Saturday, July 31, 2010


Farmer John & Rach
This week we traveled to see my Grandmother

Hanging out the clothes

My Grandmother's blue bottles

John's cows

Miss Priss's first time in the creek
Noah loving the water

Amazing something so pretty can grow out of cow poop!

Preparing the picnic basket

We've had a busy but good week this week. We took a trip to see my Grandmother and the babies did great. Usually it is tough on them with the 2 hr. drive but they were so good this time. My Great Aunt who is 90 is going through some life changes and my mom has really been trying to help thing go as smoothly as possible for her..... so I thought I'd throw in 2 toddlers for an event filled trip. They really were good though....really. Wednesday pm we had a potluck/cookout with our small group at Katie & Justin's beautiful house on the lake. It is so pretty and peaceful there and we loved fellowshiping with our church friends.
Friday night we had a surprise party for "Uncle" Jimmy. It had been in the works quite a while and there were about 30 people there. We had a fun, laughter filled evening.
Sat. am, Uncle John & Aunt Rach invited us and Jimmy's brother Jason & his son Hayden on a hayride. I packed a picnic of PB&J sandwiches and off we went. We took a ride through the quarry, which is amazing, and then through the pastures to the creek. The kids (and adults) loved playing in the creek.....except for Rachael who may or may not have stepped on the Loch Ness Monster. Everyone was hungry afterward so we had a delightful picnic. Thank you guys for a WONDERFUL morning!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Blueberry Picking

My cousin Matthew and his wife Rachel have a few blueberry bushes at their house on the farm and they invited us to come pick some. It was about 100 degrees and only 10am but the kids had a great time. Laurel loves to pick the berries but not many usually make it into the bucket..... they end up in her mouth. Noah is a great picker. He eats a few then fills up his bucket. We had lots of good breakfasts with blueberries on our waffles and our cereal.
Backyard Bible Clubs are over and the finale went well...... except for our friend Hayden who had a accident that involved his head and then took the ambulance to the ER but he is fine now.....
When asked to show their hands on who had asked Jesus into their heart this week about 10 kids raised their hands. PRAISE GOD! These little children and many of their parents heard the Gospel.
Well, that's about it around here. The summer thunderstorm is moving in so I must turn the computer off.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Beating the Heat on the Farm

Watching some lovely "new creations" being baptized
Playing "HORSE SHOW"

In the Watering Trough

Painting some of our farm animals

How are we beating the awful summer heat? Well, here are a few ways. Sunday, we had the privaledge to watch 9 children get dedicated to the Lord and 7 ladies get baptized at our little church. God has just amazed me at the raw honesty of these precious ladies and it is so refreshing to hear them ask questions about God and the Bible and not be afraid of what others may think about them. They are precious jewels that God is polishing to make them shine for Him.
The babies have been doing a lot of playing in the water at the house. Mike built the little hand pump for them and they love playing in the trough to cool off.
We have Backyard Bible Clubs this week. This year we are at 3 different housing complexes and we have a Bible story, games, snacks, crafts and lots of fun. YES, it is 100 degrees but seeing the joy on these children's faces and knowing we are doing a small part to share the Gospel with them makes it all worth it.
Funny Noahism of the week: "Mommy, will you go get my Tobacchoe out of the car so I can play with it in the dirt?" Seriously, where does he come up with this stuff?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Fun times with Friends

Noah & our godson Jacob
"Bubba" & Sister

Noah & Hayden

Riding on the Handy Dandy Railroad

Grandaddy & Laurel
Noah's not enjoying the noise

Best Friends

It's been another busy week at our little red house. The weekend of the 4th, we traveled to see the Handy Dandy Railroad and ride the steam train, look at all the tractors and just generally sweat to death. The babies had a good time but after a few hours they were hot and tired and it was OVER! I got to keep our godson Jacob for a few nights and days this week and the boys had a blast together. They loved playing in a creek and throwing rocks at random things..... such boys. Laurel hung right in there with them though. Saturday, we took our friend Jason and his son Hayden to Monkey Joes to play on all the inflatable equipment. They had so much fun climbing and sliding! We are riding out the hot days here with LOTS of popsicles, swimming at Nana & Poppy's pool and playing in the little wading pool at the house.
On a funny Noahism note..... we were watching TV and a commercial came on for Chucky Cheezes. Noah said "Mommy, I want to go to Chucky Jesus!" Also, we recently had our air conditioner serviced. We kept talking about the air conditioner so Noah came out of the bathroom after using it and said "Look Mommy, I used the Poopditioner". Gotta watch that boy!
Laurel is so cute trying to talk. She has "on and off" days but she is trying to talk and the babble is making more sense and starting to sound like real words and phrases. Currently her newest ones are "Hey Mommy", "Come on Mama" and she loves to sing Ring a Round the Roses. She also is so cute when she says her blessing before she eats. She makes sure everyone has their hands clasped and eyes shut and if not, she tells you about it. You can't understand anything but "AMEN" but Praise God she is doing that. She's getting it!
Blessed be the Name of the Lord!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Need a New Addition??

Jessie (Jessica) (23)
Girl, Born October 22, 2007

Jessie is darling!!! Brown hair and brown eyes, and totally healthy. Perfect age to benefit from early intervention, and to join her new family!

More photos available!I have $187 in my grant fund towards the cost of my adoption!

Wade (3)
Boy, Born December 11, 2007

Little to Reece's Rainbow, we are so glad to be a voice of hope for him! He is in need of an adoptive family! Wade was born with a heart condition, but he has already had corrective surgery. This orphanage has a history of medicating the children, so many of them look sleepy and zoned out in their photos. It is imperative to find families for all of these children quickly. Wade can be adopted with Nikita below, and or any of the other children listed in orphanage 3.

From an adoptive family who visited with him in June 2010: Wade is ANGELIC. Honestly, the pictures do not capture just how precious he actually is. I longed to run out of there with him in my arms, together with my girls. He just captured my heart. He is so quiet and sweet. I never heard him cry once in all the time I was there. He is, very unfortunately, drugged most of the time. He has HUGE blue eyes, and his hair has a reddish tint to it. His eyes are stunning. I never saw him sitting on his own. Every time I was there he was lying down. I don't know if he is able to sit, or not. He has a bump on the front of his head, and at the back of his head, just as our daughter had. These children purposefully bang their heads on the crib as a means of stimulation. It is typical orphanage behavior for children who are so severely neglected. Wade is absolutely precious--he has such a sweetness about him. You can't help but want to scoop him up and love on him. I have no doubt that he will BLOSSOM in a family.
I have $100 in my grant fund towards the cost of my adoption!