October 30, 2011

End of October Gifts!

--amazing, home made cupcakes
--time spent with family
--children who really are listening, even when you think they aren't  (I just have to share two stories here.  I feel so bad for Ethan most days while we are doing school because we've finally gotten to some things that are harder for Sophie, so I need to spend a little more time with her than I was in the beginning.  I am always afraid that he just feels left out as he sits there on the floor beside us and plays.  But this week, he showed me in two different ways that he's totally learning as she is learning!  Earlier this week he was able to pull out Sophie's pattern blocks and identify every shape-even the hexagon and trapezoid!  Then, this morning at breakfast he randomly looks and we and says, "Mommy, we learned about a miracle.  Jesus had two breads and two fish." [I know he got one little detail wrong, but since we studied this miracle like 3 weeks ago, I figured he was doing good to remember any of it!]  I said, "What did Jesus do with the bread and fish?"  He said, "They ate it."  I couldn't believe that he had remembered it!  He acted like he just didn't want to have anything to do with the story when we were learning it and there we were like three weeks later and he's telling me the story all on his own!
--beautiful fall weather
--date nights
--praying with fellow believers
--warring on our knees
--mini vans
--Kevin McSmith
--Blessing Boy
--Gift Girl

October 25, 2011

So, I'm Turning 33 This Weekend

Can you believe it?  I know I can't!  How did this time go by so fast!  Wasn't I just a cute little toddler only months ago?!?!?!  I'm sure I was!  And I certainly don't feel 33 (not that 33 is really all that old).  I still feel like a college kid and I keep expecting the real parents of these two kids in my house to come and get them.  I mean, surely I am not old enough or responsible enough to have two children of my own!!  ;)

But, as I look back over my 33 years, I have so much to be thankful for!  And I have needed those reminders this week.  It has been a week of feeling off kilter, out of whack, and waaaaay behind in everything.  I looked around my house and saw piles of this and piles of that and just wanted to sit and cry.  And me wanting to sit and cry is never a good thing, because that's about the time that I just give up! 

But, our Lord is good and He has reminded me several times this week of the many blessings and joys He's placed in this silly little lady's life.  Lord, thank You for new mercies every morning and always having a reason to praise, worship, and smile!  And thank You for this amazing family You've given me!  They make me laugh, smile, cry, wring my hands, shake my head, and praise You.  Everyday they teach me a little more about me and even more about You and the grace and patience You lavish on me every moment of every day!

October 24, 2011

Gifts, Gifts, and More Gifts!

I think I forgot to announce that I have surpassed 1,000 gifts in my gifts journal!!!!!  God is so good!  Again this week, I'll just post pictures of some of the amazing gifts He's given:

October 11, 2011

I See More of Myself in Her Everyday....Is That a Good Thing?

So as Sophie and I sat on the couch chatting the other day I began to notice just how much like me she really is!  Some of those ways are good, some not so much!  It made me think of a quote from "Studio 60".  One of the characters is asked, "How are you different from your mother?" and she answers, "I hope in as few ways as possible."  I hope Sophie can truly feel that way some day.  I hope that I am setting a Godly and loving example for her to follow each and every day.

Just to put a smile on your face, here are some of the things I have noticed that we have in common:
-We both have the very bad habit of interrupting people.  Our brains are working a mile a minute and have to spit out what we are thinking when we think of it or we'll never remember it again!
-We can sometimes have a one track mind.  Because of this, often times when we are talking to others we are not listening because we're thinking of something else.  I've teased that this will make Sophie a great press secretary!  When she has something on her mind, there's no getting her to talk about or do something else until she has fully gotten that thought out!
-We both loved watching ALF when we were too young to understand how poorly it was written and acted!
-We both need time with others, but we also both need time alone.
-When we are sick, we are the world's biggest babies!
-We both perform better with an audience than in rehearsal.  By this I mean that there have been many times when she can't say her scripture verse or something here at home, but when she is at church and the pressure is on, she does it flawlessly!  I am much the same way.
-We both laugh a lot when we're tired.
-We both would give away every dime we had if someone else needed it and there was no one there to stop us.
-We both get very flustered over shoes and outfits.
-We both like worksheets.  It makes us feel like we've really accomplished something!
-We both have weak, wimpy hair.
-We both need acceptance in a major way.
-We both are daddies girls.
-We both can be a bit dramatic at times. 
-We both are always trying to think of little gifts we can give those we love.
-We both love reading.
-We both love to sing random songs at random times that we have made up.
-We can both listen to the same song on repeat for hours.  We can watch the same movie over and over and over and over and over again.
-We both love hot chocolate.
-We both love the color purple.
-We both love Kevin and Ethan.
-We both look forward to waking up each day and seeing what will happen!

Oh, I love this sweet girl!

October 09, 2011

A Crazy Week Packed with Crazy Amounts of Gifts

I don't even remember the last time I blogged, the week has seemed that long.  So, I'll just post some pics from this week and last week as I relish all that God has given me!

October 03, 2011

"So praise to God on High, He has heard our cry!"

So, I know that line from the song is in reference to God sending Jesus to the earth to save His people who had been crying out for Him for centuries....but it really describes this week for my family!  For more years than I can remember we've been crying out for Christ to send a child to my younger sister and her husband, in whatever way He wanted.  That cry was answered this week!  Little Allison Grace was born on Tues. and the adoption process has begun!  It will be a long 6 or 7 months until everything is finalized, but it has just been amazing to watch God work throughout this process!  So many people have been joined together in prayer and in blessing through this tiny little baby!  The LORD, indeed, is good!

I've also enjoyed getting to see the kiddos with Allison.  Ethan kept asking to hold her, it was just so cute.  Sophie just sat and held her for like 30 minutes.  It was almost enough to melt my heart!  Allison is just so precious and sweet!

Let's see....can I think of any gifts for this last week...yeah, I think so:
-sweet, chubby baby cheeks
-struggling through the process
-rejoicing with friends and family in God's miracles
-watching kiddos with their grandparents
-beautiful fall weather
-reading books at the picnic table
-Christian books
-a loving, hard-working husband
-thoughtful gifts from friends
-late afternoon naps
-reminders of salvation