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.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
I am so very excited!!!
Now just 5 more days to the marathon--praying for health and determination!!
If you were thinking of supporting me in this endeavor and have not let me know yet---I see absolutely NO PROBLEM with EXCEEDING my goal!!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
This is a picture of Grace 6 months ago when she was brought to SCH.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Now for those who do not KNOW black hair care, here are some pictures to help you understand!
First we wash the hair and leaving the shampoo in for about 5 minutes to soak well into a scalp that does not get deep washed often.
Then we condition well.
With the conditioner in, we brush out the hair with a wide tooth comb. This is not usually a pleasant experience, as there are usually a number of nasty tangles and dead hair to remove. We all loose hair every day, since Hannah's hair is all braided up, she looses all her hair from 3 weeks at one time! I did not take a picture of the pile of hair!
So part of our newest regimen is to have Hannah involved in the process, so she can see I am not pulling her hair on purpose, but that it is just part of the process.
So here is my n**d girl sitting in the bathroom sink, working on brushing out her hair. She did enjoy this even though she told me it still hurt! I did finish up for her, but it was good for her to try.
This next picture is also for those of you without dark pigment in your skin!! And NO my bathtub does not normally look like this!! Only after Hannah's hair days! I am very thankful for bleach spray which takes care of this in just a moment.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
We are thankful for the many people who worked this fire to keep it from spreading any further.
No homes were lost
Danielle was planning on getting married at one of the homes that the fire came right up too. So we are waiting to hear what the damage is, and if she will need to look for a new venue or not!
Today, thanks to a very generous gift from my far away sister, I can say that we are almost there!!
Since I have not been walking as much due to the heel issues, it will really spur me on in the marathon.
Thanks to all who have contributed! There are still 12 more days to get in on the fun!! LOL!!
You know 12 days sounds real close!!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Caleb in his 'cool' stance, standing on on the moon!!
Yes, those simple little pieces of material you put on before you put on your shoes, if you are blessed to have either socks or shoes that is.
During this marathon training I have been trying lots of different kinds of socks to help with blisters and also the burning on the balls of my feet! I have to wear my shoes kind of loose due to a circulation issue I have that causes my feet and hands to easily fall asleep. This has caused what I can only call a rug burn type situation on the ball of my feet from rubbing back and forth in my shoes. Can get very painful as the miles increase.
So today I tried some socks I found in David's drawer. They are like two socks together. Both of them are thin, but are actually made into one sock.
So the socks rubbed back and forth on each other AND.....absolutely no pain in the balls of my feet this morning!!! Praise God!!
I love socks today!!!
And for the record, I got in 8 miles this morning in 1 hour 18 minutes. Not to bad for me. Now those of you who run (David, Drew and some of the boys from the big D family) you are not allowed to laugh at that time!!! I was very happy with it!!
Oh and by the way I thought of posting a picture of my poor abused feet, but thought that it was not for the faint of heart. Suffice it to say blisters and calouses upon one another and 4 lost toenails is not a pretty site!! LOL!!
Have a great day and remember to Delight in Him!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Now mind you, I am not complaining (too loudly) after all it is for a good cause!! But boy do both of my heels hurt! My plantar facitis is full blown in both heels, hence Drew's beautiful taping job and my night time foot splint!
I am happy to say that we have raised almost $250 together for Sarah's Covenant Homes. I am still praying for a bunch of last minute donations to help out this wonderful ministry (click on the short cut on the side bar to find out more about the ministry) You can read about my marathon for ministry here http://jdelightinginhim.blogspot.com/2009/08/new-adventure.html
So you still have 16 days to join in this effort to help out a wonderful ministry and push me through all 26.2 miles!! Wow that sounds like a lot!!! LOL!!
David came home from work to watch the kids (Thanks Marti for offering to help) while I was gone. They played and did some school together. The kids were excited about their time together.
When I got home and tried to start school Caleb and I immediately ran into issues. Part of it was me trying to 'catch up' from the morning disturbances and the other part was Caleb, but I just could not place my finger on the issue. It was different. An anxiety that did not seem to be rooted in school and he was really unfocused.
Well we got though lunch and ran off to his Occupation Therapy evaluation. It was to be 1 1/2 hours and I was worried after the weird morning. He was quiet on the way there. I asked if there was something wrong. He said 'No'.
They therapist (Lynn) was great. She came out and encouraged him back and Caleb started engaging with her, but seemed distracted.
FINALLY he says, "Are you going to give me a shot?"
So there is was!! After all morning of trying to figure it out!! I guess he told his dad he was going to the doctor and dad playfully asked, "Are you going to get a shot?" And Caleb took that to heart and would not disclose his anxiety about the issue.
This is a small picture of a child who is very wrapped in fear.
Anyways I am encouraged about working with the therapist. She already has many ideas and is looking forward to teaching me the techniques to use with Caleb. I will post more on Sensory Integration as we start to move through the process. Those of you with adoptive kids who have interesting struggles, may want to do some research in to this area. Karin Purvis talks about it in her book The Connected Child.
So we are off to see a special NASA exhibit at the local kids museum that is in town for the weekend. Caleb is very excited. I was glad Erinn volunteered to take them down for a swim lesson this morning to keep him distracted. Hoping to post some pictures tomorrow.
Then we have a "Welcome to America" party tonight for the rotary foreign exchange student from Chile. David is his advisor for the year and also the coordinator. I do not know why he keeps saying yes to everything! Maybe we need to match him up with a two year old in the NO stage for a while--maybe David would get the hang of it!!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Last week, Manfred and Stephen went through the lesson about the Death and Burial of Jesus with our language helper. After the lesson, we asked him if everything was clear, and if he thought people would understand.
He likened the Agutaynen people to being out at sea. He said that through all of the Bible teaching over the last several months, the Agutaynen people have been brought to the shore. However, they are still in the water. He said they will now need to make a decision whether or not to get out of the water.
These last lessons, he said, are clear. The people who listen to the lessons will need to make the choice to take the last remaining steps to the beach.
We praise the Lord that our language helper understands what he must do to be saved and we hope that he has already made that decision to trust in Jesus alone. We pray that others have likewise made that decision too.
Please keep praying. We taught on the Death of Jesus two nights ago. Tonight we teach on the Resurrection. So far, we haven’t noticed much of a reaction from the people. We don’t know if they are missing something, or if they are simply taking time to absorb everything before making a decision. Please pray that the Agutaynens will be freed from their bondage to sin and Satan, and for wisdom for us to know how to proceed from here.