I’ve been blogging for six years and I have really enjoyed it. When I was staying at home with my children, it was (and still is) a great way to document their milestones, share pictures with grandparents, and simply record memories. However, over the past year or so, I’ve found blogging to be tedious and scarce in my thought life – meaning, I no longer take note of events, statements, thoughts and then think, “I have to blog about this!”. The enjoyment from it I once had has disappeared. I don’t think it’s due to Facebook (well, maybe a little) or texting or constant emailing…..I just think that life has taken a different pace. Also, I really (and I mean, REALLY!) struggle with sharing personal information on the web about my children. It’s a mixture of privacy issues, gossiping about them, and sounding ungrateful at times for the life God has given me. Not to mention that I’m a bit irritated with the past two blog services I’ve joined – they have created more work for me and I’m just ready to be rid of something on my plate.
Even now, I want to delete all the above content and just stop “cold turkey” with no explanation.
I sound ungrateful.
Just don’t expect much anymore….it will be VERY random, hit or miss, with this blog from here on out.
Just a few pictures from some good times spent in 2011.
Ever have a clean mess on the floor of a highly used room in your house and decide to just walk around the mess rather than pick it up? Currently, there are magic markers (with tops on, thank goodness!) strewn all over our playroom and have been there for two days….wait, I mean three days.
I’ve been leaving the house at 8:30 every morning and not getting back home until 10:00 each night this week. We’ve been in the state foster care/adoption mandated training meetings and I’m exhausted. Tomorrow will be filled with fun and turkey at school but I’m looking forward to having all of next week on Thanksgiving break.
My friend, Jennifer, just introduced me to a new recipe for DOUBLE POTATO SOUP….can’t wait to heat up my crockpot next week!
We went to a lunch meeting with a local Christian adoption ministry that has been a huge influence in some of the churches in Columbus, including ours. It’s really encouraging to see so many families following the Biblical mandate to support adoption, whether it be in prayer, financially, by donation, or actually bringing a child into their home. Praise be to God!
One of my children just woke up…..time to go snuggle.
1. Just finished reading The Boy From Baby House 10. It was extremely hard to read because of the harsh reality of discovering what orphaned children went through in 1990s Russia. Some of the unbelievable things still happen today. But, I was touched by what I read and immediately began browsing the Internet to find more information on the story of little Vanya, now known as John. This video shows John being reunited with his dear friend from the years he spent in Russia as an orphan in the baby house. Can’t . Stop . Crying .
2. I’ve been reading a chapter a night to our boys from the book, 100 Cupboards, that came recommended by the gals over at GirlTalk and by Justin Taylor. The boys LOVE hearing about the life of the little boy in the book and I’m finding great joy in watching their eyes get large with excitement when they listen to the words I read. They are asking great questions that let me know they are thinking ahead and predicting the outcome of various scenarios in the book. WILD!
3. I’ve been taking an evening sewing class at the local university. I’ve already made a cute tote bag and am currently working on a pair of PJ pants. It is a highlight of my week and I am so ashamed that I’ve had this BRAND NEW machine (a gift 3 years ago from my mother) sitting in the box, collecting dust. Now, I need some good suggestions for what to make as Christmas gifts….you’re all getting a TOTE BAG!
4. We have begun the adoption/foster care process again. We went through the training certification process with the state two years ago but didn’t pursue it further. God’s timing is perfect so we look back now and see how it would have been so hard for our family to foster other children with a two year old already in our home. Now, two years later, our children are older and there’s more room for various ages to take in from the state. You can pray for us as we seek to be temporary/permanent parents to children who might have never felt love or heard the gospel of Jesus before. You can also pray for our three children in that their hearts will be softened to see the love of Christ as we open our home to the fatherless.
5. This is the last week of school before the Thanksgiving holidays. As a teacher, I’m excited about all that this week holds for my class. We have a turkey feast planned, a morning of reciting poems and songs to our parents, craft making, a door decorating contest, a collection of food for the local food bank, and a celebration of ADVENT to end our week. As a mother, I’m excited about watching my children learn and then drop with me from exhaustion at week’s end. Looking forward to spending a few days at my mother’s house for some rest.
Abigail photo bombed the picture.
What do you do when you have a child that won’t talk to you when confronted with his/her sin?
What do you do when that child clams up and refuses to speak of anything relating to the offense?
How do you hold on to hope when each time an attempt is made to speak to the child, he/she shuts you off (at such a young age!) and cries uncontrollably?
How do you teach a child to take responsibility for his/her sin when they won’t physically even listen to you?
How does a parent not get ANGRY when these moments occur?
I need some help, Jesus.
Lots of tears in church this morning during all the baptisms ….
…..God is faithful!