Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2018 You are sooooo good looking!

I'm not judging you... always a great way to start a blog :)... I'm not judging you if you are a fan of New Years resolutions... and I'm not judging you if you are a staunch hater of them. I like the refreshed feeling that a new year can bring. Everyday we set our hearts and eyes on the prize, though outwardly we are wasting away (35 years old and this gets more real every year :) ) yet inwardly we are renewed day by day! My hope and prayer for this year is the same as it has been for many years - that I stack one well-lived moment on top of the next and keep growing in and enjoying the wonder of being in love with God! 

Enough of that... now on to the pictures and the myriad of tales that accompany them. It was a great Christmas break! God provided rest and opportunity for great times with friends and family that I normally don't get to see. I'm glad to be back in the office and I'm excited for what is out in front of me, but I'm also so grateful for what this time off has been in my life. 

Hammock living is popular among my children. 

Here are some epic shells my dad collected while he was in Mexico. A wonderful Christmas gift that enhances my office! 

Broomball! What a great event where the whole MK group, young and old alike, take to the ice for a wonderful hour of mayhem!
I just finished my first ever college retreat. I enjoyed putting this thing together with the help of my good friends and ministers Nadia and Pete. It was so nice to see the kids and enjoy some time away with them. Many of the same kids that went on the senior retreat came back for this one. We had a great time relaxing and eating amazing food (thanks Nad), playing games, hiking, and learning more about God. We talked about making our faith more concrete and becoming living epistles! We prayed for each other and worshiped together and spurred one another on! I really appreciate the ministry that this ranch provides for our kids!




I like to bring in the new year with a few friends, playing Quelf and watching "The Office" Christmas shows. I made a movie out of them... it's fun... for me :). Ah yes... Quelf... the game that makes you wear a home made scuba mask (among other ridiculous things)... you either hate or love this game :). I really enjoyed bringing the new year in with my wife this year. It was great having company over and praying for one another and hearing reflections on the past year. My cousin died this time last year and there are some tender feelings, but God has been so good this year and has brought a lot of healing since then. Our thoughts and prayers are still with Andrew and his kids! We miss you Laura!


It was time! I needed a hear cut and the new year finally brought that to pass... so much shampoo and conditioner was saved by the cutting of the beard and hair.


Date Night!!! I really like this girl... I'd marry her all over! 
 One of the more fun things we did as a family was go to see the lights at the Dallas Zoo! We all bundled up and enjoyed a wonderful evening together walking through the lights and doing crafts and seeing shows! It has been really cold here... it took some doing but we finally found a warmish night to go out and enjoy.






Christmas was so great with my family! I loved having my sister's family and my parents over! We played and ate and presented and Ivy and Hollyed and just loved every minute of it.





My Hobbit and Lord of the Rings viewing parties were another wonderful success this year. In two weekend I had the MKs over to watch these epic movies with me and my family! It's a great tradition that I've kept going for yet another year. I even kind of dress up! Mohawk, braided beard and epic sword... I'm ready to hunt some orc :).


Ah yes... the yearly Christmas extravaganza that my kids participate in with their schools! We enjoyed Liam this year being one of 3 French Hens... can you guess the song? It was fun and packed out!




Asher is great with animals... Charlie loves this kid! 
 I have had many many days at home with my lovelies... Child care was done before my kids got out of school, so for a few days it was daddy-daughter time in the morning. Great memories waking up and watching Christmas Prince and other Netflix gold with my beauties. We danced and dressed up and ate and had a ball :). What a gift these daughters are!



Here I've come to the end of the pictures... oh well! I enjoyed the journey down memory lane :). The ministry is going really well and I'm very excited for what this year will bring! One parents wrote... 

 Our kids really appreciate the MK-specific nights at youth group. They also appreciate having well-adjusted adult TCKs leading them. The youth group gives our kids another venue where they can process their questions or reflections on transition. Forming deep friendships has been a growth area for our kids, nurtured by the other TCKs at youth group. They have benefited from the spiritual care (especially youth group and Bible study) provided.

It's so encouraging to see the impact that we are able to have. Your support and prayers make such a huge difference in the lives of so many kids! Thank you for standing with me and spurring me on in the calling that I have received. I'm so excited to go to the Solomon Islands soon with Diane and continue serving and sharing Gods love all over the world! 

Pray! 

For provision for the trips coming up this year and for great trips that bring glory to God! 

Solomon Islands in late January/early February

Jamaica in March

Thailand in July

For humility and wisdom as I seek to bring Gods vision for this group into reality! 

Praise! 

Nadia Walkenshaw is almost at 100 percent support and will be here serving full time very soon! 

Jeremy Humiston has joined the ministry team with the MKs. He will be very helpful with the Guys Bible Study! 

The MK College retreat went very well! 

I praise God for you! You are such an encouragement to me and bring me such joy! I love this job and I couldn't do this without you! 

Now for some fun freebies :).... Here is a link to a great slide show that recaps the MK year so far... created by our very talented Ben! 


Here is the reading of Holly and Ivy to my kids by my Dad! 


Seek God and may he become the great joy in your new year and always! 

Blessings, 

Caleb 


 If you want to support what I do a little or a lot, on a one time basis or with recurring gifts, click on the tab "Supporting the Work" at the top of the page and sign up for Chase Quickpay. You can then send your donation to HCLC - Caleb Robbins Ministry using my e-mail address caleb_robbins@sil.org. If you would like further instructions on setting that up, please click on the link at the top right of the page called How to give. Or feel free to contact me directly! 214 558 8431.

Another way to donate to my ministry is via check. If you write a check to "Holy Cross Lutheran Church" and put "Caleb Robbins Ministry" in the memo line it will get deposited into my ministry account.

The address is:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 
4400 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX 76016

Diane is my beautiful wife and the mother of my precious children Creed 10, Asher 8, Liam 6, Echo already in heaven, Bella 3, and Serenity 1 year old.




Monday, December 11, 2017

December is here and a special Birthday is coming up!

So much happens this time of year that I feel like it's impossible to keep up and tell you things in a linear fashion. So here is a picture throw-up post that will titillate and tantalize you as you see a cacophony of photos and hear an assortment of associated tales. 


Thursday night my dear son got to sing with his school choir out in the frozen tundra of Cedar Hill Texas. Yes my friends, it was the coldest night of the year so far and my wife bundled up and went with my parents to support this future American Idol... if that show is even still around?!. No sooner had they left than I finished the final touches on cleaning up our delicious supper and fell into darkness... ah yes the power goes out on the night that it's supposed to be in the 20's. No fear! Dad is here and comes to save the scared little ones who are quite unaccustomed to this event that was a normal part of Dad's life growing up. I lit the candles and got out Prince Caspian. A few cozy minutes later found us lost in Narnia for the next hour or so. After that I tucked the kids all in one bed filled with many blankets and continued to read to them until Diane got back and I had to go. Memories like that are choices we make. We can't plan for the power to go out, but we can take advantage of it. I won't soon forget that wonderful time with my kids... and maybe just maybe I'll try and learn something from it about the joy of shutting everything down and just reading together on a cold night. 


For the last... long long time... I've been in workshops. Two Fridays ago I embarked on this non-stop ride that ended last Saturday. First I took 'Roots of Care' with the lovely people pictured below. It was a great refresher and educator on learning how to care better for Missionaries and their amazing children!


Then I had the joy of helping to teach a Story Based Trauma Healing class. It was really fun getting to work alongside my parents! Needless to say, it was a lot of fun in a short time with the other bits of my life stuffed all around it. I'm grateful for the opportunities to learn and grow and serve and I'm grateful that the marathon of workshops is over :).


Sometimes I wish I could just jump in some leaves... but that's why I have kids... So I can live this dream through them! I love the energy and joy that leaves can bring! Go Asher and Bella! 






We just had our family Christmas party and with it a nice time of remembering my cousin Laura who passed away January 1st of this year. A lot of firsts without her leave this time feeling a little more tender. I'm grateful to know that she is well and I'll see her again. The party was fun and afterwards we went and enjoyed a house in the neighborhood that takes Christmas decorating seriously to say the least.





And now some cute pictures to melt your heart!



I married an amazing woman! She is a scientist and master chef and mom and wife and much more! Here she is helping her wonderful children with their Science Fair projects. Thankfully as I write this they are all turned in and finished for another year! Yay Diane and Asher and Creed!




Oh yeah... I also work with youth... in case the pictures haven't communicated that yet :). Here is a wonderful picture of an event I fondly called "An Afternoon of Odds and Ends". I often find that I have too much to share with these amazing kids and can't fit it all into a Monday evening. I just collected a bunch of those random things I wanted to share and created an event to let me share them. We talked about grace and righteousness, we talked about cell phones and social media and how they are linked to depression and then we ate and watched Wonder Woman! Odds and ends! I was blessed by how many showed up! The evening was very fun!


And now for some more cuteness and holiday fun! Decorating the tree (much smaller tree this year because we need the space for hosting :). Thanksgiving with David... on a Friday this year because I got to go to the Cowboys game! That was such a special treat! One of the parents of the kids in my youth group invited me and I was so blessed to have a wife that said yes! So we moved the food fest to the next day and may have found our new family tradition :).








I turned 35 this year! I enjoyed having people over to celebrate with me. Here we are taking some time to worship around the fire together. It was a great evening! 


Along with Thanksgiving comes all the fun feasts with our kids at their schools. Here Diane is with Liam and Bella. It's a fun time!



This was my last time to visit the college and see those great MK's before the break! I love these kids so much and it's so cool how they love on my kids! What a great ministry I get to be a part of!


It's a busy time of year, but a really good one! I have enjoyed listening to Christmas music and thinking about the wonder of Christ's birth! I want to share my favorite song this year and encourage you to read John 1 after you listen to it :).



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I love you all so much! Thank you for your part in my ministry! God is blessing what we are doing and lives are being touched and transformed by His power. Thank you for letting me be an instrument in His hands. Your prayers and financial gifts make a really huge impact on a lot of lives and people are richer because of you! Thank you! I'm thanked frequently by parents for the ministry that I'm a part of and the impact that it has had on their children! You get credited with that too!

Pray! 

Lots is left to do these next few months! I just finished up one Trauma Healing group I was a part of and will finish up the other one by the end of this month. Pray that we end well and people find real healing.

I'm doing a college retreat early next year. Pray that we can provide a great time of rest and growth for the students that are able to come!

Diane and I are preparing to leave for the Solomon Islands soon! I'm so excited! Please pray for us as we plan and pack and for safety along the way!

Praise! 

For you!

For health and strength and a God that is with us, in us, and for us!

For time with my parents!

Thanks again for your friendship and support! You are mighty warriors and the battle is already won! Praise God!

Blessings, 

Caleb 


 If you want to support what I do a little or a lot, on a one time basis or with recurring gifts, click on the tab "Supporting the Work" at the top of the page and sign up for Chase Quickpay. You can then send your donation to HCLC - Caleb Robbins Ministry using my e-mail address caleb_robbins@sil.org. If you would like further instructions on setting that up, please click on the link at the top right of the page called How to give. Or feel free to contact me directly! 214 558 8431.

Another way to donate to my ministry is via check. If you write a check to "Holy Cross Lutheran Church" and put "Caleb Robbins Ministry" in the memo line it will get deposited into my ministry account.

The address is:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 
4400 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX 76016

Diane is my beautiful wife and the mother of my precious children Creed 10, Asher 8, Liam 6, Echo already in heaven, Bella 3, and Serenity 1 year old.