Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? -Matthew 6:26

As we walk through this adventure called life, we remind ourselves that we are all precious children of our Father-- those of us who have walked a little further down the road striving to guide those who have been entrusted to our care for a time. Here is our journey down this path.



Sunday, December 25, 2011

Still here......

We have had a very joyful, BUSY Christmas season.

So, as we celebrate the birth of our savior,we have relished each and every event,each new experience, and each old tradition...with JOY! From our family to yours....Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lesson from Abby

Wow! Life has been busy. During this crazy time of year, I paused the other morning when I saw this. I think she has the right idea. I need to sit at the foot of this tree and just BE. Just be still. Just listen. Just rest. Just take in the miracle that starts with this tree and ends with the one on Calvary....
'Be still and know that I am God...." -Psalm 46:10

Monday, November 28, 2011

Do Ladybugs make any type of noise?

How I love this girl! This was the question she asked before bed tonight....with her sweet small voice and her cute grin. This child of my heart turned 6 today. How I have loved every moment of those 6 years. She is such a joy, lights up a room and brings a smile to my face every day with her girliness.I'm not sure how it has already been 6 years. 6 years ago right now, I was holding her little newborn self in a hospital room and now I am looking at the young girl she has grown to be.She is (too!) quickly growing into a thoughtful, conscientious person in which I can see the fruit of the Spirit working. She is growing into an amazing person. She is growing into the role of one of my best friends. Happy Birthday sweet girl!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful

We have so much to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving day!! For the last several years, we have been using the great tradition of a Thankful Tree to remind ourselves how blessed we are. (Thanks, Tara for our first one!!) We now have one we can reuse each year.It didn't take us long to fill it up! Look how much we have to thank God for! It is a great visual reminder every time I walk by it how blessed we are.Here are a few samples of our leaves....that one says 'Molly'-Cynthia wrote that almost every day! and 'pizza' :)Today, I am thaking God for my marriage....

And these precious blessings.....



and my place as a daughter of The King!


Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Art imitates life

Love, love, love that Molly has started doing this......do you see what I see??











Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Honored



...to be chosen for this article in Augusta Family Magazine in honor of National Adoption Awareness Month! Cudos to Lucy Adams for doing such a great job!



Monday, November 7, 2011

October WrapUp

Have to document our fun Halloween. Costumes this year were pulled out of the costume basket or made up....actually I think it is more fun that way, anyway!!
Our cute cl0wn.


And a beautiful princess Snow White. (a Christmas gift from brother last year.)


Ninja.....



And his victim! :)


AND...SUCCESS!!!! Cynthia is loving school, but after a few weeks, I got an email from the teacher apologizing for the lack of art projects she was sending home. Apparently, most of their art involved hand prints--painted hands pressed onto paper. Well, Cynthia was NOT excited about that at all, so was politely, but firmly, saying "I don't want to paint my hand." When I heard about it, we did a little homework of making some hand prints, which she reluctantly allowed me to do. (and immediately washed her hands.) Then, last week, she brought this home!!! Phobia no more!













Monday, October 31, 2011

Zoo Theology

While we were at the Columbus zoo, which is a GREAT zoo, by the way, I saw these two signs. This original quote is, of course, referring to chimps I assume, due to the source, but a great quote none the less.And another great theologian.....

I LOVED both of these and of course in my mind, everything filters through the thoughts of children/orphan care/adoption. I could let it frustrate me that some people are so passionate about animals instead of children, but then I was reminded that we are all part of the body of Christ, that chimps and polar bears are His Creation, too, and it is good and right to care for them. That people are made to serve in different ways...some artists, some teachers, some pastors, some serving the poor, some businessmen, etc. And unless we EACH do OUR part, something will be missing from the body of Christ. It is funny how God can speak to me in a zoo--through Dr. Seuss!! As I thought about these, one more quote came to mind....

"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." -God (Micah 6:8)

Bountiful Harvest

HAPPY FALL!! It has been busy here. Trying to catch up a bit. A couple of weeks ago, for fall break, we loaded up and headed to Ohio to see some dear friends from residency days. The drive was beautiful.


We stopped in Cincinnati to see one family that wasn't going to make it for the weekend and had a GREAT time catching up with them. (but forgot to take the camera in the house!) So miss our sweet friends.


Then, after a long, but not too painful day in the car, we made it to Columbus. The next day, we all headed to a fruit farm.We got to go apple picking, which is something none of us Drakes have ever done. It was such a treat.More of a treat was the time spent with our dear friends. Here are they guys....And the girls...(and Will) :)(Keep in mind, when we all met, there were NO children among these couples!)


Cynthia LOVED taste testing the apples.Molly hangin' out.The boys thought the apples in the top of the tree looked the best, of course!Some more fun in the train rideand the corn maze....these guys were the champions, finding all 8 etchings within the maze!The next day, we headed to the zoo. (Did I mention there were NO CHILDREN when we met???)








Just some fun shots around the zoo......




OK, only 1 animal picture, I promise....these guys were cool. I could sit and watch them all day.On the way out, the boys wanted to find the gorillas. It had been a long day. We kept telling Cynthia if she fell asleep, we were going to put her in the cage with the gorillas. She really wasn't sure if she should believe us or not. Here is our 'photographic evidence' for her!! Hmmm....maybe we really did.... :)For the drive home, we went a different route and were met with absolutely breathtaking scenery driving through West Virginia...(picture doesn't do it justice at all!) We arrived home safely, tired, but with full hearts from our time spent together. Our true harvest being the harvest of friends!!