Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Our daughters......

....with great smiles

.....sound asleep

......having fun


My girls, you are such a blessing to me. I pray you grow in grace, dwell in peace, and love without measure.

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Our arrival....

So thanks to our friend, Brandy, here are the pictures of our arrival in Haiti. This was only moments after the first time the girls were able to greet Jeremy as Papa and the first time they all met Jordyn.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Great conversations......

with a five year old.

Ok, I need to preface this conversation with one Camden and I had last night. We are in our yearly 'revival' at church. So each night after church we go to Jeremy's Mom's house to help serve the guest speaker and guest pastors in attendance. We gave our kids the typical 'warning', you know, be good, mind your manners, no whining or crying, you get the picture. So last night Camden was struggling with the idea that he had to wait for the guests to get their food then we would get ours. So I took him to the restroom for a 'conversation' and explained that we are to honor and respect these men and women. We talked about how they work for God and we want to honor them and be a help to them and whining and crying won't 'help' them. So he needed to make a wise choice and decide to be a help. Lucky for him he made a good choice. :)

So now for today's conversation:

Camden: Mom, do those people at Grandma's seriously work for Jesus?
Mom: Yes, they do.
Camden: Even Grandpa(our Pastor)?
Mom: Yes, even Grandpa.
Camden: Them, but not us?
Mom: Well, anyone that does what God tells them to do is working for Him. So actually us too. Just like Mommy and Daddy are adopting Noah, Mia & Hope because God told us to.
Camden: God didn't tell us to buy more kids!
Mom: (trying not to laugh) Yes He did! (Ok, I was laughing a little, I mean who wouldn't)
Camden: God told us to buy more kids?!?!
Mom: Yes
Camden: He told us to buy Noah first.
Mom: Yes
Camden: He told us to buy Mia & Hope too?
Mom: Yes
Camden: I wish he had only told us to buy Noah.
Mom: Camden!?!? Why?
Camden: I want there to be two boys and two girls. I don't want there to be more girls than boys because they will be mean too.
Mom: But Mia and Hope love you.
Camden: How?
Mom: Mia has seen your picture and she always asks about you. She loves you!
Camden: And Hope too?
Mom: Sure, but she is pretty young so it's harder for her to understand.
Camden: So can I play my computer game now?

Kids are great!!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Our sons.....

The day we met.......

At bathtime.....

While they're sleeping.....

At the beach......

One day, these boys will finally get to play together!

Lord, I thank you for our sons. They are the most incredible boys. I pray you equip us to raise them to be the men of God you created them to be.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

We're out!!!

We're out, we're out, we're out, we're out!!!!! We are out of IBESR!!!!! I'm so excited! I have been dancing, jumping, praising....... God is so faithful!!! Praise the Lord!!!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Look what the Lord has done, take two!!!!

To the Cundiff's home.......Noah, Mia & Hope

To the Burnett's (Todd & Kristina)...... Jonas & Ellie

To the Collins'...... Steven & Belle

To the Burnett's (Troy & Cathy)....... Manthania & Isaac

To the Almon's........Glory

To the Brown's...... Samendia & Jefferson

To the Koenig's......Samara, Shakira & Caleb

To the Olson's ......... Isaiah

To the Yunker's...... Richecard

Well, if you counted you will see that makes 17!! God is so awesome!! 17 TAs children coming to the Evansville area!! Praise God!!!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

"You are the light of the world."

What makes everyone watch fireworks?

I realize it is tradition to watch fireworks during special Holidays, especially Independence Day. However, I bet most of us could probably admit that when we notice fireworks going off, we stop and watch, at least for a moment. Is it because of tradition? I don't think so.

I believe it is because that in the midst of darkness there is a beautiful light shining. In Matthew 5, Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world. We are suppose to be that beautiful light in this dark world. We should shine with the light of Jesus enough that people notice. Not that they see us, but that they see the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. Do they see the light of His love, His joy, His peace, His compassion......

I pray today you are the light of the world, that you allow Jesus to shine through so all will stop and watch. I pray they will be drawn to your light and in that moment they are drawn to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lord, help us to be Your light.