Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
(Love his toothless smile!)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Happy Birthday S!
We love you more everyday
Your enthusiasm & energy for life makes all our days brighter.
We thank God for bringing you into our lives 4 years ago :)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
(*At an age where life can already seem hard.)
She is doing awesome.
E. has a beautiful attitude and courage.... her faith shining through.
She makes me want to be brave.
We are so proud of you "Sunshine"... You're an inspiration... We love you!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
They are always there for me, well almost always.
"Give me your eyes"
*We love you Sweetie. And are so proud of the young woman you have become.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
The kids each made a creative one of a kind face on their chosen pumpkins this week.
But first we had to clean out the insides... a couple love the job, one can't stand the smell, another isn't all the interested in the "slimey" job... but each of them did a part - with a little help & encouragement from each other! :)
"Create in me a pure heart, God." Psalm 51:10
"Happiness makes a person smile." Proverbs 15:13
Our pumpkin expressions included, "surprised", "mischievious", & "happy"... Unique, just like our precious children =)
"If anyone belongs to Christ, then he is made new. The old things have gone; everything is made new!" II Corinthians 5:17
Happy Halloween Friends!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
My sweet sweet J.
Has a way of melting his Momma's heart :)
My "Tuesday Treasure" went something like this;
J: Can someone make me a sandwich?
Mom: Sure Buddy. What kind do you want? (I'm sure the dinner I had just made was not to his liking- but oh well)
*I make his simple request; plain turkey on plain bread.
J: "Mom, you are my superhero"
Ahhhhh, shucks.... it was nothing.
J's sweet words often make me smile, but none quite like this day :)
Wow, nice to be appreciated :)
Have a great day!
J's Superhero (At least for the day)
Monday, October 26, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
We got out for our annual "pumpkin" hunt.
It was windy, but it wasn't snowing & the sun was shining... Praise the Lord!
M. & S. find the perfect pumpkin for our little guy :)
M. such a good big sister!
E. found one just right for her.
J. intiated this pic, love that toothless grin :)
Monday, October 12, 2009
Click on the code above to watch a short video clip
I think, well worth the 3 minutes and 53 seconds of time
Have a great week!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
for our Annual "Fall Colors" Family weekend.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I am a lover of blogs;
Even a few stranger blogs.
When given a few free minutes, I sneak a peek.
I have been and continue to be encouraged, inspired, and challenged!
I have been moved to seek Him... Laugh at myself... Love with my whole heart... Live everyday to the fullest!
It's great getting a new idea, something fun to share, and I become inspired to write an update- including something "different" to our blog.
Thanks to those who share their lives, journey's, faith, ideas and more... with loved ones & strangers alike.
Going to update tomorrow with "Wordless Wednesday"... a post of only pictures!
(Here's hoping I've got some to share)
Have a blessed day!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
For fun we have added a ticker to the "bottom" of our blog.
It depicts our journey since the beginning of the "paper chase".
It's our plan to change it or add another when our Dossier reaches Ethiopia (DTE) and our OFFICIAL waiting begins :)
Just for "ticks"... Enjoy!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
We are officially in the "waiting" stage of our adoption!
Our dossier has been handed over, and making way to all respective stops; last we heard it was at our agency headquarters in Grand Rapids MI and will move on from there :) We were starting to wonder if we'd ever move to the next step...Praising God for His perfect timing!
In other news: Our youngest, S. started Preschool on Monday... As you can probably tell from his "smile" he was excited to do what his big sisters and brother do... Go to school.
We are very proud of your courage and determination Little guy. Love you xoxo
Monday, September 7, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
We have now had the each of the necessary adoption documents "State Sealed".
In a matter of days, our Dossier will be ready for send off... First stop; our Adoption agency, then Washington DC for authentication, and final destination "Ethiopia".
Thursday, August 20, 2009
"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD'S purpose that prevails."
"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts." Isaiah 55: 8-9
Oh, the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!... For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.
Romans 11: 33-36
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
They enjoyed a week of new friends, games, food, & most importantly