Friday, December 20, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Beauty and the Beast

This is just about my favorite weekend of the year.  seeing my children, this year, all 4 of them participating in the Sunday School pageant.
The rehearsals were flawless and the performance, of my angel, shepherd, narrator and lamb were precious.

Then it was on to the nutcracker.  it has been a tradition in our family for years to attend the nutcracker, never have one of ours been in it. What a delight!

Our mouse-ling took the stage so bravely and danced like no one was watching.  what an amazing gift.  Memories i will forever treasure and hold dear.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Let Heaven and Nature Sing

Our Holidays have begun!  The first Saturday in December we spend the day with friends.  

We open a few gifts, bake some cookies and enjoy the gift of friendship

My Lily played her violin and my Ava sang to her hearts content... "Jingle Bells."

What JOY this season brings....

We are so grateful for the Savior.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Joyful Beginnings...

Getting ready for Christmas and Loving it!  Our house is full of Christmas (Ava) Joy!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"His mercies are new every morning."

My gals loving each other with some tickles this morning. - I will never grow tired of this scene first thing in the morning, or any time.

i am Thankful!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

And the greatest of these things...

"and the greatest of these is LOVE."

of all the many many things I am grateful for in this month of thanksgiving, it is the love of the Father and my family that brings me to my knees in thankfulness and prayer.

this was the scene in my house last night. Laughter, Love and sweet sweet Life.
I am blessed beyond measure.

Sunday, November 10, 2013


When we received Ava's referral, it was mentioned that Ava resided in Lily's care room in Luohe. We had read a bit about these rooms and were grateful, but to be honest we didn't know the magnitude of what that meant and what these care rooms do for children like our Ava. There is NO doubt in my mind that Ava received the very best of care.  She knew love, she knew care, she knew play and music and affection.  So so many don't.

Ava, Upper Right Corner, 2011 - Luohe Lily Care Center in China
It is through the tireless work of CCAI, and organizations like Henan Kids that these rooms thrive!

Elite Strap Style
Regular Strap Style
We also didn't know when we met Christian Bishop when he was adopted domestically at one years old that God would place in his heart a desire to serve little ones like Ava.   Through his hands to make these beautiful bracelets... which we call Embracelets.

Little Boys and Girls like Ava will DANCE!

The bracelets are $5.00 each with $1.00 for shipping.   ALL funds will go to Henan Kids!   We are blessed to know this young man and to watch God develop his passions and his talent for the least of these.
Order by following the PayPal Link!  You can indicate which color (up to 2!) you would like!  These Embracelets are universal, attractive to both guys and gals!

Order Today!

Elite Strap Style
Regular Strap Style

Indicate color choice (pick 2)

Your Embracelet will ship out within a week!!

You can learn more about  Christian Bishop by clicking on his name.  Also, more about :Henan Kids - click here

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

we had just finished taking senior pictures and prayerfully a christmas picture of all 4 kiddos when we spotted ava picking up leaves. the girl never fails to find fun and beauty and touches our lives with the same.
blessed with joy

Saturday, October 19, 2013


the little mouslings are in training, Christmas and the Nutcracker... oh the Joy!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

a sweet day at the Orchard

Oh, the Lord is good to me,
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need:
The sun, and the rain, and the apple seed;
The Lord is good to me.  "Johnny Appleseed"

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Picture Day

Ava's picture day at school today. we were as we say, a little "jazzed"

this gal is as sweet as sugar with just the perfect amount of spice!

Sunday, September 22, 2013


These girls carry a part of my heart with them and i revel in the chance to see them grow as sisters and daughters of the King.
What an amazing privilege.

One grafted in from Kazakhstan, one from China and both in love with each other and loved so dearly

Saturday, September 14, 2013