Wednesday, December 23, 2009
This guy tried a Shocker candy.
We celebrated early because he is on call for work the next few days.
We had a sweet celebration and are all still in pjs. We are off to watch a movie and eat more candy. There are so many costumes because after Halloween I spend a whopping $20 and load up on dress up clothes for my kids. This year we decided to save it all for Christmas. The kids loved it. Daniel had been asking for a Monkey dress up costume. He loves it so much he told us he wants to take a nap in it. The boys all loved their Pendragon knight costumes and started sword fighting right away. The girls are beautiful in their white lace gloves and medieval dresses. Ashley's big gift was a tea set from Vision Forum. We are so pleased with it. She loves it as it is so delicate and has roses all over it. Abi received Heelys and is starting to get he feet under her. John's big gift was a Ripstik and he loves it. Daniel had been asking for the Vision Forum RC Amphibious car-he was so pleased! Isaiah is our big boy riding a skateboard. I am off to re-join my family.
God sent His richest blessing to you all in His Son Jesus Christ--the true reason for this holy-day season. If you do not know Him, then your Christmas is meaningless. Our prayer is that He will call you to Him, that you will love Him and live your lives for Him! If you don't know what I am talking about, grab a Bible and start reading the book of Luke.
Monday, December 21, 2009
I thought about titling this post Half-Baked but then realized that is some kind of reference to drugs, of which I do not take part. So, Cookies it is! I spent several hours getting gingerbread dough made and then cutting out shapes to assemble a house and train. Peter cut out the last thing---a dinosaur of course.
By the way, the icing writers are fantastic. Just don't let the two year old have full liberty when using them. Somehow Isaiah got a hold of the red writer. The next thing we knew he was covered, hand were red, lips painted to perfection and just enough in and under the nose to resemble a terrific nose bleed! I didn't get a good picture of that, just the smiling, already cleaned up boy:
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The Daddy-Husband-Pilot is at work.
The holy ones are currently lying on the floor surrounded by books.
The Wife-Moma just finished reading several of said books to said holy ones
We are busy living life, rather than writing about it! I know you understand.
However, a quick update as to what the happenings are around here...
We arrived home Monday morning (so early it was really Sunday night!) after a wonderful week learning more about our Lords creation at The Creation Museum and His word at the Sufficiency of Scripture Conference. We enjoyed the museum so much that we decided to purchase a year long pass even though the facility is located an almost 10 hour drive from our house. Want to come along with us next time we go? The SOS conference was wonderful and so affirming as to what God has been showing us in His word this year. I mentioned at the beginning of the year that we had committed to reading through the Bible in a year. We have read everyday but with five little ones just recently started the New Testament. We are all loving it and learning so much. If you have never read the Bible cover to cover, I highly recommend it.
Peter is on reserve for Christmas so we will celebrate with the children a few days early. This has my mind reeling with what needs to be wrapped and possibly purchased. The following week my cousin is getting married and Daniel will be the cute, tux-wearing, flower girl escorting ring bearer. It will be a fun time.
That's it for now. Blessings to you and yours. Possibly more on the conference later. It was really good!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
As I sit here pondering my day, my children are laughing and playing throughout the house. They have run up and down the stairs too many times to count.
I am thankful for many things:
We truly are abundantly blessed. I hope you had a chance to give thanks today and every day for our Lords gracious provision, endless mercy and saving death.
- My husband who is willing to lead this family and works hard for us.
- My children who are healthy, laughing, playing and absorbing God's Word.
- My extended family on both sides...parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins.
- Another birthday.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I am so blessed.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Peace be with you all tonight.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Happy Birthday Daniel! We are blessed to be your Daddy and Mommy! You are sweet joy to us and we stand amazed at your precious spirit, serving heart and continued growth as you learn more about Jesus! We pray your next year is blessed. We pray that you continue to grow in Him as you gain wisdom and understanding through the fear of the Lord.
Happy 5th Birthday sweet, tough and handsome boy!
We love you, Daddy and Moma
Monday, October 26, 2009
Our almost 5yo son has a birthday this Thursday. Last year we went shopping for fun plates for his party. Where do you think we went? Yep, to the dreaded, fully decorated, Party City! I wasn't even thinking about the fact that it too would be decorated (I had already driven 10 minutes pass the store we were boycotting due to their decorations). We took a step in the door and a human sized half zombie-half man yard ornament "spoke" to my then 3 yo son. I covered my sons face, turned around and hurried from the store. My son has talked about it for an entire year!
We need to be aware of to what we are exposing our children. For us, it is not enough to "play down" Halloween. We just have to call it what it is and do something else. I understand the shying away from the "what are you going to be" or "do you want to hear my best witch laugh?" UGH. Umm, no thank you and Jesus loves you!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Today it was revamped for our growing Daniel! Daniel bought it from John after trying it out yesterday. Today Daddy and Daniel sanded and painted it to make it brand new for our almost 5 year old. They found white, blue and glitter paint in the basement, so they went with it. The frame is white, the fenders and handle bars are blue (Daniel's favorite color) and the entire thing has a couple coats of gold glitter. They finished the look with some of Daniels favorite stickers from his collection. We consider it a good combination of Daniel and Go Navy! After all was completed the two of them reassembled the bike and hit the road for a long ride around The Island. Daniel tackled big hills and was so brave. Daddy and Daniel had a fun time.
What a sweet blessing to watch two of my favorite people have so much fun together...
Friday, October 16, 2009
I challenge you to do the same. I promise, it feels so good!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Besides the boat trip with Papa and Gramommy, we also did this:
but the only photos I have are of the climb back up!
**John is here while I am posting these photos and we are both wondering where the photo is of him. He thinks he was too cold to jump so he stayed on the pier. :)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Abi to Isaiah as she begins to "throw" him on the couch: Are you ready?! Liberty!
Isaiah: No! I'm the baby. I'm the baby. I'm the baby.
Love it when the youngest uses his knowledge of being "the baby" to his own advantage.
Monday, September 21, 2009
John T turned 6 on Saturday!
You are joy to us John!
Happy Birthday smiling, "sticky fingers," cowboy John!
I have been extremely behind on updating this blog!
This is a quick run down of what we have been up to...
June: one week in Texas, one week in California visiting family
July: one week in Boston for Reformation 500
August: hosted a missions fellowship in our home, hosted a missionary, started school, Isaiah's adoption was finalized (insert shouts of joy!), went to Pennsylvania for a weekend of family fellowship and missions MAF, Peter started a week of vacation at the end of the month and that took us into...
September: spent a night on my parents boat with them at a cool resort, went apple, peach and blackberry picking, did not labor on Labor Day, took a one week whirlwind road trip to Georgia for a Jesus in the Quran conference, visited family on the way home, visited Liberty University (where I was attending when Peter stole my heart) and our pastors son, a visit from Oma and celebrated John's birthday and still more to come!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
John lost his other front tooth. Needless to say my older kids are singing a famous Christmas song about him. What do you think his apples will look like now?
Other things lost this week include one female hamster. Yet to be found. I am a little freaked out every time I pick up a load of laundry from the floor. Where could she be hiding? No sign of her anywhere. Perhaps she has fled the property due to my inability to really love her. I wonder how long before the other one leaves.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Daddy: John, you know you are not supposed to do that, now jump in and go get it.
John, age 5: No, I can't Daddy, I can't, I am scary, I am scary!! (this is actually what he says when he means scared)
Daddy: You threw it in, you go get it. There is nothing to be afraid of.
John: I scary Daddy! I scary of the jellyfish!
Enter Daniel, age 4: He's not scared of the jellyfish. He's scared of the sharks.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Tom Davis over at Notes from the field said this about the new movie Orphan:
I want to challenge my readers and friends to write 500 positive blog posts about how an orphan has impacted and changed your life. Post this on your own blog so that when people search for the movie, they are flooded with positive messages about adoption and orphan care.
Just finish this sentence: "Warner Bros. new horror movie Orphan proclaims that it must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own. Let me tell you about how an orphan changed my life..."
My adopted children are my own. I am continually surprised when I walk by the mirror and once again realize that they don't look like me! Most often I feel like your typical large family with 2 full shopping carts at Sam's Club. Then I realize. They are starring because we "have our hands full" and because we are a trans-racial family. I found myself telling my husband that we might be the only black people at a conference we recently attended. Then I kind of laughed. I am not black. But I am Moma to 3 who are black, 1 who is Mexican and 1 who is a perfect combination of the two. I will let you figure it all out from the photo above. So, how has my life changed by these wonderful 5?
These two full hands make one fuller heart.
Five good morning cuddles.
Five snacks, five times a day.
Five times the energy.
Five times the laughter.
Five times the smiles.
Five times the fun.
Five sets of arms to watch splashing in the pool.
Five sets of legs that run down to the beach.
Five toothbrushes lined up by the sink.
Five times five pairs of shoes left by the front door.
Five stories to hear about what happened while they played.
Five books to read during "mommy reading time."
Five different animals to keep, okay make that 11.
Five bicycles lined up on the driveway.
Five different sizes of the same kind of socks.
Five mouths chewing mint gum.
Five bedtime prayers.
Five goodnight kisses.
Five different ways to be
to the Lord for
His precious gifts.
Since becoming ours, my children have grown to know the Living God. They have grown from shy and unsure to knowing they are loved. This love is not just from myself and my husband, but from Jesus, their Redeemer. The life they came from is not who they are, but it has an impact for Christ on where they are going.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Deuteronomy 8:18 (NIV)
18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.
Throughout scripture we are told to remember. I write this today in order to remember that my Lord is faithful to speak...when I am willing to listen.
Every once in a while something happens in your life that will be a memory to share with your grandchildren. In my case the something that happened will be retold to my children and to my children's children in order to glorify my Father in heaven. For the past two years Peter and I have felt the urge to move from our home and settle in a place where the children can run, our family can continue to grow and we can afford to live a simple life. God has always spoken to us about debt as well. We purchased cars we could afford with cash that we had saved for this purpose. If we use the credit card then we pay it off, in full, when the bill arrives. We always make sure we have the money in the bank before making any purchase. We use the cash system for groceries and clothing and when it is gone, it is gone. We do not put something on credit in order to have it right now. So, we do not have any debt...or do we?
We have a mortgage. For years we have not seen our house as debt. According to culture it is a tax write-off. "You don't want to pay off your house because it's a tax shelter." But this is worldly advice, not Biblical advice. God was speaking to us about this, but we were not positive about what we should do. So, we fasted and prayed. We fell on our faces before the Living God and asked for guidance. God is so good! He answered before we even had a chance to ask! We have been reading through the Bible with the children this year and this is where God had us for the day of our fast...His timing is perfect. His will is perfect.
His answer to our question of whether we should sell our house was this:
Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their Jewish brothers. Some were saying, "We and our sons and daughters are numerous; in order for us to eat and stay alive, we must get grain."
Others were saying, "We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our homes to get grain during the famine."
Still others were saying, "We have had to borrow money to pay the king's tax on our fields and vineyards. Although we are of the same flesh and blood as our countrymen and though our sons are as good as theirs, yet we have to subject our sons and daughters to slavery. Some of our daughters have already been enslaved, but we are powerless, because our fields and our vineyards belong to others."
We know this sounds ridiculous to many people. But God spoke so very clearly to us through this passage. He knew that this would be our reading for that day. He knew we would be fasting, seeking Him. He knows the plans He has for us. Are we hurting for money? No. Are we able to feed the kids? Yes. Can we pay the mortgage? Yes. God has blessed Peter with an incredible job! But He also spoke very clearly to us to sell our house as "our fields and vineyards belong to others." So, our house is up for sale. We do not have a sign in the yard. We have not listed it with an agent. We have not put it in the paper. But it is for sale and should someone come knocking on our door asking us if we would like to sell our house, then the answer is yes. Because God told us to. By the way, the sign will go in when we have the house ready to show.
If there is something that the Lord has been talking to you about but you are not totally ready to hear. Please consider fasting and praying and really listening to His voice so that it may go well with you too!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Although Momma doesn't look like coffee, we are certainly Black White and Tan around here. We have found this song to hold a special place for all of us. I was not able to upload the song, so the video is the best we could do from You Tube.
We didn't film it, but I appreciate the girl who did!
The lyrics are posted for you to read along while you listen to the You Tube video.
Enjoy! I am sure you will see why we love this song...
Momma looks like coffee, Daddy looks like cream
Baby is a mocha drop American dream
All the colors of the rainbow are in her family tree
Woven all together in a paisley tapestry
She holds real tightly to her parents' hands
Baby loves that woman, baby loves that man
And her soul gives a smile 'cause she understands
Our love is black, white, tan
Yeah, yeah, yeah black, white, tan
Everyone is precious in the Father's sight
It don't matter red or yellow, black or white
He just loves ya 'cause He loves ya
I tell you this is true
You are not a color and a color is not you
So hold real tightly to your Daddy's hands
'Cause he loves that woman, He loves that man
And let your soul give a smile 'cause you understand
That love is black, white, tan
yeah, yeah, yeah black, white, tan
Na, na, na, na, na . . .
So hold real tightly to your Daddy's hands
'Cause he loves that woman, and he loves that man
And let your soul give a smile every once in a while
Let your soul give a smile every once in a while (repeat 2x)
'Cause love is black, white, tan
Yeah, I know God's love is black, white, tan
Yes I know God's love is black, white, tan
Little girl will tell you black, white and tan
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
How did your day go?
Monday, July 13, 2009
What I did accomplish today:
lots of smiles
husband phone chat
lots of swimming
children baby hamster holding
now almost to bed
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
The conference focused on celebrating the reformers such as John Calvin, John Knox and Martin Luther and what they did for us as Christians as well as focusing on what we could learn from them and how to apply that knowledge to our lives in order to shape the future.
The speakers we were privileged to hear included Doug Phillips, Scott Brown, Kevin Swanson, Dr. Joseph Morecraft, Geoffrey Botkin and Col. John Eidsmore. There were so many lectures we missed that we decided to purchase the entire lecture and tour recording.
Vision Forum does an excellent job is making their conferences come to life through the speakers. This time they included reformers from the past who "came to life" in order for us to learn their stories. There were 40 live reformers who told their stories as the children swarmed around them to get their autographs. Once the children had 30 autographs they could earn money towards a variety of items, one including a silver coin that was specifically made to celebrate this occasion. My boys chose swords and my girls chose money off at Behemoth.
We returned home with minds full of history and hearts desiring to apply what we learned in order to plan our vision for the future. Our desire is for our children to learn from the past as well so that they may apply it to the now and to help shape the future for the glory of God.
Peter surprised us with a limo ride to our hotel.
We didn't have to take our car seats as a limo is considered public transportation!
It was loud and so cool!
songs which she wrote many years ago.
The boys use their new swords while they await the line up for the parade.
within your family and your community.
Do not be comfortable with the simple Christianity in which you may be living.
Believe the Sola Scriptura and live it!