Wednesday, May 20, 2009

9 months old



Buddy boy is 9 months old! Hard to believe. I won't bore you with all the statistics and what not. I will say though that Drew is a happy and healthy boy and he's SUCH a joy and a blessing!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wow!

You've got to check THIS out.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mother's Day

Both Chris and I have been blessed with wonderful mothers. What would our growing up years have been like without them? What would we be like now had we not experienced their love and nurturing? I think about the countless hours our mothers spent with us as children, as teen agers, as young adults and now as adults. It's hard for me to even imagine life without a mother or another person to fill that role. I'm so thankful to God for the women we have called "Mom" for all of these years. And as our children call these women "Grandma" we are reminded of God's faithfulness through the generations.

I believe that the gratitude I feel for the blessing of Godly parents is a huge reason for the passion I have for children who are orphaned. I just can't imagine being a kid without parents. I know that there are some 143 million orphans in the world and I know that I can't help them all find homes. But I will praise God for each child who finds a forever family and I will continue to advocate for them. Here is a wonderful article on this same topic. Check it out if you have time.

HERE

Friday, May 8, 2009

World AIDS Orphan Day

Swine Flu? Not really a big deal afterall. AIDS? I don't have the words. Please jump over to one of my favorite sites: Full House, Fulls Hands, Full Hearts. The author is a woman whom I "met" (in cyberspace) through our adoption agency while we were working to bring Hanna home. Watching and listening to her and her husband these past few years has changed me. They are two people who have heard God's command to care for the "least of these" and did something. If you're like me you'll be overwhelmed by the statistics. I have been paralyzed by the enormity of the need. I can make a difference. We can make a difference. We just have to start.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Go Derek..it's yer birthday...have a party...







Nine spankings for the birthday boy!!! Did I say NINE?!?!?!? This is his last single digit-er. Oh my. Wow do I feel old. But this post is not about me and my agedness. It's about the birthday boy! Today we're celebrating the gift of Derek. He has chosen the following things to help make today special: sharing frosted chewy chocolate brownies with his class at school, having mom bring McDonalds to school for lunch, Little Ceasars pizza for supper with his favorite family and root beer floats for his birthday dessert....I kind of feel like it's a treat-day for me too!
Here are NINE great words to describe Derek on this his NINTH birthday:

SPECIAL
CARING
LOYAL
STRONG
LEADER
TENDER
LOVING
NURTURING
HARD-WORKING

We love you buddy! God has made a wonderful YOU. Our prayer is that you'll always strive to be the best YOU that YOU can be, that you'll work hard to develop the gifts God has given you and that you'll use them to bring honor and glory to HIM alone!!! It's an audience of ONE buddy!!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

My Favorite Sort of Day

This is my favorite sort of day. I woke up slightly later than my usual 6:30 a.m. and no children were up yet so I enjoyed a cup of coffee and the morning news undisturbed. The sun was shining and the birds were chirping. I got a bit of house cleaning done this morning and then took a break to go to a baseball game. Our team lost the game but it was still fun to watch and the boys did great! The three non-baseball playing children did quite well at the game. No one got hurt or had any tantrums so we'll mark it a success. Now more cleaning while the baby naps and the older kids play outside on this beautiful day! I hope that you are enjoying today as well!