Sunday, October 7, 2012

Family time...

One of the hardest things about going on the mission field is protecting family time and finding a balance. Everywhere we look there are urgent needs- and that can be overwhelming. One thing we have been working very hard on is to not allow ourselves to get burned out. Our family time, our children, our marriage still need our attention- or else we will allow our first ministry- our family- to fall apart. So today, we did something we have not been doing often enough- we took a break. We headed to Antigua to just walk around, enjoy the beauty and the rich culture. I, of course, couldn't help but to bring my camera along. :) I could spend hours just staring at the faces of my beautiful children. I love how God brought each of us together from different cultures, with diffent colors, and different backgrounds. In our house we celebrate those differences and thank God every.single.day for allowing us the privilege of being a family. :)




















 

23 comments:

Jenny Bland said...

My beautiful babies! (And I can't wait to live there!!!)

Reba said...

Precious pictures! Precious family!

Buttercup said...

Sweet, sweet faces!

Sweet Georgia Sweet said...

What a beautiful family! Thank you for the sweet reminder that our family is our first ministry! ♥

Sweetly,
Bethany

Rebecca said...

You guys all look so amazing! Your children are beautiful!

Angie said...

You have been blessed with a beautiful family! And so wise to make time for family and marriage. We have missionaries coming in on furlough this week during our church's mission-focus...from Guatemala!

Anonymous said...

Your family, and your HEARTS make me smile!!!

Danielle said...

Beautiful pics Amy! and your comments about making time for family and marriage despite the constant barrage of legitimate needs around us - so true! We're no use to anyone if we're all used up and burned out!

Mike and Leslie said...

It's very easy to put other things ahead of your marriage and family. Kudos to recognizing that, and doing something about it. I pray that God will continue to bless your beautiful family!!!

Julie said...

I always enjoy checking in on your beautiful family and all you are doing for the people in Guatemala. What beautiful pictures - glad you could take off for a little family time! God bless!

Julie said...

I always enjoy checking in on your beautiful family and all you are doing for the people in Guatemala. What beautiful pictures - glad you could take off for a little family time! God bless!

Tobi Wright said...

Fearfully and wonderfully made, indeed!

Sharon said...

Beautiful. And so glad that you took some breather time together as a family.

Sally...4 boys + 1 princess.. said...

just beautiful....

Brownie said...

loving all the smiles! Thanks for sharing your family time with us Amy! My family will be expanding in 7 days. Can't wait for family bonding!

Justin M. said...

I am so glad that ya'll got to enjoy family time together! It looks as though yall had a wonderful time and you took some amazing pictures!

Allison said...

Precious family! We found your link through Lifesong...so glad I did. We adopted our first son from Guatemala and we sponsor another child as well. We have purchased a brick...LOVE what your doing in Guatemala as the hands and feet of Christ!

Kelly said...

Just absolutely beautiful...

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful pictures with your beautiful precious family.

God bless you


ERIKA

Leveta said...

Absolutely beautiful family! I especially love the ones of the children by themselves.The one of the little guy by himself looking so thoughtful is especially sweet and Addison looks like a model.Family time is so important and I am so glad you all were able to do this.
Leveta

Mama D’s Dozen said...

Love. Love. Love.

Sadly . . . we know that ministry can nearly destroy a marriage and family. Only by the grace of God are we moving forward and growing together again.

While the needs of your new community will always be great, do not lose sight of the needs of your marriage and family. When you make time for your family, God will give you time for ministry.

Love & Hugs,

:) :) :)

christmasriver said...

Beautiful Amy! thank you, Blessings Shani

Tara said...

what a beautiful family!