Thursday, December 27, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
The finished product ~ yum!
Found this cutie in the kitchen!
We hosted 20 or so of our awesome youth for a Christmas party. We had a little bit of food ...
... and an interesting gift exchange.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Our town celebrated Oklahoma's Centennial in a big way yesterday with events planned all day long. Our football team also won 2nd round playoffs and advanced to semi-finals next weekend ~ go Big Red!
10:30 a.m., ready for the party! 12:30 p.m., too much party :)
6:30 p.m., in awe of the fireworks
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Yep, that's me, the real deal, nothing super, nothing special. Just the sleep-deprived, older mommy who is blessed beyond my wildest imagination. There's a lot going on in the world of adoption right now, and it causes me to reflect, and reflection causes me to share my heart. With the seemingly never-ending referral wait in the China program, the rigorous regulations, the closing of some IA programs and the corruption in others, I stand in awe that I have been so blessed. Four years ago God instantaneously and miraculously invited Clayton and I to join Him where His heart is at: adoption. We were totally clueless about the process, the cost, the heartache and the extent of the blessings! We proceeded on blind faith, only pausing occasionally when our own doubts and weaknesses crept in. In one weak moment I asked myself many questions, questions which I now realize may be typical, but have proven totally irrelevant! I wondered if I could love a child not born of myself, a child that didn't "look like" me, how I would survive not knowing his/her exact birth date, the circumstances of his/her "fatherless" state, his/her biology, siblings or not ... and on and on. These are all questions worth pondering but can also be traps of the enemy, lies he wants us to buy into, tapping into our own weaknesses and fears rather than relying on the strength of God Almighty.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psa 40:1
"Believing with you ~ in the wisdom of His ways, in the goodness of His love, and in the assurance of His presence as He keeps you every step of the way."
Those words speak volumes to me as I realize we are not on this journey alone. Anyone who has been down the path of adoption knows the journey is unpredictable, challenging, emotional and draining in many respects. I praise the Lord for so many friends who "get it" and are willing to hold our hands as we walk through the fire, ready to embrace us on the other side. If you are an adoptive parent, whether waiting or blessed to have completed the journey, I give you my biggest cyber hug
..."I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Mat 25:40