Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. and the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Friday, November 28, 2008
What a lot we have to be thankful for.
~and so much more
If you find yourself taking these things for granted look around at all those whom are missing these things and you will find a new appreciation.
Our two newest treasures, to whom many of these things were not a given.
So during these days of Thanksgiving, I challenge you to remember those living without these basics with your time, your money and most of all your prayers.
God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This is just a quick reminder for you all that there are lots of soldiers all around the world, who will be spending their holidays away from family this year. Maybe you can be the one to brighten someones day. If you need ideas, just ask me and I will help you out best I can.
~Erinn started the day excited about only a couple of hours of classes before the long weekend.
~Caleb is now VERY sore and was told to slow down, as he had a lot of bleeding from his incision.
~Hannah of course is dancing around in her pink slip!
~David is very excited to see his parents tonight after 2 years or so.
~Drew is just back from work and is teasing his siblings before getting started on his school.
~Danielle and Ryan will be leaving today to come enjoy the family fun.
~Liberty (the dog) still has swollen eyes from the large dose of horseradish she ate last night!
~And I am just trying enjoying the chaos!!!
Isn't life good!!
Monday, November 24, 2008
For those who do not know. This lump has been in his leg since he arrived home from Liberia 3 years ago, and we were not to worried about it. Through another adoptive mom's blog I was made aware of the possibility of it being something else, so we had it removed today. It was about the size of 3 nickles stacked on top of one another. It seemed to be contained and whole. Now we wait for 2 or 3 day to find out what it was.
I am sure Caleb will be very proud of his scar.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
We will be off for the big Border Clash race this weekend. Go Oregon!!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
What a beautiful site in this mornings sky! A wonderful promise of God's faithfulness to us.
The joy of being 5 and trying to catch a rainbow! (Hannah)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, thought the mountains shake with its swelling. Psalm 1-3
This is our "gotcha" day!!! Yes, three years ago today, this small, scared Liberian brother and sister stepped off the plane and into the arms of their "new" FOREVER FAMILY!!!! Today Caleb told me he remembers being excited about being in America (notice that he did not say family), but was also scared. When I asked him why he was scared, his answer was: "You all looked funny and were talking a different language. Now the looking funny part I understand, I bet we did look very different from what he was used to. But the talking funny part is interesting since we both supposedly spoke "English", but that just shows that Liberian English is definitely its own dialect!!
To watch my children go from quiet, sickly and scared; to healthy, happy and energetic is an amazing thing. Little Hannah has grown 14 inches!! Caleb has grown 7 inches. But more importantly than growing in stature is the growth in wisdom. We pray that they both grow in their knowledge of their Lord and Savior and choose to follow Him with their lives!
Adoption--what a blessing to our family.
So during this National Adoption Month as we contemplate the meaning for thousands of orphans around the world, let us also contemplate the beautiful way that we have been adopted into the Lord's family.
"For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." Romans 8:15
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Danielle met Ryan while attending Corban College and have been seeing each other for over a year. Due to Ryan's deployment they will be looking at a wedding date in 2010. We are very excited for them and looking forward to what the Lord has for their future together.
"He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord." Proverbs 18:22
May God bless our oldest blessing abundantly in all her years to come!
over the 5K course. You can find a link to the article at the link below. Rejoice with us in his amazing accomplishment and let it remind us all to "run the race that is set before us!"