Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Cape Cod 1980 (our dog Bojangles)
1980 (my wedding picture in background) A couple of years ago - Dw and Graham and Tyler A proud dad with his precious son (currently depl*yed)Dw and Jerry (one of his closest friends) By the way, Dw would be tickled (I am sure) to read birthday wishes from our dear bloggy friends....(hint-hint)...I have been asking him to write a post, but he is feeling less-than inspired since the fire. Your encouragement might just get his creative juices flowing. =)
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This morning I went in to the sanctuary for first service. I found Dw talking to a sweet young couple. I kissed him on the lips and stood listening to them talk. He turned to me and said, "Have you met so-n-so?" I said, "No, this is my first time visiting here." (Being goofy since I had just planted a teeny kiss on his lips.) This sweet young woman said, "I know better than that, I read your blog." LOL That just struck me so funny...I had no idea! So hi Shelly, Mark and baby Nora!!
Last Sunday I gave away the Sisterhood Blog award to all 407 of you...since last Sunday there are now 431 of you...so from my heart to yours......the bunch that joined in the friends please accept the award and post it and pass it on. You guys just stinkin' make our day!!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Liberty just finished up her first basketball season. She loves basketball and plays really well. Their team only had one loss. I took a few pictures at one of the games. I had to get a picture of her coach. He is a hunka-hunka burnin' love for sure. I asked him if he wanted to come home with us.....he said 'yes' - Oh-la-la!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Anyway, so years ago I prayed and asked the Lord how I should sign my name on ministry stuff? After all, most of the time this would be for professional letters and things where people don't know me at all. So I prayed and waited. Finally a phrase came to my mind. "Delighted to Serve Him" - PERFECT!
You have to understand....I LOVE ministry. It is definitely what we have been called to do and we answer the calling with great, great, great joy!! So when the phrase came to mind I was excited! Yes, it would be telling the world that I am delighted to serve HIM! But as quick as the phrase came to mind, another thought immediately popped in. "Are you sure?" Hmmmm. I knew it was the Lord's voice. And I instantly knew that rough waters in ministry were a-coming.
Okay, so for those of you in full-time ministry, pastoring or missionaries to be exact, I do not know anyone who enjoys rough times, do you?? Ministry is all encompassing. The same people we minister to we fellowship with, we have relationship with, we commune with. So when there is a problem it just stinks. No pastor or missionary is exempt from rough waters or the refiners fire. UGH
Many of you might not know, but for the first 2 years we were married Dw was finishing up law school. Then he had a very blessed law practice for the next 11-1/2 years until we packed it all up (with three kids in tow) and went to seminary. When Dw was a lawyer we had his law practice and we had our private life. If someone at the law office wasn't all that happy with him it didn't affect anything else. BUT with ministry, it affects it all.
So when the Lord spoke that (Are you sure?) I said (with a big gulp), "Yup, I mean it." At that point you just grit your teeth and close your eyes and hold on tight. Sure enough rough waters were just around the corner. Eventually the smooth waters arrived. *sigh*
I used that phrase (Delighted to Serve Him) for years when signing ministry/professional stuff and then when Ch*na reversed their decision (if you haven't read the story, slip over to the sidebar, way at the bottom) and find "Special Places" and the link to Journey to Isaiah Samuel...you won't be disappointed - God showed up as our Miracle-working, Mountain-moving, Awe-inspiring, Gasp-Giving God!! Anyway, at that point I needed something different. I prayed again and soon started using "Feasting in His Faithfulness"....it just fit. God is so faithful.
Now since the fire, I have just needed something new. Something that reflects what God is doing, the whole fire thing has been HUGE in our lives and there is no doubt that we will never, ever be the same again.
Well a couple of weeks ago Dw was preaching. He was in Isaiah and this is the scripture that we studied:
Thursday, March 26, 2009
1. I am thankful that so many of you, my bloggy friends are now playing Thankful Thursday...friends like: Shonni, Adeye, Tiffany, Sarah, Rett, Kristin, Kim, Sally, Amanda, Jo Mama, Jen, Jinny, Sara Ra-nae, Jill, Kylea, Jean, and Janet. If you are play or want to start playing, do not despair (LOL)...I would be happy to mention you next time around, just drop a comment.
2. I am thankful for these particular scripture verses at this particular moment in my life:
4. I am thankful for awesome friends to go to dinner with tonight. Love you guys - C, I and S!!
5. I am thankful for a husband who comforts and loves me so tenderly. You are the best Whitey and I am so glad to have spent the last 30+ years married to you - my very best friend!!
6. I am thankful for hair clips - whoever invented them - I sure hope they are living rich and happy in the Carribbean....I hate my hair hanging in my face!! It drives me buggy!!
7. I am thankful for towels...can you imagine having to drip-dry every time you take a shower?? UGH
8. I am thankful for the two little brown naked bee-hinds running around the house - their laughter brings us such joy!! Think I ought to finish this up post and go put clothes on them?? =) Yeah, probably....
9. I am thankful for doctors who have the expertise to work with Arthrogryposis.
10. I am extra thankful for these sweet friends who came to play with us this past week-end.
Their six kids (who are still living at home) played with our six kids (who are still living at home)....that would make 12 kids running through our house - it was splendidly delightful - our hearts overflowed!
Steve and Lori (the mom and dad) have lots and lots of things in common with us. For starters: (1) they love a big family (they have 12 sweet kids, although Rebekah went home early to live with Jesus), (2) they homeschool all their kids (3) their son Ryan is married to our daughter Abigail, and (4) we both love ministry (they also have pastored)!! We had so much fun with them here and we miss them very much!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
On a completely different note I do want to thank you so much for your sweet response to Tyler's letter. I heard from him this morning and he had been on my blog and was very touched by all of you who wrote such encouraging things regarding his post.
As a Military Mom it is so nice to know so many are thankful for our Military and their service - thank you for taking the time to express it. I think that months in the "sandbox" is so terribly difficult and especially when the media only seems to have negative things to say about it all. So thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! You guys totally rock!! xo
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Or how about helping feed the littler ones with Graham?
Or maybe giving extra hugs to Ronald (the one who peed on me but left such a soft spot in my heart - besides the wet spot on my leg?) I pray for him all the time: God please bring a mommy and daddy for Ronald...
Or maybe cuddling little, tiny Martha??
Or how about spending a day ministering in the slums.....(you will never complain again!)....
Or walking the streets of an African city.....
Monday, March 23, 2009
Missing Abi, Ryan and Jubilee
Sunday, March 22, 2009
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received your award.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Some of you may remember, just a few days prior to the fire I did a post about a little quilted coat that was given to Elizabeth by someone anonymous. In that same post I mentioned that a friend of mine, Trina, had written to me to say that her 15 year old girl daughter, Alexis, wanted to do a free makeover on my blog, just because Alexis thought I was wonderful. (Her words not mine.) I was so touched and so excited!! Four days later we had the fire.
A couple of weeks ago Alexis wrote to me again asking if she couldn't start the makeover?? WoooHoo!! It was a fun project to think about and work on together. Alexis was wonderful to work with. She happily worked with me and my many changes (cause it was hard for me to picture what I wanted, my brain is still not in full swing) and she didn't mind at all. I talked to her on the phone a couple of times and she was so easy to work with, wanting me to be very happy with the makeover.
But this is the best part: The reason Alexis does makeovers? To be able to go on Missions Trips and to sponsor orphans!! (She has three younger siblings from China.) How amazingly cool is that? So if you are considering a makeover, I highly, highly, highly recommend Alexis. Her logo is at the bottom of my sidebar. While most 15 year olds don't have anyone on their radar (except maybe themselves) it is so refreshing to find a young woman whose heart is for the orphan!! Please use her and tell her you saw what she did on mine and you want yours done too!!
And Alexis - a public THANK YOU!! You did an awesome job - I am just tickled pink with it and I pray that God showers His blessings on you as you do makeovers with the orphan in mind! You rock sweet girl - you rock!!!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
B wanted her son not to have to get down to get a drink of water, so asked the craftsman to make a shelf for a glass of water. Unbelieveable.
Monday, March 16, 2009
No matter what.
Remember when I said in the last post that I hadn't ever seen a throat 1/2 as bad as Emma's in all my years? The pediatrician, mind you, sees thousands of throats and when she told Emma to open up (while holding her little light to Emmy's lips) she literally jumped back a teeny tad and said loudly "OH GOODNESS!" No doubt, it's not very often that she sees a throat that bad either.
Emmy and Liberty do have Strep and Scarlett Fever (which is very itchy and tender to the touch). I got home and soon Isaiah was throwing up (this is how the girls started a few days ago). Dw had been throwing up in the night last night and so since his throat was killing him he went to the doc too. They took his temp (yup, don't have a thermometer anymore) and found him to be at 101.6 and, yes indeed, positive for Strep.
Emma is allergic to most medications so they have tried something new on her. In the doctor's exact words, "I'm sorry Emma, there is no other way to put this....the medicine that I am prescribing tastes like ummmm ummmm, poop."
Liberty walked out with a script that tastes like Bubblegum. Somehow Emma doesn't think it's all that fair. I told her maybe this is further preparation of endurance for the mission field in Africa one day. She didn't find my ramblings comforting. After all, poop is poop. And after throwing up for the last four days who really wants to purposefully ingest something that tastes like poop, even though it's supposed to make you feel better?? Yeah, not so much.
I have spent the day nursing all my sick babies and unable to work on my Memorial Box Monday post. My sweet friend Kimmy brought some of her famous homemade chicken noodle soup to us and that was such a huge help.
I am off to bed, but do have a little prayer request (besides all my sick family) for you bloggy friends who faithfully pray for us. Today (Tuesday) I have the privilege of doing a phone interview for a radio program. A sweet lady who follows my blog emailed me early last week and asked if I would be interested. She is a radio talk show host for four radio stations that air across most of Alabama and Mississippi. She has read our blog and wants to do an interview about adoption and our family. It will air later this week. But I would love for you to pray for wisdom as I speak, that it would honor God and that God would stir people's hearts and soften them to the orphan and adoption through this interview. I am very excited to share God's story of His work in our family.
I am also finalizing dates to fly to Indiana this fall to speak at a Women's conference of some bloggy friends. I can hardly wait to hug their necks in person! I will share more details in the future about that.
I'm headed to bed. Nite nite from the land of sickos & poopy medicine. eeeuuu gross
Emma and Liberty have been sick since Friday. After Go*gling Strep Throat I'm guessing they have it. Then yesterday a weird rash appeared on both of them. I looked Strep plus the rash up on Go*gle (what exactly would we do without Google?) and it looks exactly like Scarlett Fever. Emma's throat is horrible. At 50 years old and 9 kids I have never seen a throat that even looks 1/2 as bad. This morning Emmy tried swallowing water and it came right back out. The hole is that tiny. So we are off to the peditrician in a few minutes.
It will be later today before I have my Memorial Box Monday post done. But in the meantime I thought you all would enjoy the pictures I snapped just a few minutes ago. I was standing at the kitchen counter and around the counter came this little guy....and then I peaked and the three littlest were having a ball with stickers one of you sent....
Decided to have Isaiah go put some clothes on for another picture....