Friday, March 30, 2012
and one teen is playing baseball in one town,
and another teen is playing softball in another town,
and I'm the designated zookeeper for the evening,
fully aware of the fact that everyone will eventually arrive home hungry...
...I turn to my top-secret tricks that make me look awesome, like:
1 cup cooked chicken (especially awesome when I've precooked, prechopped and frozen it!)
1 tsp Cumin
28 oz crushed tomatoes
5-6 cups chicken broth
1 pack Lipton chicken noodle soup
1 can black beans
1 can sweet corn
Mix all the ingredients, simmer for 30 minutes or so, serve with tortillas and enjoy!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
A discussion on FB last week spurred my interest again, and I got a recipe for powdered soap. I know some of ya'll have been doing this for years, but I'm kinda slow about these things.
It's like all my favorite recipes ~ 5 ingredients or less :)
I've been using it for a week now and can say I love it! Well, who loves laundry soap? Unfortunately, we do have a longstanding relationship...but this is going to save boatloads of money!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
I'm so proud of you!
I hope you have encountered the Lord as never before during this past 12 weeks. It doesn't end here. In fact, this is just the beginning. We have read the Word, and now we must apply it. But we can't stop reading. Just as we need daily physical nourishment, we also need daily spiritual nourishment.
I hope you have a new reading plan, Bible study or devo lined up to begin Friday morning. After spending an hour in the Word each day, you may feel lost without a plan.
I've loved taking this journey with you! Please leave a comment to let me know how it went. Even if you are really behind or quit reading along the way, I would love to hear from you.
I hope to see you next time ~ either this summer or next January!
Monday, March 26 - Thursday, March 29
Mon ~ Heb 1:1 - Jas 3:12
Tues ~ Jas 3:13 - 3 Jn 14
Wed ~ Jude 1 - Rev 17:18
Thur ~ Rev 18:1 - Rev 22:21
Saturday, March 24, 2012
We had a round of haircuts. See the awesome response :)
Krew, party of six...
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
This year you turned 4 in the presence of your family! You are, indeed, a SISTER and a DAUGHTER!
Happy Birthday, precious one! We love you!!!
Monday, March 19, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Mon ~ Ac 6:8 - Ac 16:37
Tues ~ Ac 16:38 - Ac 28:16
Wed ~ Ac 28:17 - Ro 14:23
Thur ~ Ro 15:1 - 1Co 14:40
Fri ~ 1Co 15:1 - Gal 3:25
Sat ~ Gal 3:26 - Col 4:18
Sun ~ 1Th 1:1 - Phm 25
Friday, March 16, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
In reading the parable of the talents in Matthew this week, I’ve asked myself many questions, but specifically, “Am I playing it safe?”
Remember the story: the master was going on a journey and left his money in the care of his servants, according to their abilities.
To one servant he gave five talents, to one he gave two talents and another he gave one talent. The servants who received the five and two talents went ‘at once’ and put the money to work, doubling the number of talents.
But the servant who received one talent dug a hole and hid his master’s money.
Some time later when the master returned to settle his accounts, he was pleased with the first two servants for using what he had left in their charge and growing it. He said to them, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.”
The master, however, was not pleased with the servant who hid the money. By doing so, he had not put to use something that wasn’t his to begin with. Out of fear he put the talent away for safekeeping.
How does this relate to us (me)? God has blessed us with resources to be used for His glory. Some have abilities and some wealth, but none of it belongs to us. God is the owner, and we are the caretakers. When we prove faithful with little, He gives us much.What are we playing it safe with to avoid obedience to Him?
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
She is healthy and good to go, finally!
Thank you so much for your comments and emails with nutritional information to help boost our Thin Mint. I appreciate them so much!
I just love the adoption community - ya'll rock!
Our prayer is that tomorrow her 'moderate hearing loss' will be reversed by the tubes which will remove the fluid. And no.more.ear.infections!!!!
Monday, March 12, 2012
Oh.my.word! What-the-heck is APA format anyway? And who's the wise guy who started it? And what-in-the-world am I doing?
I just love kids and adoption and change.for.the.better.
I don't like research.
I do like writing.
Can I combine my love for writing with the necessity to research the facts and come up with my first APA formatted term paper that will pass?
I'll let you know.
Right now, I must walk away from this computer...
Mon ~ Mt 26:57 - Mk 9:13
Tues ~ Mk 9:14 - Lk 1:80
Wed ~ Lk 2:1 - Lk 9:62
Thur ~ L 10:1 - Lk 20:19
Fri ~ Lk 20:20 - Jn 5:47
Sat ~ Jn 6:1 - Jn 15:17
Sun ~ Jn 15:18 - Ac 6:7
Saturday, March 10, 2012
...for this little man, Hai Zi Hao. We learned that his name, if mispronounced, means Monkey King. Oh, how fitting :)
Welcome to the family, Kaeleb Jon! Meeting his 'virtual twin' Kambry.
This year he started pre-K!
What a joy it is to watch him blossom.
Last night as he asked me a question in his usual way, saying "Mommy" 15 times until he gets the desired response, his daddy reminded me that if we hadn't said "YES" when the Lord prompted our hearts, Kaeleb wouldn't even know the word "Mommy."
Thank You, Jesus, for letting me be Kaeleb's forever mommy!
Friday, March 9, 2012
This special trike will help strengthen her leg muscles. Thank you, Ambucs!
We will know the date of her MRI and spine x-ray next week.
Meanwhile, you'd better stay off the sidewalk cuz we're coming through!!!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
This morning I asked the Lord to help me recall things I didn't even know I knew :)
Thank You, JESUS!!!
Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement!
And now I have two more tests to prepare for...and a term paper to write...
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength...I can do everything through Him who gives me strength...I can do everything through Him who gives me strength...
Monday, March 5, 2012
Not gonna lie...I'm anxious.
I do feel good about a few things, like adding exercise back into my mornings, Weight Watchers and reading ahead in B90X.
And if I need a dose of super-human strength (and I will), I know exactly where to find it :)
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Monday, March 5- Sunday, March 11
Mon ~ Da 9:1 - Hos 13:6
Tues ~ Hos 13:7 - Am 9:10
Wed ~ Am 9:11 - Nah 3:19
Thur ~ Hab 1:1 - Zec 10:12
Fri ~ Zec 11:1 - Mt 4:25
Sat ~ Mt 5:1 - Mt 15:39
Sun ~ Mt 16:1 - Mt 26:56
Hang in there; we are so close!
Friday, March 2, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
I remember the moment I met her, just 9 months ago. She was the tiniest 3-year-old I had ever seen. When I held her, I even thought she might break. I silently wondered, “What happened to the healthy toddler from the referral picture?”
Less than 5 minutes later, our facilitator shrieked, “Look, another one!” which meant, “Here’s your second daughter!” And as I reached for my new 1-year-old, I was completely unaware that my emotional ‘detachment’ with my tiny toddler was set into motion.
My sister-in-law and my teenage daughter accompanied me on this trip, and I had made it abundantly clear to them that I had to be the one meeting the needs of my new Treasures, all in the name of attachment. I had to figure out how to feed them both, bathe them both, change one’s diaper and take the other to the toilet. While I was wearing my game face and keeping up with the girls, Kenzie and Sheri did a fantastic job of taking care of me J
Our first night together I decided to bathe the girls separately to give them some one-on-one mommy time. I was stunned when I gently placed my tiny 3-year-old into the bath and she began bathing herself like someone who had been independent for years! I immediately took the wash cloth from her, and explained that Mommy would help her from now on. But my heart was broken.
She fell into her crib, exhausted from the events of the traumatic day, but 30 minutes later she was frantically trying to get out. She’d had an accident in her sleep, likely from an unfamiliar food she’d eaten that day which upset her fragile digestive system. Once I got her next to the tub, she shocked me again by trying to clean her soiled clothes under the running water. I again explained that this was Mommy’s job from now on. Again, my heart was broken.
My 3-year-old daughter had been caring for herself in ways she shouldn’t have to. And because she hadn’t needed anybody, she was reluctant to bond with me. And unfortunately, I rolled with that. Oh, I still mechanically cared for her, but my heart wasn’t in it. We sort of had this mutual detachment going on. Except I’m the mommy, and I know better. I pleaded with the Lord to soften my heart and prove to my child that her future is much different from her past, that she will be treasured, nurtured and surrounded by a family who loves her.
And there was something else. Because of her cleft palate, my daughter couldn’t communicate easily. I didn’t realize how frustrating it is trying to bond with someone who can’t talk. Or maybe I was just excusing myself.
Once we were home I began to worry that my daughter would be confused about who her mama was if I didn’t step up to the plate. I was ashamed. And then, the Lord knew exactly what we both needed! We’d been home a few days and she reached for me. It seems like a small thing, but it was huge!
And then she found ways to get my attention. And I began to give it. And as we began to seek the medical care she needed, I had opportunities to comfort her. We began to make eye contact. She wanted to snuggle with me rather than pull away. Instead of happily letting her go to other people in church, I began to cuddle her myself.
And now, 9 months later, there is trust. And there is love. Mutual love, between a mama and her precious daughter. Thank You, Jesus!
Today she trusts and loves...and is very loved!