Tuesday, June 30, 2009
For TWO WEEKS we were blessed to have my niece Brooke with us from Tennessee. She is 12, just like our oldest, and such a GREAT kid! We had quite a few adventures in the days she was with us. We drug her to VBS (she was even a part of our music program in front of our whole church!), the library, Pops and the Round Barn in Arcadia, the Aquarium and the OKC Zoo! She was a HUGE help with the younger kids AND she can make grilled cheese sandwiches, fold some clothes, and vacuum (not that I had her do a lot of that, but why not?). The second week she was with us GaGa joined us for the fun - WOO HOO!
By the way, did you know that two 12 year olds scream and yell a lot?
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
It is hard to explain, but we have a connection and a bond that really has no words. We speak a different language sometimes. We rejoice in referrals and pieces of paperwork. We also comfort each other when the wait seems unbearable for our children to come home. We are PRAYER WARRIORS more than anything. I know these moms will commit to pray for my adopted daughter and I would do the same for them, no question. Seeing their families gives me hope. International adoption is a miracle that involves God, of course, but also paperwork, and people in different parts of the world moving together in accordance to God's timing all fitting this giant puzzle together to bring a child home. A child, that, once you see him or her you know without question that that is YOUR child just as if they were born to you. It is amazing to see this all unfold! GOD IS AMAZING.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I've been feeling a little blah, and disappointed about the whole adoption thing. Sometimes the wait gets to me and I think this adoption will never happen, that something will get in the way of it. I need a pep talk! I need to pump myself up a bit! Here goes:
For faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
For in You, O LORD, I hope;You will hear, O Lord my God.
Why am I so sad?
Why am I so upset?
I should put my hope in God
and keep praising him,
my Savior and my God.
God, the one and only— I'll wait as long as he says. Everything I hope for comes from him, so why not? He's solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul, An impregnable castle: I'm set for life.
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
This week was Vacation Bible School and it was so much fun! VBS is one of my most favorite weeks of the year. I got to help my friend J. with music - we have been together for many years and always have so much fun. She can carry a tune, and I try. The last night of VBS is our big family fun night where the kids sing some of the songs they have learned then we go outside for big party - food, water slide, Safari Joe, Jolly Trolly (snow cones), a train ride, and everyone just having a good time. All five of the kids (our four and my niece) were in the show and everyone sang their little hearts out. E wore his skeleton glove, not sure why, it just happened to be the toy of the day. Everyday he would say, "Mom I just wuv BBS. And I weally wuv Miss Janet." It was his first year to participate, his teacher was my Aunt and my cousins - what a great way to start 'BBS!' It was E.'s first year and Conner's last (we got one more out of him:)!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
We've been wanting to camp for a while now, but you know "the facilities" are not always up to my standards ("Mr. Frederickson? Do you dig a hole before or after?