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, October 06, 2011

Baby Smiles and Loose Teeth

Love Bug just smiled at ME!  She has already smiled at Handsome (lots) and at Princess (lots) but she had not smiled at Mama yet....but she did!  That makes me happy!  Thanks Bug!
Princess and Sunshine went to the 'tooth doctor' today and when they arrived home The Princess ran in the door and said very exitedly, "Mama, my teeth are started to get loosed!"  I asked if she could repeat and this time she said the very same thing while pointing and one of her large front teeth on top and said after, "it is a little wiggly, that means it is going to come out soon!"  I officially have to embrace the fact that while I do have two babies....Princess and Sunshine are no longer even close to being babies.  I have reached a new level of parenthood, actually I am pretty sure it happened a while ago; I just have tried very hard not to notice! 

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

6 weeks and Newborn Diapers!

Today our little one is 6 weeks old, I do not know how time flies so quickly!  She is much more alert than she was even a week ago and the withdrawals are starting to get better!  She even sleeps through the night sometimes!  She is starting to make little 'chatty' sounds once in a while and as of today....we have outgrown the Preemie sized diapers and have officially moved into the Newborn sized diapers! 

Last Friday she was 7 lbs 2 oz....keep growing little Love Bug!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

1,116 Days

 That is the number of days from the time we knew God was calling us to grow our family through adoption for a third time until our little Love Bug was born! 
 Or 3 years, 3 weeks, and 1 day!  It is amazing to me to hear God's call and see Him work it out according to His plan and His time! 
5 years and 5 days ago Handsome and I still had an empty house and were crying out to God to grow our family by adding a baby.  A real, living child.  Our Princess is 5 years and 4 days old, we had no idea she was coming until the day before she was born!  Three months later the phone rings and our social worker wanted me at the hospital in 15 minutes to bring a baby home...that baby was our son, Sunshine!  His adoption finalized on August 1st, 2008 and since August 2nd of that year we knew God wanted us to adopt at least one more time!  There were many times it didn't seem possible, finanacially to undergo adoption again.  But God had a plan, obviously!  Last summer after a terrible situation with infant twin foster girls we knew it was time to start the adoption process and that God would lead us through.  So we started, a month and a half later for some UNKNOWN reason I had the urge to buy a pregnancy test and it was, the one who wasn't suppose to ever ovulate again!  We figured that the pregnancy would not be maintainable and our 5th precious angel would be going to Jesus' safe arms before we could meet him/her.  We were wrong, our Cupcake would not go to be with her 4 sibilings in heaven, she would join our family via C-section on March 19th of this year.  An now, our Love Bug was born on August 23rd...5 months and 4 days behind our Cupcake!  As you can see in the above picture this Mama couldn't be happier! 

Handsome and I were talking today, while life isn't full of tons of fun at the is a lot of rather hard is a life we would not trade for anything!  Princess is 5 years and 4 days....Sunshine is 4 days short of 3 months from turning 5.  Cupcake is 28 weeks old and Love Bug is almost 6 weeks old already!  God had a plan for us and even though we couldn't imagine adding to our family RIGHT.NOW, we do pray that God is not finished with our family.  We would love to be blessed with another miracle as we both feel our family is not yet complete.  God may have different plans, but for now I am enjoying the late nights (like tonight when Love Bug wants to smile and have eye contact with Mama) and all the diapers, meals, hours on the breast pump to provide all the milk for both babies, and everything that goes along with being a Mama to 2 preschoolers and 2 babies.  I couldn't do it without my amazing Handsome, and with God's strength and guidance.  His plan is amazing!  You may say we are insane, but in reality we are just doing what we feel God lead us to do.  We are blessed and forever thankful!

Praise the Lord!

Sincerely ~ Our Crew,
Handsome, Mama, Princess, Sunshine, Cupcake & Love Bug