Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Although I don't feel particularly strong...I know God has been working on building me up.  Thanks God for getting me ready for the next thing.  (I think it is going to be teaching an upper elementary grade--something I haven't done before!)

I'm thankful today for:
-a new heating/cooling system put quickly, efficiently, and cheaply!
-I have a summer job :)
-I have a fall job :)
-Matt has been referred for driver's training and employment assistance--both have moved along quickly!
-We have therapists that are working hard to get Matt more sessions--keep praying for the insurance to grant more OT and Speech therapy.
-I had a really fantastic time singing with the worship team on Sunday.  We are starting to be able to be more involved!
-China made his school soccer team (they play about 4 games!)  It has helped with his behavior and attitude!
-No snow in the forecast!  Believe it or not we had a ground covering on Monday!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Directing God

When we decided to come back to the States to work through Mitike's issues, we gave up all our plans.  We had planned to stay overseas for the rest of our working years.  We had planned to raise our kids in an international environment.  We had planned to keep on working with international students.  We had planned to travel.  

What I'm realizing now is that while all our plans were good, they weren't necessarily God's plans!  It has been interesting to be in a "planless" state for the past few months.  This opens you up more to hear and see what God wants for you.  

Matt has qualified for the state/federal assistance in getting him back to work.  Within the next couple weeks he will probably begin his driver's training/testing.  He's very excited to drive again!!  You can pray along with us that he finds where God is wanting him to work.

I am hoping to take an elementary job at Shepherd (full time).  As Matt has continued to progress we are starting to be able to participate in church more often, BUT we are open and seeking God's plans!

Thanks for praying with us! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


No news on the insurance front.  I did pass along the number to the therapists--who had NEVER done a grievance/appeal!  Please keep praying.

We were blessed to have a neighbor that will replace our furnace and air conditioner AT COST.  We have been so humbled by the many good acts of people around us.

The place where I'm working has cut my class for next year.  I have applied for one of the open elementary jobs, but really would appreciate prayer for direction!

Today during "popcorn prayer" with our two four year old classes, the little, mischievous boy sitting next to me (with all sincerity) said, "Thank you for Mrs. Eiler!  It was ENCOURAGING to hear one of my most challenging kids say thanks (for all those sweat and tears!)  I am a very small part of Shepherd, but today the "little" thing of teaching has been shown to me to be enough.  Making a difference for a few is still a difference!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Teacher Appreciation

I'm sure teachers all over the world get flowers for teacher appreciation day.  What makes these dear to my heart is the fact that this family doesn't always have money to buy gas BUT they did buy me some lovely roses.  Sacrificial gifts are the most meaningful!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring Break

I know Spring Break is supposed to be a lazy affair, but I couldn't stand to let my free time go to waste.
So, we...
1. sanded, stained, and polyurethaned the two bathroom doors.
2. painted the bathroom a beautiful blue.
3. went to our favorite store Menards and got lots of odds and ends. (It SNOWED while we were there!!)
4. planted some vegetables to get a head start on our garden.
5. cleaned up the backyard.  Mei Mei loves trash and seems to find every piece that blows into our yard.
6. went to the zoo where many of the animals seemingly posed for pictures!

7. almost finished Ana's Easter dress!
8. participated in the neighborhood clean up.  I got put in charge of an alley.  I went to pick up some cardboard and couldn't lift it.  I called a guy over to help and we discovered a dead dog wrapped in the boxes.  There were other sad scenes where there had been evictions and all the food/toys/clothes were just thrown out.  BUT, we made some new friends and got pizza for lunch.  AND, our alley looks 10x better!
9.  We did some fun things too like watching Frozen and Catching Fire.
10.  We did some not so fun things like call the insurance :(

I think everybody will agree we are ready for school to start again!

Thursday, April 3, 2014


I've been working on the wood in the bathroom.  At some point in it's past it was painted a pale pink.  We thought (so much for thinking) since it was the only coat of paint on the wood that we could get it back to its original beauty.  After months of scraping I did manage to get it to this:

But, there is paint residue that resists the stain.  (I went through almost two packs of 60 grit sandpaper--it gummed it up so badly!)  So...we've decided to paint it white as we did the window.

The doors are breathtakingly gorgeous--now (as Matt rolls his eyes!!!) I want to redo every door in the house!!  (at about a week a door that will take us a long while!!)  There is something that is so beautiful about aged wood.  It has depth and character.  It has bumps, gouges, and ruts, BUT time has mellowed and smoothed it.

As I've scraped, sanded, and painted I've had a lot of thinking time.  Here's what God has been showing me. If you want a smooth, professional finish, you've got to put in LOTS of time scraping and sanding.  The events He allows in our lives polish and perfect us--get us ready to be "finished."  One thing I've learned through the past two years is that our circumstances aren't punishments--although the sanding and scraping can feel that way--they are God's way of showing us what needs some work.  Lately, before I say, "Why, me?" or "Do I really need this, God?"  I instead ask, "Show me what needs some scraping--what needs chipped away?"  If my door can look this good, think how nice I'll look when God gets done with me!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

If you see this post...

...please pray for favor with the insurance.  They aren't giving Matt any more therapy sessions--so I will be making some calls tomorrow.  We've been told that the first six months after a stroke are critical--so we'd really like to continue on with therapy. (He's making GREAT progress!!) It is almost unbelievable to me that a man that still has trouble moving his arm and talking could be told he has no more need for therapy.

We had a guy come in to tune up our heater today.  He opened it up and it was ALL rust.  It's obviously been leaking internally for a while.  (Praise God it made it through this winter!!)  Since it is 12 years old, we're looking at replacing it.  We could use some wisdom on this too!

Thanks friends for praying with us!!