In about one month we’ll have a new little daughter, Elena Sofia Mielonen is due on November 1st! We’re excited to explore a new personality to enjoy and love on. Emma is becoming more and more excited and we’re enjoying all of her thoughts on how she’ll “help” her sister. As God has worked in[…]
Dear friends in Christ, With the pending miracle of the birth of our new daughter Elena Sofia sometime around November 1st, we have been reflecting on God’s identity and the story of our lives to date. It is imparative that you and I (Travis) are aware of how God is always working to define and refine[…]
These faces and many like them are the future, in this case they are the future of Poland and beyond. These two little girls also need discipleship, and for them it will be through their parents who are challenged with raising children in a world full of confusion, distrust, and false hope. We truly believe[…]
So often when we are thinking about ministry in Poland the topic of culture comes up, this can be a delicate thing to address because it isn’t easy to be objective since we’re attempting to see Poland through our American lenses. The ultimate goal is for us to capture in our hearts what Kingdom culture[…]
We have not been very good at updating this blog, there are not really any reasons or excuses just focusing on family life! Please remember November 1st, 2012! Why? Because that is the day two things are “due” firstly and foremost our new baby daughter is due! Secondly we are believing for that to be the[…]
It’s that time of year again….preschool hunting. I know you, like us, look for the best schools for your children. Their education is very important. So as we look between different local schools we are anxiously looking at the Polish school we talked about Emma attending last year. We were not able to sign her[…]
http://life-love-laughter.tumblr.com/post/4431940058/a-great-reminder This is so encouraging to be reminded that we are all right where God wants us and just in time for everything. We’re never late…even when moving to Poland. 😉
So often I (Travis) find myself jealous of other missionaries serving in places like Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East, South America, etc… these are places I call “the sexy” mission field, there’s a certain automatic appeal about these places. Generally (and very generally) people (mostly Americans) associate this appeal with either Islam, third world, or poverty. All[…]
Looking at learning Polish as a whole, seems like a massive mountain that is impossible. It seems I will always sound silly and unable to make the ‘normal’ sounds Poles make. One example, rolling your tongue. I have no idea how I was jipped while I was being created in my mom’s womb but I[…]
Weronika and I. Weronika, I had such an amazing time getting to know you more and I SO look forward to being able to get to know you better in the near future! Love our friendship. Do you have friendship you wished were better? This is one for me. We get along great but there’s[…]
We were able to take some pictures of each other while at our last visit. I think you can totally see the friendship the two of them have with each other. It’s awesome. It helps also, that I was behind the camera saying ridiculous things to make them laugh. There is nothing more beautiful than a natural[…]
We’ve been ‘home’ for about 2 weeks and when friends have asked us how our trip was, we’re finding it hard to explain. Yes, we were able to express about our time with our friends but it seems less and less like a foreign place where we need to process what we’ve seen/experienced/done. It seems[…]
There are three “mile stones” for us to pass before we leave the USA for Poland. The first is to grow our family, we hope to have one more child before leaving, if we end up being fully fund-raised and w/o another child, then we’ll probably move to Poland and grow our family in the[…]
Here are some last pictures from our trip to Seattle. They HAD to take a ferry. We insisted. 🙂 I think it’s impossible to go to Seattle on a summer day and not fall in love with the city.
We were given FABULOUS Mariner tickets by my dad and step-mom for our Polish friends to experience an all American baseball game. And it was fabulous. In every way. No kids, great weather and the best seats I’ve ever had. Oh and it gets better- we actually won! It was a fabulous time and we[…]
All of our hearts are melding more and more with each other everyday.
a mama’s love is infectious and soothing. A snuggle, able to heal most injuries of the heart. A mama’s laughter enriching. Mama’s that enter their children’s worlds will live forever in the love and respect of future generations.
Alexis wrote an update on how our first couple days have been with our Polish friends in town. Go HERE to read and see a couple pictures. Over all we love them. Tons. Our heart is SO for them and what God is calling them to be. And we are excited to strengthen that bond[…]
Food bought: check Find a car that fits all of us: check get all the extra sheets/pillows: check Arrange meetings/plans/coffee chats: check Emma excited about them coming: check Get surprise present ready: check CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU GUYS TO GET HERE!!!!! 🙂 (* and I’m praying for an amazingly smooth transition for the huge[…]