Tuesday, March 31, 2009
"...our joy does not just rise from the backward glance in gratitude. It also rises from the forward glance in hope: "Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God: for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God" (Ps. 42:5-6)".
(from the book Desiring God by John MacArthur)
Today will be busy...to town for an appointment for Kalyn and then church tonight for Caresse, Landon, and Garett's Easter rehersal. It sounds like Jace is doing well since he has moved to Dallas. He found a church that he really likes...I am grateful for that. He will move into HIS first home in a few weeks.
Time to make lunch, even though it is only 10:30 am. We have to be ready to leave by 11:30, so off to feed the darlin's (again...boy they eat AT LEAST 3 times a day...is that normal?)
Monday, March 30, 2009
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Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Here is what we are doing today...enjoying the beautiful snow. I asked my daughter to walk over to the fence for this picture and she FELL INTO a VERY LARGE snow drift...it looked like she was swimming, but she did get to the fence, if for no other reason than to save her life! We were both laughing so hard!
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Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Alexis has been very professional in handling everything, and at the same time so very sweet and helpful. She worked so well with us and when I wanted a little more pink she was so helpful with her suggestions. And best of all, we get to help this sweet girl serve the LORD.
Thank you so much Alexis....it was a pleasure working with you and may the LORD bless you on the road you walk for His glory!
"I just want to hear what the Lord has taught you over the years. I want to hear how you tame the wild in your heart. I want to hear how you use your personality to serve and not hinder others. I want to hear how you use your personality to encourage others and not make them feel like you are being condescending. I want to hear whatever has been significant growth in your walk with the Lord and sanctification of your personality!"
I think that I have finally come to accept "the wild in" my heart as part of who God has made me to be...when I was younger, it got me into plenty of trouble and I was often misunderstood. I am enjoying where I am now...I have learned to accept myself and who I am. I know that I have weaknesses and accept them better now because I know that if I will allow it, they can lead me to a deeper relationship with God as I rely on His ever redeeming work in my life. I am learning...
-to take the recklessness and turn it into a reckless faith in our God,
-to take those passions and submit them to the LORD and then walk with them, learn from them, let them teach me,
-to take weaknesses, like very little patience, and see how God has given me greater patience as I do the great work he has for me each day (no one ever thought I would be the mother of 10 - LOL)
-to know that I am sensitive, out spoken, passionate about my beliefs, stubborn for what is important to me, and to give all of those things that are good, and bad, to the LORD and have faith that He will help me to serve him and love him by serving and loving others...I can't do it without Him.
A quote from My Utmost For His Highest, by Oswald Chambers (one of my favorite authors), is "if our motive is love to God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men." I say to myself that I want to do _____ for Him because I love Him, and let him worry with my "wildness"; He is taming it, but I think that there is a certain part of those passions that are from Him and He delights in what He has made.
And always, I keep learning about humility, but that doesn't mean that I will not stand on the Truth of Scripture. And part of humility is to ask forgiveness when I need to or when the LORD shows me that I need to.
I have also learned to not get devoted to a cause, in place of being devoted to Jesus Christ...who's first obedience was to the will of His Father.
And I think we must be careful to not become complacent, as many in our culture are...complacent and comfortable, not wanting to give up their controlled worlds. There are to many people and children in the world who are hurting, to much that we can do to help.
So thank you so much friend, for your questions, that got me to thinking...may we all walk in the passions of our hearts for His Glory!
I’m writing this from a Starbucks in Austin, Texas. It’s raining right now, which makes my thoughts go back to the cold days in a Colorado winter, bundled inside away from the storms outside. I truly do miss those days, the ones spent next to the fireplace, making forts in the living room, when the biggest part of my day was thinking what I would help cook the kids for lunch.
It all started with my sister Kalyn. I wanted a brother so bad, but then came this beautiful little sister, and though we’ve had our fights she’s still that little sister that I will always love more than anything and in a strange way, I look up to her, because she’s so many things I could never be. After that came Caresse, a crazy bundle of energy and emotion, who is so much like me I thought there was times I couldn’t stand her. Her and I have also had our fights, but in the end I know whenever I need a hug like no one else’s’, Caresse will be there for me. Now to Kiana. I was so scared when my parents said we were adopting, I didn’t know how I could love another kid that I didn’t even know. But then came this gorgeous little girl, who at first was so sad, and now when I think of her face, the only thing I see is her huge smile. My brother Landon, Boo Man would still be what I call him from time to time. My first brother, I love him so much, he’s quiet, so in a lot of ways the two of us are different, but there’s a bond there stronger then I can explain. Then there’s Garett, a crazy little kid that I wonder if I ever will really understand him, but beyond that I know whenever I need a laugh, Garett is there, I love him so much. Next is Alia, I don’t even know what to say about her. I don’t think there’s a child with more attitude and charisma. She’s amazing, and I can’t wait to see the young woman she becomes. Now Corbin, for some reason my heart was touched the day I first saw him more then I can explain. This boy has big things coming. Joeliana, Joeliana, Joeliana…where to start. She’s so young, but I don’t think I’ve met someone sweeter or cuter then her. You see her smile and it seems like the world stopped. Then my little Gorilla as I call him, or, Aiden. This boy is nuts, I think he is made out of solid steel, I don’t know another two year old that can knock me over.
Now the last but not least of all, my parents. My mom, the most incredible woman I know, she really should be put in a history book. I don’t think anyone else could do what she does. I can’t thank her enough. Without her I don’t know who or what I would be. She is incredible, and I love and miss her so much.
And then my Dad. The man that taught me what it actually means to b a man, and taught me most everything else I could have ever needed to try to be the best husband and father in the world. He has given me so much, I don’t know how I could ever repay him. I love and miss him just as much, coffee in the morning just isn’t the same without dad there.
Well, I don’t know if this is exactly what anyone was looking for, for some reason once I started typing the only things that came out is stuff that probably doesn’t mean much, but what was in my heart. It’s kind of hard being off away from my family, but every day they are still in my heart. I have to go now; I’m training for my new job as a Project Manager and Air Monitoring Technician, and have to head to Dallas tomorrow. But there’s my family, a short explanation that does them nowhere near what they deserve, but there will be more to come.
Aut vincere aut mori (Either to conquer or to die)
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Jace bought a '68 Ford Mustang when he was 16 to restore and because he loves Mustangs. My husband also loves to restore cars and so it was a great father/son project. After he got it running and was enjoying driving it, a deer ran right out in front of him not far from our house. Mustangs are very heavy and he couldn't stop. Poor deer...poor Mustang. He barely got it home and we were camping in the mountains so he was alone now with this accident.
So back to restoration...only a lot more than when he bought the car.
When he moved to Texas we covered up the mustang and said he could keep it here as long as he needed.
When my parents came this weekend, they brought a trailer to take the Mustang to Texas so that Jace can hopefully start working on it again.
Jace sent two of his friends over to help, which was good since they literally had to lift the back end of the HEAVY mustang onto the trailer.
Finally, it was on and ready for its trip to Texas.
Monday, March 23, 2009
At I Love Faces the theme this week is - No Flash
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Friday, March 20, 2009
We were very honored to have our friend Giff, bring a young adult group to our home from Indiana. Steve and I had the opportunity to pray with them and share some of what we have come through. The children loved having all the people to play with and show off for. A definite highlight was Aiden walking into the room with one of the young men's sunglasses on...boy did he feel cool.
I am so frustrated because my camera broke again, and my new one still wont be here for a while. I love taking pictures and wanted to get some of our visitors with the children, and then I didn't get to do that.
Mom and Dad will be here tonight...the children are anxiously waiting for Dandy and Gommy and they have so much to tell them!
I have a chest cold (yuck!)
Time to put some bread in the oven, clean a dog and get ready for tonight.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I am Thankful....
1. For the sweet love of little boys and one little darlin' who will hug and kiss me and whisper "Your the best mom I ever had". (Thank you darlin')
2. Eyes!!!! I love the eyes of my children...
3. that our friend from mannnny years ago, Beth, and her daughters come to visit us.
4. that we will get the chance to see Giff and some new friends tonight...and to share our testimony (LORD, may your will be done.)
5. that my precious parents will be here tomorrow night to spend the weekend with us.
6. to get to spend time with my first born and meet his girlfriend, Shannon.
7. for the beautiful Colorado weather we have had this week.
8. for our wonderful dr. who takes such good care of us all.
9. for pizza...you know...it's the little things...
10. our church!!!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
I found Careese and Corban snuggled up at bedtime and I thought it was so cute...besides the fact that they are brother and sister, I think it is so fun to see the "whiteness and darkness" of them. I think it is so amazing that God has designed my family with so much-HOLD YOUR BREATH-diversity!
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Have a glorious weekend friends and thank you for stopping by.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
One of the things my family enjoys doing every year is going up into the beautiful Colorado mountains to camp. It is something I look forward to every year. We put all our stuff in a trailer and try to hit the road by 7:00; if possible. Some of the best memories I have are of us up in the mountains; setting up tents when it was pouring rain, getting the van unstuck, (although if you ask my mom she'll say we have never really gotten the van stuck.) We have all been sick up in the mountains together. Yes it is true; I can remember several times when we were all sick in our sleeping bags...not that any of us really enjoyed those trips but we had them none the less.
One of the things I enjoy most though is being out in the amazing world God has created and given us to explore and enjoy! Maybe one day we would go for a hike; or maybe we would get everyone in the car and go explore on some back roads and four wheel drive roads were no one should bring a fifteen passenger van. But we have made it through sickness and cars getting stuck and I can honestly say that I enjoyed each and every trip. We have had some amazing times up on the mountains.
The picture above is a picture of this nice old man who gave all of the kids a ride on his ATV. It was quit a treat for us!
These two pictures are from out last camping trip. Mom and me hiked up this trail to this quarry where they dump all the marble that has come out of the mines that they are not using. We each carried a piece back with us. That was one heavy piece of marble!
Here is Garrett, Me, and Daddy back at our camp.
One of the best parts of camping is at the end of the day we all sit around the camp fire and talk; we all shared our five most favorite things last time. Sometimes we turn of all the lights and watch the fire coals dance and gaze up at the stars. It truly is a special time!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I will continue to be a voice for the ones who need a voice...please remember,
It matters to THIS one!!!