The Lord is our Portion

The Lord is our Portion

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Momma’s Day Planner

outside my window…
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what I am wearing… pjs –drinking my coffee
what I am thankful for… my husband who loves me always. Answered prayers. Blessing #3 &#4 hysterical laughing where they can’t stop at night.
I am praying for… praise that Baileywix’s family found him and praying for their PA,  little girl in China that needs a family to love her will be having 2nd surgery to remove rest of cancerous tumor from her brain, a team from AGCI is in China this week
I am pondering… Expectations are premeditated resentments - Beth Guckenberger
I am hearing… wind blowing outside, heater running
Around the house… planning what color to paint the Blessing #3 &#4 bedroom (long overdue)
I am creating… (creating lists!) planning what we need to by for next year curriculum
I am reading… still reading my One Year Chronological Bible, also started 31 Days to a Happy Husband and browsing through many books from library
things I love… I love how Gods Word really is the living and active –that it can encourage, challenge, equip, help, soften your heart, reveal sin, show Gods perfect love for us and speak truth to your life.  Also my family – we are not perfect but we are so blessed.
a sweet memory… (couple weekends ago) Spending  the weekend with my oldest daughter and 3 of her friends that drove 7 hours from college to home. They came home so they could watch Blessing #3 & #4 in the Little Mermaid musical they were in. I am very thankful for the sweet Godly young ladies that God has brought into my daughters life.
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playing Just Dance on the Wii - yes blessing #4 has blue hair (its from the musical)
from the learning rooms… finished up lessons on The Little Rabbit with younger 2 and working on Easter this week, older 2 are still plugging away at their lessons from My Fathers World (excited to see the end of our school year is getting close!)
from the kitchen… Hubby surprised me with The Instant Pot –excited to try cooking in it
in the library bag… Our library loved us this week! Checked out over 40 various items.
plans for the rest of the week… meeting a friend from church for coffee, art class for older girls, karate & kickboxing for kids and I, waiting for one of our girls rabbits to have its babies, celebrating Resurrection Sunday 
a peek into my world…
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Love these two silly girls...they like to goof around with my camera...so this momma is gonna blog their silly.
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Monday, March 30, 2015

sisters weekend (AKA momma get away)

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A couple weekends ago my sister Jeanette and I escaped had a sister weekend away. We went to the Hearts at Home National Conference to learn new ideas, gain wisdom, to be refreshed and encouraged in our roles as wives & mothers, also to just have some fun time together bonding as sisters (biologically & spiritually).  I had my luggage packed and in my van Wed. evening and I left while it was still dark out early Thursday morning and drove to her house. We left her house as the sun was coming up….we were really excited to escape for our fun weekend to begin. We had decided that on our way we would spend most of day in Shipshewana- an Amish community to do some shopping and have lunch. My sis was super excited to get an Amish made pretzel – well Thursday ended up being free pretzel day! We thought it would be just a small sample size well they were huge- we each got one so she ended up with two (pretzels don’t work well with my Celiac disease). Well some how later in our adventures we lost one…
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Jeanette with her pretzel that is "as big as your head" and the welcomed pretty sunset after driving for hours through Indiana seeing only flat land, fields and wind turbines...

Later that evening we arrived at our hotel (a national chain)…umm our room was dirty and the place was a dive-kind of gave me the creeps not to mention totally smelled like smoke and mold. So we ended up driving to another facility to see if they had availability for 2 nights they said they did “yay!” so we went back to original place and kindly requested to leave and that we wanted a refund. After trying to persuade us to stay we got our money back and were on our way … less the 2nd pretzel - pretty sure Jeanette left it in the fridge in that room.
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(this was in the elevator of location #1...spell check??)

We go back to the new location to check in. The same front desk guy checks us in & tells us our total - we have the money for 2 nights on the counter and then he says we can only have the room for one night now….huh? Something about getting booked in the amount of time we took checking out of our other location.  So its late now like after 8 pm -I am hungry I don’t do well with this type stuff when t.i.r.e.d and h.u.n.g.r.y. So I ask my sister what are we gonna do now… to which she replies, "we are gonna pay and stay here one night". I almost start to whine (or maybe I did – I don’t know remember I was tired and hungry) We paid for the night and went to our nice clean room and ate our dinner. Jeanette's husband helped look for places we could call and after calling around we found a hotel for the next night. We then had a nice quiet uninterrupted nights sleep.
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We woke up well rested - me bright and early - which caused my sister to text me from her bed to go back to sleep or something like that. After our breakfast we checked out of the hotel and drove to new hotel to guarantee the room for that evening. We were then on our way to the conference. First stop there was to get some good coffee, mine-just black and hot...hers-sugary and cold.
There were over 5000 women at this 2 day conference! So many great workshops to choose from and amazing speakers including Gary Chapman, Lysa TerKeurst, Dr. Juli Slattery and so many more...I am still re-reading my notes that I took there.
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So thankful for Lysa's encouraging main session       Jeanette met Erin Bethea (from Fireproof)
I attended my first Hearts at Home conference in Nov. 1997 - I was a young stay at home mom with our 2 & 3 year old children and at the time we thought our family was complete (medically we were told we should be done). So I had to laugh at myself that almost 20 years later and I am still attending Hearts at Home with a toddler at home! Hearts at Home will always have a special place in my heart because it was at that conference in 1997 one of the main speaker Susan Yates shared the Gospel message. Growing up I knew about God but never had I heard that Jesus died for me and for my sins, that He took them to the cross for me because He loves me. Only because of Gods grace the Holy Spirit showed me my need for a savior that day and I asked the Lord to forgive me and Jesus became Lord of my life. I am so thankful that God used Hearts at Home to eternally change our family. Also that my sweet friend Paula invited me to the conference that year.

A couple funny things you will find at the conference - one is these signs are on the back of every stall doors in all the restrooms...
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Also be cause the place is only used for women they completely take over the whole place...even the men's restrooms!
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

four years ago….HOME

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Mar 18, 2011 we headed to the airport for our 2nd trip to Ethiopia –this time to not return home empty handed but this was the trip to have our US Embassy appointment and then bring our son home! Upon checking in at the airport we quickly discovered the airline ticket for our son that our travel agent was unable to bill us for(we were supposed to pay for it at the check in counter) or give us in a printable form was not found in the airline system! Nor could we purchase one without his passport….ugh Satan’s last attempt to stop this adoption! We left the check in counter unsure what to do and unable to reach our travel agent as she was in Ethiopia adopting also. Our adoption case manager advised us to just get on the plane and we could get the ticket issue worked out before we came home. We did not want to get on the plane without his ticket for the fear that we may not be able to bring him home. We began to pray and head to TSA security as we locked eyes with a ticket agent leaving a room heading towards us. We looked at her and she immediately asked if we needed help – she must have seen the panic on our faces. We told her our dilemma and she said I am just coming out of a ticketing class for children!! What??? She then marched over to an empty computer and began to play around with their system. Mentioning something about being in the right place at the right time. She made several phone calls and continued to pluck away on the keypad, even called her supervisor at home and talked to the owner of  the travel agency we went through trying to get the right numbers to find our ticket! ….this lady was relentless in solving this ticketing issue and the whole time being super sweet. She would ask questions about our family and what made us want to adopt. We told her our story and she then let us know that she also is a believer in Jesus and again reiterated the comment she made earlier regarding the fact that she was in the right place at the right time, just coming out of class on children ticketing! Only God! We were thanking her and telling her to just forget it cause we were getting worried we might miss our plane – then at last she got it! We were able to pay for our sons ticket and have it in hand when boarding our plane! Praise the Lord! The other amazing thing was the night before at church we were given an anonymous donation from someone at our church….it was exactly the amount of the lap seat ticket for our son! God is so good. 
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   And we are off (again)...                                                    Our ticketing "angel"
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On our first trip we did a straight flight from Washington DC to Addis Ababa that was a VERY long flight. I started to feel a little stir crazy/claustrophobic. So this trip we booked it to have a lay over in Amsterdam which was great! Plus great chocolate and a coffee...who wouldn't want that? I was like a kid in the candy store (literally) I was able to buy goodies for my kids at home.
We got in to Ethiopia late at night got checked in our room - tried to get a good night sleep before getting our son the next day.  
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Once we got to the transition home I spotted our son and was off quickly to hold him (once again...ahead of my hubby)
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The moment this momma had been waiting over 2 months for since our 1st trip to Ethiopia...our son was forever in our arms 
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Almaz who ran the transition home our lil guy was at while waiting for us. She said he is so smart always watching what is going on and how things work. “Someday he is going to be a scientist or something like that”
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Think that our lil guy was ready to go home…”helping” pack our luggage.
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Last meal in Ethiopia before heading to airport - shiro and injera – love, love,love this food! I ate this everyday in Ethiopia (sometimes more than once a day)
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March 25, 2011-We made it back to our state! We were welcomed at the airport by our pastor and his sweet wife who were so kind to bring my Mom and our kiddos. Also, one of my sisters,brother in law and one of my nephews.
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         Meeting Aunt Jeanette                                         Meeting Grandma
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                 our pastor with his wife - so thankful for their friendship
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Lil guy is not too sure about this crazy car seat contraption (don't blame him)
Our pastor took us all out to eat after my mom took our older children back to her home so we could try and readjust to the time and get some sleep.
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These past four years have not been easy but we wouldn't change a thing. God is so good and we praise Him for our son.