The Lord is our Portion

The Lord is our Portion

Friday, May 31, 2013

We are a featured family- a fundraiser for our new lil one!!!

We are so excited to be the 1st featured family for A Nest by Design We feel like this opportunity was literally just dropped in our laps -it was such a God thing! We had been praying about creative ways to try fundraising and that afternoon we got an email from A Nest by Design looking for homestudy approved families looking to do fundraising. I love her creations and have been waiting until we get our referral to order my nest necklace. Kelly can create a unique piece of jewelry for every person with different Swarovski Crystal Pearls representing their unique nest!  Her story of how Nest by Design began when she made a necklace for her sister (who I “know”through our agency-our lil guy and her daughter were together in Ethiopia!) and she used it to help her own adoption and she now wants to bless others on the adoption journey.

SO we are the June featured family! –we will get a commission from every necklace or brooch purchased and paid for between June 1st and July 3rd.  Please consider supporting our adoption by purchasing a beautiful nest necklace or brooch for yourself, your mom, grandma, sister, aunt or friends.

Also please help us spread the word about our fundraiser:
1. FACEBOOK. A great first step to helping spread the word is liking us on Facebook! Visit to like us there. Encourage your friends to like us too, and share the page on your wall.
2. BLOG. If you have a family blog, that's a great way to promote this fundraiser.
3. PINTEREST. You can find them on Pinterest too! They’ve found that pinning can be a very effective way to get word out. They will have multiple pins that will help promote the Featured Family Program.Visit: to follow us!
4. E-MAIL. Simply e-mailing your friends and family is great too!

We are so blessed to be partnered with Kelly and her husband we love what they have on their website under the “About” tab – I have copied part of it here:
Our Purpose First and foremost, at A Nest by Design, there is a desire to bring God glory for how He has designed families. That is why we celebrate every kind of family, with every kind of background.We also want to support adoption. Adoption mirrors what God does for His own people through salvation. Whether an adoption is international, domestic, or foster, they all are beautiful, and all special!
Our Hope What is special about each nest, is that it has a story. The way each person customizes their nest is a reflection of what their family means to them, and the people they hold most dear. Our hope is that the jewelry we make will bring joy to the wearer, be a blessing to the giver, and praise to the Great Designer

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

mamas day planner

outside my window…
what I am wearing… capris and t-shirt
what I am thankful for… Our family being able to spend a day this past weekend with our dear family friends who moved to Illinois three years ago.
I am praying for…  A REFERRAL SOON!!!! finances for adoption & blessing #1 upcoming move to college
I am pondering… God is rarely early – but NEVER late
I am hearing… wind chimes on my deck, birds chirping, blessing #2playing piano 
Around the house… need to clean school room and paint a bathroom
I am creating…  Finishing blessing #1 scrapbooks for going away dinner in August.  Also, I am working on some articles for a publication I was selected to be a writer for.
I am reading… the book of Joshua in the Bible & working on finishing Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson M.D.
things I love… the sunshine and warmer weather
a sweet memory from this past week… going out to dinner ALONE with an adoptive mama friend. Our kids final orchestra/choir concert. Also, going to the mall with youth pastors wife and some of the 11th&12th grade girls from blessing #2 youth group.
from the learning rooms… we are on summer vacation although we do math lessons year round (eliminates review in the fall which makes mama happy)  I need to finish final grades and put the last semester grades on blessing #1 final high school transcript and on blessing #2 transcript 
from the kitchen… excited to try a new salad recipe using French green lentils 
in the library bag… need to go to library (maybe this week???) The Out-of- Sync Child and The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun by Carol Kranowitz, M.A.
plans for the rest of the week… doctor and dentist appointment for me, blessing #2 has an orthodontist appointment,park-play date with friend, girls craft night at friends house, nephews open house. Hopefully using our pool if its gets warm enough.
a peek into my world…

Monday, May 27, 2013


We recently graduated our 1st child from our homeschool! It was such a joyous evening for us. When the Lord directed us to homeschool our children our oldest had just finished 2nd grade. I knew homeschooling would not always be easy but also knew the time we have with our children under our roof would go so quickly. Also, I know that when they all are gone from our home I will not look back and regret the time and energy it took to homeschool them. I have no regrets and I feel so blessed to have been able to spend everyday with our 1st blessing(and all our children). He is such a fine young man---he humbles us, it is only because of the Lord that he is who he is and not because of us. We are so thankful the for the good work the Lord has done in our son’s life.

Here is his bio  along with the thank you our son wrote to us that was read at the ceremony:
(blessing #1) was born -------1994. He received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in 2003 and was baptized in 2004. (blessing#1) received a scholarship to ________College in _____where he will be attending the next 4 years; he is prayerfully considering going into ministry or law. (blessing #1) passion in life is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.

Mom and Dad; first and foremost, thank you so much for raising me in the fear of the Lord. My relationship with Christ is the most precious thing I have-I’m (literally) eternally grateful for your shining His light so that I could see it as well. Thank you for giving me a desire to learn (and a library card to do so). I love you; may God bless you as much as He has me through you.

It doesn’t get any better than that. We thank the Lord for guiding us to homeschool and to see the fruit in our son has made this journey so worth it. It was not originally our plan that our children would go away to college but things just happened in ways that can not be explained other than the Lord orchestrating them - so we are so very excited to see what the Lord has planned for our sons future.  
We feel so blessed that our children's grandparents are able to be involved in their lives.