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

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Colossians 3:23~

What Not To Wear
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Colossians 3:23

Click on the red letters for aninteresting perspective on appropriate church attire. It left me humbled and challenged.. It's a good reminder that Churchianity does not equal Christianity.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Ephesians 6:12~

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12

Spiritual Attack and adoption. Here is a topic I don't see addressed too often, but I know personally that Satan hates adoption. Satan hates children, and Satan hates children being brought into families where they can prosper and grow. He would much rather have them ALONE where they are easy prey . The Bible tells us 1
Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Jim recently preached a sermon on this verse and he shared something I did not know. The lion attacks the lone animal. His victim is the one who has strayed from the herd. How cowardly.

Now we are not ones who easy cry "Spiritual Attack". Things happen. Illness happens. We live in a fallen world. There are times though, when it becomes obvious that Satan is trying to trip us up.

Every time we have begun an adoption we have experienced Spiritual attack. Our first adoptions I was bit by a brown recluse spider and became very ill. Our adoption of Wee Babe I went into liver failure a week after we accepted his referral.

We are very happy to announce that we are once again in the process of adopting. We are very blessed to be working with AAI and their Pilot Ghana Program.

Like in times past, we suddenly find ourselves in the sights of the nasty old devil..

In the past few weeks we have had our washing machine break, a major leak behind the shower wall, our ice maker died, , our lawn mower died, and as Jim was weed eating a pebble flew up and shattered a window that was well over $1,000. Our poor Sweet Pea has never gotten well and has more Dr. appts., chest x-rays, medications, and on it goes.

This past weekend we were blessed to have my Mom and brother visiting. Sweet Pea was being dedicated to the Lord in the morning worship service. As we were standing at the altar dedicating her I looked out into the congregation and saw my Mom was not there, and I knew something was very wrong. We called her at the hotel after the service and found she was very ill. We found her doubled over in pain and very sick. We spent Mother's Day in the ER, and she was diagnosed with a serious case of diverticulitis. She was admitted to the hospital for a few days. Only problem, we are due to leave for vacation and Jim's Seminary graduation tomorrow..

As I came home late last night from the hospital my dh informed me that the roads we are to be taking for our vacation are closed due to fires. We have delayed our trip a day praying Mom gets well. We could never leave town with her being in the hospital.

Lest I sound defeated, I am NOT! Romans 8:28 tells us all things work together for the good of those who love Christ Jesus. I know this to be true. Every hardship and tough experience has brought us closer to our Lord. He has walked through them WITH us. He holds our hands and teaches us about His goodness.

So, please rejoice with us that God is allowing us to bring more children home. He must have an awesome plan or Satan would not be trying so hard to thwart it. We have the victory in Jesus! God is so good and we are so blessed!

Please pray for my Mom. We just returned from seeing her, and praise the Lord she is doing so much better. Please pray for our children in Ghana. Pray that the Lord may cover them and protect them and make their way home smooth.

















Thursday, May 10, 2007

Hey Bad Guys~

If you are thinking of going to the grocery store to steal a purse, you might want to look over your shoulder for "Grandpa". If he sees you he will chase after you, and tackle you and hold you, until the police arrive...Go Grandpa!

He also plays a mean game of laser tag.


Edited to Add: The story is Grandma and Grandpa were grocery shopping. Bad Guy steals a lady's purse. Grandpa springs into action tackles guy, holds guy, hands guy over to police. Everyone is a-o.k. except Grandma's nerves are a little frayed.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

And This~

..is a sure sign you have three older sisters ;o)


Monday, May 07, 2007

Clifford~

One of the most common questions we get is, "What kind of car do you drive?"

Here is "Clifford Our Big Red Van". Clifford is a 15 passenger van. Currently we have the rear seat out, so we can fit groceries, strollers, sports equipment, etc, so Clifford seats 11. This means we are filled up!!

Jim decided we don't attract enough attention on our own, so he added...



ROPE LIGHTS!!! Yes, we are a party mobile. He bought me a Disco Ball several years ago for Mother's Day(Try not to be jealous) , but it fell on Martha, a sweet girl from the African Children's Choir, as we were driving her to her host home after a concert. Sadly ;o), it's been out of commision ever since. The disco ball, not Martha's head.




Africa~

One year ago we returned home from our trip to Ethiopia. We had gone with one purpose in mind, to get our Wee Babe. We came home with so much more. We fell in love with Ethiopia and the wonderful people there.

This quote from Alexander McCall Smith sums it up well in his book "Tears of the Giraffe"...

We had found a country where the people treated one another well,with respect, and where there are values other than the grab, grab, grab which prevails back home. I felt humbled, in a way. Everything in my own country seemed shoddy and superficial when held up against what I saw in Africa. People suffered here, and many of them had very little, but they had this wonderful feeling for others.



Friday, May 04, 2007

A Sure Sign~

It's a sure sign you have older brothers when......





You awake to find a football lovingly nestled in your arms.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Feasting on The Word~

The other day as I was in the bathroom putting on my make-up our 5 yo ds came bounding in and hopped on the scale. He waited for the numbers to settle and let out a loud groan. " I am just too many pounds"...he said as he let out a deep sigh. He then looked at me and said, "It's because I read my Bible every day. It makes you grow you know."

I think I'll try that line at my next physical.. ;o) It's not the french fries.. it's my Bible reading pushing that BMI upwards.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Look Who's 5!!!

My Sweet Boy is 5!!! His name means "gift from God", and that is what he is. He is so outgoing, and fun, and a wonderful big brother to the "Little Pack of Boys". He always has a kind word of encouragement. Many times I will be cooking and he's say, "Mama, you are doing a great job!" How sweet is that? He keeps his Daddy and I laughing with his funny antics. Many times we will look at each other and wonder where he came from. He is just so FUN! Then we know..he is his Uncle Tony and Uncle Mike wrapped up in one sweet boy.

Happy Birthday Cheeky!


It's a Lego cake.. Looked MUCH better in the Family Fun Party Book !





Psalm 136:1~

One Year Ago today, I held our baby boy for the first time..

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1