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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Life and Death

It was my Birthday this month. These are a few of the gifts my 4 oldest blessings found for me at Walmart.

It was also my first born's Birthday this month. (Angel Ruth) She would be 40 this year if she had not gone home with Jesus at 28. We would have teased her about turning 40, just like we would have teased her if she had lived to turn 30. In fact I had a Happy 30th tshirt for that birthday, purchased before she died.
Her younger birthsister is 37, she'll be 40 in only 3 short years. Her younger birthbrother is 35 in September.  They were the 3 musketeers in another lifetime.

Isaiah, our gift from God, is Angel's youngest birth brother, he is 12. She held him lovingly the weeks before she died, it feels like yesterday.

Since Isaiah is our only birth child at home, Grace was going to make up an adoption story for him.

We've gone from having birth/adopted at home, to having adopted only at home, to now having 11 at home and only one is not adopted! Poor guy! No birth parents or lovely adoption stories. ;o) Just a very "old" mom and dad!
It looks funny when we list family!

 More cards and gifts. Lysa made me the sand art and bought the frame. I'm going to put a picture of the oldest (at home) "4" in the frame!
The chocolate was an oopsie! We eat 80% cocao or higher! ;o)

 Lysa made the butterfly. And she found me the coolest travel crochet hook ever!! All my Yarnies, (crochet pals) are jealous!!

 A beautiful new pitcher for my homemade lemonade. (lemons with water, no sugar) I pulverise the lemons so well that the center leaks it out! Faith hates that. Isaiah and I love it!

 My gift to me. The kitchenaid Precise heat mixing bowl!!! I love it! I make homemade yogurt and melt all our chocolate- coconut goodies in it!
So in essence the benefits of it are for our Group Home peeps and the kids! ;o)

 I stir by hand, so I don't attach it to my mixer. It holds the temp 10 hours!!

 This spring we bought these beautiful slate pieces for hanging near the front of the house.

 We don't have headstones at our cemetery, we are buying a granite topped bench, pre- engraved with those who are and will be buried there. There will be 16 cremations, 2 there now.

We also bought one for our Group Home gal "Auntie Sue" who lived with us 16 years before she died. She lived 1958-2003.

I got pregnant soon after she died, I like to think it was because she whispered in God's ear. You see Auntie Sue loved every one of our children. Every week she'd tell her job center that we were getting another baby! LOL!! Imagine the surprise after she went home with Jesus and her Daddy; when MA and SP told these same staff people that I was pregnant! LOL!! No one believed them. They thought we were adopting again. :o)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Bunnies galore!!

 If you click on the picture of "the 4" at the top of the blog it takes you to our blog about our Special Needs family members with more pictures.
Our Lysa bunny at Easter. She'd rather be a lamby! She loves sheep!

                                    Our Kitty bunny

                                             Isaiah bunny

 Faith DID NOT want to do this bunny hat picture- but I begged her! Now that she's 15 she says she looks goofy! LOL!!

                                    Winty the bunny!

                          He's too cute, and too much fun!

                           Violet bunny but the hat is waay big!

                                                Almost!!

                                       And Sassy bunny!

I'm catching up on photos that Kitty and Isaiah took. Since I had been very sick over Easter. Praise God I feel better. But I have to be careful not to over do!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

This and that by Isaiah

                                      (photos all by Isaiah)
My Dad died in 2009. Isaiah was 5. But he'd seen him in the Nursing Home and he remembered him. He was always quiet and polite during the visits at the Nursing Home, unlike my nephew who was 5 years older. But then Isaiah has always had a gift of being wiser than his years.
These cars were my Dad's. My mom gave them to Isaiah. He really likes them.


 He keeps them neatly here after he enjoys them! He's 12 now so he's not really "playing" with them.

 We bought these little plaques when our last 3 boys came home from BG. They hang in Isaiah's room. We call it Isaiah's room but Pauly, Julius, and Jacob also share the 2 sets of bunk beds in there with Isaiah. :o)
This sign above says " It's a whole new world of love and joy!" Because that was exactly how we felt with the boys home.

Isaiah catching a silly sister smiling!

He was experimenting with the camera settings using a yellow tint.
Kitty working on her Science.

These plaques were a pair. We loved the sentiments on this one too. They fit our thoughts perfectly!

 Isaiah's Fenton frogs. We sold a few when we adopted the boys. These did not sell.

 Tom liked the movie Toy Story 1 and Buzz Lightyear. So when Isaiah was born we had a few knick knacks of Buzz. This is a Precious Moments musical snow globe. From time to time Isaiah winds it up. :o)
When his 5 brothers came home he was ages 7-8 and he called them his LGMs.

 This was my Dad's Army coat put away in plastic for many years for special occasions. Isaiah loves it. He only knew his Grandpa a few years, so he's glad to have it. Especially since he hopes to join the Air Force. (poor Isaiah I had been so sick with a cold, no time to trim his hair)
Grandma offered him a few precious family items. But he declined. He wasn't sure how he'd keep them when he joins the Air Force. We sold almost every antique we had from family when we adopted. So "things" don't hold much meaning for him. He has an incredible memory and tells me happy memories far back that amaze me. Those are what we cherish. :o)

I can't believe he's 12 already. The time has passed in the blink of an eye. Every day I cherish our moments together. He is an amazing young man.
God has truly Blessed him and us.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Winter Sunshine aka Clifford the big yellow dog!

I am recovering from a horrible cold. It has been one of the worst I've had in ages. It kinda wiped out my month of March.
We have lots of news so I better get writing!
 We did get some end of March pictures of Winty to "see" how much he's grown.......................and he HAS grown!!
These pictures were age 12 weeks and 25 pounds.

He's so long in the picture above- here is his head! LOL!!
Can you tell he is just a big love bug! Super gentle, relaxed.

                                            12 weeks

                                              8 weeks

                                               12 weeks

                                                    8 weeks
I miss my big boy Snow. But I don't miss him as a pup, he was a horrible puppy!! He was incredibly hard to train and drove me crazy until he matured and mellowed out.

Winty is the easiest puppy we've ever had. Super easy to potty train and teach commands. And he's very quiet!! (our Martha 2 yrs choc lab is very whiny :o(
God has truly blessed us with a new dog that fills Snow's big paws. He can never be my "Snowsy" boy- but he Blesses our lives at every turn! Thank you Lord for Winty's companionship.

If you get time click on the picture of our "4" (kids) at the top of the blog and see our newest family member sent by God! (A new post on my other blog)
Hope everyone is healthy and enjoying Spring! We are quite cold here- even snow today!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

New depths of BELIEVING and living FAITH

 Kitty wrote in her journal~
"Dedicated to my Mom, who brings JOY into my life (thanks to God) and makes every moment of my life special."
This sweet girl makes every day brighter for us all!

Photo above, I made parfaits. Whole milk Kefir, homemade applesauce with cinnamon (no sweetener) and coconut milk fat whipped into whipping cream.
                                        ~~~~~*~~~~~
Last Thursday night I lived my Faith to a level I had never done before. A man was breaking into our home at 2 a.m. while I was outside putting our puppy out. Winty can't hold it all night till 16 weeks. (He's 11 weeks now) Puppy bladder!

 This is my favorite Emma Bridgewater pattern. I think because it reminds me of the Desert Rose pattern of the San Francisco China my Great Grandmother had. Also its British- very cottagy cosy!
                                          ~~~~~*~~~~~
I thought the man breaking in was Tom. He knows Winty's potty schedule, and I thought he was coming back from the grocery. I often get upset when we run out of things and Tom in guilt ;o) runs out later. Altho usually not that late anymore. It all depends on his schedule, if MA has to go potty or SP can't sleep. It could end up a late trip.

I called out with the kennel gate open towards the side door about 15' away, "What are you doing?" He had the screen door open and was bent over trying to?? He did not reply. So I said it again. He backed out from the screen door. He looked and came towards me. He had a knife.

 We started our Easter decorations in February. Crafts from Oriental Trading they love to put together.
Oh how I LOVE Easter! How I LOVE Jesus Christ! How I LOVE God the Father and The Holy Spirit! Truly deep down LOVE with all my heart, my soul, my mind. It makes one so JOYFUL!
                                        ~~~~~*~~~~~
When Winty and I were out I was wearing my cap that had a light in the brim to "see" in the semi dark. I had gone to the eye Dr that same day and she told me my "good" eye had decreased in vision quite a bit. I need 6X improvement on my glass to that one eye. The right eye is still legally blind. My glasses are already "coke bottle" thick. I was lamenting over the added thickness. With my cataracts my night vision is gone. Our neighbors irritating light was for once a blessing! PRAISE God! But I was wishing I had my new glasses.

The man walked towards me quickly with the knife. I could tell he was high and not in his right mind. I really didn't want to be killed by a man who'd probably not even remember what he'd done.  I could only think of how I did not want to be stabbed. I backed away but I was slow. I'm 59 now I don't/ can't move fast. I have a neurological disease, my legs/feet/balance have a mind of their own. I had to get back into the dog potty kennel. I had opened it and stepped out about a foot.

This is my favorite/only plate from Ireland. I love the scene. It looks so Irish/UK. Altho I don't love the Ocean. I love lakes. :o) MN is the land of 10,000 (+) lakes :o) It hangs over my bed.
                                         ~~~~~*~~~~~
The man was young. About early 20s. He was dressed nice, nice pants, jacket, shirt. He looked a lot like one of the children who grew up here. In that moment, I felt incredibly sad for him. But I had to move quickly or he'd beat me to the kennel gate. And he nearly did. Even though he was right there and it looked like he'd win, because he was right there, I just believed I still needed to do it and I shut the gate. As I was closing the kennel gate we were face to face, the knife close enough to cut me. But he didn't. We looked at each other face to face through the 6' high chain link. (the kennel runs 18' along the back of the house and is 5' wide) He came so fast, and I am/was slow. I knew he could flip the kennel door open easily and come in. But he didn't. PRAISE God!! Later Tom said I hooked the latch one pole behind the pole we should hook it to, making it harder for someone on the outside to open. PRAISE God! PRAISE God!

Poor Winty had not had a chance to go potty. I "ran" dragging him behind. Trying not to let the man get him or stab him. If the man had Winty, I would have had to let go. The man must have given up coming after me, a real possibility since the kennel has 2 ends. But he didn't seem to know and THANK God! both gates were closed and I was running up the steps to our 2nd floor bedroom. PRAISE God!!
I never looked back.

This sign hangs over my bed. It once said "We pine for the north" because of our love for northern MN. But years ago I re-painted it to say "Set Your Mind on Things Above". The dark blue background has sparkles like stars :o)
                                            ~~~~~*~~~~~
I put Winty in his crate and called 911. They said they were coming. I ran downstairs to find Tom. He was awake on his computer, doing updates. I told him what happened. He told me the lights on my cap made it hard for anyone to see my face. So I knew that was why the man did not look into my eyes. PRAISE God!!
The police searched and nothing was found except foot prints in fresh snow. We then realized if I had not seen the man he could have broken into our house while Tom was in the living room on the computer. That would have been much worse. PRAISE God! The Lord's shield of protection was around us. PRAISE God!

 My little "shrine" shelf above my bed, to the memory of my girls Angel Ruth, Joy Elizabeth and Molly Mee Ran. Foot print/hair/hand prints from Joy on the left.
                                           ~~~~~*~~~~~
As I reflected on the whole thing, I thought of the verses from Matthew to Mark to Luke to John.
The Beautiful Words of Christ, each time, every time inviting us~ "If you BELIEVE" "If you have FAITH". Even Faith the size of a mustard seed. That is all He asks. Is that too much? Can I refuse that invitation? No.
I did have FAITH as I sought safety that night, I do have FAITH, and now I know I can have it in any situation. I BELIEVE His promises are real, I BELIEVE He never forsakes me. Even if I had been stabbed or killed or anything by that man, my FAITH held strong because I knew God was there. God was with me. He LOVED me. He was caring for me. It's not about fighting back it's about protection. When we BELIEVE, when we have FAITH we are ALWAYS protected. PRAISE God! PRAISE God!!

Luke 12:4-5
 “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!"


This Duvet was from Emma Bridgewater on sale. :o) I buy their "seconds" and sales and get a pretty good deals. :o) I thought my AKC British Lab puppy on a British Duvet was an appropriate picture. I submitted it to them to use. He's a poster boy now! LOL! I need new pictures, he's much bigger!
                                        ~~~~~*~~~~~
Please pray for this young man. Please pray for his soul. For no one is hopeless. There is always hope.

I have raised children who are now on the same path. One was just released from prison 3/16. And the longest he is ever out is a few months before he re-offends. He's spent the most of 15 years in prison. He is my birth son, he will be 35 this year.

God, Lord Heavenly Father please save their souls. I will add this young man to my prayer list.
God is GOOD!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

But God!!!!

Oh my. Day after day since last September God has been nudging me.......................
                                "tell them."

Tell who Lord?

I have this little blog, where the kids ask to have pictures posted for fun. I try to write cute captions/stories.

Sometimes I get contemplative. I express deeper thoughts. Always hoping I'm not misunderstood. There are so many Words He gives me that I truly want to share.

After September the Words came faster, bolder, louder. But how why would I start posting them now?

I changed the blog title.
MY JOY IS UNCONTAINABLE!!

until...........

                          Fear attacks as I think of the critics who read here. I even know them by name.

Yes, Jesus IS the Answer- there can be NO FEAR.

Today His prompting could not be ignored. I was and have been chastised for several days for keeping my JOY quiet.

Pain, confusion, sadness, crept into JOY's place.

I could do nothing to stop it or help what was about to happen. It is not about me.

I can't make people, create people, teach, LOVE or care like He can and does every single second of our lives.

His Name alone Commands Respect!

I can only watch and wait as His Will be done.

I kept in His Word with prayer. So hard for me when I want to help!

It was between Him and the precious "4".
How do I even describe in words how He transformed their hearts to help them. These are lessons only He can give! Now forever tucked in their hearts!
PRAISE GOD!!

He started with Faith showing me~
Ephesians 6:1-3
6) "Children, obey your parents as the Lord wants, because this is the right thing to do. The command says, “Honor your father and mother.”[a] This is the first command that has a promise with it— “Then everything will be well with you, and you will have a long life on the earth."

It sounds simple enough, it's a verse easily found, read or said. 

She'd had a chip on her shoulder for 2 months. Boldly declaring (to all who'd listen) that "Mom can't make me apologize!" (for her wrong towards me) And I didn't. And her rebellion grew.

Faith was truly sorry as she quoted this verse from memory to me. She spoke from her heart with tears, saying that she realized "I have not been doing this." And she was sorry. When we apologize to God first, we are truly sorry. He opened her heart to understanding.

PRAISE GOD!

The other 3 hearts were still restless, lost without Him. Days felt hopeless. I prayed for wisdom.

Then Isaiah came to me to share~
Ecclesiastes 10:18 NKJV
18 "Because of laziness the building decays,
And through idleness of hands the house leaks."

WOW! Really God? My just turned 12 year old gets this passage! We had great conversation about its meaning. God IS GOOD! 

PRAISE GOD!!

Now the trickle effect started.

Kitty came next. Her verse~
Galations 5:  13- 15 NKJV
13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

PRAISE GOD!!!

And then Lysa~
2 Thessalonians 3: 11-12 NKJV
11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.

PRAISE GOD!!

The JOY poured out of them as they shared. The excitement that God HAD personally spoken to each one of them! Their prayers answered personally! They exclaimed great JOY when I told them "Do you realise that God asked you to share these Words with me too! That I needed to hear this too!!"

PRAISE GOD!!!

Later today Faith needed to share this with me~
Ephesians 4: 25 NKJV

25 "Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,”[e] for we are members of one another."

They have the Tools. They have a heart for Him. 
All of His JOY blessing us, and God only asked me to "tell them". I won't ask Him who or why again. :o) 

I am listening Lord. 
(I apologize for the highlighting- it is not intentional. It came up from copying and pasting.)                    

Friday, March 4, 2016

Togetherness

 Lysa above and Kitty below have wanted their ears pierced for about a year now. Our schedule has been too crazy to get to the mall. We don't even like the mall.

We do enjoy the big box stores. But they don't pierce ears! Grandma gives us lots of gift cards to spend at those stores for things like ear rings, crafts etc. So it was silly to go to the mall just for piercing ears!

So I did it! LOL!!
I purchased medically sterilized packets- one for each ear.
Simple easy- painless.

They were very pleased! Altho a little nervous at first. ;o)


 Can you tell Winty loves being the baby! LOL!!
He's growing like a weed. Below he's only a few days younger!!

Winter Sunshine has BIG paws to fill from our beloved Snow Wolf. I had this almost life size photo made at Walgreens for a very reasonable price. I had a canvas made too- I wasn't as happy with.

We got our new Newsboys "Love Riot" cd today! The kids are blasting us out of the house! LOL!!
This song in particular touches my Soul deeply.