Thailand July 2017



Hey friends! I am so excited to share with you about an opportunity I have to serve the Lord in Thailand this Summer. As you know, for the past nine years, our family has been involved in leading trips overseas, for seven years at NEXT Worldwide and now, for the past two, with LifeVesting International. In July, I will actually have the opportunity to serve on a short-term trip in Thailand as a member of a women’s team, where I will be joining in the work of ministering to different women’s groups in the Nong Nae area.

            This particular area of Thailand is at a crossroads between where things have stood for generations and where they are headed in the future. Numerous factories have been built in recent years and even more are in the works, giving new opportunities for people who, until recently, only had rice farming as a primary occupation. These factories are set up within close proximity to one another, where entire new towns are popping up almost overnight! There is a great need for churches to be planted here, and building relationships among the people is crucial for this work to flourish.

            Our trip will be from July 13th through July 21st, and will primarily focus on ministering to some existing women’s groups in the area of Nong Nae, but also in building relational bridges within the community with women who may not know Christ yet. Gospel-centered conversations, training in what it means to be a godly woman, and even serving alongside an after-school program for students whose parents work into the evening hours will also be part of our overall goals. As with any outreach, our hope is to mirror the love of Christ and point to his gospel in everything we do.

            For a trip like this, financial support is an important part. The cost of this trip is $2500, which includes everything from airfare to food and lodging, as well as funds that will be given to the Church in Nong Nae as a blessing to their people as they continue to plant new churches and train up new believers in the way they should go. For this trip, I am raising support as a team member and not as a paid staff member of Lifevesting International. Funds raised will be additional to our monthly family support.

Would you prayerfully consider being part of my support team and helping me reach my goal of $2500?

There are several different ways in which you can give towards my trip: first, simply by mailing a check in to LifeVesting International. The address is 1120 Hillcrest Rd. Suite 2A, Mobile, AL 36695. If you choose this option, please make the check out to LifeVesting International and put my name in the memo line.

The other option is to go through their website (www.lifevesting.org) and give through the support tab, being sure to put my name in the comment section. All donations are tax deductible, as LifeVesting International is a 501(c)3 organization. If for any reason I’m unable to participate in the trip, your gift will be used to support this particular team from LifeVesting International.

One other way you can support this trip is by purchasing a Thailand "Grace" shirt here:


Thank you for considering partnering with me for this trip! Your prayers mean so much! 


Hi! I'm Carrie! I like to drink Earl Grey Tea, watch Gilmore Girls, hang out with my man, read a good, suck-you-in fiction book, play with my babies, take long bubble baths, and learn about Jesus. Connect with me on Facebook for even more Wiley Adventures!

Water Play With Littles

Today is Babywise Blog Swap day! You can find me at Mama's Organized Chaos sharing some of my favorite tips with room sharing. Today, I'm hosting Kim talking about Water Play with Littles! Enjoy!

 

 What is it about water play? All little kids adore it. It can be a great way to keep little ones cool and occupied during the heat of summer. If you are have more than one baby or toddler it can be a little intimidating to think of doing water play with just one adult to supervise. The key, as with all things, is to keep it simple and plan ahead.

First of all, you can get away with keeping the set up pretty simple. Big pools look like a lot of fun in the store, but for my kids the small ones work perfectly. In fact we have gotten by without a pool in the past. A big bucket (cleaned out of course) and a big plastic toy bin have been just as effective. No, it doesn't look as pretty. But my son had just as much fun.

 Kids really just want to play in the water, they don't care what that water is in. I've seen water tables in the store that look awesome, and I bet they are. You don't have to have one. A big bin of water and some toys, and most kids are thrilled. Speaking of toys, most dollar stores have a great selection of cheap buckets and pool toys for kids to play with. But you don't even have to go that far. Have any Tupperware lying around? It will work perfectly. Really any plastic toy can be a pool toy. Just keep in mind that if there are holes or small crevices that water can get trapped in they need to be dried fully so mold doesn't grow. We also have a couple of paint brushes so the kids can 'paint' on the porch or driveway with the water. It's a big hit!

 We have two small pools that we are currently using.  One is this little (affiliate link) blow up kiddie pool. It blows up quickly and is easy to store. My son has loved it for years. He is three and a half now, but it is still plenty big enough. We have a larger pool from Target, and it is the one the girls use. Since there are two of them they need a little more room to spread out. I put in about an inch of water and they are as happy as can be!

 The biggest issue with water play and little ones is safety. Of course remember to sunscreen up and reapply every ninety minutes to two hours. Keep an eye out for dehydration. Sitting in water isn't the same as drinking it ;). 

Being prepared is the key to having fun and being able to enjoy the water time. You will want to get everything ready and set out before you and the kids go outside. This means all the toys are out. Water bottles and sippies are in place, and extra sunscreen is by the pools. I lay out the clothes I will change the kids into after they swim inside the door so I don't have wet kiddos running around my house. I also lay down a couple of extra towels to try to keep things dry. Don't forget to grab any extra diapers and wipes you might need. Finally, I grab the travel potty and take it outside with us. 

We have a walled in back yard, so no one can see us. It is much easier to have my son use that potty than have to take two wet babies in the house with us to use the potty. I know, it isn't the classiest move, but it works. It is just another consideration to make.

As I said the most important thing when dealing with water play, especially in pools, is of course safety. The safety talks are ongoing in our house. I am constantly reminding my son of the rules. He must listen and obey the first time I tell him to do something. He must respond when I talk to him. We practice some of them as well.

 Ben loves to play a Marco Polo game of calling back and forth, "Oh, Ben!" "Oh, Mommy!" This verbal contact lets me keep track of him if I do have to look away for a moment to take care of the girls.

 Yes, I do my best to keep my eyes on the kids at all times. Sometimes one year olds need extra attention. Ben is a very cautious kid, and I have trust in his ability to follow rules. That doesn't mean I want to leave him alone with the water. Maintaining conversation lets me keep track of him if my eyes and hands are elsewhere. I have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to following safety rules. There is no gray area here. If my kids don't listen, we are done with the water play. Safety is the most important thing.

 Even with all the preparations in place, I am prepared for a mess. Oh, the water play is outside not inside. I just haven't found a way to not get puddles of water around, even with the extra towels. For some reason 15 month olds don't stay sitting on the towels I put down, and instead decide to wander off and play. Crazy, right? I have learned to accept that. There really isn't an alternative, other than leaving a child outside until they are dry and changed. I'd much rather err on the side of caution and get everyone to a safe place before I am unable to get to them quickly.

 Remember to only do what you can handle. If you aren't comfortable with pool play on your own then don't do it. Kids can have fun with small bins of water, squirt guns, or sprinklers. You need to feel like you can handle the situation and that everyone is safe. You never have to apologize for wanting to keep things safe and manageable.

 To wrap it up, water play is awesome. It is a great way to entertain your kids and keep cool in the summer. It doesn't have to be Pinterest pretty, the basics are plenty. Plan ahead and have everything ready to go before the kids get into kiddie pools. Focus on safety. And have fun! Summer is way cooler when we can all get out and splash around!

 

Kim is the mother of three- a 3.5 year old son and 1 year old twin daughters. She loves helping people find ways to make their home team thrive. She blogs at team-cartwright.com.   


Hi! I'm Carrie! I like to drink Earl Grey Tea, watch Gilmore Girls, hang out with my man, read a good, suck-you-in fiction book, play with my babies, take long bubble baths, and learn about Jesus. Connect with me on Facebook for even more Wiley Adventures!

Dear Shepherd (Six Years)



Dear Shepherd,

STOP IT. How are you six years old already??? You are so handsome, Shepherd. I love watching God grow you up to be the young man he is making you to be. You are so special to me and I feel so blessed to get to be your Mommy. I love how your brain is growing right now. You are learning new thing every day: reading, numbers, facts, ideas... it's constant and I love it.

I think my favorite thing is how much passion I see in you. You have a fire in you to campaign for the truth and for things to be the best way they can be. You fight for the things you believe in and the things that you feel are right and true. I hope this is something that you never lose, this passion. And I pray it's something the Lord would use for His Kingdom purposes as he continues to woo you to Him and His heart.

My prayer for you this year is that you would truly learn what it means to delight yourself in the Lord and for HIM to give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

At six years old:

- You have KILLED IT in Kindergarten. Rarely seen a grade lower than 100, and are every day learning to read more and more.

- You are an excellent night sleeper (when your brother doesn't wake you up early)

- You still hate to wear clothes

- You weigh about 42lbs, wear size 6 clothes and size 13 shoes

- You have loved playing tball this year and started learning how to play coach pitch baseball. Your daddy and I see a lot of talent blooming in you

- Most of the time, you see your sister as your biggest ally. I see you looking up to her and wanting to be like her. The trouble the two of you get into right now is about enough to drive me mad.

- Fischer is the one you are sharpening your arguing skills with right now. You love him and you get very frustrated with him.

- Archer is your little buddy and you love to teach him new things and to play with him

- Your daddy is still the moon in your sky! Wherever he is is where you want to be and whatever he is doing is what you want to be doing.

- This year was an "off" year for your birthday. We had a family party with foosackly's chicken, and a homemade cake!

You are a JOY Shepherd and you make my days so much brighter!

Love,
Mommy

Hi! I'm Carrie! I like to drink Earl Grey Tea, watch Gilmore Girls, hang out with my man, read a good, suck-you-in fiction book, play with my babies, take long bubble baths, and learn about Jesus. Connect with me on Facebook for even more Wiley Adventures!

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