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.

Friday, October 3, 2014


Wow.  It's been a while.  I looked back to see where I 'left off'--and I'm not sure where to begin.  Life has been SO busy.  Crazy busy, tedious busy, big family busy, but good busy.  I definitely want to live life with these precious people, so I've taken a bit of a break from documenting it all.  And it has nothing to do with falling over exhausted at the end of each day.....

I really do love having this for memory keeping, so here goes a quick "Cliff Notes" version of spring and summer.  Then hopefully I can start fresh again and keep up! Maybe.


This guy is somehow growing up.  He finished 7th grade and finished well. Earned excellent grades and a prestigious award from the faculty at his school.  Played soccer in the spring (and every chance he gets.) on the school team, continues on the path in Boy Scouts and is such a joy to be around.  Gets my goofy sense of humor and laughs at my jokes.  Love him. Love his choice of friends.  Love being his mom.


I can't say how proud I was of Samuel as he finished well at his new school.  A one year transition was a tough decision, but we had a great experience and I think he learned a lot--not just book learning, but about who he is, about life and how to live it to the fullest.  He, too, won a prestigious award and I will never forget the principal saying, "if we could only have him for a year, we'll take it."  What a joy to a mom's heart.  He crossed over from Cub Scout to Boy Scout, turned 11 and continues to live life with zeal.

Has some pretty great friends, too.  :)


Our sweet Molly--always has a smile.  Such a joy.
Nature lover, built a compost pile after learning about it at school.

 Book lover--frequently disappears and we find her absorbed in a story in a comfy spot.
 Graceful ballerina.
And...we spent a lot of time in May and June with the swim team.  And this girl ROCKED it this year. Went to championship meet in back stroke and butterfly.  She's fast!
Some LONG, but fun summer evenings spent here....

Our 'Spicy Girl'.  Still definitely that!  Also an award winner of an IB award at the end of the year.  SO SMART.  Learning about being a big sister and growing into that role.  Full of life.

LOVED this!

 Is continuing to learn about life in a family.

Has spent a lot of time following everyone else around.....

Fireworks on the 4th were a hit!

 Learned about fireflies.

 And even made it through his first dentist appointment.

 We are all continuing to adjust to our new addition.  He's doing better and better.  We have good days and not so good...probably more to come on that later.

One really neat thing we got to do this summer was to participate in an art project for the waiting room in my office.  We needed a lift and the children/grandchildren of the doctors in the practice painted pictures of the days of creation.  The final project is great and really gave it a lift.  Here are our contributions....

 Molly's horse.
Cynthia's birds.
 Samuel's lamb.
 Thomas's lion.
 What a fun day...I'm just sad that I usually go in the back door!

Family Vacay
We had a short family vacation/adventure this year.  We borrowed "Doreen" from some friends and headed to a camp outside of Charleston.  What a fun time!

 We got to put David's toes in the sand for the first time.
 And the camp had some great activities.  Kayaking, a water park (no pics there),

 A climbing wall....that's Cynthia at the top!!!
It was really a fun week...lots of outdoor time and lots of good family time.  I don't have many pictures as I guess I was a little busy.
Well, it doesn't really do it justice, but if I can post something, I will feel like I can move forward, so check back and see if I keep up any better....Happy Fall!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

My heart now walks around in FIVE pieces.  Blessed.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Day 5

This was by far my favorite day....D did well, we had a wonderful lunch with a new friend...and we were going HOME. :)

We ran an errand to a hotel with our driver--really nice place, so snapped a few shots there.  Family and friends.

Pictures from the balcony at the Garden Palace restaurant.  

Trying to capture the experience of driving in Addis.

Pictures will never do it justice....you just have to experience it!

Security system at the guest house. :)


Guest house....

If the kids were the sweetest memory I have, the sheep truly left the biggest spiritual impression on me. I keep thinking about these images in my head.  The sheep.  The sacrifice.  The Son.  It just seems so much more real this way.

All of these waiting to be sold, to be sacrificed.  Unknowing what their immediate future holds.  Ignorantly waiting.  But, the reality of the one who was sold and sacrificed when he KNEW what was about to happen.  And not only knew but willingly CHOSE to do it.  For us.  For me.  I don't ever want to forget these sheep.

It seems that sheep have been a recurring theme in my spiritual understanding and growth.  When we were adopting C, we found out the meaning of her name (New + Happiness= future of happiness) while at a women's conference.  I then went to a talk where the speaker explained that the shepherd knows us by NAME and calls us by the name of who we really are....tears, of course.  
There was another time when a guest preacher explained the significance of the term the Lamb of God--the Savior of the World.  Starting with Abraham and Isaac--the ram replaced 1 boy,  the Passover Lamb saved the firstborn in each family before the Israelites left Egypt, then the scapegoat tradition was done yearly to 'cast off' the sins of a community, then priests would sacrifice lambs and other animals to gain forgiveness for the Jews.  Then Jesus.  When Jesus appeared, John said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"  
The WHOLE world.  What a savior.  And what a reminder it must be to the beautiful people of Ethiopia to celebrate Easter with such a tradition.
More recently, at an adoption conference, the amazing speaker told us about 'green pastures' like in Psalm 23.  There's a great explanation here if you are interested, but it isn't what you picture.  Basically, the 'green pasture' is small bits of grass on a rocky hillside.  Each sheep listens for the shepherds voice to tell him where his next bite is...the bite that will sustain him for right now.  Until the shepherd shows him the next bite.  That's not what I want my 'green pasture' to be like.  I imagine lying in the sun, relaxing, and being quiet and content.  Well, I guess I should have realized a long time ago, life isn't like that.  I need each bite--one at a time--to sustain me.  And I have a good shepherd who guides and leads me - even through the rough transition of adoption - to that next energy giving, life sustaining, savior dependent bite.  I was feeling weary, but not hopeless.  And our faithful guide has continued to bring us through these days--dependent on him.  That's a good place to be.