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

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A side effect of having 8 brothers..drawing football team logos for fun. I love how she borders it with flowers. As Warren Wiersbe once said, "Blessed are the balanced".

Sunday, October 09, 2011


Katie and Eben have really been wanting to try their hands at a fondant cake.

So, what better thing to do when your ball team is losing BIG time than make a cake paying homage to them.

This is seriously, messy business.

I think it turned out really cute! I was really impressed how they did for their first try. It tasted pretty good too and Katie figured a way to make it all vegan cause she's awesome like that.

A little more sweetness from early this morning. Our babies are growing up so fast!

Favorite Adoption Books?

My friend Mindy was asking me about my favorite adoption books. I can't get my gmail acct. to open, so I though I'd respond to her and maybe Y'all can share what books really helped you.

I thought "With Eyes Wide Open" was an excellent course.

I also liked Attaching in Adoption by Deborah Gray and

I think Empowered to Connect seems like a really a great resource. I am just discovering it and haven't read through it all, but it seems very worthwhile.

I think it is good to read a lot of books and to be as informed as possible, and while these were not necessarily "easy" reads, they were beneficial to me Toddler Adoption; The Weaver's Craft and Parenting the Hurt Child

I would really love to hear what books you found valuable.

Hebrews 12:1~

We did quite a lot of running this summer and this fall. The kids and I have a lot of fun doing it, and it's great having accountability partners. When one of us doesn't feel like running chances are there are at least two others who will drag us out the door. The hardest part of each run always seems to be laceing up your shoes and stepping out the front door.
Here are Eben, Hailey, Nick and I after a 3 races in less than 24 hours challenge race we did. In the spring I had talked about maybe doing a 1/2 marathon. Eben really wanted to do it too. During the week we kept our regular runs with Nick and Hailey and then had several Saturday mornings of long runs. We learned a lot about distance running, and we made a lot of mistakes, and we had a lot of laughs, and we had a few run until we thought we'd die moments...well not Eben, he's a machine, but one run I thought about crawling home.
So... last weekend Eben and I ran our 1st Half Marathon. It was a lot of fun and God gave us the perfect weather day for it. The course was beautiful, and the atmosphere was so encouraging. Eben is much faster than I am, but he ran the first mile with me. It was great to have him to talk to and laugh with. Once we hit the first bridge, he was gone and I didn't see him again until the finish. He did great finishing at 1: 56. I was hoping to finish under 2:10 based on a previous 15 K time I had, and was really excited when I hit mile 11 to see I could perhaps finish under 2:05. Our eldest son Nick always does my playlist on my ipod for race days, and just at the moment I was contemplating if I was going to just finish or try for a better time the song "Go Hard or Go Home" came one. perfect timing :o) I finished at 2:04.56 HA just barely. The best part though was hearing a voice cheering me on at the finish I didn't expect..my sweet Mom woke up at 3:15 a.m. to drive the 2.5 hours to watch us race. It was such a blessing and an encouragement to us! I am really thankful for a family that encourages me so, and who is crazy too! Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1~