Saturday, December 27, 2008
My family has learned a lifetime worth of lessons in the past few months; patience, surrender, perseverance, loving Grace, and more. We have all grown closer to God, and hopefully become more like His Son? I personally have learned that "His Grace is enough", and He has allowed me to have more patience and understanding and love that I would have thought possible under the circumstances. I wish I had truly profound words to say at this point, but I can only summarize with, "God is good and His Mercy and Love endure forever."
only by Grace, pat
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
I’m a Christian Democrat . . . call me conflicted!
v I’m believe in life and have been personally touched by the abortion issue. But, I’m not an extremist, and realize there may be extenuating circumstances, (rape, incest, etc.) that make this a very difficult decision for some.
v I believe marriage and “sex” was meant to be between a man and a woman. But, I support domestic partnerships and believe those relationships should receive all the benefits of traditional marriages.
v I believe homosexuality is wrong, but I’m not casting any stones as I know my own sinful state. I judge actions and positions based on what I believe as a Christian, but I’m called to love everyone by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He has the final say, and He is full of Grace and Mercy.
v I believe a teenage girl should have someone in her corner if and when she becomes pregnant . . . not to judge . . . but to support and help. There is a sadness here that goes beyond the “issue” of society and politics . . . the erosion of the family in America.
v I believe there is a God . . . an intelligent designer, and I believe it is our abandonment of belief in Him that has set our country on a self destructive course.
v I believe it is the atheists and agnostics who are the closed-minded ones, not willing to even consider the possibility of a Creator.
v I believe in Democracy, and my civic responsibility . . . but I am disappointed by the choice of candidates . . . every election! And, I hate the cruel, name-calling campaigns . . . what do these people really have to offer me anyway?!
v I believe we have many needs in our communities that should grasp our attention. . . I don’t think high speed rail service, sports arenas, etc. are on that list.
v I believe in social welfare and medicine, but I also believe in earning a living, and that any welfare system should promote self esteem and motivation.
v I believe taxes are good and that the quality of life is improved for everyone, (including the rich), when the poor and oppressed have their needs met.
v I hate war and violence, but I am grateful for soldiers who believe in Freedom.
v I believe Hollywood and the media are feeding us lies and garbage, I would prefer a little more truth.
v Bottom line . . . yes, here it is . . . I believe in Jesus and want to be more like Him, everything else is just distraction.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Many of you are aware that Patti and I recently took in Tommy and Leanna Mascotti (aged 10 and 11 respectively). To briefly recap events of this past year; their father died in January and after trials with their mother and grandmother, they came to live with us. Their sister, Angelina (14), is living with a friend nearby now as well, after being bounced around foster and group homes.
All three of the children love one another dearly, and their desire is to be reunited, AND with their own family. Their mother is trying to accomplish all she is required to do, and I believe her desire is to be reunited as well. Mom has issues that must be resolved to the satisfaction of the Children’s Protective Services folks and the court if that is to happen.
Their plight is repeated over and over again every day in our communities, and social services offices and staff are overwhelmed by the number of children that need care. I have asked for prayers previously for Patti and I as we seek to be obedient to God’s call for these (His) kids, and those continue to be coveted. However, God has been prompting my heart daily to seek prayer for this family.
Patti and I don’t know what the future holds for Tommy, Leanna, Angelina and Mom. We quite simply just live one day at a time, trusting God with their, and our, future. We don’t see ourselves adopting or raising these three, and have not committed to a long term or permanent role with social services, but always in the back of our minds and hearts is the notion that God may have other plans?
Our prayer request on their behalf is that they would indeed be reunited as a family. Aside from that, adoption is the best alternative for all three of them, and joining other family would be best, but we haven’t seen that possibility arise. Social services work to have a “Plan B” in place if reunification doesn’t happen, and the top priority is adoption, with guardianship second and finally long term foster care the least desirable.
So, I hope you will join Patti and I in earnest prayer for this family in those regards. We have felt your prayers for us, and continue to covet them, as our lives have been literally turned upside down that past couple months, and we expect to be the kids caregivers through at least June, 2009, and possibly for another year. God is teaching us very clearly about love and obedience, and being Jesus to these children, so that is the blessing in the midst of the stress.
Only by Grace, Pat & Patti
Sunday, September 7, 2008
How did "we" do it? Not without Him certainly, and lots of unconditional love, prayer and of course GRACE.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
So, we enter into this new season with two new children (His lambs) added to our family. Tommy and Leanna Moscotti (10 and 11 yrs. respectively) lost their father this past January, then their mother wasn't able to care for them. Our daughter, Karly, had developed a close relationship with the two kids through her after school care program. Well, the rest is (as they say) history, and now Tommy and Leanna are part of our family. Needless to say, Patti and I appreciate any and all prayers and support as we enter this new and very different season.
The following are the Scriptures came to mind in the midst of all these new "opportunities" to "Feed His lambs.":
Isaiah 55:8-9 (New International Version) (for Pat & Patti)
8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,"
declares the LORD.
9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Jeremiah 29:11 (New International Version) (for our kids, now including Tommy & Leanna)
11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Philippians 4:12-13 (New International Version) (for all of us)
12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Patti is truly ready for a change in the Occupational Therapy career, and actively seeking other opps at UC Davis and elsewhere. We see ourselves as missionaries right here in River City, and are grateful for the blessing of being able to serve our Lord in so many ways here. Not sure where our next journey will lead us, but always excited and anticipating God's next call.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Lots of memories and stories to tell . . .
Monday, April 14, 2008
P.S. If Dallas Willard and F. Dale Bruner are taxing your brain too much these days, go read The Shack by William Young . . . very thought provoking.
Aloha ke Akua,
Mahuahua Kukele (Big Muddy, da white Hawaiian Moose)
Monday, March 31, 2008
So. here are some links to videos, etc. of some of the things we did that we didn't or couldn't get our own videos or photos of. The Zorb is a big plastic ball with a smaller one inside attached by hundreds of bungee cords, you dive in (Patti and I together), they put in some water, zip you in and push off the hill. No, I can't believe I consented to this . . . but there was much more of the same along the way. Blackwater rafting entails wetsuits and innertubes, then crawling down (200 feet) into caves to access an underground river/creek (complete with eels and glowworms), then float, jump, etc. your way along! Well, you get the idea . . . lots of nutty things to do in NZ, but we drew the line at bungee jumping or skydiving . . . preferring the comfort of a quick little helicopter for our aerial adventures. Anyway, here are some links to activities in NZ . . . most of which we did:
okay, and here's a bungee video from NZ for those who may want to try it:
No, I still don't think so???!!!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Highlights??? There too many to name them all, but here are some favorites: the night on The Rock (boat) in Bay of Islands, Blackwater Rafting (tubing in the caves), Zorbing in Rotorua, swimming with Dusky Dolphins in Kaikoura, jetboating in Queenstown, and those were just the activities. Scenery highlights were literally everywhere we went, and the two lane roads with 100K max speed (60 mph) allows you to take it all in while driving; Canterbury Plains, alpine areas, coastlines (Pacific and Tasman). But, of course to us it's always about people first and foremost, and we met many wonderful people; some old friends and more new ones!
There is a beautiful Maori weaving on a wall in Christchurch Cathedral that sums up God's intent in creating us for one another. . . the translation of the dedication on this Maori art piece is, "What is the most important thing in life? It's the people, it's the people, it's the people." We are grateful to many people for making our time in NZ not only possible, but truly blessed. Firstly, all those of you who have been praying for us, to Margaret, Nick & Tina, Ian & Morgan, Libby, Jonny and Sarah and their crew . . . the list goes on and on with hosts, guides and just people we met in restaurants, pubs, stores and the like all along the way.
It is good also to be home, and to wait upon the Lord and His plans for this season of life. To Him be all Glory and Thanksgiving in Jesus Christ.
Kia Ora, Aloha ke Akua e i ke alo o Iesu! Pat & Patti (PnP on the road . . . the narrow road, the Hopeful journey that leads to His Kingdom.)
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Tomorrow we celebrate our Lord's resurrection in a little Presbyterian Chruch here in the Highlands! But, we have been worshipping Him in awe and thanksgiving for many days now!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Already we have noticed the slower pace of the South Island, and we know that some incredible diversity in geography awaits us still! Tomorrow we head up to Lake Tekapo on our way to Queenstown (the home of extreme sports in NZ.) We will bungee from 100 meters? We will we ride the skywire plane? We will jump out of an airplane? We will we hot air balloon over the Canterbury Plains? Stay tuned for the continuing adventures of PnP on the road!
From Napier we traveled through wine country, over to the Tasman coast and down to the capital city of Wellington. We stayed with good friends in Welllington (Hataitai District), were shown the town by Morgan Horwood (Kiwi & USA citizen), and finished off our time with an exquisite dinner in a favorite Wellington restaurant with Morgan, her brother Ian, and the delightful Nick & Tina! A very beautiful capital city indeed, and worth a longer stay.
But the South Island beckoned, and kayaking/tramping in the Abel Tasman Nat. Park awaited us.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Next, we visit the Robilliard and Horwood Kiwi clan in Wellington before heading off to the South Island and more exciting adventures! This is an incredible land of beauty and diversity all packed into two small islands!
Kia Ora ke Akua (a mixed Polynesian blessing of good health and friendship!
PnP . . . only by Grace
Thursday, March 6, 2008
G'nite Mates, PnP