8.28.2009

Something I Have Never Had To Do Before

I have never had to look at my watch (figuratively speaking, as I don't own a watch) and decided if it is OK for me to take a drink of something in public. Or how about this one: I have never had to sneak off and hide in the bathroom to take a drink of my soda (I did that yesterday afternoon). That's right. Here in Sharjah it is against the law to eat or drink in public before sundown as it is the holy month of Ramadan. At a mall we were in the first day of Ramadan a man was arrested for smoking a cigarette. You can buy food at grocery stores and the like, though all restaurants and food courts, etc. are all closed until right before sundown.

Now, being pregnant I am exempt from fasting, but I really don't want to be "that lady" out in public. So, until mid-September, I will eat and drink out of the public eye. Please continue to lift up those celebrating Ramadan, that during this time their hearts would be turned towards Chr!st. That they would have dreams and visions that would lead them to truth. That Keith and I would be open to all opportunities to share the hope we have in Je$u$.

Thank you for your prayers!

8.25.2009

A Little Update on Life in the UAE

Well, we have been here in Sharjah for about 4 weeks, part of which was spent at a company retreat, which included time to praise Dad and be in His Word. It was wonderfully refreshing and such a blessing to be around like-minded folks working in our country.

Due to some political issues in our country, Keith was unable to go back as planned, so he has been able to stay here with Benjamin and I. It has been difficult for him as there is a lot of work to be done that needs his attention, but Benjamin and I have been so blessed to have him around. We have been to see doctors, gone on walks, been sick, gotten better eaten multiple times at Chili's and even gone to an aquarium. And of course, we have been to several malls. :o)

A few days ago, the Musl!m world ushered in Ramadan. We have already seen the physical changes around the city as food courts and restaurants are closed during the day. We ask that Dad would use this time to speak to the hearts of the many Musl!ms in this city and around the world.

Keith will be going back in country in a few days and will be there until September 15. Please be lifting our family up as we are apart! Ask Dad that strength would be given to me as I take care of Benjamin while in the last stages of pregnancy. Ask for Keith that Dad would keep him safe and to work hard and deepen relationships while back in country. Ask for continued health during this pregnancy.

Thank you all for investing in our lives, it means more than you know!

8.19.2009

Tears of the Saints

"Then [Jesus] said to His disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.'" (Matthew 9:37-38)

8.13.2009

32 Weeks

Well, we are definitely in the home stretch! A few pics of the growing belly and for fun I added a picture of my belly bump about the same time with Benjamin. Abigail is growing and kicking and we bought our first outfit for her the other day, which was a lot of fun. We can't wait (well, at least 5 more weeks we can) to meet our sweet baby girl!



33 weeks with Benjamin