Monday, September 6, 2010

brazilian send off

the plane fare for four, including two trips to the airport
on friday, one more on sunday, and two additional ones 
on monday and tuesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,000.00

a houseful of "emily's" adorable little ones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $00.00

brazilian feijoada stew for forty, festive decorations, 
samba music, dancing, laughter, and tears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $200.00

the chance for all my children to say "goodbye" to their
baby sister, who is traveling to brazil for three months . . . . .priceless

i would be so grateful if you would remember our daughter, hailey,
in your prayers while she embarks on this mission experience.  she
is so precious to us.



here she is at her beloved big sister's wedding.


love,
lea

"and walk in love, esteeming and delighting in one another . . . 
ephesians 5:2




43 comments:

Deb said...

I certainly will. God be with her. Mission work is so important and surely fulfilling. I admire missionaries so much.

Have a happy week.

Anita said...

Definitely Lea!! What a wonderful opportunity for her!

Gwendolyn said...

I pray for Hailey right now. Oh Lord, may this be a time of great learning and personal growth for Hailey. Make her a blessing to all those she comes in contact with and all those she is going to serve, the Brazilians and the missionaries. I pray that she would get a glimpse of the world the way You see each and every one. That she would see that no sacrifice is too great for you; that separation is part of the cost and that You know exactly what she is going through. May her heart be united in a deeper and lasting way with Your own. Comfort her when she is down or lonely. May You be her strong tower that she can run to in time of need. Place Your loving, protective arms around her. Give her family peace - and joy, and gratitude that she has chosen what is good - obedience to her Saviour in joyful service to Him!

myletterstoemily said...

gwendolyn,

that is more precious than words
could ever express. i am so very
grateful.

love,
lea

Thmini2 said...

Of course I will. What a beautiful lady she is in looks and heart. It takes a special person to do this. Congratuations on raising such a fine person.

Cheri Bunch said...

My son Caleb spent a lot of time in Brazil doing mission work. He loved it there! The Lord is moving mightily in that land. May the Lord bless Hailey's time there.

Carol from Brazil stayed with our family this summer. Caleb met her family while he was in Brazil. She stayed with us while she was in the USA. We got to meet a sister in the Lord because Caleb ventured into ministry to make an eternal difference. He went there and she came here ... She calls me "mom" ... Blessed be the tie that binds ...

Praying that blessings will overflow from seeds planted by Hailey in this season.

Many blessings,
Cheri

High Heeled Life said...

Definitely Lea .. Hailey will be in my prayers every night that she will continue to be strong and courageous in the face of what she may encounter; that she remain safe and healthy; that this experience will strengthen her faith even more and that she return home safe and full of inspiration for others to follow her lead!!

What area of Brazil will Hailey be in? How long will she be there? My dear friend what an incredible young lady you have raised. I have a couple of friends who live in Brazil and I also sponsor a little girl through Plan Canada. I aware only too well of the need for Mission work there.

Blessings..HHL

Mildred said...

May God bless Hailey and keep her safe on her mission trip to Brazil. What a wonderful opportunity.

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Just Be Real said...

Lifting your daughter up. Lovely post and thank you for sharing the scripture. Blessings.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I joined in praying Gwendolyn's beautifully expressed prayer. I am sure you and your whole family will benefit from Hailey's experience.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Yes I will be praying! Our son went on a trip for a month to Africa at age 17, so I remember.
What an awesome blessing to have children serving the Lord.
What a step of faith for all!!!
Blessings to you all and her during this time!!
Prayers being sent.

Vee said...

Yes, I'm delighted to pray for Hailey and her mission trip...I'll pray for her health and discernment and her family back home. God bless you all while she is away!

(Wow...did this bring back memories from ancient times. My sister spent a summer on a mission trip in Brazil in 197%. I still sing some of the songs she taught me in Portuguese. I like to fake out the grands. ;>)

Farm Girl said...

So hard I will be praying for her.
Really hard for Mommy and Daddy's too.
I will be praying for your family.

BittersweetPunkin said...

Only a very special person hears God's calling to do Mission work..and follows through with it.

My thoughts are prayers will be with your Hailey.

Thank you so much for the sweet welcome back :)
Hugs,
Robin

Single and Sane said...

What an amazing opportunity for Hailey! Praying for her protection while she's so far away and that she will be a shining light for Christ, as he will undoubtedly draw her closer to him through this time.

And praying for her mom and dad, who I know must be filled with a full spectrum of mixed emotions. ;-)

Love,
Margaret

Together We Save said...

I will be paying for her... how proud you must be for her to be doing this.

Zuzu said...

God will be with her every step of the way.

Sending some loving thoughts to all of you.
Hugs,
Zuzu

Dianne said...

Prayers for your precious daughter. Wow! Three months. I went to Brazil for about a week on a mission trip. The people are incredible. She will love it.

Lea, when you get a chance, will you email me at

everythingelsethrownin@gmail.com

I think we may have slight connection.

Lisa said...

What a wonderful adventure for Hailey! My oldest daughter went on a missions trip to Kenya, Africa. She came back changed, thankful and determined to do her part to change the world. Blessings of peace and safety on Hailey (and you!).

Jemm said...

How exciting for her, how scary for you! I'm sure she will have a wonderful time.

Vickie said...

She will come back a changed person...A beautiful girl and a beautiful send off! Prayers and well wishes go with her...and may God bless her heart and life for heeding His call...

JMW said...

I will keep Hailey in my prayers. What a wondeful journey she's about to begin. I am sure you are anxious for her, yet full of proud at her choice. Good luck to you and Hailey!

Town and Country Mom said...

I will remember Hailey. She will be blessed beyond measure. Praying for her health, safety, wisdom, and a heart that grows to love Him more and more.

Brittany Ann said...

Praying for your daughter as she does God's work. And praying for your family that you don't miss her too, too much.

Girl Meets Paris said...

Excited for your daughter as she embarks on this adventure...
On a less serious note, seven years ago my daughter went on a 3 month mission trip, and when she least expected it, she met her future husband! You just never known what God has in store for those that follow His leading :).

Gloria said...

Saying a prayer right now for your dear, dear daughter!
Bless her heart!
xoxo,
Gloria

Joyce said...

This post was such a blessing for me to read today. How sweet and special. She is certainly already working to change and bless many lives.

Andrea said...

All of my best to Hailey! God Bless her!

myletterstoemily said...

you guys are the greatest! thank you!!!!

Sonja said...

Hailey, sweet girl... you can count on my prayers during this adventure of a lifetime! I also pray for mom & dad... for everything that God has for each one of you during this 3 months!

Steph said...

Hope she has a wonderful trip and Father opens her eyes to see all the more deeply His love for and work in her as well as His world. May she be amazed. I know she will be a blessing to others as she loves and holds out the most precious gift of all.

Charli and me said...

I will keep your Hailey in my prayers.

Deborah Ann said...

Hailey is going to Brazil? AWESOME! We have two Compassion children there, and hope to visit them someday.

I will keep Hailey in my prayers. How proud you must be! I remember my own daughter's first mission trip years ago. Nothing is more precious to a mom's heart than when God calls her children in service to Him. Blessings and joy on Hailey on her missions trip!

Rita said...

Oh Lea,
I certainly will pray for Hailey.
May she be safe and healthy and may the Lord lead her where her missionary work is most needed.
this will be a great opportunity of growth both for her and for all those she will come into contact with.
what a wonderful family you have brought up my dear friend.
love
rita

Sonja said...

Yikes! Right when you emailed about the rain, Rockwall was sitting under a tornado alert for the next 10 minutes! It was a little scary... some of these weather events sure make me know that God is a BIG God!! Just looking at the sky outside during the past hour puts awe in your heart in a hurry!
Now it's all calm again and even some blue sky :)
Thanks for the offer! It goes both ways :)

My name is PJ. said...

Absolutely, Lea! How proud you must be! I can't even imagine!!!

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

Sending her my love and prayers. (I'm South American).

Jenny said...

What a lovely send off for a brave and wonderful girl.

I have added her to my prayer list.

And am sending you a hug. Even when they're growing up wonderfully, it's still hard letting them go.

Cinnamon said...

What a sweet relationship you show here with your dtr. How special a dear dtr to be so love and so dearly missed.

"thank you Lord, for YOU have formed this sweet one into a beautiful and serving young lady.....I know you have gone before her and laid out her path. May she always find YOU. Please bring her home safely, In Christ's name I pray......Amen"

Hugs for you Mama while she is gone~

~Cinnamon

LisaShaw said...

Thank you for the recent visit to my blog and I am honored to say a prayer right now for your daughter...

Blessings!

Anonymous said...

My prayer is in agreement with Gwendolyn's. Amen and Amen!

Bree said...

My prayers are with you and your dear family. How precious to know the Lord has a mighty plan for your sweet Emily's life! May He bring her strength, wisdom, discernment and His comfort in this new season. May she find His peace and joy in every moment and may you and Hans know she is in the palm of HIs hand. Bless you dear friend. Praying~
Bree