Friday, October 31, 2008
This is the other email from one of Ben's aunts...
I need to share a story with you. I journal regularly. I was reading through one of my devotional journals the other morning during my quiet time and came across the prayer requests in my journal for October 26, 1999. I include in a section called “At Your Feet” the prayer requests of that day. Written there were your names, Ben and Brooke, with the following request: “bless them with comfort and many children.” I had to smile. God indeed answers prayers. I don’t remember all the things that you were going through in 1999 but we can truly celebrate the faithfulness of God. And how!
I know what was going on. We had just had the first of MANY miscarriages and we were having a hard time. I was angry. Ben was quiet. We were both really angry and really sad. I was thinking the other day about how when bad things happen we always talk about it in terms of "Gods plan" and how He has better things for us. At the time I was too sad to think about the beautiful plan God had... But now I can see that our miscarriages have been used to help others who are going through the same thing. I can also see that God had 2 cute little African kiddos who would need a new mommy a couple years later. I wonder what they were doing while I sat in the hospital crying? God also knew that I would someday carry 3 more adorable kids and while I was nearing my due date with Danny, Mesalech was celebrating her pregnancy with Jacob. NOW I can see that HIS plan for our life truly has been better than anything I could have imagined. And for that, I am truly thankful.
Monday, October 27, 2008
I love Fall. I love the leaves, the smells, the colors, the crisp air, wearing my warm pj’s… I really love it! What I don’t love is trying to convince Jacob to wear a coat. Marti and Joseph have quickly gotten used to wearing warm clothes and bringing a sweatshirt wherever they go… Jacob replies, “I fine. I not cold.” When I ask him to wear a coat. Seriously, where did this kid come from? He’s got to be cold. He has NO body fat. None! He sometimes makes me cold just to look at him. J I suppose when it gets down to 30 degrees during the day I will really start to worry!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Will you pray that our package get to Mesalech this time? The last one got lost and I really, really want her to see their smiling faces. I know I would feel better if I could see that!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Each day seems to get better. The hard days get easier and the kids seem happier. Dinner time is probably my favorite part of the day. The laughter, reminders to keep elbows off the table and the silly stories about each kids day is enough to make my head spin. In a good way! J
We have been home for 6 ½ months and the “new normal” is really good. When I used to hear that term “new normal” (referring to what it was like as a family adjusts to more people) I didn’t understand what that meant. I think there was a huge part of me that thought it meant that everyone was happy and things were similar to the way they had been before. They’re not. Our lives are very different nearly 7 months later. But it’s OK and we are all liking our new normal. Our new normal means we eat at home a lot more. Our new normal means there is always homework to be done. Our new normal means that there is something going on EVERYDAY of the week! Our new normal means you are never lonely. Our new normal means that the number of hugs and kisses we get each day has multiplied exponentially. J
There are days when the simplicity of life without any kids seems wonderful. But mostly I just wonder what we did and what we talked about.
So, the new and improved normal at our house is going well.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Adoption is hard. Harder than I ever imagined it would be. More wonderful too.
So, if you think you would like more information, email me or post a comment of the blog and I will send you what I know and the contact information for the case worker handeling their adoption.
The rest of you... will you join me in praying for a family for the boys? No child should ever have to go to bed at night wondering.
Number of hungry in
10 Oct 2008 00:01:09 GMT
Drought and high food prices have both contributed to the worsening crisis in
Oxfam, citing U.N. figures, said there was a $260 million shortfall for agencies trying to address
"Compared with the funds going to shore up the global financial system, the aid needed to save lives in
While government figures showed 6.4 million people needed emergency assistance, more than 13.5 million were in need of some sort of aid, Oxfam said. "The number of those suffering severe hunger and destitution has spiraled," Rauf said. (Reporting by Barry Malone, editing by Tim Pearce)
Sometimes it feels hopeless. And it is really hard to feel hopeless about “family”.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
- You make us laugh
- You take us hunting
- You sing us Christmas songs all year long
- You take good care of us
- You take us to football games
- You read with us
- You pray with us
- You teach us about God
- You like my (Brooke's) cooking
- You have a great memory
- You love us so much
- You take us on fun adventures
- You take us fishing
- You coach us
- You take us for smoodies (smoothies)
- You make delicious pancakes
- You make delicious doro wat
- You take us to church
- You work hard for us
- You let us mow the lawn
- You play songs for us on the piano and guitar
- You teach us to ride bikes
- You do laundry
- You help us with homework
- You drive us to our games
- You come to all our games
- You teach us to be good
- You teach us
- You are silly with us
- You tickle us
- You make up funny songs and then sing them all day long
- You help us carve pumpkins
- You buy us pop
- You let us stay up late and watch Mariner's games
- You kiss Mommy
- You are the best dad in the world.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I am a bit late getting these pictures posted but here it goes! Marti and the BL Eagles played well and placed 3rd at the tournament. It was so much fun to watch the girls get better each game. We enjoyed an Ethiopian lunch with Aunt Rebecca, Uncle Jesse, Denis and Weise. It was a great weekend.
I love birthday! REALLY, REALLY love them. My kids love them too. Jacob maybe most of all! Watching him on his birthday brought tears to my eyes. He loved every minute of his special day. At one point I panicked because I realized that I had forgotten to tell him what to do if he received a present that he didn’t like. I shouldn’t have worried. He loved EVERYTHING!