Oh, these sweet people. They make my heart swoon! Each one is different. Each one has special gifts and things that they do very well. Each one has struggles and moments when they experience the sadness that life can bring. I love their different personalities. They have things that they love and that are their favorite. They have best friends, favorite shoes, fashion styles (hidden, however, in this picture by the dresses Mama wanted them to wear. I got some pushback on that! But they’re so pretty, right?!!).
Happy Mother’s Day, my friends! Today I am thankful for my Mother, mother-in-law, and stepmom. God has blessed me beyond words with these three ladies, beautiful both inside and out. I love them all so much.
But to my own mama, I am so grateful to you for raising me in the name of Jesus. I’m glad God put us together. I love you!
And with all of the joy and love I can muster I must tell you how thankful I am for my children. Every one of them is so amazing. God has blessed us abundantly and I do not take his graciousness for granted. He continues to bless us through foster care and hopefully through adoption. It is because of Him alone that our family has been put together so carefully. He gives us strength, guidance, and love unconditionally, and His example of love for us is what we use as a model to parent our children.
I’m also grateful on this day for my sweet husband. He loves us. He takes care of us. And his gentle spirit can be felt by each one of us. I am thankful that God chose him for me and me for him.
Happy Mother’s Day! Give your mama a big hug and kiss today. ❤️
Our family has embarked upon a new adventure. This one is sure to be a blessing for us all–foster care. It has been on our hearts for quite some time to take care of kids who need a family to love and care for them, no matter how long or short of a time that may be. On Wednesday we were granted our license to foster children. And late last night we were blessed with our first little guy. He’s a sweetie, and we’re grateful to be a part of his life for a while.
Something that has consumed my heart for some time is teaching my children to have a heart for Jesus. Part of this heart, this passion, is serving Him. My hubby and I both serve faithfully in our church, with our children right alongside of us. Modeling this behavior to our kids has taken a prominent place in our activities. Part of what we share with them as we do things together is that serving the Lord doesn’t have to be done in this grand way. It can be as simple as watering plants at church or taking chairs off the table after the janitor cleans a room. We can replace napkins or sweep the floor. Anything they do, as long as their hearts are focused on the Lord, is an act of service for Him.
It’s finally here! If your kids are like mine, they are just about losing it with excitement. And in a couple cases over here there was some actual losing it that occurred. It’s hard to be little and tired and ready for that jolly big guy to leave your heart’s one true desire in your living room!
We all have them-those special things we do each year that give us the warm fuzzies and remind us that it’s Christmas time! I’m sure many of us share some of the same traditions. We decorate our Christmas trees, sing Christmas carols (sometimes off key), bake yummy treats, and prepare gifts for our nearest and dearest.
This is our first year with the elves. They came to us a couple weeks ago and actually rode in on the train that skirts our tree. Twinkle and Sprinkle are their names, and they came with a note explaining that they might find themselves in bits of mischief. Here is some of the mischief they’ve created since they’ve been with us.
I have gone through several ideas for advent calendars. When I was a kid we had a felt calendar that hung on the wall. It had pockets and my mom would put candies in them. My brother and I got to pick our candy out each day as we counted down to Christmas Day. Fun! Wanting to keep the candy away from my kids, I foolishly came up with another idea. You can see it here. It involved moving a bow on ornaments that hung in our window. It’s very pretty…just not as fun for the kids though.