Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2 Years Ago Today In a Room Across The World They Handed Me a Princess and Said She Was Mine.....

2 years ago today I was in Hangzhou, China. I paced the room. My heart was fluttery. My momma had the camera and video camera poised for action. This was the day they would hand me my little girl. After all the paperwork, the dreaming, the waiting, the flights.... just like that they would put her in my arms. I could hardly stand myself and my excitement. All I had were a few little pictures and a short video. They brought her in and as I looked at her I realized this was a stranger I loved more than life itself. It was truly one of the most amazing moments of my life. My entire universe shifted that day in the most amazing way...

She is beyond wonderful! I am in love with this delicate little lady bug. I have so many words but I will save those for later. I don't want to make you wait. Without further ado Kaiya Rain Zhen...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

12 Years Married To My Dream Guy!

Today is 12 years with Russ. I love this guy SO MUCH!! I love him a million times more than I ever knew I could. I thank God continually for our marriage. I love looking back at when we got married. We were BABIES!!!! I have grown up with Russ and I wouldn't change a THING! I can only pray for my girls that their marriages are as happy and blessed as ours. I pray we are a good example of that. Happy Anniversary Russ. I adore you doesn't begin to say it.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


I've been thinking about seasons. Seasons... it's how God chose to formulate life. It's how He saw things would work the best. Things never stay the same yet there is nothing new under the sun.

I think we have seasons of life as well. I think in my younger days I have misunderstood that things are supposed to work this way. I think many times I fought this. I think in the past I have struggled to stay in SUMMER all the time! I have had the feeling that I should always be at 100%... always working.... always fighting... always ready to go.

Turns out that's an American ideal and not God's.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Ecclesiastes 3
A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Summer... There are seasons where the sun seems to always shine! I seem to have endless energy for whatever God has called me to do. Whether it's adoption, missions, homeschooling or some new adventure I feel nothing can stop me. I can fit more into a day. I'm running in high gear and loving every minute of it.

Spring.... There are seasons where I am growing in leaps in bounds. Where God whispers to me and I have revelations I never knew I could. In these times most of my energy seems to be involved in this growth. There is lots of reading, sermons, bible study and prayer involved.

Winter... There are seasons when I am dying inside. When all around I see hurt and pain and death. In these seasons I discover ugliness about myself that I can't stand. In these seasons I am dying inside- becoming a new thing altogether. In these seasons I curl up and hide... resting... recovering... waiting for the healing... watching for something I can't give myself- the miracle of life.

Autumn.... There is a season where the brilliance of what God is doing in me is evident. I look all around me and I see blessings beyond imagination. The colors and bounty of life is so brilliant it's as if God is showing off. He is glorified in the harvest of my life. In this season I see God so clearly in my life that it literally takes my breath away and tears prick my eyes. I gather in my blessings, my harvest and thank Him every single day.

It is Fall in my life right now. I relish the cool, crisp comfort of life knowing that snow may come soon but spring is on the way... the sun will shine... and once again God will bring a harvest.

What season are you in right now? Is there a season you are tempted to stay in all the time? Much Love, Angel

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Feeling adventurous

I just decided to convert our garage into a temporary play room. We aren't gonna do anything drastic. Just make it more bright, kid friendly and put all the toys in there. I've wanted to do this for several years. I guess I finally wore poor Russ down. Either that or he's tired of all the toys. ;o) Hee hee.... poor guy.

A lot of the rental villas in Florida do this and I've always loved it. While the kids are little it'll be toys and as they get older maybe it'll switch to pool tables and Foosball. Have any of you tried this???

We are leaning toward staining the cement, and going with red walls..... hmmm... should be exciting! Wish me luck!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Waiting for "Superman"

I can't wait to see this movie! It honestly brought tears to my eyes watching the trailer. Yeah... I'm a goof ball who cares an extra dose about what kids are learning or not learning as the case may be. :o) Are you going to go see it?? Angel

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Busy, busy, busy... it gets on my nerves...

I REALLY don't like the crazy busy nature of our culture. I don't like it.... at all. I can't tell you for sure if that's just my personality, if I'm weird or it's not how things are supposed to be. All I can tell you is that so many times it seems like we are SO busy with games, meetings, jobs, practices, ministries and BLAH BLAH BLAH that loving our children- our spouses is hard to fit in. I'm a rebel in the "I am refusing to be so busy I can't love people kind of way." At least I'm trying to resist it. It's easy to get sucked into the busy culture. I don't WANT IT! Blech!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Colorado With The Love Of My Life!

Last week Russ and I had the whole week with no kids! We had originally decided to do a "Staycation" at home to watch the budget. BUUUT!!!! Russ said he just wished we could get some nature time. SO I checked on and found a 4 1/2 star hotel in Snowmass, CO for $75 a NIGHT!! Are you KIDDING me??? Of course we were IN!

So we loaded up the car and headed out. We spent the first night in the DFW area with our friends Holly and Jamie. It is always a JOY to be with them.

A super huge bonus of the trip was that we got to spend some quality time with Sam and Wendi too. They moved to Colorado recently and it was the first time we've gotten to visit. They even got to get the same deal on Hotwire and stay a night in Snowmass.

Which meant the guys could hike and be goofy and Wendi and I could catch up with no screaming children in the background. ;o) It was just FANTASTIC!

This is our room The Viceroy, Snowmass. It is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean really, I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it was. I could not do it justice- I promise.

Amazing service, incredible design that blew me away, flat screen TVs, 94 degree pool in the snow, delicious food, remarkable views, cozy fireplaces, private kitchen..... that's just the beginning.

We spent the week hiking, sleeping, taking pictures, reading ... OH! and I drank lots of hot tea.

Snowmass is right next door to Aspen so we got to spend time there too.

We are so blessed to have each other and to have the time to reconnect.

I am so crazy grateful for grandparents who are so ready and willing to love on our kids and give us time together. For all you grandparents out there- never underestimate how important you are. I just don't think we'd be able to be as healthy and happy as we are without their support.

For those of us who just don't go away with our husbands- well, just cause we don't- we need to STOP THAT! Let's make it happen! Let's ask for some help, get on Hotwire, stay with friends, consider the drive just time to visit, visit the local grocery store if we can't afford to eat out every meal, split meals. Getting away together doesn't mean we have to spend a fortune.

We only get one time around at this life. I am going TO LIVE!

I want see it, feel it, breath it, taste it, touch it, hear it, EXPERIENCE IT!

I want to give my life away and enjoy the life God's given me to the extreme.

How sad it would be for me if I gave my children great and abundant gifts and they just let them rot.

What gifts has God given you??

Are you living or just existing?

Life.... it doesn't have to be anywhere near perfect to be breath taking.

I don't want to waste it.

Don't want to take it for granted.

I don't want to MISS it.

When pain washes in like a storm, I will embrace it. When joy comes I will soak it in like a flower in the sunshine. I thank God for the rain that makes me grow and the sun that does the same. Never underestimate the power of either. :0)
Hugs, Angel