Thursday, November 24, 2016

Not the Usual Thanksgiving Post

Saturday was a life changer for us.  Yet, when writing about this, I wanted to share a little deeper perspective.

I see my friends (okay, not many, I recognize at 45 not many of my friends are grandparents) talking about having a new grandchild.  I'm happy for them, but I didn't realize the reality of what it means.... what happened to get to this place.  (Okay, I know WHAT happened, but the reality of the walk to this point.)

Picture your child (seriously, think about it) as they say, "Mom/Dad, I'm having a baby."  

You see them slowly getting bigger. Early morning calls are fielded, asking if something is "normal".  Imagine glancing at them and noticing their belly is moving...your daughter's belly.  You may see a little elbow crossing their entire stomach.

This is your little girl.

She ran around at two holding with her friend Matthew, tripping and falling every three steps (only when she was growing).  Her daddy baptized her at ten years old.  At fifteen she liked a boy, but chose not to date...to be very deliberate about her dating...to date with intent.

Then she met him.  He rocked her whole world.  They married...

Look at your child and imagine that.

Saturday I (and Rocio...Ivan's mom) held my daughters hand, only occasionally to spell her husband (who was a pillar of strength and love for our daughter).


  We watched her fight painful contractions, breathing through them.


My mommy heart wanted to take away this pain.  She turned down pain medication again and again.  It wasn't until about hour thirteen, that the labor pains increased to unbearable.

Photo credit needs to go to Nathan here.  I love the above picture.

I watched my daughter's body shake, as if in shock.  They had to give her pain medication just to give her an epidural (for the shaking to stop).

She was beautiful...and it was painful to watch.  She was so brave.  Rocio and I stayed with them, honored and privileged to be a part of this.

After almost 21 hours, the time came and a little life was born out of two families becoming one.  It wasn't just a grandchild...it was life.  It was time for us to see a miracle from God.  From two people coming together....

Our grandchild is a part of us too.

See...hear...your child's pain.

Picture that moment they become a mom or dad.

It's more than I can describe on a blog.

It's beauty...a continuing...and a moment that is holy.

This is our time of Thanksgiving.

Introducing Isabella Grace

A time where our children became parents.


Everything we have is God's.  HE deserves all praise and honor.

Introducing our little gift of God that has stolen hearts of our family and extended family.

Guita ~ Ivan's Mom Rocio

Uncle Elijah (Ivan's brother)

Aunt Noely (Ivan's Sister)

Aunt Elaina (Ivan's Sister)

Uncle Diego (Ivan's brother)

Great Grandma (My mom)

Great Uncle Steve (My Brother)

GRANDPA (My hubby)

GRANDMA-----ME! ME! ME! ME! ME!!!!!

Uncle Tom (our oldest...expecting soon)

Aunt Elizabeth (our daughter-in-law...expecting soon)

Aunt Anna/ALMOST 16 :-)

Uncle Max/14

Uncle Ben/13/ This picture really gets to me.  I will 
write more about that later.

Aunt Bekah/10

Aunt Jael/8

Aunt Rachel/7

Uncle Gabriel/7

Uncle Timothy/4

Thankful does not seem a big enough word for what we are all feeling right now.  
God is so good.

From this birth of Sarah in 1996
(Ivan's picture will be added soon)....
to this one.



Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalm 100:4

GOD IS GOOD.

JOIN US IN THANKSGIVING!!!!

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Immanent Prayer Request:   
*Please pray for Sarah and her healing. She had a traumatic delivery (not typical).  Please also pray for the continued health of our new granddaughter


Our Prayer Requests:
*Please pray for our continued adoption journey.  Please pray protection over our family and the ever expanding number of children (here and across the world).  The master of lies loves to mess with anyone trying to follow God.
*Please pray for a financial way.  Continue funds for the adoption and many unusual expenses that happen...some only every five years.  They just happen to have happened all at once during back to back adoptions.  We are taking a deep breath and trusting God. 
*Please pray for our beautiful pregnant daughter-in-love, Elizabeth and one precious extended family member (Lexi) who is expecting.   Please pray for both of the babies and their health...and health of the mommies.
*Please pray we GLORIFY GOD in ALL THINGS.  This is the most important. 

Our Friends:
*Please pray for an extended family member's mother Laura.  She has cancer and it isn't good.
*PLEASE pray for a young teen named Alyssa.  She has brain cancer and has had many brain surgeries at this point.  They just found cancer at the base of her spine.  PLEASE pray for healing.  (She is the daughter of two friends from college.)  Please also pray for her family.  She is on our heart constantly.
*Please pray for my husband's friend at work.  He lost his mother-in-law two weeks ago. (The Windom family)
*Please pray for my friend Elizabeth, as she they have found cancer on her foot.  Please also pray for insurance to approve this quickly!
*Please pray for K and G.  They have just lost their precious baby.


PRAISE:
*God has answered our prayers and October 31st we were able to complete another big step in our adoption.
*God has answered our prayers for the next funds due for the adoption (due within two weeks)
*God answered the prayers for the deposit on Jael's wheelchair.  It left me speechless and in tears.  
*Our last paper came in for the adoption!
*Sarah gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby!
*Arrangements (housing and transportation) have been made for our trip to PA.!!!



Saturday, November 19, 2016

Right Now, Fall Retreat, and a Showering Isabella

I wrote this about a week ago.  

Right now I sit in labor and delivery with our precious Sarah.  So far it's been over ten hours and she's exhausted.  We appreciate prayers for Sarah and Isabella and their health.   We ask that you pray for a quick, easy, and healthy delivery blessed by God.  Thank you guys!

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This last weekend was a busy one for our family.  Not only are we on official "baby watch" waiting for Isabella to arrive, but two of our teens went to their Fall Retreat with the Youth Group.

Anna is in the second row from the bottom in the gray vest.
Max is in the top row (not on the rails) all the 
way to the right with the hat on. The rest of the
kids and adults we just love and ARE our family...
our village.

On Sunday friends and family gathered together to celebrate baby Isabella.  


There are so many people that made this shower happen.  Some made things, bought things, ordered things, and work work worked.  (I have to give a shout out to Sarah's mother-in-love Rocio.  She is a gift from God and we are honored to call her family!  She went above and beyond.)

Everything on this table was MADE 
by those that love baby Isabella.


Sarah glowed of course.

The stunning cake was made by a friend of Rocio.
Thank you Pearl for making the lovely wrap which 
Sarah is wearing.

All these amazing young couples are
expecting their first babies in the next months.




Sarah and Ivan received so much for Isabella. 
 (My mom is pictured with them above.)




AND THEN THEIR WERE THE GAMES...


The games we played were...ummmm...interesting.

Ya, those are nine different kinds of chocolate bars
melted into diapers.  The game was guessing which kind of
chocolate was in each diaper.

AND THEN THERE WAS THIS ONE....
In this game,  girls are feeding the blindfolded men baby food...and they had to
guess the eight flavors.  
Ham with gravy
Prunes
Mango
Chicken with gravy
Peas
Etc.


I only got a few pictures because I was laughing too hard.  I think in the
above picture Ivan had just eaten Ham with gravy.
.  
My husband actually won. 
 I guarantee it's just experience.




So after a long weekend of celebrating, we are laying at the couch, looking at the 
ceiling.  We hope your weekend was as good as ours!!!!

May God bless you friends!!!!

The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
 the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn his face toward you

    and give you peace.
Number 6:24-26


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

You May Be the Only One (Marriage)

When a new couple goes into marriage you want to share with them how not only to avoid pitfalls, but to begin a path that will be different that anyone else...solid...stronger.

I wanted to share a pivotal moment in our marriage....one thing that changed things for us...permanently.

A few years back I started focusing on prayer in my personal life.  I had read the book "The Circle Maker" and though didn't see everything the same way as the author, I stood convicted that my prayer life needed greater dedication.

As I spent hours talking with a friend of mine, she shared memories of her marriage...of emotional abuse and unfaithfulness.  She had read, since her divorce, a book called "The Power of a  Praying Wife".

Then she said something that kicked me in the gut.  She said she wished she had read this while she was still married.

The importance was glaring.  As I immediately read through this book, something hit me.  No one else may be praying for my spouse but me.

Think about that.  I'm assuming you have seen the power of prayer and just how vitally important prayer cover is.

No one else may be praying for your spouse but you.

Deep breath...

Does the weight of the responsibility hit you like it does me?

Our casual prayers...or prayers in times of trouble...those just aren't enough.

We are in a battle ground for our spouse.

Those two books convicted me, the way I should have been convicted by the Bible years before.  The Bible gave me the importance of prayer, but I hadn't seen just how important.

I created a prayer journal with each member of our family in it.  Each time I told a friend I would pray for them, I would write it down.

What if we were the only one praying, petitioning for our spouse (and family)?

Thomas has a pretty big section of my prayer journal.  He has big responsibilities and huge things on his shoulders.  In some areas of my journal I may have a sentence from the book above.  In some places I have heart felts prayers and wishes for my other half.  In some place I've photocopied a prayer I thought was right on the mark.

What other guarantee do I have that anyone else prayed for him today? Tonight?

It makes a difference.

Our oldest daughter felt the difference.  It created a difference in me in not only my relationship with God, but with my husband as well.  I saw him differently.  I saw him for what he does for our family.  Not only that, but I saw God answering...some over time...some immediately...and some by changing me.

Friends, praying for our spouse needs to be top priority and  is an important and weighty responsibility.  It is not to be taken lightly.  It cannot be taken casually.  We are warring for our spouse in prayer.  We are loving them in prayer.

If you want books that may help you on your way to a deeper prayer life, both "The Circle Maker" and "The Power of a Praying Wife" are great starts.  There is also a book called "The Power of a Praying Husband".  (I have not read the last one.)

I share this hoping even one person is convicted...even just one can see a responsibility that WILL change your life and perspective. I may not be able to see the future, but I know what doing this one thing will do and how it will change your life.

May your prayer life blossom friends with a beauty you may never have known is possible.

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength  he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,  far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come." Ephesians 1:17-21

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Immanent Prayer Request:   
*Sarah is considered in early labor.  It can last a day or weeks (though we expect it won't be that long).  PLEASE pray for her health and that of baby Isabella.  There were
a few concerns this week and we just ask for continued prayers.  We ask that IF it be God's will, Isabella comes soon (and very healthy).
*Can you please pray for discernment for this trip to PA  in about five weeks ($500-$700 or whatever the exact amount God knows we need)?  Could you pray for direction, if we are to
go to an organization for help?  Thank you!
*Please pray for our last adoption paper to come in now. :-)

Our Prayer Requests:
*Please pray for our continued adoption journey.  Please pray protection over our family and the ever expanding number of children (here and across the world).  The master of lies loves to mess with anyone trying to follow God.
*Please pray for a financial way.  Continue funds for the adoption and many unusual expenses that happen...some only every five years.  They just happen to have happened all at once during back to back adoptions.  We are taking a deep breath and trusting God. 
*Please pray for our beautiful pregnant daughters  (one is a daughter-in-love, but I love her like one) and one precious extended family member who is expecting.  Our daughter Sarah is due any day and they have a lot of things they are trying to figure out. Please pray for discernment, direction, and blessing for Sarah and Ivan.   Please pray for all three of the babies and their health...and health of the mommies.
*Please pray we GLORIFY GOD in ALL THINGS.  This is the most important. 

Our Friends:
*Please pray for an extended family member's mother Laura.  She has cancer and it isn't good.
*PLEASE pray for a young teen named Alyssa.  She has brain cancer and has had many brain surgeries at this point.  They just found cancer at the base of her spine.  PLEASE pray for healing.  (She is the daughter of two friends from college.)  Please also pray for her family.
*Please pray for my husband's friend at work.  He lost his mother-in-law two weeks ago. (The Windom family)
*Please pray for my friend Elizabeth, as she they have found cancer on her foot.  Please also pray for insurance to approve this quickly!
*Please pray for K and G.  They have just lost their precious baby.

PRAISE:
*God has answered our prayers and October 31st we were able to complete another big step in our adoption.
*God has answered our prayers for the next funds due for the adoption (due within two weeks)
*God answered the prayers for the deposit on Jael's wheelchair.  It left me speechless and in tears.  

Know if I'm praying for you, I have not forgotten.  If I don't have your permission to put it here I won't in order to make sure it is only shared if you would like us to.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Gift of Friends and One Daughter

Sometimes you meet someone in life that you just can't begin to thank God enough for.  

Several years ago, while in the process of adopting Jonathan, a beautiful woman emailed me.  She had been praying for our son before we ever knew of him....and as we fought to bring him home.

When Jonathan died, she mourned with us and gave me words of comfort.  Her family and Church stood beside us as we stepped forward to Benjamin and they've walked with us ever since.

Today we were given a gift of meeting in real life a "heart friend" (Rebekah) and her amazing family.


 I cannot tell you how much it meant to us.  I can't stop smiling at this beautiful unexpected gift.

Rebekah, you and your family have blessed us beyond belief.  Please all give each other hugs from us!!!!

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As the day continued our plans shifted a bit and we ended up visiting Sarah at work.  We are stalking her just a bit, like maybe one day when we are looking at her the baby will just magically appear.

Today she worked through contractions.



Today we celebrated the gift of friends and the gift of little bitty ones waiting to join our family.

Again, please keep Sarah in your prayers (and Isabella).  Please, if God wills, pray Isabella comes healthy and strong (both mother and daughter actually) sooner rather than later (smile).

Please also pray for our final adoption paper to present itself VERY early this week.  THANK YOU!!!!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Two, One, Zero

Two teens at a Fall Retreat with the youth group.

One VERY pregnant (37 weeks) daughter whose contractions come and go....and whose Daddy loves to feel his granddaughter "talking" to him.



Zero energy and a very happy and tired Grandma.

Please keep Sarah in your prayers as her time comes near.  Please pray, if God wills, she doesn't have to wait much longer.  She's very very tired at this point (smile).  Thank you friends!!!

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