This was the longest time I have been home to the States in years. I was to go to my niece's wedding, and be with my mom and dad, stayed with my brothers and sisters and my kids. I got to spend a few days solid, with my grandchildren, going to the movies, picking and boiling peanuts, watching movies and having sleep overs at the family's log cabin. We stomped around the farm and went to Wild Adventures and it was pretty wild. WE had a large time together. I loved it and I needed it.
All that was wonderful, but the best time was preparing for the wedding of my daughter Charisa. All my girls are list oriented. I don't know where they get that, but that was not a skill I passed down the family tree. She and her fiancee' , Mark Lakin, had most of everything under control. I just had some small jobs to do.
It was a beautiful wedding to be sure. My dear life long friends, Robin and Kendall Noethe, have catered all my girl's weddings and my son's rehearsal dinner. They out did themselves yet again. I can not say enough about the gift of service and the heart of this couple. Charisa's florist did an amazing job of decorating the venue, called the Peach Barn. There were a few hiccups in the planning, but Charisa was the most even tempered bride. She was amazing.
I have been so blessed at each one of my children's weddings. I have the best sons-in-laws and daughter-in-law ever. But what made this wedding different is that it incorporated my family in the States with my family that we raised in Honduras, with Mark's huge family. We had two of the girls, who are now women, from Honduras that now live Stateside with their husbands, attend the wedding. Pat Schaer, Corrie and Daniel came. They were part of our Honduran family for years. They played an important part in getting us started on the mission field and of the raising of our girls at PTC. When we all were assembled along with other family members, board members, and friends of the ministry, that started the first buildings at PTC and people who are very involved in so many ways helping us get the girls raised now.
|My girls and their families|
After the newlyweds left, we all jumped in and got the place where the wedding was held at the Peach Barn, back in order. Nobody was in a hurry to leave really, but we slowly started getting things cleaned up. While cleaning up, I remember yet again how God told me that if I would take care of His kids, He would take care of mine. God is so faithful. He has and He continues to take care of me and mine.
|The morning before the wedding|
The thing is that the "mine" (which are really His) is growing. We have a 15 year old girl who is going to have a baby in January. Her nine year old sister came with her to Project Talitha Cumi. We have other girls who are on the way. WE have other interns beside Ken and Katrina that will be walking with us. We have Suzanne and Wesley Jarrard that are bringing building teams. We have already 13 teams that have planned to come January- June in 2016, who are coming to do medical outreaches and to build house number five. The vision for the farm has always been for 6 houses. We wrote down the vision and others have helped us run with it.
Mary is going to St. Louis to study for the next year and a half! While I was home I got the tickets. She has her visa and thanks to Jake and Mirian, Andrea Durall and her husband, she will be in St. Louis on the 8th of December. I am amazed at all of the blessings God is sending to our family. Pray for Mary to adjust to the snow and to life in the States and that God will keep her safe and secure and that in this time that she will grow in Him even more.
Estephania and Lizzy graduate the first year of the 2 year LPN course. WE have 5 girls graduating from High School on the 4th of December. WE have so much to be thankful for. Thanks to all of you that have helped us get to this point in the lives of the girls. Thank you for being faithful, by you sacrificial giving and coming to invest into the lives of these wonderful girls. Pray for all of our new girls and the girls who will be transitioning to college.
A scripture that I have been hearing and praying, is that everyone that I know, will know Him, and that they be filled with the fullness of God. I pray that scripture is incorporated in your families. Blessings, from the Totally and Thankfully Full, Honduran MOM
|Mark Lakin,husband of Charisa|