Monday, January 31, 2011
Also, the boys bed broke and can’t be fixed.
And my little toe is broke and I think it is growing back in the wrong place.
Thank you all for your cute comments on the last post!!! I really enjoyed a few laughs myself from your own run away adventures.
Janet asked about our van in the garage...yes, we built the garage to fit the van, which is why it fits....a normal garage size would not fit a large size van.
Kristi’s comment really had us all laughing....
"Thanks for "keepin' it real!" I love your response about the chores!
I ran away from home once too, but had to come back as soon as I got to the end of the driveway as my parents had drilled into my head not to cross the street and the sidewalk was on the other side. :)”
Sophie asked who the ring leader is - KIANA!!!!
And very importantly, Catalina asked us to pray for a little boy who was badly hurt in a fire! Please visit her blog to find out more and let’s pray for this family.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
The rest of the story...they did come back home after a few minutes, and when I asked them why they were back so soon, they said they would run away when the weather got warmer. Then they asked if they could have some thing warm to drink.
My answer...”Yes, my most precious darlin’s...as soon as you finish your chores."
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss book?
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
“Father God, I ask you to pour out Your Spirit upon my children and that Your blessing would be upon my descendants. I pray that they would spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams. And that they would declare “I AM THE LORD’s”!!!” Amen
Monday, January 24, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
I saw this quote somewhere and thought how funny, because I was just actually thinking something like that this morning. I want to LIVE each day, not sludge through them. I want to be passionate each day, not weighed down. I want to shine each day, not moodily get by.
Ahhh, except for one little thing that frustrates me so...my sin nature! God’s child in me wants to LIVE and SHINE for His glory. Yet, the sin in me wants to live and shine cuz it’s funner than being all down, tired and moody. I think I need to look for the beauty and color I can find today.
Was that random or what?
Womanhood...can’t live with it, can’t get away from it.
My prayer today is from great inspiration John Piper;
“Hallowed be Thy Name” - Father God, I pray that in all the world Your Name would be regarded as precious.
“Thy will be done on earth as in Heaven.” My precious LORD, I pray that the hearts of my family would be changed to do Your will with the same zeal and purity that the angels have in Heaven.”
Loves to you all!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Did I do O.K.?
Yesterday was a great day for this child....
It’s been busy here this week so far, but I’m thinking that the rest of the week should calm down.
Time to go back to that thing that you wouldn’t believe I’m doin’. I’ll show and tell later.
Monday, January 17, 2011
"Biblical Worldview" has become a popular phrase in many Christian circles. Have you thought of it much? At 1st, I didn't give it much thought...I felt I was already pretty much looking through my "Biblical" glasses at the world around me, and I certainly want to teach my children to know and live by the truth found in the Scriptures.
But, I've been thinking a little more on this after reading the below quotes from Total Truth by N. Pearcey....
"The danger is that if Christians do not consciously develop a Biblical approach to the subject (all subjects), then we will unconsciously absorb some other philosophical approach."
"In other words, not only do we fail to be salt and light to a lost culture, but we ourselves may end up being shaped by that culture."
"We just begin by being utterly convinced that there is a Biblical perspective on everything - not just on spiritual matters."
Do I believe that there is Biblical perspective on EVERYTHING? And are there some Bible ideas that I have rejected because they were to hard, or I didn't like them?
I'm really trying to look at some of my thinking and find those thoughts or ideas that I have absorbed from my culture. I know that I had many problems in my marriage during the 1st years because I had certain ideas and expectations that lined up with my cultural world views, but certainly not Gods Biblical truth. I have learned that even some good "Christian counseling, books and sermons" are laced with a cultural opinion.
It made me think of one of the very 1st things that the LORD did when He brought His children out of Egypt. They did not know the LORD's ways, they only knew Egypt's ways. So He sent something simple, the 10 commandments, and told them to learn them and be careful to do them. Sounds easy enough really, but before I can judge them for falling so quickly back into their "Egyptian" ways, I would be wise to learn a lesson from their mistakes. I am sure that many of the stories in the Bible are partly there to teach us the dangers and mistakes that others have made and to help us learn from them. I think it is probably easier than we think to "fall" into cultural ideas that are against God's ideas. And God makes it very clear through out the Bible that He considers this REBELLION.
We live in a culture that does not know the LORD's truths nor does it typically try to keep them. The danger that I want to be very aware of is how easy it can become to fall into ideas that are against what the LORD has clearly given us. And to teach our children to REALLY know how HE has told us to live. It's really pretty easy to see...it'll be the way that is opposite of what the world says. Is there a Biblical Approach to cleaning a toilet? "Do all things without complaining" is the first thing that comes to mind. Let's look at our thoughts and actions and do some detective work; are they lining up with the LORD or with the world? I really want to encourage myself and you to be very careful about the influences around us and our families!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Well, she got so motivated that she sewed a SHIRT for Garett. No patterns, except what she drew. And, I have to brag, because I am very proud of her first shirt. And Garett is very proud of his new shirt also. He wore it to church today!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in."
- Graham Greene
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
She’s the one who has trusted that the LORD was going to heal her after a horrible accident broke her leg over three years ago.
But JOY COMES IN THE MORNING (doesn’t it mom!)
Today, there was bone growth and she was told to throw those crutches away and come back in 18 months for a check up!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When I was getting off the phone, mom told me to be sure and tell the children, who have persistently prayed for the LORD to heal and give bone growth to Gommy,
she told me to be sure and tell them the LORD has answered our prayers! Because she wants them to know the truth of the love and the goodness of the LORD that we serve!
Do you know what I would tell you today if you are struggling through something?
Call upon the Name of the LORD.
Jeremiah 10: 25 talks about families that do not call on the Name of the LORD, and it isn’t pretty. Many places in the New Testament speaks of the new Christians as “those that call upon the Name of the LORD, Jesus Christ”.
My parents have taught us all to be a family that calls upon the Name of the LORD and to trust Him. We all know that things don’t always work the way that WE would like.
However, because we belong to HIM and call on HIM things will work out His good and perfect way.
And sometimes, when you really need to hear something good remember my mother who trusted and believed that one day she would see her healing! And she did!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
And, yes, crzy4myfam, I do the girls hair myself. I have looked at a lot of blogs and youtube videos and books to learn and I really do enjoy doing their hair!
Thank you so much for the sweet comments about Alia’s hair, our anniversary and the broke Bronco.
The children set up a beautiful candle lit dinner for us downstairs for our anniversary Sunday night and served us...it was so nice.
Here are a few other fun pictures from our days...
Loves to you all!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Mercy, I have felt hormotional today. Steve was gone all week last week and the weekend zipped by. Monday seemed to have come to quickly and the morning presented us with just enough snow and ice to make driving difficult. The only 4x4 that we have is my Baby. So today, Steve left for Denver, where he works most days, in the “baby" - my Bronco. I know you shouldn’t “love” a car, but I do have “deep affection” for my Bronco.
Fast forward...it’s the end of the day, and I am finally stealing a few INTERRUPTED minutes to finish the post I wanted to put up and I get a phone call from Steve. The clutch on the Bronco just broke and he is on the side of the road...which, by the way, we are under a wind chill advisory...it’s 5 below right now. Last I heard my baby was being towed and Steve was trying to get a rent car so that he can get home. I tried to keep working on THE post, but finally decided to wait.
here are the pictures of Alia’s hair that I did last week, because I did want to share them with you and may be today is a good day for them.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
But the magic happened with a black and white texture.
Hope you like it and really textures are pretty easy so don’t be afraid of playing around with them. A good place to start is at The Coffeeshop Blog.
Want to show us some of your creativity? Come on, don’t be shy. Just leave a link in the comments!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
I got home to find an email that said we should have our state approval for our adoption in the next week, so now it is time for the I800A to be sent in - quickly. One more step closer to our children!
It is late now and there are 4 children sitting in “time outs” at least till tomorrow...O.K. I WILL let them up before that...BUT only long enough to go to bed!!! Three other children are in the red warning area’s of time out, or straight to bed if they push it. It is hard when we have to go to town because the children miss their naps, and boy is it showing. And one of the worse acting out children is Aiden, our little sensory guy....he is pretty much “over the top”. His jammies are bothering him; his brother took “his” book (not); a sister is looking at him; and on it goes. Every few seconds he is in trouble or screaming or crying and fussing. And for him each thing is a completely “earth shattering” emotionally roller coaster of issues. I am hoping to schedule an appointment with an occupational therapist (who is familiar with sensory integration) in the next few days.
So, I posted the above picture because sometimes I need to remember to stop and dance, or stop and hug. I laid on the couch with the kitchen a horrible after dinner mess and held one of my milder boys, because it is so easy for him to just be good, and not get “me” as much. I tickled him and petted him and stroked around his beautiful Asian eyes and just loved on him. Chaos was happening around us, but we still stole our little moment and I’m glad that I did.
Today was busy, but it teaches me to still find time to nurture and love on those precious ones. And now, I am going to take some little loves up stairs and pray our blessing over them and sleep...not quickly because today will become tomorrow, and yesterday will soon be a precious memory of living and loving busily, but thankfully.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
It was a tough morning. My little daughter that "falls apart" did and I needed to hold her and try to calm down the out of control emotions within her for over an hour. It makes me hurt for her...for the needs that where unmet those 1st months of her life, the cries that where not answered, the desires that all babies have to be held, loved, cuddled, nurtured were left unmet...
I pray and ask the LORD what to do to help her...what I hear is what He has done for me...draw her near and be her peace till she can receive it. (Eph. 2:13-17). So, our little world stops for a time; no school, no laundry, I just sit holding her rigged body and pray for healing and help. After it is over, she if fine and helpful and happy again. But those moments when things become to much for her remind me of the times when things are to much for me and I want to remember to look up and know HE is holding me, and I am not alone.
On a happy...I got both Alia and Joeliana's hair done the last two days. Yea, that always makes me feel good. I did something fun with Alia's that I will show you later. Till then, LOOK UP...Our Heavenly Father is much closer that we think!
Saturday, January 1, 2011
When we trust the LORD, He brings the children to us that He has already sovereignly designed. Whether through birth or adoption, HE is the Creator of each family. In an imperfect world, where birth families are unable or unwilling to care for a child, the LORD brings about the perfect.
Truly, when we open our hearts to receive the children that He sends to us, we will become richer than we ever thought possible. Not the riches of the world, though the LORD may choose to send those also if He so desires. But a richness of treasures found in the heart, in relationships, in learning to love and serve and die to self. Great wealth is found in learning to see each person as a perfect and beautiful work of the LORD, created in HIS image.
The LORD’s ways are not our ways.
“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” Prov. 24:3-4
The LORD is filling the rooms of our homes with precious and pleasant riches; and those “riches” are little people who make messes, need baths, get sick (by the dozen usually), argue and fight...
AND those “riches” also give the sweetest kisses and hugs, make me laugh and love, bring me sweet gifts of flowers and pictures (pictures where I have a princess crown and look skinnier than I am), and fill each day of my life with beauty and hope.
The LORD has been speaking a word to me - “Build”. I will be searching more in the Bible, but for now, I feel that He has said to me “Keep building”.
Look again at the picture of Sallee’s little Samson Jude...
Let’s keep building the LORD’s house, and let’s help each other fill our homes with the LORD’s Riches!