Thursday, December 16, 2010

Not Your Typical Grandmas

Seems as if I have used this title for my Mom
and Warren's Mom before.  These two don't 
let any grass grow under their feet!

On a trip out west a couple of years ago.
A trail ride...Mom was glad for lessons on horseback before she left.

A little over four years ago when Mom got her
dog, Bear, she was concerned that this would 
limit her ability to go on mission trips.  We assured
her that we would gladly take care of Bear so she
could still travel.  She has taken us up on this and 
we are glad of that.

On a medical mission trip to El Salvador.

In Israel....
On a camel!

 I can only imagine what our Dads must
think if they can see this from Heaven.

Not positive but this was probably Masada.
However, even I was surprised to receive a call last 
Friday telling me that Mom was leaving before the 
New Year to go to Peru!  For three weeks!

Not just to the cities of Peru but up in the Andes 
mountains where they will drive as far as they can
and hike the rest of the way in to the villages.

Villages where there is just one water source
and one spigot.  Villages where your toilet is
a hole in the ground.  Where children die from 
hypothermia every year and life is 
unbelievably tough.  

This is where my Mom is headed.
To work with children.
Precious children who need to hear
about the love of Jesus.
With their poor survival rate one could
probably assume that some they meet on
this trip will not make it through the next winter.
They need to know the good news!
That they have a Savior.
One who died for their sins.
Mom is anxious to share this important
message with them.

Not just my Mom.
She is taking Warren's Mom too.
The organizer of the trip is so
thrilled to have a nurse joining 
them.....Georgia will work with 
the people to share basic hygiene.
She will show them how to brush their
teeth, keep their hands clean and other 
basic health skills.
Imagine if you lived with one source
of water for your neighborhood.
How often would you go and wash 
your hands?
But it is still important if they are to 
live healthy lives.

You can pray for Mom and Georgia 
as they go....
both ladies have some health issues 
that are of concern.
Going to that elevation is very hard on
even the young....
and these ladies are no spring chickens!
(Ha!  I had to write that...they read here.)

We will do our part here by taking care of 
their houses and pets.  Jonathan will get to 
see what it is like to live somewhere else for
three weeks as he house sits for them.

While they are gone
Mikey will move out.
He will begin his Professional Gardener's 
     Program at Longwood Gardens.
The weeks coming up are going to be 
intense....I am holding on!
He wouldn't mind your prayers either.
The challenges ahead are very real.
I think he will do just fine but it will
be a very interesting time of adjustment.

But back to our Moms, I am, oh, so proud of them
for following the calling in their lives.
They are ever ready to serve and share
their love of Christ!


Phyllis said...

I love them both!!! They are such an inspiration to me . I will be praying for them and those they will be sharing with.

Joyce said...

Wow those are two amazing Mom's and yes I will pray for them. Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year. One of these days I hope to get up there and visit my son so I can meet up with you.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Becky Sweetie...
Oh my gosh, how wonderful these two have each other in their lives. Yes I can see the two husbands in heaven just smiling and encouraging them on, as they take this journey into Peru. I will be storming the heavens with prayers for them as they do God's work and share of the Lord in villages where so many want to learn. Praise God for you both.

Mikey you go boy. I am so proud of you. You saw what you wanted and have gone for the gold. You are almost there. Hang in there kiddo. The best is yet to come. I will be remembering you in prayer as well.

Have a beautiful Christmas sweet friend. You are SO loved. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Vickie said...

Becky - I just think this is so cool that your two moms are such good friends and partners in crime! They are so cute! And what a blessing they both are to those folks they've been helping and have yet to help! Now I want to be that kind of woman when I get to be "not a spring chicken" anymore!

Glad your son is pursuing his dream!

Elena said...

That is so awesome Becky! My prayers will be with them.

Mrs.Rabe said...

They are both special women, who are allowing God to use them! I am so happy for the example they are to not retire and sit in a chair - this is the time for them to use their freedoms to serve the Lord!


Carol said...

These ladies are so inspiring! You're so blessed to have them in your family!


Vee said...

Your moms are just plain incredible and their story is inspirational. I bet your dads do a lot of cheering.

Anonymous said...

Wow, all those places that your moms have been! I wish them safe travels and the work they do will be accomplished to the good of God.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

How beautifully inspiring! They are living their faith in practical ways, and leading others to Christ. I'll be praying for both of them. I'd love to see the photos when they get home.

Tracy said...

Such HUGELY inspirational women! Wishing them well and safe travels. Do please let us know ho they get on and some photos if you have some! Just catching up here... Busy days for us all just now, I think... LOL! We have a good many gatherings & get-togethers in the next days, so visiting friends this weekend in blogland. :o) Hoping you & yours have the happiest holiday season & wishing you all the best in 2011! ((HUGS))

Tamara Jansen said...

What a wonderful gift you have in your mom's!

Melissa G. said...

I've had a lot of catching up to do tonight! You have a lot of changes going on.
Your moms are amazing! I hope i'm that adventerous when i'm their age! =)

Merry Christmas!