"How can there be too many children? It's like saying there are too many flowers." Mother Theresa

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Valentines Day

My computer has been out for repairs so I haven't been able to post this until now!
We had four families over for Valentines dinner. We read many scriptures from Gods word about how He loves us before saying the blessing. We had a meal of salad, pasta, garlic bread and finished the meal off with cupcakes and NY style cheesecake. The kids ate in the kitchen and the grown folks ate in the living room, turned dining room for the evening. We shared stories about how we met our spouses. It was a warm fuzzy evening I will remember in the years to come.

Ryan wore red plaid pants. I wish you could see the color.

My friend Jennifer with my youngest daughter.

My Valentines and ME!

After dinner talk...

Kids tables.

My converted family room.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Books and Grace

Who holds your hand when you feel bad? I love this sweet picture.

Is that Jack Sparrow, Beyonce or Mercy Bond?

We've started reading the Jesus Storybook Bible at night to the kids and then discussing what we read afterwards. It is such a beautiful book. The whole book is written as a story of redemption. It reminds us that Jesus didn't come to pay us back but to bring us back.

Interested in a good fiction read. This is one of the best books I have read in years. Lisa Samson is the author. Check out: The Passion of Mary Margaret.

This is the bible study I'm working on. It's called "Get Uncomfortable. Serve the Poor. Stop Injustice. Change the World...In Jesus Name." by Todd Phillips. It is wonderful. It opens with Zecheriah 7:9-10 The Lord of hosts says this: Render true justice. Show faithful love and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless. The stranger or the poor...
Last night we had soup for dinner. The kitchen was all cleaned up, thanks to Grace. This morning I noticed that the pot I had cooked soup in was still on the stove. I didn't give it much thought, just thought I'd wash it after the kids went to school. Noah called for me as I was doing laundry, he wanted to show me what Grace was having for breakfast...she had scooped up the old thickened soup that was left out all night and was eating it. She looked at me and happily said "This one I like it." Before I said anything in return I glanced down and noticed she was wearing the sandals she wore in the orphanage. The site of the old soup and the old sandals and my sweet daughter just got me. So much has changed for her. Doesn't she know she doesn't have to eat old soup? Doesn't she know she doesn't have to wear her old shoes. We have better things for her. That's how Jesus feels about us. He has good things for us and so many times we return for what's comfortable instead of whats good.