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

Friday, June 29, 2012

Adoption Love~

I just love these t-shirts friends of ours were selling to raise money for supplies for an orphanage in Congo. Our kids were so excited about them that they bought them with their own money. I love their sweet hearts and their hearts towards orphans. We are all also VERY excited about the adoption of our newest cousin!! We have all been praying for years for this precious girl and are in awe of all that God has done. Here is the back story ..It truly is His story. Please join us in praying for a swift Visa process so Mercy-Brian can be HOME at last. Also, dear friends of ours have begun their journey to adopt from Colombia. They have an Etsy shop where they are fundraising and selling these awesome shoes.
Last night at TKD there was a beautiful and multi-cultural family. I sat there for an hour an a half debating whether or not to ask them where their sweet children were from. I texted Jim and got his opinion and asked our 17 year old son if I should ask. They were both like, "Just do it!" Ha! I was so nervous and didn't want to offend. I finally got up the nerve to initiate a conversation and low and behold two of their children came home from China and they used Madison Adoption Associates too. The mom and I had an awesome hour long conversation about all things adoption. I was so blessed and encouraged by her heart and testimony. Her too cute for words son was so funny. He said, "Hey, I have an idea you give my Mom your number and she can give you hers and then you can talk about all of this on the phone." Love it. If you are an adoptive family do you encounter other adoptive families and do you ask "The Question"?? Happy Friday!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Exodus 2:1-3~

One evening a few weeks ago I was folding laundry in the laundry room and our seven year old bounded in. I picked him up and set him on the table and we talked for a few minutes and were just being silly. He looked at me with his big eyes and said, "I love you Mama." before I could respond he asked me a question that made my heart skip a beat. He said, "Mama, why when I was in Ethiopia did nobody want me?" Oh, what a heart breaking thing for anyone to think no less this precious son of mine. We have talked to him about his story over the years but he is at an age where he is trying to process it and really make sense of it all in his mind and in his way. In the mind of a 7 year old if you love someone you never leave them. Never, ever. It's simple in their mind as they can not possibly understand the concept of poverty and disease and corruption. Unfortunately, there are a lot of adults who have that same mindset and judge birth parents harshly for the decision to put a child up for adoption. My eldest son recently took a "Human Growth and Development" class at the local college and he was stunned when the class discussed adoption the disdain people expressed towards birth mothers. So, what do I tell my children when they ask how could anyone love someone and give them up? How could someone truly love someone and abandon them? I share with them the story of Jochabed and Moses. I tell them that Miriam loved her sweet son so much and did all she could to raise him and keep him with her while the Pharaoh sought to kill him.. Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket[a] for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. Exodus 2:1-3 Can you even imagine a situation where the safest choice for your child is to put him into a basket and float him into a crocodile infested river??? Neither can I. While there may not be literal pharaohs seeking to kill young children in this world there are diseases and inescapable poverty and situations that are just as relentless and dangerous. There are parents who have to make decisions which seem unbelievable and inconceivable to us, yet they are made with a love that is deep and abiding and selfless. I thank God for and pray for each of our sons' birth families. I will never know this side of heaven what they went through but I do know that I am in awe of the love it took to place them in their own papyrus baskets so that they may live.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A little Wednesday sweetness :o) Samuel holding our friends' six month old. It doesn't seem like Samuel has ever had much interaction with babies. He was just so tickled over this little one.. After sitting there for a few minutes and grinning from ear to ear he looked at me and said, "Mama. We have no baby. We need baby!" It was so precious! I love how little ones grasp what amazing little gifts babies are.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

6 and 6!

Our sweet Sam-Sam has been home for 6 months now and yesterday he turned 6. He was so excited! After watching 6 of his siblings have birthdays since his homecoming he asked me, "Mama, when me have birthday?" So sweet! Yesterday was his day and he knew exactly what he wanted. A birthday dinner of his favorite foods! Veggie Spring rolls, mashed potatoes, green beans, rice, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn on the cob, grapes, apples, strawberries, water melon. For some reason Sam-Sam loves "The Hulk". He has never seen the movie or anything but he loves pictures and action figures of "The Hulk". He will say "I so Hulk!" Translated to he is "The Hulk" He doesn't care for sweets very much but he really wanted a green Hulk cake. Katie and Eben were sweet enough to make this concoction from scratch as I was with Joel getting a cast for his broken thumb. Katie dubbed it the "Gamma Radiation Cake"...It was green through and through. Ha! It was very yummy too! As we were eating it Sam Sam waved his arms and said "Everybody Hulk". Love this boy! We are so blessed by this sweet little guy. He has adjusted so well and we truly thank God every day for him.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Time Flies!

I have really missed blogging this past winter and spring. I know my posts have been spotty. We are good and the children are all doing well. We have just been busy and caught up with life. Many good things have happened birthdays, celebrations, our 4 oldest received their second degree black belts, we have run many miles and done a few races, potty training, college applications, choir programs, visits with family, school, and on and on. These days are just flying by. I do want to mark them and marvel at the wonders that God has done by knitting us all together in this crazy and loud family. So, as we end this school year officially we are looking forward to a slower pace to stop and enjoy and hopefully blog. Happy Summer!

Philippians 1:6~

We were so blessed to have family and friends share in this special time in our son Nick's life. It seems like yesterday that I was sitting with my little boy at the kitchen table doing Abeka Ladders as he learned to read. Reading didn't come easy for Nick and in his second year of schooling we learned he had Dyslexia. He and I had many tears over phonics lessons but the grace of God he learned to read and became an avid reader and lover of books, history, and apologetics. We are so proud of our son for the many things he is..a leader, kind, passionate, responsible, funny... but mainly we are just proud to be his parents. We are very excited to see the path that the Lord has for him. He is attending college locally and hopes to pursue a career in law enforcement. being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1: 6~ Sam-Sam wanted to know why Nicky was wear a dress.. so I told him to go and ask him. So, Sam-Sam goes up in front of everyone and asks, "Nicky, why you wear dress? You BOY, not girl!" Nick responded, "Sam-Sam it's a gown not a dress. Gowns are manly." HA! Then he kissed Nick and the girl graduates all melted. So blessed!