Sunday, January 25, 2015

Calling all Middle School Moms for a Giveway!


Ahhh, middle school. I don't know about you, but I have many memories from those notorious years. Some of these memories are fun and some of them, honestly, not so fun (I'm sure you know what I mean), and because of that, I think a lot about what knowledge can be imparted to my children that would help make their memories enjoyable, especially now that I have a 10 year boy. I know we cannot keep our children from such things as hurtful conversation and disappointments, but we can provide them with knowledge regarding their amazing identity in Christ and what it means to be a child of the true King. We can teach them about the character of God, and in turn character qualities they should possess in their own lives. We can tell them about how the way they act and respond to others can lead others to seek Christ. We can live each day letting Christ permeate our lives so our children see that our faith in action. It is not just something we do on Sundays; it is who we are.

This Month I have a book to giveaway that you can share with your children ages 10-14 that will help take your children on a journey to truly  understand who Jesus is! 


Jesus Is_____: Student Edition by Judah Smith
*ages 10-14

*New York Times bestseller, now adapted for students with new content for a younger generation
*Shows students that discovering who Jesus is will change who they are!

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Who is Jesus to you?

Blessings,


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Some Days {{{Guest Post}}}

Last week I shared a post on my sweet friend, Aly's blog. This week I have the pleasure of sharing her heart with you. Read with some tissues near by, my friends. 




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Some days, I feel normal.

Some days, I don't cry.

Some days, I forget that only one of my three children lived through pregnancy.

Today was not one of those days.

Today, I cried.

Today, I remembered Leonard.

I would be 8 months pregnant right now. I would feel him kicking and I would pee a lot. My back might hurt and I might complain about how this was the longest nine months of my life. People would tell me how I glow and I would tell them that's just sweat. They would laugh and give me a hug and rub my belly. I should be pregnant right now.

Would his birth have been easy? Would he have had red hair? Would looking into his eyes been like looking straight into his daddy's eyes? Would he have wrapped his little hand around my finger? Would Amelia have given him a kiss on the forehead? Would we have taken a picture of the four of us, all smiles and joy?
But I'm not pregnant right now. Leonard went home too soon.

Today, I remembered Sam.

I might not have even known about Sam, if I hadn't been tracking my days. I was only 3 weeks pregnant. Today, I would have been about 3 months pregnant, if he or she hadn't gone on to be with the Lord. I'd be crazy nauseous like I was with Amelia and Leonard. I'd be looking forward to that glorious second trimester. You know, the one where you finally look pregnant instead of fat and you start to get that glow people talk about?

I should be pregnant right now. Sam went home far too soon.

Today, I remembered Kirby.

When I was little, I had a younger brother named Kirby. He went home to the with the Lord also. I don't remember meeting him at all but my parents told me about him, about how he was home with Jesus. I used to pretend he was still alive. I made up stories where we played together and were best friends. He would always take my side instead of our youngest brother's side because obviously I was always right and Kirby would have been able to see that. Obviously.

As I grew up, I always wondered about Kirby. What would he have been like? Would we have actually been best friends? Would he be funny and quirky? Would he know Jesus? I wish I had the chance to know him.

Kirby went home too soon.

The three of them are all together now, worshiping God. I won't get the chance to know any of them until I get to heaven, hopefully in about 80 years or so. Droplets in the ocean of time, I know, but it still hurts.

I can recite all sorts of scripture about being at peace and the Lord providing comfort, all of which are true and good. But today, the verse that is really resonating with me is the shortest one in the entire Bible. "Jesus wept."  John 11:35

He knew Lazarus was not going to stay in the grave, but He also knew the pain Mary and Martha felt. Their brother had died and Jesus wept alongside them. Jesus wept, ya'll! The Lord of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things, the Alpha and the Omega wept! Can you picture that? Imagine it, his cheeks covered in salty tears, his lips that spoke life into being, trembling; his shoulders, that would carry the sins of the world, shuddering up and down;, his hands, that had fashioned the stars, covering his face. He wept. Lazarus had died. Mary and Martha were heartbroken. He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. Jesus wept.

That's the God I serve.

I serve a God who knows the pain I feel and weeps alongside me. He never intended for us to feel the pain of death like this. It breaks His heart. We sinned and the punishment for that is eternal death, but that's not what God wanted for us. So He sent His Son to earth to take our place. All we have to do is accept the gift He's offering. Simply believe in the Lord Jesus! Jesus has conquered death. It has no power over me. I will pass from this life into His presence and worship Him with Kirby, Leonard, and Sam at my side.

That's the God I serve.


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Aly lives in San Antonio with her husband, daughter, and kitties. She hopes to visit Madagascar in the near future as a short term missionary.  You can read more about her adventures at MomsGoing.com.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Walking on Water - Check out my Guest Post

I shared today on my sweet friend Aly's blog about stepping out in faith and following God's call. 


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Waters crashed beneath his feet, but in that moment of trust, Peter didn't even notice. His eyes were bravely fixed on the one who calms our fears and carries our burdens. Suddenly, distractions over came him, and his eyes were drawn away from Jesus, down to the waves. Fear enveloped him, and he was sinking.


Read the rest of my post ((((HERE))))

Blessings,

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Our Baby

With trembling fingers I opened the Dropbox folder containing new pictures of our precious girl who we have named Eva. We had been anxiously awaiting their arrival all week. Looking at her sweet smiling face is amazingly wonderful and at the same time heartbreaking because we want her with us. While we were able to provide her with a lovely 4th birthday party, we were not able to with her. It is such a blessing to have these pictures and at the same time so very hard. 

The waiting is hard but we press on, trusting in His timing, His plan and His love. He loves her more than we do and will bring us together at exactly the right time. 

I have not shared any pictures, because we typically wait until we receive the Letter Seeking Confirmation (LSC), but I have decided to share just pic of her sweet face. Once we receive the LSC, I will give lots more info and pics/videos.

Join us in praying our LSC comes very soon!



Blessings,




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Quick Adoption Update!



Please join us in praying that we will receive our LSC by Chinese New Year, mid February!!

We will also be receiving birthday pictures and possibly a video of Eva this week!! Every time I hear the email ding on my phone, I rush over!! LOL

Blessings, 


Sunday, January 4, 2015

It's Eva 4th birthday today.

Deep in the heart of China

A little girl sits

Behind a birthday cake

4 candles grace the cake

While somewhere across the globe

A family of 4 sits

Staring at an empty chair and 

Waiting to become a family of 5.


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January 5 is our Precious Eva's  (Long Hang Tin) Birthday. She turns 4 today or actually she already has since they are ahead in China. 

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Dear Eva,

We are waiting for you and can't wait to celebrate your 5th birthday together as a family. 2015 is the year we become a family and we are so excited. We think about you daily, pray for you and love you already. We hope you enjoyed the birthday party we organized for you and hope it helped you to understand that we are here and waiting to be your forever family. Soon we will be together, dear one.

Love,

Mama, Baba, Anthony and Grace

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Am I Really Yours Forever?

Doubts and concerns flood his young heart and mind.

Two years come and gone and yet.

Am I really yours forever he asks? 


Will you always love me?

Always and forever, dear one.

But my last family didn't keep me.

They were your foster family, watching over you until it was time.

Time for what?

God's appointed time for you to join your forever family, us!

But could the government change their mind and take me away?

No, buddy, you are ours, always and forever;

Just as you belong to God, always and forever.

No one can snatch you out of the Father's hand.



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This Christmas Anthony has really been processing and trying to wrap his brain around the fact that he is with us forever. He has had me hold him like a baby and rock him and reassure him numerous times that he is ours forever. As we come up on the two year anniversary of his joining our family, we see his understanding of forever love growing. As he understands that our love is like the Love of our Heavenly Father, you can see the joy on his face. He still asks these questions because there are clearly still some doubts lodged in mind as he tries to comprehend the love of a family. He was with his foster family in China from about the age of 2 until we adopted him at age 8. I can only imagine how it must have felt to ripped from the only family you have ever known and how confusing that must be. Why did they let him go? Why didn't they keep him? Is it normal to be passed from one family to another?

Pray for his sweet heart and for the heart of our new little one, Eva. She joins our family in 2015. She turns 4 on January 4, and it will be hard to pass that day knowing she is on the other side of the world without us. We are praising God that we had the opportunity to purchase a birthday party celebration for her that will provide us with some new pictures!

Blessings to all in 2015,




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