Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter


Q & C before the hunt


We love holidays at our home! We went to church in the morning and enjoyed a warm, sunny day outside. It was beautiful and we had so much fun hunting for eggs and celebrating our time together as a family. Though the holidays bring such great joy of Easter eggs, candy, and special treats, we always want to make sure that the kids really get why we celebrate these special days. We don't want the excitement of the holidays to over shadow the joy and thanksgiving for our savior. As parents, how do we balance the traditions of American culture with the biblical principles of the resurrection of Jesus? 

The kids love animals. And they specifically enjoy learning about birth and the miracle of new life. Recently Q had baby chicks in his kindergarten class and they were able to discuss the life cycle of chickens. It was perfect timing and a great opportunity to continue that theme at home. Thanks to a story that M remembers growing up, we were able to strike a chord in the great balancing act. We shared with the kids that just as the baby chick hatches from the egg to begin life, so did Jesus roll away the stone to begin a new life with our Father. We further explained that trusting in God will bring us new life as well. And that in the same way that we search for Easter eggs, we must seek out God's direction in our life. We don't encourage or discourage the Easter bunny, but from our understanding, the rabbit was once a symbol of abundant life in ancient times. So we then explained the humbling honor to receive an abundant amount of blessings, love, and life that Jesus has in store for us. 

Please share with us your favorite holiday teaching moments with your family! 



Finding their Easter baskets


So sweet


I found it!


Look mom


C found the last egg and yummy mango treats


Q proud of his new Lego set


Yummmm...I found a treat in my egg


Lord, thank you for the gift of your resurrection. How marvelous is your love. You have overcome death. Conquered the grave. You arose in victory. You died to renew our hope, grant us strength and forgive our sins. Thank you for the grace, mercy and peace that you bestow while seated next to our almighty God. We rejoice in your victory and for the new life that you give! What a blessing to be able to share your incredible story and unconditional love with our children. Amen.


Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.  John 11 25-26




Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dossier Complete


Praise God! We finished our dossier! We started our adoption process for Ethiopia in August of 2012. After completion of our home study, fingerprinting, visas, appointments, notaries, certification at the state capital and countless hours of paper work we are now ready to send the completed documents to our agency to be translated and authenticated. This will take approximately 3-4 weeks. We are hoping that by the beginning of May our dossier will be in the Ethiopia system for adoption. The "paper chase" is over! Now we continue to pray (and ask that you do too) for the child that God will soon give us! What a blessing!!

Thank you Lord for guiding us through the adoption process. After seven months of many prayers and lots of hard work, we give it all to you! In the next several weeks, our dossier is going to be mailed to Washington state, then Oregon, to Washington DC and then to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa. All of our documents will pass many hands and we ask that you, Lord, grant us favor as they travel across the country and then half way around the world. Please continue to bless this journey and give us patients and peace while we wait. We put our trust in you and give you all of the glory. Amen

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Q's Spring Music Concert


Q had his spring music concert tonight! It was so much fun and our kids all loved being there to hear their big brother sing! We really can't express how proud we are of Q and his progress this last year. He has just become this big boy and I find myself dancing between giving him more freedom and standing still in the times he needs a constant. He loves to laugh and is such a joy to be around. Below are a few more pictures of the concert and of our family enjoying the sounds of music from the sweet voices of children. 



Choir


Daddy and Toddlers


C Bug


Our little S man


Our social butterfly, K


Q and his amazing kindergarten teacher

Lord, we thank you for our Q, and for the gift of music. Thank you for these children who are so excited to sing. Thank you God for teachers. It has been such a blessing for Q to learn from warm, kind hearted, generous women who give of themselves endlessly. We praise you for your goodness and sing praises to your lovely name. Amen

"Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!" Psalm 135:3