Friday, June 27, 2014
So I enjoy sharing what our family is doing. So here is the deal....we are becoming oily. THIS IS NOT A SELL JOB!!! I am not going to start posting all the time about the wonders of Essential Oils mainly because there are literally 100's of people doing this already, and I have information on my pin board about oils too!!!
I just simply want to share what I have learned so far. :)
I do have to say that Young Living's intro Oil packet (so to speak) is cheaper!!! That's all I am saying about that.
That is where the oils have come in!!! With just the intro pack so to speak I have been able to take care of many "everyday" things. From rashes from unknown source, poison ivy (specifically), headaches, body aches, bug bites, ear aches, congestion, sinus control, sore throat, sun burn, and more. It seems a bit crazy at first. Learning what is for what, but now Joanna will even come to me and say mommy I need some lavender for my itch, etc. It's kinda adorable!!!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
So the real reason of this post is that I saw an article that got me thinking on some things. It was about putting on your swimsuits moms and dads and get in the water with your kids. Don't let your insecurities get to you. Don't allow your personal thoughts about your body stop you from doing things.
So I started thinking about myself. Do I ever allow my thoughts about myself stop me from doing things with and for my children. I think the answer for all of us is Yes. Now maybe not because of our own self image, but maybe for other reasons too.
I promise you your children won't remember that part. What they will remember is - MY PARENTS GOT OUT THERE! They may have stunk at basketball but they played with me or took me to a basketball game and cheered loudly from the sidelines with me. They may have not been able to swim laps like I do, but they got in the pool with me and we splashed and had so much fun. They couldn't sing worth anything, but they sang praises to God with all their heart in worship to Him.
Now, I am sure Michael could do a lot in therapy with or without us there, but how much more can he do because we are WITH HIM! Getting involved.
Sitting on the sidelines is sometimes needed. Sometimes we have to take a sanity break, but sometimes we just need the encouragement that we need to GET OUT THERE because my children NEED ME!! They need me to get in there and be with them. :)
No condemnation here---- just encouragement!!!! We are all struggling parents trying to do our best ;) What can you do today to be more involved with your kiddos?
Friday, June 20, 2014
It was awesome!!!! Awesome because even though there was some crazy- there always is. Even though I am still catching up on lost sleep ;). Even though there are major things I need to work on. God has given my heart a new focus.
Children are my passion!!! Pretty obvious ;). I love children- mine, my friends, my clients, the beautiful children everywhere around the world that don't know Jesus or are without a family!!! I LOVE THEM ALL!
This book gives you just a boost of the why's & how's of serving children through prayer. You know there are so many times as a parent that we know we mess up- BIG TIME! There are times we pull our hair out. There are times we are down right ashamed of our actions and words. The thing is though that we are human just like our children. We have to say sorry, but we also have to understand WHOSE THEY ARE!
Funny how that works because it is just like my spiritual growth! ;) Yep God has a great sense of humor. If you aren't sure where you are in your spiritual growth- step back, breathe, pray, seek.....God has this!!!
We have a camera now- ummm....but I haven't uploaded pics....so there may be pics of that coming...
Abigail- I am privileged that I am your mom. I wasn't there for the first time you cried, the first time you rolled over or sat up on your own, I didn't get to see you take your first steps, or see you on your first birthday.......but we have been privileged to see you grow in beauty!!! Not just physical beauty which you have had since birth, but spiritual beauty!! I am praying for you daily because I know there are times when it is hard. There are times you want to throw your hands in the air.
I just want you to know I don't take a day for granted and am so joyful that I get to share my life with you!!!!!
Monday, June 9, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS AMY & IAN!!!! She is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!
And boy oh boy does their son have some fun for his new little sister!!!
It all began with an email......
My name is Amy. My husband and I live in PA with our 4 year old son (adopted from Ethiopia in Feb. 2010) through AGCI. We have been in the process of our second adoption since Dec. 2010 with AGCI. I came across your blog several years ago and have been following some of the adoption stories that you have shared. My husband have been praying about doing a concurrent adoption while we wait. I would really like some more information on what you do as an adoption consultant and what the process would look like.
I look forward to hearing from you. - sent February 19th
A connection- as we both have adopted through AGCI (All God's Children International) Ethiopia program. We brought out son home from Ethiopia about a year before Amy & Ian did.
Then within a few days of phone calls and emails......this beautiful family signed on to do an adoption with Christian Adoption Consultants. By
March 26th their profile was finished and ready to go!!!
May 9th they were matched with a precious birth mom that they felt a special connection to. They just hadn't really shown their profile.....but then God knew just the child and birth mother that they were to be matched with. Almost 2 weeks to the day later this amazing baby girl was born.......awwww........
2 Months from being ready to show their profile they were holding their sweet girl in their arms!!!!
Now as you can see we had the EXTREME PLEASURE of meeting with this beautiful family!!!
We invited them into our home and shared a lot of conversation, laughs, food, fellowship, and the commonality of adoption.
I may have been totally in my element? ;)
Enamored with those tiny beautiful features :).
**Yes this photo is a little off center.....guess who was taking it ;)....
My girls all took turns holding this precious little one.
Talking about how they remember when Joanna was that little....
How they wanted another baby sister.....
And just enjoying snuggles!!!
They will all make amazing mothers one day!!!!
Melts my heart.
These 2....words can't really describe!!! I am thinking.....arranged marriage? ;) he he he he he he.......
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What are the benefits anyway?
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Sunday, June 1, 2014
Summer is finally here with the warmer temps, flip flops, and barbeques. You might have plans to head to the beach or the pool, spend more time with family and friends, or get some projects checked off your list.
But summer is also a space to dream. Do you have anything on your bucket list that this summer would be a perfect time to check off? What if our bucket lists were more than exotic trips and thrill-seeking adventures? What if our bucket list included changing another life, investing in the eternal, and answering God's call to care for the orphan?
Have you ever dreamed about adoption? Maybe starting the adoption process should be on your summer bucket list. Christian Adoption Consultants is committed to helping families realize their dreams and answer God's call to add to their family through adoption.
With that in mind, we're pleased to offer a summer discount! We will be offering 10% off all full service consulting packages. (This discount does not apply to our Do It Yourself Program and may not be combined with any other discounts.)
This discount applies to all applications received
today until .
We only offer discounts like this a few times a year - don't miss out!
today until .
We only offer discounts like this a few times a year - don't miss out!
This might be the year your family starts an adventure and you check adoption off your bucket list!
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Or feel free to call me 813-360-7368!!!
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***Oh and stay tuned because I have some beautiful families I will be posting about soon along with their precious sweethearts!!! :)
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