Lifework

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What is your lifework? This is not asking what you do for a job or how you make money. Rather what has God asked you to do for Him and for a lifetime.

For all of us, our lifework is to tell of Jesus and His love for this world. We also have a lifework that He calls us to as individuals. Your lifework may be mothering, helping your community, helping the sick, or being a missionary in your own town or across the ocean. Our lifework is not always fun, or we might not feel qualified. That is because this work is not done or completed easily. We often are on uncharted waters not sure where the Shipmaster is taking us. But we stay strong and continue to work, not because we know how it ends but rather we know deep down we were called to do this. It is not a work that is finished in days, months, or even years. It is our lifework.

No matter what season of your lifework you are going through, remember it does not need to be completed or figured out today… You have a lifetime to complete your lifework.

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Year of the Twins….

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Year of the Twins….

Babies are 1 year old! We made it!! Anyone who has twins knows that huge satisfaction of surviving the first year. Our girls are now walking around the house and enjoying the new found freedom. It is great to see them waddle past, fall to their bottoms and get right back up and at it.

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1 year old twins are so much fun. When they were infants it was just constant work, now we are able to reap some rewards with them. They hug and kiss us. They laugh when we play with them. They talk to each other and play (not always so nice) together. They can communicate a tiny bit with us with about their needs (I love baby sign language).

This year for us will go down in our family history as the hardest year so far. That being said it will go down as the year of strengthening for our family as well. It is hard for me to remember what life was like without the twins but when I look back at pictures I see different people than I see now. I see a family that has taken a year off from doing what was “normal” and doing “hard” things. My kids have really grown this year… sacrificed, matured, learned new responsibility, and served more than maybe they wanted too.

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This year was hard with the babies having severe colic from the first few days they were born till about 5 months, both of them experiencing reflux for months and months, and then suffering with allergies from 4 months on. If we don’t factor in the twins and their problems, this year will still go down as the hardest for us. We as a family struggled with so much sickness back to back, 2 surgeries, 2 major infections, over 30 gall bladder attacks, post partum depression, financial hardship, too many house problems to mention, electrical fire, propane leak, dental problems and on and on.

When we were in the midst of all that it was hard to see all the blessings of the year, but now we can see them so clear. God has really blessed us beyond measure too! Most of all I have my sweet identical twin girls I have always prayed for, I had the birth of my dreams, we have not had to buy 1 diaper yet for our twins, our birth was completely paid for, meals and more meals (if I every tried to total them it would probably 2 months or more), food and groceries given time after time, the Lord waking up babies or children to save our family from disaster, crib/car seats/Christmas gifts/clothing/and much more given to us, a huge tax refund, and so many willing people to help us with the twins, people we knew and others we didn’t but are now life long friends! When we stand back and look at the blessings they far out weigh the hardships that seemed to overcome us at the time.

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Wow that was quite a long and honest report of the past year of at our house. I couldn’t end this with out pleading for your continued prayers for Lauren, her family and sweet baby Ezra. Our hard year seems like nothing when I think of how hard they are fighting for their family. But if God is still the same yesterday, today and forever like He says He is… they are in for tremendous blessings to come along with their trials. Whatever the trial or hardship in your life (big or small)… God will sustain you and carry you through.

Heaven will be forever and we will know His love and peace forever then. Hold tight to Jesus and His word!

As for me and my house… We will serve the LORD! Joshua 24:15

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Hope For Ezra Fundraiser

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Lauren and I have run several fundraisers and even have big plans to eventually run a continual fund raiser for our community. Now is the time to bless Lauren and her family with one!

I am so excited to invite you all to Hope for Ezra fundraiser! This will be a very family friendly event with all proceeds going to bless Ezra’s family to help with the many extra expenses and bills.

Please come out and enjoy family fun on:

Sunday May 18 at Home Roller Rink (12521 James St Holland, MI)

If you would like to support them but are not able to attend or not around this area you can send to;

Hope for Ezra
PO Box 163 Hamilton MI 49419.
Checks made out to Lauren Ortiz.

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Ezra Daniel 1lb 11oz

 

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God has blessed us with a sweet baby boy a bit earlier than we would’ve hoped for. Ezra Daniel was born Saturday, April 26th. He was  born 15 weeks early and weighed in at 1lb 11oz. He has a long battle ahead of him and we would appreciate all the prayers possible!  He’s the cutest little guy ever and we can’t imagine our lives without him!

You can follow his journey here. 

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10 Month Twin Update!

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Life is cruising along still and my babies are inching up to the 1 year mark here soon! Today we stop to let you in for a peek of my 10 month old twins.

The days are filled with fun, lots of smiles and laughs. For the most part they just cruise around and look for toys to play with, papers and pens to steal, lost Cheerios to eat or something to pull up on to be just a bit taller.

Our nights are still consisting of crying, nursing, and a few hours of sleeping. Really not sure how much longer my body will hold up.
Developmentally they seem to be right on track. Both close to walking and some times too good of fine motor skills. They both have teeth. Raine with the traditional 2 bottom teeth and Lilly with 3 very random and out of order teeth! Hope that’s not a sign of our future dental bills.

Life is still in general VERY hard but also improving every day. Life with these sweeties is wilder than I  would have ever guessed but we enjoy it still.

I miss my best friend (Lauren) so much. We are 2 peas in a pod and life without her hurts every day. Please continue to pray with me and many others for her and her family. You can read more about her journey here.

In the midst of storms filled with heavy rain, loud thunder and bright lightning there is still a peaceful still small Voice that is unchanging and so worth listening for! Praise the Lord He never leaves or forsakes us!

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