Tuesday, March 25, 2008


You might not be able to tell by reading my blog, but honestly, we have been having a hard time. There have been times I just didn't want to post anything because I didn't feel like I could find something nice to report. It has been a struggle. Many days, I have a hard time remembering why we are here. We have been stretched and tried until we feel like we are breaking and we don't have anything left to give. I'm telling you this now so that you will understand why this post is important. It has been hard for me to see the tapestry that God is weaving here. Right now, I'm looking at the back and it looks like a big mass of knots. I can't see the beautiful picture on the other side.

It popped into my head this morning that I should make a list of ten good things about being here to post on the blog. In my depressed state, I thought, wonder how long that would take? I couldn't think of much to put on the list.

Tonight I chatted with my sister and as we talked, I realized that He is blessing us everyday and that I do have so many things that I can count as blessings. It was a good wakeup call for me to focus in the good and not let a negative, bitter attitude spring up in me.

So here goes. Ten blessings...

  1. My children now appreciate having a clean bed

  2. A good friend came over tonight with a tortilla press and a plastic tub for bathing the little kids in. Very nice!

  3. We now have warm showers! What a blessing! The kids are excited about not having to use the so-cold-it-takes-your-breath-away-water. Because they can stay in it longer now, they come out clean! Clean is a wonderful thing!

  4. The refrigerator in our apartment works. We had the repairman come yesterday. Hopefully, now it will keep things cold AND not make a big puddle of water on the floor.

  5. We can get ripe mangos at the fruitstand for about 50 cents a piece. They are SO yummy.

  6. The kids are picking up more Spanish everyday. I hear them explaining things to each other and sometimes they can actually get thier point across to one of the workers who only speak Spanish.

  7. My husband is so talented! Among other things, he was able to build a nice headboard for our bed so I don't have to worry about creepy crawlies coming down the wall onto my pillow at night.

  8. We moved into our "apartment" this past week. The first morning, the older kids said they felt at home here and they had slept very well. It is so nice to have our own space.

  9. I am getting better at washing our clothes by hand, the Hoduran way. At some point, I will probably hire someone to help with this chore. It's a major undertaking to keep clothes clean here and with six of us, the laundry piles mount up quickly. At first, I was super slow and things weren't very clean when I was finished. But, I'm learning and getting better and better at it.

  10. We have not had any major infestation of ants, scorpians, or other "insectos" in our apartment since we moved in. Thank you, Lord!


TJ said...

When it seems things are hopeless, counting our blessings always helps. I'm glad you were able to find your 10, and I'm praying that it gets easier for you to see the tapestry.

Janel said...


This past month has been tough for you and me both. I'm lookin' at knots too. I wish I could pop over and we could untie some. The trip from our house to the one waiting patiently for your return, doesn't seem so far anymore.

Your picture is on our fridge. I look at it almost everyday, wonder how you are, what you're up too and pray that God is using you. Can you imagine how rotten this season would be if we WEREN'T praying for you?? :)

You are there for a reason, season and the glory of God. Nothing is wasted. Nothing. No hurt, toil, struggle or pain. I promise. :)


Carolee said...

Hello Sunshine,
I'm so glad to hear that you are counting your blessings. It's such a hard thing to do when life is hard. I know how hard it has been, and I pray that every day you will be able to find the blessings. YOU are a blessing! The tapestry is beautiful, and the Lord is not finished yet! You, Brian and the children are bringing the love of Jesus, not to mention many talents and gifts to our friends in Trujillo.
Steve and I send many prayers and hugs. Praying especially as you prepare for and host the upcoming trip. I pray that the group will be another blessing and not a burden.
Much love and many more blessings,
Carolee xoxoxo

Amy said...

Precious Sara, I love you so much! Last night I dreamed that I came to Honduras and you gave me a garbage bag full of eggplants haha You are in my thoughts even when I'm asleep :-) Praying for so many blessings!!!

Jfyi, I think you are AMAZING!!! Love you, Miss you So much!!

Jayna said...


Thank you for your transparency. It’s amazing to hear about your life there – the challenges and the blessings. Thank you for your service and example. We’re still praying for you often! We look forward to “hearing from you” via these posts.

God bless,

“Know that even when you are in the kitchen, God moves among the pots and pans.” – Teresa of Avila