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Joey’s Trip to Honduras

4 Feb

My mom and brother have spent the last week in Honduras on a mission trip with our church, Trinity Lutheran Ministries in Edwardsville. My mom is a Honduras veteran, maybe her 10th year this year, but this was Joey’s first trip. He posted the below words on the Facebook page where they story their week, and I wanted to share them with you.

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Written by Joey Rathert:
I’ve never been out of the country until this week. I had some idea of what to expect because my mom and sister, Katie, had tried to prepare me. They used words and pictures, but no number of words and no number of pictures could prepare me for what I’ve seen. “It is a very poor country,” the…y told me. They were right. But the statement does not do the poverty justice. You have to see it with your eyes. “The people are very kind,” they assured me. But that statement does not do the graciousness justice. You have to feel it with your heart.
The combination of those two characteristics doesn’t quite mesh, especially for a middle-class American like me. At home we often gauge our happiness based on material things that can be bought with money or achieved through our ambition. This way of thinking will always leave us disappointed. However, there is one characteristic the Hondurans and I share – we are sinners. It was great to see how  many of the people here have already received the gift of salvation through their faith in Jesus.
However, many times while speaking to the people at the brigades about their faith (or lack thereof), they express feelings of despair, as if they were sure that their sins were just too great for God to seriously be interested in any kind of personal relationship with them. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we have been able to share the very Good News through his Word. Now we have one more thing in common with some of these people we have seen this week — the assurance of eternity with our heavenly Father through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God!

Update: Mom 2 Mom Sale – Sept 24

11 Sep

A quick note regarding Trinity Lutheran Ministries Mom to Mom Sale coming up in 2 weeks.  There are still a few tables available to rent out for moms looking to clean out basements and attics or bedrooms filled with outgrown clothes and toys.  If you’re looking for a good opportunity to clear out some of the old and make room for the new, this is a great chance to do so!

Also, if you want to have the first crack at all of the items that will be available for resale that Saturday, you’re in luck. Casey Shank, the director of the event and our Associate Pastor’s wife has made a few Early Bird available.  For $10, you get to enter the sale an hour before any of the general public and purchase the items you are looking for before others even get to see them. New moms and grandmas…you won’t be sorry!

If you’re interested, email Casey at casey_diane@yahoo.com to reserve your table or your ticket.  See you then!

Mom 2 Mom – Fall 2011!

5 Aug

It’s back! Which is a great thing for any moms and grandmas out there looking for a few things to stock up on. Essentially, a Mom 2 Mom sale is a large garage sale dedicated to all things kids. I’m talking clothes from premie to youth sizes, shoes, dresses, toys, books, nursing supplies, diaper bags, as well as large items like pack and plays, high chairs, cribs, and more.  The inventory that we have is completely dependent upon what the Moms that sign up to have a table bring in. You never know what’s going to be there, but you can’t beat the prices when you find what you’re looking for!

My son is now 19 months old. We’ve used these Mom 2 Mom sales to buy the next rounds of clothing, furniture and toys for the grandmas’ houses, and toys for ours.  You will not want to miss this event if you’re expecting, a new mom, an experienced (not old!) mom, or a grandma.

Mom 2 Mom Sale
Trinity Lutheran Church
Satuday, September 24th
Admission $1.00

Interested in having a table? Wanting to clean out the basement, attic, or garage and help out a family looking for a bargain? Get your table registered for NOW so that we can save your space! Contact Casey Shank for all the details by emailing casey_diane@yahoo.com.

Hilarious! Carp-Hunting (A Must Watch)

4 May

I’m sure what you’re doing right now is pretty important.  And I’m equally sure that what you could probably use a laugh right now.  If you can give me 5 minutes of your time, you will laugh. A lot.

My favorite part about this is that I know people who would, er,  will probably now do this. And to that, I say…can I come?

20 Something Birthdays and Counting

19 Apr

Words can’t express how wonderful today has been!  I suppose the birthdays that begin later in your 20s are more about who you share them with rather than what you get.  I was blessed to have a wonderful day filled with many of the most important people in my life.  Some friends, some family, and even some good times at work. 97.1 had their golf tournament today to benefit Children’s Hospital at Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Illinois.  I spent the day in the beautiful weather photographing the event and taking in the amazing course.  (Photos can be seen here!)  Once the tournament was over, I headed home and got ready for a dinner that Jarrod planned with some of my closest family and friends at Bully’s in Edwardsville.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, well, here’s a few thousand words.  Thank you to everyone who celebrated with me tonight.  To my family who celebrated with me last night. And to all of my wonderful friends and family who texted, emailed, and facebooked me birthday greetings.  You brightened my day more than I could have imagined.  I’m so thankful for all of you and I mean that from the bottom of my heart.


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