly funnel
jar gripping tongs
lots of clean dishtowels and rags on hand



Wash your jars and rings in the dishwasher.  Start making jelly once your jars are drying on high heat in the dishwasher.  Keep the jars toasty hot in the dishwasher until you need them.


Put water in your canning pot and begin to bring it to a boil.  This takes some time.  Add the lid to speed up the boiling process.


Wash strawberries. Remove tops.  Cut in half.


Put strawberries in a food processor.

You have to take it easy with the food processor.  You want the strawberries to look chopped...not pureed.

Your mixture should look like this....



From your blended strawberries you need to measure out 3 3/4 cups.  Pour 3 3/4 cup chopped strawberries in large bowl.  Add 1/4 cup lemon juice and 7 1/2 cups sugar.  Set aside.


That's a lot of sugar.  I know.  You are welcome to experiment with other sweeteners, however changing the kind of sweetener or reducing the amount of sugar has the potential to adversely affect the way your jelly sets.  We can only guarantee your jelly if you follow these directions exactly.  If anyone experiments with other healthier sweeteners and your jelly sets up well, please let us know.  We'll gladly try your recipe and link to it.  We have used organic sugar and it worked great, but have been too chicken to try other healthier sweeteners.



Boil a small saucepan of water.  Once the water is boiling, turn the water off and place your flat  lids in the hot water.  Let those sit in the hot water until ready to use.

Once the water in your large canning pot is boiling, turn the water down to simmer.  Now it is time to start cooking the strawberry mixture.  Place the strawberry/sugar/lemon juice in a large, separate pot.



Bring mixture to a full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling even when you stir it).  Use high heat.  STIR CONSTANTLY.



Here's where things get a tad bit stressful.  It's only stressful for a few minutes though.  Sort of like a jelly making contraction.

Get your certo packages ready.

Once the strawberry mixture is boiling (full rolling boil) stir in two packages of Certo quickly.



Return to a full rolling boil and then boil exactly 1 minute (set the timer on the microwave or your phone).  Stir constantly.  After one minute, remove from heat.



With a metal spoon, skim off any foam.



Put the foam in a small bowl.   Once the foam cools, find a cute little kid and let him eat it right out of the bowl with his finger.  It's a must.



Remove four hot jars from the dishwasher.  There are six in this picture, but you get the point.



Pour the heated strawberry mixture quickly into the jars using your jelly funnel.  Leave 1/8 inch of space at the top of the jars.



With a wet rag, quickly clean the tops of the jars.  The tops of your jars need to be nice and clean so wipe off any jelly that got on the tops while you were pouring the mixture in the jars.


 
Remove flat lids from hot water and dry the rubber seals really well with a dry rag.



Cover jelly jars with two piece lids.  Screw bands tightly.




Using your tongs, place the jars of jelly into the canning pot and bring water to a boil.  There needs to be an inch or two of water covering the tops of your jelly jars.



As soon as water is boiling, set a timer for 5 minutes.  Let the jelly sit in the boiling water for a full 5 minutes.





After five minutes, remove the jars of jelly with your tongs.  You may need to set the jars on towels so they don't harm your counter tops.  Let cool.  After the jars have completely cooled (this takes several hours), check the seals by pressing on the top of the seal.  If the seal pops up and down, the jar is not sealed.  If that happens, place the unsealed jars of jelly in the refrigerator.  For the jars that have sealed, let them sit for 24 hours before moving them.  Then you can store them in your pantry up to one year.

Random tips:

We bought tons of mason jars from garage sales.  That's the way to go.  Then all you have to buy is new, flat lids.  The first time you make jelly it will be more expensive because you'll have to buy jars.  However, once you invest in jars, you'll use the same ones over and over.

You can use your rings and jars over and over again (unless the rings get rusty).  Every time you can something you have to buy new, flat lids.

Borrow.  Borrow.  Borrow.  This is the perfect time to email all the older ladies in your church and ask if they have the supplies you'll need for making jelly.  Maybe you could even ask them to come help you.  Once you decide if canning is going to be your "new thing" then you can slowly collect the canning items.  We bought lots of supplies (big pots, pressure cookers) at garage sales.

We've been told that Certo is the best liquid pectin if you are trying to eliminate high fructose corn syrup from your diet.  The other brands are basically high fructose corn syrup...so what's the point?

For jelly, we have found that the jars need to be no bigger than 16 ounce.  Any larger and the jelly does not set well...probably from not getting hot enough in the hot water bath (the method for canning we use for jelly).

It's no fun to make jelly by yourself, and may be impossible.  Invite a friend.  You'll need extra hands.  If you have small children you will need someone there to watch them.  For real.

Jelly making is fun, rewarding but a huge mess.  We make giant batches.  This time we made 29 jars between the two of us.  However, you should only do one batch at a time (no doubling or tripling the recipe.  It will mess up.)  Kirby and I will make jelly one more time this summer with peaches and do about the same amount.  So...two jelly days for us and we have jelly for the entire year and some to give away at Christmas.  We have found it's better to mess up the kitchen twice and have a couple long days than to make a huge mess several times a summer.   


The end result.  Yum.  Who wants a biscuit?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Photos


Last Saturday we went to a wedding in Austin for these sweet people...Michael and Kristin Allen.

We had such a great time.

The boys looked snazzy...



At one point in the evening I heard the dance floor chanting, "Go Hayden.  Go Hayden."

We turned the corner to see our crazy child in the middle of the dance floor.


It was fun to get dressed up, go to one of our favorite towns and celebrate with people we love.


The next morning was Father's Day.  What a sweet daddy we have.



My dad came up to see all of us.  It was the perfect day.  I swear I own more shirts.


The kids wake up excited to check the gardens.  They are quite the tomato pickers.  I never want to forget how Laney Rae says tomatoe.  Too-mate-oh


lots and lots of swimming.  lots and lots of good sleep at night.


Besides a tarantula, this week they became the proud owners of a locust right out of its shell...a gigantic walking stick (like something from Indian Jones) and a rat snake.  Right after being captured the rat snake threw up a bird that had been partially digested.  Nice.  Right after it yacked the bird, the snake died.  Even better.



We've been hanging out with the Apels on the farm.  Kirby taught me to make the most yummy breakfast this morning.  Eggs in a hole, or eggs in a basket.  Delicious.  We're going to make jelly tomorrow and finally post how we do it (pictures and all.)

As we've been preparing to go to Haiti one of the hardest parts for us is leaving behind family and friends.  We've been extra intentional about spending time...quality time with the people we love before we go.  It has been a blessing to be out here on the farm with my family...the cousins soaking each other up, laughing every night with one another, cooking dinner with Lynsey and cleaning the kitchen with each other.  Makes me wonder why we didn't do this more, why we all don't do it more.  I know we'll leave our friends and family here, but I'm thankful that when we come back to the US the time we will spend with one another...that time with family and friends will be rich, real and sweet.  There will be time for long talks.  Holding sleepy nieces.  Sharing the morning with one another.  Staying up way too late doing ridiculous things like... 


getting Charlie to give us all Sharpie tattoos.  Have you ever thought about what you'd want for a tattoo if you got one?  Lots of laughter last night as we all thought of ideas.  Lynsey started quoting people's facebook statuses as suggestions.  Whew!  Funny!

And now for my favorite picture of all time...


When we came across this one from the wedding we both laughed out loud.  Aaron said, "I bet Ryan has seen these looks from us a lot.  I look like I'm saying, "What are you thinking?" and you just look mad at him."

We love you Ryan, even if our faces don't always show it!  I'm sure Ryan had just said something totally inappropriate.  Aaron was getting on to him, and I was probably pointing out that all my kids just heard what Ryan said...reminding my children to ask permission before repeating things that Mr. Ryan says.  Love this.  It's a treasure to me.

This week I have been overwhelmed with God's goodness through the gift of real, intense and strong friendships.  A piece of heaven.  That's what those relationships feel like.  What a joy it is to know God and be known by God.  What a joy it is to be known by others and to know then well.  No hiding or pretending.  Sweet.  Sweet. Blessings.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Mosaic Village


In case you haven't checked out Mosaic Village yet, I wanted to spend the next few days highlighting some of the things the Lord has strongly impressed upon our hearts as we move to Haiti.

Mosaicthe art of assembling small, oftentimes broken pieces into something beautiful and useful.

While living in College Station, Texas God has grown our love for the church and for community.  We have been blessed to have waves and waves of Aggies pass through our lives.  I've oftentimes whined and downright cried because of all the incredible people we have known who ultimately moved away.  They became constant fixtures in our lives just to graduate a few years later and say good-bye.  Difficult.  We always miss them.  After dearly loved college students move away I have actually vowed to never love another Aggie.  And then new Aggies weasel their way into my soul.  Dang Aggies.

While God was stirring our hearts about missions and particularly for Haiti, we knew He wasn't asking us to leave our connection with the church and with the people we knew (through the church, or through this blog) to go and do our own thing in a new place.  I'm not saying that's not what God calls some people to do, but as we prayed God gave us a vision for connecting the people here to the needs in Haiti.

Like it or not, in one way or another we're inviting you all to come with us.

Broken pieces.  Each of us.  Haitians.  Americans.  All broken.  In need of restoration.  And yet God desires to take those pieces and create something beautiful.  Art.  A lovely picture of the gospel.  Redemption.  That's what God does.  He redeems all that has been broken and unusable.

God has given us great peace and excitement about the ways He wants to use each of us to bring hope to Haiti.  We believe He wants to use us all to do something beautiful in Haiti.  We believe God wants to use Haiti to do something beautiful in each of us.

I know many of you love the church.  You love missions.  You want to share the gospel.  You want to live it out by caring for the least of these, giving a voice to the voiceless and defending the cause of the oppressed, poor and the orphaned.  Let's be honest.  What we want to do and what we actually do are sometimes different stories.  Maybe you've struggled, like the rest of us, to know how or where to live out these things that Jesus is always talking about.  Maybe you don't know where to start.  Haiti isn't the only place to care for the poor, share the gospel and love the orphan.  However...it is a great place to do those things and we want to invite you into this beautiful country in some way or another.

We really see our family's move to Haiti as a way to put "feet" to each of our desires.  We believe Haiti is going to give us each a place...a tangible way...to live out our convictions.

More to come about how to be involved through prayer, giving, advocating and serving...

For now, we have a favor to ask.

Will you help us spread the word about Mosaic Village?  Will you let your friends, family members, Aggies and former Aggies know about how they can be involved in serving Haiti?

It would bless us incredibly if you'd get the word out about Mosaic Village in some way or forward a link to Mosaic Village to anyone you think would be interested in loving and serving Haiti in some way.

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In other news...I stayed up way too late the other night remodeling this blog.  If you come here by way of a reader, I want to invite you over to the real deal to check it out today.  Is it just me, or would every mother sit and stare at pictures of her kids all day?  Oh how I adore those cuties.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ryan Price: Makes Us Look Way Cooler than we Really are


It's really not fair that we get to know such talented people.

We needed some family pictures for Mosaic Village.

We needed magnets to send out with our support letters.

Lynsey took some stellar family photos of us for Christmas, but we were all wearing winter clothes.  A family wearing winter clothes next to phrases like, "Pray for our family in Haiti" does not go together.  Haiti and winter clothes?  Let's all get sweaty thinking about that.

Our great friend Ryan Price happens to be a kick-butt photographer.

He and his wife Sara came out to the farm and took some pictures of our family.  Only Ryan, Sara and my incredible sister-in-law jumping around in the background singing "The Roof Is On Fire" could get all our kids to look right all at the same time for our pictures.  You guys are the best!

Go check out Ryan's site to see our beautiful pictures.  What a gift Ryan has!

If you ever need a photographer, keep Ryan in mind.  I have a button on my blog for easy access if you need to look him up in the future.

I've mentioned this before, but I want to remind everyone...

Ryan loves adoption.  He loves it so much that if your family is in the process of adopting and needs pictures for your photo book, he will take them for free.  Details here.

We love you Ryan and Sara.  Lots and lots and always.

We've all grown so much together.  Growth in a close knit community...I'm not sure there's many other gifts from God as sweet.

Crossfit Gave Me My Groove Back



For those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile, you know...

It was a rough year.

From about August to March I battled with some pretty yucky spiritual issues.  On top of all that I had mono and was severely anemic.  Not fun.  Not fun.  Talk about the life of the party.  That was me.

No mother of four boys should have mono.  It's a miracle all four of our kids are still alive after having a mother that tired and out of it.  It's amazing I still have friends, since I feel like I sort of fell into a hole for six months.

The combination of spiritual yuck, mono and anemia left me barely able to get my jeans buttoned and so out of shape.  Just one year ago I was running a 10K...it's amazing what six months of sickness can do to a person.  I tried fixing things on my own.  No luck.  I felt like a slug.  I seriously needed a kick start...a reset button.

Enter Jordan Morchat with Crossfit ATM.

Jordan is a sweet friend of mine (and she's Kirby's friend too).  Jordan offered to train us for about five weeks, three times a week and help us learn about nutrition.

Five weeks later, I have never felt better!  I'm back in my summer clothes.  My arms have muscles in them.  I've never known what that felt like before!  I'm eating better.  I feel better.  I am exercising three times a week.  I am back to my old self.  Jordan was just what I needed to get back on the road to feeling well again.

For those of you who live in BCS, Jordan is offering a summer special...

If I did not believe this was worth your time and money, I would not be passing this info along!  I'm not one to spend a lot of money on frivolous things, but I really believe that our bodies are a gift straight from God.  After being sick and down for so many months, five weeks with Jordan was a great investment in my long term health.  I feel so much better.


Change your life in 6 weeks!
Women’s only class!
Learn how to live, eat, and exercise properly!
When: July 5th on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7am.
Price: $200 for 6 weeks!
If you join with a friend you will receive $25 off your payment!
Limit is 20 women!
Email Jordan@crossfitatm.com for more information on location.


If you tell Jordan you read about this offer here, you get an extra $50 off!  So...grab a friend, tell Jordan you heard about this on the Hendrick blog and get six weeks of training and nutrition counseling for only $125.  After six weeks you will feel like a new person.

I'm kind of jealous I can't do it...I'm pretty sure Jordan would have me ready for the Olympics in six more weeks, but I really want to do this because I love Jordan and it was the sweetest gift to spend three hours a week with her!  You can thank me later for sharing her with you.

Let me know if you end up doing this.  I want to cheer you on!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Radical for Radically Inexpensive



If you're one of those weird ones who learn by listening...

The audio version of Radical is available for the next 72 hours for only $2.49.  You can buy it here.

We love this book.  Think everyone should read it (or listen to it).

If you haven't caved and bought the book or listened to the sermons after the 9,000 posts I've written about how life-changing Radical is, here's another chance to hear some life-altering truths.

We could not be more thankful for the things that Platt teaches (from God's Word) in this book.  Since reading the book our eyes have been opened to missions, to God's heart for the poor and the orphaned and been challenged to live for heaven...for the kingdom...

We have been overwhelmed by God's goodness and His grace, and how He wants to use sinful people like you and me to be a part of His beautiful plan for redemption.

Platt has been all over the world, seen the need, and we believe his message is timely for the American church while being honest, gracious and encouraging.

You can buy the book here...

Or you can buy the audio version for only $2.49 for the next 72 hours here.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday Photos - Rock Store for Haiti


These two social-justice-loving cuties set up a rock store for Haiti on the farm today.

What is it about kids and rocks?  Rocks=treasure around these parts.

As you walk up to their high class operation, you'll hear them say, "Buy rocks for Haiti so kids can go to school."

All proceeds from their rock adventure are going to TeacHaiti.

You'll hear a great deal about TeachHaiti at Mosaic Village in the near future.  It is incredible what $350 a year can do to change a child's life.  While in Haiti we spent time with Miquette Denie, the founder of TeacHaiti.  Stay tuned for more about this grassroots, no overhead, all your money goes straight to the kids ministry.

I asked the precious little clerks at the Rock Store for Haiti if  maybe their proceeds should go to Mosaic Village since ya know...their own family is raising money right now to go to Haiti.

They paused for a second.  Gave it some thought.

Then Ashton tilted his head and kindly said, "No."  K.K. politely added, "We really want kids to go to school."

They seemed a little sorry for not giving money to their own parents/aunt, but totally unmoved in their endeavor.

I bought two rocks.



paid the lovely cashier

and collected my "goods" from an adorable little bagger.

Their little display contained rocks, a cash register, bandaids and some apple juice...cause you never know when you'll need some bandaids and apple juice.

They have already made $10 today for TeacHaiti.

Their profit may have very little to do with the merchandise and a lot to do with the fact that they are both so incredibly cute.

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In other news this week...


As I was cleaning the kitchen one afternoon I hear Hayden say, "Mom...look at me.  I'm Abraham Lincoln."

Abraham Lincoln wishes his chair was that cool.

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And....


We took the kids to the county courthouse to get their passports this week.

I guess it's official.  This family is moving to Haiti.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Worth Watching Several Times



Meredith McGrath sent me this before bed.

I watched it twice last night, and twice this morning.

Not because I was bored and had nothing else to do.

The video is just that good!

When did this become our life ladies?  Ha!

I laughed out loud at the dad squeezing that huge nipple.  (Now you have to watch it, right?)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Twitter, Let's be Second Best Friends

Somehow we've managed to totally ignore the Twitter craze.

Not any longer!

Lynsey and I both got an account today.  So did Aaron.  It was Twitterfest around here!

You've heard the old saying...

The family that signs up for Twitter together, stays together.

Oh the joy!  It doesn't take much to make me feel cool these days.

It did take me about 30 minutes to decide what to write for my first tweet.

Thanks D.O. for patiently schooling us in all things Twitter.

Now that you've left I have 500 questions.  I'll ask Ryan though.  He lives closer.  I can annoy him easier.  Get ready Ryan!


If I would have had Twitter earlier today I would have told you this:

Taking four kids to get passport pictures in small town Brenham is a disaster waiting to happen.  I get sweaty remembering it.

Taking four kids to the district clerk's office for passports is only manageable with three adults present.  Three adults were there, and Hudson still left the office with his shirt soaked with water.  Water coolers are not good for two year olds.  (that would have been too long to Tweet, huh?)

Hayden totally freaked out the dentist today.  For some reason when she told him to shut his mouth so she could inspect his bite he stuck his jaw out really far and just sat there with a terrible, awful underbite.  The dentist literally gasped when she looked down.  She just stared at him in horror.  Then Hayden started laughing.  He said, "Gotcha!" And then quickly closed his mouth the right way.  He smiled his big smile.  Once she realized she was punked by an 8 year old, the dentist laughed so hard...like belly laughed.  She turned to me and said, "Who is this kid?  He's crazy!"  I said, "You have no idea!"

Hayden told the dentist..."You didn't even breathe for a minute."  She got the biggest kick out of him.  I asked him, "Hayden...how did you even think to do that?"  He said..."I started thinking I was going to do that when we were eating lunch today."

What will I do with this kid?

If Aaron would have had Twitter earlier this week he would have told you that he killed another mouse with a blow dart.

If I would have had Twitter earlier this week I would have told you that when Aaron went to get the dart out of the mouse's body, the mouse shot up and almost bit him.  Aaron screamed like a lady.

You can follow us if you want to...

mosaicvillage (Aaron)

hendrickfam (me)

yonderwayfarm (Lynsey)

Twitter...here we come!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Dumbest Diapers Ever


This commercial is beyond creepy. 

Have you seen the new denim diapers by Huggie?


I saw these diapers at the store and thought they were weird.

Last week they were on clearance at Kroger for $4.50 a pack.

Weird or not, at that price they were going in the cart.

I don't know what I was thinking...


When I put these on Hudson last night I almost wet my pants.

He's brown.

He's a boy.

He's tall and skinny.

He's also very pretty (sorry...I know he's a  boy, but he's a beauty).

It looked like he was wearing cut off daisy dukes.

I tried to teach him to sing the YMCA song, but he just danced around in his shorty shorts, which made everything worse.

Poor Hudson.