Morning Coffee…

“O LORD, make know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!

Behold, you have made my days
a few handbreaths,
and my lifetime is as nothing before you.

Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!
Surely a man goes about as a shadow!
Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;
man heaps up wealth
and does not know who will gather!
And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in you.”

Psalm 39:4-7

Morning Coffee…

“For I will proclaim the name of the LORD;
ascribe greatness to our God!

“The Rock, his work is perfect,
for all his ways are justice.

A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
just and upright is he.”

Deuteronomy 32:3-4


What if…

If you like to play the ‘what if’ game – there is an interesting conversation happening at 22 words. ‘Game’ is probably not a good word, but it is a thought-provoking exercise having to do with the justice – justness of God.

Morning Coffee…

“Give ear,O heavens, and I will speak,
and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.

May my teaching drop as the rain,
my speech distill as the dew,
like gentle rain upon the tender grass,
and like showers upon the herb.

Deuteronomy 32:1, 2

Morning Coffee…

“Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who dwell in it!

Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together before the LORD,
for he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.”
Psalm 98:7-9

So You Think You Can Dance??

Ruth loves to listen to worship songs on the computer – she also really likes to watch videos of the songs on you-tube or GodTube. Then she starts to dance. Here’s a video of her dancing. She really gets into it at the chorus and it makes me laugh and I love it! Here is some freestylin’ Ruth dancing to ‘He Reigns’…

Praying

We are praying for the Chapman family too.

Here is a link for a memorial blog for Maria Chapman where you can share your condolences and prayers.

Click here for Steven Curtis Chapman’s “When Love Takes You In” music video about adoption and here for his music video about raising daughters…

Happy 11 Monthiversary with a lot of rambling

It’s funny how we mark time. I used to laugh at the parents who used months to give the age of their children – ‘he’s 46 months now, such a big boy’ they would say in their baby voice with a sappy grin. I would be like – ‘dude, just say he’s almost four’ (ok, dude probably didn’t make it in my thoughts then – but I like it now thanks to Hurley) And now, I have ‘monthiversary’ posts. When Ezra is 12 months – or a year in normal people time, I will revert to marking annual events only.
Aaanyway…Ezra is 11 months old today. We have had him for a little over two months. He is doing really well. When he came to us he had zero muscle tone in his legs, couldn’t sit up and I don’t think he had been fed any baby food yet. Now, he can sit up unassisted. He can stand if he is holding on to something. He is almost crawling, thanks to Al’s efforts – just think leading a horse with a carrot – always keeping the desired item just out of reach! He has two teeth, the second tooth popped through overnight and was bright and shining this morning. He can give a high-five, mimics us with sounds, laughs alot and the best thing is he gives me great baby kisses. You know the kind – big open mouth and then squishes against my cheek. He has definitely attached to us and is a very happy baby. We are so blessed.

I have read blogs where adoptive parents vent about annoying things that people say to them about their adopted children. They keep track of the perceived offensive comments like they are badges of honor. Even things like “You have your hands full” or “Better you than me” are included. Personally, I don’t mind when people speak to me or ask me questions about Ezra. They are engaging me, not offending me. I think that it is better for someone to ask me directly. Most people are asking out of good will – there are no mean intentions, they just don’t really know how to ask or what to say. I have not had anyone say anything that is offensive (except for anonymous). One comment that I get alot is something like this, “So is it getting old for Ruth and Daniel?” I think they want to know if the newness of having a baby brother has worn off and wonder if they are possibly even resentful. I think about it alot and I would have to say that the newness of our kitten has worn off, but Ruth and Daniel’s love for Ezra has only deepened. They are attentive and LOVE him. Sure, they are still wanting to do their own things and they don’t breathe out Ezra’s name with every breath. But they are excited when he is up from his naps, they bring him toys, they want to feed him and make him laugh. He is their baby brother forever!

Well, this post has rambled a bit. I hope the pictures are fun.

This is a picture of the kids with Horace. We eat breakfast with Horace every Sunday and he loves the kiddos, including Ezra, who he calls Isaiah Israel.

Flowery Beds of Ease

Am I A Soldier Of the Cross
by Isaac Watts

Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His Name?

Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?

Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?

Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord.
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.

Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith’s discerning eye.

When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of victory through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.

Morning Coffee…

“Not to us, O LORD, not to us,
but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your
steadfast love and your faithfulness!

Psalm 115:1