Showing posts from March, 2013

What a Savior

"Even though it was midday, a dreadful darkness covered the face of the world.  The sun could not shine.  The earth trembled and quaked.  The great mountains shook.  Rocks split in two.  Until it seemed that the whole world would break.  That creation itself would tear apart.

The full force of the storm of God's fierce anger at sin was coming down.  On his own Son.  Instead of his people.  It was the only way God could destroy sin, and not destroy his children whose hearts were filled with sin.
Then Jesus shouted out in a loud voice, "It is finished!"  (Jesus Story book Bible - The Sun stops Shining)

As I read through the Easter story with my Little's curled up around me, I came to this part and the tears started to flow.  The depth of response caught me off guard.   I wasn't in an emotionally charged service listening to powerful preachers...just simple words of profound theology from a children's book piercing my heart.  I forced myself to regain composu…

From orphan to son

Two months ago today I pressed my thumb down into red ink and forever sealed the document saying we take full responsibility for this child as our son.  The fees had been paid, the qualifications had been met,  the requirements had been accomplished.   Before he even knew who we were, we pursued him.   Before he loved us, we loved him.  ... and now it was finished.  
 Elijah's hand was pressed into that same red ink staining his hand and sleeve with the proof of his adoption.  From orphan to son in an instant.  Chosen.

Two thousand years ago another Son's hand was stained red as an adoption was sealed.  My own adoption required payment for a debt I couldn't pay, and it required sacrificial love that I have no way to earn.  It required Jesus who lived for eternity past in perfect community within the Trinity, who is worshiped continuously by Angels crying "holy holy holy" leaving the throne to enter into our mess.  He lived the perfect life I couldn't live, a…

Play Day at the Science Center and a new ride.

Last week we spent a few days with family in Calgary.  We hadn't really planned on going to the new Children's Science Center (kind of pricey) but since we ended up being storm stuck there an extra day we decided to go for it.   Yes, we're still getting brutal winter storms out here on the Canadian Prairie. 

Silas was mesmerized by the water exhibits.   Everything was hands on and available for them to touch, try, experiment and play with. 

Roman dug the giant magnet.

There was one section that was meant specifically for young children.  We spent a lot of time there just letting the little ones dig in and play.   Elijah has such perseverance. 

One of the new exhibits was making movie monsters.  Learning about the robotics, costuming and art work involved. 

The "take it apart" section kept these guys busy for a very long time.  I guess I know what to do with broken  old VCR's now.

Aili loved all the technological creative stuff.  Here she is making a stop mot…

Happy 3rd Birthday Sweet Cece

My beautiful little girl is three years old! 

I feel so unbelievably blessed to get to be her mommy.    This is her first birthday as our forever daughter. No more wondering if I'll she'll be celebrating her next birthday somewhere other than our home.

We typically keep birthday's pretty simple in our family. Mostly because I'm not a big party planner.

My goal is to celebrate the day they were born by making them feel loved and appreciated.  
Sometimes all that takes is a table cloth, grilled cheese sandwiches,  and some fancy tea cups borrowed from Great Grandma's house. 

...and a scrumptious cheese cake made by big sister. 

A couple gifts, some yummy cake

...and tea.

I won't even apologize for the mess behind the party.  Laundry strewn scattered...such is life with five kids and a busy week.

But even on a busy week we can take time to celebrate our little princess and the day this sweet girl came into the world.  

Happy 3rd Birthday my Lovie. I&…

New hair and teeth

My handsome little man had a few more "firsts" here in Canada.   His first haircut since being home. 

His first lost tooth...since being home.  It really does feel special to get to witness little milestones such as lost baby teeth.  

He's so dreamy.   I have a total crush on him.  Speaking of dreamy...

This is how my "twins" have been sleeping all this week.   They curl up like little pups and go right to sleep.  I think God knew Silas and Elijah needed each other. This is just one example, both of these boys have anxiety issues and hate sleeping alone.  Silas is loving having a new brother.  They have such a sweet relationship.  

Yesterday I took Elijah in to get a start on his dental work.  This is what the highway looked like going to town.  When I left home the road was perfectly clear, or I probably would have cancelled.  It was even worse going home...a sheet of white ice. The warmer temps. and wind cause the snow to stick on the highway worse that usua…