Friday, January 30, 2009
Our family has become very passionate about water. That is what the blog badge 300 voices on the side is about. Jodi wrote something that is worth reading...visit her blog. The money goes to charity: water, who is a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. They give 100% of the money raised to direct project costs. With the help of exemplary organizations on the ground and individuals here, we can drill wells and provide people with this basic, essential need.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
We have had so many amazing trips with our family. I think part of that is that my parents invest in time with us!! ... and they have said that we are their favorite people to play with and go on trips/vacations with. My parents really do enjoy us; and that is what I pray to teach my children. As we choose to invest time and money into our relationships with each other, our lives are richer, our relationships stronger and our hearts are intertwined.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
My precious mom had a horrible accident almost two years ago... broke her leg just below her hip, broke her knee and ankle. Four surgeries later, she is still on crutches, and not sure what the future will be. My parents have taught us to trust God in all things, to pray and believe He will answer. They are such a powerful example of faith and hope!
Yesterday was not good news for my mom. I really struggled to even think about it...my thoughts and feelings kept running into "what can be done...there has to be something". My parents have such a passion for living, ministry, serving, loving and helping. Crutches and pain really make that harder!
I was writing in my Psalm journal...Psalm 9:9-10 says 'The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you."
We aren't getting the answer we were hoping for (yet). Or is the answer something that we emotionally can't really face yet? I believe that we must hang onto the TRUTH that we are not forsaken during these times; to believe the TRUTH that we are very precious and very loved.
This is much harder when it's your mom, your loved one, or a husband/wife or child who is hurting...so much harder when it is you! But I believe that we must hang on to the TRUTH...if we doubt it, or walk away from it, where would we go? Where else will we find the kind of love He has for us?
"But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God,..."Jude 1:20-21 There is not safer place, even in some of our greatest pain! My parents have taught me this.
And, as shocking as it is since I was raised in Texas, I do not wear make-up every day...in fact, (confessions!), I only wear it when I go to town (in Texas, "town" would mean anywhere outside of the house).
Monday, January 26, 2009
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Becalmed upon the sea of Thought,
Still unattained the land it sought,
My mind, with loosely-hanging sails,
Lies waiting the auspicious gales.
On either side, behind, before,
The ocean stretches like a floor,
A level floor of amethyst,
Crowned by a golden dome of mist.
Blow, breath of inspiration, blow!
Shake and uplift this golden glow!
And fill the canvas of the mind
With wafts of thy celestial wind.
Blow, breath of song! until I feel
The straining sail, the lifting keel,
The life of the awakening sea,
Its motion and its mystery!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
He asked us to care for them,
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Where he sews with needle and thread,
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
By William H. Davis
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
While Steve was in Texas, working with the Hurricane Katrina victums, we were matched with a sad little girl (15 months old) in Liberia. I flew to Liberia (yes alone - wow, what an experience) and spent two weeks there before caming home with our newest daughter. We went to Texas that Christmas with my family. Steve was able to come and meet his newest daughter, Alia, though it was several weeks still before he could come home.
The earth is the Lord's and all that it holds,
the world and its inhabitants.
For He founded it upon the ocean,
set it on the nether-streams.
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in His holy place,
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who has not taken a false oath by My life or sworn deceitfully.
He shall carry away a blessing from the Lord,
a just reward from God, his deliverer.
Such is the circle of those who turn to Him,
Jacob, who seek Your presence.
O gates, lift up your heads!
Up high, you ever lasting doors,
so the King of glory may come in!
Who is the King of glory?
the Lord, mighty and valiant,
the Lord, valiant in battle.
O gates, lift up you heads!
Lift the up, you everlasting doors,
so the King of glory may come in!
Who so the King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
These are some beautiful flowers my husband brought home one day. I just set them against the window so that I could use the white snow outside as a backdrop. Didn't this picture turn out nice?
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Some have asked about our children...my husband and I always knew that we wanted as many children as the Lord sent to us, knowing that children are a gift from God. Our 1st pregnancy I was very sick, however, a gorgeous son joined us in Autumn. Our 2nd pregnancy I was even SICKER! However, again, a beautiful, healthy daughter was home birthed in Colorado. We tried several things to hopefully improve our chances of having a healthy pregnancy for me and four years after Kalyn, we became pregnant with our 3rd. This pregnancy was even worse; life threatening to the baby and me. Still another beautiful baby girl was added to our family (again home birthed - which we loved!)
We knew now that God would be bringing more children home to us ANOTHER way. Several months after Caresse was born, we heard about the abandoned girls in China...we knew this was how God would add to our family. 18 months later I stood in a crowded airport as my husband and my mother stepped through that long tunnel and my husband handed me this precious gift, our newest daughter. She immediately began to cry and tried to squirm out of my arms. I understood. In her short life, she had been through alot, and we certainly didn't look or sound Chinese...so much for her to get use to, especially having a mommy and daddy and family. Our journey with her was beginning, and God was planting a seed in our hearts that has become a passion...to be continued.