Matthew 22:37-39

Matthew 22:37-39

Sunday, July 24, 2011

I am blessed with such a sweet family.

I love how they love each other!

This week Brennan is off to camp with our youth kids. I didn't think I wanted to try it with the kids and plus I watch another little boy at the house. Gavin has been doing this non sleeping thing as well. He takes forever falling asleep at night, gets out of bed constantly and finally when he goes to sleep, he then gets up about 2am. We get him to go back to sleep until about 6am and then he is up for the day. Yuck. He always has required little sleep but this is silly. Brennan is awesome and does most of these crazy nights for me because I need sleep and he does better on the less sleep part! Gavin is fighting me on nap too, yuck. I can't believe that time has already come where he thinks he doesn't need naps. I wanted to be there with the youth kids, but camp was not sounding fun with 2 little ones there too, and plus my sister Joy is coming for the week! Then Friday we are headed to Texas, the kids are really excited about flying. We had some mileage to use up so we thought why not fly. We are spending the week with our family at a lake house. All 24 of us will be staying in the same house! It is going to rock and be nuts! Love my family.

Eddie came for a visit, we love having him come!

Summer Fun

Been friends since being in Taiwan together as babies, love their sweet friendship!

Been friends since being in Taiwan together as babies, love these sweet boys!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

So every year my best friend and I read the Harry Potter books and watch the movies to prepare to see the new movie in theater. Every year we do this. And last Friday marked the end of this tradition. It was a great end! But we decided to keep the tradition alive! So each year we will try to read the books and watch the movies again.

Look at this precious beautiful girl. I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting her when I went to Cambodia. She is 3 years old and her name is Chean. I held her, kissed her, and prayed with her, she is absolutely precious and it was hard to put her down and leave. She goes to Kid's Club each day, a ministry started by the wonderful Sath Family. What a wonderful ministry they have started. They open their home to street kids so the kids can play in their yard, hear a story about Jesus, sing songs and they also feed these sweet children and love them as their own. Mrs. Sath cooks all the meals for the kids and they have about 200 that come! They have just started a sponsoring program and already have 108 kids sponsored! Praise the Lord. They have now started a preschool so the parents of these children can go and find work. They provide homes for families at times when needed. And they recently bought more property and hope to expand Kid's Club.
So my family is now sponsoring sweet Chean, and Lyndlee says she is her sister because they look alike! The sponsorship covers school costs, rice for the whole family, medications, and a social worker that keeps in contact with the child. The goal of this program is to get every one of these children sponsored to hopefully keep them safe from being trafficked and also to give them hope of a future of employment and not prostitution.
Maybe you want to pray about becoming a sponsor for one of these sweet children.

My little baby girl had to go to a specialist dentist for her teeth today. She has been having trouble and they are growing in rotten. They will fill all her cavities in the hospital since they have to sedate her. I hate that she will be in pain, but realize her teeth may be hurting her now and I don't want that either. I have had so much anxiety about this because this is her first big thing to have to go through. And I know more things will come down the road! Sometimes being a parent is so hard, especially when we see our children in pain and we feel helpless.
Praise, Gavin had another checkup and all looks great! His heart is so strong and he is so healthy. He now weighs the same as his sister, who is 2 years older than him! They both weigh 28 pounds and we joke that Lyndlee will never reach 30 pounds! I love my tiny Asian sweet princess and my strong handsome Asian boy, blessings from the Father!
I love to sing "My God is so Big" with Gavin. He sings along and just watching him sing the words is precious and tears of joy come. My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there is nothing that He cannot do for you!
Lyndlee starts school in just a few weeks, cannot believe she is old enough for school. She is very excited and I know it will be so good for her. I have to be honest though, momma is a little sad thinking about not having her at home in the mornings. Something else I better get used too. Lots of changes for our little family........
This summer we are reading the Old Testament with our youth. It is hard to keep up but I love it so much. What great stories in the Old Testament and I feel we often forget about it or choose not to read it. So much to learn in these stories!
I love in 2 Kings 6 where Elisha and his servant are in trouble. The servant went out one morning and saw an Aramean army of horses and chariots surrounding the city. And the servant says "Oh my Lord, what shall we do?"
"Don't be afraid, Elisha said. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them!"
Elisha prayed, "O Lord open his eyes so he may see." Then the Lord opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha!
Thankful for His words and lessons we can learn everyday.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Still learning

So since early February we have been waiting for IRS to make their decision on our tax adoption credits. It is such a blessing this was even offered, but at the same time I wish it wasn't. It has been one thing after another. We have sent every possible paper and receipt in that we have for our adoptions, and they just keep sending more letters asking for more verification, or saying we have to wait 30 more days. We have called so many times too. But this week after calling once again and being told to wait another 60 days and also hearing that not one person had even looked at our case yet, I was done.
I keep saying I will just trust God through it all but I haven't completely. I keep checking the status when all along I should be just praying, waiting and trusting. I keep running the numbers through my head of the debt we could pay off with this money, when I should just be praying and trusting.
I struggle with money, so much to a point that I know I need to let it go and have Brennan take charge of paying bills and overseeing it all.
So thankful for being in ministry 8 years now and seeing how God has provided for us. He provides for our everyday needs and we are so blessed. He provided for our two adoptions when the money wasn't there to see visually. But I still worry, fret, and calculate how we will get bills paid.
And what a slap that is to God each time I do this. He constantly provides for us, for our every day need and I continue to check up on Him, to make sure all is well and that we are taken care of. How very selfish that is of me. Oh God change me please! I am still learning in so many ways.
These verse has helped me this week.
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
Thankful for His words that continue to change me, mold me, shape me into who He wants me to be. Still learning everyday.