Josie-Tatum competes for the state of GA in Regional Competition tomorrow, very early in the morning.
We are here at the Hotel Libby...aka my cousin Libby's house, near Tampa.
Early in the morning, we'll leave to be at the convention center at 7:30 a.m. Competition begins at 8:00 am.
We'll update tomorrow....
Thank you, Jennifer, for the good luck wishes today!!!!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Once again, I found a sweet surprise in my Inbox.
Here is our Drew, with his buddy Cameron. Cameron will come home to America a few months before Drew, to a family in Michigan. Don't they look precious together?
I hope we can arrange for the boys to see each other time and again and remain life-long friends.
And, who would ever think this photo was taken in China? They were at an outdoor mall, could have been anyplace in the USA, don't you think? These children are so blessed where they live now, as the foster home is ever faithful to prepare the children who come to live there for their forever families.
And, would you join us in prayer? We are so anxious to hear that our homestudy is complete. Our wait for Ellie was one of the most painful seasons of our life. I desperately do NOT want to relive any of that pain. Please pray with us, that our homestudy is complete, that our I800 comes quickly, and that our paperwork can move miraculously quickly through China. I am sooooo ready for an Ephesians 3:20 answer to prayers!
Thank you, Jesus, for the smile!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
My girls argue like any other sisters whose age difference is two years.
My girls laugh and play together and make me giggle when they do.
My girls whine when it's time to go to bed and whine again when it's time to get up.
My girls leave me notes that say, "I love you."
My girls yell at one another when they are tired and cranky.
My girls sing together with voices that make angels smile.
My girls make messes that make me angry.
But, my girls love each other so much!
There is a race at school tomorrow. Josie-Tatum will be one of the fastest in her grade. Tonight she asked, "Mama, do you think Ellie will come in last tomorrow?"
We discussed the possibility. Ellie will run with her walker. She might not be last. But, she might be. And, this mama's heart aches because she thinks she might win first place.
Josie-Tatum loves her sister, and though they argue, she wants to protect her feelings. She said, "I hope she's not last."
It is this love that causes tes scene that made their mama smile this morning. There are three beds in their room. Whitney has a double bed to sleep in when she is home. Josie-Tatum has the top bunk. Ellie has a trundle.
Most mornings, though, I find a sight that looks like this.Shhhhhhhhhhhh! Don't tell Josie-Tatum that I posted this photo. She asked me what I was going to do with it. I didn't tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
If you've visited here often, you know I love Ephesians 3:20. I stand amazed at the many times God has exceeded my expectations. This is one of those days! After worrying about our Zeke for months, we received photos of him last month. You can see them here if you misssed them. But, I have now made a contact with someone who had been to Chanzghi SWI where he lives. She is now working with the orphanage to help children who need extra medical care. She assures me that he is reported to be doing well. That news from last week made my heart smile! Some ladies from her organization visited the SWI on Wednesday. They visited with him! They took these photos: I received a photo of the SWI: and learned, that the orphans will be moving into a new building at the end of the month: The person I've come to know in China asked me if I had questions she would like to ask, and she has more information for me. PRAISE THE LORD! She had much to do, so the information is coming later this weekend, but she wanted to get the pictures to me. YIPEE, JESUS! So, you know my heart is smiling, but do you want to hear it sing? She also sent me a video!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy! Smile! Sing with Me! And, if any of you know Chinese, please let me know what he's saying...umm...shouting! :)
Monday, April 4, 2011
Today's Memorial Box Monday is another Ephesians 3:20 moment. I am forever amazed at how God takes the little things and makes them BIG!
How God took a necklace and did oh, so much more.
As we've been fundraising for our adoptions and mission trip, there are moments when I stand amazed at all that God is doing for us.
The story begins with the purchase of 3 necklaces. Only one person, M, bought directly from me. Another purchase was made by by M's brother and given as a gift. M's brother had purchased from a friend of mine who is diligently selling four our cause. The third necklace was bought from me and given as a birthday gift to a sister, Stacia.
This tangled tapestry was brought together at a party. All three of the lovely ladies were wearing their necklaces at the party. How cool is that?! But, then a conversation began, the story of the necklaces, the cause....when Stacia asked...
"Do you think Robbie would like for me to sell some of the necklaces in Athens?"
Stacia is now selling necklaces for our family in Athens, GA. And, just like our God, THAT is not the end of the story.
I had never met Stacia. I know her sister and one of her best friends, but I had never met her.
She called to tell me she needed more necklaces. I told her we could carry them to her over the weekend because we were going to Athens, to see our Brandon.
And...to see the Gym Dogs.And, this precious daughter of the KING, is the one who arranged for our girls to meet the Gym Dogs! My girls were STAR struck! I've seen Josie-Tatum in the shy-zone, but even Ellie entered there.
We didn't just meet them, but we were invited into the locker room. A locker room that looks more like a dressing room for the Oscars. It was the dream of a princess!We watched as they finished up their hair and make-up, helped each other with last minute details. They were on their way to a tail gate party, but took the time for a few photos, to speak to the girls, and to wish Josie-Tatum good luck when she goes to Regionals at the end of the month. Then, we were give the GRAND tour of the training facility. Now, that might seem a bit boring for two young girls. But, decide for yourself if the girls look bored.
Josie-Tatum stood on the beam and said, "This is my future!" How's that for a dream?
The girls were absolutely sweaty when they finished their "tour."
We had a photo with one of the assistant coaches Julie Clark (who has also purchased two necklaces, BTW) .And, a photo with Courtney, McCool, former Gym Dog and Olympian!
I am certain the girls would have had a BALL at the competition, but, after meeting the team in person, they had a BLAST!
We owe a special thank you to our new friend, Mrs. Stacia! She made all of this happen.
And, in our Memorial Box, we will place the photo of the girls with Mrs. Stacia along with a necklace from Uganda. I want them to see that He can take the little things and make them BIG!I want my children to remember that God is present in our lives, even in the little things.
John Ortberg wrote "It is possible for God to be present without the person recognizing that he is there. Apparently, God is closer than you think."
We humans seems to separate God from our daily tasks sometimes. But, He is always there. He is always working on our behalf. His desire is for us to live life abundantly. May we all remember today....
God is closer than you think!