Thursday, August 30, 2012

Second day of school 2012....

We got update pictures and a report from the orphanage!  Woohoo!!!!

Happy Birthday to somebody.  I'm not sure who.  If it's for our little Miss, than this was taken back in December.

This girl can rock some piggies!!!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

First day of School 2012

Well, it's here!  School time.  We're a homeschooling family and this year I am teaching an 11th grader, two 9th graders, a 6th grader, and a Kindergartener!  The subjects include Algebra 2, Algebra 1, 6th grade math, K math, Chemistry, Geography, Government/Economics, U.S. History, Language Arts, and more!   Now, in all fairness, there is a wonderful man by the name of Steve that teaches all of the math right in our living room.  He's great!  He says "two-ty" instead of twenty and "three-ty" instead of thirty.  We've all grown very, very fond of him.  I love those DVD's.  I love that I don't have to really teach Algebra 2.  I even love the corny jokes.

Today was Savannah's very first day of school EVER!  One of the assigned readings (me reading to her) was Little Bo Peep.  I had no idea what that rhyme really said.  Bo Peep is not quite the lady I remembered. She's tougher!  And, while I really enjoyed her in Toy Story and Toy Story 2, I wonder if she was not in Toy Story 3 (not even referred to!) because Woody was finally made aware of her lambs' tails.  Those poor lambs lost their tails.  That's bad enough, right?  Bo Peep finds them, dries them, (my oldest kid says it would have to be dried of the blood) and then she reattaches them. college I took a semester of Children's Lit.  Disney has improved on many of those stories.  Well, in some ways.  They did away with some of the gore.  That's probably good.  I guess I thought Mother Goose was different.  I'm not disappointed at all---just surprised I never caught it.  Woody, though, was Woody disappointed?

Anyway, we all learned a little something new today so here are some pictures of our first day of school.

Welcome back packs 
Yes, those are socks.  Seriously, my boys were thrilled!  Who knew?  Christmas may be a whole lot cheaper this year...

Up close of Savannah's because it's her very first day EVER!  The girls got glitter pencils and the boys got Lego ones.  The older kids all write in cursive, but the big printed labels were for the Kindergartener. 
They actually got soda, too!  That's a rare treat in our house.

the fab 5
(L-R) Ryan, Cailey, Josh, Savannah, and Brett
I'm really ready to start calling them the sensational 6 (maybe super 6?)  We're missing one.
Miss Savannah's first day EVER!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Two years ago today...

my dad went home to be with Jesus.  I have decided to share an email I sent the day after he died with you all.  I still miss him, but I know I'll see him again and now his body is whole and complete.  I kept this email because there was something beautiful intermingled with the sad that I want to hang onto for always.

Well, my dad was already with Jesus by the time I got to their house yesterday.  He had died about an hour earlier and Billy missed it too. We could see the body that held him but I missed that last breath.  I didn't even ring the doorbell...Heather opened the door first and I knew.  Then I went from her arms to somebody else's and somebody else's and somebody else's.  I know somewhere in the mix I hugged Heather, Cindymom, Terri (Billy's wife), Billy, and the Chaplain.  Maybe more people...I don't know.  I think I cried the hardest with Terri. Then I went and held my dad's hand.  Cindymom and Heather came back with me and soon Kyle.  He got the kids settled first.  When I had talked to Heather earlier I asked her to hold my dad's hand until I got there and bless her heart she did----and she told my dad that I was coming.  She and Cindymom  were holding his hands as he died.  I'm not sure if he heard her or anything else that day.  He was non-responsive for most of it.  I'm not sure but I think he may have been more in Heaven than on Earth yesterday.  The kids came back after and they cried.  Later I was able to bring them back in and talk about Jesus dying on the cross and that as sure as He saw my dad's sin He saw this day too.  He looked ahead to August 25, 2010 and did it so that sin couldn't separate my dad from our God and as His arms stretched out in death so long ago they stretched out in a welcoming hug as my dad went on to his ultimate healing. 
Today I remember how hard yesterday was.  I remember the worry of waiting, the rush to get there, and the sadness of good-byes.  I know soon God will start to replace those memories with some happier ones.  Then soon it will be an intermingling of sweetness and sorrow and gradually mostly sweetness. 
On Sunday, when my dad was in the hospital, he kept having very vivid dreams.  One time, while he was dreaming, his feet were just moving so fast---he was running.  When he woke up we asked him what he had dreamed.  He had dreamed that he was running to get out of the rain.  I know that he missed those days of being able to walk, to breathe, and really just to live and enjoy life.  He still wanted to be here but his body just wasn't doing it anymore.  I am actually happy that he is using some perfect legs and breathing without a struggle.  What joy it must have been for him!
Our day was filled with sadness but still there was laughter.  I think God had my sweet children with us both for them but for us as well.  Thanks to Savannah and Uncle Bill, all of Cindymom's bears have been renamed things like Strawberry, Strawlarry, and Strawterri.... Uncle Bill made mucous and eyeball pies with Savannah (pretend, of course) and while there were many, many times of tears and sadness God managed to make us laugh through the playfulness of a little one.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"Children Of God" - Official Music Video

This video holds a very tender spot in my heart.  Back in November right before we saw our munchkin's picture I saw this video.  It still makes me cry.  It's been my theme song for our adoption---God even arranged for it to be played it for us on the radio as we headed out to our first homestudy visit at the agency's office.

1 John 3:1 NIV
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Monday, August 13, 2012

I have engraved you on the palms of my hands...

Isaiah 49:15-16

15“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

I saw this verse on a video a friend sent me.  Isn't it the coolest?  Our munchkin's birthmom did not forget her---her story is a little different but, I love the promise here.  She is engraved on the palms of His hands!

Still no word from the judge.  So while we wait, a little munchkin goodness... This was one of the very first pictures we ever saw of her.

Before we knew she was ours, I called her the little upside-down-headband-cutie.
I'd be lying if I didn't say that this wait has been harder than any of the others.  Still, I know what God's word says and trusting in His plan.  Oh, how much we love this little girl!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

This I know...

Well, we've hit our first bump in the road.  The judge rejected our family.  We were given a chance to send in some more information and it's all been sent.  There was a rush and now, as is the way of adoption, we wait for yet another decision.  It's been a really tough 9 days---really tough.  We love this girl so very much.  I hesitated to write this blog, but I promised to be real in my first very first post. Anyway, I've had 9 days to pray and seek God and this is what I know:

We prayed about this adoption and have seen God move miraculously over and over again.  Whether it was money or timing He has always provided---ALWAYS. 

Psalm 68:5
A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.

Psalm 68:6
God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Romans 8:28
 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

Ephesians 6:12
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

James 1:27
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

Isaiah 1:17
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

Our God is in adoption!  We know how much He loves her and so we trust Him, again.  We are seeking His will and praying and waiting and praying and waiting.  If you would like to battle with us by praying, we would love that.