OUR PLANS MULTIPLIED
Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Sweet Tori - She has no problem keeping up with her big brothers these days. She went on a bike expedition with Grandpa and the boys and did 4-6 miles with no problem.
Alyssa and Moriah - Moriah told us during dinner, "this place is good, but I'd be just as happy with Taco Bell." That is the reason we eat a lot of Chick Fil A!
Well, another birthday has come and gone. Today I'm getting ready for Easter Sunday tomorrow.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I'm looking forward to the out-side work that I need to do; it seems like so much more fun than the inside work. JD tilled a berry patch over a week ago -
Saturday, April 16, 2011
We all know plenty of divorced people, but does anyone ever feel the need to warn newly engaged couples that they may not want to advance due to the threat of divorce? We certainly all also know some biological children that have caused their parents serious grief. Do we ever warn young couples that they should consider not having children due to the possibility that they may turn out to be criminals? Somehow, while the previous examples seem ridiculous, many people feel the need to share every adoptive failure story that they've seen and heard over the years with anyone who is considering adopting. I assure you, the majority of adoptive parents are more than aware of the risks involved, but choose to advance in spite of their fear, because it's a direct calling in Scripture to care for the widows and orphans. There are many, many people that willingly adopt children that they know will bring more sorrow than joy. This is a hard reality for me, but brings me right back around to the truth I know of adoption versus the emotion I'm dealing with now.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
If you have a moment, get some kleenex and read Linny's blog post yesterday - http://aplacecalledsimplicity.blogspot.com/2011/04/one-tiny-treasure.html and then today - http://aplacecalledsimplicity.blogspot.com/2011/04/weeping.html
Lord, break our hearts for what breaks yours!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I started packing up Tori and Julia's winter clothes today to make room for the summer wear. Tori was helping me and I told her to put the corduroy pants in the rubber-maid container, but not the jeans. She asked, "What are the corduroy pants? The hairy ones?" A few days back when we were doing school, I handed Tori a pencil. Eventually the lead was wobbily and she told me, " I can't write with this pencil, it has a loose tooth." I love the things that they say and are thankful for the ones that I actually write down here, so they won't be lost forever!
Monday, April 11, 2011
Elijah's clothes are about 95% from my friend, Wendy. Wendy buys them for her son, Asher, then hands them off to Elijah, then they go back to her second son, Levi. This is an awesome arrangement for me, obviously, and we enjoy the clothes swap to get together. Here's Elijah with Baby Levi, who we met for the first time today. (They do live three hours away.)
After meeting Levi, Elijah was impressed enough to tell me that he wants two babies - a brown baby and a white baby!
Since our friends were here today, I didn't give Elijah a nap. One other time he made it OK without a nap, but not today. Here he is at 7:00, without dinner. Sweet baby, he'll get a good long sleep tonight.
Alyssa got to go home with Wendy's family for about 10 days, so the gap between visits will be much shorter than usual.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
These solar panels are strictly for hot water; they are going to power the solar hot water heater that has been installed and hopefully turn our instant demand hot water heater as a rainy day only option.
It makes me nervous to even watch men on the roof; I'm just not a fan of heights!
Since Elijah wasn't allowed to climb the big ladder as he hoped, he had to find another exciting, semi-risky activity. He was quite pleased with his idea.
I'm looking forward to a break in the cold and rain to get planting areas ready.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
We really don't know if these two are the reason the Lord is directing us to delay an adoption or not. The reality is that we are planning on adopting children that require at least specialized health care, but quite possibly they may have attachment issues as well. Unfortunately, in third world countries, the physically sick are not valued and often receive even less care than the "average orphan," so we have to be prepared.
My brain is rather exhausted in the adoption research department, but we have learned a lot in the last month and I think we have a bit more direction when we re-visit beginning another international adoption in the future. And I really hope that we feel led to move forward in the somewhat near future - we aren't getting any younger!
God just never seems to be in as big of hurry as me!
Monday, April 4, 2011
Things got even better when Elijah woke up from his nap to find out that his Dad had arrived home from his weekend away and we were all out planting the fruit trees that have been patiently sitting in the drive-way.
Elijah got right in the action. He didn't want to give up his chips, so he held them in his mouth while he dug.
We planted four apple, two peach and two pecan trees. I think I'm going to go buy two pear for the last two pre-dug holes. Then I'm going to move on to a berry patch.