Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Thank You for praying

Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers. Derrick passed away Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 11:00pm. He was only 25. We have services today and tomorrow. We beg you to remember us and pray for us.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Oh yes! Today is officially the first day of spring. Can you hear the angels rejoicing? After a long winter of being cooped up indoors, I am ready to move as much of our life as possible into the great outdoors. I am cleaning up our patio to prepare for dinners to be eaten out there. I am ready to reinstate our Sunday afternoon bar-b-que ritual. We have already fired up the chiminea. I love this time of year. It just feels like everything is being born again. Life is beginning everywhere you look. It is a very hopeful time of year that births many new plans in my busy little mind as well. My biggest goal right now is to create a new vegetable garden. We had a nice garden last year even though we didn't get it put out until June. But that small garden provided me a new passion: CANNING. I love it. We were able to put up quite a few green beans, jellies, and SALSA. Oh there is nothing like fresh salsa. After my supply was devoured, store bought just was not the same. So thoughts of a garden are foremost in my mind. However since last year, my sweet and sexy husband has built a pond where our garden was located. So I will spend today making the decision of where to build our new large veggie garden. Wayne has given me several ideas that will work well, but I am supposed to make the decision. So exploring I go.....

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

One year....

Can it really be that my baby has been home one year? One year ago, we stood in a stuffy room with several others and chaotically received one of the biggest gifts of our life. That gift came to us in a very loud package. She grieved hard and fast and loud for the first 24 hours. Then it was as if she said, "OK, I'm in." Even after a year, I do not believe that I fully comprehend what all God is revealing to me through Sydney. He has taught me that:

~He knows me

~He knows my dreams and desires better than I do

~His plan for my life is what I want

~When I let go of control, that is when things are good

~I can not create anything that compares to what He has for me

~I do not need to be understood by the world

~I can depend on Him to walk me through uncertain areas

~The things of God are the only things worth pursuing

~Nothing is impossible with him

~His timing is perfect

~His love is perfect and personal and individual

~He hears every word I say to Him

~Even when I reject Him, He loves me

~Even when I complicate things, He still wants me

~He has a plan for my life

All these lessons came as a beautiful gift. I will forever praise You for leading our family down this road. When I stop to think about how scared we were and how misunderstood we were, I gasp. Usually in my life, I would have backed out when face with all that fear and confusion. I easily could have missed this. Thank You for leading and entrusting and guiding and pushing me to go forward. I will forever praise You for this:

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook - March 16 Edition

For Today -

Out side my window...I have newly filled bird feeders patiently waiting to be feasted on.

I am thinking...that I love adding this daybook to my blog. I love how it makes me stop and think and ponder and wonder.

I am thankful for...my sweet Asian baby celebrating tomorrow her one year anniversary of joining our family. We were forever changed on that day. God has used her to light us up with a passion for orphans. If I stop to think of how I could have missed this.....

From the learning rooms...knowing that I am not capable is an unbelievably peaceful thing.

From the kitchen...coffee patiently warming and waiting.

I am wearing...my new pjs! Thank you Grandma! (Don't judge me, they are nice and it's Monday.)

I am creating...a new body.

I am going...to the bank today to deposit some extra money. Thank you Jesus.

I am reading..Proverbs.

I am hoping...for an answer this week.

I am hearing...the birds outside discussing whether or not the feeders are safe.

Around the house...several mountains of laundry and a sticky kitchen floor are awaiting. (Sweet tea spill that the kids "cleaned it all up, really")

One of my favorite things is...long talks outside around the fire.

A few plans for the rest of the week...one basketball game, two volleyball games, Fireproof Bible study, and walking.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing...
From this:

To this:

We've come a long way, baby!

Check these out!

I just wanted to let you all know about 2 great families that are fundraising for their next adoptions! The Oatsvall family is a sweet, sweet family that radiates God's love for orphans. I have been honored to follow along on their journey. They have taught me many thing without even trying. Just reading their story will bless you! Go here to meet them and here to shop! Also another sweet and crazy adoption mama has started a t-shirt business to help orphans. This family is a wonderful military family with a ton of sweet kiddos and making room for one more. Her love for orphans will inspire even the most doubtful heart. Spend just a little bit of time on her sight and you will be rejuvenated and empowered with a big "I can do this" attitude. Go here to meet her and here to shop!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I've been....

...loving life.
...enjoying getting to know my sweet Savior a little more each day.
...chasing my Ashlyn playing volleyball, then basketball.
...chasing my Sarah learning about Jr. High life.
...chasing my Sydney everywhere.
...learning to simplify.
...learning what is important to my sweet Savior.
...learning that those same things are all that's is important.
...sewing clothes for Sydney.
...sewing quilts.
...making soap.
...trying to make candles.
...loving visiting my bloggy friends almost daily.
...loving my sweet husband.
...loving my coffee.

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaack!