Sometimes a girl plays so hard, she just falls asleep in the middle of her destruction. I love having a baby to mess and destroy all within her reach again. This girl is doing some serious exploring this week and we are thrilled to walk through all her piles.
Here is where I overload you with memories of our annual week at Gull Lake Ministries. If you are looking for an amazing, God centered place to spend your family vacation, you couldn't do better than this place. We have been going for nine years, and it never disappoints. We love it!
The first night was a baseball theme. My little girls were darling in their gear.
The theme night dinners are always a memory maker for my girls.
Love that my big girl is able to participate so fully as the dining hall used to scare her out of her wits. She has come such a long way, and loves everything about Gull Lake Ministries.
Our little baseball tolerated the noise and action pretty well too.
The best part of the week is spending it with our dear friends. There is much more to come as I can't resist publishing these memories.
You know going into adopting a child with special needs that there will be a diagnosis. You know they will have special needs, and you choose to welcome that. Having done this four times now, you know there is no way to know everything about what your child will have when they are finally home. You choose a child not a diagnosis, and you walk through the dark, by faith, trusting that God will supply your every need to care for them as they grow. I have done this all before. I know how it goes, but when the CDD at the U called yesterday saying that Ellie's micro array test had turned up something..I started to panic. Irrational thoughts swirled in my head about what it could be, and fear took over in my heart. Immediately, I began going through horrible what if's. What if she doesn't live until adulthood..what if she has some serious medical need that is life threatening..what if we have to walk through some scary medical stuff.. Then, the most beautiful thing happened. As I was spiraling into panic, my dear Anna Mei came up to me and out of nowhere said, "Momma, I want you to read me a bible verse right now." She hasn't ever done that before. I began to read passages aloud, and, as I did, the panic and fear I was feeling subsided. My sweet six year old treasure listened to the Holy Spirit, and asked, at just that moment, to be read to from His word..which was just exactly what her momma needed to do to calm the fear in her heart. How I love that my children minister to me. I am grateful to God for the gift of my precious daughter who, because she knows Christ as her Savior, is filled with the living God who sent her to request that I read her the Bible at just the time I needed to be in the word myself. What a treasure we have in His word if only we pick it up and read. I am so thankful for the reminder of that from my beautiful six year old girl when I most needed it.
More to come about our precious treasure, Ellie Grace, and her designer chromosomes. She is a rare beauty, indeed, designed very uniquely by a God who very intentionally made her perfectly.
Last summer, I built this acrylic easel for our backyard. It is so much fun to create on it for hours in the backyard without worrying a bit about mess.
When we are done painting, we can just hose off the girls, and the masterpiece so that the "canvas" is blank for the next time. Jillian believes painting should be a whole body experience as you can see. She is hosed off often.
It was so easy to build, and I love seeing my little artists busy on it.
Molly was painting a tiger because she is all about animals right now. She even mixed red and yellow to get the perfect shade of orange for her creation. She made a momma and a baby tiger of course.
I only wish four years old could last forever as she is so sweet right now. I know it can't, but I will sure savor as much of this time as I can while I have it.
I am a Christ follower, wife of 20 years to my best friend, and a stay at home momma to five amazing daughters. I am currently waiting for one precious special needs treasure to come home from China. I am passionate about the orphan and special needs adoption. I love to teach God's word, am involved in youth ministry alongside my dh, and love,love, love cooking. Above all, I desire to serve God and surrender my life to His call.