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, April 30, 2009

Thankful Thursday & ABCs of ME!

The ABC's of Me (I actually borrowed this from a couple of other blogs &
I am actually going to turn it into my THANKFUL ABCs...everything I use is something I am thankful for!

A: AG, my beautiful Princess

B: Blogs...they help me know that there are other people out there with the same struggles with adoption/infertility that I am going through!

C: Church ~ Northpoint is FABULOUS!

D: Dark ~ nothing better to go for a walk after dark and see the beautiful stars and moon!

E: EE, my handsome little Boo Boo, and ED ~ our future (maybe) daughter...when we raise the funds to contract for adoption again!

F: Faith ~ there are times in my life that my faith has not been strong, and most times it is not strong enough...but without faith in God I know that my life would be a wreck!

G: Some dear friends last names start with G...they have been a huge blessing to us and have practically adopted us into their family~we are thankful for them!

H: Handsome Husband ~ ladies I have been blessed with one of the Best Amazing Wonderful Godly Cute Helpful (the list could go on and on) husbands you could ever find!

I: sister-In-laws ~ I have been blessed with two great sister in-laws, just wish I could spent a little more time with them!

J: Can I use this as another chance to be thankful for my husband...since his name starts with J?

K: Kids ~ anyone that knew me before AG & EE knew how much I wanted to have children, and most people that know me now know how much I LOVE having them!

L: Love ~ I cannot imagine what life would be like if love was not a MAJOR part of it!

M: Mommy...I love being one (and I love mine!)

N: Our other really good friends last name start with N, and he happens to be our lawyer too!

O: Opera House ~ I have spent a good few hours both on stage and off and have loved every minute of it! Cannot wait to see the musical this summer!

P: Pumpkin Patch Daycare ~ my business

Q: Quiet...this is something I treasure more and more every single day!

R: I have a sister who's name starts with R and I am thankful to have her as friend on FB!

S: Spring...I have never been as thankful for this season and I am this year!

T: Twenty Seven...the date both of our children were born!

U: Upbringing...while I do not intend to walk my parents footsteps exactly...they taught me that love is the number one thing children need. My parents were/are very good at loving, I never EVER questioned even once if my parents loved/love me and they are AMAZING people!

V: Vow ~ I know that my dear husband would never have imagined what he was signing up for with the 'for worse' part of the our vows...but the fact that I know when we said those vows that it was for the rest of our life on earth and I never have to wonder if we are going to last...because God brought us together!

W: Waterfalls ~ they are so beautiful

X: Xrays, the last ones I had showed that my fall on the ice didn't do too much damage

Y: Yellow ~ a color that I am loving more and more on my daughter!

Z: My brother, Farmer, his name starts with 'z' and I am thankful for him...I still think back to the days that we were alot closer, and wish that for now...but love him and wouldn't trade him in for anything (well maybe for, na...probably not even that!)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Trip to the General Store

Last Tuesday evening we made a trip to the general store, not to buy something...but instead to show the kids the bunnies & chicks! Princess kept saying "Silly Rabbit" because the all black bunny was drinking the water and we could see his tongue!Boo was a little more stand-off-ish! He is afraid of everything that moves! But he kept touching Daddy and that made it okay! She just loved it and would have watched the animals for hours!I thought it was funny when the chicks got tired they just stuffed their little beaks into the saw dust and went to sleep!He was a little more brave with the chicks than with the bunnies!We even managed a smile out of it...a success in my book!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Playing outside 2 days in a row!

We had some sidewalk chalkWe 'marched' to get the mailMiss KC driving the BIG trucksMr Frank and his truckMore coloring with chalkLove Miss KBs wispy blonde curlsMiss KC with a little bit of snack left on her faceJust love this one of Boo, he is so serious and always observing what the others are doing!

Monday, April 27, 2009

After Naps

All the other Patch kids were playing in the living room, and I found my little Boo in his room lining up his cars...just too cute!

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Today we remember our is a day that will always be remembered in my mind, along with Dec 14th 03, Aug 20th 04, & Jan 20th 05. Four years ago today I experienced the worst of our 4 miscarriages oh how painful it was. Physically and mentally. I was the only one that could be at the store that day, so I got up to get dressed even though there were sharp pains in my stomach. J drove the 80 miles to work that morning, and I didn't share my thoughts or pain with him...he didn't need to worry, I would just tell him after it was over. We needed the money, and really what could he do to help? So off to work I go, and after only being there for an hour and a half I had to close the store with a note on the door. I went home and crawled into bed with tears rolling down my could his be happening again? Lord, why is it that you are taking our fourth child away from us? Will we ever be parents? Will we ever get the big family we both dream and pray for? I probably even wrongly accused God of being selfish and wanting all of my children...have asked his forgiveness for the things I said while going through my miscarriages as it wasn't always very faithful!I called my husband to let him know that I was home and asked if he could come and be home with me. He drove the 80 miles back and walked through the doors, but I guess it was a little too much for him because he went to the backyard (I could see from our bedroom window) and worked on fixing our fence. We made it through with the help of family and friends and GOD. Js sister sent me the most beautiful bouquet of flowers and some of the church people arranged for meals for a few days. I am thankful. The first few years brought only sadness when any of these dates came around, sadness to the point I could hardly function or do anything but cry. BUT, after praying and asking the Lord to help me through has gotten better. Now don't be fooled, if you know me that I cry over everything, so each birth date (today included) I do still shed tears for my little ones...but I also have enough faith to know that God did that because He knew that little AG and EE would need us as parents and most likely our human selves would not have walked the adoption & foster path if even one of our precious four were born. AND I know that one day when God calls me home I will that day be able to meet my babies face to face.So today being a Sunday is perfect. We can get together with our brothers and sisters in Christ and as a family worship our precious Lord...the same Lord I so wrongfully called selfish 4 years ago today. It wasn't HIM who was being selfish, now was it? He had big plans for us, and wrapped them up in a tiny little package in Texas on September 27th 06 and then again only 3 months later on December 27th 06!God is so good to us, and while we pray we are to pray believing...AND we should always remember that God doesn't always answer our prayers the way we would like....but He usually answers them better!

Beautiful Monday Morning

We were able to take the chance to be outside for about 2 1/2 hours on Monday! Oh what fun we had! The kids played pretty well together and just enjoyed being in the sun.Finging bugs...Taking a moment to smile for Mommy...Playing trucks...Oh no, we have an owie!Our own demolition derbyCheesin it up"Welcome to our Patch"I LOVE her pink toungue, and ask her often to let me see it...a wierd thing I know...but hey I am a Mommy!Asked for smiles and this is what they gave meNot sure what kind of a smile this is, but he did it on purpose!My little dears, how precious is this?Then Mr. Frank wanted to join in...But that didn't last long before it was just back to the brother and sister! Is she not just a big girl now a days?
I think this is one of my favorite shots of the entire day!"Hello down there!"Like this one too...
Wrestl'n the truck...wonder who is winning?
He must have!
That was our Monday outside! Everyone took GREAT naps that day!