If your Holiday was anything like ours you ended up eating lots of "choc" and many other things that you don't want to see for a long, long time! Once again I'm sure one of my New Year's Resolutions will be to lose 20 lbs. Also, one of my New Year's Resolutions is to read the New Testament through twice in 2009. Our church is challenging everyone to this in 2009 and I think it's wonderful! What are YOUR resolutions this year?
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
We had one of those marathon weekends again. It started with the church Christmas party and ended with a Santa train ride. The church party was great with over 100 people there and lots of good food, fellowship and laughs! Once again, Elvis took down the house although the ZZ Top and dancing shepherds were a close second!! Today, Mike and I took Noah for some family time on the Santa train ride and he loved it. He is addicted to trains and hates Santa, but this time he didn't even cry when he saw him. I could have something to do with the fact that this Santa gave him a candycane. What a great weekend. We STILL haven't done much Christmas shopping. I think we are in denial that it's coming up so quickly! Merry Christmas everyone.... enjoy the little moments.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours has been full of wonderful family & friends and lots of food!! We've been trying to help Noah understand a little about Thanksgiving and telling him it's a time that we thank God for all the things He has done for us and given to us. So, hopefully a little is sinking in.... you be the judge... ;)
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
What have we been up to you ask?? Play, Play, Play!! The leaves are falling and the weather is perfect for outside play. Noah has to have his daily (sometimes twice daily) dose of walking down to the pond to see the horses. Mike made a huge pile of leaves for him to play in and he's in heaven, rolling around in them and being silly. I love watching seasons through the eyes of a toddler. It's the little things that get them excited like the huge yellow leaf they find or watching a deer run through the field. I thank God that He has allowed Noah to grow up in such a place rich with nature and history.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Leanna and My table at the Ladies Thanksgiving Celebration at our church (above)-theme-Forest glade.
My mom and Rachael's table (below)- theme is Veteran's Day
Our church had their annual Ladies Thanksgiving Celebration today. It is an outreach even where we try to fill our table with women with whom we want to minister to. Praise God all seats at all the tables were full!! Only one seat was vacant and I like to think we saved that one for Jesus to sit at. We had 64 ladies at the luncheon who heard the Gospel of Christ loud and clear. This really got me in the holiday spirit. It also got me thinking of something God has brought to my attention lately which is just how many people that I know within my little circle that are physically hungry. I mean that they don't have enough food for the week. It is something that I have not had to deal with in my life but suddenly all around me there seems physical and spiritual hunger. I help run a small food pantry out of our church and perhaps this has brought to my attention the need. Last week at a meeting I attend once a month, our speaker was a lady that helped run the Food Pantry in the small town where I live. I was shocked to know that they feed 550-600 people every 30 days! I was also shocked at the small amount of food that they were able to give these families. Also last week, a family was brought to my attention with 5 children who had no food in their house. For breakfast they had chili beans and water. It made me so thankful for all of the things I have been blessed with. So my challenge to you is this...... branch out of your comfort zone, see people through Jesus' eyes. Also, try to be very perceptive of peoples REAL life situations. My experience with many families I've seen use the food pantry is that they live in nice houses and don't look like what we believe to be the "typical" person who would need help. After all, we never know when we may need a helping hand.
Adoption Update: I met with the social worker tonight. She was helping me to put together our dossier (papers to send to the Ukraine). A lot of issues in them need to be corrected but strangely I feel a peace about it that I haven't had in a while (praise God!). I know some of you out there are praying and for that I am grateful. So here is the latest time line we are shooting for. November and December I will be fixing my paperwork, getting it notarized, authenticated and state sealed. We will submit the Dossier to the Ukraine Embassy in January. After they translate it, they will send it to the the Embassy in Kiev. This process will take a few months. Then, we will get a letter to fly from the Ukraine (if we are approved) which could be anywhere from a few months out to 6-8 months out. Either way, hopefully 2009 will be the year we'll get our little girl.
PRAYER REQUEST: Pray that my Homestudy will come in the next few weeks (it is finished and we passed!) so we can begin applying for grants and financial aide.
Pray that God has picked out the perfect little girl for our family. It's a little surreal to know that she has probably been born now. Thank ya'll so much for your prayers!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Those of you who know me know that I would NEVER try to make anyone's mind up for them. I would especially NEVER tell anyone who to vote for. It's just not me. YEAH RIGHT!! Today is election day people. If you haven't voted please exercise this great freedom that we have to cast a secret ballot without fear of intimidation or oppression. If you still haven't made up your mind, I'll be by my phone all day taking calls with wonderful advice on who I believe is the best candidate for the job :) But regardless of who you are leaning towards (hopefully the right), please use this freedom we have been given wisely. I do say all of this partly joking but I would like to leave you with a few thoughts that our pastor shared with us on Sunday.
Who wins on Tuesday will not change some of the most important things. It will not change that the Bible is true. It will not change that God is Sovereign. It will not change that we are covered by Jesus' blood. It will not change the fact that if we believe in Jesus' name and repent from our sins that we will have eternal life. PRAISE THE LORD!!! But, as Christians, we do have a huge responsibility and that is to pray for whomever God allows to be our leader and that we must do faithfully.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Noah doing "scary face"
Well, Noah successfully completed his first Trick or Treat experience. We went downtown to visit the stores that were open and giving out candy in the historic district and got to see lots of little trick or treaters. He loved that!! Then we went to see his great, great Uncle CB and and Lottie or "La and B" as he calls them and on to Nana and Poppy's to make candy apples. He had 5 lollipops in 2 hours. I'm pretty sure that's a record. Hopefully all of his teeth won't fall out. Ahh the memories.
Monday, October 27, 2008
No way that my baby boy is 2 years old!! We had a wonderful party with some friends and family and would loved to have had many more but Alas, our house is too small!! Noah had is own private moonbounce, fish for tadpoles, ate lots of cake, had a hayride and enjoyed playing with his friend Jacob. I am so blessed to be Noah's mama. We love you so much baby boy!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Have you ever just had a wonderful yet exhausting weekend? We were so blessed to watch Tommy and Leanna finally tie the knot and have a fun reception on Saturday. You guys are definately made for each other and you did it right!! We're so proud of you. Then, Sunday we heard a great sermon from our pastor who is doing a series on the names of God and how they should affect our lives. It is extremely thought provoking and we are enjoying it so much. Then Mike decided to play hooky from studying and took us to the Fair!! We weren't sure how Noah would do but he loved it so much. He was too short to really ride anything but the slide, but the animals were his favorite. He also had a mini meltdown when we had to leave the fishing booth. I just love my little family and it is so neat seeing things through Noah's eyes.