"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Thursday, January 28, 2010

God Speaks

For so long, I have thought that my ears were broken. I thought "God just doesn't speak to me. I am an ordinary girl, ordinary wife, ordinary mom...Why would He?". But, have I even given him a chance?? I have felt called to so many things...called to start a church with Joel, called to be a mother, called to adoption. But, after the initial calling, doubts begin to set in. The enemy begins to work on my mind.
...you are not going to succeed, why would you?
...you stink at this mom thing.
...your house is not big enough for four kids.
...you don't have enough money for this.
...the agency will not aprove you to adopt.
...you are too scared to get on a plane for 24 hours. you can't do that!!...
...and on, and on, and on....
Fear sinks in...
Self-esteem lowers...
I began to believe these things.
I find my evening worrying about something, but can't remember what it is I am supposed to be worrying about.
But, as God spoke to ordinary women in the Bible (Mary, Elizabeth, Rahab), He also speaks to me. I did not hear his voice audibly, but through His Word and through the Holy Spirit. I have never given Him a chance. I have not sat quietly in front of Him long enough for Him to get a word in. I have spent hours upon hours with Him the past couple of days. I was reminded that these thoughts I am having are definitly not of Him.
As I was being still, listening, I clearly heard Him say "Erica, I am for you, so no one can be against you".
I was brought to Romans 8:31 that says "What then shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?"
What then shall I say to every thing the enemy is trying to tell me? If God is for ME, then who can be against me?? If I know for a fact that I am called to start a church, called to be a mom, called to adopt...how could I not succeed? I know for a fact that God is for ME!!! What do I have to fear?
I was also reading Crazy Love (awesome book if you haven't read it). I was reading the chapter called "Profile of the Obsessed". God really spoke to me throught this chapter (well and throught this whole book). Here are a few quotes that I want to share.
"People who are obsessed with Jesus aren't consumed with their personal safety and comfort above all else. Obsessed people care more about God's kingdom coming to this earth than their own lives being sheilded by discomfort and pain."
(ummm, hello? plane trip, 24 hours, over the ocean?? Enemy, get behind me because I am obsessed with Jesus!! You don't have a chance.)
"Obsessed people are more concerned with obeying God than doing whats expected or fulfilling the status quo. A person who is obsessed with Jesus will do things that don't always make sense in terms of success or wealth on this earth." (Luke 14:25-35)
(Again, Satan, I am going to obey God. It doesn't matter if this makes since to anyone or if we put everything we have into adopting one of God's children instead of growing our retirement, buying a bigger house, or saving for our kids college.)
"People who are obsessed with Jesus do not consider service a burden. Obsessed people take joy in loving God by loving his people." (Matt. 13:44)
"People who are obsessed with Jesus live lives that connect them with the poor in some way or another." (Matthew 16: 24-36).
What an incredible privelege it is to be the daughter of Christ!! That He could open my eyes, that He would speak to me of all people. That He would want to spend time with me, that He loves me so much that He would give His only Son so that I could spend eternity with Him.
I choose to be obsessed with Jesus!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Radio Flyer

Monday, January 25, 2010

MIL's Gift

This bag turned out so cute that I had to share. This is the first time I have ever used a pattern and it was quite difficult and confusing. I skipped a few of the steps and did some my own way because I didn't quite understand the directions and luckily it still looks like a bag. A really cute one!! I almost kept it for myself :), but gave it to my awesome, wonderful Mother-in-law for her birthday.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Pinewood Derby

Clayton looks forward to cubscouts. He loves being with his friends and doing really fun boy stuff with his Daddy. Mostly, he has been looking forward to the pinewood derby race. He has wanted to build this car since the first day he started cubscouts. I was a girl scout, so this is all new to me. We spent our days singing "Make new friends" and cross stitching potholders.

So, here is the pinewood derby car....well the beginnings of it. It starts out as just a block of wood.

Clayton settled on a design after changing his mind over and over again. He decided he wanted the batmobile.
Daddy did not dissapoint. I had no idea he could do such a thing.

Joel was so excited about this race. He was talking strategy on the car with his dad. He made sure that it weighed exactly five ounces.
Clayton saluting the flag
The Tigers are ready for the race.
Our faithful fans.
Oliver really wanted his own pinewood derby car, but really loved watching Clayton's batmobile race.

On your mark....
...get set...

Joel had no idea how the batmobile would race. For all he knew, the wheels would fly off and the car wouldn't even cross the finish line. But, lo and behold, Clayton got 2nd place in his den!!!!!!
The top three people in each den got to go to the finals and he ended up getting 3rd place overall.Here he is getting his metal.

This was so much fun (especially since we had a winning car). I can see that Joel is already planning out his strategy for next year. He is not going to stop at 3rd place.

Reading Achievement

Clayton got an award for Super Reading. Way to go, buddy! He can read 66 words a minute on the hardest 1st grade level. He is at a crossroads though. He doesn't enjoy reading anymore because he needs to be reading chapter books, but there are no fun pictures (which is what he likes). We are trying to find some books that keep his interest but are on his level. We are working on The Mouse and the Motorcycle. He gets frustrated very easily, so I am trying to be patient (not easy for me). As long as he gives it his all and does his best, we are proud of what he can achieve.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Growin' Frogs

Clayton got a tadpole/frog habitat for Christmas from my parents. We had to send off for the tadpoles and finally arrived in the mail today. Two little tadpoles.....

We had to follow very special instructions to make sure we made their transition into their new home as easy as possible. We are getting them used to the temperature of their new water.
Here they are. The one on the left is R2D2 and the one on the right is yoda. Yoda is not as active as R2D2 so I am a little concerned that he might not make it (the reason I ordered two just in case one died).
The metamorphisis takes 15-30 days, so we are watching them closely for any signs of them looking more like frogs.
This is going to be so much fun!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Arbo Days are Here Again

We are lovin' the outdoors this week. The warm weather has made us all much happier. Gigi went to the arbo with me and two of the boys. There were not many people there and we just enjoyed the greatness of outside.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Channel 8

Clayton had a cubscout outing today and the whole fam decided to tag along. We got to tour the channel 8 news station. It was really neat. I must say that all of these boys are quite a funny group.
We had been at birthday parties all day, so Clayton did not have his uniform.

Joel's Mom's cousin works at the station and we ran into her. She was showing the boys what she does on Saturdays. She listens to all the police radios and tries to detect anything that might need to be put on the news. She has to listen to changes in their voices, their breathing, or any other idication that their may be trouble.

They boys' favorite part was the green screen. Shelly gave our tour and we actually saw her on the news on Sunday night. Kind of cool to have met a celebrity.
They loved making themselves dissapear.

Oliver's dinosaur on his shirt was green, so you could see right through Oliver.
All the boys doing the weather.

This is the actual table that they sit for the news.

Pretty cool!! We got to see how all the news goes from the first sign of the news to what is actually seen on tv.