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Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Our deadline to make 100% of the monthly budget is rapidly approaching! We only have until July 20th and we still need $745 a month. We are really getting excited around here! We're cleaning out like crazy and getting ready for our HUGE yard sale July 9th & 10th. Everything must go!

If you feel the Holy Spirit has been prompting you to give but you've been waiting to close the gap- now is the time! Just click on the photo
                                                       on the right to give easily on line.

Please be in prayer for our family as we get rid of everything we own~ it's very exciting but also a little sad at times. Our children especially need your prayers right now as they prepare to leave EVERYTHING that is safe and familiar. Please pray that pur heavenly Father will wrap His protective arms around them and allow them to transition to 3rd world life with out ANY difficulty. And, lastly pray for SUPERNATURAL wisdom for Matt and me in our parenting during this time.

Only 3 weeks left!!! xxoo

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Virginia beach/Home Groups

After the Outer Banks we went home with my sister and her family to Virginia Beach. We had such a wonderful time playing with the cousins. It made me think about how much we will miss on the other side of the world. We won't be an everyday part of family life. And life will go on here without us while we miss 4 years of birthdays, christmas, easter, new years, 4th of july, and on and on...our  nieces and nephews won't even know who we are :(

Anyway enough of that~

We got to do a home group meeting with my sister's friends. It was fun to meet the other moms she hangs out with. {a home group meeting is just an informal coffee/dessert where we can meet new people and tell them about our ministry and give them an opportunity to join us financially to support Bible translation in PNG} We'll be doing more home groups throughout the summer~ let us know if you are interested in hosting one!

our next stop is tomorrow at Ben Avon Baptist Church for the 10:30 service. Then on to Beaumont Baptist at 6:00~ come see us if you're in the Spartanburg area! xo

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wild Horses

The highlight of our trip to the Outer Banks was a sunset jeep ride to see wild horses.

{see the horses on the beach over Ikey's shoulder?!}

i had fun trying to adjust the shutter speed on the camera to get the effects i wanted...

AND LOOK AT THIS!!!  it's a wild mare nursing her foal as the sun set behind them...almost to beautiful to bear.

it really was breath taking...i am so thankful to GOD for his glorious creation.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

June Update

i think it's time for a financial update... We still need $990 per month to meet our budget! We are so excited to be below 1000!! We have a little over a  month to go...Will we make the goal?? Keep praying! and Stay tuned to find out~

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Like a band of gypies

     This is Matt again. Our life as the classic Willie Nelson song goes on. Side note: did you know he cut his hair. I can't believe it, check out the picture. Anyway we are "On the Road Again." This time we are mixing business with pleasure. I guess that's kinda how it goes when you are a missionary. We are going to spend the week at the Outer Banks with Tiff's side of the family. We get to do this thanks to the generosity of her sister and her husband. I can't wait, it is going to be awesome. We will post some pictures.  Today we are going to ride a ferry over and drive up to the house which is above Kitty Hawk. But, this is just the beginning of this journey. After we leave the beach we will drive up to Virgina Beach and do a home group meeting at the same sister's house; what a great family we are blessed with. Then on to Wake Forest to visit some friends there. From there we will go to Union, SC where I will be speaking at the Wednesday night service at Mon-Atena Baptist Church. Then home to Moore, SC. Where we will be doing another home group meeting and speaking at two churches that Sunday.
     God has given us all kinds of oppertunities to share with people. We need your prayers that these will be fruitful. Time is getting very short and every donation is crutial. I have talked to so many people who said "we can only give a little bit." Let me assure you that God can multiply every gift for his glory. Do you remember the story of the widows mite. No gift is insigniffigant. We want to go, we are ready to go, but we need your help. You can use the link to the right of this post to become a part of our team. Store up heavenly treasures.

                 We love you,
                                       The Croslands

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Love This.

the following is an article by Rabbi Boteach copied from a friends blog...i don't think i could say it any better than this...

A funny thing happened to me the other day when my wife and I had, thank God, another baby (a boy). Many of my friends didn't seem all that happy for me. Sure, they went through the motions of smiles and congratulations. But it was evident that many thought me insane. Why would a young man and his wife ruin their lives with eight children? Who could afford the Jewish day-school bills? Didn't we want to live life a little, and not just be burdened with kids?

It got downright surreal when a European film company, pressed me, while my wife was in labor, to finish shooting a segment that had an urgent deadline (I obviously told them they were insane). And the next day, I was mildly criticized by a Jewish organization which was supposed to be hosting me for a lecture for having to cancel on them because the lecture clashed with the baby's bris.

I don't mind that the world doesn't really love babies, just that it pretends to. It's time we got honest about our priorities. Most people get a new car every two or three years, but one or two babies through the life of their marriage is plenty. You can get drunk on an airplane, laugh hysterically with your mates, and still not really anger people. But if you dare bring a crying baby on board you will be given malicious looks as if the little thing is a package that ticks. If you walk your dog along the street, people will stop you to tell you how cute he is. If you walk down the street with a baby, you might find a woman or two who coos, but for the most part, you'll be utterly ignored.

Indeed, the contempt shown to parents of many children is the last acceptable prejudice in our society. As a father of a large family, I find myself apologizing wherever I go, as if I committed a crime. The frequent and loaded stares from scornful onlookers imply that the famine in Africa was caused by my selfish insistence on overpopulating the earth. Long ago my wife and I discovered that few hotels were prepared to accommodate so many children, even if we took three of four rooms, which is why we bought an RV for travel.

How strange to live in a world where loving children casts one in infamy. Having a family with many children implies a backwardness and primitivism that is deemed unbecoming in the developed countries of the West. Large families, it is thought, exist only among religious weirdoes or the teeming hovels of the Third World.

Rich countries, by contrast, prefer to increase their standard of living rather than the number of the living. Looking at Western birth rates for the year 2001, the United States averaged only 14.2 births for every thousand Americans, and the birthrate among white Americans is so low that the United States will soon lose its white majority. Indeed, one can go for days in a wealthy city like Manhattan without encountering a single pregnant woman. Riches and children have become inversely proportional such that the more of the former, the less of the latter.

Hence, the high birth rates of extremely poor African nations like Uganda – at 47.52 births per 1,000 – or Niger with 50.68 births per 1,000, are deemed to be prime causes and indicators of their penury. The abundant fertility and unconstrained sexuality of these countries confirms the unspoken Western mindset of these country's inhabitants as being just one step above savages. Contraception has become a synonym for civilization.

A Christian mother of six once wrote to me, "I find it troubling to worry about getting pregnant again ... because I don't want to face the criticism of friends and family. Why do people not see children as a blessing?" A fair question which deserves a fair response.

Why is it that even many synagogues today are not children friendly? Why are people impressed that Jay Leno owns 20 motorcycles, but disgusted that some religious families choose to have 10 children?

Let's not finesse the response. We all know why. A world that has lost its innocence has trouble appreciating beings who are innocent. A world that has become selfish has soured to the idea of leading a life of selflessness. A world that has become grossly materialistic is turned off to the idea of more dependents who consume resources. And a world that mistakenly believes that freedom means a lack of responsibility is opposed to the idea of needy creatures who "tie you down."

They can go fly a kite.

By just looking at my children, I become more innocent. By loving them, I become more noble. By spending my money on them rather than myself, I find transcendence. And by being a father and liberating all of the love in my heart, my spirit soars free. I work hard to support a large family and I give up no pleasures in doing so because my children are my foremost pleasure.

I am often asked by women dating men how to tell whether they are marriage material. I tell them, "See if he enjoys children." A man who loves children is playful. He will spend his life joking with his wife because he loves to see her laugh, and will flirt with her because he loves to see her smile.

There was a time when husbands and wives worked hard to ensure they could afford the blessings of a large family. Today, the higher your earning bracket the fewer children you have, but then we always knew that many turn money from a blessing into a curse.

Before he died, the Lubavitcher Rebbe launched a campaign asking parents to have one more child than they originally planned. It is a campaign that a dwindling Jewish community should revive as it continues to disappear.

Posted: March 02, 2006

1:00 am Eastern

By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

© 2010 WorldNetDaily.com

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Jones Gap

it finally happened! i finally got matt to take me back to Jones Gap State Park!

it rained on us...but that did not ruin our fun.

these are the very steps that i walked down in my white dress over 12(!) years ago...

i got a few shots of everybody playing in the rain before the battery died in my camera.

this was SUCH a needed break for me...i won't go into details but i have been battling discouragement for weeks now. please continue to keep praying for relief for me if you think of it...

i love the light in this one.

something about this place makes me feel rooted...this is where matt and i would go for picnic dates and hikes before we married. i love it so much.

another favorite of the day..