Sep 30

VBS Mission Miami Recap

One more post to squeeze in before 31 Days starts tomorrow!!  This will be my third year joining the challenge!  Excited to see what everyone is up to.  Don’t miss out! :-)  Goes LIVE tomorrow (October 1) between 8-10 pm EST.  Find me in the FOOD section.

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Been meaning to re-cap all my travel events from the month of August.  Finally wrote up a photo post from my Shaklee Global trip and wanted to do the same for our VBS Mission trip to Hialeah/Miami.

Two of my three boys and I travelled across the state to share our church’s VBS program with another church who could not afford to put on their own.  I know we had many prayer warriors on our side as we headed off with new friends…to make even more new friends.  Most of our team had not met before the trip.  The first day we drove there, set up and had VBS and it went amazingly well.  We did not have as big of a turn out as we had hoped, but the unity among our group and the church we were working with was beautiful.

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Among our team, my boys were the ONLY boys.  Lots of girls!  My nine-year old was fine with it until about the third day when he expressed how he was missing his male friends back home.  My three-year old on the other hand…was on cloud nine!  He was the youngest on our team and so all the girls (ages 7-16) wanted to play with him, chase him and carry him around.  I am sure you will notice from some of the pictures that he didn’t mind AT ALL!

It was a week of blessings!  So many new friends made, the gospel was freely shared and we can’t wait to do it again next summer!!

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Drove, set up and jumped right into VBS that evening.  Busy day!

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Settled-in to our bunk house accommodations.

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New friends!

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Fun at a local park.  Especially exciting when the goat got loose!  Sorry…didn’t get a picture of that one :-)

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Trying to get two boys to smile for the camera…not so much. :-)

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Muscle work!  Moving mattresses for the mission.  SO VERY HOT that day!

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Beach day before heading home.  Boys thought is was awesome to find coconuts on the beach, so we had to bring a couple home with us! 

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LOVE this picture :-)

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He likes it!

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 Pretty much how we all felt by the end of the week…

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So blessed!  :-)

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Aug 31

Just Say Jesus

Love this song :-)  When you haven’t the strength, understanding or clarity to understand/handle your current circumstances…all you have to do is…Just Say Jesus.  He already knows :-)  He is bigger than the mountain you are facing.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26

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Power in the name, Thank you Jesus!


Aug 21

Getting Back To The Basics of Life

As I write this I am preparing for a missions trip with two of my three boys.  By the time you read this we will be back already :-)  I’ll put together an update post about the trip that you can find over on my blog.

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I am looking forward to this opportunity, especially for my 9-year-old son.  We live in a society where even those of us with very little have so much more than the rest of the world.  We are very much used to instant gratification and often so spoiled but we don’t even realize it!  I am hoping this trip will open his eyes to thinking outside of his own little world and show him what REAL need is like.  I hope and pray that he will embrace this opportunity to give and learn.  I pray that he will know how blessed we can be by blessing others.

Read the rest of this post over at DAY@DAYJOYS.COM where I contributed earlier this week!

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Jul 21

Leading Little Ones To Love God’s Word

In a recent series at church, our pastor taught on the greatest gift we can bestow upon our children…”The Blessing.”  He spoke on ways to work through things we may or may have not received from our parents and how to bless our own children.  Simple really, but sometimes the words may not come as easily as they should.  What our children really need to hear is that we LOVE them and that we are PROUD of them.  No. matter. what.  And even more importantly, they need to know the love of the one true God.  They need to know about the relationship our God longs to have with each and every one of us.  God’s Word can be misunderstood as a book of rules, but it’s real message is RELATIONSHIP.

“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”Dueteronomy 6:7


 Teaching our children should be part of our everyday life, not just during church or family devotions.  While family devotion time is an excellent idea, if we are not living what we are teaching, we will just push our children away from God instead of drawing them nearer.  Teaching them as we walk in the way will keep it fresh and natural instead of forced and uncomfortable.


I love what our pastor said about this, “You know what’s so special about sitting, walking and lying down?  NOTHING!!” Just being a godly example to our children can have the biggest impact on them!

Incorporate it into your daily life, make it fun, be the example of love and relationship.

This knowledge has caused us to relax more in our family devotion time.  We have mixed it up more, by reading from the Bible one day, a picture book another day or watching JellyTelly Videos, etc.  Just making it fun!!

These are some of our favorite books and resources that we have been using as we “walk by the way.”

To read the rest of this post, head over to where I am contributing today!!

~Blessings, Kelly

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Jun 29

Hialeah VBS Missions Trip

We just wrapped up an exciting and fun week of Vacation Bible School at our Church!  This year’s theme was “Agency D3, ” Discover, Decide, Defend who Jesus really is!  I loved hearing my boys discuss their daily “mission” on the way home from church.  Each day they would have a question about Jesus to research, such as “Is Jesus really God’s Son?” or “Did Jesus really die?”  I love the passion, excitement and joy on all the kids faces.  I worked the registration table and then floated around filling in for helpers…with my littlest munchkin tagging along.  His favorite job was passing out snacks!

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Recently,  we were presented with an opportunity to bring this same VBS experience to a church plant in one of the most unreached population areas in the country.  We have prayerfully decided that it would be a great local missions trip experience for our family.  So, two of my sons and I are looking forward to a trip to Hialeah, Florida in August!  While we are gone, my middle son will be spending the week with his Grandma and Papa being thoroughly spoiled!

Hialeah is a city about 20 minutes outside of Miami.  Three South Florida counties—Miami, Broward and Palm Lake—comprise one of the most challenging missions fields in the United States with an estimated population of 10 million persons—a figure that includes undocumented persons—who represented more than 175 nationalities and speak in dozens of languages.

We’ll have the chance to minister directly to kids – bringing the gospel to them in a fun, interactive way.  And it is an amazing opportunity for training our children in how to serve and gives them experience as missionaries – without leaving their state!

We will be staying in bunk-house style mission housing and working at the church.  It has not yet been decided if VBS will be in the morning or evening, but during non-VBS hours we will help with clean-up, painting and general bettering of the church grounds and other random jobs.


We would love if you would remember us in prayer while we are on this trip!

Prayer requests:

~ Safety in travels and in our time with the children/families

~Wisdom to teach and encourage the children about God’s love for them

~Unity among our group of volunteer families

~Strength and energy for a busy week

~And most of all that God would be glorified in all that we do!

Make sure to follow us on Facebook so you can see pictures and updates throughout the week!  We are so excited to see all that God has planned and can’t wait to be a part of it all!  We can’t do it without your help, thank you so much!

Blessings! ~Kelly


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