Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall Family Fun

A few family pics from Fall festivities....

...and a couple more

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Where to Begin?

Oh, hello there. Fancy meeting you here.

It has been a very, very, very (like 100 "very-ies") long time since I have updated this blog. Yikes! Sorry to anyone who has been wanting some activity! It's not that there hasn't been any blog-worthy pictures or stories. It's just that I haven't had a clue where to begin to share all that has gone on and continues to go on at a very fast clip here.

For starters, I added our newest family picture from this summer over there to your right. I think it turned out pretty well for having so many kids to get to cooperate. They were bribed with ice cream. My "good mom" bone has a hard time admitting that, but it's true and you may as well know it.

I've also added some new links over in the "Places I Frequent" section. There are some folks God is using in amazing ways amidst great suffering to bring about His Kingdom. I love them and admire them and want to join in the work God is doing through them.

So much else I could share, I think maybe another post soon.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Delay and a Funny Story

In Adoption news, we learned last week Friday that we aren't leaving "any day" to bring the kids home. The Embassy over there would like a bit more information before issuing visas. This isn't all that unusual, just a bit disappointing. We know that they will join this family physically at the perfect time, God's time, not a minute too soon or late. We're told we should hear something in about 8 weeks. We're getting so very anxious!

On a more humorous note, here's a funny story for you: Yesterday, Chris and I were cleaning up after dinner and The Littles were playing together in the living room. They were a bit giddy because we were all going to play outside after the dishes were done (I know...simple pleasures...). Chris told them to find something to do for a few minutes and then we'd head outside. In deciding what to do for those few minutes Hanna offered a suggestion, "Hey Drew, want to play Lazarus? You can be Jesus". Chris and I were absolutely ROLLING in the kitchen! I don't think Drew had a clue what she was talking about but in true Drew fashion he agreed, so off they went. Hilarious. We'll be laughing about that one for a long time I think.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ever Closer...

I don't know how many folks actually check this blog anymore, but for those who may and for my own memory-keeping, I'm posting the latest news in our adoption journey. As of yesterday, we know that the adoption agency has obtained the kids' new birth certificates with us listed as their parents. How cool is that?!?! The next step, we are told, is to get passports for them and then send our whole case to the U.S. Embassy over there for review. The Embassy will invite us to come pick up the kids once they've reviewed and approved our case. We are told this could be very soon. Wow! We are really nearing the end of this waiting part of adding these three precious people to our family. It seems that all we've done for the past year is wait for something. Really, to get technical, we've been waiting on something adoption related for almost 2 years. We began this journey down the foster care road almost 2 years ago. I can't help but smile when I think about the past two years. God's hand in all of it is so very evident. We really had no clue what we were doing, except following a call from God to open our hearts and home to "the kids who wait the longest", this was our mantra. I'll forever remember those two years as the years God spent grooming all parties involved for what He was planning to do. Waiting, there's a lot of "stuff" that goes along with that word. I think there may have to be a seperate post on that in the future. But for now, I'm basking in the joy and anticipation of a long awaited promise about to be fulfilled. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!! I can't wait for all of you to meet these beautiful children of God!! It won't be long now...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

No Average Discipleship Allowed

I love this daily e-devotional! This one challenges me and I love that. I pray with all my heart that the last paragraph will be true of me every day of my life.

Jesus Knows You Can Have Exceptional Faith
by Jon Walker

“Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.” Mark 11:22-23 (NLT)
This devotional is by Jon Walker, editor of the Daily Hope Devotionals and author of Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's ‘The Cost of Discipleship.’

"Jesus saw it as a matter of fact that his disciples would be able to develop a noteworthy faith."

We often speak of a radical faith in Jesus and what we mean is an extreme faith where someone is committed to Jesus to the exclusion of anything or anyone else. We think of someone who sacrifices everything, who irrevocably alters his or her life in order to follow Jesus. The sacrifice is so significant that there is no turning back to the old way of life.

We are amazed by this sacrifice and we tend to think these people have an unusual and exceptional faith. Yet, the truth is their exceptional faith is what Jesus expects of us all.

In a sense, we’ve been lulled into believing there are two tiers to discipleship – there’s the basic plan and then there’s a premium package for the more pious. We think there are only a few among us -- monks, missionaries, and ministers – who are called to be more saintly while the rest of us must settle into an average discipleship.

Jesus, on the other hand, saw it as a matter of fact that his disciples would be able to develop a noteworthy faith. He said, “Have faith in God.” He didn’t say, ‘Only some of you should have faith in God.’ His command to have faith includes you and me. And, because he’s told us to grow in faith, we can not only be certain we can develop greater faith, we can also know he is working to help us become more faithful.

Jesus says our faith is based upon our trust in him. We will see the power of God working through us when we believe it will really happen and when we have no doubt in our hearts. As Pastor Rick teaches, our faith increases through our obedience to Jesus.

Jesus calls every one of us to develop an exceptional and extraordinary faith. He won’t allow us to settle into a ‘discipleship’ where we think Jesus may mean what he says but we’re not sure; or a ‘discipleship’ where we sort of agree with Jesus and sort of live according to his commands. He knows God created us for so much more.

For us to confidently live out our Decade of Destiny, we must learn to trust that Jesus really means what he says and that he will do what he says he will do. Instead of trying harder to be a faithful disciple, we must learn to trust him more.

That trust will allow us to see the kingdom of heaven like the man who finds hidden treasure in a field. He re-sorts all of his priorities because nothing is as important as buying the field. Our trust in Jesus will make us like the shopkeeper who finds a rare pearl and realizes everything else he has pales in comparison and so he never looks back to the things that once were important (Matthew 13:44-50). You will be someone who is characterized by an extreme faith.