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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Madeline....



works my heart like no other......
I have been praying for her so much lately since she has had a difficult time adjusting....
and guess what??? God is changing my heart as He usually does....
I have been easily frustrated, at my wits end ect......
but
I just KNOW as only a Mom can....
that she is going to be just fine....
we were reading tonight her bible story about Jesus choosing Saul
She suddenly said, Mommy I already believe in Jesus
and I know He is always here, as she motioned around her room....
this coming from a child I used to worry about being able to form lasting relationships
which is not the problem
she is afraid those relationships will go away.....
She knows Jesus is not going anywhere

I lay with her tonight and thought " oh ye of little faith" 
He has it even though I don't and never will
Why do we Mom's want to fix and control everything???
and think it is all our fault when life gets rough.....
" Oh ye of little faith"
I'm slowly getting it!!


Matthew 8:26
He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm

Memorial Day.....

We went to Horseshoe lake with Hank's partner and some other families. John David is hooked!! He asked why we did not own a lake house and after his Dad told him the many reasons he decided it may not happen:)

Just a few iphone pics of our great day, a first for Janie. She was in her element as she loves anything that has to do with water. Madeline even jumped off the dock, I'm certain because she was not about to be trumped by her little sister:)






the only pic of John David that was not upside down:( ???? what is up with that???





I had a bunch more pics but they are upside down for some reason, messed with it 11 billionty times and can't fix it. Oh weeee as Julianne used to say!!

summer.....hanging out the sunroof in the driveway, so reminds me of how my dad let us hang our heads out the sunroof in our VW van as we drove down Kingston Pike!!! Oh how the laws have changed:)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Dollar Store Rafts.......

I am the first to admit that I am easily amused!! So this one got me for sure, I almost wet my pants!!! John David and I picked up 2 "rafts" the other day when we had to get Janie the beach pail she was wailing about.
This is what we got.....

still makes me laugh just looking at the pic :)

both of them can hardly hold John David up! I have to say they are perfect for the little's!

Janie would turn around and wave at me and say "love you":)

ice cream "in" the pool!


summer has begun!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Last Day of School....

This school year has creeped and flown by!! We started out the year hoping to bring Janie home. Two weeks into the school year God blessed us with obtaining her file. The weeks crept by until we finally knew we would travel during Spring break.......since then we have moved at a warped speed!!

I feel like I "missed" a lot of the kids school year being preoccupied.....sigh! Now I'm just so stinkin busy I make myself pay attention to the goings on every day:)

John David and Madeline both had a wonderful school year, with a trip to China to boot!!

Here are a few pics of their last day festivities.

fun at field day

John David's friends Caden, Kelan, and Wesley

John David and Harrison




4TH GRADE


these two are a mess!


Janie was not too sure what to make of it in the beginning. I was worried about her being overwhelmed by the people ect and then figured out that she wanted her own ice cream:)

some of the 4th grade boys

David and John David

amazing how entertaining it is to watch water evaporate...really that is what they were doing:)

John David trying to cheer up Janie. She was sad that she did not get a beach pail like Madeline. We went straight to the dollar store for one afterwards.......cause you do stuff like that in my book when a child never owned her own beach pail:)

signing shirts

Wesley, Graham and JD

I am looking forward to the next school year without all the stress of  waiting on our Janie. What will I do with myself???? I'm thinking the entire family will be a little saner. Is that a word? Don't think so but I'm going with it.....

Sunday, May 20, 2012

What Can I Say........

.....some kids are just easy to raise. John David is one of those. One thing I have learned over the years of parenting is that I cannot take credit for all the good in my children. God has given me a job to do, which I take seriously, and other than that it is all His business. He created them and He takes care of them. He gave each one of them their strengths and weaknesses and He will see each one through their lives.

I do however get to enjoy them! Their triumphs are so very sweet to me! John David was awarded the citizenship award for his 4th grade class. A boy and girl are chosen from each class.

This is very true of John David:)







Next up was his Tennessee Play




each child has a speaking part, too bad I'm not an awesome photographer to catch this well!!





just a normal evening in our life:)

Janie already loves David!!



Lastly we have been swimming a little and Janie is a crazy girl!!! She just jumps in and oh so loves the pool!!! Hank said last night that it has all been worth it just listening to me laugh as Janie was jumping with abandon!!!:)





I love how she is looking at John David:)


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My Heart Is Full......

I just read Julianne's posthttp://julianne-notmyown.blogspot.com/ and am so overwhelmed with what God is doing in her life. I am thankful that she is experiencing life outside of this protected city we live in. She has experienced much with her sisters, yet seeing it first hand and knowing what they came from as well is sobering. These thoughts help put my bad morning with Madeline in perspective!

Julianne, I am so thankful for you and your willingness to serve our God!! Your Mommy loves you!

Some better pics of Julianne leaving from Susan, thank you!!






You, as are the rest of your siblings, have been a true joy to raise. Your Daddy would be so very proud of you!!