Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

I love being mom to these five kids!  I've been so blessed.

Our Girls                                                                                      Our Boys

I've also been blessed with a great Mother-in-law.  She did a great job in raising her son!  She's a wonderful Grammy to our kids.  Our kids love anytime spent with Grammy and every box that comes from her!
My in-laws during their visit in July 2014



Thinking of my Mom today too.  Although I would have loved to have had her for many more years, I'm so thankful for the time we did have together.  We started our journey together as mother and daughter, but along the way we became friends.  I thank God for giving me such a mother as her.  I've been so blessed.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Snow Place Like Home!

We returned home (after a whirlwind 10 weeks in America) to more snow than we have seen in our eight years in Greenland!  It just keeps coming and coming!  It has snowed several inches every day since our return home.  With the spring sunshine and fresh snow, Ilulissat is a beautiful place!  








Monday, March 30, 2015

Baptism

On March 29th, our last Sunday in the States, Chris had the privilege to baptize our four oldest children.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

BMW Blog Hop

I'm participating in a Blog Hop from the Baptist Missionary Women Blog.  Several other missionary wives have participated and it's a fun way to get to know other missionaries and learn about other fields!  To participate we need to share five facts about ourselves.  Here are mine:

1 - My husband and I are the only Baptist missionaries in the country of Greenland.  It can get lonely at times, but it’s exciting to serve the Lord on a pioneer mission field!

2 - We are currently on a short furlough and have been to several meetings down south.  My favorite part of this is that sweet tea is available everywhere!

3 - I have five children.  Two were born in the state of Maryland, Our middle child was born in the country of Iceland, and the last two were born in the country of Greenland.  So, all five were born in a place that ends in “Land” 

4 - I live in a small town 200 miles above the Arctic Circle.  The name of our town is Ilulissat which means “icebergs.”  We live beside one of the most productive glaciers in the world.  Each day it produces enough ice to provide NYC with fresh water for a year!  Every day we can see icebergs floating out to sea and I love that our view is ever changing.

5 - We took our honeymoon to Greenland.  Doesn’t everyone go to an island for their honeymoon?! :-)

Please visit Jolene's Blog over at "With Love from Ukraine"   Although I've never met Jolene in person I consider her a sweet friend.  We've known each other online for several years now.  Technology can be a blessing!




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Anna Grace is 12!

Our Anna is now 12!  She was excited to celebrate her birthday in America!  The last time she was able to do that was when she turned 2, and that seems like just yesterday...

Anna as a bridesmaid a few days before her birthday

Monday, February 16, 2015

America!

We returned to America in January and hit the ground running!  We enjoyed spending time with family and the kids have really enjoyed getting to know their aunts, uncles and cousins all over again!    My sister planned her wedding for when we were back.  She lives in northern Maine and her wedding day was a very cold, windy and snowy day, but her wedding was beautiful!


The Nissley Family (Carole's Family)

Chris's parents with their grandchildren.
Each of us come from large families so when we are all together there are plenty of cousins to play with!

Our time is short here, but we are visiting with supporting churches and new churches.  We love sharing our burden for Greenland and all that God has done there.  We pray we can come back some year and visit ALL of our churches.  However, the need for more laborers in Greenland is great and we can't leave our work there unattended too long.  In just the short time we've been gone tragedy has happened to someone close to us.  A suicide.  It's hard to minister long distance, highlighting the need for help!  We are praying God uses us during our time in the States to burden hearts with the need for missionaries to Greenland

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!



And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. (Revelation 21:5)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Romamiut Aqqutaat (The Romans Road)

In Kunngip Klubbia the past few months we've been learning verses in Romans.  The kids all worked together to draw and color a road and decorate their own cars.  Each time they recite a verse correctly they can advance along the road.  This has been a great tool to really help these kids hide God's Word in their hearts!







video

Monday, December 29, 2014

Finally!

As many of you noticed the blog has been quiet for quite some time.  It has now been updated!  We've back-dated many of the posts so they appear on the correct date.  Thank you for the emails, phone calls and messages.  A quiet blog just means that life is busy and other things are taking priority.  God Bless you all!  Thank you for your friendship and your prayers!!!

The Beginning of the Boat Ministry!

For years we've been praying that God would send someone to help us here in Greenland. For years we've also been praying about starting a boat ministry. We never dreamed how God would answer our prayers! We are very excited! God is Good!  We are still praying for a family to come work alongside us in reaching this country, but are thrilled with the man God has provided to help Launch the Boat Ministry!

Click to watch the 4 minute video presentation

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Cookies for the Neighbors

Jonathan all excited for Christmas!

More Christmas Cookies

Friends visiting on Christmas

Merry Christmas from our Kids to Yours!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Blizzard 2014

We just came through the worst blizzard we've experienced in our 8 winters in Greenland... and loved every minute of it!
Unlike most places around the world, blizzards in Greenland don't shut everything down... except perhaps for air traffic!  Everything continues on as business as usual.  But, this particular blizzard had very high winds and lots of snow.  The school kids were sent home early and school was cancelled for the next day.  A Danish teacher told us that in his 14 years in Greenland this is only the second time he's ever seen kids sent home early because of the weather, and the first time he's seen schools closed because of it! 

Chris is sitting on the road in front of our house.  It was plowed a few hours later.

Snow, snow, everywhere!

This snowman has become quite famous in town...
he's been photographed several times every day since he was built!

Getting a work-out!

Thankful for our Helper!

Christopher took some time off shoveling to dig some snow tunnels

Everyone is having fun in the snow!

Monday, December 01, 2014

A Blessing

For three months in early fall we were blessed to have a young lady from Denmark attending our church.  She came to Ilulissat a couple of years ago as a medical intern, and returned this year as a full fledged doctor!  She is very faithful to a Baptist church in Denmark and we were thrilled when she wrote to let us know she was working in the hospital here for three months.

In the short time she was here she made a huge impact on the church kids.  We have several teen and pre-teen girls that attend and they all really looked up to her.  She was able to really talk to them and be a godly influence on them at this time in their lives.  She became a part of our family while she was here.  Our children really miss her.  She was like a big sister or an aunt to them, and they loved it every time she would visit or they would visit her at her house.

We were blessed by her help in the church.  She helped with many children's activities, just pitching in and doing whatever she saw that needed done.  The kids are still singing the Danish songs she taught us.

Thank You Yanetha!  We miss you!


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Helping make dinner

Ready to Eat!

Helping Clean Up

Thanksgiving Day Nap!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

EmilĂ­a's Birthday!

Emilia is NINE!  This little girls brings so much happiness to the house.  Her sweet spirit is a blessing to everyone.  She has a very giving personality and it pleases her to help others.  We are so blessed with this adorable little girl!



Saturday, October 25, 2014

International Dinner

We had an International Banquet and we spotlighted missions around the world.  We had Honduran coffee from our missionary friends in Honduras, as well as food from several different countries.  In our church we had people from Greenland, Denmark, Sri Lanka and America.  Everyone brought some food unique to their country and we also had lasagna for Italy and tacos for Mexico.

The flags of the countries represented on the meal table

The Food

Everyone enjoyed the Dinner

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What Happens after death?



It has been a sad week in Greenland.  Some friends of ours visited us right after we returned from Denmark.  Their baby was 6 weeks old and a real cutie.  The very next morning the family was sent to Nuuk, the capital city, because their baby was very sick.  Two days later, the baby died. 
Since we have a car now, we were able to help in ways many cannot, but this also meant we got a closer look behind the scenes:  The baby died on a Tuesday in Nuuk and the parents were stranded there because of the weather.  They were not able to fly home until Saturday.  We drove many family members to the airport, so they could show their love and support.  The baby’s body arrived the day after.  In Greenland, there is no embalming or preservation of dead bodies before burial.  There are no funeral directors, funeral homes or morticians here. 
The casket was taken to what we call “The Death House.”  This is a small 15 x 20
building where all dead bodies are delivered and kept until burial.   Since the body of the baby had been transported by plane, it had to be sealed inside the casket.  I helped unseal the casket.  The body had been wrapped in aluminum and welded shut.  This aluminum shell was then placed into the casket.  We used tin snips to cut open the aluminum shell.  Then my friend held the dead body in his arms as his wife brushed the saw dust from the shroud of her dead baby.  I removed the aluminum shell and they put their little baby back inside the casket. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Beginning of Winter...


It's just a dusting of snow, but it sure made some very excited kids in our house this morning!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Denmark (Picture Heavy post)

We really had a great time in Denmark.  We caught up with old friends who have moved from Greenland to Denmark, met friends in person that we had only known online, visited a couple churches, were encouraged by a great group of believers, and were able to do some street evangelism.  We were also able to do some sightseeing!  We enjoyed our time spent in Denmark seeing and learning more about this small, but beautiful country!

Denmark is a farming country and has over 7,000 kilometers of coastline.
It's very common to see farms right along the ocean.

The American Store in Sweden

What will they think of next???
Fresh Fruit!



The kids had some hands-on-learning on how to hoist and lower sails

After a 3 km walk along the shore we arrived at the castle ruins.  

Many windmills dot the Danish landscape

Chris met a Greenlander in the busy city of Copenhagen

Bikes, Bikes everywhere!

For five kids from Greenland, exploring the woods was a real treat!

A Lighthouse near Odense, Denmark


LEGOS
Did you know that LEGOS were invented in Denmark?  The danish word for "play" is "leg" and the danish word for "good" is "god."  The words were combined to make the word "Lego" which literally means "play good."

Life-Size                                            Lego-Size