Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thankful Thursday

~ a Savior who adores me and whose mercies are new every morning
~ a husband who believes in and is proud of me
~ children who want to be held
~ being told "You are my f-a-v-o-r-i-t-e mama!"
~ the songs on this blog and 100.9, K-LOVE
~ the pursuit of my passion of scrapbooking
~ the joy of finding the right words
~ the absence of pain
~ my Sunday School class
~ life

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Have I Mentioned that the Dees and the Dude are NOT Afraid of a Little Dirt?

Gimme a D and a I,

Gimme a R and a T and a Y,

What do ya have?
I like to think that letting my kids get this dirty is a sign of good mothering!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Stylin' Little Ladies

Today I determined that it was NOW time to give the little ladies' hair a trim. Tiger Lily is also interested in a new look, but her desired style will require some more experienced scissors! Enjoy!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Three Chickadees and a Strapping Chickadude

~ compassionate and tenderhearted
~ loves to read
~ loves going to church
~ loves hanging out with her friends
~ would listen to K-LOVE, 24/7
~ talented scrapbooker
~ budding chef

~brave and stronghearted
~ loves playing with babydolls
~ loves cats and dogs
~ enjoys dressing up
~ doesn't mind getting dirty
~ talented masseuse
~ patient, perceptive, and curious

~ full of life and all boy
~ loves to ride his bike
~ loves to do "tricks" on said bike
~ loves participating in acts of "daring-do"
~ is ALWAYS hungry
~ building with legos is as natural as breathing
~ digging in dirt is an art form :o)

~ is the baby and she loves it
~ independent and sassy
~ a little mama to all who happen to be at least 1/8 in. shorter than herself
~ considers herself capable of all that her siblings can do
~ does NOT like dressing up and has NEVER been afraid of a little (or a lot) of dirt
~ "I'm gonna tell-tell!"
~ loves potato salad, just like her Papa

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Future Layouts

Gettin' Pretty


Tatoos and Male-Bonding


Pure inspiration. Pure joy.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

My Testimony

Recently I was asked to share my testimony at our ladies' Spring Fling at church. I was both humbled and honored to be asked. The focus was personal devotional time. This is what God put on my heart.

Prayer and God’s word are parts of my everyday. While it IS something I know I should do, it is also the result of a deep need within me to connect with my Jesus. I am also very aware of my need of Him throughout my day and so I talk with Him throughout my day.

I’ve often struggled with how much Bible reading is enough reading; how long a prayer is enough praying. When I let God still my thoughts, I realize that what God is most concerned with is my relationship with him. It is my openness to him that is vital. Spilling out the good, bad and the ugly in my life before Him. Earnestly praising Him for all that He is - his faithfulness, his mercy, his sovereignty. Entreating His will in all aspects of my life, holding nothing back, laying my soul bare to His direction.

In July of 2001, I had a misscarriage. I remember feeling God's love surrounding me during this time. Yet, it was such a time of grief and shock. I asked God to use this experience to change me for His glory. He did proceed to reveal things to me. I wanted God to use this hard experience to refine me to become a more useful vessel.

Fast forward to 2006. This was the year we began our adoption process. Our dossier was complete by the end of that year and was logged in at CCAA on January 18, 2007. In June of 2007, God led us to Miah. As everyone who has been through the adoption process knows, your lives are under a microscope. Key aspects of your life are documented, notorized, certified and authenticated in your dossier. Ideally you want NO major life changes to occur until your adopted child is safely home. ANY major change has to again be documented, etc. In an already slow process, changes can slow things down even more. By August of 2007, we had been deep into the process for over a year. That month, we found out that Ira's company was merging with anther company. A change in job and income is a substantial change. During that weekend I knew that the worst thing that could happen would be that we could no longer adopt Miah. At best, we would have to put the adoption on hold. My heart felt like it was bleeding. I thought of Job. I KNOW that our situation was not as devastating as his, but I have always been struck by Job's response to his situation. In his despair, he praised God. In his misery, he blessed God's name. So I praised God, despite all the uncertainty in our situation. I blessed His name, despite the outcome. My faithful God proceeded to work out details that could ONLY have been His doing. As you all know the adoption went forward due entirely to the hand of my faithful God.

I pray and seek Him even when I feel un-spiritual. I choose to believe in Him and trust Him to lead me even when He feels far away. God is real, God is present, God is in control.

The result of intentional, personal devotional time with God results in wonders in my life that I may not see until eternity. It also increases my awareness of His presence and sufficiency in all areas of my life. It reminds me of the good of His will and both humbles and thrills me, that He loves me so much.

My God is faithful,
My God is dependable,
My God is passionate about the details of my life,
My God adores me,
Blessed be the name of the LORD.

Thankful Thursday

- my sweet Jesus
- a husband who loves me
- four pairs of little feet under our table
- my daddy's continued life
- beautiful weather
- God's faithful provision in all things
- goals for which to strive
- scrapbook pages done, scrapbook pages yet to do
- a good book