Category Archives: Missions

what i have been up to.

well it has been a while since my last post- we have had just a “little bit” of stuff going on. we were in haiti for a week which was amazing! i am so thankful to be able to go and love on those people & in return them love on me. i have made long lasting friendships and consider most of them family. when i have a moment to collect all my thoughts & feelings about the trip i will write a more detailed blog, for any of you who have been on a mission trip before you can relate that sometimes it is hard to put all those emotions into words especially when you are sitting at your desk at work. so… here are some pictures!

me & my girls at village kanes

 

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this sweet little girl would not let cory put her down.

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tiboyo & i. love this little guy!

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makinglove and i. she is so funny- always trying to make the same faces as me.

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billy & i. he is the nicest & helps our teams out so much!

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this is my sweet sweet wilderson. i was looking forward to seeing him since i left the last time. if i could adopt him i would in a second.

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this drink was good.

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me, edner & wilderson.

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wilderson. so handsome & so so so sweet.

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this is ritchamy. he is so sweet, sincere and loves jesus so much. love spending time with him.

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i am already planning our next trip there. i miss it everyday & cannot wait to be back.

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being content.

something i am really struggling with right now is being content. i feel like i struggle with this a lot. i try to not complain but when you are a daydreamer and stubborn like i am, it is really hard. i am always thinking of the future & what is going to happen next or i have a certain picture of what i want my life to look like. i get really sad when things are not shaping into the way i have planned. i get a little angry too. then i start to worry and wonder about all the what if’s.

  1. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matt 6:34 NIV
  2. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matt 6:25-27 NIV

what i am learning now is that i need to shift that focus onto being content with everything i have at this moment. bc everything i have at this moment is more than someone else has somewhere. its more than i ever deserved. i believe the lord has me where i am at right now for a purpose & even though i do not have a clue what that is i am learning to be happy.

Philippians 4:11-13

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Matthew 6:31-33

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

 

& then there are times when i feel restless and tired. i just need strength.

Isaiah 40:29-31

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

i just need to wait on the lord. stop worrying about the what if’s and realize he has everything in control. does this happen to you? do you ever feel like this? i feel like i am not the only one, but if someone out there is going through the same thing these verses really help  me.

James 4:1-5

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?

preparing my heart for haiti and i feel so selfish even feeling like this.

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Cheers

Evanda

 

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11 days.

today marks 11 days until i will be in haiti again. what? the time has flown by. i am driving to carrollton today to turn in the last part of our money.

cannot wait to see this little guy.

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want to pray about our trip? here is what you can pray about.

1. for rain. they need it in a really bad way.

2. for our team- that the lord would work through us in whatever way he needs too.

3 that i don’t cry my eyes out when i leave- i did a really really great job last time holding it back. when i got home i spent the next few days crying in the shower. my heart was exploding. so many thoughts and emotions.

4. that whatever we do and say there show them jesus.

 

those are just a few.

ok- so here are some new things.

i got a jeep. really excited about that one.

the day we were leaving for our mini vacation to the mountains i cracked a tooth on a scooby snack. literally in the jeep fixing to back up and ate a scooby snack and bam. cracked. so. since we do not have dental insurance i found a doctor in carrollton that i am making an appointment with to see that has this plan called “complete smile”. you pay $250 and get exams, x rays, 2 teeth cleanings, and 20% off anything you need. which would mean getting my tooth fixed.

it is finally spring. which means more of this.

sandals.

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& of course sunday is easter. what an amazing celebration. behind the cotton ball tail and chocolate easter bunnies and egg hunts there is so much more. jesus.

i cannot say i don’t like the easter baskets & chocolate.  my mom was always good with these things. we had homemade baskets, she made the best peanut butter eggs, she would use all her fancy molds and make chocolate suckers, ect. my nanny would also get those little plastic grocery buggies and fill it with candy & everything else you could imagine. i miss her. holidays are never the same & will never be the same since she is no longer here.

cheers,

E

 

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wish list travel list.

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april 28th we go back to haiti (i know i have been talking about it a lot-i cannot help it) & it has me thinking of travel. so today i am going to share my wish list travel list of the top 5 places i want to go. one of them is already in the works for our 5 year anniversary & i could not be more excited.

  1. ireland
  2. spain
  3. montana
  4. california
  5. texas

ireland is cory & i’s top place to go. we are already planning to go there on our 5th anniversary. any tips from my readers out there on how to travel there the smart way- please comment! we want to see everything from the guiness factory to castles to hanging out with some locals.

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spain has always had a little piece of my heart- everytime i see something about spain on the travel channel my heart leaps a little.

montana is freakin gorgeous so why  not go right?

california. the beautiful state has so much to offer & i need to see it. my sister lived there for about a year when she had a nanny job & she was always telling me how beautiful it was.

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beautiful right?

last but not least. texas. the big state of texas- mainly austin. i never hear a bad thing about this city. music. food. atmosphere. let’s go right now!

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salt lick bbq

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home slice pizza

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these are some other places i would like to visit

where are some places on your wish list?

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a big ole’ sale & a bread maker

i have been going through my closet and bagging up stuff i need to get rid of for our sale. we are planning a big yard sale for our haiti trip. i had a friend drop by some stuff to add to it yesterday & i am so thankful. we are 1/2 way to our goal & it is so exciting to see the lord provide in amazing ways. i have a habit of when i buy something i get rid of something. i have been feeling like i need a wardrobe change- like my style is changing. we all get in these funks where we are wanting to change our hair, or how we dress or we just want something fresh. here are some looks i have my eyes on.

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seriously= overalls. they are making my  month. i have always loved them.

also, cory & i have started our lose some lbs and working out this week. i bought a scale so i can keep track- i have never owned a scale before. i eat pretty healthy, but i need to add my workout routine back into my life. not a diet, but a lifestyle change. healthy changes are good changes. we have decided to start making our own bread & this bread-maker was recommended to me.

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if any of you  have some good recipes let me know- or tips. i love tips!

one other thing. i finally watch the new hunger games. amazing. love these movies! the books were amazing too. i literally read them all in 5 days. i had no life, but on my couch reading those books. #peetaforlife

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80’s 4 haiti

last weekend we held a fundraiser #80s4haiti to raise  money for village kanes. we raised $600!!! that is more than enough to put a water tank in so they can have plenty of water. let me tell you, a little kid with chapped lips from thirst walking around with no clothes will change your perspective on a lot of things. at the fundraiser we all dressed up like we were from the 80’s we made all kinds of food and spent some time decorating.

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my husband was in the 80’s cover band & they threw down! it was so fun & i am so thankful to all who came, donated, participated & to the ones that are praying for us.

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our team leaves april 28th- so close, yet so far away. if you would like to donate & help our team do some amazing things you can email me at evanda.estes@gmail.com

keep us all in your prayers please!!

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village kanes & haiti round 2

so excited. like you do not even have a clue. or maybe you do? we are going back to haiti april 28th. so happy. we are starting our fundraising again= if you guys have any tips on this i would love to have them to share with my team. i keep thinking of all these ideas and things we can do and my mind is full. it is a very humbling experience to put yourself out there and ask someone else to donate to something that you care so much about.

this is village kanes

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* these photos were taken by my beautiful friend Tracey- you can check her out here

to give you a picture, just think mud huts that are in need of repair. children with no clothes at all. there little chapped lips from being so thirsty, little dirty feet, and the biggest smiles. ronda had told us to be prepared for what we would see & we all have these visions in our minds of what it is going to be like, but it is completely different when you step off the bus and you see everything for yourself. you experience making a connection with a child that you cannot explain. you do not even know how to speak their language & yet there is this bond you have with them. i loved it. i instantly made this connection with this little boy who was playing peek a boo with me behind his mother. she eventually waved him over to me & i was hooked. him in just his little torn shirt was something so special to me. i gave him so many hugs and so many kisses.

my sweet little guy

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village kanes is surrounded by such beauty & i would love to help them in every way possible. we were able to pass out shoes & rice to these families & they were so so happy. for our trip in april we are raising an extra $400 to put a water tank in for the people of village kanes. if you would like to contribute please feel free to visit my page here

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cory & i were changed forever & are so excited to be going back!!!!!

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