My kids are giving me a hard time that I have not posted on this blog since last Christmas. One might say we have fallen off the face of the earth.
The truth is, I am not sure that there are many people out there reading this, as I originally intended this blog to be a living scrapbook off our adoption story and our lives after we became a family of eight.
Since last Christmas, a lot has happened in our family. But much of it was very hard to work through and not really blog worthy.
Now that we are on the other side of some of the "awful" I can say that God continues to be faithful and is definitely in the business of forgiveness, redemption and restoration. Each day is a step of grace and faith that God is on the throne and madly in love with each one of us.
If you are reading this and are wondering what we have been going through... I might write about it later. But for today... please keep our family in your prayers. As always, God knows what's up and will hear your prayers and move in response to them. Please know that any prayers lifted up on our behalf are pure gold to us. Thank you.
Because it has been an eon since I wrote I'll try to do a short update on the kiddos.
Sweet Pea: She is our newest High Schooler. She had an amazing time volunteering this summer at an event that raises money for Ultrasound Machines for Crisis Pregnancy Centers. She has also become a mother's helper to a sweet family at our church. She is maturing beautifully every day and is showing a deep desire to serve God in all she does.
Our time is filled with homeschooling, practicing law, college courses, facilitating parenting classes, swim lessons, piano practice, date nights, Bible quizzing, Boy Scouts, AWANA, etc. But our greatest pursuit is to know God more each day.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
This month officially marks the first adult child (does that make sense?) at our house.
That's right! Elsie is eighteen!!! Her dad and I were struck by how fast the last eighteen years have gone and how good God has been. When you hold that first babe in your arms, you have hopes and dreams for them. But you never know what will happen. God has been very faithful. Our Elsie is an amazing young woman who has exceeded our hopes and dreams by far.
Here are a few of her thoughts...
Can you describe the kind of person you are? I absolutely love kids, especially preschoolers. I would spend all of my time with them if it was socially acceptable. I may seem to be quiet in large groups, but put me with a couple of close friends and you will find me VERY talkative. I could talk about the deep things of life all day, but if I don't feel like I have anything worth saying, I might as well read a book. I love getting to know God more each day. He is so good and He gives me amazing fulfillment and purpose.
Handmade dress by ElsieFavorite color? Blue. I don't know why, but it just is.
Favorite person in the whole world? I'll start with the obvious answer: Jesus! Other than that, I really don't know. I guess I would say my family and my Bible Quizzing Internationals Team. They are the most fun ever.
Hardest thing right now? Probably learning to balance school, work, and activities. I just finished up working at our State Fair (Yea!), and it was absolute craziness to keep track of both jobs and online school and my other commitments. I really like being busy, but it is important to find the balance so that time with God and my family is priority.
Writing scripture in the sand at the beachFavorite thing to do? It really depends on how I'm feeling: If I am upset... I play piano. Those dense chords help in getting frustration out. Ha ha! If I am feeling creative... I love to sew. If I am feeling joyful... I love to sign to worship songs in ASL.
Favorite food/drink? Water (boring, I know) and coconut rice. Most. Amazing. Food. Ever!
(Just a hint: Come to the Y, y'all!) Dealing with grumpy customers ( I destroyed a little girl's day and happiness because we were out of scone mix, I was told.) I just realized that they were both work related and kind of contradict each other. Oh well.
What do I want to be when I grow up? ASL Interpreter (for Deaf kids mostly)
You're ready, and I couldn't be happier or more excited to see what God will do in and through you.
Love you more than words!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Look at them. They were babies. Barely into their twenties and stepping into a life full of hopes and dreams. They trusted God and did an amazing job raising me and my two brothers. Life has definitely had its ups and downs. But that is common in every life that has lived more than 70 years.
They taught me who God is and that He loves me. They taught me to obey and honor my elders and to always be honest. They have lived life in a way that showed me to never give up, never give in and trust God in everything. I am so thankful.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Today is Little Buddy's birthday. This past year has been a rough year for our precious boy. You would never know it by looking at those beautiful brown eyes.
Our family continues to pray that God will move in his heart and give him the ability to find rest in our family. If you think of Little Buddy, please pray with us for healing.
Below are some thoughts from Little Buddy...
Can you describe the type of person you are? I care about animals and people. I have a passion for poor people. I don't like to waste things. I like nature. I like how God made everything unique with different colors and qualities.
Who do you love to spend time with? My Mom. She is kind and generous and helps me through the hard times and rejoices with me in the good times.
When you grow up, what do you want to be? I would like to start a horse camp where other people can learn about horses. Or I could be a missionary or a pastor. I could also be a scientist.
What are your favorite foods? Injera (ethiopian bread), coconut rice, noodles and applesauce.
What do you not like? Raw broccoli. It doesn't have a lot of flavor. It's good with butter and salt and pepper when it is cooked. But when it is raw it is cold and icky.
You are smart and silly and so fast when you run. I am so thankful that God chose me to be your second mommy and look forward to seeing what you will learn about life this year.
I love you all the way to Mars and back again!
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Our Sunshine girl is celebrating her tenth birthday this week. I am in awe of this beautiful girl. She has grown in so many ways over this past year.
Below I will share a few of her thoughts. Please enjoy the photos from her "Frozen" birthday party yesterday. She is dressed as "Elsa," wearing a cape that her sister Elsie made for her and surprised her with. Squeals of joy came from her room at 6:30am yesterday.
Her best "Elsa" pose
How do you feel about being ten? I am really excited to be double digits. This means that I have been here almost five years.
What is your favorite color? My favorite color is neon green. It is bright and colorful and it goes really well with the other neons.
What are you looking forward to this year? I hope to do soccer and sewing. I’m also excited about being in fifth grade.
What are some of your favorite foods? I love French Dip Sandwiches, Egg Salad Sandwiches and Cinnamon Pull Aparts. I don’t like sausage and I love bacon.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a mom of twins. I want to play and coach soccer and sometimes I want to be a scientist. I think Ken Ham is interesting to watch. It would be cool to be a scientist like that.
What is a favorite memory of this last year? I loved playing soccer for the first time this year. I had a really good coach. He was really encouraging and tried to let us all play and was very fair.
What is your favorite game to play? Probably Risk. It is so competitive and it is really fun to play with my brother.
What is your favorite school subject? Reading. I like books about history and fiction, especially historical fiction.
Who do you love to spend time with? My brother Bookworm. He is a lot like me. He is competitive and he is funny. It is really fun to play games with him and play soccer too. He is just a lot of fun!
Who is your favorite Disney character? Elsa. I love the movie Frozen!
Sunshine - You have brought so much joy and light and fun into our home. I am so thankful to God for creating you and allowing me to be your Mommy. May God continue to reveal Himself to you as you grow each day to know Him more.
I love you to the moon and back!
Sunday, July 6, 2014
This time of year our country celebrates its independence with parades, fireworks and a very large consumption of hot dogs. (You know you ate one, or two:) Our family was like no other. We got together with family and had a marvelous fourth. We arrived home around 11pm and waited till 1am for the loud booming to subside.
How long has it been since you packed up the kids and went for a hike in the woods? May I encourage you to go outside and play! So much fun!