So if you didn't read yesterday's post- GO DO IT!!! GOD IS DOING AMAZING THINGS!!!!
I wrote a guest post on a friend's blog, Kat Marr.....you can read my post here.....and then keep following their blog because I guarantee you will be refreshed. Why? Well not because she paints roses and fluffy bunnies, but because she is a prayer warrior! She fights for others! She LOVES the Lord deeply! Their family's witness is amazing. :)
Hoping to post more about my little man Jonathan turning 5 today....and Joshua turning 10 tomorrow.....but it may be a bit since we have to pick up the boys (Andrew, Joshua, and Matthew) from camp tonight...and I have to finish the cake- don't even get me started. Since when do I do the cakes you ask....I guess it is a part of the I am now a SAHM (stay at home mom) and my wonderful hubby has been busy painting our homeschool room after a long day of work....oh dear yea- pictures of that coming too. he he he he....that and about 15 other blog posts in my head ;) Do you ever wonder.....am I ADHD? ;)
OK so yesterday after I posted the AWESOME GOD STORY......I realized because I got a few emails that I didn't give anyone any way to contact the new NE office for Feeding Children Everywhere!! So here it is :) PLEASE if you live in the NE U.S. please contact them to see how you can help!!! And if you happen to live in FL - you can go here to find out more! And if you live elsewhere and have a heart to start something AMAZING in your community than don't let anything stop you! GO FOR IT!!!! (ummm....feeding children everywhere site is temporarily having problems.....BE persistent!!! Thank You)
Kevin and Heather Yoreo
Northeast Region Directors |
Feeding Children Everywherewww.feedingchildreneverywhere.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
c | 860.214.8792 o | 888.891.6447 f | 407.321.178
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Well....this thing....that we are going to be doing is about me letting go of something I hold very tightly- MONEY! Mostly control over it. I am ok to cut back start making home made to save for an adoption or give freely for others to adopt or to missionaries no problem. But this takes it to a personal level that is uncomfortable to me. So I am battling!
FEEDING CHILDREN EVERYWHERE!
this? Well it seems that this.......has had an effect on God's people I didn't know about completely until today. You see while I was getting ready to cry for myself today and sit in "my puddle" as a great friend puts it. God has been up to something sooooo much BIGGER!!!!!!!!
All God's Children International! ONE of those families read my blog post about FEEDING CHILDREN EVERYWHERE.
FCE is based in FL and really more of a local mission. They get corporate and church sponsors to put up the money and time to pack food for children in Haiti and Kenya just to name a couple! This is God's hands and feet feeding people that belong to God! Imagine what that tells them when they get a meal from people they don't know that say we care enough about you to put up the money and the time to send you food. Sounds simple. Doesn't sound like that big of a deal, but it is TO THEM! The beautiful people in the world who need food- who haven't eaten lately! Who don't know where their next meal is coming from!
FEEDING CHILDREN EVERYWHERE IN CONNECTICUT!!!!!!
Make that BIGGER THAN BIG!!!!!!
I think- I am going to take this crazy little story of a little blog post- AND BLOW IT UP FOR MY NAME TO BE GLORIFIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am so sorry when my little things get in the way. When I struggle to find meaning and a point. When I feel like I am the one doing the work. When I feel like it is just too hard to do. YOU LORD are EVERYTHING! I am so thankful for your Grace and Mercies that are new every morning! That YOU can have my ANYTHING! YOU ALONE MAKE BIG STORIES out of a mustard seed! YOU FEED YOUR CHILDREN from one small post!
THANK YOU LORD! PRAISE YOUR HOLY NAME FOR THE GREAT THINGS YOU HAVE DONE, ARE DOING, AND CONTINUE TO DO!!!! Help us to remember you are a VERY BIG GOD!
***oh and there is more too....but it is a personal thing that I will get around to posting....later ;)
Monday, June 25, 2012
OK time to start
Well it used to be that my feet, legs, and tummy were pretty much mush. Not a lot of muscle to be found anywhere.....now there is muscle. You can feel it as well as see the results!
Now I can play pretty much all morning long without taking breaks except a few minutes here or there (hey, I have a lot of siblings to catch up to).
I recognize my name...although I still ignore it at times ;)
I can roll on my back and lift my head and legs.
I side sit! Wahoo!!!! This means I am actually using my muscles properly and I am really good at it. When I first had to do it for the ladies at therapy....I cried. Now...I like it and really it isn't that hard at all!
I say lots of things- ga (hard g), te (long e), ma ma, da, ba, ka, na, la, ta.....and I am adding daily! I get soo excited now when I am saying new things too.
I love to blow raspberries!!! Especially when mommy is feeding me. You know that way I can spray whatever she is feeding me.....she loves it!
Not a huge fan yet, but my new "therapy boots" are ok. I don't scream anymore when my mom puts them on. They are to help my feet so that as I start to walk I don't bend my feet and ruin my muscles and how they are working. (**caused by the Cebral Palsey)
I catch myself when I am doing my balance exercises with flat hands!!!
I can sit straight up for 5 minutes!!!! And longer, but I like to explore.
I gave mommy eye contact after a bath the other day for a whole 10 MINUTES!!! She was being all silly and then playing games. She was soo excited ;)
I like to try to copy people now. What they are saying, or doing.
I INITIATED PLAY!!!! (as posted on facebook) I was at the table and had my spoon. Mommy was looking at me making some strange silly noises and I put my spoon in her mouth and began to play with her! Yep, all on my own! I think she liked it? :)
I tolerate the chew tube thing, and other toys in my mouth a lot better. In fact I will sometimes even put toys up to my mouth and chew on them now!!!!!!!
I am starting to get used to all the thick foods my mom feeds me now. They aren't as bad. I still don't like "dry foods" or things that are runny with chunks in it. BUT it isn't because of not being able to chew....but texture issues. I can actually chew pretty good now.
I close my mouth around the spoon now. I guess that is pretty cool?
I actually let my mom and my therapist do the mouth exercises without crying and think it is ok now. Of course now that my muscles are working more I am thinking it is more fun!
I like to cross my "midline" in play time and switch hands all the time in propping myself up and in play!
I have discovered I love tangy things and cold things. Like ice cream and lemon pops they give me at therapy or the tangy candy drops they put on the chew tube to get me to work out my mouth muscles.
I shake my head yes and no. I sometimes sign....but not regularly. I am able to communicate when I want more or not - with my actions now. May not be signing or head gestures, but I push away or towards things.
I still LOVE to swing and my therapists use this to get me to do things :)
Mom says I am much more alert to things around me now.
I like to "carry" or "drag" things around, or chase balls.
Drum roll please..........I pulled myself up on the pack and play!!!!!!! As in the STANDING position. It was only a moment, but mommy was going crazy!
Oh and ......another drum roll please..........I am a mommy's boy!!!! I cry for mommy when she walks away. I am comforted when mommy picks me up. I LOVE MY MOMMY!!! She is awesome :) I am pretty sure she thinks it is pretty cool that I have bonded with her and want to be with her.
Well.....that's all for now. Sorry for the short list ;) I am sooo THANKFUL for all the wonderful fans out there that love to see my progress and are praying for me!!!!!!
Friday, June 22, 2012
Kathy Cassel (Click on her name to see her blog)! Have you ever read any of her books? They are GREAT!!! My girls LOVE THEM!!!
Want to see what she has written- go HERE, HERE, Her newest HERE, or just look up Katrina Cassel in Amazon or Christian book store and you will find lots!!! I think the best part about her books is that they are easy to understand for my girls. Giving them sparks of ideas on how to live life God's way. Let's face it - it is tough stuff to be a girl in today's society. How can we feel pretty- but not just because of our looks? How can I do my best to really dig deep into the Word? Her writing is fun too with lots of little activities and great questions to think about!
I LOVED meeting Kathy and Jasmine in person! They are REAL people. Kathy has experienced the true ups and downs in adoption- foster care, domestic, and international. She has experienced RAD (reactive attachment disorder) and pretty much just about everything in between. She is fun to be around and loves to share about her life.
We had a great time talking! Thanks for the visit Kathy and Jasmine!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
So very thankful for those already stepping out in faith knowing that God is there knitting a child/ren into their hearts!!!!
***Please pray for a close friend that is having to say goodbye to a foster child that has been with them since 3 days old (and is now over a year old). I know that foster care isn't easy. It is harder when you have to say goodbye and your heart breaks! We know that God's love for this child is soooo much more than our own and HE will be faithful to watch over him. It still doesn't make it easy.......just pray. Thanks!
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