Rose was such a sweet little mama. I noticed her as soon as we arrived today. She was waddling around the courtyard of the small quiet health center of Kangulumira, Uganda. This beautiful woman was wearing a pretty sundress, stopping every couple minutes to brace herself on whatever was near during her contractions. She had been there for about an hour when I arrived at 10am. I found her name; Rose and she spoke some broken English which is wonderful! I told her to let me know if there is anything she needs and that I would be there to help her. She sweetly leaned in and hugged me as another contraction swept over her. The morning ambled along- I love the pace here… definitely running on African time.
Around noon Margaret the midwife nurse came to find me and asked that I do an exam on Rose. Sure enough the baby had descended well and she was fully dilated. Margaret decided that we should rupture her membranes, so this was my first time doing that procedure. Sweet little Rose was very squirmy… she just couldn’t control herself when the intense pain came… there is point known to midwives called ‘the ring of fire’… I can’t say I am particularly looking forward to experiencing this blessed point in my future. There was thick meconium stained fluids, meaning the baby was in some distress but the baby’s heart rate stayed good throughout, so we continued to pray for the Lord to protect this child and to encourage Rose with the strength she needed.
Rose was a bit frantic so Margaret called Rose’s mother to come in and encourage her (never would happened in any of the government hospitals I have worked in- I love that the family is involved here!). Moments later Rose bore down gripping the strange arm rests of the patted labor table and gave birth to her second daughter, beautiful, healthy, and crying! Praise the Lord! Now Rose was all smiles and sighs of relief.
Later when I walked Rose to her recovery bed and reunited her with a bundle of pink cuteness, her mother enveloped me in a fierce hug chanting in broken English “thank you very much” then in her arms she began to dance me around chanting… Then she passed me to Rose’s sister who carried on the rhythmic rejoicing. I tried to turn the attention by making my own dance and chant “Webale Yesu, Webale Mungu” (Thank you Jesus, Thank you God”) This was a hit and the praises were lifted high by everyone in the room- along with some laughter at our silliness! I am so grateful for this amazing experience! Praise my Creator for this gift of life!
Every year New Beginnings looks forward to an evening spent with our incredible ministry partners! We are so thankful for years of support and encouragement from our faithful friends. We have a lot to rejoice about in 2015! This fundraiser banquet will inform you of everything you make possible! I am really excited to see you there as I will be speaking at the event and sharing a little about my time on staff with New Beginnings.
Please plan to join us by registering HERE!
Our clients come to New Beginnings most often very unsure and afraid of the future. With loving acceptance and resources, we give each one all the details and support needed to make a healthy plan for their lives. The majority of our clients choose to parent. Recently one young lady made the loving, sacrificial decision to choose a family for her son. The exchange of loving care from birth mother to adoptive family was truly a sacred moment! Every life is a precious gift! Since Autumn, New Beginnings Homes have welcomed 10 new residents, 5 of which have already given birth to healthy babies. Praise the Lord!
Yes, I am 31.
Yes, I am single.
No, I do not have any children.
Yes, those are both desires of my heart.
No, I’m not sad or mad.
Are you kidding me?!? Hahaha!
Now that those answers are all out there, let me clear something up =) I have a really good life. I am so happy with who I am in Christ and the rich love I share with my Creator! I have an amazing relationship that fulfills the deep corners of my heart, gives me unspeakable joy, makes me better than I could ever be on my own, and honestly satisfies my soul!!! I live with passion and purpose. I experience pure delight all the freakin time! I am never ever alone! I am loved so fully that it literally shatters my fears and doubts. I have tangible hope in Jesus for all things! I am held closely, chosen, and honored by my Love. I hold the adoring attention of the One that sees everything and everyone. And my Love has never and will never leave me! I am good!
I am not sad or mad. Please do not feel bad for me, LOL. Rejoice with me that I trust God in all things and I believe that someday, in His perfect timing… I will have those desires given to me by a loving Lord, to be a wife and a mother. And that might look way different than I would plan, but not my will… Jesus and His plans are all I truly long for! I could scream with happiness! AHHHHH!!!!! =)
I made a point at the beginnings of 2015 to commit to loving myself better. I realized that I suck at this, truly… it does not come naturally to look out for me and be sure I have what I need to be in a good spot. So I set out to do one of my all-time favorite activities; I made lists! I wrote down the things that bring me joy and fill me up and then the things that rob me of joy. Then I wrote out my hopes, goals, and dreams. I asked the Lord to create with me a beautiful, hope filled, adventurous future! The process to realization and action of all these truths wasn't easy and took time. I wrestled with my thoughts. I had to ask tough questions of myself and God. It was so worth it! I've made some huge, path altering choices for myself that will effect what I do, where I live, how I serve, and who will be part of my future! The best part is that I’m practicing my deep knowledge that God is able and good and faithful! I believe it!
A small part of the journey to loving me better is through an amazing ministry offered at my church. Celebrate Recovery is all about creating safe, Christ centered space to open up and allow the work of God to mold me, heal me, and love me for who God made me to be. I can’t say enough about CR and I’ve only been attending for a month! Some people have reacted surprised that I would admit and seek help for my personal hurts, habits, and hang-ups… as if because I am “in ministry” I must have it all together. Not the case. But so thankful for grace! I am a work in progress and the Lord is constantly showing me areas of my life where I need help. I realize my inadequacies daily and am reminded that Jesus is perfect in my weakness and faithful. I hope that people who might read this will be reminded that we can all benefit from finding deeper recovery and freedom from the things we are facing, and that we DON’T have to face them alone! I’m one grateful girl!
YWAM New Beginnings Homes… I've been a full-time volunteer staff member for 9 months already and this is where I am called to stay! The Lord has walked me through so many personal experiences with teen pregnancy, rejection, fear of man, rebellion, forgiveness, redemption, healing, restoration of joy, serving the broken, caring for the needy, and living in freedom! The Word tells me that I have received comfort from God so that I can give that comfort to others (2 Cor 1:4). I have been so honored to have worked with a Crisis Pregnancy Center as an options counselor, served alongside a team of Birth Attendants delivering babies around the world, and assisted natural births with a stateside birthing center! Now I get to continue giving long-term support for women in unplanned pregnancy and filling a much needed gap in care… I’m overcome with thankfulness for this opportunity! My work matters in the lives of many women and children. WOW! Thank you Jesus for leading me here, now hold my hand and let’s have a fabulous adventure!
I think it began a couple years ago. I don't even know how I first fell in love... with tiny homes!!! Yes it's true! Have you heard of this so called Tiny House Movement? Apparently it began with environmentally conscious people wanting to live a simplified life that left a small carbon footprint... that's all well and good but I just think tiny homes are adorable and perfect!
See what I mean!? So naturally the ever-wandering side of me feels like a tiny home is about all the commitment I could handle in the area of purchasing a home. Seriously, I could design and build and decorate an amazing tiny sanctuary! Oh Lord help me... may it be so. Someday.
In the meantime, New Beginnings has just started building a sweet little 192 sq ft. tiny home on our lovely Puyallup Valley campus. It is set to house a single mama and her baby in the coming months! It will be fully functional with kitchenette, bathroom, loft living space, and spiral staircase! Here is a look at the finished exterior --> cute, huh?!