Sunday, November 30, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
***Notice we finally have pants on in a picture, but now we are without a shirt???***
After church, we all loaded back up and headed to our house for Cooper's party! We have 11 kids in our immediate families, 9 of those being 4 and under!!! So needless to say it was a fun afternoon with lots of toys and giggles and energy. We are so blessed to have family close to help us celebrate birthdays! Cooper LOVED his cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents sharing in this special time.
Sutton playing peek-a-boo with me! Thanks for coming to the party Sutton!
You think the boys are needing a nap??? They could hardly keep their heads up and eyes open!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Love at first sight! It's incredible how quickly you bond with your children even if you didn't birth them. It's immediate and it's intense.
Thank you Mandy for making me a mommy. Thank you for trusting us to raise Cooper and for not questioning our parenting. Thank you for continuing to have a relationship with Cooper even though I know that may cause you pain. Thank you for giving him a daddy. Thank you for asking us to walk alongside you in this life. We love you more than you will ever know. You make me a better mom.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
IMAGINE being a teen mom with two boys under the age of two and having to steal diapers to provide for your children's needs.
ENVISION being 41 years old, recently divorced, and pregnant, with only $1.79 to your name, stranded at a gas station in Oklahoma City and going into premature labor due to dehydration.
VISUALIZE being pregnant with your second child, being beaten by the father of the baby, and then evicted by your landlord because he left a hole in your wall.
THINK about what it would be like to be excited about trying to start a family after a few years of marriage. Months turn into years as you try everything to get pregnant and you begin to doubt you'll ever experience the joys of parenthood.
These are just a few of the stories we've heard from our clients this year.
Please join us in raising an additional $11,000 to fund our life-altering programs. For over a century DPAS has empowered countless women in unintended pregnancies, reached out to couples struggling with infertility and embraced children with the love of Christ. Your contribution is necessary to continue making a difference in the lives of so many.
All monies raised will be added to our various funds. For more information about these special funds, just log onto http://www.deaconessadoption.org/ and click "Help Our Mission"
Please join me in prayer this month for how God might be calling us to do something. Whether is supporting an agency that stands in the gap between the church and hurting women and children, or if it's fostering or adopting. Whatever it is, please pray with me that God shows us where He needs us to work.
Because of the way our family has been touched by adoption, and has fallen in love with our children's birthmothers, they too have found incredible ways to follow God's word in caring for orphans. Our families and some friends helped with a retreat for birthmoms on Mother's Day weekend that our agency did last year. Recently, my sisters and some friends decided to donate their maternity clothes to the agency to be used by these women facing unintended pregnancies. What a huge blessing! We are not all called to adopt, but we are called to LOVE and care for not only the "orphans" but their birthparents.
Owen and his birthmom cuddling and playing with blocks.
Please pray with us this month! Also, please read Heather's blog if you can. She is such a good writer and has some incredible insight. Her blog is linked on the right...she has another challenge as well!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I love this stage!
Now, I want to hear some of your favorite things you do with your kids!
Monday, November 10, 2008
I had such a blast seeing baby Greyson again. The boys had not met him yet, so it was so fun for them to get to check him out!