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I could use a little Joy in my life....

Joy- Congenital Heart Disease. Down's Syndrome. Birthday 1/1/2010



Oh my! Just look at her, isn't she gorgeous?! And those pig tails.....absolutely precious and perfect in every way!!

This little one and so many others are being cared for by the Morning Star Foundation. It is an amazing organization that helps children with special needs get the care they need. 

There is always a need for prayer warriors and sponsors to help Morning Star be the hands and feet of Jesus to some very special little ones. Hop over to their website and learn all about this Foundation and how you can share in their care.

Goodness, be still my heart......a little Joy anyone?? :)





Thank you!!!

Sad...

Ya know, we don't have tv, don't get the newspaper and the radio is just background noise over lunch. Couldn't hear it if I wanted to over the talking, giggling, yelling, lip smacking the little's do during eating time. LOL! Last night a friend called to let me know there was a tornado watch in our area. Not long after, the winds picked up and hail started falling. We were in process of eating dinner so I immediately sent the little's downstairs and brought the food down for them to finish. We scrambled to find information off the computer and that's when we saw footage of the destruction that tornadoes have caused already down south. I heard about the tornadoes from my oldest son but didn't know too many details. Honestly, living in this bubble is so much easier. The bubble of don't know....

Watching video of the tornadoes touching down and then aftermath videos just broke my heart. Why Lord? Why? People lost everything in minutes. My prayers have ampe…

Around here...

Around here there is lots going on.... From fixing a vehicle

 to visits from pappy

to making delicious dirt dishes....

learning how to walk....
measuring yourself against your big brothers wheels...  becoming whomever you want to be when you don a cowboy hat and cheerleader outfit...  a mini Sza Sza Gabor??
working hard collecting rocks for a fire pit....  Swinging...  Baseball anyone??  Kute Kyalynn with her latest "pet" Sally the sala-co-mander. Poor Sally...she was loved to death. :)  Planting the garden...
 Drawing pictures....  Playing with the new toys....cousin grew up and passed these goodies on to the little's. They LOVE them and have quite a time playing with them. Thanks Cuz!!  Ah, the end of a long day. I go in to check on these two treasures and find Kyalynn has decided that Gabi's bed is so much softer. Sweet dreams precious girls!!


Thought for today...

God's strength behind you,  His concern for you,  His love within you,  and His arms beneath you, are more than sufficient  for the job ahead of you. ~William Arthur Ward~

Funny....

While driving in the car Connor loves to read all the billboards. As he was reading them aloud he came to one that advertised "30 Beers on Tap". Immediately he said wow mommy, that's alot. We couldn't get those right now, could we? I explained daddy and I don't drink and why. He kept asking more questions and at one point asked me what "drunk" was. I told him that's when someone acts like a looney bird. He said "Oh now I know why I act like a looney bird it's because I drink root beer!" LOL!

We had homemade onion rings the other night for dinner. The next day for lunch Gabi kept asking for onion ears. For the life of me I couldn't figure out what in the world she was asking for. Then it hit me...she calls onion rings onion ears because they remind her of big hoop earrings. Gotta love my girly girl! LOL!

After the all day rain showers I allowed the kids to go outside in the mud and slop for a bit to get some pent up energy out. Kya…

Another Try...

My days start hard and fast around here. Let's just say there is one child who never fails to cause chaos and crisis first thing every morning. I don't get it really, why you would want to start your day off like this but apparently it's just part of his makeup, part of the trauma that has made him who he is. I guess he feels he has enough trauma drama for everyone so he graciously shares it with all of us. :) Anyhow, we have tried ev.er.y.th.ing, and I do mean everything to help stop this flow of junk but nothing has worked...yet. While stewing  thinking about this mornings drama I thought I'd have him write verses and was looking for just the right one when I felt prompted to have him read aloud Psalm 119. If you know anything about the Bible you know this is an extremely long chapter having 176 verses! As I sat across from this boy that stole my heart months before he ever was in my arms, a picture came to mind. It was the picture of Jesus hanging on the cross, bloo…

In the blink of an eye...

It's so hard to believe that we will have another graduate this year! That makes 2 done and 5 more to go. Not only that, but also 2 adult children as Ryan turns 18 in a couple of months.  Life really does go by in the blink of an eye! 
I can remember crying out to God in those early years of homeschooling wondering if I was doing it right, or if I was doing enough and God gave me a verse that brought relief to my troubled mind.
All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children's peace. Isaiah 54:13  
I can't tell you how many times He had to bring me back to center, back to Him, to this verse. Where I fail, where the gaps are as large as the Grand Canyon in what I haven't taught, where my words have wounded, and my doubts assail.....He is there and He promises He will fill in the gaps. 
Ah...deep breath....ok...I can do this Lord....thank you.
And here I sit on the backend of 15 years of homeschooling, tears pouring down my cheeks, a smile on my face, …

My little lunch...

Too many times I have looked at others' lives and thought what do I have to offer? Especially now. My days are spent trying to nurture and train up these little ones and it doesn't leave much for other ministry. My life looks glaringly different than most. These children are complex with many issues and situations that can cause our knees to knock together some days. LOL!  If I'm not careful I end up in the pit of "poor Lisa". So, after recently wallowing in this pit God spoke to my heart.   He sent me to John 6:1-13: (The Message)  "After this, Jesus went across the Sea of Galiee. A huge crowd followed Him, attracted by the miracles they had seen Him do among the sick. When He got to the other side, He climbed  a hill and sat down, surrounded by His disciples. It was nearly time for the Feast of The Passover, kept annually by the Jews.  When Jesus looked out and saw that a large crowd had arrived, He said to Philip, "Where can we buy bread to feed these …
There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.
Frederick Wm. Faber










Hearing Update....

Well, our high hopes for Kyalynn were dashed on Thursday morning when we received a call from the Doctor stating she would not be able to help us with figuring out if Kyalynn would be a candidate for the BAHA surgery. :( That's not her specialty. It was so kind of her to call us so we didn't have to make the 1 1/2 hour drive to the hospital. 


However, God was still moving and opening doors!!! Thank you for your prayers! I have no doubt they prepared the way. 
We were able to contact the surgeon who specializes in this surgery!! How GOD is that?! They are so booked that the soonest appointment we could get is August 31st but if it means our girl may hear for the rest of her life, what's a couple more months of waiting?? How it works is Kyalynn will undergo 1 1/2 hours of testing with an audiologist and then she will meet with the surgeon. The surgeon will do additional testing and then put a trial BAHA on Kyalynn to test to see if it helps her at all. If it does, then we will …

Diamonds...

A child is an uncut diamond. AUSTIN O'MALLEY


My Superheroes...

This group of little people rock my world! My life doesn't look anything like I imagined it to be. In fact, if I was outside looking in I would not choose this life, actually, I'd run (very fast!) the other way. :)  When we brought Kyalynn home I had no skill set or life experience that would prepare me for this journey.  My preconceived notions of  my mothering techniques would quickly die and be replaced with the trial and error method. If Kyalynn sent me whirling, then we can safely say that Connor sent me spiraling into a world I never wanted to visit. LOL! My world has been shaken to the core and when the dust settled God was there. His promises are true. He has never left me. He gives me strength each day. He forgives me when I fail. (many times a day, sometimes, many times an hour!) He is patient and kind. His love never fails. Now if only I could emulate Him so much better....

Parenting these little's has been an incredible growth journey. When I look at this pictu…

HOLY HUMOR....

**A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!"
His father smiled and  replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means?
The son replied, "I do know!"
"Okay," said his father. "What does the Bible mean?"
"That's easy, Daddy..." the young  boy replied excitedly," It stands for 'Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.' (This one is my  favorite)

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There was a very  gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible  to her brother in another part of the  country.
"Is there anything breakable in here?"  asked the postal clerk.
"Only the Ten Commandments." answered the  lady.

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"Somebody has said  there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good morning, Lord," and there are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good Lord, it's morning."

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Happy Mother's Day....

A Shot in the dark?!

We found out about a year after Kyalynn came home that she was deaf in one ear and hard of hearing in the other. To say it was a shock is an understatement! We had no idea the reason she didn't come when we called, or even turn to look at us while we were talking to her wasn't due to stubbornness or disobedience but instead due to not actually hearing us. I cried the whole way home from the audiologist visit when she laid the heavy news on me that in fact, Kyalynn had very limited hearing capabilities. Not long after, specialist visits ensued trying to pinpoint a reason for her hearing loss and also trying to maintain what she already had.  We were told she wouldn't be a candidate for a cochlear implant or hearing aids and that we should work on sign language with her as a precautionary thing in case she loses all her hearing. She knows lots of sign language however she doesn't have the fine motor skills to do the signs herself.  Quite a predicament I tell you. :) Howe…

Pray Today...

“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress,
 my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:2

Today is the 60th observance of the National Day of Prayer!! The theme this year is "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" and I don't know about you but those words bring peace to my soul and security to my heart, especially in this day and age! Please check out the website for listings and live feeds of events all over the country. 
United we stand, divided we fall.




Oh Lord, prop me up....

Every time I am asked to pray, I  think of the old fellow who always prayed, 'Lord, prop us up on our leanin' side.' After hearing him pray that prayer many  times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so  fervently.

He answered, 'Well sir, you see, it's like  this.... I got an old barn out back. It's been there a long time; it's withstood a lot of weather; it's gone through a lot of  storms, and it's stood for many years.

It's still standing.  But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a  bit.

So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn't  fall.

Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was like that old barn.. I've been around a long time..

I've withstood a lot of life's storms. I've withstood  a lot of bad weather in life, I've withstood a lot of hard times, and I'm still standing too. But I find myself leaning to one  side from time to time, so I like to…

Thus begins our summer vacation....

Since the little's started back to school July 1st for this year I made the much approved decision that school is done for this year. YEAH!!!  Technically, yesterday was their first official start of summer vacation but Gabriella had a specialist visit and so nothing really fun happened. Today, we had a blast playing all morning in the sunshine and then after quiet time I had prepared a scavenger hunt for them. They had an educational time along with the fun without even knowing it. LOL! Summer is full of relaxation and just time to be lazy but I need to keep a structure to our days or CHAOS reigns and that most certainly takes away from my relaxation. :)

Craft time, story time, game time are just some of the components that will fill our days with some structure but still allow plenty of time for imagination and play.  I was so hoping to have our pool ready but with Sean not having any work for almost 2 months now there isn't any extra funds available to buy water for the poo…

Heredity...

Heredity: the sum of qualities and potentialities genetically derived from ones ancestors

As an adoptive mom, I am curious to know which is more powerful in determining how a child turns out.....heredity or environment? Apparently, this very question has been debated over the years between scientists and psychologists as well.  Although we have pages of "history" on several of our adopted children we can't fully rely on this information as factual.  Most adoptive parents understand that although some of the historical information may be correct, most probably isn't. That's not to say there is deceit happening within the agencies, it just means adopting from a foreign country can bring lots of unknowns which you must be prepared for going into the adoption.
As we've journeyed this road, we have been able to guess some of the missing pieces of info not listed in the "history". Some of the pieces have been easier to figure out, some we are still working …