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

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“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)

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Joyful Moments

These sweet girls have been together most of their lives..... AND NOW
They are together in these special moments too. :) It has been a bit since I have written and much has transpired. But tonight, I want to write about something very dear and special. When Sarah came home to us in May of 2005, she was a bundle of joyful energy. So much had happened in her short little life and she had traveled from Ukraine to Texas via a different family. Much happened in her first 10 months in America that was NOT GOOD, but GOD had another plan for HER and for US. We were NOT world travelers or very adventerous. We were just simple, living our lives folks and happened to have adopted our Anna who was distantly related through marriage. We had raised our sons, and then we were enjoying raising Anna. Sarah came to us through an email. We answered that Email and our social worker was on it! What a HUGE blessing she was to us! So sweet and funny and spunky! She could speak a very good Texan! But she didn't understand much! LOL After just 6 weeks of being home she started to talk about her best friend left behind in Ukraine. She missed her so much. So at 6 years old she was an instrument of the Lord to bring her sister, Erika home to America. There were MANY people in our lives, used as God's intruments, both financially and committed through much prayer. We were sent a photo from Papa Dima, and then we found out that she NEEDED to be adopted SOON! If she hadn't, she would have gone to an institution for the rest of her life! Why? Because she had arthrogryposis. That's it! A physical handicap can land you in a permanent institution in Ukraine with no way out. Our paperwork, for Erika's adoption appeared on the director's desk on the very same DAY that she was being sent to an institution. Her bags were packed. And then, after an email between us and the director, they were UNPACKED! She didn't know what was happening...... But God.... So, 7 months later, we went to Ukraine to get her. There is much on this blog about that. You can look into the archives. (starting with the very first post) 5 years later, we adopted another sweetheart and completed our family with an 11 year old from Russia who had been adopted 2x's in the US. Life was doing well and then we had some HUGE struggles. This post is not about those struggles. IT is about GOD's faithfulness to us as a family to bring us THROUGH them to the other side. And HE DID! We have been enjoying all of our children and grand children, watching our younger girls work through college and entering adulthood over the last few years. They are STILL room mates with a dear childhood friend Marion. They live about 15 minutes from us in an apartment and we see them regularly. We have also seen some very special young men regularly too. :) And THEY are ALL what this post is about. You see, these two young men, have devoted themselves to these precious young women and have asked to marry them. It took place about 3 weeks apart. We knew it was coming, but oh the joy that it has happened and plans are in the making. :) Our girls are so in love and committed to godly young men who cherish them. And we get to cherish them all! I am in AWE of all that God has done in their lives, how HE has woven our lives together and not just OURS, but MANY MANY lives who have been touched by God's precious and loving plan for all of us. Not only do we gain sons, we gain their loving families also. So our family becomes all the larger. What blessings they are to us! So here are some very special photos.... Donato and Erika's photos were taken by a stranger on the beach.... :) James and Sarah's photos were taken by Erika, hidden away where Sarah couldn't see her. :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The Bread that Satisfies

Some thoughts from my brain:
As we were reading in Numbers 21 today. Some verses leaped from the pages into my heart, and then these thoughts came. I would like to share them with you. Numbers 21:5-9. In the NKJV version: And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is NO food and NO water, and our SOUL LOATHES this worthless bread.” Now God had been giving the Children of Israel Manna from Heaven for years at this point. God was feeding them, and just before, in chapter 20, water comes out of a ROCK so the people could drink! Now in vs 6 of chapter 21, the Lord sends serpents that bite the people and many are dying. They go to Moses and confess that they have sinned against the Lord. Moses intercedes for the people and The Lord tells him to make a bronze serpent and lift it up on a pole. When the people are bitten, they can look a t the serpent and live. My thoughts went to Jesus in John 6:30-40. 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” 30 Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” 32 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. The crowd was asking him for a sign and say that God sent them manna from heaven. He goes on to tell them that HE is the bread of life. He tells them if they believe in Him they will never hunger or thirst. In Numbers, the Children of Israel said their very souls loathed the bread. In Isaiah the prophecy says the same thing. 53:3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Another word for despised is loathed. We find that prophecy coming true in the gospels. Here are just a few verses: Matthew 12:14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him. Luke 6:11 But they themselves were filled with rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus. Matthew 21:45-46 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them. When they sought to seize Him, they feared the people, because they considered Him to be a prophet. Luke 20:20 So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, in order that they might catch Him in some statement, so that they could deliver Him to the rule and the authority of the governor. And as we know, at the right time, that God allowed, Jesus was betrayed and crucified. He was lifted up on a cross, and to all who believe in His sacrifice for our sin, we have been granted eternal life. Finding the thread of the gospel in the Old Testament is fascinating! Connecting the events is even more fascinating. This scripture was never more clear to me than it was today. Look to Christ. He truly is the only one who can satisfy deepest need. He will cause us to never hunger or thirst again. Isaiah 55:1-2 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. 2 Why do you [a]spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. And 55:6-9 Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near. 7 Let the [b]wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon. 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts. What a blessing to serve our Lord and Savior! He is the same yesterday, today and forever!

Monday, March 1, 2021

Family Time

It has been a while since we had several family members gathered together! We enjoyed the time and it was so fun watching Sebastian play. We always enjoy visits from everybody! Donato and Erika always entertain us. :)
I think Sebastian is a Toy Story Fan! He loved playing with the phone. I think Auntie Sarah thoroughly enjoyed playing with him. What a fun visit!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Chickens Eggs and Cookies!

I have been experimenting with recipes again. This time I came up with a really good cookie that is sweetened with pure maple syrup. I've made Peanut Butter and also an Oatmeal variety. They are also gluten free and dairy free. With the Peanut Butter cookies I did criss cross them on top with a little sugar, but that isn't necessary.
A lot of work has gone into raising these chickens and they are now producing eggs! FOURTEEN eggs today and not everybody is laying just yet. What a glorious site! The chickens are a lot of fun. When I walk outside they always think I have a treat for them so they come running from everywhere! It is so cute.
The eggs are marvelous!

Toy Story Fun

I have these Toy Story Toys sitting on top of the computer desk. Mike pulled the desk out not realizing some of them were resting against the wall. And a few things fell. This is how they landed. It cracked me up because it reminded me of the movie when somebody comes into the room. :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Baby It's Cold Outside part 2

This has been a historic storm here in Texas, and now we are facing a power grid system that is antiquated and not at all able to handle below freezing temperatures. It appears our precious State of Texas was caught off guard by Mother Nature! So, some are without power all together, which means many homes are without heat in temps that have been as low as 1 degree with sub zero wind chills. There has been ice and now there is snow, and along with the cold and the low temperatures comes a simple and perfect beauty that one can only see on the other side of such hardships! My mind has been all over the place today as we seem to have been pretty well prepared with oil lamps, a wood stove, wood for the fire and cast iron cooking ware we could use on the wood stove if needed. But MANY are suffering because they are dependent upon electricity for heat and cooking. Texas is famous for all electric homes. In fact, OUR home is all electric, but we have a wood stove and have never used any other heat source than the stove. This weather has made me think of those less fortunate in other countries also who are experiencing unpresedented cold weather! And it makes me think of the girls who lived in a much colder climate and many times were cold. I'm so thankful they are all here! And now they are cold here. LOL Here are some photos of our day.
The power went out so we made breakfast on the stove.
An Egg froze in its shell and I was shocked to see the morning paper delivered! Whoever our paper deliverer is, they are amazing! We haven't even received mail for a couple of days!
These are some photos of the yard and a view from the street. I would love to go and build a snowman right about now! :) The chickens are safe in the coop for now. I need to go and check eggs again so they don't freeze. LOL Honestly, I'm surprised we are getting eggs! If I were them I'd be too cold to lay an egg! We have a heat lamp for them, but if the power goes out, there goes the lamp. :( I know that as Texas learns more about what happened, they will most certainly take steps to fix the grid so this doesn't happen again. But in reality, this is a once in a lifetime storm, or maybe twice..... I remember 30 years ago. :) Stay Warm! And LAYER! It really helps even though it is terribly uncomfortable!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Baby It's Cold Outside!

And inside! "The weather outside is freezing, and the fire is so relieving! Since we've no place to go, let it snow let it snow let it snow!" :) Not to make light of the situation here in Texas, we are record cold temperatures. I remember 30 years ago when it got down to 6º. Today it got down to 1º. ONE! DEGREE!
Our chickens are inside the coop with extra hay and a heat lamp, as long as the electricity stays on. But unfortunately, many we know are without power! Apparently Texas was not prepared for such a time as this and many homes are electric only. So there are rolling power outages. The problem is, they haven't been so rolling and seem more permanent! One friend has had power out 23 out of 24 hours, on for 1 hour and now back out! It is in the 40's inside their house. We know others without power. Some may be headed our way to get warm, which is great with us! When I go out to feed the chickens and give them unfrozen water, it is amazing how many animal tracks I see! I never knew there were so many animals roaming at night through our property! One for sure was a rabbit! The others my guess would be possum and raccoon. Our little wood stove is keeping us warm, but if this weather doesn't let up soon we will be like Little House on the Prairie's "Long Winter" where Laura Ingalls Wilder and Pa twisted hay to put in the fire all night long. There is a special beauty to snow. Mike and I, being new empty nesters have been all alone in this, and it is so quiet! We have had time to sit and talk and have coffee longer than usual. He IS however working as he can inside the shoppe while trying to keep things warm in here and make sure pipes don't freeze! Here are some photos of our adventures!
Me! Headed out to give the chickens water! Below, our wonderful wood stove busy keeping us warm!
We put plastic sheeting on the windows to keep drafts out. It has REALLY helped! Below are photos of snow from yesterday. We are expecting more tonight and tomorrow!

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