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Toby & Dress-Up Drawings {& Bible Study}

On Friday–we found out some VERY exciting news. NOPE–no new numbers yet. But still–very exciting in our home. TOBY (the stuffed animal dog in Parker’s preK class) got to come HOME with us for the weekend! You have NO idea what an honor this is to the kids…quite the big deal at his school! Well, […]

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Renea - March 7, 2010 - 9:30 am

How cool of a project! That would be great for a little girls slumber/birthday party. Dress up stick people! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I can’t wait to see and hear about Toby’s adventure! I know what he’s up to!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL

Natali - March 7, 2010 - 10:34 pm

awesome post! LOVED IT!

[…] how Toby the stuffed dog (my 5 year old’s classroom pet) got to come home with us last weekend??? Well…I just can’t stand it as I JUST got word that Toby is OFFICIALLY on his way […]

[…] Toby? If not—I first shared about him here. And we unveiled where that little stinker stuck off to here. Yep, give our family a class pet to […]

Africa, India & the budget

FIRST…Africa:). No new numbers…our agency was quite busy today. SO…our new numbers will come on Monday. Crazy thing–I’m so cool with that. We’re not in single digits…knowing today or Monday doesn’t change anything. HEY…has someone out there been praying for me?! Well, God sure is good because I’m so at peace with where we are—and […]

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april - March 5, 2010 - 11:12 pm

what a trooper you are for cutting your own hair…i think your hair looks great! good job!

Shannon - March 6, 2010 - 12:02 am

I’m sooo impressed with the haircut! I love that the last few pictures of Parker he’s been in full costume!

admin - March 6, 2010 - 12:08 am

That’s my boy Shannon…we even had a babysitter who had a shirt monogrammed for him that says “Lil Hero” because this is SO him!!!!!!!

Megan - March 6, 2010 - 1:29 am

Oh yes. The budget. I think we are implimenting a newer, stricter one each month b/c I’m so bad at it. Okay not THAT bad. BUt I hate it that’s for sure. You know I’m doing good when I’m complaining about having nothing to wear. It’s not really that I have nothing to wear, its just that I don’t like my options anymore! =) But hearing about you cutting your own hair made me want to cry (although hubby walking in to the house to Me: scissors in hand, surrounded by hair is a common occurance)! I’m a hairstylist (retired? SAHM now) and I hate to hear about ameteurs (no offense, haha) cutting their own hair. But I have to admit it doesn’t look bad by any means. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Shhh…don’t tell anyone though! I don’t want the word to spread about at-home-stylists! =)

Kim - March 6, 2010 - 8:18 am

Oh, Andrea…your hair looks great. I have been cutting mine for quite some time and even *sigh* went to the box color. 5dollar dinners (dot) com has been a huge help for us and she cooks very healthy. If you were on my fb you could see my pictures of dinners for a family of 5 in the 3.00 – 5.00 range for the entire meal. I must say your ham dinner looked amazing but I knew I could not get it to come in under 5.00. So that will be a special occasion meal for sure!

Amy Kirk - March 6, 2010 - 8:24 am

Thank you, Andrea, for stopping by our blog and leaving your words of encouragement. This blogging thing is so new to me, but what fun! I have loved reading about your journey for a few months now, and it is so great to read others stories who are a bit further down on the adoption path. On another note- We made many sets of your valentine cookies and gave them to our kiddo’s “Prayer Parents” this year for their valentine’s and they loved them! Thanks for sharing great ideas. I was also wondering how did you make your Lent tree? I’m a visual learner and I was hoping to see how you made your tree to hang all the ornaments. Just had to ask! It will be fun to watch your journey continue to unfold.
God’s grace to you,

Jenny - March 6, 2010 - 8:34 am

Wow! I think you did a great job with your hair. That would’ve ended in a disaster if I had tried that. Me, scissors, and hair are not a good combination. But, you look great! And the adoption thing definitely holds you accountable to living on a stricter budget. Our 10 year anniversary is coming up and for years we had big dreams of going to Hawaii or something, but now that we’re adopting again, I think we might be heading to Chicago or something instead. Thankful that the Lord uses adoption to refine my heart in so many areas….including stewardship. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!

Natali - March 6, 2010 - 11:24 am

I love the whole lent tree thing! What an awesome way to teach kids!

melissa - March 6, 2010 - 4:45 pm

Oh, I think your hair looks great! I cut my hair to save money to a couple of months ago. All the kids were screaming and I just decided to wack my hair off so I could have some organization to my life! I wasn’t so straight, but my mom helped me straighten up when I saw her the next week. I also cute Henry’s hair! Yes, it’s a bowl cut, but that is an Alabama thing. I wish I could highlight my hair myself, but it never turns out right. I am always trying to do things myself. Have a good weekend!!

Amy @ Filled With Praise - March 6, 2010 - 7:45 pm

I think your hair looks great. Next time you are in town, I will have you cut mine:)

Love all the pics. Thank you so much for the prayers and kindness. Much love,

Give Us a God Picture

Wednesday’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 14-15:41 Another WOW reading today. I think I could write a book on today’s reading. I think I’m going to have to jump around and toss out my thoughts though to get it all out! So…once again–bear with:) Numbers 14 – You think your toddlers whine? Well, get this—verse 1. The […]

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Dawn - March 4, 2010 - 12:28 am

Oh the conditions we all put on God….when in reality we have no reason to want anything other than HIS best for us. ๐Ÿ™‚

Shannon - March 5, 2010 - 1:03 am

The reading today and your words were such perfect timing! I’ve done a lot of whining this week. Not necessarily for “things” but just whiny about circumstances. Yuck! Forgive me Lord…Thy will be done! Thanks once again for making the scripture come alive!

Megan - March 5, 2010 - 1:11 am

First I have to say I LOVE your picture of Laney being little mommy. I’m sure my mom would tell you that it reminds her of me when I was little, lol! I carried a baby everywhere I went.
This is what I wrote in my Bible today next to chapter 14.
“God’s way. God’s timing. WITH God’s help. Obstacles we face are too great to be tackled alone but WITH GOD’S HELP, nothing is impossible.” When we take our eyes off of the big picture (the GOD picture) then it’s easy to get overwhelmed and complain. Keeping our eyes on Him will keep us focused on our blessings as well.
I have to admit that when we started this process we were both hoping for a double orphan as well. No longer. After learning more about WHY Birthparents give up their children, I am praying that we get to meet them…as hard as that will be.

First day of Lent, a quick dish & One Year Bible Reading

The First Day of Lent…DAY 1 ORNAMENT: THE MUSTARD SEED Ahhhh…Wednesday, February 17th! The day we have looked forward to so we can begin our Lent Tree (GO TO CRAFTS and scroll down to EASTER – LENT TREE to download our guide to do one yourself!) When the children wake up–we’ll begin our first day […]

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Jenny - February 17, 2010 - 9:24 am

Yum, that ham recipe looks wonderful. May have to add that to our list of things to try. And I’m all for a yummy dish that’s easy too! Thanks for passing it along. And love your weekly dinner with your friends. What a sweet blessing to have friends to live life with! Have a wonderful day!

Dawn - February 17, 2010 - 10:01 am

Love your lent tree…… ๐Ÿ™‚ Love Matt 17:20 too!

Renea - February 17, 2010 - 11:36 am

You’re killin me with the recipes girl!!! Must…. have…. ham!! lol I’m stock piling recipes for next weeks menu. And where did I miss the Lent tree? I want details! That looks like a great activity for my kids. I still have a mustard seed bracelet that a woman gave me when I was about 8 years old. It’s always been my ‘lucky charm’. 30 years later and it’s still one of my favorite most cherished possessions. Link me up for the tree! Oh…. and I made my very first McKlinky today! And it worked! lol Check it out.

Andrea - February 17, 2010 - 2:57 pm

The guide to the Lent tree is under CRAFTS…under Easter:). It’s going to be a really meaningful 40 day journey!!!!!

Megan - February 17, 2010 - 5:34 pm

“How many of us avoid digging into the world’s issues and problems for fear we might have to do something?” — This statement you made really hit me hard. That used to be me. I didn’t want to know. I didn’t want to cry. I didn’t want to feel guilty. I didn’t want to have to do something. How funny that God turned that person into a mother with a heart for adoption. Now I DO know. Now I DO cry. Now I DO feel guilty. Now I DO want to do something. I don’t know where the verse is found…but goes something like, “once your eyes have seen you can not turn back”. How true it is. Thank you for being a stepping stone for opening my eyes to the truth.

Lindsey Petersen - February 17, 2010 - 7:45 pm

Congratulations on your new addition! Adopting is such an awesome way to add to your family!

Lindsey Petersen

Heather - February 17, 2010 - 9:54 pm

I caught that too this morning about the sin offerings. They had to be burned outside of the camp no where near the Tabernacle. That just reminds me that I need to be pure & holy before God. I need to ask for forgiveness of my sins, even hidden ones, & ask Him to reveal them to me so that I can make my requests known to Him. God can’t be near sin, so we need to purify our hearts before we come before Him. - February 18, 2010 - 2:40 am

So excited to get started on the tree! Doing it a little different since I slacked on getting all the ornaments. For this year I’m just pulling together some clip art to represent all of the items. Might not be as fun as the actual ornaments but I’m hoping the end result is the same! Megan, I really appreciated your comment! I totally relate…I didn’t want to know, didn’t want to cry or feel the guilt but now I stand asking God to send me. How can I serve them Lord? He is AWESOME! Proverbs 24:12

[…] was special and like no other for our family?! Well–guess what day he arrived??? ON THE VERY FIRST DAY OF LENT! Guess what ornament we placed on our Lent Tree on this day? A mountain and a mustard seed! On this […]

Preparing for the Sabbath… (Exodus 37-39:31)

Preparing for the Sabbath… My parents are in town…and it has been soooooo great having their company! They are from out of state so they were just as excited to be here and have snow with us. I have thought so much today about tomorrow’s Sabbath and how to best prepare for it today. As […]

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Jenn - February 13, 2010 - 9:54 pm

Funny…as we were driving home from dinner I was lamenting that we have MORE snow coming tomorrow. This has been one of the snowiest winters I can remember in Kansas…and I’m so ready for spring. Thanks for the reminder that snow IS fun ๐Ÿ™‚


kristi johnson - February 13, 2010 - 10:42 pm

i always make snow it…kj

Renea - February 13, 2010 - 11:16 pm

Love the snow ice cream! And I’m doing my yearly study with the chronological bible also. As I was reading this week about all the preparations and building and the details of the curtains and the lamp stands and on and on….. I somehow became bored with it. Wondering why I’d need to know so many details about how something was built or what it was made with. I prayed that God would show me the importance of reading those chapters and to hold my interest. The answer I got came from another reading about the subjects I was studying and it pointed out if it wasn’t important to God he wouldn’t have shared so many minute details. If WE weren’t important to him he wouldn’t share those details. He loves and finds joy in making the tiniest details of us down to every hair on our heads and it’s just another way of showing how detailed his Love is for us. How glorious and perfect it is defined in those details. I was much happier to read those chapters and get back to my study with interest. Like you, it was one of those LIGHT BULB moments. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like the way you described it also. TFS!!!!!

Amy @ Filled With Praise - February 14, 2010 - 8:31 am

Love the photos. Glad you all are enjoying snow fun and grandparent fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Elle J - February 14, 2010 - 10:45 am

I am glad I came upon your blog ~ I am learning so much! =) Happy Valentine’s Day!

Suzy Q - February 14, 2010 - 12:38 pm

I love your blog. I’d like to know who sang the little bird song that went to your video please. My kids love that kind of music!

julie@Flitterbugs - February 14, 2010 - 3:35 pm

OK, so I’ll admit…..I got a wee bit behind on reading this week. However, I’m going to press on today and keep going! I am so thankful to have you ladies to read with. If I were doing this on my own, it would be easy to get overwhelmed and stop, but since I know you ladies are keeping it up…..well, it encourages me to jump back in and keep up with the reading…and all for His glory!

Kym - February 15, 2010 - 12:08 am

I am an Alabama girl transplanted to Colorado. We always made snow cream when it snowed, which wasn’t often. My Iowa husband had no idea what I was talking about even though he grew up in lots of snow. Thanks for posting the recipe! I’ll be making it when we get our next snowfall. I know the kids will love it and I will love sharing a little piece of my childhood with them. And I’ll share it with my hubby too, but it will have to wait until next winter when he returns from a year long deployment. ๐Ÿ™

Found your blog from my sweet friend, Nikki in Colorado. I love keeping up with your journey as we prepare to walk it with Nikki and her precious family!