Friday, May 31, 2013

Happy Birthday

Today, is my husband's birthday! So, Sam this one is for you...

I feel so incredibly blessed to get to call you mine. I can not believe God gave me such an amazing man of character. You are so wise beyond your years and have the kindest heart I have ever known. You are a great spiritual leader and answer so many of my questions.You are my pillar of strength and my rock during tough situations.You work extremely hard and I admire your determination to do everything exactly right. You have the cutest laugh and it just melts my heart to see your sweet smile. You make my life so much better and I feel very honored to be your wife. I absolutely can not wait to see you as a father someday and I have no doubt you will be an excellent one! You have all the attributes of a great dad already. You take the time to listen and give knowledgeable advice. You are very patient and offer your support where it is needed. You understand the importance of quality time and leading by example. You take your position as the provider seriously and uphold your moral values. You want only the best for your family and love them unconditionally. I see a terrific parent in the making and a wonderful man after God's own heart. I love you and I am so glad God put you on this earth twenty-nine years ago!

I love you dearly,


Monday, May 20, 2013

Praying Hard

The devastation from the recent tornado in Oklahoma hits both Lea and I very hard. When we began our adoption journey God laid on hearts two little boys who live in Oklahoma. We have been praying constantly for that set of siblings this entire time. Lea and I do not know if they are the ones God has in store for our family but we pray for them anyway. We ask God everyday to watch over them and protect them. We are now praying that he honors that especially now. It breaks our hearts to learn of the many deaths that have occurred and especially those who were children. Please keep those two little boys in mind and lift them up in prayer along with all the other families struggling with this tragedy.

In His hands,

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Our Future

Last night, was such a treat to see the kids having so much fun at Awanas playing "water" games. I love watching them get excited and just have a good time. They deserve it! Those children have worked so hard and have just done a terrific job. I could not be more proud of them. This is only our second year of helping with Awanas and I can honestly say we still love it. Oh sure it has its moments like anything really but it is truly a joy to work with such an awesome group of kids. What a blessing it is to help children grow in the faith. Although, majority of the time I think they are actually helping my faith to grow. It makes me ponder on a passage of scripture found in Luke 18:16-17, "But Jesus called the children to him and said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it..."

Sam and I get asked a lot why we do what we do. The most frequent question seems to be "Why do you both help out with so many children's activities or events? You don't have children of your own, enjoy this time!" I know most people when they say this are only joking so I just laugh it off. However, I really want to say, "I am enjoying this time!" I love helping children! Sam loves helping children! Believe me when I say that we are enjoying this time by helping children. We may not have children of our own now and we may never have any, but we enjoy this time with the children that God has placed in our lives. Sam and I understand that, no matter if these kids are ours or not, they are our future. These children will be our future doctors, nurses, teachers, fire fighters, police officers, and might even be our next president. They will also be (I pray) our future Sunday school leaders, elders, greeters, preachers, and missionaries.

Sam and I know God has placed us in the children's ministry for a purpose and we try to view it as our mission field. Some days are harder then others but each moment we are given with a child is an opportunity. It is an opportunity to be an listening ear, a gentle hug, a word of wisdom, or even a seed planter. They may not be our children but that does not mean we do not enjoy each and every one of them. Every single child is unique and special. They each have their own way of memorizing scripture, drawing a certain Bible character, or even playing a strategic game. It is fascinating to watch their little faces as they start to understand what their reading about or catch that smile after they know they have finished a book and can move on. We both agree that helping with children is a calling and that it takes a lot of hard work and effort but we enjoy every moment of it. That is why we do what do. We are preparing for our future.



Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Good Read

I recently purchased our second parenting book and read it in two days straight. I just could not put it down! The funny thing is that it is not "officially" a parenting book but more of an autobiography. However, in my thinking of this family, they have to be doing something right in the parenting department to have so many and the children all be such godly role models. So, I bought it and absolutely loved it!

"The Duggars: 20 and Counting" by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

 Here is your chance to find out the answers to your many questions about the Duggars! Questions like: "Why do you have so many children?", "How do you provide for your family financially?" and, "How are your children so well behaved?" I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories, recipes, and family advice they had to offer. It was great to read their spiritual testimony and understand their personal values. I truly admire the Duggars so much and all that they stand for. I definitely will be using a lot of their ideas in my own parenting. I totally recommend their book and even their TLC show!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Psalm 68:5

Not knowing is probably the hardest part about the adoption process...for us anyway. My wife, Lea, and I are constantly sharing our thoughts, concerns, and fears with one another about the adoption. But most of our thoughts, concerns, and fears are generated towards our potential child(ren)'s well being. We wonder are they in a safe environment? Do they have enough food on their plate? Are they being hugged or kissed? We don't know. All we can do at this point in time is pray that God will be their Safe Haven, their Provider, and their Father for us. For it says in Psalms 68:5 that He will be "a father to the fatherless..." and we trust that He is protecting our little one(s) wherever they may be tonight.

Ecclesiastes 12:13

Fulfilling His Duty,