In Memory of Grandma Lois

Grandma1On January 7th my grandma Lois Scott passed away. Thankfully we had the opportunity to go back to Michigan this past week for the services to celebrate her beautiful life. She truly lived every day for the Lord and her final deep burning passion was to know that her family and friends, people she loved dearly, had accepted God as their Lord and Savior. We know when she passed she was met by the words “well done, good and faithful servant.”

God is so gracious. My grandma was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor in early December while we were still in Grand Rapids. We were able to go directly to the hospital and spend the afternoon with her only a day after she was diagnosed. We had an entire week left in Michigan before coming to Arizona which gave us precious time with her.  My grandma prayed for me my whole life, that I would have a relationship with God. She never ceased as a woman of prayer. She has left an incredible legacy for our family.

Grandma5

After Micah and I got married she liked to remind me that ALL of her friends had great grandchildren and she didn’t have ANY. We were overjoyed with the arrival of Porter in 2013, but he was born in Uganda so family didn’t get to meet him until we returned. This past June upon arriving to the US, we brought Porter to the cottage at Big Star Lake where grandma finally met her first great grandchild. The moment was so sweet, locked in my memory forever. Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 6.53.07 PMFast forward to December in the hospital, I asked grandma to pray over Porter knowing the warrior that she is. Porter sat on her lap and she prayed over him and his life, one of the most beautiful pictures.

I am unbelievably grateful for the time in December with my grandma. To share Porter with her. And to say “see you in heaven.”

Advertisements

14 MOMENTS OF 2014

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.00.18 PM

This past year was filled with many great moments and a few hard ones. Here are 14 of the most memorable ones:

1) Felt God leading us to pursue Business as Mission with a missions organization

2) Applied to World Venture

3) Our media bag was stolen from our car that contained our cameras & computer

4) Began moms group in the refugee settlement

DSC_0080

5) Betsy got malaria (and survived!)

6) We returned to the United States

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 5.45.41 PM

7) Our Uganda home was broken into and both dogs were poisoned

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 6.37.05 PM

8) We were appointed with World Venture

WV apointed

9) Visited with family who met Porter for the first time

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 6.53.07 PM

10) Porter turned 1

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 6.34.03 PM

11) Attended two trainings through World Venture in Colorado and began partner development

12) Two successful Designed4 photo auctions to replace our stolen equipment

13) Began substitute teaching & freelance video work while in the States

14) Celebrated Christmas with Family

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 6.59.18 PM

 

Looking back we can see God’s faithfulness in leading us to partner with World Venture for long-term impact in Uganda. We are hoping to find temporary housing in Grand Rapids while we are here in the states for the next few months working and building our team.  Let us know if you know of any options!

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.07.03 PM

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 7.11.28 PMAs we trust in God’s timing, we look forward to returning to our work and home in Uganda in 2015!

Wishing you an incredible New Year!

Back in Business

new_camera2In the last few weeks we’ve hosted a silent auction in Chicago as well as an online auction selling some of Micah’s photos.  We were overwhelmed by the generosity and support of everyone who participated and clearly saw God’s abundant blessings. We raised over $5,000 and we were able to purchase a Nikon DSLR, 2 lenses and essential audio equipment. We’ve been without a camera for 10 months, so Micah is loving having one back in his hands and already filmed for an organization the day after getting it!new_camera1

Thank you to everyone who came out to support us and participated in getting Designed4 back in business!

Recovery Plan

The waiter came up to our table and timidly said “Excuse me, but some children told me your car was just broken into.”  I immediately jumped up and ran to our car that was just across the street.  It was 6pm, still light out and on a public street but the bold thieves had only left shards of glass on our back seat.  The bag we kept our macbook pro, two cameras, and audio equipment was gone.  Just gone.

cameraThis happened back in February and they say time heals, yet the knot in my stomach still remains.  There was nothing we could do to recover the bag.  The police would be of no help, and insurance agencies had been uninterested in insuring thousands of dollars of camera equipment in a developing country.  So the equipment we had invested our personal saving into was now gone with no hope of getting it back.

As Betsy and I settled into this new reality we felt the best option was to step back and pray.  Was this a signal to end Designed4 as a business?  Should we stop working in Uganda?  The answers to these questions we heard from God and others was no.  This was a painful event but not outside of God’s sovereign control.  So we pressed forward.

Since our plans had us back in America within a few months, we decided to wait until we were back in the States to purchase new equipment.  We had some kind friends who allowed us to borrow equipment for film projects during the last few months in Uganda.

Now we are finally ready to replace the equipment that was stolen, but simply don’t have the resources to re-purchase it all.  So we are having a silent auction event on Thursday, November 20th.  We will be auctioning off 18 photographs and a few crafts from Uganda at Derby Bar & Grill in Chicago. All funds generated from this event will go towards equipment and get Designed4 back on its feet.

web_promo

Please join us if you are in the Chicago area!  We would love to see you and it’s bound to be a great event!  If you can’t make it in person and interested in joining in, we will have an opportunity for you to buy photos in the future! Stay tuned via our facebook page.

Love and War

I wanted to read books on marriage before Micah and I got married, as most people do. A month before our wedding (in February) I was flying back to Denver from Chicago and while in the airport, I felt led to go to a book store and look for Love and Respect. The book store didn’t have it but I did see a book by Christian authors John and Stasi Eldredge. I have read some of their books before and I was surprised to see a new book of theirs in the airport that I have never heard of called Love & War. I picked it up, read the back and found it was about marriage! I was shocked and knew it was a God thing that I had walked into the airport book store a month before my wedding and found a Christian book on marriage. So, I bought it. And couldn’t put it down! It was seriously one of the greatest blessings for Micah and I going into marriage. Once I landed in Denver, we ordered Micah a copy that night. He has loved it too. It has been great to go over at night, igniting deep discussions.  I just finished it a couple of weeks ago and I can tell you that there isn’t a page without something highlighted or written on. I will be sharing little snippets on this blog as they come to mind. I recommend this book to any married couple or couple entering marriage. It holds great wisdom from a Godly couple who has been married over 20 years. They also just released a small group study which we are very excited about.

We will keep you updated on our reading list. Love and War is next as we were given copies as a wedding present.