Saturday, October 1, 2011

The gift that keeps on giving!

Before you go any further, read THIS POST.  Did you notice the shirt that Rogers and Shirley gave Jonah when he was just a few months old?  Well, it finally fits him.  For a while, he wore it as a pajama shirt but now it actually fits him as a regular shirt.  That may be the only baby gift that has been used for five years!!

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Adios, September!

Today is the last day of September.  I'm considering staring at my clock until it hits midnight so I can gladly usher in a new month.  September of 2011 has not been kind to our family.  It's been a long, tough month.  But, regardless of circumstances, God has been faithful to us and our love for each other abounds.  So, we press on.  

I was talking to a friend the other day about the yuckiness of life and how sometimes you feel so defeated and so discouraged.  She asked how I handled those times.  I said "I focus on what I know!"  No, not in an academic type of knowledge but in a God type of knowledge.  One day last week, I sat down with my journal and wrote "I KNOW" at the top of the page.  Then, under that, I started writing all the things I know to be true.  

Even if your month hasn't been hard, I think it is a good thing to practice.  I challenge you to try it.  I'll give you a few of mine just to give you an example.


  • He has loved me with an EVERLASTING love.  (Jeremiah 31:3)
  • I'm blessed with an amazing family
  • He will strengthen me, He will uphold me, He will help me.  (Isaiah 41:10)
  • Christ IN me is the hope of Glory!  (Colossians 1:27)
  • My God saved the day and His word never fails and I know my God made a way for me!  (Song:  Salvation is Here-  Oddly enough, as I was writing this list that day, this song came on Pandora with these exact words!!)
  • He is good and His mercy endures forever!  (Psalm 100:5)
  • Two little boys depend on their mommy and daddy for security and certainty.
  • He is good!
That is just a portion of my list.  Honestly, it could go on forever.  I added special friends/relationships that I'm certain of.  I listed more verses of hope and promise.  I added everything I could think of that I know to be absolutely true.  And, would you believe that just looking at that list changed my perspective that day?  And, you know what?  It changed it again today.  

What about you?  What things do you know to be true regardless of your circumstances?  Leave a comment for me!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

2011 MS/LA Trip- Day 6

When we went home last year, I wore us out by going to so many houses in Vidalia to visit people.  Getting in and out of cars and car seats was so difficult.  I knew I could not do that again.  (Especially with 2 little ones!)  So, Sue was gracious enough to let me stay there and let people come to us.  There were so many sweet senior adults we wanted to see so this worked perfect.  Tuesday morning, at about 9:00 a.m., the doorbell rang and the people started flowing in.  It was so sweet to see everyone and they all loved meeting Micah.  (I missed pictures with a few of them.)

It was so good to see everyone and visit with all of them.  Jonah and Micah both loved the attention.  All of those people knew Jonah when he was Micah's age and they could not believe how much alike they were.  After a yummy Mexican lunch with Sue, we dropped Jonah off with Belinda and Taylor for a trip to the farm.  I took Micah back to Sue's house so he could get a nap.  While he was sleeping, the doorbell rang again and I opened it to find Gail.  We got to visit for a couple of hours while he slept.  

Then, it wasn't long until Belinda and Taylor came back with Jonah.  He had a great afternoon at the farm with them.  He loves being there and being with them.  And, he was especially excited because Tim Memaw was cutting rice while he was there.  So, he got to help Derek in his tractor.  

After working so hard, B took him for a special treat...a sno cone!  Those are so popular in Vidalia but we can't find them here.  Not only did they get one for all of them, they brought me one too!  :-)

When Jonah got back to the house, he was happy to see Tammy and Clare.  We all got to visit with them and Belinda and Taylor.  It seemed just like old times.  Except we were all at Sue's house but she wasn't there.  
Taylor spent some time playing with Micah.  She thought he was the sweetest baby ever.  (Until a few days later when she started throwing up and ended up in the Emergency Room because of the virus he spread to her!!!)

We said our goodbyes to all of them and headed across town to see Dusty, Heidi and Baylor.  Jonah was just too tired to stay awake on the four minute drive.  That poor baby was OUT!  He never dropped his sucker!)
I hated to wake him at Dusty's house but I had to because we were going inside.  That was tough on him because he was just so tired.  But, as soon as we got inside, he was fine.  We were all so happy to meet little Baylor.  Baylor was born a few weeks after Micah.  (you can't tell that by their size!!)  He is the cutest little thing!!

Notice the difference in their leg size.  I put this picture on Facebook and Dusty said "Your baby could eat my baby!"  I responded by saying "It looks like he already did!"  

It was so good to see Dusty & Heidi and finally meet Baylor.  Dusty came to FBCV as the Student Minister the year before we left.  So, we got to serve with them for a whole year.  He does a great job serving students and their parents.  We are so proud of him.  
We left their house and headed to Jimmy & Cathy's house for dinner.  I guess I left my camera in the car that night because I have no pictures from our time there.  We left them and drove back to Byram to Dan's mom's house since we had an early morning in Jackson the next day.  I would always rather drive at night than in the morning. Both boys fell asleep just minutes outside of Vidalia.  So, the drive to Byram was quite peaceful.  They both woke up as soon as we pulled into Debbie's driveway.  Jonah went right to bed.  Micah, well, see for yourself!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Jonah & Rylan Carlos

One of Jonah's friends from preschool is also at the same elementary school as him.  They aren't in the same class but their teachers team teach some.  And, they have lunch together.  Rylan's mom is a teacher at Jonah's school so we have a little system worked out.  She is my back up with Jonah if I ever can't get there to get him on time.  Or, if there is an emergency, she is there for him.  And, since she has meetings on Tuesdays, Rylan Carlos comes home with us.  Jonah has LOVED that!

On the first Tuesday he was here, I got involved with them and forgot that I put spaghetti on the stove.  I remembered about 30 minutes later.  This is what I found when I got back to the kitchen.  Ooops!

The boys are so sweet and have so much fun together.  They play their little hearts out and eat tons of snacks.  And, I think it is so cute when Rylan Carlos calls me "Mrs. Jonah's mommy!"  
Several of my friends from church saw Rylan at VBS or on the blog and have commented that they remember praying for him when Carolyn and Jim went to get him from Guatemala.  Talking about Rylan with Jonah has opened lots of discussions about families and adoption.  It is neat to see his world expanding.  

Tonight at dinner, we were sitting with a visitor to our church and she asked where the boys were born.  I pointed to Micah and said "he was born in Daytona Beach last November."   Then, Jonah said "I was born in Vidalia."  I reminded him that he was actually born in Natchez, MS.  He said "Oh, yeah!  I was born in Natchez, MS then you came to get me on an airplane!"  I said "Jonah, I didn't go get you on an airplane.  You were in my tummy.  He said "That's no fair.  Rylan Carlos has the most fun because his mommy got him on an airplane!!!"  Hee hee!


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