crodriguez1984 My favorite veteran. WWII. Jesus gave him the best welcome home one year ago this week. I hope to name a son after him someday. I still remember enjoying listening to him in the living room, while the sun was setting on the corn fields outside, singing the "Old Rugged Cross" while my Mom played the piano and sang with him. He made my heart yearn for Heaven like no one else. "So I'll cherish the old rugged Cross. 'Till my trophies at last I lay down. I will cling to the old rugged Cross. And exchange it someday for a crown." And he sure has. #memorialday #thankyou 3h

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crodriguez1984 Some wisdom from my friend Amy (Carmichael) as I ride the train to the school today ️ "When she recounted the journey years later, selective memory had obliterated all but the faithfulness of God." A Chance to Die #taiwan 23h

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crodriguez1984 Love these kids! Each one of them are a constant blessing and sweet encouragement to our lives! #taiwan 23h

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crodriguez1984 They even bring little dogs to church here! And in a stroller sometimes ️ haha #taiwan #socute #lookatthatlittlenose #ijustwanttokisshim #dogsgotoheaven Photo curtesy of @breannealiciasue 3d

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crodriguez1984 Little Guerra Baby is as big as a papaya! I'm enjoying this so much! 🍼#23weeks 5d

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crodriguez1984 Can't get over how CUTE these are!! A bouncing little he or a pretty little she, what do you think it will be? We find out in 10 days!! #teampink #teamblue 6d

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crodriguez1984 Little Man or Little Miss, what's your guess? We find out in 10 days!! #cupcakeorstudmuffin #handsomeorgorgeous 6d

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crodriguez1984 Summertiiiime! #taiwan 2w
  •   sunnyjoylc "Don't too much watermelon it will make your feet swell" little bit of Taiwanese advice ;) I however chose lots of watermelon AND swollen feet :p #donttellpregnantladywhatnottoeat 1w
  •   cathylwalsh So happy to hear you wonderful joyful people are having a baby! 1w

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crodriguez1984 It's Teacher's Day!
This teacher homeschooled all 5 of us & never let us feel like anything but her greatest joys. Never a nuisance. She would get us kids up early in the morning to do our chores and we always had our own pet to care for in order to learn responsibility. (I always had hamsters). She said the more kids she had, the easier life got, because now she had "5 dishwashers instead of 1" haha
She declared Mondays to be "no school" days and we got to plan our own day. We usually had a picnic and went to a park to rollerblade, ride bikes, & read books on the grass. (It was fun always having the whole place to ourselves everywhere we went, while other kids were in boring school!) We studied about the human eye in biology, and she called up a doctor to ask if we could watch him perform eye surgery. He said yes and we stood right by his operating table, wide eyed as he cut open this man's eyeball in a cataract surgery while he was still speaking to the guy. Another time she took us to a place outside the city where they trained police dogs in obedience. We were silent on the drive home, thinking about the lesson we learned from the dogs on the importance of instant obedience. She took us on field trips to see how creme-filled Twinkies were made, and we each walked out of that pastry factory carrying a huge black garbage bag full of samples to eat at home.
I won every spelling bee against my brothers. We played instruments, studied other languages, and always welcomed guests in our home from around the world. Sat together around the dinner table as we learned to ask good questions and learn from those older than us. My parents never "compartmentalized" Jesus. He was a part of everything we did, all day long. We memorized scripture from the time we could talk, and went to bed reading missionary stories. My parents said over and over that the most important thing for them was that we walk with God every day of our lives, and help others do that too. The goal of parenting should be to train up children that are independently dependant on God. Today I am thankful for parents that made priority that I would follow God on my own, even after they were gone.
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  •   _vanessacollins Love this. Beautiful tribute. 2w
  •   dayitas Yo extraño mucho los jueves de reuniones de mujeress en su casa! Aprendi mucho de ella saludala de mi parte!! 2w
  •   standingforjesus Wow, your mom sounds amazing! I don't know you in person, I followed that Instagram rabbit trail to this post. It was so incredibly encouraging to me today. I am sure my home "students" would not write such a great report of me at most moments. The Lord is amazing to do such a work in your family! Please thank her for being an encouragement to someone she doesn't even know. Blessings! 2w
  •   awargel I loved reading this!! 2w
  •   lorilyro Awesome!!!!! 2w

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crodriguez1984 Best $6.50 bucks ever spent! Hair wash, LONG head massage blow dry, and styling! #sorelaxing #curlsnbraids #taiwan 2w
  •   gabiruth I love getting my hair done in Asia! It's the best! 2w

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crodriguez1984 Such a fun visit with these sweet girls last weekend! So glad you girls could come to our neck of the woods! Er...island! haha #tbt #taiwan 🏻🏻 2w

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crodriguez1984 I remember that one of the main things that really kept me living for the Lord during my youth, was that my parents motivated me with opportunities to serve Him around the world like this. It got me so excited! I didn't have to look for fun anywhere else. And now I have so many great memories made, eternal treasures laid up, and many things to look forward to. And I'm still at it with my fabulous husband! #taiwan #children #teaching 2w

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crodriguez1984 "The baby" wanted to go {Love being able to use that excuse haha} Feeling fabulous! Time is flying! Celebrating 22 weeks 2 days...at the very southern tip of the country of Taiwan! #tbt #perfectday #taiwan 2w

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crodriguez1984 Kenting Beach last weekend #tbt #perfectday 2w

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crodriguez1984 First baby items purchased! #taiwan #littlemanorlittlemiss May 31 we'll know! 🍼🏻 2w

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crodriguez1984 "This world is not my home I'm just a-passin' through,
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue,
The angels beckon me from Heaven's open door,
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore..." #songonmyhearttoday #taiwan #kenting #22weeks #babyandme
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crodriguez1984 So happy! 🏻 2w

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crodriguez1984 On our way to the playa (beach!) #taiwan 2w

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crodriguez1984 This woman. They say I look like her and I hope that remains true all my life through and through. She has given me the best example of a godly wife and mother over the years, and now that I have walked into those beautiful roles myself as a homemaker, I have not felt unskilled or insecure about it. She gave birth to all 5 of us in foreign countries where we were missionaries, homeschooled us all together, kept a neat, clean, orderly home that made us love being there, and could always be found on the couch in the living room before the sun came up, with the Bible in her lap, her hair curled and her makeup on, spending time with her Savior & in prayer for each one of us. Happy Mother's Day sweet mother, I love you. 2w

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