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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Just surfing around on the net this afternoon and found a great blog post on the Show Hope Blog that I wanted to share with you. So click HERE and then come back...........
Okay, isn't that a cool post and so very true. You know we are still completing our 2nd dossier for China, even though, little Ainsley is on her way. To be perfectly honest, we have waivered back and forth several times on this road. We started the process before we knew Ainsley was a part of our family, and I was a little sad at first to think that maybe we had messed up and that God's plan for our 3rd addition was not in China but born in my womb instead. I really did grieve, not knowing if we were to be parents of 4 kids-which just 2 years ago seemed completely in sane. But after praying and praying, we have pressed on knowing God would not have placed another China blessing on our hearts just because. And although it seems like a hard road right now, and I admit a little insane, we just can't give up on our 4th addition. So until God shows us otherwise we are still pressing on, walking in faith, knowing He will lead our steps and we will be blessed beyond measure. But just as the Show Hope post says, we have been tempted and fooled by the enemy, even just yesterday. We just received a contract on our house and need to find a new, bigger, house to close on by Aug. 20th. Well the house hunt is not going as well as I hoped, mostly because I really want to have 5 bedrooms or 4 large ones and 3 bathrooms. I just know with 4 kids we would need that space, and I don't want to outgrow our house again. So last night after hunting all afternoon with no luck, I wondered maybe we are only supposed to have 3 kids, it would make this search a lot easier. See how easily he sneaks in. But after reading surfing around today, I know that is not true. We are called to bring another blessing home. It may be in 2 years or 3, but we will be ready and God will work it all out. That I know!
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Saturday, July 11, 2009
I often blog about Charlotte, I think because I spend more time with her than Ethan (he is always busy and likes it that way) and because she lets me take more pictures of her :) But I wanted to take some time to do a post all about my oldest baby. I know I have said it before but he really is an all around GREAT KID. I have never met anyone that makes friends as quickly as he does, and who just genuinely likes to be around people. He is always on the go, never stays in one place to long and often has his whole day planned out by 9am. The week before last Ethan spent his first week at Triple R Ranch, a christian overnight camp. Both Jay and I worked there as counselors in college and still stay in touch with many of the staff members. We were so excited for him to go and this was the first summer he was old enough to attend. I was a little concerned that he may get homesick, but we did not hear a single peep from him all week. I just considered no news was good news. When we got there to pick him up on Friday, he talked non-stop about all the fun he had. I asked him if he had missed us. He said, "Do you want me to tell the truth?" So our big 8 year old is independent and confident enough to spend an entire week away from home :( But it does show what kind of kid he is, doesn't it.
Also at the beginning of June, Ethan earned his junior Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Only 2 more tests until that coveted black belt-wow!
And, Ethan tried out for the Advanced Soccer Team for his age group and made it. He was blown away and is super excited to be on a traveling team that will go to tournaments. We are pretty proud of our Great Kid, and feel so blessed that God gave him to us.