Monday, April 27, 2009

My ADORABLE dancing rock climbers!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

FAMILY FREAKS!!

I am excited about the series our church is about to start called Family Freaks. This promo made me laugh so I had to share it! If you are in the area and don't have a church home come visit us. :0) Angel

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Family Dedication

Last Sunday we had a family dedication at our church.

We had not had the opportunity to dedicate Zoe or Kaiya.

It always felt kinda awkward to sign Zoe up for BABY dedication.
Well, The Sanctuary Fellowship doesn't do baby dedication since they- 1. are very into fostering and adoption 2. think you should be dedicating your family and not just your kiddo.
I had never even considered that it could be done differently.
It meant so much to feel like my kids weren't excluded from a special tradition because they weren't babies.
What a special moment for all of us.
Isn't it weird how little things like that can mean so much?
Even cooler was the fact that my friend who is adopting kiddos as well was there too so we weren't even the only adoptive family.
I love my church.
It's nice that who we are just feels normal there.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What Kaiya Has Learned.

Kaiya has been home 10 months now. I am amazed by what she has learned already. Here we are working on some of her home school. Just love this kiddo. She is adorable and I can't imagine our family without her.



Spring





Monday, April 20, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009

Just a Swingin'





Tuesday, April 14, 2009

DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS!

THE FOLLOWING IS MY OPINION! I love my readers and I want to you to know I am not trying to cause a battle here. This blog is just a record of my family, what is going on in our lives and what WE believe. It is also a way to let people know about things I think are important. I realize not everyone is going to agree with it and many times I read your blogs with your opinions and may or may not agree. I am cool with that. That's what blogs are about-who we are. It doesn't mean we don't have common ground elsewhere. :0)



I 100% despise what I perceive as a socialist movement that I see happening in our country but I completely respect those of you who disagree with me and will NOT be rude to you when you state your personal beliefs on YOUR blog. Could we go with that compromise?



I could not be more grateful to live in the sovereign state of Texas today! Our policies are working just fine and we are NOT going to be suckered into accepting government money with strings attached that change the fabric of how America has worked. We may say ya'll but we AIN'T so stupid after all. :0) God bless Texas! FYI- Texas has a booming economy and great inexpensive housing. For as long as we can hold off destruction from the government you are all welcome-as long as you don't try to turn our state to the dark side.


Monday, April 13, 2009

WE CAN HELP HANNA TODAY!


Last year I went to Africa and met a lady that changed my perspective on life. I think of her as the Mother Theresa of Ethiopia. I truly love this woman. The day I met her and saw her need and the vision God had given her I decided I WOULD find her help. Through God's amazing timing and intervention Red Letters Campaign has partnered with Children's Hopechest to help this precious woman. Children's Hopechest is currently looking for a large sponsor church for her children and helping as they can.


While she waits though we can send her some extra money to let her know we are behind her and what she is doing to change Ethiopia. Tom Davis leaves Thursday to go to Ethiopia so he has to have the money QUICKLY. He is going to visit her and give her all the cash we can raise.


This is HOW Hanna survives and feeds all these children. She WAITS for God to provide through people like you and me who have SO MUCH! Can you spare a few bucks? To give click here and comment that this is for Hanna in Ethiopia!! Please feel free to share this video or info in whatever way you would like. Let's get some kids taken care of ASAP!! To learn more about why I love Hanna please watch the video below. To read more about how Hanna helped me become "gloriously ruined" you can click here. :0) Love, Angel



Sunday, April 12, 2009

The girl has talent...

that's all there is to it! :0) Angel

HAPPY EASTER!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Going Through The Motions

This Easter I hope we will remember the kind of God we serve. He is not a half hearted weak God. He is a God who gives everything because we are His. I hope more than anything that in the midst of our fun egg hunts and cute bunnies we will pause. I pray we all take another step forward to living and dying like Christ.



Colossians 2:13-15 (The Message)
11-15Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It's not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. No, you're already in—insiders—not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin. If it's an initiation ritual you're after, you've already been through it by submitting to baptism. Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ's cross. He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.


WOW!! THIS is the gift we are given. What kind of God do we truly believe in? What does our life reflect? If I believe that Christ died for me then the old me is DEAD! I am alive to be who God has called me to be. I want nothing more than to live my life in such a way that people see and know God more deeply. Not because I have to or feel I need to earn God's love. No... It was given to me long ago. Who I am and who I want to be is because my heart is changed. My heart is ever changing. How can I truly know a God who gave me everything and not desire to give Him everything in return. If my heart is not bent toward Him, growing and changing day by day, do I really even know Him at all? Never again will it be enough to simply go through the motions.

I wish you an extraordinary Easter... Love, Angel





Thursday, April 09, 2009

Risking It All...

All of us take risks in our lives, some are big and some are so small I doubt if we even realize we are taking them.

We might risk lending a hand to a stranger not knowing if it will be appreciated or offend them… We might send our money to a ‘cause’ and not know if it ever got into the right hands.

But we know that each time we ‘step out there’ God knows too and it is always worth the risk if your heart was in the right place.


Always.


Life in general is a risk- because if we fail- if we fall, there will be pain. And sometimes the fear of that pain keeps us stranded- afraid to move. But as I look back over my life and all of the risks we have taken- some ended up working out and some ended us up in a place we never wanted to be… Yet through it all God was there by our side, holding us through it, knowing that we knew He was always worth the risk.



God doesn’t always promise us a happy ending, but He promises that He will never leave us. And when we are finally able to stand again we can look back and see how we have grown and changed and slowly, ever so slowly we begin to heal…


One of my dearest friends wrote the segment above. It is such a deep truth that so few of us even want to understand. It's a truth I fought for years. It's a truth I still struggle to embrace.


We want God to be a safety net- He's not.
We want God to make sense to us- He doesn't.
We want a life serving God to be easy- it isn't...


God is so much more than what we want Him to be in our frailness.

A God we would create would never suffice. When we live the way God truly calls us to live I can GUARANTEE it will NOT be comfortable.

If you are too comfortable in your life then I would beg you to take a second look... God calls us to live beyond ourselves in a way that the world deems crazy.

When I start getting the "people-think-I'm-crazy" vibe I figure I am probably on the right track.

What we want to hear is that we will take the big risk for God and it will all end with a "happily ever after." Maybe it will. Maybe it won't. The trick is knowing deep in our souls that whatever the outcome- it is ok.



Our lives just aren't about us anymore. If we are truly Christians then our lives are about becoming like Christ-about bringing glory to God. That doesn't always involve our comfort. The Christian life brings profound joy, peace beyond understanding, love beyond our humanness, deep relationship...but it does not bring a road map or a warranty or always a happy ending.



God does not promise a comfortable road but He promises that as we walk it we will never be alone. Though we may not understand, may never get it..though we may feel powerless and incapable...we are never alone. We are always immeasurably loved and always held.




Do princesses climb trees?






Tuesday, April 07, 2009