Daily Verse

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from you commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11

Why do we try to conform God to our will? Live in His word and know true joy.

"Make me to know your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old."
Psalm 25:4-6

God reveals the truth of our time and all time to us through Scripture.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the tstimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple: the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."
Psalm 19:7-10

All the laws in all the books in all the libraries of the world are but a footnote to the law of God.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways ackowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

To know and understand God comes not through our intellect, but through the wisdom given to us by the grace of God.

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:1-3

Don't measure success by society's standards. Use Christ as your measuring stick.

"The the LORD answered Job our of the whirlwind and said: 'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding, Who determined its measurements - surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? Or who laid its cornerstond...?'"
Job 38:1, 4-6

When we measure God by our limited standards, we attempt to measure the elephant by weighing one strand of its hair.

"Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you so lon, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father?'"
John 14:8-9

Christ is God made flesh. If you want to know God, you must draw closer to Jesus.








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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Boo Boo

This is Boo last night. He is just up and into everything. They have a system worked out. I mix dry cheerios with a few apple jacks to add a little fun for Princess. Well, she would rather find a way to get rid of the cheerios so she can have more apple jacks. Boo is at a point right now where he thinks he needs to eat 24/7 (I thought that hit when they were teens?) and so he stands up beside her high chair and she hands him the cheerios! I have to say this is a much better idea than her last, she would just start dropping them on the floor when I wasn't looking at her....cheerios make a sound when the hit the floor! She never did understand how Mama knew when she was in trouble! Silly kids!

Just to keep you all up to date on where things are as far as Boo is concerned....

On December 13th we have the "Final Dispositional Hearing" I will try to explain...that is the hearing where birthparents rights could be terminated. In this case that is the most likely situation, they will terminate on birthmom and John Doe. We then will have to get clearance that he is available for adoption (which will take more time than it will be a problem) and then somewhere January..Febuary..or March we will be in court again to officially make him ours! We are very excited about this...the chances of him ever leaving us are 1 in a million. Birthmom could have a chance to appeal, but it is very rare that a judge overturn a ruling in a foster/adopt situation. Especially dealing with this case...birthmom cannot take care of herself, let alone raise a child. She didn't appeal with her other 3 kids, and I have very good reason to believe she knows that she has lost Boo and is currently trying to have another baby. In her mind at some point the state will just stop fighting her and let her keep a baby.

Medically, Boo is functioning almost like a normal baby boy these days. He still has some developmental delays, but we are sure that he will outgrow them soon since he is feeling better! As you all have seen lately, he is moving around, going up steps, and just all around a happy little guy! We are even seeing the dark circles around his eyes go away, and his eyes do not appear to be sunk in any more. We do give much credit to the natural suppliments...they are getting all the parasites transferred from birthmom out of his system which is allowing him to get his nutrition (instead of the bugs eating it all up) he is starting to slowly gain weight, and he is starting to try and form words. I know when he is saying "all done" [one of Princess's favs!] "hi" "duck" "dada" "Princess" & "mama" He also has special little sounds for "bubbles" & "puppies"

It is amazing to see how he is such a different baby...just wait until you see him at Thanksgiving or will be shocked!

Do pray for him on Friday as he is having a special hearing test. We are still unsure about if he can hear everything or not. It is much better than it was, but we are just covering our bases. He will have to be put under, so we have all the other children taken care of for the entire day! After his hearing, we just are waiting to see if he will grow out of the occasional stiffness in his legs, though he is learning to work around it when it is there.

We are just so thankful that the Lord has placed Ethan and Ada in our home. They are truely to miracles! We also think they happen to be the two cutest kids in the world...sorry to all my cousins with kids...but I am sure you understand!


Anonymous said...

It is amazing how quickly kids catch on to things! They are so smart!
Grandma and Granpa are so blessed to have Ada Grace and Ethan in our lives! They are the "sparkles" of our eyes! We are praying for Ethan and are awaiting the day when he is Ethan Hartung.
Give my babies a hug and kiss from gram.
Love you all