His Mercy

"His Mercies Are New Every Morning"

A Thought

In this life we can not always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.." :) Mother Teresa

Prayer Quote

“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis


I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)

Weather Underground

Click for Wylie, Texas Forecast

Saturday, October 3, 2020

This Photo Took My Breath Away!

This is a picture of a young Olivia De Havilland.
She looks so much like somebody else we know and love!


Just some random photos taken recently. The oil painting of Erika and Sarah was a gift to us from one of Erika's friends. We are blessed with so many people in our lives to love on and who love us. :)

Reflections on Adoption

When we adopted our youngest daughter, she was 11. All of our adventures are still here on this block starting back in 2011.
I have watched a very seriously hurt young girl, who had more tragedy in her life than I could imagine in a lifetime, turn herself around and embrace life and choose to live it!
I had talked to her so many times and shared with her to look forward, to embrace the now, and not let the past rob her of her future. There were times when we weren't sure if we were going to make it! Her trials were too much for her little heart to bear.
Today, she is a beautiful young adult and one of the best mommies. She loves her little boy and it shows. She is living her life and loving those around her.
She has blossomed and become brave and has not just "dipped her toe into the pool of love, but has chosen to take the dive, and I am so proud of her.

THINGS WERE HARD...VERY HARD when she was younger. We were the safe people for her to take all that hurt to. I remember one of the many people in our lives at the time who was working in the court system. He tearily came out after seeing some of her art work she had presented and said, "Don't Give Up!" We had no plans to give up. But we also had no idea what the future would be either. God brought ALL of our sweet girls into our lives for a purpose and a reason; NOT just for them! But for US! We have all been changed by the blessing of adoption. Our lives brought together and mingled with the past, the present, the future and the hope of LOVE and acceptance, a purpose, a belonging, and the truth of the Gospel has changed us all.
Adoption as I have always written is a 2 sided coin. It is one of huge blessing, but the other side of the coin is huge tragedy. Isn't that like life? Part of loving, part of living, part of being in this world is Love and Pain. To fully LOVE you must be willing to HURT. To fully LIVE, you must be willing to take challenges.
A couple of our girls have asked, "Do you regret adopting me?" The answer is a resounding NO! I am so thankful that you are in my life! I am so thankful to be your mama. I am so thankful that Mike and I have walked this path together, along with the rest of our family and watched pure MAGIC and healing unfold before our eyes.

But it didn't happen overnight and it didn't happen in our timing. It IS STILL happening, and we are now watching as each of our 8 children's lives are unfolding before us.
Oh how lovely are the blessings in our lives.... Each of them Unique, each of them meant for a purpose. Each of them have touched our hearts.
Sometimes, I look at the photos I have on the walls and feel teary with joy at the memories that unfold as I walk past. Life is calmer now, a little quieter, unless you consider our Sarah is still home. LOL
BUT.... LIFE ISN'T OVER! We have much to do and accomplish.
To Be Continued...
Albina's little guy.... second generation on the horse swing. :)

Well You Can't Be Silent Forever!

These past few months have been shocking, I'm sure not just for us, but for many people world wide. Covid19 has wreaked havoc on our lives in ways that we never expected.
It isn't that we have been sick, but how our lives have been changed.
We had to cancel going to our 31st wedding destination due to being exposed to Covid. We had to cancel taking my mom's ashes to be buried in CA due to Covid and fires, and lockdowns.
So I actually had to mail my mom to CA. When all this is over, I will go and visit where she, my dad and my sister are buried, along with other loved ones in the same cemetery.
I do know this! God is in control of all things and this was no surprise to Him! I'm getting used to bringing masks everywhere with me, but I cannot stay long in a store as I start to feel dizzy wearing the mask. People say it isn't a reality, but for me it is. I've tried different ones and I still have the same feeling.
I also have not purchased a new pair of pants, other than stretcy leggings (which I won't wear in public) because who buys pants you cannot try on?
The stores all have their dressing rooms closed!
The good news! My friend gave me some pants several months ago and I forgot about them. The pair I tried on fit great! SO YAY!

So, I'm sitting here at my computer typing. I talked to my daughter who lives in Reno yesterday over text. We were reminiscing about boating, and skiing. She was also VERY excited about finding a store that has Russian food! It brought back memories for her and I was so happy to hear that! :)

My brain is so full of things to write.... but it is hard to sit down and focus, as life is sooooo busy right now.
Erika took a new photo of me and I actually like it. :)
So, I'll post it. :)
Getting ready for the Holidays.... I LOVE FALL!

You Are Still Holy