Why We Call Our Blog the Miracle of More

The miracle is a beautiful image of Ephesians 3:20--more than I can ask or imagine. Every day is a miracle. Every moment is a miracle. Specifically for our family, the miracle of more is our family growing in ways I would never have imagined when we first committed to adoption 8 years ago. But, the greatest miracle is the change in ME!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Ellie is blowing me out of the water!

She's been with us now, just 3 1/2 months. She will be 3 years old on Monday, and we're having her birthday party on Saturday, so I promise pictures are coming.

But, let me tell you what this girl is saying.

Of course, she can name Mama, Daddy, Whitney, Caleb, Brandon, and Josie-Tatum. She can name Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Bobbie, Uncle Shannon, Joshua, Preacher, Mrs. Edie, Julianna at Day Care, and other friends, Kati, Eli, Elisabeth, Noah, Daniel....and many more.

She uses 3 and 4 word sentences regularly....
I want milk.
I want candy.
I want eat.
I want quarter.
I want go see Grandma.
I want go church.
I go see Glenda Ayi.
I turn off light.
Mama, Ellie open it.
I want watch Wonder Pets.
Mama, what you doing?
Look, Daddy changed light. (He changed a light bulb she mentions at every meal.)

Yesterday, I wish my video camera had been with me when I stopped at Rite Aide. Josie-Tatum was at gymnastics, so I could humor Ellie a little more than usual. I almost stopped before I picked her up from daycare, but I thought, You know, she might brighten somebodys' day. Since I was only going in for 2 items, I let her use her walker. She drew quite the attention.

She would say, "Mama, wait for me."
I would stop.
She would say, "Stand right there," while pointing beside her walker.
I would stand right there as commanded.
She would say, "One, two, three, go!"
And then we would race.
Until, something in the store caught her eye.
Then she would stop, while I continued walking.
And, the cycle would begin again....
"MAma, wait for me."
"Stand right there."
"One, two, three, go!"
She did this no less than 10 times, and she is NOT a quiet girl. Heads were turning on every aisle.

She is such a booger, but you gotta love her!

Friday, January 18, 2008

We Are So Blessed

I promise to try to post pictures this weekend, this lovely 3 day weekend, where it will rain hard and keep us indoors. :)

I simply need to express my gratitude to my Jesus for our blessed family--all the laughter. Here's a little play by play of our evening yesterday.

There was Brandon swinging Josie-Tatum around and around and around. Of course, he intended to make her dizzy, but what fun to see them both stumbling toward the couch.

There was Ellie refusing to get out of the bathtub. She wanted Brandon to get her out. What a blessed sight to see Brandon bring Ellie to me wrapped in a towel.

There were all 3 of my teenagers sharing incidents from school yesterday, laughing over things I couldn't quite understand, things they knew about the students and the teachers, musings from biology lab. The boys have biology together, with the same teacher Whitney had in high school. I'm not quite sure that the lab is safe with Caleb and Brandon in there together.

There was Josie-Tatum knocking on the bathroom door while Brandon was getting ready for his shower. She had to have a kiss, though he had kissed her already, and he had to oblige.

There was Ellie. She has developed her own little ritual. She and Josie-Tatum walk/crawl into the boys' room each night to give Caleb a kiss. Caleb comes toward them and Ellie speed crawls away. Caleb chases her, Ellie squeals, and then he swings her into the air before "stealing" his kiss.

"I will bless the LORD at allt imes: his praise shall continually be in my mouth." Psalm 34:1
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