Sunday, November 29, 2009

Destructo Boy Hits Again.

See this trumpet?  It has had a rough life under the care of my son.

Life lesson: you wreck your trumpet, I clean out your savings account and buy you another used one off eBay. There you go – you owe me $100 now.

Oh child of mine with the softest heart and coffee eyes ~ what makes you destroy things?

Friday, November 27, 2009

A Thankful Few Days

  • Thankful for God and His good word
  • Thankful for my husband and children
  • Thankful for our warm home and food on the table
  • Thankful for Grandparents for our children
  • Thankful for wonderful siblings - all (in-laws, out-laws, no-laws)
  • Thankful for community, friends and church family
  • Thankful for adoption and what it means for our family
  • Thankful for Great Wolf Lodge to celebrate Courtney's adoption
  • Thankful for so much more......

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Courtney's Child Dedication

Courtney was dedicated in church today.  It was a wonderful way to enfold her in our church family and we promised to raise her teaching her of God's love.  The congragation in return promised their support.  I love the that our church family embraces her as family as well, teaching her God's word and ways through Midweek, Sunday School, Jr Choir and many other ways to grow her in faith. That extended community is cherished greatly in our hearts.
Special dress for a special day.  Roses:  Thank you Mary Ann and Krisite.  Thank you Jayne and Brad. Thank you to so many of you for your thoughtful gifts to her - she was thrilled with it all - very specail weekend and you our friends and family made it even more so with your incredible support!  Thank you!
Kit didn't leave her side all weekend.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Courtney's Adoption Day

Today was Adoption Finalization on the 10 year anniversary of National Adoption Day.  Was quite an event.  41 children were adopted in a very special way today.  We are very happy to add a beautiful sweet daughter to our family.  We tried to load the power point we made of her with no success....need to learn how to do that some other day I guess.  So I'll share some pics of the fun we had.   Oh - we gave her "Kit" an American Girl doll - it didn't leave her side much at all today.

Meet Courtney Mae, adopted at 11:20 a.m. on 11/21/09.  10 years old with a bright future ahead of her!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tomorrow is the day

Tomorrow is the big day.  Check back for a joyous post!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Farting Prayer

Circa: 1982
Ok – another “story” from the past that I need to pen. Don’t know why, but God has been placing this memory with me for some time – so I’m penning it into release.

When I was young – very young, (see pic above?)  I did Mennonite Voluntary Service in a remote KS town working in a child care center for low income families. I loved it – was the most growing year of my life….I could blog for days on it. When I returned home to Canada my middle brother was worried about me “reintegrating” back to regular society – so he paid for me to attend Bible College with him in a small rural Manitoba town. No joke, gave me a full ride – love him for that. While his funds dwindled, I dropped out after at semester end (Christmas break) – as I was then engaged to my now hubby and needed a job to earn money for a wedding ….ok, losing my path.

When I was at the Bible College with Gary, a local youth group leader was talking to me about my time in Mennonite Voluntary Service and asked if I’d come share my “story” with their youth group one evening. I said yes.

Gary let me use his Ford 3 speed truck with the shifting on the column and I ground my way to the church some miles from the Bible College. I shared with the youth group, showed my photo album and had a good time talking about my God –Life changing year. We sat in a circle on wooden chairs. They asked me to close in prayer, and I began to pray a closing.

Maybe it was stress, maybe it was bad College food – but I had gas and was trying to just get through the prayer when I actually paused – mid prayer – and a fart snuck out – then withholding giggles, I prayed on. Oh, I looked up, no one had even flinched, no one looked up at me, no one laughed……I was bright red with embarrassment withholding the desire to laugh out loud yet quickly went on with my prayer, praying longer in hopes that when I was done they’d be asleep or have amnesia about the fart that I thought had sonic proportions or think it was someone else….but they knew…..they knew…they HAD to know.

After goodbyes (which couldn’t have been soon enough), I went to the truck, got in, laid my head on the steering wheel and laughed and laughed and laughed……I think only having brothers may have corrupted me in a way other “ladies” wouldn’t understand.

This is one of many embarrassing moments in my life that I will never forget. It still makes me smile with wonder and slight embarrassment to remember it. Now you know….I’m so very human.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

She Graduated!

Sophia graduated from Special Education with McKids! Major accomplishment. She is “on task” at 27 months of age. Wow. Sandy and Nancy – two special ladies have worked with her since she was a bitty baby! Their help and guidance have been awesome and it is with great sadness that Sophia said goodbye to the boxes (you gals know what I mean!). It is a sweet sorrow – loss and gain. Thank you ladies again – you are the best! She loves her laminated Turkey too!

This has been a week of many life gains and losses too as I say goodbye to another co-worker (again) whom I really respect and admire. He has been instrumental in my job and will be missed greatly as our company makes further economic cuts. He was not only a co-worker, but a friend. When you find both in a job – it is a rich experience.

My brother declines in health, Anthony struggles on in school, a friend deals with a cheating husband that then results in loss of vehicle /possibly her home, I struggle with forgiveness in church…..I grasp at the positives in life I can find and pray that these 7 lean years will end and we can have 7 rich years once more. God grant me the strength.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

O Worship the Lord

Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.' " Luke 4: 8

We are going to do that in church today – may you all have a wonderful day worshiping the Lord our God.

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