Wednesday, August 12, 2009

She Did It!

If you missed my post about my grandmother going on her first mission’s trip, please click here to read it.

Last week, my wonderful 79-year old Grandma went on her first mission’s trip to Nicaragua.

Her fear - that she would hold back the group or worse, not be a productive member of the group.

Her goal – to be a blessing in any way she could.

Well…God took care of her fears and I believe He took care of her goal as well. Every night, the group led a crusade. Every night, Gram was asked to speak at two separate points in the service. She told stories from her life. Stories that in hindsight bear the fingerprints of the hand of God. Stories most of the women in the villages could relate too.

My Gram also carried two very full suitcases to Nicaragua. She came home with empty ones. Why? In the words of my Grandma, “Because the people in those villages have nothing. They need this more than I do.”

She even gave away the watch she was wearing and the rings on her fingers. These items went to a 12-year old boy who sold makeshift jewelry that his mom made. This was his family’s sole source of income. My Grandmother gave the items to him to sell for food.

To say I’ve always looked up to my Grandma would be an undermining of my true feelings. She is an inspiration to me. I love her dearly.

And, on a lighter note, she did have a little fun on the trip as well. My dear, sweet, daredevil Grandmother went ziplining through the rain forest. And, not just once. In order to go on the zipline, you had to “fly” through 11 stations, so yes, my Gram ziplined 11 times. I wonder what she will do for her 80th birthday.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Ingenuity of a 5-Year old

Oh, the last lazy days of summer.

Bug decided to dedicate his last lazy day of summer to working towards the Guiness World Book of Records prize for most hours playing a leapster video game.

Here's the start of the day:

But, too many hours playing causes very tired arms. So, Bug came up with this idea (on his own)

Who would have thought that napkin holders make great video game holders as well.

Now, everyone knows it's hard to read those little screens in the bright sun. Well, Bug came up with an answer to that one too. Late in the afternoon, when the sun shines it's brightest in our den, I found our dear son like this:

The darkness of the box makes for a great theatre feel.

Our son...he is too funny.