Family vacation to Monterey!!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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Monday, April 12, 2010
I have been struggling lately with whether or not I am truly living for God..truly...like I should abandon everything and move to Haiti or Russia and care for sick children..only then will I be truly living for God. Am I really doing enough? It's hard with packed days of work and home and family to do more. I feel like God has given me peace today by showing me that I can care for his people here. There are needs here even at our own church and my own neighborhood. By bringing hope into others lives, sharing God with them we can be the hands of feet of God wherever we are. By being there for others, by meeting their needs..even simple needs can be a blessing to others. I am praying that God will open my eyes to the needs of others and to give me a heart of compassion...to show me where I can help. So, for now I will not move to Haiti..or Russia..
Love to All!!
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Once again..ugh...Maybe i wasn't cut out to be a mom. the day can be so lovely then drama explodes. I picked up the book Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline. I think I need to read it again.
The first thing in the book is a poem...
Had so many children,
And knew exactly what to do.
She held them,
She rocked them,
She tucked them in bed,
"I love you, I love you"
Is what she said.
Yes, my child's attitude was horrid. Yes, he made awful choices...yes, i think at times he wants me to go crazy. Yes, he is a wonderful kid with an amazing heart, he is helpful and sweet and loving and kind. Yes, he spent years in an orphanage with no parents to teach him right from wrong. Yes, he's hurting and only God knows what's truly in his heart and what damage was done.
He deserves better than me....but God chose him for our family...so God...HELP!!
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Saturday, March 06, 2010
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So, honestly, if you had been at my house last week you would have thought I won the lottery...and I sorda' did!! I entered a giveaway on one of my FAVORITE blogs Melly and Me and I won!! Check out what I won here!!
Not only did i win, i was sooo excited that Melly actually commented on my blog! WOW! If you sew, or even if you don't you should check out her blog...buy some of her stuff! I really want to make the quilt "Once upon a time"....I really want to get better at embroidery! Since I don't think i will ever learn to knit or crochet it would be great to have a 'watching the boys play baseball hobby!"
So anyway, the fabric I won will turn into a few quilts for the kids at the boys orphanage!
I am excited to get sewing!
We have all been SICK SICK SICK...but are finally on the mend! 3 weeks of no energy...not fun! I have felt better this week and have started/finished a few projects! One quilt for a special birthday, my spring colored Christmas quilt is now quilted, and new valances in the kitchen! I am in the mood to organize stuff now but i won't because it's late!! I am in the planning stages for all my summer camps at church and that is exciting too!! Yeahhh!
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Saturday, February 20, 2010
Oh what has happened since i last posted...our ever crazy life just keeps getting crazier. But we are blessed (sometimes I have to remind myself of that multiple times a day so i don't go completely nuts!)
Daycare is HARD! The hardest job i've ever done. It is wonderful too. I am exhausted at the end of the day. I am hoping it will get better because the kiddos are getting older...but it's hard!
Some days it's more like I am running a mini hospital ward with all the runny noses..I feel like i can't ever get completely better...it's a vicious cycle. Taking sick days is hard for me, i feel so guilty because I am inconveniencing so many others. The kids are sweet though....when they aren't crying or biting...it's so cute how they interact with eachother. I have one little boy who's one and he is my little police man/daycare helper. He tells me if I've missed something, where the babies need to sit, who's crying, it's cute.
The boys are doing great. I really don't think they have any attachment issues...but that worries me too, am i missing something?
Last night we were at the fabric store and Markenley announces that people in Haiti drink pee. I think that was something he heard on tv....too much CNN.
I don't think Soly remembers Haiti...i'm sure it's inside him. He speaks so well and is a hysterical little guy!
Markenley has been doing great in school and his 'freak outs' are less. He LOVES tv, but we try not to let him watch it much. I was noticing that at times it seemed that tv and freak outs went hand in hand...not sure, so we limit tv. God obviously knew that we were the right family for Markenley since he seems to be a lot like one of his big sisters and we know how to handle behavior like that. NO tolerance for such behavior! He is such a sweet kid.
Shanay and Jess are doing great...they both have boyfriends....UGH. I like both boys...just not too into the idea of boys in general with my girls!! The girls are strong in their convictions...i trust them. We're just trying to make sure they stay on the right path. Really following God's direction. Sometimes boys can confuse us. Maybe I'll share my story of how a boy changed my life sometime. ;)
Taylor is Goldilocks in her school play but still aspires to go to Hollywood and start her career! She is a dreamer, i like that!
TJ is Alex, the lead in Velveteen rabbit! How exciting. He also is starting baseball today, as well as Markenley! (More sitting in the cold cheering on my boys!)
Sharene is turning 21 soon...21 really?? I met Todd when she was 1. She's growing up to be a beautiful woman! I'm proud of her.
Todd is doing good, working hard at church, and being the world's best husband and Daddy.
OK. that's it for the boring update posts...i'll try to post more exciting stuff from now on.
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Sunday, January 17, 2010
This past week has been such a surreal week. Our world was shaken, literally. Many lives were lost..too many precious people. I can't believe it still. I think back to our trips to Haiti and the amazing people we met. We have seen firsthand the Haitian people, with so little worshiping God in such a powerful way....and now on the news you see them worshiping still when they have NOTHING! God is alive in Haiti. I see our kids standing in the kitchen complaining that 'we don't have any food to eat'. Which means we don't have anything they want at the moment. Alot of these people have NO FOOD. Can you imagine?
We don't know the fate of our children's birthparents. We are heartbroken for them. Will we ever know?
Seeing the images of these orphans is killing my heart. Lord, what are you doing?
I am praying praying praying for many of the children of friends I met in Haiti or through our adoption to get their kids home this week on Humanitarian Visa's. Lord, you are almighty, you can move these children to the waiting arms of their parents. They need to feel safe, loved and get the help to deal with this tragedy they have witnessed.
We are blessed...to bless again.
There are so many orphans....we are blessed tremendously by our Haitian babies...would you consider being blessed too?
Friday, October 23, 2009
I think my obsession started years ago..but it's only getting worse! I LOVE fabric! I love to dream up things I can do with it. I am really into making purses right now. I LOOOOOOOVVVEE Anna Maria Horner. She has amazing fabric and her family is adorable. Her studio is amazing!!
Melly and Me is one of my favorites!! I have made 2 of her purses recently and they are super cute! The only problem is that the only time I get to sew is in the evening...projects usually getting finished long after midnight.
I am really interested in learning how to do metal stamping so I can make cool jewlery! Just need more time...
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Sunday, August 23, 2009
Taylor, Shanay, Jessica and TJ...so young...
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Tuesday, July 07, 2009
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