Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Miracle of Metal!


Today was the big day for our Darla!  She has been praying for over 2 yrs now that Jesus would make a way for her to get braces!  He answered that prayer for her in His time!  Ever wonder why when we pray we hear very little... enough sometimes to let us know He's there... but not tons, or how and when we expect it to happen? Ok, then I just admitted to you my weakness, but I have wondered at times.  Our family had gone through a pretty tough time where she, as a child learning Who God Is, was questioning what God was doing and where He was in her life!  It was JUST at that time that the Lord chose to answer her prayer, to prove to her that HE WAS INDEED REAL and did care about her smile, inside and out!  What a GREAT BIG WONDERFUL GOD WE SERVE!

Metal Miracle!

Now along with braces comes mashed potatoes and applesauce, mac and cheese etc!  Cause it hurts TOO badly to eat tough stuff! She is my meat lover and so the following day she came to me saying she was "starving and wanted some venison!! =) Of course she couldn't eat that yet... tried a lil soft chicken on Sunday, but said, "Uh, I pretty much had to gum that bite..."  Made me smile!  She's a real trooper, but will probably loose a pound or two for it takes her F.O.R.E.V.E.R. to floss and brush her teeth, When she thinks about eating she usually asks herself, "How long will it take me to clean up my teeth?!"  =)


Cute lil' gift that her Dr gave her that 1st night for supper!
Sorry my blogger won't let me upload the close-up pic to see her smile better. (That I took mainly for our Family that's far away!)  So before I loose all my efforts I'll just post this much!  It is so wonderful when God shows up and proves Himself REAL to your kids!  How we praise Him!!! God is still in the business of hearing and answering our prayers!  Let's keep on believing Him for bigger and better things! Yes, this was an earthly thing that God did for our Darla, but it has challenged me to think about what Jesus said to his disciples, (Paraphrasing here) "Even greater things will you do b/c I go to my Father!" Eternity will be worth every "investment"! O God increase MY faith!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Daryl Hausman, my Sweetheart!!

Happy 45th Birthday, Sweetheart!


 Dearest Gorgeous,
I love you sooooo much and am so thankful to God for bringing us together back in college, our 1st date in Oct of 1988! (Nope, I didn't inherit Daddy's abilities to write poetry, like you did Heather... but that was close!=) I'm so blessed to be called Mrs. Daryl Hausman for soon to be 24 years!
Thank you for being so close to God!  It brings such a peace and security to my heart and life to know that you have always followed God's plan for our lives.  I know that God has always led you in the past, never have we made a move out of God's will and that's saying something... for we've made a LOT of moves! Smile! Seriously, being the sensitive person that I am, I've not always understood each time you felt God leading us in a different direction, but I KNEW not to question God and I also knew that you would NEVER lead us astray! That brings a HUGE amount of comfort.  Just recently, while I was struggling with yet another hurdle in our lives, you listened to me, and then so sweetly assured my heart that God knew just where we were and in His time He will lead and give you the peace to go on! But for now it the answer was to "wait"!

Over 10 years ago now, while still on the mission field, I turned the page on a year-by-year calendar given to us by a dear friend and this was the reading for that day... (which happened to be your birthday...) as I turned the same calendar over again today, I found it fitting and thought I would share it on our blog. I have no idea where this saying originated for there isn't an author quoted but am praying that maybe it would help someone who would happen to read it as it has helped us over the years!

                                              When I cannot understand my
                                                     Father's leadings
                                              And it seems to be but hard
                                                      and cruel fate
                                              Still I hear that gentle whisper
                                                      ever pleading
                                              God is working, God is faithful,
                                                         Only Wait!

Over the years, you have been my rock... (with a small r, but after Jesus my ROCK, you are forever 1st!)...  nevertheless in the human my strong arm to lean on! Thank you for NEVER wavering and being so strong in Jesus that it brings tears to my eyes to write about it!  You have always been a good listener.  Even when YOU KNEW what to tell me to "fix" the whole problem... you would bite your tongue and just listen to my senseless babbling... smile and hug me, pray with me, hold me... and wait till I have spilled my guts...heart (changed that just for you, my etiquette conscious Moma, so you wouldn't have to blush right now! =) then ever so quietly and gently reassure my heart that God was working, God was still in control and in His Time all things would work out according to His will! 

Thank you for being SO approachable!  Much to the shock of those of our friends who can't get beyond that serious, ever-so-studious face of yours... I know that you are SOOOOOO willing to listen, you aren't judgmental and have a grace to stand up where most men would cower... Man, I DO LOVE YOU!

Thank you for being such a hard worker!  You never shy away from the duty that God has given you to provide for your family.  Amazingly, I watch you give and give and give when I know what the numbers are and know that there is just NO WAY we can afford to give again... and yet you do and I watch as God makes up the numbers and pays our bills for us again and again!  You have proved the saying, "You can never out-give God" to me again and again!  I could never have done any better and I want the world to know it! 

Thank you for being so constant! and Yes, I am saying that!  You are so even keel, so consistent that it makes me smile at times, and want to "lovingly hit" you at other times! =)  I love/dislike you for it... and thank God for that all at the same time!!!!! God knew I needed a steady man to hang on to, after all my bouncing!!! =)  You never waver, you're always sure of God, and where we are in Christ.

I am continually amazed at the wisdom God gives you as you lead our Haus! ... (yeah, I probably shouldn't be, but I usually am!=) I wish I could sit and learn at your feet as often as your International students get to! =)  But I would never want to be selfish and keep you from the calling God has given you. Thanks, Sweets, for being one amazing man!

Thanks for loving me unselfishly! I hope and pray that in God's time and in God's way all of our girls will find a man just like their daddy ... a man after God's own heart!

 Lovingly your Wife, Laura
 

My Sweetheart for over 23 years now!
And as I end this post... I must also say, Happy Birthday, to you too,  my dear Daddy.  Yes, my dear husband and dear Daddy share a birthday... only 26 years apart! Sorry, Go here for a recent pic of you and Moma together... I wasn't sure how to copy and paste it... so just linked you to the Bryan Christmas post for that! Daddy...You are the man that 1st loved me and showed me what the LOVE OF GOD looked like in the flesh. I thank the Lord that I never have had to struggle with my "picture" of God!  I have always feared God, yet Loved God for I knew from my relationship with you what the difference was!  You showed me what I should look for in a husband some day, by loving my Moma openly.  You never were afraid to back up and say you were sorry and make things right. You were my everything... and I always prayed for and wanted a man JUST LIKE YOU.... and God gave me one! =) 
Recently I was talking to an older lady and she shared this truth with me... she said that there are only 2 things we can give our kids....1. Roots, when they are small... And thank you Daddy and Moma for the Heritage you gave we 4 Bryan's.  Then she said... 2. We give them WINGS!  Thanks so much Daddy and Moma for LETTING GO and for giving me WINGS enabling me to FLY into the arms of my husband! So go back and re-read this post inserting my Daddy's name, Edgar A. Bryan, and almost every time you read my Sweetheart's name (Obviously not every time cause I'm married, folks!=) but most of the time,  it will be the same! I could never have found a man... in fact, two men like these men... they both are truly Men after God's Own Heart!  I love you too, Daddy! =)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Happy Birthday, Brittany!

Brittany after her 1st ever concert with Cincinnati Community Orchestra! 

Happy Birthday to our Brittany Joy!  She has always lived up to that middle name and brings us all many smiles and often laughter by her quick witted humor! 
We are so thankful for the Lord's help in her concert last Sat evening.  The concert was entitled "Falling for Brahms" in which they played "Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello and Brahms Symphony #4"  as well as "Glazunov Autumn".  It was beautiful!  You just kinda sit there as a parent remembering all the screeching practicing moments and pinch yourself that this is where it has brought her!  Sooooooo glad for your hard work and accomplishments, Brittany.  Have more pics... but they aren't uploaded yet. (Story of my life!)

This pic isn't her fave but shows her hard at work! =)

We love you dear Brittany and thank you for loving Jesus with all that there is within you.  It has been rewarding as a parent to watch you grow, to see your accomplishments.  I love the drive that you always have and your creativity is fun too.  Don't know where God wants you someday, but our prayer is that you'll be ALL you can BE for HIS GLORY and honor!  Keep your hand in His hand and you'll NEVER be disappointed!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bike Race... Where the Road Won!!!

Darla and her FAVE cousin, Sarah
This past weekend our Darla was in a bike race... where the road won!  (Sorry, can't get the pics from the ER to upload properly.  You can see a pic if you go to Daryl's FB page, however! She wrecked the bike and had to get 10 stitches in her chin.  However, as a result of how she landed she has broken her jaw bone!!

We are to see the plastic Surgeon this afternoon (Wed, Oct 16) and we would soooo appreciate your prayers as all the details are worked out about her upcoming jaw surgery!  Not a fun thought,.... but the Lord has reassured my heart of His ultimate care and that He is GOOD still!  "All things... even broken jaws and surgery" WORK together for our good..."  When we trust Him with every detail of our lives!
Thanks for keeping us in your prayers!
Updates later, Lord willing, as we have more details!

In the ER before getting help... PTL! for a natural healing w/o surgery and very little of a scare will she have too!


P.S. just home from Doc office and he says that it looks like her jaw should heal w/o surgery.  Praise the Lord!  Just keep her in your prayers that this WILL be the case and that after these 6 wks of rest and soft diet that there will be no more complications.  God is Good all the time!

Monday, September 09, 2013

School Days at our School Haus!!!

Our School Haus is up and running as of August 26th!
Counting my blessings... God is so good and it's just a JOY to serve Him!  I'm finding it a challenge to keep up some days... but Please tell me that is the "Norm" for most Home School Mom's.

My Blessings!
All of us in "school" except for me!
 Darla has entered Jr/High now.... where has time gone?!  She's sooooo excited for school.  It is always a challenge to me to find time for teaching what I like to call "Life Skills". Since my husband is a teacher... it is a BIG priority in our Haus that school NOT BE SHODDY.... or done slipshod... I'm NOT complaining, I'm VERY grateful for my SCHOOL 1st MAN.... however I've constantly been sad that they have so little time to "help" b/c school takes a FULL DAY and there is music practicing which takes up 2 hrs time too.... so with that as a background and with MUCH prayer about it...the answer came!  Today while being "overwhelmed" to the Lord... He gave me the idea early this a.m. in my devotions of giving her a "Homework" pass each Thurs morning and allowing her to help prepare a meal for that day. Today was our 1st day at it... and so she made Breakfast!  Nothing fancy... but it was a start!




Homemade French Toast!



 Bryan is entering the 4th Grade this fall!  He is busy, busy and finds sitting still a challenge... but it's great finding ways to keep him occupied!  He is QUICK which I LOVE (and try to take advantage of each afternoon for a few chores around the Haus. =)

Notice his "helpers" the Whip, & Legos?! Privilege of Home-Schoolin! =)




Bryan playin' Chef!
He loved this Creamy Frozen Fruit recipe that we got from a new friend recently! Thanks, Becky.

Daryl's 1st day at WSU was also the 26th of August... He's commuting up to Dayton 5 days a week.  But God is good and gives grace to meet our every need!  Just Can't praise Him enough!!!  We haven't gotten to meet his new group of students yet... but look forward to meeting some of them soon.


Natasha is attending God's Bible School and College again this fall. She is taking a full load of classes including choir, as well as playing her violin again in the GBS Wind Ensemble.  We are all excited to see what God has in store for her life.  She would appreciate your prayers that the Lord sends in the right part time job that will help to supplement her income to pay for schooling and expenses etc.  God is able and we aren't anxious... just trusting Jesus that He will accomplish His perfect will in every detail of her life... We can ALWAYS trust Jesus to do what is the VERY best for us!  PTL!

 
 Brittany lacked only a 1 semester course to be all completed with her high School work. (We gave her the option of taking that course as a summer course and marching last spring, but she opted to wait til this next spring!) We had found that particular course to be less than desirable through our previously used home school curriculum so decided to check if she could take this course through Altersgate Christian Academy.  They agreed and so she is enrolled there for 1st semester at least and is taking some college courses as well which double as high school credits, too.  We were soooo happy for her for she auditioned at the CCO (Cincinnati Community Orchestra) and was accepted this fall!!!  This is the 1st such orchestra of such magnitude for her to be involved in and she's nervous, but VERY excited, though she knows it will be a HUGE challenge!!!!!  She also placed 2nd chair in the GBS College Wind Ensemble!

Her recently Sprained Toe didn't stop practice!
Exciting days around this Haus... We like to tease the girls that our front door is revolving!!!! Seems to be always opening and closing with them and their friends coming and going! That's just how we like it! =) And We couldn't be happier for they all desire the Lord Jesus Christ to have FULL CONTROL of their lives!!!

"He (Jesus) is the Only Reason I Live.... BUT OH WHAT A REASON!!!"

Blessings to you and yours this new school year!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Before and Happily Ever-After!







 Hope your day was as special as ours. To see more fun pics go here! Jesus knows just what we need... even when we are sure we think we have the best of plans all made out... You see we had planned for over a year to go camping with the Dickinsons over the 4th of July.  Little could we have known ALL that would be on each of our plates when that time came around.  Nor could we have known what the weather in Cinci was gonna do.... we got plastered with rain... like as in... we were close to thinking we might need another ark.  But we came to realize that Jesus helps those who can't help themselves... and HE SENT THE RAIN... so that we could still be together in our houses, but get LOTS and LOTS of work done too and He even allowed us to have a level of sanity too!=)
I've included a few "Before and After" pics to brag on my dear man.... =) Here's a BEFORE shot for ya...
Our First Date!!!! 50's Banquet!!

 And now on our way to Happily-Ever-After!!!!
23 years later and STILL VERY MUCH IN LOVE!!!



  

 How I love this dear man that Jesus gave me over 23 years ago!  Didn't have time to post a post like I wanted too back in June... so here's a catch up one braggin on this Wonderful Man! He never ceases to amaze me.  Seriously, I'm sooooo blessed!  Thanks be to Jesus for the wisdom He grants this man of how best to lead our home.  Being submissive the devil would have we ladies think is the hardest thing ever.  While it's not always easy (but then again since when is ANYTHING worth while easy!!!) it is SOOOOOO rewarding!  The Lord blesses and blesses and the rewards are out of this world!  I'm so grateful for his wisdom with raising our kids too.  Can't tell you how many times I've nearly had my mouth drop wide open for the ways in which God has lead him to direct or confront or train our kids!  WOW.... one hunk of a man all b/c of Jesus!!!  I love you so much Sweets, and I'd say YES all over again... even LOUDER THIS TIME around!  God is sooooo good and truly that song is true... "Only God Could Love You More Than I Do!"  Here's a few projects he's been workin on makin me SOOOOOO happy!

 Here are a few more projects that have been getting some attention around this Haus!  Yea!!!


Daddy (U. Daryl) with some extra helpers!
A dishwasher 1st time in over 5 yrs!!!!
I'm feelin VERY spoiled!!!
Before lighting... but that sure beat the flashlight stage! =)




Lowe's Clearanced for only $8!!!! Thank you Jesus!!!!



 These next few pics.... are takin over the last 4-5 years.... but God has been good each stage of the way.  And we were extremely grateful for each new stage!

Bathroom








Toilet installed... that beat the decent of 40 stairs to our basement bathroom! =)






Author of Invention... =) This stage made us laugh!




Drum roll please.....

Finished!!! Praise the Lord!
Finished!!!! Yea!  Happy Anniversary to me for prob several years... for dumb me had NO IDEA what I was askin for... he (and the Lord) were nice enough to help make it all happen!  I smile EVERY TIME I just walk into our bathroom!
This before and after stage makes me think of my walk with Jesus... So while I'm thanking Jesus for the many projects that we got done... BUT MOST OF ALL for the BEFORE AFTER stage of my life... AFTER JESUS COMES INTO YOUR LIFE... you never want to know anything about the "Before"... cause things are different, better, brighter, all b/c of Jesus!  PtLord!



Blessings to you and yours!
~Laura