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Please, PLEASE watch this...

This video is SO important. Honestly, I was hesitant to watch it. It does have a "Public Advisory for Graphic Content" but it's for good reason. Several people on this video claim Christianity but I must say, this video is eye opening as to where the "church" stands on issues that we should not even consider ok. Where are we church?! Why are we so wishy-washy?? WHY?! I have had a post brewing in my heart these last couple of days and this video just reconfirmed the need for me...for us...as Christians to STAND!!

Grateful....

God is so good to me! My days are so full there is rarely any time to just sit, relax and be. lol! But today, God orchestrated it that Sam took an extra long nap (1 hr and 20 minutes!!) while the little's were in quiet time. Woot Woot! I was able to use the computer without someone on my lap, do my bible study without answering a gazillion questions and type up encouragement verses to hang on the walls. Precious gifts to me from my Father. Here are a couple more of my grateful gifts today...
A wonderful man who gladly says yes to a wife's spur-of-the-moment request to go to the zoo. :)

Finally seeing the panda outside! I can't tell you how many, many times we've gone to the zoo and have never seen the bear outside. I had just told Nolan, no the panda is never outside and lo and behold there he/she was! lol!

My very favorite. Aren't they gorgeous? Grateful for a God who loves color!

Grateful for freedom and these little faces.

Grateful, so very, very grateful for this am…

A visual lesson...

It's no secret that we have a child (or two) that has been quite a challenge to us through the years. There are times when I just want to imagine what life would be like without the chaos and stress these said children bring. However, I know that I know that I know that this is where they are to be and this is our ministry, hard as it is. Still, it's not all sunshine and rainbows over here, that's for sure! :)

With these "hard" children it's like you're on this crazy train ride that never ends. This most recent "train ride" started around my son's birthday and has continued on, weaving, bobbing and wreaking havoc and chaos each stop along the way. I'd like to say we are used to it, and in some ways we are, but it still brings up feelings of failure and lots of other heavy emotions along the way.

I just can't wrap my mind around the why of the behaviors. I've begged God to explain it to me countless times but it wasn't until…

Five little monkeys....and a dog....

As we walked in our woods last week we found lots of  fun things to play on. The high winds have knocked a ton of dead trees and/or their branches down. The 5 little monkeys had a great time climbing all over them. And don't forget the dog who thinks he's a child too! LOL! 





Do you see our fearless protector? He blends in with the tree poor thing. This is actually his stealth mode. :)

And what's that? Did you ask me if I feed my child? Well yes, yes I do but he wanted to see what being a beaver is like. :)

I'm thinking the whole beaver thing isn't as tasty as he imagined. lol!

C'mon say it, you know you want to...... CHEESE! :)







We R Home!

Thank you for your prayers! Gabriella did well and she came out of anesthesia surprisngly fast (for her!) As you can tell by the picture she wasn't nervous at all. In fact, everyone was so surprised she was so calm and doing crossword puzzles and giggling. That's my girl! :) Of course she was oohed and aahed over. Well how could they not?! Just look at that adorable cheeky grin. LOL! She did amazingly well and countless people from the dr. to the nurses complimented her on her behavior. She was starving due to fasting!  We left here a little after 10 am and returned home a little after 6 pm. She was dreaming about what she was going to eat for breakfast tomorrow. LOL! She was greeted at the door by her adoring fans (her siblings) and snuggled a bit on the couch. Then, after 2 bowls of applesauce and some water she was ready to crash in her comfy bed. Sweet dreams little princess....

Prayers for Gabi -Girl for tomorrow...

My girl is having surgery tomorrow (Thursday) so I'm asking for your prayers for her. The procedure will be about 2 1/2 hours long and it is outpatient so she will be snuggling with her family by evening. Please pray specifically for her and the anesthesia. She has a history of having a hard time coming out of it. She's so darn tooting tiny it's no wonder! LOL!
We appreciate your prayers!! :)
Parents outraged over 'scream rooms' for special needs students at Connecticut elementary schoolBy  Published January 11, 2012 in
Parents at one Connecticut elementary school say they are outraged over the use of so-called "scream rooms" to discipline special needs students. The two rooms at Farm Hill Elementary School in Middletown, Conn., came under fire after several students complained about the sounds of children yelling coming from the rooms, while building custodians reported having to clean up blood and urine from their floors and walls.Tricia Belin, whose two children attend the school, described the rooms as 6-by-4-foot spaces with concrete walls used to isolate special needs students who are disruptive in the classroom. "Closet is pretty much what it is," Belin told FoxNews.com, saying that her children are regularly subjected to "screaming" coming from inside the rooms.  Belin said she complained to the school's principal …

Just Smile...

Getting the energy out...

I know it's surprising but we have LOTS of energy bundles around here. LOL! There is this great fitness trail not far from our home. It's in the woods and is so peaceful and quiet (well, until we get there that is! LOL!) 

The kids do really well with balancing. Even Samuel gave it a try but he needed a little hand holding help. :)

Sean is trying to show them what they are supposed to do at each stop. Kyalynn is really getting into it. :)

Sean was doing push-ups and soon he had a little monkey on his back. 
Then another, and another. Soon he couldn't budge from all the monkeys on his back. 

I love how they are all watching their daddy so intently. That's cuz they want to be just like him someday!

He's so patient with the little's. His arms were sore from having to do this 5 times! LOL!


Two cute little chipmunks! :)
Connor trying his hand at hurdles. He actually cleared them all. Amazing considering last time he couldn't get over one of them without falling. 

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Be still my heart....

Oh my! Is he not too precious?!  This is how I found him one day during quiet time.  He had set himself up on the floor with his little pals and fallen into a sweet sleep.  Awww....

Bustin' a move...

Little man likes to dance. As soon as he hears music he starts a-swayin' and a-shakin'. Here he was really breaking it down. LOL! Nolan has recently been trying his hand at breakdancing. Where he saw that I have no idea but it's really cute. Anyhow, Samuel likes to sit on his butt and try to spin around like he sees Nolan doing. Double cute! :)

When you're married to a builder....

So I didn't show you yet what I got for Christmas. Here it is....

Does my man have skills or what?! That's one of the wonderful perks of being married to a builder. Anything I can imagine he can build. I've been using a plastic storage container for the toys and when Sean asked me what I wanted for Christmas this popped into my head. I was thinking simple but they (Sean and Zachary) took it beyond simple to fabulous! :) 
Here's the boys checking it out.  It didn't take them long at all to give it 2 thumbs up and begin throwing their toys in. Nolan is pointing out the quality of the workmanship and wood to Samuel. LOL!

And this is what my son made for Ericka for Christmas. Isn't it gorgeous?! I had no idea this boy could build a dresser.  Don't worry, now I have lots of ideas of what they can build me for next year. :)

Please Pray...

Last week a dear friends whole world was quickly turned upside down. On Monday night her son went to bed just fine but by Tuesday morning he was in the ER and in critical condition. They finally stabilized him (THANK GOD!) and discovered what the problem was. He has a huge mass at the end of his esophagus that also has grown into his stomach and other surrounding organs. I spoke with her late last week and the doctors decided to wait a couple of days for several reasons. One being he really needed to get to a better stabilized condition and two the surgery required has never been done on someone his age or by any of his doctors! The doctors have spent the time researching and speaking to other doctors to try and figure out how best to go about this surgery. At this point, they are not sure if the mass is cancerous or not.

Although Colton is older, his parents understandably, have wanted to be with him at the hospital. Like any hospital stay, it has caused stress with work schedules, c…

More Wedding Photos...

Here is our whole clan minus the new bride and groom.  Unfortunately, Dereck has his eyes closed and Kyalynn isn't looking but it will do. It's incredibly tough to get a great picture with this many people. LOL! I just love Nolan's expression and stance in this one! He is TOO CUTE!! We were so happy to have a picture that includes our other sons, Dereck and Ed whom we have adopted into our family. One calls us "mom and pop" and the other calls us "madre and padre", Spanish for mom and dad. We love these guys as our own. 

Oh.My.Word....have you ever seen anything cuter?! Don't they clean up good?! :)

My beautiful girls.....sugar and spice.....  :)

Just look at that smile. I'd say he's one happy man! LOL!

Me and my man. The absolute love of my life!

Our Family has grown AGAIN.....

Introducing the  newest member of our family...our daughter Ericka. Isn't she beautiful?!  Well, really, she's been a part of our family since she was 10 years old but now it's "official". LOL!  I hope to post more pictures tomorrow....