Showing posts from April, 2011

Have Faith Baby

1 year ago we brought home a 5 week old baby girl.  I marveled at her delicate features.   I was impressed by the strength and stamina of her cry.  I wondered after the first few sleepless nights what I had gotten myself into. We didn't know her case plan.  We didn't have any idea how long we would have her with us.

I assumed she would stay just long enough to fall in love with. Inevitably, I would have to say goodbye.  I would once again hold back tears as I place the child that I love into the arms of a stranger and walk away.  God had different plans this time.

It seems almost unreal that she is still here with us a year later and that we are looking forward to making her forever ours..  and yet nothing could feel more natural,  more perfectly right.

"I will always love you and treasure you and celebrate the day you came, the day that God found us you." ("God Found us You" by Lisa Tawn Bergren)
You, my sweet girl, have been such a ray of sunshine in our …

Frogs and snails And puppy-dogs' tails,

What are little boys made of?Frogs and snailsAnd puppy-dogs' tails,That's what little boys are made of.

What are little girls made of?Sugar and spiceAnd everything nice,That's what little girls are made of.

Tomorrow we are celebrating one year with our little girl!   We are so thankful to have reached this important milestone. Praying for many more years of celebrating ahead of us.

Happy Easter 2011

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter celebration today. 

As much as I typically avoid all the commercialism that goes along with Easter we do have a couple little traditions that make the day special for the kids. Dying eggs is one of our Easter traditions.  This year my kids dyed Easter eggs with Grandma while my hubby and I spent 2 days away on a little mini vacation.  Nothing exotic just a dinner date with friends, a night at a hotel, sleeping in, shopping, and enjoying each others company.  It has been far too long since went anywhere alone together.  It was wonderful to get away.

I thought this egg kit that Grandpa picked out for them was so cute.  They crack me up.  Pun intended. 

Easter morning is mostly spent getting lovely for church, but we usually have an egg hunt at some point during the morning rush.  This morning they searched for eggs filled with Play-Doh, which kept them nicely entertained while I spent time beautifying myself.
In case you're curious...we don't…

Why Good Friday is good

"The death of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment in history of the very mind and intent of God. There is no place for seeing Jesus Christ as a martyr. His death was not something that happened to Him— something that might have been prevented. His death was the very reason He came." Oswald Chambers

"The greatest note of triumph ever sounded in the ears of a startled universe was that sounded on the Cross of Christ— “It is finished!” (John 19:30). That is the final word in the redemption of humankind."  Oswald Chambers

"Very few of us have any understanding of the reason why Jesus Christ died. If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the Cross of Christ is an absurdity and there is absolutely no need for it. What the world needs is not “a little bit of love,” but major surgery."


My son Roman asked me the other day why we call today "Good Friday" when Jesus died on the cross.  That doesn't sound like a good day.  
This past year I have b…

because LOVE is a lifestyle

Just look at the expression on that little girls face!  Each of these little girls has a history that includes extreme poverty, abuse, abandonment or neglect.  Does anyone deserve royal treatment more?
I have a favor to ask of you my blogger friends.  I have a friend {Amber}who is living, loving, and working with kids at the orphanage in Baja Mexico.  They are a beautiful family with two young children of their own.   This family is such a sweet, genuine example of Christ's love lived out everyday.    
These pictures are from a recent post of hers.   These dresses were handmade by a seamstress and the youngest girls at the orphanage wore them in a fashion show.  Each of the little princessa's had their turn to walk down a runway built for the occasion.  It is a beautiful post that captures little girl's being made to feel like the daughters of the King.   Right now Saul is back working in Canada (and has been for quite some time), earning money for his family to live off of as…

Glimpses of Childhood

Sleepy girl loves books.

 She also loves to act like big sister.
4th grade math and pre-pre-pre-pre-K handwriting.

The weather is sunny and almost warm today! Warm enough to hang the diapers out to dry.  Yes, I feel a bit strange posting a picture of diapers, but that is how thrilled I am with this weather.  
This summer Aili will be 10.  Double digits.  Once I get over the complete shock of that reality I have to admit,   I really like this age. Still young enough to play with dolls, build forts, and climb trees. Old enough to be a good helper and to have some interesting conversations with.    She doesn't care what she's wearing, or if her hair is a mess.  She is just her, unique, imaginative, full of big ideas.

The kids are enjoying the sunshine and the dry patches of yard. I am enjoying watching them being kids, outside.

This boy  is running, biking, jumping, climbing and flipping enough to make up for a winter's worth of being cooped up.   This is one happy boy.  

My little mother he…

What did I do to deserve her?

Cece is not the kind of baby that nods off in my arms.   She would rather play.

After a few attempts at putting her to bed, way past her bedtime (overtired) I scooped her up and we rocked, and rocked, and rocked... until very slowly her eyes closed. I sat and soaked in the weight of her body.  The rhythm of her breathing matched my own.  I studied the curve of her lips and caressed the wisps of her hair.  I wanted to capture the moment in my mind.  

My sweet girl is growing up. 13 months today. She is a curious, clever, playful, flirtatious, little bundle of laughter.  It is so fun to watch her personality emerge. She adores playing with her siblings, has daddy wrapped around her chubby little finger, and said "mum mum" for the first time this week.  

I still wonder how it is that I am so blessed.  I thank God for this little blessing every day.  

When the snow melts

You rediscover the world beneath the snow. The grass, dirt, toys and garbage that was buried for several months starts to emerge.

You feel the sun on your face, and inhale the outdoor air deeply.   It is then that you realize six months worth of cat poop is also thawing...under your deck.   You decide to inhale less recklessly.

When the snow melts.  It leaves water.  A lot of water. It's a little boy's wonderland.

Familiar play places become flowing creeks of melted snow.

The bikes are bought out of storage.   So are the helmets. Which, in case you were wondering, is why they are wearing them in the pictures.  They don't typically walk around in helmets.   Although maybe they should, it would probably help them float. Roman is ecstatic to have his bike back.  He has already built a ramp to jump it off of.

My treasure hunters enjoy searching for discarded cans and bottles that have collected under the snow all winter. They drag them all home and litter up our yard with their valuables. Rig…