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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy Gotcha Day!!!

2 years ago today (well, tomorrow, March 22--but it's right now in China!!) we were waiting to meet this beauty. She was placed in our arms, loved but unknown. Now loved, known, cherished, treasured--known as only a mother can know her child. As a father can know his daughter. We know what makes her laugh, what makes her cry, what she likes and dislikes. We know her voice, we know her cry, we know that smile that makes her whole face light up. We know-and love-her contagious laugh. She is our daughter in every sense of the word and we wouldn't have it any other way!!
What a treasure! We celebrated tonight with a little Chinese food. (I know, I know, not predictable at all, right?) And this little miss picked fruit, chicken and yes, french fries to eat with her chopsticks!! :)

Happy Gotcha Day sweet girl. Here's to many more of life's celebrations!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Be still my heart.

Molly was busy this afternoon, crafting, picking flowers and generally being secretive...and cute at the same time! I walked back into my bedroom this evening to find this.

What a joy. My cup overflows.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012

There will be no more orphans...

Wednesday night was a great night. Our church has embraced Minus 1 as a ministry. They decided to highlight it last night at our annual missions conference banquet. Scotty Smith from Franklin, TN, came to speak and his passion was contagious! His talk was entitled, "The spirit of adoption and the spirit of adopting." I will not do it justice, but what I took away from it was this....(a short version of a longer, excellent talk). The Garden of Eden, which I have always thought of as perfection, is simply a FORETASTE of the ultimate Eden--the new heaven and the new earth, our ultimate destination. The beauty and abundance of Eden was nothing compared to the over-abundant beauty we will experience in that day-and forever. Eden was life, then life was broken, but our God is in the business of REDEEMING brokenness. He redeemed our brokenness by adopting us as his sons & daughters. Out of response to that amazing love and blessing, we join WITH Jesus to work for the things that he will ultimately completely redeem when he returns. We don't do if FOR Jesus, out of a duty, guilt, or responsibility, or to try to please him, we find our place in his story of redemption. For some, that is caring for the poor, for some, missions, for some worldly adoption. And it mirrors the love of God for his children. The quote that really got to me was...."one day the word 'orphan' will disappear from human vocabulary." Wow! Can you imagine?? 147million+ orphans will be adopted in the blink of an eye...every one will feel love, and not just any love, not parental, unconditional, though imperfect love of earthly parents, but the infinite, perfect, sacrificial love of the heavenly father. What a day that will be.

Until then, we join his story to move toward that, to do what we can to answer God's command to care for the orphans that ARE here -- the real, suffering, lonely, desperate, hungry, cold, weak, sick, least of these....The church is called to care for them, to love them, to sacrifice for them, to do SOMETHING for them.

We are so excited to see what God is going to do in and through our community!

Our new website was introduced... www.minus1orphan.org Check it out!! And if you are on Facebook, 'like' us there, too! (the whole service was recorded, so check back soon if you want to hear the talk and/or the singing!)

Then, the sweetest part of the evening...these cuties sang. They were introduced by our assistant pastor as 'part of our family'. So true and how glad we are that it is true!!! They all did great. Little miss C sang her heart out and bobbed her head to the music...SO cute. Video coming soon!
What a sweet time it was....God is SO GOOD!

Monday, March 5, 2012

A famous American appears!

Thomas Jefferson made an appearance at our house today in preparation for the biography museum at school. Here he is looking so excited about his colonial costume we put together....His quote, "I should have picked Hank Aaron!"
There's the smile....he has worked really hard on this project...read a book, wrote a paper and made a poster. Then today, we met all sorts of famous people from Ben Franklin, Mother Theresa to Steve Jobs and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. The other grades got to come walk through a wax museum. Once TJ got to school, he seemed to get into his role a little more.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Math lesson

2 kids + 2 checkups + 6 shots + 1 fingerstick + many tears (from C, not Thomas--he was brave as could be--"that wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be") = 2 ice cream treats and 1 trip to the playground!!!

Glad to have that over with!