• i've been tagged, our third and fourth visits, and i've found some pretty cool random stuff while cleaning out the kids bedrooms

    that’s likely the longest blog title ever. it matches my posts that tend to be too long. unless you really care about what’s happening in our lives, then you could probably read more. so i’ve been tagged. first time. thanks stephanie. i hope i get this right. i am supposed to list six weird things about me. some of you who know me well might be saying, “only six?”. sorry folks. this is just a sampling. 1. i am adopting three children at once. that’s not wierd to me, but i think some people think it makes me totally crazy. it is a bit overwhelming, but hey, why not jump…

  • in need of wisdom

    please pray for us! we have a long list of things to be praying about. becoming mom and dad, becoming a family, me being home fulltime, getting our house ready, the adjustment of the children to all that will going on, their alleged fear of dogs and the fact that we have one, etc. all that aside, we need wisdom. over the next couple of visits with the kids, tonight and saturday, we will begin talking about the idea of us becoming a family and the kids coming to live in our home. i think i know what to say, but do i? we are taking them from all they…

  • He Is Risen! and…another visit

    happy Easter to all! is it appropriate to write about the Resurrection and our second visit with our kids in the same post? i believe it is. i am celebrating the Resurrection of His life and the new life that it gives me. so, here goes. in Christ alone in Christ alone my hope is found He is my light, my strength, my song this Cornerstone, this solid ground firm through the fiercest drought and storm what heights of love, what depths of peace when fears are stilled, when strivings cease my Comforter, my All in All here in the love of Christ i stand in Christ alone, who took…

  • Good Friday

    the wonderful cross when i survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died my richest gain i count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride see from His head, His hands, His feet sorrow and love flow mingled down did ever such love and sorrow meet or thorns compose so rich a crown oh the wonderful cross, oh the wonderful cross bids me come and die and find that i may truly live oh the wonderful cross, oh the wonderful cross all who gather here by grace draw near and bless Your name were the whole realm of nature mine that were an offering far…

  • permanent custody…

    was granted today. the kids now belong 100% to the state. they are legally free for adoption. can you believe it? two days after we met them. getting permanent custody is perhaps the biggest hurdle we have had to jump. the judge could have decided to give their parents more time to try to regain custody, but he didn’t. he knew they needed and very much deserved to have a family who could care for them the right way. the parents still have the chance to appeal, but they likely won’t. and if they did, the judge likely wouldn’t reverse his decision. things are going to move quickly from here…