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He's On the Move...

Samuel started crawling Friday afternoon!!! He has been going backwards for a week or two and we knew it was just a matter of time until he changed direction. :) Here's Ms. G coaxing him to come and get the glue stick. 
She is his biggest fan!  The cheering section.  Yay! Go Sam Go!!

It's Hard to Believe...

That my baby is now 17!! Goodness, time just flies. Ryan is quite a character and loves to agitate his dad. I didn't realize he was that much taller than Sean. He's a biggun'. LOL! The pictures below testify to the fact that these two are always goofing around and it's not unnatural for them to have wrestling and karate matches in the kitchen.  

My boy is amazing! To know him is to love him and to laugh because he is a riot! {He gets that from me....LOL!} So as Kyalynn likes to say, "let's celebrate and have a party!" We did just that yesterday with our family and thanked God, profusely, for this precious treasure! Happy Birthday Ryan!  We love you more than words can say!!!

Which One Are You?

This is an old song but the meaning is timeless. It has been our "theme song" for many, many years.  Without God as our Solid Rock our foundation of marriage would have crumbled years ago. He has blessed us beyond what any riches could compare!!   Which Jones' are you??

Even Sickness..

About halfway through the morning I was sideswiped by agonizing pains in my stomach. Life carried on but not without me occasionally groaning and bending over to stem the pain. The best thing about this  was that while I was trying to minimize my pain, it was very obvious to the little's and the first one....the first child to show concern was Connor! He asked me what was wrong, then immediately prayed for me and continued to ask me every couple of minutes until he went to quiet time.  To say I'm surprised is an understatement! He even offered to help me get lunch.....awww. :) I guess he is attaching more than I recognize because I guarantee last year he wouldn't have cared less if I was in pain or dying.  Thank you God for progress, even when we don't readily see it!! See, even sickness God promises He will use for good. And today my sickness was the catalyst to see that my sons' healing is further along than what I thought. PRAISE GOD!!!

Your Hands...

Guess Who Is Not Scratching...

Precious Samuel was FINALLY given relief for his intense itching. His severe eczema has caused the poor little guy to itch and scratch pretty much nonstop since we brought him home. Even though we had seen 3 different pediatricians and gone to the dermatologist twice, they offered no hope except he'd eventually grow out of it. We switched his formula several times, removed him from formula for a bit, greased him down several times a day and yet, he'd scratch so much we had to wear a hat on his head while he was sleeping or he'd cut his head open. :(

Well, a couple of weeks ago we saw another pediatrician (it's a group of drs.) and she immediately realized the insanity it was causing him and I!  She wrote a prescription and referred him to a specialist. And  just like that his world changed. His skin is soft and lovely. He still itches a tiny bit but not like he did. He is finally sleeping longer than 2 hours at a pop. Woo Hoo!!!! He doesn't have to wear gloves or…

Brrr....Arctic Explorers...

Continuing our study of the Arctic this week entailed having a Polar Express Relay and dressing the part of an Arctic Explorer.

Samuel didn't want left out...LOL!

We also tried to build igloos from sugar cubes.  My little eskimoes did their best and we had a variety of shapes and sizes. 
Kyalynn liked a square igloo and couldn't be deterred from that. :)
Nolan preferred the build it up and tear it down method. :)

We've also been blessed with snow so the explorers (with grammy's help) tried to build an igloo from snow around our trampoline. They found out how hard it was and after only 3 blocks gave up and moved on to sliding down the hill on their bellies. :)

Stand Firm...

This year as I again asked the Lord for a verse or a word to meditate on throughout the year He gave me one I honestly wasn't too stoked about. I'm a visionary and so words like "Go" or "Stretch out your tents" or even "Surrender" are things that get me excited and looking forward to what He has for me. I like active words, obviously. :) So I was a bit bummed that he gave me "Stand Firm" as my words for the New Year. At first I was like, well that's boring. Who just wants to stand?! C'mon God....don't you need someone to go? 'Cuz if you do, I'm your girl! LOL!

I was sharing my lament with Sean and he and I are SO opposite. :) He immediately started telling me all the good things about "standing firm".  I wasn't buying it. LOL! So I did a word study on "stand firm" and now my whole perspective has changed. The Bible is so good about doing that. :)

As I read the verses and pondered them in contex…


Five years ago I would have never guessed that I'd have not 1 but 3 more boys to love and parent! I mean just look at those guys....are they not the most handsome boys you've ever seen?! ( I know, I'm bias!!)  Only God....only God!!

Samuel's New Tricks...

We have had to wear gloves or socks on Samuel's hands from the beginning. Because of his severe eczema he scratches himself nonstop and breaks the skin causing an opening where infection can happen. Sam is a good sport but lately he's figured out how to rid himself of these menaces.

Here he is playing happily but don't be fooled by those innocent good looks. :)

Here he's testing the waters. Does mommy know what my plans are?

Oh, hi mommy! Aren't I cute?!

Oh I'm just tasting my sock. No worries...

Ah ha! I've got it off. Now to hide it behind my hand.

Uh oh! I think my mommy knows. She's so smart!
C'mere mommy. Let me give you some lovin'.  Oh and do you see what I can do?!  I'm so smart too!!

And without further ado, Samuel's other trick. :)

He can go left....

He can go right...
We're just a little smitten...hee,hee,hee....Can you tell?!

Betty Crocker Wanna-be....

Ms. G loves, loves, LOVES to cook and bake. She's constantly asking me if she can help me in the kitchen.  So yesterday I was in a time crunch and her dream came true! We were delivering a meal to a dear friend last night and I hadn't made the brownies yet. So I asked Gabi if she'd like to make them. Holy smokes! You should have seen that girl fly up the stairs. :) I've never seen her move so fast in my life! LOL! She did it all, the whole thing from adding ingredients, mixing, pouring into pan and even rinsing out the dishes afterwards. I tried to help several times but she'd dismiss me and say "I can do it by myself mommy".  And so she could.  I'm guessing those were the best mint brownines ever made!!!! Watch out Betty....there's a new cook in the kitchen!! :)

High Hopes...

God gives me everything I need, makes me everything I am to be.  2 Thessalonians 1:2 (The Message)
Clinging to this verse today after a rough start to the morning. I have high hopes that the day is just going to get better and better! And that in it all, God is making me into who I am to be.  
I know who I am in my flesh and it ain't pretty. :) When I have 3 kiddos screaming all at the same time, one boy disobeying everything I say, and I'm only going on about 3 hours of sleep, trust me, it ain't pretty! LOL!
But this is when (hopefully!) I take a deep breath and re-focus my eyes on the TRUTH and HIS promises and get it done with a smile. Or, like somedays, I join the chaos by screaming and gnashing my teeth. LOL!
I pray today I will walk in His ways.....not mine!!

Perfect Recipe for a chilly day...

Pasta e Fagioli Soup
1 lb. ground turkey 1 carrot 1 small onion 1 celery stalk 2 gloves garlic
In a large stock pot, brown turkey and veggies. When meat is no longer pink add: 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes 5-6 cups veggie broth (I use chicken) 2 15 oz cans great northern beans (can mash one can) 1 15 oz kidney beans or black beans (or both!) 1 tsp thyme 1 Tbsp basil 2 bay leaves  (I don't add the 3 above spices, I only add Mrs. Dash) Simmer over medium heat, covered, for 20 minutes. Can add 1 cup pasta if desired then simmer additional 6-8 minutes
This is very similar to Olive G*rden's version but I like mine better. :)
I usually double or triple the recipe so we have leftovers. This goes really fast around here! Even my self-proclaimed soup hater, Sean, loves it and asks me to make it!!! Good stuff. Try it!

Can He do it? YES HE CAN!!

God has done it again! That boy that I posted about yesterday needing a family.......has one!!!!
God loves the orphans. He will always move heaven and earth to set the orphan in a family.
Rejoicing in God's awesome power tonight!!!!


Currently, school for us is a hodge-podge of stuff. Nolan (age 2) loves to be involved in all that we do. He is learning but not because I'm teaching him. Actually, he's learning because he's involved and wants to do what the other kids are doing. However, when he's done and moves on to something else that's where things get a bit tougher because he is loud and distracting. So I try to offer him fun games to play that involve working on fine motor skills or eye-hand coordination. This usually keeps him busy for a while. :)  Here he is matching the gloves and hanging them on the wash line. 
Gabriella is never far from my side and when I'm in the kitchen you can  bet your boots that's where she will be too. So she's becoming quite proficient at cooking, baking and cleaning up. Also, she is my go-to person and  right hand in helping with Samuel. Definite learning happening there! :) This is usually how you will find Kyalynn. She loves her books and spends hours a…


God has a plan for this child, are you it?

Even if you are not adopting, PLEASE take the time to pray for this boy. God hears our prayers and is faithful to answer if we will only call on His name. I received the following email and I have permission to share this story here.

"Dear Friends and Prayer Warriors: I have prayed over the last few days about how to share this story, and I have no words to adequately express it. However, it has to be shared and I will do my best. Many who have heard it are so sick over it, our hearts just ache. We know God has a plan; is it you? In January, 2010, I met an awesome child/young man at an orphanage in Riga , Latvia . His name is Davids. He was one of a few children we were introduced to that day for consideration in our Summer 2010 orphan hosting program. He was really sharp and smart, had a great sense of humor and looked you in the eye when he tried to speak the good amount of English he had already learned. I remember asking his favorite thi…


We say things like, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," and "Trust in the Lord with all your heart." Then we live and plan like we don't believe God even exists. We try to set our lives up so everything will be fine even if God doesn't come through. But true faith means holding nothing back. It means putting every hope in God's fidelity to His promises. ~ Crazy Love by Francis Chan ~


So I've gotten back the first draft of my manuscript (I love saying that! LOL!)and have spent a majority of the weekend doing all the necessary edits. Sean is awesome and has been playing Mr. Mom this weekend so that I can get my work done. Edits need to be returned this week, so time was of the essence. Anyhow, as I sat at my computer with ear muffs on (to block out all the noise that is our home. LOL!) little Mini-Me decided to join me.  She was plugging away at her computer working on her story to turn into her editor. :) You'll never guess what her book is about..... C'mon, try...... Did you say princesses? How'd you guess?! LOL!

You go girl!  We  know it's going to be a best seller!! :)

LOVE this....

Thewillof God is never exactly what you expect it to be.
It may seem much worse, but in the end  
 it's going to be a lot better and alot bigger.
~ Elisabeth Elliot ~

Stud Muffin...

The River...

Everything lives where the river flows! It doesn't matter how dead, how lifeless, how hopeless, or how impossible. It doesn't matter how difficult things might be, how hopeless the situation might seem, or how insignificant we might feel about making a difference. If we rely on God's power to make dead things come to life, we will live what Jesus lived and see what Jesus saw.  ~ Red Letters by Tom Davis ~ 

"Then he took me back to the riverbank. While sitting on the bank, I noticed a lot of trees on both sides of the river. He told me, "This water flows east, descends to the Arabah and then into the sea, the sea of stagnantwaters. When it empties into those waters, the sea will become fresh
Wherever the river flows, life will flourish -
 great schools of fish - because the river is turning the salt sea into fresh water. 
Where the river flows,life abounds.
Fishermen will stand shoulder to shoulder along the shore from En-gedi all the way north to En-eglaim, casting …


Our normal New Years Eve tradition is to spend the night having a blast with our kids. It involves lots and lots of games, food, confetti, a movie and then praise and worship and prayer time before they drop our homemade "ball" at 9 PM. It's not fancy but it sure is FUN!! :)

Wii Dancing
Does daddy look just a wee bit tired? Sam taking it all in....

Are You Ready?

As a pastor, I'm often called upon when life "vanishes like a mist." One of the most powerful examples I've seen of this was Stan Gerlach, a successful businessman who was well known in the community. Stan was giving a eulogy at a memorial service when he decided to share the gospel. At the end of his message, Stan told the mourners, "You never know when God is going to take your life. At that moment, there's nothing you can do about it. Are you ready?" Then Stan sat down, fell over and died. His wife and sons tried to resuscitate him, but there was nothing they could do - just as Stan had said a few minutes earlier.
I'll never forget receiving that phone call and heading over to the Gerlach house. John, a son, stepped out of the car weeping. He asked me, "Did you hear the story? Did you hear? I'm so proud of him. My dad died doing what he loved doing most. He was telling people about Jesus."  I was asked to share a word with everyone ga…