December 16, 2013

Wishing you a blessed Christmas


" and there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. ..... And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men! "

Wishing you a blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year

Public School Holiday Presentation



This Christmas card reminds me of Fiona’s solo in the Holiday program at school. The song is Peace I Leave with You by Mozart. Fiona did a great job with her solo and her voice was a great fit and sounded so beautiful. I got a little teary-eyed listening to her—Tears of Joy! Kinsley warmed my heart and made me smile during her segment.

I was very impressed with the school’s production. Every child from 4th grade on down to pre-K participated and the gym was jam-packed full of family eager to watch their kids sing, play an instrument, or present. Yes, these kids present on a microphone or they sing solos at certain parts from 4th grade on down to pre-K. They are all amazing!!!

REASONS FOR THE SEASON!

4th Grade–HEROES
A Tribute to the Armed Services
Bring Him Home (Les Misérables)

Piano Solo
Strings–Good King Wenceslas, Seminole Chant/Tribal Lament, Jingle Bells, Nutcracker

1st Grade–MIRACLES
Hanukkah Festival
Hava Nagila (Horah–Jewish Folk Dance)
Candle on the Water

Free Spirit–HELPING OTHERS/GIVING
You Can Help

3rd Grade–LIFE
Child of the Universe
Don't Worry, Be Happy

Free Spirit–LAUGHTER
Away from the Mistletoe

2nd Grade–MUSIC
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas
How Can I Keep from Singing?
Kinsley's segment warmed my heart! :)

Free Spirit–PEACE
Peace I Leave with You (Mozart)
Fiona's solo was beautiful! :)

Kindergarten–SNOW
The Little Snowflakes
Frosty Hand Jive

ECSE/Pre-K–FAMILY
We Are a Family
Turkey Dinner

Free Spirit–DREAMS
The Nutcracker...In About Three Minutes (Tchaikovsky)

FINALE–LOVE
Put a Little Love in Your Heart/Love Train
School Song

May Your Birthday Bring You Joy


May your birthday bring you
so much joy 
that your celebration
makes heaven
a little happier. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY


Love to Fiona from Great Aunt B.

December 10, 2013

10 On Tues: 8 is Great Part 2











It’s definitely great to be eight on Thanksgiving! Kinsley was a little worried about her birthday falling on Thanksgiving. We celebrated at Grandma and Grandpa’s new house with all the cousins. There was lots of good food to eat and yummy deserts galore! At the end of the day Kinsley said it was the best birthday ever!! xxoo

10 On Tues: 8 is Great Part 1












Kinsley had a lot of fun with her friends for her birthday. Don and I took cupcakes to her school and she passed them out to everyone in the class as well as the front office. She was excited to take one to Fiona’s teacher, too.

On the weekend before her birthday she had her class party at the community center. I can’t get over how affordable it is to rent out one of those rooms for one hour. It was great! Afterward, all the girls swam for two hours. It was only $1.00 per child to swim all afternoon.

I think Kinsley had a great birthday with her friends. Fiona had fun, too!!

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all the joy and happiness
this Christmas season brings

Everything Merry and Bright


Wishing you everything 
merry and bright
through Christmas
and the coming year.

Wishing You a Beautiful Season


With very best wishes
for the holidays
and new year.

December 7, 2013

Crazy, Busy, Good

I’m not sure if you guys realize this or not but my life is crazy right now. I would say my life is crazy busy good. The best part about my life these days is I’m not waiting for the sky to fall. Isn’t that awesome? It’s the holiday season, we have so much to do and I’m not even worried about it like I would have been three years ago.

My kids have been busy and WE have been busy as a family. Ten weeks ago I wondered how we would get through our fostering classes. Today I look back and think to myself, “We did it!” We did it as a family, too. Every Monday Don would get off work at five and we’d hit the road. It’s about a thirty minute drive to get to class because class wasn’t in our town. We set the kids up in the back of the room with their video player, homework, games, and anything else they wanted to bring to occupy their time. Class ended at 9 pm and we would hit the road to come home and up to bed the kids would go. Let me tell you—they did a GREAT job! Every Monday for nine weeks we were able to participate in our class and our kids were busy at their table in the area being busy. Well, and what kid doesn’t like to watch movies with their headphones on a school night?

I have to tell you—I won’t be blogging about fostering specifics. But, if you ever have questions about how fostering works please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment or send me an e-mail. Remember, I myself am just a beginner and have a lot to learn. We are never ever really done learning in this life. Learning new things is on-going, not something you can put into a box. I believe in sharing experiences, strengths, and hope in a way that doesn’t cause division. So, I hope I can be real with you if you have questions.

One day I will tell you what brought us to this place. I believe God called us to do this and what’s even sweeter is my husband has been leading the way in this area of our lives. The icing on the cake is that our girls are open to sharing us with other kids, too. We’ve been talking to the kids and praying about this for over two years. If the kids weren’t on board we would not be doing it. It’s amazing what can happen when a plan comes together.

I’ve had an interesting reaction from quite a few people in various circles regarding our decision to foster. Most people are very uplifting and positive about it and have given us a word of encouragement. Honestly, some people have said things about it that have left me gaping and I have to seriously consider the source and just realize these people are extremely limited in their thinking. They live in a perfect box with a pretty bow on top and cannot understand or comprehend having compassion or mercy for people who are different from them. That is how I see it, for the moment. Maybe I will change my mind later or maybe I am just willing to acknowledge what it is that I see.

One individual said to me, “Don’t these kids come from troubled homes? Don’t they have a lot of problems?” Uh, yeah—that’s the whole point of fostering. My Aunt who fostered for many years has been mentoring me. She told me there would be naysayers. When I asked her how she handled the negativity she told me there is plenty of love to go around. She’s right! There IS plenty of love to go around and kids deserve to be raised in families surrounded with that love.

God places the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6)

December 4, 2013

Put the "Christ" Back in Christians


Theological debates gone wrong, legalism/man-made rules within churches all over the world, misunderstood bible doctrine turned upside down are a few things that really irk me. Christianity is not about religion. It’s about a relationship.

December 3, 2013

The Radiance of a Hope


May the God of Hope Fill You 
With All Joy and Peace. 
Romans 15:13 

The birth of Jesus Christ is the
radiance of a hope that runs from the 
beginning of time to all eternity.

Thank You, Billy Graham and Franklin Graham! :) 

Please pray for the ministry of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association 
and for the many people God has called to Himself this year 
across our  nation and around the world. 

A Home Within Our Hearts


May the Lord of heaven 
grant you all the blessings
of Christmas 
in your home 
and in your heart 
now and forever. 

"The Kingdom of God is near you." 
Luke 10:9 (NIV) 

1st Christmas Card of the Season! :)