"We are all handmade people created by a God who is not safe or small." Rend Collective Experiment

Friday, July 28, 2006

Romans 8:15~

This week our two boys (3 and 2) have been home from Ethiopia for 1 year!!! What a blessing they are!!! I can't imagine life without them and their sweet hugs and kisses and smiles. God is so gracious top let us be their parents.

They have grown and changed SO much!!! I look back at pictures of when they first came home and they look so little compared to now.

Our 2 yo wasn't walking,he had all of 4 teeth. He had no English and was just a sweet little baby.

Today as I watched him run all over the beach in and out of the waves I marveled at how he has grown. His mouth is full of teeth. He speaks in complete sentences and can run fast enough to keep those seagulls flying to escape his eager little grasp. He would ask time and again for me to hold him and take him deeper so we could crash into the waves together. My fearless little wonder. I savor the middle of the night for that is when he crawls into bed between me and dh and wraps his little arms close. I know his baby days will leave us very soon and I cherish any moments he lets me "Mama" him. What a precious little gift he is!

Our 3 yo has also grown and changed by leaps and bounds.

When he came home he was so fearful and insecure. Now he is a confident happy little guy who tickles everyone he meets because he is so full of joy. We were at the beach the other day and he was standing in the ocean. As each wave approached him he would plant his little feet, raise his hands in the air and let out a big "Whooooo!!!" then as the waves crashed around him he would erupt into a fit a laughter. I thought it was sauch a perfect illustration of how he has dealt with the past year. What a brave little guy to decide to let us in to his little heart and love him after all the tumultuous waters he has endured in his little life.

I love the way that God fashions families. Who alone but the Almighty could take a couple of little boys from different parts of Ethiopia and set them aboard an airplane where upon arrival they would meet more strangers and then at the end of it all they would be a family. Brothers, sisters, children, parents. It is wonderful and beautiful and a picture of the love God bestows on His children who are ALL adopted into the Kingdom through the sacrifice of Jesus.

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!" Romans 8:15

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Psalm 56:3~4

When I am afraid,
I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I will not be afraid. Psalm 56:3-4

Before we began our adoptions I am afraid I may have been one of those annoying people who thought that adopting was "the easy way" of having a child. I mean really..no morning sickness, no stretch marks, no labor... and then we began the process and we had that picture of those precious little ones who were "ours" but were half-way around the world. I don't know that anyone except an adoptive parent can understand how hard that is. I remember getting an e-mail letting us know our baby in Ethiopia was in the hospital with pneumonia and telling us to try an not to worry. Ha! As if that were even possible. Then last summer just weeks before our boys were to come home fighting erupted in the capital of Ethiopia. The director of our agency informed me that is was quite close to where our 3 yo's orphanage was. Again I was beseeched with worry. During some point in our adoptions I concluded that being physically pregnant was much easier than adoption, afterall your baby was safe and sound and right under your heart.

And then...I found I was pregnant the day after returning home from Ethiopia with our Wee Babe. I had had 5 uncomplicated pregnancies and had no real cause for concern. Then at 7 weeks we found out I was pregnant with twins but one had gone to be with the Lord before we were ever to hold them. Our Dr. informed us gravely that this could mean the other baby would be lost too.

Then wondrously at 13 weeks they told us all should be fine and to expect a normal pregnancy from there on out.

two weeks ago at 16 weeks I began bleeding rather heavily late one night. We had no idea what his meant for our little one. It was during this time that I realized that it is not being a biological mother or an adoptive mother that is hard..it's just being a mother. All of our children ultimately belong to God and what a blessing it is that he entrusts them to us for however long He does. He loves our children even more than we do which is so hard to fathom...but He is their Creator and the Bible tells us how He fashioned each one in the womb. What a privelege and a blessing to be a Mother. The rewards are so great and God is so good!

On this past Tuesday we loaded up all the children and headed in for an ultrasound. There our sweet little baby GIRL was just a kicking and a squirming oblivious to the worries of those who love her.. She is fine! A sweet little one and we pray the Lord will let us hold her for many years. May we always realize that all of our little ones are safe in the arms of Jesus..

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

School Supplies!!!

Moms and Homeschool Moms I have heard through the incredible homeschool mom grapevine that Staples is having great sales on supplies this week (until the 15th)!!!

Here are some of the deals...

$.01 for 10 pencils, limit 10 boxes if you are a teacher!

$.01 for CUTE pencil sharpeners!

$.01 for pocket folders in all colors.

$.20 for 3 ring binders.

Elmer's glue for $.25, Crayola crayons and markers and colored pencils for .49 and .99.

Composition books, spiral notebooks on sale...

I LOVE school supplies at the beginning of a new school year. Those newly opened boxes of crayons smell yummy.

I have cleaned out my school room and am ready to go shopping :o)

Here is the wonderful school room my INCREDIBLE dh built us.

Other GREAT deals~~~

Visit "Life in a shoe" for details of FREE movie deals for kiddies

AND I have heard that *some* 7-11's will be giving out free 7.11 oz slurpees today .

Sunday, July 09, 2006

And it came to pass....

This is a phrase you often read in the Bible. This weekend I have been clinging on to it as a precious promise. This throwing up bug will surely come to pass in our household..

7 victims down... 3 to go...

Lysol those computer screens... we are highly contagious!

God is good ALL the TIME, ALL the TIME God is good! \o/

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Vacuum of the Future....

It is one of our 4 year olds chores to vacuum the carpet in the schoolroom which leads outdoors. This is a high traffic area as 8 children and 2 doggies tromp in and out to swing, swim, play and jump throughout the day.

Today, before he set out to vacuuming he had an important question for me. He wanted to know why they don't make go-cart vacuums..."That way you could just drive all over the house and sweep everything up!" he reasoned.

I can see it now. Children all across the nation arguing over whose turn it is to vacuum... We may have a million $ idea here ;o)

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Birthday America!!!

Our Ethiopian Boys' first 4th was a great success! They loved the food and the fireworks and the FUN!!! I would say the highlights were the Happy B'day America cake our 10 and 11 yo made and the snap pops! They LOVED throwing those. Our 3 yo drifted off to sleep talking about them. Our 3 yo also loved the fireworks. He would jump up and down and laugh with glee during each one. Our 2 yo wasn't too sure about them but as long as he was in Mama's arms it was all good :o). The baby slept through the whole thing!!!!

Hope everybody had a blessed 4th!!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

God Bless America!~

"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. "

God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

Every year our church has a God and Country Day the weekend before the 4th of July. This morning our congregation filed into the doors of the Church decked out in red, white, and blue. Our armed forces were honored in the way they are every year. The choir and orchestra sings through the fight songs for the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Marines. While the fight songs are being sung the members of that division of the Armed Forces stand. It never fails to bring me to tears to see generations from WW2 to present day standing together. Soldiers of the past and soldiers of today who have all sacrificed for our freedom. Next there is more music and then preaching and then we are dismissed for the Bar B Que.

This years' message was focused on passing the torch of faith onto our children. I found it to be an incredibly important challenge. The point that really struck me was when it was said the most crucial part of the relay was the passing of the baton. How true and what a great reminder in the diligence that is needed in passing on our faith, values, and morals onto our children. We need to diligently put the Word into their hearts and bathe them in prayer. May they see the love of Christ living through us each and every day.

Next we dismissed for the BBQ, then more singing and preaching, and then ice cream and pony rides and bouncy houses for the kids. They had a blast!

Here are our Blessings are as we headed out to church (in our traditional "Sound of Music" pose :o) this morning...