Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Next Step: Candidacy and Ministry Partnership Training!

Tomorrow we leave for Nampa, Idaho for our first round of training at Mission Aviation Fellowship's headquarters.  During the first two weeks, we will learn the ins and outs of MAF, meet with the candidate committee, become official MAF members and will be given our country assignment.  We are really excited to know where we will be sent!  The last two weeks of training will be focused on ministry partnership. 

Here are a few ways you can be praying for us during this coming month (January 12th- February 6th):

- For Connor and Joel as they will be with a babysitter every day while Jeremy and I attend training.  Pray that they will transition well to the new environment, new daily routine and all the changes. (We praise the Lord that their babysitter is a wonderful friend of ours!)

- For Jeremy and I as we attend training- that we would learn the tools needed to prepare for moving overseas.

- For wisdom for the candidate committee as they decide our country assignment.

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement as we take the next step with MAF! 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.  Our email address is

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Iron Answers!

After 8 months of blood work, iron supplements, diet changes, and genetic testing, we have confirmed that Connor doesn't have thalassemia (genetic anemia) but has low iron stores.  He will need to continue to take the iron supplement until his diet can support his iron needs and have his blood tested every 6 months.  We are praising the Lord for answers and that Connor is healthy! As for Joel, his iron levels are within the normal range and aren't of concern. Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement during this process.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Joel's First Flight!

Being the son of a pilot, Joel must have Daddy take him on his first flight.  So for Jeremy's last time using the STC Kodiak, all four of us flew around the Spokane area together.  Connor was quite excited to going flying "in daddy's yellow airplane".

We had to convince Joel that he wanted to go flying.  He screamed until Jeremy started up the plane.
Connor and Joel fell asleep before we took off.
While both boys were napping, Jeremy and I enjoyed a beautiful day flying! It was almost like a date.
A perfect December day to go flying!
My favorite pilot!
After a little nap, Connor enjoyed looking out the window.
He woke up as we landed- slept through his first flight.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Jeremy's Last Day at STC

Last week was bitter-sweet for Jeremy.  Five years, almost to the day, after his first official day working at Spokane Turbine Center, Jeremy cleaned out his desk, packed up his office, and walked out the door for the last time as a Spokane Turbine Center instructor.  While it was difficult to leave STC after five years of serving, growing, building friendships and pouring his energy into the work at STC, it also marked the beginning of our official transition to Mission Aviation Fellowship.  We have been so blessed by the STC staff and the missionaries that have come through for training.  We'll miss you all!!  We thank God for allowing us to be a part of the work He is doing through STC for the advance of the Gospel!  May the Lord continue to richly bless the ministry at Spokane Turbine Center.

The staff at STC planned a surprise going-away party for Jeremy, complete with a Garmin G1000 cake!  One of Jeremy's primary roles at STC was developing and teaching the Garmin G1000 curriculum.

The boys and I went to STC for Jeremy's surprise celebration.
A Garmin G1000 cake!
(Jeremy helped develop the curriculum and taught the G1000 course.)

What's next for the Toews? Mission Aviation Fellowship...We start training in January 2015!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy 2nd birthday, Connor!!

Two years ago, we got to meet our healthy, cute little boy, Connor, who decided to surprise us by arriving two weeks early.  We can't express that moment realizing that we had been entrusted with such a precious gift!  We are so thankful to be the parents of this sweet, energetic, happy, kind boy! 

Happy 2nd birthday, Connor!  We pray that you grow up knowing, loving, and serving our Lord and Savior. 

We love you very much!!
-Daddy and Mommy

Connor Ray Toews- a healthy 4 lbs, 15 oz!

Lots of smiles and laughter!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Still No Answers

Over the last six months, Connor has gone through quite of few blood tests in order to figure out why his hemoglobin, hematocrit, ferritin, and iron saturation numbers were so low.  Fortunately, his hemoglobin and hematocrit levels have normalized with an increase of iron in his diet and a supplement, but his ferritin and iron saturation levels are still quite low.  This has lead his pediatrician to believe that he might have thalassemia, which is a genetic anemia.  We are now waiting for approval from his insurance to run this specific blood test.  The results from this test should hopefully give us some clear answers and some direction as to what steps should be taken next.

Joel, who is now 11 weeks old, just had his blood tests done for Mission Aviation Fellowship's physical exam (which is the exam that first revealed Connor's anemia).  His results show that he has some similar issues that Connor has, though his numbers aren't quite so low yet. 

As their mom, I'm not only tired of seeing my sweet boys get poked with needles but not having clear answers as to what is wrong (if anything) honestly makes me anxious and frustrated.  In my anxiety and frustration this week, I was convicted that I was not fully trusting God.  I was not trusting the Great Physician, who created my boys, loves my boys, cares for my boys, and knows what is best for my boys.  Oh how thankful I am for His forgiveness and His Holy Spirit who not only corrects me but then strengthens me to trust God all the more.

Would you join us in prayer?

- That we would trust God with the boys' health
- That we would be able to get clear answers soon
- That we would have wisdom as we seek out a second opinion

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fall Walk

Soaking in the beautiful fall colors and crisp weather with my three boys!