odd and 'evening' numbers

tonight i am feeling really grateful. for many things. i thought i’d jot them down. it’s a good way for me to remember them. and it’s good to share what we’re grateful for.

-amelia accepted Jesus as her personal Savior today. we’ve talked about this quite a few times and she’s always said she did while she lived in her foster home. but today when we talked about it she said she wasn’t sure. i asked her if she’d like to pray about it. she asked if we could at night. i told her we didn’t have to wait. so we didn’t. my heart is overflowing as i think about it. and i can’t help but think, if she would have stayed in her birth home, that she may have never had the opportunity.

-while amelia was doing some ‘homework’ from her church binder, wilbur expressed that he’d also like to have a binder when he’s in the program his sister is in. i explained that he couldn’t because the program is just for girls and he’s, well, a boy. then i explained a little about the boys program, which he’ll enter in 1st grade. i told him they do cool things like, go camping and hiking, and build wooden cars. orville chimed in and said, i want to go camping too so i can find snakes and butterflies.

-orville has been saying all kinds of cute things lately. like, wait a second guys. or i can’t see the driveway from my window because the roof is blocking it. or amelia’s stuffed dog can’t wear a collar because our dog shelby doesn’t have one.

-amelia is learning about odd and even numbers in school now. she just can’t seem to get even right. she keeps calling them ‘evening’ numbers. and, she got frustrated with me tonight because i was teaching her the right way to say pumpkin. it’s pumpkin, not punkin.

-josh made the dad from amelia’s dollhouse go to the bathroom on the roof. amelia was just beside herself laughing.

-orville, at bedtime prayers, thanked Jesus for our ice cream with prinkles(sprinkles). amelia thought he said ice cream with pickles.

-i was able to share a very deep and personal thing with a friend today. i asked her to take it to the Lord in prayer. i know she will. and i know she’ll take it very seriously.

-the Lord is once again using sara groves to speak to my heart.

“hello Lord, it’s me Your child–i have a few things on my mind–right now i’m faced with big decisions, and i’m wondering if You have a minute–right now i don’t hear so well and i was wondering if You could speak up–i know that You tore the veil so i could sit with You in person and hear what You’re saying–but right now, i just can’t hear You–i don’t doubt Your sovereignty–i doubt my own ability–to hear what You’re saying and to do the right thing–and i desperately want to do the right thing–right now i don’t hear so well and i was wondering if You could speak up–i know that You tore the veil so i could sit with You in person and hear what You’re saying–but right now, i just can’t hear You–somewhere in the back of my mind i think You are telling me to wait–and though patience has never been mine–Lord I will wait to hear from You–right now i don’t hear so well and i was wondering if You could speak up–i know that You tore the veil so i could sit with You in person and hear what You’re saying–but right now, i just can’t hear You”

-amelia, when starting to pray earlier, said we should thank God for Jesus, mary, moses and their horse. i asked her if she meant Jesus, joseph, mary and their donkey.

-saturday we went to a local farm for a fall festival with some friends from church. we had a good night together as a family and got some great pictures. i love great pictures!

-amelia turned 7 on Friday. can’t believe i have a 7 year old! she used great manners at her party, said thank you to everyone without being reminded, and seemed genuinely grateful.

-i slept really well last night.

-when questioning the Lord on certain things, He reminds me He’s given me some answers already. He reminded me today that He is the best father. He allows me what i need, what He needs me to have.

-it’s alyssa and scott’s 1 year anniversary today. i love being friends with you guys!

-i get to go on a field trip with my boys tomorrow.

-part of amelia’s church homework included her explaining “why and i here?” to me. her immediate answer was, because you adopted us, because you wanted me. the question was getting at something more profound than what 7 year old can answer, but i think her take on it was extremely profound. her being adopted is a good thing in her eyes.

-my mother-in-law is amazing. not many people can say that. but i can. and i say it often. we got to spend some time together, just us, on Sunday. and it was fun.

-i get to go to bed now. in my big, cozy bed. and i love it.

-i, Lord willing, will get to have another day tomorrow. and if He grants it, He’ll walk through it with me.

4 Comments

  • bri

    Your children are breathtaking! They are so adorable and I love hearing the impressions of life through a child’s eyes. So amazing. I am excited for Amelia’s acceptance of Christ into her heart! How wonderful… I will be praying in the days to come that God finds His way fully into her freshly tilled heart and takes her under His wing and shows her His marvel!

    Blessings to you all!

  • jane

    wow…so much to be thankful for…esp Amelia’s accepting Jesus. PRAISE GOD!!!

    We are going to be in Ohio in November…around the 10th – the 14th….if I drive over your way, do you think we could have lunch/coffee?

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