Saturday, October 25, 2014

Counting our Blessings on Faith's 11th Birthday

Faith's birthday always causes me to reflect on the events surrounding her "untimely" birth. Medically speaking, Faith was born eleven weeks prematurely. But when thinking about everything that happened eleven years ago, I'm more inclined than ever to say she was born in God's perfect timing.
Faith wanted to spend a quiet day with her mom and dad for her birthday
I've been working on writing my book, Having Faith. In doing so, I have spent hours pouring over all that took place before and after my daughter was born. Some of the details I had nearly forgotten until I went back to my journals and read my entries.

I arrived in Rochester, Minnesota on Saturday, October 4th. After being there for a couple of weeks without going into preterm labor again, the doctors were actually thinking about sending me back home. I lived in Watford City at the time which is about 700 miles from Rochester. I was waiting to meet with my cardiologist and obstetrician one more time before getting the okay.

It's really scary to think what could have happened had I gone back home. If I would have gone into preterm labor in Watford along with a placental abruption with no experienced medical care nearby, it would have been detrimental to us both.
Cupcakes too!
And now today with much praise and thanksgiving, we got to celebrate Faith's 11th birthday! While our lives have been filled with many challenges, Rob and I are grateful for our "bundle of joy" who makes us both laugh at least once every day!

In our adventures, we have also been learning something new every day. Today I learned not to send my husband to get Faith her birthday cake and ice cream because he'll come back with an ice cream cake plus ice cream cupcakes. Happy eleventh birthday Faith!

Faith getting ready to end her day in new birthday jammies

Monday, October 20, 2014

Photos From our Trip to Canada

We just returned home a couple of days ago from our trip to Canada. In just 12 days, we drove about 3,100 miles traveling to Ontario and back. It was a wonderful trip and we are thankful our van ran great, we didn't get into any fender benders, we didn't hit any wild animals and we got to enjoy traveling during the most beautiful time of the year.

We feel especially blessed we saw so many of our friends and family. October 13 not only marked Canada's Thanksgiving, but Rob's parent's 50th Anniversary. As if that was not enough, David baptized his only grandchild during our visit. Instead of describing our trip in words, here are some photos that portray our long but wonderful journey.

It wasn't easy to get Faith out of her comfy home to drive 1,500 miles to Toronto but she did it!
Our second hotel of the trip in Crandon, Wisconsin
Driving along Lake Michigan
Faith having fun on her very long field trip going over the Mackinaw Bridge
The bridge connects the Upper Penninsula to the rest of Michigan and is over four miles long
We finally make it to Gaylord, MI - home of the first Tim Horton's on our route
Oh Canada!
Thanksgiving dinner at Rob's cousin's home (Ken and Angela)
Faith with cousin Alexandra 

Socializing before dinner with cousin Brock
Nearly 60 members of the family sit down together for Thanksgiving dinner
A surprise cake and toast to David and Jean to celebrate their 50th
St. James Cathedral in downtown Toronto where David works as a minister
Queen Elizabeth II visited the cathedral during her trip to Canada in 2010
Faith was baptized by her grandfather during a small ceremony
Just outside of the peaceful church - lots of noise, buildings, people and traffic
The CN Tower appears through the fog while leaving downtown Toronto
Jean and Cari Jean shopping at the mall in Mississauga
Me with my beautiful and amazing sister-in-law Johanna
Meet Rosie the Greyhound - the newest addition to the Bousfield family
Breakfast at the Perkins Restaurant attached to our hotel
Saying goodbye to Grandmother
An Amish family's horse and buggy parked at a store in Ingersoll, Ontario
At the border going over the bridge to the good 'ol USA
Getting ready for bed in Lapeer, Michigan
What in the world are Pasties? They sure are popular in the U.P.!
Rob finding out what a pastie is - potatoes, rutabaga, onions and meat inside a pie crust
Our ladybug infested stay at the Barron Motel in Wisconsin
Crossing over from Wisconsin into Taylor Falls, Minnesota
Stopping for more coffee in Waite Park, Minnesota
The most beautiful sight of the whole trip - North Dakota sky near Bismarck!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Meeting Cal and Michelle Pierce of the Healing Rooms in Spokane, WA

It has been a truly amazing weekend! I am feeling tired but have so much peace right now. Today we had the honor of meeting Cal and Michelle Pierce, directors of the Healing Rooms Ministries. They were also the speakers at the Love Unleashed conference held by the Healing Rooms of the Northern Plains.
Me, Rob and Faith with Cal and Michelle Pierce
Yesterday, Rob, Faith and I ventured to the Belle Mehus for a couple of sessions of the conference. We knew it would take some coaxing to get Faith there as she generally isn't too sure about new ventures. It helped she's been to the Belle Mehus before so at least the venue was a little bit familiar to her. 

Faith received a very warm welcome when we arrived. She was happy to see so many volunteers from the Healing Rooms all gathered together at the same time! She also seemed to enjoy the worship. That was familiar to her too since the members of the worship team were from our church!

We were delighted to hear Michelle Pierce speak on Saturday afternoon, the second day of the conference. Faith was laughing right along with everyone else. Michelle is a very funny lady and she is also very sincere and not afraid to tell it like it is!

When we got home from the afternoon session, we were surprised when Faith said she wanted to go back for the last session. After an amazing time of praise and worship, Cal Pierce gave a truth-filled message about how religion has become man's substitute for the Kingdom. 

The best part of the night though was when Cal went throughout the entire auditorium, giving an impartation and anointing everyone who was there! There was lots of laughter and "being happy" as Cal and Michelle went down every row, anointing each of us with oil. Faith had an absolute blast! We didn't get to bed until close to midnight but were super excited about hearing Cal speak at our church the next day!
Bob and Lola Copenhaver, Directors of the Healing Rooms of the Northern Plains
Cal Pierce speaking at the opening session
Monica and Sarah leading the awesome worship!
While Cal was speaking at New Life's celebration service, Michelle came back and asked if she could pray for Faith. Then after Cal was done giving the message, we went forward for more prayer. Cal came over and prayed with us and we got a chance to talk to him. I told him it was an incredible honor to meet him.

I explained to him that it was ten years ago Faith was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. That same week, a friend who was also a pastor, handed us some VHS tapes and told us to take them home and watch them. The tapes were of Cal Pierce's teachings on healing.

Since first seeing those tapes, Rob and I have both been through the Heal the Sick Training at the Healing Rooms. During the classes, we watched Cal Pierce discussing the Biblical truths of healing. We have heard his voice and have seen him on video so much throughout these past ten years that it's almost like we knew him before meeting him in person today.

After the service, Michelle came over and prayed for me and my heart. Both she and Cal are completely genuine and have a strong desire to see the sick healed and the captives set free. It was an amazing experience, one I will truly cherish forever. (I did get a picture of all of us but unfortunately, for some reason it turned out a little blurry!)

To learn more about the Healing Rooms or see if there is one in your community, simply go to their website, International Association of Healing Rooms. You can also read Cal's story about how he came to revive the Healing Rooms in Spokane, Washington in his book, Preparing the Way: The Reopening of the John G. Lake Healing Rooms in Spokane, Washington

I find it perfect that I can close out this post with a testimony. All week long Faith seemed to be struggling as if she was fighting off a cold or some sort of infection. She has been feverish, very tired, pale-looking and not her normal, cheery self. I am thankful to say that after all that prayer this weekend, she is seeming more energetic than ever and is looking, feeling and acting like her normal self again!