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

Monday, December 27, 2010











































" One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving"
— Amy Carmichael

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!~

Tonight I can't help but wonder about the night of that first Christmas. So many men, women, and children gathering in their hometowns to take part of the Census. I wonder if it was like a reunion with celebrations of family and friends who hadn't seen each other in some time. Were they laughing and having fun and making merry while not knowing the Christ Child was being born in their town? Where were Mary and Joseph's family? Did they not wonder as to their where abouts? or were they scorned because of her pregnancy? So many things we don't know....

It would be so easy for us too to miss Jesus this Christmas. There are so many things vying for our attention, Good things and happy things..good times and happy times.. but if Jesus is not at the center and the One we adore it is all for nothing. We could miss the whole thing.

We could miss Jesus the One who left heaven and came not as He deserved, but in love and humility to show us how we are to live and to love. He came to make a bridge for us..a way to the Father that would be impossible without His precious blood.

I pray that you will all know and bask in the grace and love of Jesus. It is the most perfect gift ever given.








Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Three years ago today I made this POST with this picture...



Our son Eben and the children at Eban House making preparations for their Christmas Dinner.. Such precious children who, Praise Jesus, all have homes and families.



I love that around the world and throughout time food (although quite varied) is a part of the preparation of celebrations.

Eben is our resident chef. He loves to be in the kitchen and loves cooking. I tell him one day when he opens his restaurant I will work in the back and wash his dishes for free.

Today we were working together making different sweets. We were laughing so hard as he does everything perfectly and my creations look like a two year old made them. He just shakes his head and laughs at his silly Mama.




Tonight there are millions of children around the world wanting nothing more than to be part of a family. They want nothing more to be loved for who they are.

THIS CASE is very urgent.. Time is literally running out for this boy. Please pray he will find a family in time. Could it be you?

Are you looking for some GREAT shirts for Christmas? Would you like to help an orphan come home? My friend Erica and her family are working to bringing home their little Princess. Proceeds go to help them bring home their new daughter from Ethiopia.GO HERE for some really cute shirts with great messages. I have a few of these and my eldest daughter and I are always taking them from each other. We love them!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Song of Solomon 6:3~



Nineteen years ago today I married my best friend! Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband. I thank God every day that he gave me Jim to share this wonderful life with.

I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: Song of Solomon 6:3~

Monday, December 20, 2010

4 Years Ago Today..



God brought a little pink bundle into our home...





And he was smitten..




She is still pink..




And he's still smitten.


We all are so in love with our Sweet Pea. She is the icing on our cake and the belle of our ball. We are so blessed!!

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

Sunday, December 19, 2010


I hope everyone had a beautiful Lord's Day. We are so blessed with a wonderful church.
This morning our Adult Special Education Sunday School Class started off our worship with two songs. It was so beautiful that I can't even begin to describe it. Perfect praise.

The following song was done by our choir and orchestra. I have never heard it before this year. I love it and the truth that it conveys..



I hope you had a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Getting a Little Sugar~



Look who just made the naughty list..HA!

Kidding! We don't even have a naughty list..and with a face like that? Well, he wouldn't be on it for very long. I think he's repentant ;o)

Sometimes I wonder what point in my parenting was it that I lost my mind and started grabbing a camera to capture these things.



Love our Little Fella.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Jim and I both came down with a yucky respiratory thing this week. I really wasn't feeling up to making our sugar cookies this week as planned. The older children insisted they do it for the Littles and they made several dozen from scratch. I was so impressed and so thankful. We had such a fun time decorating cookies and watching Charlie Brown's Christmas.

The part where Linus tells Charlie Brown about the real meaning of Christmas always gets me. Then Eben (our resident neat freak germaphobe) carrying on about the grossness of PigPen was cracking me up. Family is just the best :o)

I hope your days are being filled with sweetness and fun.
























Thursday, December 16, 2010

Decking, Singing, and Jingling~

This is such a wonderful time of the year to focus on the wonder of Jesus and the gift He gave us all. We have been having fun decking our halls, singing praises to Him, and "Jingling our Bells" in a charity 5K run.

I am such a boring Blogger these days..I have these great thoughts (Ha! so I think) when I am out or in the middle of the night, but they all go poof when I sit down.






Love this Little Nativity, but I have go hunting Jesus each night as I put it away. I call it the "Wise Men Still Seek Him Hunt". I find Him in the strangest places..hanging out with Spiderman? Reminds me of how the Pharisees were surprised at who Jesus hung around and ministered to.







Sweet Joel decorating the tree!



Waiting for the Christmas Extravaganza to begin!





Sisters!



Four of those children belong to us! I love to see them sing their hearts out to Jesus.



He LOVED singing. He was front and center. Afterward he told me, "Mama, that was so, so fun and I'm not sure but I think I did a pretty good job." Yes, he did!



The singers and the Little Fella who decided he needed to be in the picture. They all did a GREAT job!





We ran the 5K together. It was a lot of fun and very crowded running the streets at night. They had luminarias lit and the houses were decked out with lights. Some fun people ran dressed as elves and Santas. There were a lot of jingle bells on people's shoes and it was a great time. SO proud of our 12 year olds. They ROCK!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

In a Stable

This is such a good word (click above). Be Blessed!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Our Adventure~

We were so blessed to be given passes to Disney! So I took ten of our kiddies along for an adventure. (Jim, our oldest, and the Little Fella stayed home for a guys weekend-they had a lot of fun too!)..




Here we are on our way. So excited!





Our first stop was my Mom/Mimi's House! We had a great time at the park, on the most hilarious nature walk ever, eating pizza and decorating Mimi's tree.





Playing drums.....





and decorating Mimi's dog :o) HA! Lucy is *so* feeling the Christmas love.



Disney!






















We had such an amazing time and stayed well after midnight! What a blessing!









The next day on of my very best friend in the world Robin met us at church with her hubby and 2 kids. They had driven 40 minutess! It was such a gift to walk into a church you had never been in before and see the faces of some of your most favorite people. Thank you Robin, Jack and Boys!




Last, but DEFINITELY not least, we went to wait at the finish line of the Bike Race my Mom was riding in. We had so much fun cheering her in as she completed the 68 MILE ride. 68 miles. Yes, 68 miles! She *is* a Rock Star!

So thankful for such a blessed time and for being blessed with such incredible friends and family. Thank you Jesus!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Vacation Part 2~

We spent the rest of the week with our fabulous COUSINS!

My dear sweet cousin Deborah and her family have such a gift of hospitality. I believe at all times there were between 25 and 50 people coming and going. The love of Jesus just shines through them all.



We had to laugh one morning as we came across this article helping people not too have too many overnight guests at the Holidays. HA! So glad Deborah uses Hebrews 13:2 as her guide rather than modern magazines. She actually has it stenciled on her kitchen wall.




Oh these two are going to take on the world one day. They are just awesome together. So glad God made them family.




Our Sweet youngest daughters-there is always something yummy cooking at Deborah's House..




And always someone to give you a boost..



Love is spoken..




And iron is sharpened..



Memories are made..



And goals are accomplished..
(I just love that SHE is still standing amidst those boys on the ground)



Creativity blossoms..

(Wee Boy gives great faux haks ;0)




And the peace of God dwells there.

We are so thankful for our sweet family and for the time God gives us together.