Wednesday, March 01, 2006

What We've Been doing.....

I haven't been very "newsy" lately, so I thought I would post some family news, particularly for out of town family...

Our plans to go Wales to still stand. Woo Hoo! We got the go-ahead last week to purchase our tickets, since we found an amazing fare, so we plan to do that shortly. It is *very* exciting, and definitely a little scary! We would be leaving the middle-ish of September.

My big brother Aaron, the Marine, is in training in NC and will be deported to Iraq this summer. His wife and children are at her family's in GA, and all seem to be well. They will get to spend this coming weekend together and I'm sure they are all certainly looking foward to that! Keep them in your prayers, please.

The Hispanic ministry is "going". Sometimes fast, sometimes slow, but always going....
For the past several weeks, I have been having Bible studies at my house in the morning for some ladies, and there have been two that have believed on Jesus for the first time, within the past month or so! All are new in the Lord, and it has been exciting to disciple them and watch them grow. Sometimes only one shows up, and sometimes it's more like six, but so far there has always been someone.
The guys still come around too. There are four that are the most "faithful" and they come at random times throughout the week, usually around dinner time. :-D We enjoying having them, and they are growing too.
Please pray for these people, and us, if the Lord brings them/us to mind.

Last week I also started participating in a Bible study at church by Beth Moore called "Believing God" and it has been *awesome*!! I highly recommend it for anyone looking to really dig into God's Word.

I am also reading through the Bible this year with the kids. It has been great! We usually try to read at meal times, and I stress to them that it is much more important to feed our spirits than our bodies. They actually really get excited about reading the Bible, even through some of the dry sections of Leviticus and Numbers! I was happily surprised, to tell you the truth! Last week we read a chapter in numbers that was listing all of the families of Israel, like "Gad, from the family of the Gadites" and Joshua thought it was just hilarious! Since then, he has been like "I'm Joshua, from the family of the Joshunites, and this is Dominique from the family of the Dominiquinites" etc, etc, with the names of everyone we know. It has become a little family joke. :)

The kids keep growing and keep us on our toes, as you can see from the post below! Other current mishaps include Joshua playing with the lock on the bathroom door and then closing the door (locking it closed). At least Dominique didnt get locked inside! Oh, and Dominique dropping toy coins into the toilet. Then this morning Dominique was right behind a door that Fabio opened (not knowing she was behind it) and she got her big toe under the door. It was red and swollen for a while, but looking much better already.

But other than all of those minor, um... accidents, the kids are doing great and learning and growing more every day. Joshua is reading better all the time, and Dominque is adding words to her vocabulary little by little. (Newest one is "plop":) Let me tell you, they teach us SO much! I am thankful for all we are learning from them, and from the Lord through them.

I will end with one more sweet moment from this morning. Out of the clear blue, Joshua put his hand on my tummy and prayed that God would put a baby in there! hmmmm..... :)


Bipin Sen said...

hmm... wales with a new baby? that will be interesting.

how much was the "amazing fare" that you got?


Julie B said...

How long will you be in Wales? What is it for exactly? I know that you have posted info on that before, but I forgot what it was about.

Carol "Mom" Black said...

I'm finally posting a comment, now that you showed me how. This blog is pretty cool, especially for those who aren't here to see the kids all the time. It will really be nice when you are in Wales and Aaron is in Iraq.
I'll sure miss all of you...sigh.... :-(

Elizabeth Tsukayama said...

Yes, we are excited about the possibility of our third child being born in Wales. Mostly because Fabio will be FAR more available to help out than now, working full time. Also, I wont have to grocery shop or cook, as meals are provided, and staying in a dorm room will mean not a lot of cleaning necessity. :-D I also wont have as many social engagements or church activities, so we will generally be freer with our time than we are now. And then there is the novelty of having each of our children born in a different country. :) I wonder how long we will be able to keep that up??? hehe

Bipin, we have found fare for around $200 round trip to London, with the return date being any time within 12 months. Yippee! We cant even go to CA for that price!!! Anyone wanna come visit us? Cant beat that deal!

Julie, we will be going to the Bible College of Wales. That is where David Hamstra went last year, and also where Ian Rawley and Alan Scotland are on the board of directors. It is Lifelink. :) School starts the end of September, and goes until the following July, so we will be gone for about 10-11 months.

Mom, thanks for posting a comment! :) We will sure miss you too. You will have to come visit. :)

Kathy said...

WOW that is an amazing fare! Please tell me how, as we need to look for ourselves.

Yes we will miss u and imagine number 3 a Brit!! Ha ha. You aren't pregs right now are you?

Elizabeth Tsukayama said...

No, Im not preggers yet. Someone else asked me that after seeing my blog too! I wasnt implying anything. Just a hope.... ;-)

So you are going to the UK?? I will get Fabio to get the info for you. We still havent booked yet, because the fare turned out to not be good for Sept... So we keep checking every few days.

Kathy said...

I do appologize, didn't mean to start anything :(

Well we are planning on going to SA in December and we always go through London, so if we could get tickets for close to that price it will help EMENSLY!!!

Elizabeth Tsukayama said...

No need to apologize!
That's great that you will get to show off the new baby in SA! Hope you find a great deal on airfare!

Anonymous said...

I have finally gone on to your blog site and it is good to hear more info than we may exchange otherwise. It is a blessing of the Lord to know of HIs faithful provision. The pics are great.

love ya Dad

Elizabeth Tsukayama said...

DAD!!!! You finally made it here! yippee!!!