Friday, July 24, 2015

Covered in Blessings

My girls are that is...


covered in blessings!


Thanks to a very sweet friend (Julia), my girlies are sporting the latest in So Loved attire and......


all the proceeds from sweet Julia's precious gift to my girls...


went to help adorable little Joy have the life saving surgery that she so desperately needed!

Thank you dear Julia and thank you Stefanie and Meredith and all those with So Loved and at Morning Star !

Thank you for all that you do for these beautiful children!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

A Friend in Need and a Friend Indeed!

The need is real.

The need for forever families for waiting children is real.

The need for forever families for older, special needs boys is very real...

and this family...


the B. family, who stepped in the gap for 2 beautiful boys, is now in need to be able to step in the gap for 2 more precious little boys.

This precious family adopted 2 older, special needs boys about 2 years ago... 


and has just received travel approval to bring 2 more special needs little boys home! Imagine, going from no kids to 4 special needs boys in 2 years!

Auh-mazing!

However, this faithful family still needs $8000 to be able to give their 2 new sons a forever family! I have written about this family before as one of the beautiful boys that they brought home 2 years ago (Asa) is my Lucy's BFF. 

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This precious little boy cared for, protected and nurtured my sweet Lucy when they were at the orphanage together, as well as the rehabilitation hospital. He decided that he was going to be my Lucy's self appointed big brother...


and Lucy was more than happy to become his cherished little sister.


Y'all, I cannot begin to tell you how this special family has blessed us these past 2 years! They live on the other side of the country, about as far away as you can get but Shanon has managed to make the distance seem very small. This sweet family home schools Asa and his brother, Gabriel and they have blossomed with the love and care that Shanon and her Hubby have provided them and...

 as much as they have taken on, Shanon always, always stays in touch, keeps the kids in touch and... has sent my kids countless care packages in the mail! 

When Shanon heard that my Hubby had lost his job, she sent an enormous care package full of everyday items (like toilet paper - yes!), items that you really miss when you don't have the funds to purchase, just regular pantry stocking stuff that does not make the cut when money is tight! She has also sent packages full of educational materials for the girls as well as little Chinese treats that made Maggie and Lucy so happy!

Again, auh-mazing!

 This sweet family is faithful y'all...

faithful to the Lord's call for these children and I am writing now, asking for help for this precious family. 


Please pray for the Lord to continue to provide all that they need. 

Please share and please, if you feel so led, donate! They need this money and they need it fast! It seems like a lot but as we all know, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD...

and they are definitely with God!! 

Please be His hands and feet for this sweet, faithful family!

Click here for their blog link, and here You Caring site and thank you for anything that you can do!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Home Sweet Home

That is what this place is for me...


Home Sweet Home...


and while, this year, we were not in "our home"...


the Lord made certain (through my sweet Momma) that we were in a place that made us feel "at home". 


 With sweet little touches, this house felt like an old friend, who shared the same history and memories that we had grown up with... 


memories that I now share with my kids.


For me, this place is the same as it was when I was a kid and spending my summers on the beach...


and just like my kids, we rode the waves...


we played on the beach...




and in the surf...





and built sand castles.




It is that same-ness...



that feeling of coming home... 



that is just so good for me...




as I pray it will be for my kids.



These are the times that are stored up and speak to our spirits when the waters aren't so calm...


and the crashing waves are relentless.


These are the times that are such a gift from the Lord...


a reminder that...


where there is love...


where there is joy...


where there is peace...


that is where He is...


and you realize that "Home Sweet Home"...

IS HIM

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

That Extra Effort

Some things just take a little more effort...


Some things just aren't quite as easy as they should be...


and that's OK...


cause in the end...


it is soooooo  worth it...




sooooooo worth it...




and when I see my other kiddos participating in the "extra effort"...


when I see the love in their hearts for their siblings...


the love that has grown in such a short amount of time...


I am again reminded of how little "our lack" truly means...


"the lack" that has grown as each sibling has come home...


"the lack" that the world will tell you means everything...


"the lack" that means less and less to our children as their hearts grow more and more.


Are we perfect...

no....

Do we sometimes want what we don't have...

yes...

but the Lord is doing a mighty work within our hearts and it is from the "extra effort" and "the lack" that we are blessed the most.