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

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Psalm 96:1~

O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Look Mama!~

Our 4 yo decided (with the encouragement of Daddy) that it was time to lose the training wheels..

Look at him GO!

Next Goal...

Figuring out which direction the helmet should go on........

Thursday, January 18, 2007

John 21: 15-17~

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”
And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep

How is it that it is already THURSDAY? This week has evaporated. I would love to share that I have been doing awesome feats for God, but the truth is that I have spent most of my time feeding my children. Little Sweet Pea must be going through some sort of growth spurt because she is eating constantly day and night. This coupled with Wee Babe's feeding issues (He takes 45 mins to an hour to eat due to his prematurity and swallowing issues) has me spending a lot of time feeding. Oh, and those other 7 little ones wnat to eat too. Picky, picky ;o).

I am really not complaining. I love this little ones and I love caring for them. Monday was just one of THOSE days. I was trying my best to stay on schedule and all I was doing was feeding tummies and I needed to be teaching fractions and doing laundry and a hundred other things. The Holy Spirit kept bringing this verse to my mind….."do you love Me more than these?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

Being the rebellious stubborn person I am I argued with the message the Holy Spirit was trying to give me. I thought, "But Lord Simon Peter was doing important work. He was SPIRITUALLY feeding and discipling people. Me? I am just feeding tummies." All day long I struggled with this and thought I should be imparting the Word in my children and teaching them Hymns, yet it was all I could do to get Wee Babe to open his mouth or Sweet Pea to burp. In the middle of the night during Sweet Pea's feeding Jesus gently brought to mind all of the times He met people's physical needs before their Spiritual needs. He fed the 5,000 and he healed. He realized that we are both body and soul and by meeting physical needs it many times allows us to meet Spiritual needs. Just in the passage above he talks to Simon Peter AFTER breakfast? He knew he couldn't hear Him without his physical needs first being met. How good is our God?

Here is something from Laine's Letters
that I have saved and God has used it to encourage me through the years. I hope it blesses someone else the way it has me.

Mary was studying her Bible quietly at her desk. A still, small voice began to speak to her.


"Yes, LORD?" Mary had been walking with the LORD and recognized His still, small voice. Especially in His Word.

"Mary, what if I was to ask you to go to work for Me."

"Oh, yes, LORD." Mary answered anxiously. "To France, perhaps?" As she gazed at the globe on her desk, pointing a finger decidedly on Paris.

"Mary, what if I was to ask you to go to work for Me in an obscure place."

"Ah, yes, LORD." Mary sat dreaming while moving her finger down a bit. "Africa. The jungle..." Her mind wandered to the missionary stories she had read, "perhaps where Elizabeth Elliot worked."

"Mary, what if I was to ask you to work for Me in an even more obscure place."

"Hmmmm...even more obscure. South America, LORD? Or innermost China? Or perhaps Indonesia? Is that what you mean LORD?"

"Mary, what if I was to ask you to work for Me in a home."

"Ah, now I understand, LORD. A home for handicapped kids."

"Mary, what if I was to ask you to work for Me in an obscure home."

"An obscure home? Perhaps a home for orphaned children in Mexico or South America?"

"Mary, what if I was to ask you to work for Me in your own obscure home?"

"Here, LORD? Here?! All I do here is scrub, vacuum, wipe noses, wash clothes, sing lullabies, pray with toddlers, change diapers, cook meal after meal, sweep and dust, stretch one income, mop and mop; oh, and then over and over the very same thing again. Sometimes more in one day that I can count. This can't be the obscure home You mean, LORD!"

"Yes, Mary. This is the home. Will you do it for Me? For when you do it for the least of these, you do it for Me. Will you do it for Me, Mary?"

Big sigh. "No one is going to notice it, LORD. Not even the ones I am doing it for. None of them really even care, LORD. Everything I do, they undo. And then I have to do it all over again. Don't you think Paris is kind of obscure?"

Big Smile. "Mary, I have chosen you especially for this work in this specific place. I have Leaders and Warriors being raised here. I have wives of Leaders and Warriors being raised here. Will you wipe these noses for Me, Mary? Will you bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the LORD, Mary? Some day I may send them out to places like China, Indonesia, South America, Mexico, and yes, perhaps even Paris. Will you do this for me, Mary, in this obscure home of yours?

Spinning the globe gently, Mary bowed her head, "Yes, I will, LORD. Yes, I will."

"I'll do it through you, Mary. Keep coming to me for your strength. It is a very big job raising My Warriors and My Wives of Warriors; but I will walk you through it every step of the way."

Mary thought of her namesake, the mother of Jesus, raising her LORD and Savior in her own obscure home. "You are too awesome for me, LORD. You are too awesome for me." Mary said, as she bent to kiss The Word.

Friday, January 12, 2007

There is No Me Without You

Look what my dear hubby brought me home last night!! I know I am probably the LAST person to read this book , but I had to share. I am only on Chapter 4, but I must say this book is a must read anyone who has a heart for Africa or orphans.

Thank you honey! You are the best!!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

National Delurking Week~

It's National Delurking Week Here in the Blogosphere! Please leave a comment and a Link to your Blog (if you have one). I 'd love to stop by and say "Hey!"

Don't make me send out the posse ;o)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

1 Corinthians 13:7~

Love...bears all things.

Love is~

Being a 4 yo with a fever and having your 6 yo sister tend to you; a pillow, a bottle of Gatorade, your favorite toys, and (what every patient really needs ;O) a sparkly green crown .

More Love Thursday

Wordless Wednesday~ Like looking back in time

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Dr. Visits, Fake Ethiopian Food, and Alligators~

What a title! Blogger is acting wonky for me so hopefully this will post!

Today Wee Babe and Sweet Pea had well baby visits with our Ped.

Wee Babe has gained over 6 lbs. since his last visit. WOO HOO! The Dr. is VERY pleased with his growth and says at this rate he will be on the chart by the time he is 3. He was also amazed by Wee Babe's walking and climbing skills. He says he is doing awesome and is just blown away by him and his little story. Wee Babe is a testimony to the power of God!

Little Sweet Pea weighed in today at 9 lbs 4 oz (up from 7 lbs. 12 oz). She is doing very well!

We had an "Ethiopian Dinner" in honor of Ethiopian Christmas. We had no Teff so we turned our Dabo Kolos into "Injera" and we had no Shiro so we faked it with Spicy Lentils. The kiddies didn't seem to mind and enjoyed eating with their hands immensely.

I am sorry to say for Ohio fans that the Gators are now the National Champs..o.k. not really sorry but here is a nice article on the Gator QB that I hope encourages hsers.


If nothing else you can send it to your family members who think all hsers are weirdos. Not all hsers are weirdos..just some of us are ;o)

Friday, January 05, 2007

Smartest Baby In the World~

I think we may have the smartest baby in the world....

We take her to the park and she sleeps...

During the New Year's Eve fireworks...She Sleeps.

Admidst the quiet prayers and Bible Study of her 8 siblings errrr o.k. the wild shenanigans of her 8 siblings... SHE SLEEPS

The moment I lay down and shut my eyes... SHE AWAKES..

See how smart she is? She knows. Don't let that sweet and sleepy pink exterior fool you..she knows ALL ;o)

We are enjoying our Sweet Pea more than words can express. She is a little gift straight from heaven. How can it be she has only been with us for 2 weeks? When I look in her little face it seems as if I have known her all my life.

When she wakes I scoop her up and lay her on my chest. She melts in and sighs and then we sleep :0)

God is good!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Lessons From Sunday School~

As we were driving home from church on Sunday the six year old informed us that 4 yo #1 said a bad word. The word we were informed was "Shut-Up". Big "No No Word!". Dh asks "Who taught you that word?" 4 yo #2 decides to "help" his brother out.. He pipes in and says confidently and cheerfully "Jesus!"

Hmm..... What goes on in those litlle minds is a mystery ;o)