Sunday, November 30, 2008
What a beautiful family...don't ya think?
Look at this beautiful tree we found in the forest...it just needed a few adjustments...
What is this??? K-man helping?? This is unheard of. Perhaps he felt a bit responsible since he was so insistant on the color scheme.
Brenden helping by keeping in touch with the outside world (Emma)...
Coming right along...
Taking one for the teamWow!
B continuing to be a tremendous help...
What? Who is this??
OOOOHHHH! What a smile!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
At Nick's basketball practice tonight, one of the player's sister, Emily who is sweet 16, gave me a huge donation of her OWN MONEY to give to Bill & Lynsay's van fund!!!! Oh my stars, it moved me so greatly! I started to cry & couldn't help but give her a huge hug because I was so very grateful. I wish I had had my camera with me so I could show her cute face & give her the full recognition that she deserves!
THANK YOU EMILY!!! God will most certainly bless you for your generosity!
*Just a little hint regarding my upcoming BIG announcement! ;)
I have great peace about our decision, despite fears of the unknown, fear of what people will think (ok, that one isn't a huge concern of mine), fear of all the "what if's." But this week in my daily Bible reading I "just happened" to read Hebews 11. But before that, Hebrews 10:35-39...
"So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him." But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved." (emphasis mine)
And as you know, Hebrews 11 tells of many of the Hero's of Faith in the Bible...how they boldly obeyed God, even though it sometimes didn't seem to make sense or in some cases, sounded completely crazy! Of course I've read this chapter many, many times but because it landed in my daily reading plan just when I needed it, it was like reading it for the first time...fresh, renewed faith...a word from the Lord to boldly move forward. Gulp.
I have already told several of my blogging buddies because I desperately wanted them to be praying and to seek their advice. Thank you all so much!!
I hope to tell the rest of you in the weeks to come...perhaps sooner.
Oh, and you would expect that I would have lots of cute pics to post of Lucy's first Thanksgiving...uuhh, no. I completely forgot to bring my camera to both of our dinners with our families. GRRRR. I promise I won't forget it for Christmas!!!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Slightly unrelated....I spent time in prayer & fasting on Monday for little Gracie and some other people and needs. I tell ya', everytime I fast (which with every hunger growl I am reminded to pray...which for me is A LOT!! I get so hungry even missing one meal! Spoiled American!) God reveals something to me and so far it's always been what He wants me to do for Him!! I love that! One time I was praying & fasting for our financial situation because we were fresh home from China (having spent a lot of $$) and Kelly was really slow on work. We knew we wanted to adopt again as soon as God put it on our hearts so I was really praying that our needs would be met AND our income would keep us qualified to adopt from Ch*na if that's where He called us. The very day I was praying & fasting, K called me and told me he wanted us to give a large amount of $ to our church above our tithe. Wow! I LOVE to give! Then later in the day, Linn called to pray with me and she suggested the same thing, which totally confirmed it! So you can see that praying & fasting isn't about pleading with God to give us what WE want...it's not some sort of hunger strike. It is about drawing closer to HIM and hearing what HE wants for us. And YES, He is so faithful to provide and meet our every need. Oh and the result of our giving was God blessing us with abundance over the next couple of months. Lesson learned...give FIRST, then watch God bless us, dont' wait for it to be the other way around!
Ok, so on Monday as I was fasting God revealed, yet again, something for us to do for Him. I can't say yet what it is but it is BIG!!! I'm so excited, nervous, it's going to sound crazy to a lot of people but we are only interested in being obedient. So, for my prayer warriors out there...please PRAY for us!! I will tell you what it is as soon as I can!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I know we aren't all called to donate to every need that comes along, but I can't help but be a little disappointed that we haven't had more of an outpouring in donations. I DO REALIZE and BELIEVE with all my heart that God will provide B & L with the perfect vehicle no matter how much we raise. BUT, I feel strongly that WE ALL need to seek God's voice in what WE should do to help (I'm including myself in this!!). Perhaps God is asking you to give $10! Are you willing to be obedient? Maybe He wants you to give $50...or $100...more?? It doesn't matter how much, it's being obedient that is important. God can turn a few dollars into a HUGE blessing. Would you please pause and think about what YOU should give? Yes, it may mean giving up something in order to do it...but that's when giving gets really exciting. Giving is the ONE area in which God tells us to test Him! See Malachi 3:8-11.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Last night I posted regarding the little girl, Lydia, who is very ill and her mother is desperately trying to find her 2 sisters. Tonight a plea is being made in asking for your help. Lydia must find a donor. We urge you to please allow your child to be tested, cheek swab, for a possible donor match.Lydia is Hakka Chinese. The Hakka are concentrated in Guangdong, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Fujian, Hong Kong and Hunan.
There are small numbers in Sichuan and Hunan Provinces. Source: Operation China 2000.Please, if you are interested in testing please contact me directly.Jl_rms@yahoo.com <mailto:Jl_rms%40yahoo.com> If you are a member of Guangdong or Hunan sib find, just enter yourinformation in the database section of the group.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
1. DATE NIGHT!!...For the first time in six months my big man & I went out on a date..alone!! Since the boys had youth group last night, my friend Angela (who is the glue that holds our youth group together) offered to watch Lucy at church while we went out for a quick bite to eat. We went for GREEK food!! YUMMY! It was so nice & Lucy did great...but all I could think about while eating at a restaurant with people all around was...gee, it's too bad all these people are missing out on seeing my beautiful Lucy! I know, next time I'll bring her along! Ok, that would kind of defeat the purpose.
2. Online Friends...ok, I could name so many but today, my sweet friend PAULA gets my thanks. She emailed me & told me of an incredibly generous thing she is doing to donate to B & L's van fund. I'm just giddy about it & will tell ya'll later more about it....
3. God's blessings for those who sacrifice....My sweet friend Linn totally rocks & she has the biggest heart for orphans. I have seen with my own eyes the way she and her family live...they are very intentional in what they buy and don't buy. They know the importance of living with eternity in mind. She wrote a great post today...please check it out.
4. Adoption...Woo Hoo!! My sweet blogger friend Jean just arrived in China to get her precious daughter!!!!!!!!! YIPPEE!!!!
I will leave you with this great picture of Lucy and Nick (or Yick as she calls him).....
Please ignore the dinner that is in Lucy's teeth (this seems to be a theme for her)....
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Archie & Edith's chairs... (K's new chair may look black but it is actually a yummy shade of chocolate brown!)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Does it appear that I am kind of trying to peak your interest & maybe even tease you a bit before I make my announcement?? Ummm...yeah, I kinda am! I REALLY need a lot of people in on this & when Iask you to PRAY, I really mean PRAY HARD, then PRAY SOME MORE. And then pass this on to as many people as you can think of... I am also working hard to gather what I need to put this all together. I promise I will do my best to have it ready in the next day or two (or three..) STAY TUNED!!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Seriously...don't you think Lucy is a combination of both of us??
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
So now I'm off to Bible study...but before I can leave the house I need to wax this old lady mustache off, put a little brown eye-shadow on my roots to cover up the blue-haired broad trying to get out until I can chemically surpress her, and then stuff my fabulously-forty rear-end into a tight pair of Levi's in hopes of fooling people into thinking that the law of gravity doesn't apply to me. Righto. It's all smoke and mirrors people.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
As I'm sitting here on a Sunday morning, drinking my coffee (of course..I wouldn't have the gumption to write anything without it), watching the clock to know when to peel myself up off my well-worn rocker (seriously, it has seen my rear-end way more since becoming a blogger than when I was a new Mama with babies fresh from the hospital) so we won't be late for church. What to write...hummm...
I got such a sweet comment & email from my newest buddy Jan last night who made my day totally. She encouraged me greatly because even though I totally love writing, I grow weary not knowing who is rolling their eyes, who, perhaps may be cracking a smile...who I'm making mad...so on and so on. First let me say this regarding my political posts. I think it was obvious by my fierce passion who I wanted to win (if you didn't catch onto that, seriously...I'm worried) but my passion was never about MY guy winning but GOD'S VALUES being implemented (as much as possible). Ok, I'm trying to not go down that road again of getting all fired up...my point here is...my greatest passion, however, is my witness as a Christian. My BIGGEST job, responsibility, ministry, desire is to live out a life of FAITH IN CHRIST. There is nothing political about that...it's a relationship that compares to no other. I think about Paul in the Bible (no, I am not a Paul..or Paula...never would I consider myself to be such an incredible Christian..though I wish I was), he was the most bold, in your face, I'm-standing-up-for-what-is-right-no-matter-what-you-do-to-me kind of guy. He KNEW he was RIGHT and he never backed down. And YES, he even confronted other Christians when they were off base. He was imprisoned, beaten, ridiculed, and eventually killed for his stand. Well, I certainly hope I never have to endure what he did (please Lord..please no!) but I certainly do hope to have his boldness no matter what.
.....Abruptly changing the subject....
Last night we did the family-shopping thing. I am telling you, my big boys are getting more and more independent...off doing their own thing so much of the time, I hate it but know that's just the way it is. If they never wanted to leave the house or do stuff with their friends I guess I would be a bit worried, huh? So, when we are all together it is such fun. Adding Lucy to the mix has only added a ton of joy and laughter. She has just started saying, "Hi-low"...you know, a mix of Hi and Hello. It is the cutest thing ever. At one point in the store we were moving on from what we were all looking at & the boys were lagging behind...Lucy then said, "Come on boys!!" It was such a hoot. She really does rule the roost around here.
On our last shopping trip I was looking for a sweater I had seen in an ad & I said to my fellas, "Ok, keep your eye out for an argyle sweater". Well, what in the world was I thinkin' when I said that? They don't know corduroy from satin. Nick said, "ok, like what color is that similar to?" HUH?? K said, "what is argyle?" The saddest part...they were completely serious. **sigh** Oh, Never mind. Lucy will be so much fun when she is older and more fashion conscience because I am giving up on these men of mine.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Here Dana has shamelessly resorted to raw sex appeal to sell these lovely chairs...
It was a fun, fun day.