The Lord is our Portion

The Lord is our Portion

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

snowy friend

Today there was a big snowfall (thankfully without it being super cold and windy) so Momma and Blessings 5 & 6 had a lot fun playing outside. The kids wanted to make a snowman like in the book Stranger in the Woods so maybe we would have deer by our snowman too. They liked having Momma pull them around the yard on our sled and making paths on a small hill to slide down. We even made a wall to hide behind to bomb daddy with snowballs when he came home from work! After we enjoyed cocoa and then warm soup for dinner. Sweet memories.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Sweet 16th

Last week we celebrated Blessing #3 turning 16 -  on top of it being a special year it also its her golden year turning 16 on the 16th.  That traditional typically includes something golden like jewelry. She isn't that fond of gold or jewelry -but we were able to surprise her with a silver ring with the infinity symbol from her daddy.  Blessing #3 is gifted with the talent of art so she goes through sketch books what seems almost weekly and her art supplies run low often. So another gift is her and I are going shopping for art supplies and to get her some new medias she has been wanting. I am hoping to find her a good floor easel for her room. Her younger siblings know her well and stocked her up on candy kisses and gum.
For her sweet 16 she really wanted a party and sleepover (which we typically don't do). We were hoping to give her a surprise party but getting that worked out was a challenge seeing we homeschool and are around each other all day. So we surprised her and told her our plans. Which was great because then she got to help with the planning and picked out crafts she wanted to do with her friends. The party was after our homeschool co-op and several of the girls were friends from there -which was helpful because we just brought them here after. They had so much fun! I seriously think our neighbors could hear all the chatter, laughter and silliness going on from within our house! I loved hearing all the loud happiness from all the girls. I always thank God when I see the sweet, joyful and wholesome friends He puts in my kids lives. One of the girls she has been friends with since they were babies not even walking yet and would play on the floor next to each other (where I met her mom at a woman's Bible study in our town) which is fun to watch the girls grow up.

Hubby was so sweet and took half a day off to be here too and to help drive our youngest two home from co-op. Later in the afternoon he took them to Blessing #5s theater practice and after the three of them all spent the night at his parents house. His parents were so excited to have them come stay (which is really cute and sweet) we are blessed with them.

Dear Blessing #3 - I don't know where the time is going it just seems like yesterday that you, my littlest baby, were placed in my arms. You are an answer to prayer and the first baby I had after the Lord called me to Him. I remember many time during the pregnancy just marveling at the goodness of God and how He creates life and for blessing us with another child. He put the desire in my heart for another child - in spite of cautions given by doctors to not have more children after your older siblings births. I remember how you loved your momma so much, you had stranger anxiety early it started at three months (didn't even like people looking at you) - our doctor said it was because you were so in tuned to your environment and surroundings. You would be comforted by me holding you and sounds weird but I had long hair and you loved it covering you. It was a milestone when you actually went to someone outside your family. One day when you were about 1 1/2 years old at our church you went to an older gentlemen, Him and his wife were from Germany and were dear friends to was such a big deal a picture of him holding you was taken and hung up on the bulletin board at our church! He was beaming that you let him hold you. Your presence in our family is a gift. I love how you can be silly yet serious when working hard, kind, peaceful, joyful, smart and you have a calm spirit unless we are running late, I could go on but Blessing #3 you are special and such a blessing to me.  To quote on of my favorite books " I love you forever, I like you for always. As long as I am living my baby you'll be. "

Friday, February 19, 2016

26 years ago today....

Hubby and I met. We both went to the same college. My room mate Sally was friends with his room mate Guillermo. Sally decided to get a ugly white mouse with red eyes and keep it in our dorm room- which we were not allowed to do - just for the record I hate mice! Guillermo came up to our room one day with my hubby to see Sally's mouse and that is how we met. We quickly became friends and began dating two months later, we seemingly became inseparable at that point. I often say he was my 19th birthday present. We have long passed the amount of time spent together in our life than apart...and in this day there is something so sweet about that. We were not Christians when we met and to me he is a reminder of Gods kind and loving goodness in my life even while a sinner. I am still a sinner - just a redeemed and saved one. For me my husband is an example of Christ:
  • I never had unconditional love - he shows me what that looks like by always loving me in my good and ugly times. Loves me for who I am.
  • always forgives me freely the many time I need it
  • demonstrates his love in deeds and words
  • servant hearted
  • is very patient with me and our children
  • very kind and caring
  • good provider and works very hard to keep a balance between our family and work-his family always comes first
  • dependable he is always there for me
  • compassionate
  • sacrificial
  • trustworthy
  • wants what is good for me and his children-even if he has to say no
  • I am safe with him
  • would die for me- I know if he ever had to he would die for me. There is nothing he wouldn't do to show his love for me.
While my hubby is not perfect; because we are all sinners - he too has his faults. I just thank God for him, he helps me to see Christ and what God has done for me (and mankind) through Christ because of his perfect love.

Dear God, Thank you so much for loving and saving me by sending Jesus to die for me so that I can have hope and eternal life with you. I praise you Lord that you knew the future and for your goodness to me before I knew you to bless me with such an incredible husband -who reflects you. May our marriage always bring you glory.

Friday, February 12, 2016

To the older gentleman at the pharmacy...

You will never know how much your comment, “you have beautiful children” meant to me. That day I was out with my youngest two. We had one of our weekly therapy appointments and I had two quick errands to run after-literally purchasing maybe 10 things between the two stores. Three hours later we still were out and the pharmacy didn’t have my prescription filled. My son was having a very hard time that day and I was exhausted, dripping in sweat from frustration and ready to just curl up in a ball on the floor and cry. You see minutes before you seen us my son was having a melt down and pushing his foot on the wheel of the grocery cart telling me he wasn’t going to let us move because I would let him read the TV guide by the registers. Classic meltdown – first time he had done it this extreme in a store.  Parenting kids with trauma and loss is hard stuff. It takes people to come alongside us, encourage us, support us, pray for us, and to just be there. I thank you that you were playing peek-a-boo with my little girl, and that you stopped me to tell me she looks like your adopted daughter from China (I could see in your eyes the joy she brought you and the longing to have her little again). Thank you that you reminded me they are beautiful - even in the ugly hard times. I am sorry I didn’t stop and chat longer with you and asked more about your daughter…but I am sure you understand as you probably had been there before too.  Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24 Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 1 John 3:18
I love this post Lauren wrote about how it takes a village to help parents that have kids with special needs.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Happy 80th

Grandfather (Hubby's Dad) turned 80 years old last week! Hubby and his siblings planned a small mini surprise birthday celebration for him. It was just the family minus our oldest two Blessing #1 and #2 were not able to come home from college. It was a nice relaxing day and really nice to have the whole family together which doesn't happen very often with how everyone's work and school  schedules don't often line up. It was nice to celebrate him and how loved he is by the family. He is a great example to us all and loves unconditionally.

family picture memory redone-now....