Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Max Lucado's Treasury of Bedtime Prayers Giveaway


This month I have a precious collection of 200 prayers to share with you for your children. Classic prayers, along with new ones written by Max and Denalyn Lucado, and beautiful illustrations make this book an excellent bedtime tradition.   

Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers by Max and Denalyn Lucado
*ages  4-8
*Collection of 200 prayers is a wonderful resource for families to use at bedtime

*Includes brand-new prayers for little ones written by Max and Denalyn, along with classic prayers which have been updated for little ones to understand
*A lovely keepsake gift for new moms, baptisms, dedications, and holidays
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Blessings,


Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Glimpse of Eva! (Yes, there are videos!!)


Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year!!! It's been a busy and exciting few weeks and I have some fun things to share! 




First, we officially received our letter seeking confirmation or letter of authorization from China to adopt our precious Eva. Next step is U.S. immigration!  

Her Chinese name is Long Han Ting and she is waiting for us in Changsha in the Hunan Province. She had amniotic banding syndrome like Grace and she has deformities in her fingers and a club foot. Not only will my two sweethearts have this in common to bond them, they also will only be 13 months apart in age! We are so excited to see their sisterly love develop and grow! 








Then we celebrated Valentine's day.  Celebrations are hard knowing my third child is waiting across 1000's of miles for us, but God timing is perfect and hopefully in 6-10 weeks we will be holding her in our arms!


























Now for the really fun part!!! We have two videos we can now share from the birthday party we threw for her from afar plus some pictures!! In one video they sing Happy Birthday in Chinese and in the other they sing Happy Birthday in English! Just precious and as you can imagine, we have watched them over and over. 

Additionally, we were able to send a cake for Chinese New Year and will be getting pictures and videos soon!!! 

Ok, ok, enough of the exclamation points! ;)



 



Blessings to all,




Friday, January 30, 2015

Check out my Guest Post on No Hands But Ours

Check out my guest post on No Hands But Ours today!



Will You Love Me Forever?

"Excitement, curiosity and fear of the unknown filled the eight year old boy’s mind as he entered the cold, stale room. His eyes landed on some smiling faces that looked vaguely familiar. Yes, these were the same faces that had smiled at him from the pages of the photo album he carried in his backpack, the faces of his new family. Who were these people that looked so different from him? Would they be kind, or heartless, as he was told? Would they send him back the moment he did something to upset them? Would they like him, maybe even love him? Wait, what were they saying? If he couldn’t understand them, how would they understand him? In that moment, as reality set in, uncertainty and excitement gripped him. When he looked in their eyes, he knew all would be ok. What could he do but follow them and leave all he had ever known and loved behind for a new life, a new family, a new world. In that moment of anxiety and anticipation, he simply had to believe that they would love him."

Read the rest of my post {{{HERE}}}!!! 

Blessings,


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,




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