Saturday, April 27, 2013

And then there were three

In the last two weeks our world has been completely turned upside down in an insane but incredible way. We are fostering two kids, one is two months younger than Ernie Brooks and the brother is not quite two. Are we crazy, you ask? It took awhile but I think we have come to the conclusion that no, we aren't crazy, and God has carried us through each day.

Can I just say though, every morning all three kids start their day with a major poop. And more often than I want its the kind where you look at your hand and think,  wait is the poop soaking through the WIPE? I think I have to use the sentence "hold on, mommy needs to wash her hands" more than anything throughout the day. Then there's the ever flowing river from all three noses. I mean, really, there's never a dull moment. Our toddler is a never ending eating machine, good for him right? Seriously, we have to ask him to just get down from the table because, no you may not have a fourth helping of spaghetti, your stomach will pop!

I have made it by slowly making my way through and living off of the book of Ephesians, because there I am reminded of patience, and gentleness. I'm reminded to be an imitator of God and to walk in love because of Christ's love towards me. I'm reminded that God gives me the power for good works he's called me to and all I have to do is walk in them. And boy, do we love these kids.

It's such an honor to care for these kids. I'm so thankful we get to smother them with love. And its Saturday, daddy is time all together is the best.

Off to fold laundry ya'll.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Saturdays With Spurgeon

Hope this is sweet to your soul, it was to mine.

Expect Trials To Multiply. Genesis 22:1
God does not put heavy burdens on weak shoulders. God educates and tests our faith by trials that increase in proportion to our faith. God expects us to do adult work and endure adult afflictions only after we have reached a mature status in Christ Jesus. Therefore, beloved, expect your trials to multiply as you proceed toward heaven.
    Do not think that as you grow in grace that your path will become smoother and sky calmer and clearer. Quite the contrary. As God gives you greater skill as a soldier of the cross, He will send you on more difficult missions. As He more fully equips your ship to sail in storms, He will send you on longer voyages to more boisterous seas, so that you may honor him and increase in holy confidence.
    You would think that in Abraham's old age-after he had come to the land of Beulah, after the birth of Isaac, and especially after the expulsion of Ishmael-he would have had time to rest. But "it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham" (Genesis 22:1). Let Abraham's story warn us to never rest from trials this side of the grave.
    The trumpet still plays the notes of war. You cannot sit down and put the victory wreath on your head. You do not have a crown. You still must wear the helmet and carry the sword. You must watch, pray, and fight. Expect your last battle to be the most difficult, for the enemy's fiercest charge is reserved for the last day.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

9 and 10 Months

This boy is a happy kid. So happy sometimes that he screams at the top of his lungs to express his joy. 
No crawling yet, but he's so curious about walking. His legs are strong and likes to take steps if we help him and he can push a walking toy for a couple steps. 
He got his first hair cut last month, you can see the sad tears in that picture! But his hair grows like a weed, goodness.
Oatmeal is his favorite food right now, with a little cinnamon:)
His favorite book is "Me with You", a really cute book about a daddy bear with his cub. He giggles when I turn the pages.
"Aw, what do you think of him turning a year soon?" someone asked. I can't even handle it yet (weep), so don't ask.