Sunday, July 2, 2017

July Birthdays, Goofy Kids, and SIX DAYS!!!!

Today (with help from a family member) we were able to celebrate our July birthdays at Olive Garden.

Three MAJOR blessings in our family were born in July.

Elizabeth is 22 this month!  She's the same age I was when I got married.
Jael is nine years old.  Impossible!!!
Benjamin is...wait for it....FOURTEEN!!!!! THAT is unbelievable!!!!


THESE THREE

Of course even the babies joined in with the goofiness.
This picture cracked me up.

and THESE THREE

Why do all three involve sticking out tongues???


Then there were presents of course!!!

Our beautiful daughter-in-love Elizabeth



Jael LOVED to get a Lego Elves book AND a Hello Kitty backpack!



Ben loved everything he was gifted and signed his
version of thank you grandma!!!


 Then there was cake!


I loved Ben's smile and that Jael randomly reached over to 
gently touch the head of her brother!



Finally, of course there was more sweetness and goofiness.

Thomas LOVES his granddaughters!

They got a hold of my camera.

Did I mention that Thomas loves his granddaughters?

Anna looks SO serious and Alessandra so pleased with herself.  SO CUTE!


Elizabeth and I cracked up at this picture.  THE LOOK SHE'S GIVING THE CAMERA!!!! 
Bwhahahahahahaha!!!!

I look like flowers are growing out of the top of my head!!!

Just thought this was sweet of grandpa
having a conversation with Isabella

Does she not look like she's
about to do something to get in trouble??? 
(chuckle)

Look at those eyes!

So adorable!

Grandma and Gabe we snuggling and singing 
part of the time.

It was a great (and laughter filled) time before we travel across the world a week from today. 

Six VERY full days until we get on our flight!!!

 THERE.IS.SO.MUCH.TO.DO.

This morning our Church called us forward  (Amy and I) and the elders (and Church) prayed over our families and us.  A precious young woman (Micah) was called forward as well as she goes on a mission to Tanzania Thursday (prayers appreciated)!

I keep on feeling like I'm going to wake up and someone will tell me 
we will have to wait longer.

WE ARE ALMOST THERE!!!!
As you know by now (happy dance) we are fully funded!!!!  GOD IS GOOD!!! Thank you all for allowing God to use you and getting us to this point!!!

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If you are one of the people asking about our needs for the girls right now, here is the link to our registry!!! :-) 



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PRAYER REQUESTS: (They are now all immanent...smile)

1. THAT GOD IS GLORIFIED IN EVERY STEP OF THIS ADOPTION.

2.  I feel a deep need to have everyone join us in prayer for the attachment of our girls.  Please pray they have NO attachment issues and attach to us as a family very quickly.  We pray that GRACE and HOPE have NO issues with attachment...NONE (that God prepares them as well).

. 3. For Grace and Hope, that they are healthy, loved on, and protected. Please pray that they dream of us and attach quicker than ANYONE could imagine.

4. PLEASE pray protection against ALL of satan's schemes.  He's been messing with our family and with Amy and her family.  PLEASE pray a strong concrete, cement, gold, silver (smile) wall between our lives and his schemes.

5.  That we have "more than enough" for this trip.  Please pray all trip plans to land within our budget.  GOD IS GOOD! We have confidence our trip will, but prayers do NOT hurt!

6. Please pray for Thomas and I's anxiety/stress.  Life is keeping us going a million miles an hour and peace that passes understanding would be very very welcome!  (Prayers for physical strength as well for both of us)

7. PLEASE PRAY THERE ARE NO PAPERWORK ISSUES IN COUNTRY AND EVERYTHING GOES FLAWLESSLY.  This is my current worry...pffttt.

8. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe....not even a nauseous stomach which commonly happens at least once.

 9. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.

10. That our families are safe while we are gone and that it is a peaceful (and safe) time for them.

11. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  That his pain is minimal.

12. Please pray for the Stewart family as they mourn the loss of their father, grandfather, and great grandfather, uncle, brother, and loved one.

TRAVEL SPECIFIC PRAYER

*Please pray that travel is uneventful and NO LUGGAGE/items are lost/stolen.

*Please pray we make the right choices in our last few travel decisions.

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