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

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

We had a sweet and simple Valentine's Day. A quick view of Facebook on the 14th of February will reveal that there are many varied opinions of this day. My feelings are that any day that I can show and tell the people in my life that I love them is a good day indeed. Of course, we should do this every day, but once a year it's fun to make that love a little something special amongst the business of school, work, and activities . We always read 1Corinthians 13 on Valentine's Day. What the Bible says about love and what the world teaches about love are two very different things. The world is all about getting love. The Bible tells us we are to give love. The world tells us loves is conditional. The Bible tells us love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love is forever. Oh, how I hope our children always keep their eyes focused on the ultimate Giver of Love. Jesus. His love is perfect.
Our sweet 16 year old Katie had our breakfast ready for us.
Happy messages on our fridge.
Funny messages on our board.
Our love jars filled. (Each year we each write down what we loves about each other and read them over dinner. It's a sweet and often hilarious time.)
A Valentine's Day rainbow!
Our dear friends gave us a "Heart Attack!" They stealthily decorated our door and gave us candy. We loved this!
Spicy Treats for my Sweets. LOL, our children love spicy over sweet. Having your own bag of junk food (once in a while) in a big family.... priceless.
Veggie Subs by candlelight. The children had TKD and didn't get home until 9:00 pm
I am so thankful for these people. Their loves inspires me and blesses me.
1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13~

Monday, February 13, 2012

Today at a little after 11:00 a.m our sweet son legally went from Li QingHai to Samuel Hudson Li. The Court House and it's atmosphere had a profound effect on our sweet boy. This was the first time he had been in a government building since coming home from China. The official looking and sounding people had him really, really afraid. He was trying to bury his little body into mine and every now and then he would whisper in my ear, "Mama and Sam-Sam go home?" We really think he was afraid we were going to hand him over and walk away. Ironically, it was during the moments that we were standing before the judge and promising that we would never leave him and care for him always. We promised him an inheritance and a future of love and education. I couldn't help but think how much I am like that with my relationship with God. When I find myself in a situation where I am confused and unsure of what is happening or when I don't understand my circumstances, I begin to wonder if God is there. Is He going to leave me? Is He going to hand me over and walk away? Fear sets in, and I am paralyzed to see the One who has it under control. The Word has so many precious promises of God and His faithfulness to never leave and forsake us. He knew we would have doubt and fear, and He wants nothing more than for us to cling to Him in those times. Through Jesus' death and resurrection we have been adopted into God's family. He is our Abba, Father who walks with us always. He has promised us an inheritance, and a hope, and a future. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38- 39
After we left the court house and went to the car Jim put our sweet boy into his car seat, he looked at us did a fist pump and said, "Yes!" It was too cute. He came home and was back to his funny little self.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Monday, February 06, 2012

1 Timothy 4:8~

We had a very fun, but busy Saturday! Several of the children had a 5k race while our son and ad some of our elder children had TKD. Our son was testing and our elder children were judging the competition. It was a little hectic as Jim had to work, but with God's grace we did it all, and didn't get lost. Although, I did spend quite a bit of time talking smack to the GPS and it's recalculating self. Am I the only one who has a love hate relationship with this little piece of technology? They all did so well!
I love to watch our son in the grey run. He has such drive.
Part of our cheering squad.
Cheering can make you thirsty.
Sam-Sam went crazy for the slide at the race. He was hilarious just giggling and running back for more.
Breaking some wood.
A pretty new belt! I was so proud of all of our children for giving everything they had in their competitions. I was most proud of their sweet hearts and tender spirits. The Christian race is the one with eternal value. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8~