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

Monday, July 23, 2012

Warrior week

Clayton is off to Warrior Week.  This is a christian boys camp.  This is his first time to go away to camp.  I know he is going to have a BLAST.  He is so excited.  His best friend, Caleb is going too.  I am so thankful they are going together. 
My cousin, Amy is a counselor at the Girls Camp.  The camps are in two different locations.  
Can you see the excitement on Caleb's face?
Best Buds since kindergarten.
All the campers.
My nieces are going to the girls camp.
Walking to the buses.  These tough boys were holding hands.  So sweet.  
The boys loaded up and they sat on the front row.  
The hardest part of the week is that I will have no communication with him. I know he will be having a blast, but it is hard to not know for sure.  I cannot wait for him to get home with tons of stories about his week.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Reminders

Love the daily reminders of God's glory and how big He is!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Funny boy

"mommy, can I have some moon almonds?" (cashews)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Changed Heart- Post Ethiopia thoughts

When I first saw Ethiopia, my heart broke.  I have never seen such poverty.  My first thought was that this place is so backwards.  These people have nothing.  How could this be? But, as I have been home, I have realized that we are the ones that are backwards.  In Ethiopia, the people are so rich in spirit.  They have nothing, yet they share what they have.  They live in the tiniest "houses" I have ever seen, yet they don't complain.  They are thankful for what they have.  They are thankful for their daily bread. They are completely overjoyed.  Here, we have so much, too much yet we are so poor in spirit.  I am not pointing fingers, I am included here.  I have wasted so much time in my life focusing on what I don't have, grumbling, unsatisfied.  We have so many idols that keep us from God.  With every house I entered in at Korah, I cried out to God "Lord, please forgive me, I am so ungrateful."  God broke my heart piece by piece.  With every house, He stripped away all my desires for the things of this world.

Now, I am completely overwhelmed with all the blessings around me.  God taught me to be content.  He taught me to be thankful for where He has put me and where he currently has me.  He showed me that my home is AMAZING and good enough.  He taught me to be thankful for my daily bread and not want for more.  He has taught me to be grateful.  He as taught me that He is enough.  He showed me that even simple things like hot water and water pressure are blessings that I should not take for granted.  He changed my heart.

Everytime I close my eyes, I see a different face.  At times I cannot believe what I saw was real.  It was too painful.  It is too hard to explain or even describe.  I continue to see the face of the woman with leprosy and her two year old daughter.  I think of how I am here in my comfortable home with my pantry full of food, my closet full of clothes, my hardwood floors and she is still there...probably still sitting in that same spot, covered in flies....hungry.  I will never be the same....Thank you, Jesus, for opening up my eyes to the things unseen.

Matthew 6:19
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, were moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Swimming Lessons

Elliot is a super brave swimmer when he has his puddle jumper on.  Without it, he is not a fan of swimming.  He was in the tiny tots class this year and he did well.  


 Sweet Charlotte came out to watch Elliot on Show Day!




 Not a fan of the back float.


 Swimming ALL BY HIMSELF.


Thank you Haw Haw for teaching Elliot how to swim!!  He LOVES the water!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

7eleven

Free slurpee day!

Monday, July 9, 2012

DTE 15 Months

We have officially been waiting for Annie for 15 months.  I cannot believe it has been that long.  For the past year, I have kind of had to disconnect myself from the adoption.  The wait has been to difficult to put myself all in.  Now that I have been to Ethiopia, I feel like part of me has been left there. My daughter is there.  My desire is stronger to have her home than it was before.  Before, I knew it would happen one day and I would just wait until that one day arrived.  Now, I still know it will happen one day and I still fully trust God with this, but I am committing to praying her and my friend Carrie's daughter home daily.  A year from now, I want to be in Ethiopia meeting my daughter. I want Joel to see Ethiopia and experience what I have experienced.  The amazing thing, when we got home, there were 7 infant girl referrals.  I moved up into the 20s (26 to be exact :) ) on the unofficial list.  It gave me hope that she could be home next year.  It renewed my spirit.   We just had our homestudy update done and hopefully that will be the last one EVER!!

I am so blessed to get to walk this journey with my sweet friend Carrie!!


First day of swimming lessons