Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Homeschooling Peeps, this is for you!

Stock up for summer reading!
Take an extra 20% off
Use code: SSSRC20
Offer ends May 24th, 2010

And duh, this is for all the non-homeschooling peeps, too, of course. It's just such a homeschooly thing to blog about books and workbooks at the beginning of summer. :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pray with me

My friend is in need of prayer.
Her marriage is at stake.
Pray with me, won't you?

I opened up my other friend's blog and clicked on her play list because I like the choice of worship music she has. Then I opened a new tab and searched images.com for stock photography with the key word "pray".

So there I was, scrolling through hundreds of images of people praying,
hands lifted high,
people on their knees,
children praying,
grandma's praying,
families holding hands,
heads bowed...

...and listening to music that calls for God to be near,
praising His name,
worshiping His holiness,
trusting His faithfulness,
to have mercy on our souls...

...and thinking about my friend,
the pain she is in,
the complications of life,
the sadness she must be feeling,
the outlook of their decision...

...it brought me to tears.

But I know something. I know that God is good and His power of restoration is real.
I've experienced it.

I also know that listening to God and following His plan is peaceful. It's the way that leads to experiencing His heavenly goodness. Breathe it in.

While reading her blog and listening to her music, my friend (my other friend, not the who needs prayer) posted the below verse regarding something totally different than what I'm blogging about. But, His Word is awesome and we can use it for comfort and understanding and instruction and the benefit of our whole life.

I don't know for sure if my friend who needs prayer reads my blog. She's a busy gal and right now she has so many thoughts to dwell on.

But if you do, please remember that
"the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling..."
{Ephesians 1:17-18a}

Also know that I will be praying for you fervently. Call on Him for comfort; He will be there for you. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles..." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4a

If anyone reading this is a prayer warrior, will you agree to pray with me?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sad Glad Mad Bad Rad

Adopting older children is, at times, saddening.

The hardships my children have experienced...
The losses they've endured...
The changes they've undergone...
The death they've known...
The bonding we're still working on...

All these aspects show themselves in our home from time to time. We work together as a family to allow the realities of life to be addressed, and we work towards healing, bonding and love and security.
Don't get me wrong, I am blessed to have these two very special girls in our home. I believe God knew from before Creation that they would be part of the our family. I love them so very much and am thankful for this new adventure we're on. But sometimes these changes are hard to deal with and it makes me sad to remember the broken world we live in. And how to properly embrace it all.

My twin sister is dedicating her 3 month old baby to God on Mother's day. We are headed to Redmond to be a part of the service! I'm glad to be a part of this special day as dedications and baptisms are soooo wonderful and important. Having family around to witness and pray is a powerful moment. Plus, I'm dying to hold baby Violet. Smoochy lovey snuggle wuggle swaddle waddle. Yeah, this is the Ooey Gooey Auntie in me shining through! Can't wait.

There was something on facebook that was disturbing to me.

It went like this: Dear God, this year you took my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett. You took my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze. You took my favorite pop star, Michael Jackson. I just wanted to let you know, my favorite president is Barack Obama.

You know what I'm mad at? Myself. For I giggled and shared this with someone because I thought it was funny. Then I realized I was laughing at the idea that thousands of people gave a thumbs-up at the request of a death. The death of our president. Any death. I was mad at myself for laughing instead of being disappointed at what was really being posted. A request that the president would die. Clever or funny writing isn't an excuse for agreeing to wish someone was dead.

I've neglected exercise. More frustrating, of course, is the reality of what no exercise at the age of 35 equals. Squishy body, low energy, and no muscle strength. I feel weak and soft! I don't allow fitness or image to become an idol or let my thoughts get carried away on it's importance. But I do believe my body is a temple where Christ lives and by keeping in good health and good shape I am honoring Him. I'm thinking about getting back into running and lifting these 5 pound, I mean 50 pound weights. I need to get my heart rate going and my muscles activated! Thinking about it is the first step. Now, if I could actually get my running shoes on and pick up these 5, I mean 50 pound weights....

We were invited over to dinner with some cool friends of ours. They wanted to pick our brains about the adoption process! They are not necessarily considering Haiti, but just wanted to discuss our experience and they are praying about the decision for themselves. They asked us pointed questions and we felt at peace to fully discuss the Joys, the Challenges, the Struggles, the Benefits, the Wonderfulness, the Truths about what we've discovered in the journey.

Then, this morning I got this email:
Hi, I got your name from Kate Halpin who helps run an orphanage in Haiti. I am very interested in adopting a Haitian baby and was told that you would be open to sharing your experience with me. could you tell me which agency you worked with, and what the whole process consists of? I am not sure where or how to start. Any advice and contact info of good agencies you could share is greatly appreciated.

How cool is that!? I posted on FB that I just love seeing people respond to the heart tug of adoption. Like I said to my friend at dinner, I believe that adoption is a calling from God. If you feel He is calling you to adopt, do it! It's a miraculous, life-changing journey!

By the way, I copied Meredith on the whole SadGladMadBadRad format. :)