Thursday, March 31, 2011

A trip to the beach and answered prayer

 So what do you get when you take one grandma, 3 moms, 1 dad......
 1- 15 passenger, 1- 12 passenger, and 1- mini van....
 Full of 16 children, 2 of which are babies :) and the oldest of the crew is 13?  You guessed it you get the Geer, Dixson, Wright Family combo :)  And LOTS OF CUTE KID FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 Joanna thoroughly enjoyed her first trip to the beach.  She ate some sand, had some fun, and played- a LOT!!!

 This little boy.....decided to ask the question....what can I do to give mommy a heart attack?  Hmmmm.......  I could take off running full force down the beach front right near the waves that are really huge with my little barely 30lb. body.......for over a half mile.......REALLY?  Yes really......the only reason I can think of is he looked up and didn't see "the family" and took off running to find us- in the opposite direction.  Thank the LORD I was standing "not too far away" and saw him take off.  Although he was far enough there was no way I was easily catching him.  This mommy I am sure looked absolutely ridiculous running in a swimsuit (try not to get sick seriously), all the way down the beach all the while thinking- I can't yell for Jason and the others they are too far away....and he is STILL RUNNING!

To make matters worse.  I had just told the family I was going back in the ocean for a while.....and after a bit they tried to find me.....and couldn't find me......and didn't see me all the way down the beach so assumed something happened to me.  YIKES!!!!

PRAISE GOD!  We were all ok!!!! 
 And with that much cuteness going on......
 the fun was HUGE!!!
 I mean look at that smile!
 Look at these 2 boys playing :)
 And even though it was way too windy, and a bit cold to start....
 It was still fun with family.....
 Look at this cutie!!!  Awww....Jessa.....
 Great fun was had by all.....and the only drawback- sunburn....oh dear.  It was overcast....and even though we are former camp directors and told staff and campers all the time- don't get sunburned, and we are all experienced parents- yeah sunburns are not fun.  OOOPPPSS!!! 
Gotta love the grandma and grandbaby!!!

AND WE FOUND A PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERS!!!!!!!  I would have said something sooner, but no internet- we just found out Tuesday :)  And let me tell you this mommy's heart has felt much much much better knowing we get to go somewhere much safer soon!!!  (Saturday we move in).  We drove by the place the other day - just 10ish miles down the road :)  So excited and relieved.  And of course Jason couldn't resist bugging them yet for the millionth time about our internet- and we finally got our own hook up today.  Yeah, that only took 2 1/2 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank the Lord for family!  For safety.  Have you ever had a time in your life that you felt very unsafe?  Reminds me daily since we have been here that God is our safety net.  It has brought my heart to a place to think of all the people around the world that don't ever feel safe.  Of all the children that never feel or even understand what the word SAFE means?  My heart breaks.......because safety should be a basic that everyone should know.  Praying especially for those that don't feel safe today- join me......... (which has me thinking....could you be a child's safe place?)


  1. Oh, the beach looks like so much fun!! Up here in Ohio it is still 40 degrees.....

    Congratulations on your new place - that is wonderful news! :)

  2. Great beach pictures and great news about a new, safe place!

  3. So happy for you that you found your new place and that you're enjoying family. :)

  4. What beach did you go to? LOOKS FABULOUS! SO HAPPY you found a new place thats safe. YIPPEE!

  5. Wonderful news on a safer place. Yeah, God!

  6. Rejoicing in answered prayers! Yippee for the new place! Can't wait to see pics of ya'll safe inside.
    The pictures as always, are BEAUTIFUL filled with joy and abundant love!
    So glad you are getting to enjoy family times after missing out on it for too long.
    God is good, all the time!
    Much love!

  7. Yay!!!! Cheers from snowy Ohio for the upcoming move on Saturday. I can't imagine how wonderful it will feel to be in a safe place again!

  8. I am about to drop tonight, but clicked on this post PRAYING you found a new place!!! Totally made my night (huge smile).

  9. YEAH!!! Family, Safety! Got me thinking of how I take safety for granted.

  10. so glad to hear of your answered prayer! God is good!

  11. So glad you have a place and very jealous that you got to go to the beach. How fun the beach will be your new normal. I love how God always takes care of us.

  12. Hey Dawn! I was so glad to hear that the shirts arrived. I messaged Jason b/c we had two packages get lost that week and I was hoping they got to you ok. You are such an inspiration to so many!!

  13. So glad you found a new place. The pics from the beach are great! It looks like you guys had a great time.

  14. The beach trip looked wonderful and I am SOOO happy everyone was safe. Praising the Lord you have found a safe place to it supposed to be temporary or permanant?

    Also, you mentioned sunburns...forgive my ignorance, Ive tried to find the aswer to this question and have gotten both answers. Do dark complexioned children sunburn? I would imagine that they WOULD because the UV rays would still be hitting their skin, but ive had some friends tell me that they cannot. I plan to adopt from fostercare and its a real possibility I will need to know the answer to this question to keep my future loves safe and healthy.

    Also, while I am asking insensitve questions, Ive noticed your girls are often wearing what looks like shower caps when they are in the house. What is that for? How often do they have to wear it? Is there like a moisturizing treatment going on when they are wearing those?

    One of my best friends growing uo was African American and was adopted by caucasian parents. I remember her mom telling me she shaved her daughters head untill she was 4 ecasue she didnt know how to care for it. I'd never want to do that to a child of mine! She eventually took my friend into an ethnic salon and started crying begging them to tell her what to do for her little girl's hair. Kylea had the most goreously tight, kinky, curly hair when I met her in Kindergarden!

  15. The beach looks fun! (it's snowing here!) Oh to feel warm sun, and sand!

    What cute pictures!

    Your post made me laugh... Oh, the things we do for our children- EVEN run in bathing suits! Ha! I hear you girl!

    So glad you have a safe place now. We have been praying for you.

  16. I have struggled with the safety issue since moving to Guatemala.

    I'm glad you found a place!

  17. What fun pictures!
    I am so glad that you found a place where you can feel safe! It is especially important for a mama!!

  18. Oh boy - I'm in a panic FOR you hearing about your little boy running! Ahh!!! Glad you caught him, what a great mama! And PRAISE GOD for finding a place! What an answer to prayer!

  19. I am so glad that you found a new place. The beach looks like so much fun! I am so glad that you are able to be near family... I know you are loving life! ;)

  20. Yeah! God has given you a YES to a new place! And a fun day at the beach to boot...just another kiss from Him. Rejoicing with you friends.

  21. So great that you made it safely. And with all those kids! Wow! The beach looks so much fun!!!

  22. SO THANKFUL!!! Can't wait for a new "Where here in our new place" post!!! So glad you are close to your family!

  23. What a great day at the beach (minus the run!).
    Congrats on your new home!!! =)