FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not yet seen.
Heb. 11:1

Sunday, March 14, 2010

What are we waiting for?

I posted a link to one of my favorite Christian artist, Britt Nicole. I feel like God's not done with us through adoption. I've struggled thinking that 3 is it, however, I think He has a bigger plan. I'm not sure yet, or am I(?), but I know He will show me the way. There's so much more we can do! And, for some reason, the number 4 will just not get out of my head. This morning in church we recited our monthly Bible verse, "for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose." I sometimes get sidetracked and think about the "stuff". You know, a "new" vehicle, cause we're gonna need one and sooon. That is, Mike is gonna need one. He's driving my old Toyota, Camry with 200,000 miles on it. In 2004, he took the Camry, and I got the new van. So now the Camry is soon to be retired, and Mike's getting himself a 2004 Sienna. And he's quite pleased I may add. So instead of getting a brand new vehicle this time, I think we're going for a nice used, 2007, vehicle. Yep, another van. We have to have a van or utility for everyone to fit. It's not about the "stuff" anymore. It's about the necessity and God providing only what we need. I love Britt's song, A:"Walk On the Water"A: because it talks about . . . what are we waiting for, what do we have to lose, with God we can walk on the water. This morning Jason spoke about sacrifices, "stop focusing on ourselves, but on those God loves." A lot of times, let me rephrase that, most of the time, we get sidetracked and lose the focus God has for us. Don't you just know that God just wants us to pay attention? There are soooooo many orphans and God loves 'em all. I had heard or read not too long ago that if every Christian family adopted an orphan, that there would be no more orphans. Wouldn't that be amazing? Anyway, I love going to church to hear what God has to tell me. This morning was awesome. I pray that God uses me to my fullest ability. He knows the plan. I just have to sit patiently to see it unfold.

Britt Nicole

Britt Nicole

Friday, March 12, 2010

Jacobs birthday!

June 18, 2009

Wow, it's hard to believe that Jacob's turning 7 on his birthday. He was only 3 when we came home from China (3 3/4 that is) on March 1st. Now, 3 years later, it feels like he's been in our family since he was born. I know he was in our heart all along, we just didn't know it yet, but God did. It was His plan!! We love you Jacob!! What a fun day and we all enjoyed the confetti cake.

Dance, Dance, Dance

May 17, 2009
I just love dance recital week, first or second week of May. It's hectic and we're running here and there. Emmi takes tap, jazz, and ballet, so we have rehearsal at the Capital Arts just about every day. Then on Friday evening it's dress rehearsal. Sooo much fun. And yes, Emmi loves it too! I always ask her each school year if she wants to take dance again. So far I've gotten an energetic YES! Although about three years ago she did decide not to take dance. The next year she got back on board though and has done a great job and had a lot of fun. After rehearsals on Friday, the show began on Saturday with an early a.m. performance and an afternoon one as well. Nanny and PaPa along with Sandra and Alvin, came to the early a.m. show. I'm so proud of Emmi. It's so hard to believe that she was just in pre-ballet just a few short years ago, and now she's 9. Wow, where does the time go? I posted pictures of her in her dance costumes as well as of the performance. In between the performances on Saturday, she, Maggie & I walked across the park to have lunch at her favorite restaurant. It's was a beautiful day and we were able to sit in the park for a little while before we had to be back for the afternoon performance.
This performance was from May, 2009.

Easter 2009

As we had the Easter egg hunt and I posted all the fun, I forgot to post our Easter picture on Easter Sunday. It's not the best, but at least we were all together and we coordinated (ha ha). After church we drove to mom's house and went out to lunch. Notice Jacob's tie, he loved wearing it. I will have to say, he looked pretty sharp.