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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Please send snow!

 This was early February. It was 5 p.m. but with clouds and night sky coming it looked darker. My Isaiah took the pictures. And the temperatures were so cold I was not brave enough to go out and take any of him.
Kitty is making a snow angel.

Where is the snow?
Today the weather man suggested the "possibility" of 3 inches next week?

 Lysa and Kitty trying to have a snow ball fight! But it was too powdery.


                                                                       Silly girls!

 But as I mentioned last post. They didn't stay out long. Their little brothers and Mercy absolutely detest snow and cold so we can't even coax them out. :o(

Their attitudes are wonderful though! And that's what counts! :o)
                               Happy Days! Happy family!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February fun!

               It's very cold outside tonight, but it's warm inside!  

We have had very little snow here. So only 2 play days all winter out in the snow. :o( One day after it snowed it got well below zero and they decided to come in because it was just too cold.

You can see here how little snow we have. :o( Very unusual for Minnesota. One winter a few years back we had less snow, but it was quite warm all winter. It was actually kind of fun since it was warm! But this super freezing below zero temps without snow this year is no fun!

 I changed the title of the blog to reflect our lives. The bible verse I quoted under the title is Isaiah's favorite verse. He's a very thoughtful young man.

We only have 1 precious adult daughter and her husband who come to see us and are actively involved in our children's lives. 

Many of our "gifts" (children) were only with us for a season. Three are in heaven and others have chosen to live lives we can't support. 

I chose the title- For the LOVE of Isaiah, because of our little boy Isaiah. He was born to parents (us) who were 47 and 50. It was a difficult pregnancy and birth. The odds were against both of us living. But we did. He beat incredible odds. Tom and I won't have the kind of time with him we had with our older children who are now ages 20-39. We aren't young anymore. When we die Isaiah will not have a birth sibling or any birth family member that he can visit or spend time with. Tom and I are all he has.

Kitty, Lysa, and Faith have birth families they may choose to re-join. 

Isaiah has spent over half of his short life LOVING orphans. He was only 5 when he decided we should expand our family. Without his prompting I don't think we would have thought about it! We thought we were too old to adopt anymore- but we had him!! We realized that God did not think we were too old! Isaiah adores all of his brothers and sisters. He is the best brother anyone could ask for. 

The blogspot address here did not change. It is still godsgiftsinmylife.blogspot.com

                                  Kitty is as cute and sweet as she looks! 

Isaiah took all of the pictures here. They all wanted to jump off the table and take "action" shots- but I told them to wait till spring and jump off  of things on the deck! LOL!! No jumping off of tables in my house!

                        These two LOVE hard and fight hard.
They tend to be very short tempered with each other. I wish I knew why. They are too darn cute to fight! 

I'm glad they like pretty dresses. I used to sew their birthmom (my birthdaughter) dresses. She loved dresses too. But now I'm too busy to sew dresses with so many little boys! 

 My name sake. She is growing into such a beautiful young lady.

 This crazy teen wants to now be Steve Irwin. AND she wants to go to Australia! She dug through her older brother's hand me downs and found the "perfect" Steve Irwin shorts!!??
She wears these in the freezing weather under her snow pants as she puts the dogs out!! LOL!!

 Supposedly this is an Australian pose? LOL!!
I didn't realize the little boy's school table had so many other uses!

If you notice in these pictures that there is a blue waste basket on the shelving- you would be correct! :o) Little boys love waste baskets so we put it up high! Only Julius dares to climb up for it!!

                                                              Sisters for life!

The grand finale- Isaiah sets up a selfie! LOL!!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

WELCOME! To the silly house!

Isaiah wanted to capture the ambiance of our entry way with our new faux wood stove/electric heater! 
The "four" (Faith,Lysa,Kitty,Isaiah) as we call them- put the heater together for me. :o)

The red in front of the heater is a footstool that holds the little boy shoes. I may need to move it since the heater blows harder than I though it would.

You can just barely see the faux fire flames in the heater because of the lights!

On either side of the heater are my Grandparents large living room chairs. Chairs that they sat on in their living room for over 40 years.
I remember Grandpa reading the paper in his chair with his feet up on the footstool. Grandma didn't get as much time to sit! :o) 
We had the matching footstool but it died. The chairs are hanging in well, and we keep them covered. We sit in them to put our shoes/boots on and off. The chair covers here are nicer than they look. They just kind of throw over the chairs.



 Kitty is Isaiah's model! He shut some lights off here to try and capture the faux flames. They do look pretty realistic!
The window glass I painted with window paints yeeeeears ago. 

This porch was once open to the outdoors only. We enclosed it in 1990 to make an entry way, coat closet, and office for our Group Home. Our Group Home has lots of paperwork/files and many meetings here at a table to the left.


Now Kitty is siting in the chair to the right. The one most used by MA and SP when they get home. It has the added blue waterproof pad for accidents. We remove it when company comes! LOL!! 
Isaiah has opened the front door to show how things look coming in. :o)

Kitty back in the chair to the left as Isaiah comes in the house!


 Such silly kids! LOL!! You can see the footstool and chair here better. Isaiah is still half in, half out of the house!


He also made the video below. I thought it was very cute. But they shut the lights off to film by the faux fire in the wood stove so it's pretty dark, it didn't work well. They get a big kick out of watching the video, it's more fun to see them watch it! LOL! I hope it works here! I'll have Isaiah do another one next time!

I hope you can hear Kitty ask Isaiah who he is when she lets him in. That catches him off guard and he can't think of a funny answer fast enough! In the back ground you can hear Faith talking to SP about "cloudy with a chance of meatballs".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyTocAvf5A0&feature=youtu.be


Sorry I don't know how to upload utube to a post!
LOVE LOVE LOVE my silly babies!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January fun~

Isaiah takes my photos for me. He does an amazing job! I didn't get any of him celebrating his birthday in January. :o(  
I was recovering from emergency oral surgery, two abscesses and a developing sepsis infection. Not fun. 
But Isaiah did have a great 11th birthday! My baby boy is growing up too fast!
This is Kitty showing a big fat blueberry from her blueberry pancakes below.


Blueberries were on sale. So we could not resist! These are gingerbread/pumpkin pancakes with fresh blueberries! No syrup- just lots of butter.

 Faith modeling her birthday gifts from a sibling.


She's growing up too fast.


Faith holding her gift bag and her cute new new look a like doll from a sibling! You can barely see Mercy's little face to the right. Mercy is thinking "where's mine!" LOL! She has to wait till September!!

It's been a week since my surgery. It's funny how much better I feel even though I'm still sick. I have so much more energy!
The kids have been taking good care of me! I am blessed!
God is GOOD!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Catching up on life :o)

Our Fall fest or Halloween as some call it, involved carving little orange bell peppers and stuffing them with turkey, mayo and cheddar cheese! Yum! We had a fun dinner after passing out a few treats to the neighborhood kids.

 Isaiah took these nice pictures before we popped them in the oven.

Christmas day the older children came down with the flu. The 5 boys, Mercy and Samson also caught it one by one. We had to cancel our Christmas dinner and warn our company not to come.
I didn't get the flu which was a blessing. I'd had bronchitis all of November. It was a rough month for me. That's our cooking snow "mom" figurine. :o)
 
Big Sister Grace made these beautiful cookies for the kids. They loved them! We didn't want her to make too many because.........

Grandma sent this big box full of cookies! We still have 1 last serving of them left right now. The kids look forward to her cookies every year! She also gives them fruit and a gift card for Target.
Even though the kids caught the flu, we had a wonderfully very blessed Holiday season! God, family, we are so blessed!

When the older kids complete a school subject in our homeschool, (12 PACES which are like workbooks = one subject) they earn a project of their choice. This is the solar system that Lysa earned. She painted faces on her planets- LOL! Always decorating like me. Lysa is gifted in her school work. She always does her very best. But it does come easily for her.

 Isaiah earned a model car kit that had been my dads. My dad collected a few kits of the cars he liked from ebay, but he was never able to put them together. Isaiah loved doing this model car.
He took the pictures of it for me.

He hopes to one day join the Air Force so he wanted a model plane for his birthday. He'll start it after he completes his Social Studies.
 He has worked well ahead grade level in his school books. He's working very hard! With his dyslexia, this is not easy for him. He never complains. He learned cursive this year. He learned very quickly! He says cursive is easier for him than printing.

Faith picked an art project, but she's been too busy to start. She had her birthday this last week. She turned 14 and she has so much on her mind now. She keeps very busy. 

She wants to go to Australia some day so for her birthday we got her a Steve Irwin dvd, an Australia history dvd, an Australia travel guide and a few Australian items- hat- alligator beads etc.

We also got her a few Word Girl items because she is our precious Word Girl. Word Girl is a fun fantasy she likes to pretend.
She is our Word Girl! :o)
She works very hard on her school work. I have to say she's been my easiest ever to teach 7th grade to. She really studies hard. School work is never naturally easy for her like it is for Lysa.
  
 Isaiah is my only homeschooled kid to make the "tent" from his Social Studies workbook (PACE). LOL! He and Kitty played "camping set" around his tent and set up their late 1800s "history" reenactments.

It was so cute. I love their imaginations. Isaiah took all of these photos.

 Kitty has some Science projects set up to start. We call her our "mad scientist". She loves Science. She is easily distracted from her school work, but when she gets it done she does amazing work!

This "camping set" as we call it was a Lego toy we bought for the middle kids in the 90's, but these are not Legos. They also use the Lincoln Logs too to make cabins and fences.

Their next project is putting together a covered wagon kit, an Indian tepee, and building a sod house and log cabins out of popsicle sticks. They want to make a diorama of Laura Ingalls Wilder's family home, and cabins. They are using our project table in the basement to set it up. It will be big! They are so excited. We did a huge unit on Laura Ingalls Wilder. They read many books on her life, they read the whole series she wrote. They read a book on her favorite bible passages, and a cookbook from her time period. They really learned a lot about that period in time. They loved it.

Isaiah has dyslexia so he has been a little behind in his reading. But he has hung in there even though Almonzo was the only boy in the books he could relate to!

The girls were thrilled to read that Laura had some of their same favorite bible verses.  

Kitty hopes to cook some authentic pioneer food! LOL!

It's been an exciting end to 2014 and a wonderful beginning to 2015 for our family!!
God is so good! We hope all has been well for all of you too!
(((HUGS))) 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Adoption...........Life......it's complicated

The other day I was watching a pbs special on race. Listening to adult children adopted across racial lines. Listening to kids of color who weren't adopted.

A young Korean (adoptee) woman changed her name back to her birth name once she became an adult. 

I thought of the time my sweet Grace experimented with changing her name to something more African sounding. She liked Ebony for a while. 

I also remember a time around when she was 11, that everything I did during that period, she judged me by our racial differences. I was the "White" person. I did discuss it with her. It hurt. But I let it go. :o) 

On the pbs special the young Korean woman's adoptive mother called her about changing her name. She told her daughter that changing her name back would not make her more Korean. 

And............

then the Korean young woman told her adoptive mother that keeping her American name would not make her more American. She was quite pleased with herself. The clip ended there, to pronounce the "truth" of it all. It sounded like she had "the" answer.

Except that, that isn't what it's all about.

It's just not that cut and dried.

As an adoptive mom; I would have replied to my adopted daughter that I felt sad, like my daughter was distancing herself from our family by removing her adoptive name. The name I gave her. The one connection I could give her, that gave her LOVE and family. I wondered if this young woman could have just kept part of her birth name and part of her adoptive name. In honor of both families who LOVED her. 

I knew I couldn't give my daughter Grace her heritage as a precious black woman. And her incredible intelligence doesn't come from me! I wish that I was the reason that she's so beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. I LOVE her dearly for who she is. And I LOVE and adore her birthparents,  knowing full well that without them she would not be one of the most beautiful Christian black woman that I LOVE!

I can't make her white or less black. She doesn't make me less white and because of her, I am not black. That's not our goal. We are not a color. We are family.

Years ago my boss, a high level Social Worker with her Masters, who was 10 years older than me; asked me-
"How can a white family raise a black child?"

Wow! 

To which I responded, "Most importantly I will raise her to be a Christian Woman."

Love You! Miss Lovey! (Grace's middle name)      

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It's the little things I thank God for!

 We have worked so hard to find the perfect bed for Miss Mercy. We tried a playpen so that we could move it to our bedroom when she couldn't sleep. We tried a regular bed and she hated it. We tried a full size crib that was low to the floor...........she hated it. The consequences of her hating her bed means, bloody noses,(hitting her head against it) bruised feet and legs from kicking it out of boredom, wanting to get up at midnight. Yelling because she can't sleep! OY!

And then we found the "autism tent bed".

But to fit it in, Kitty had to give up her bunk bed. Which she did not mind because she is the best sister ever!
We also found this shorter bunk very cheap at Walmart- but very well made!
Faith's daybed was here before, now the shorter bunk is here. Faith is on top and Kitty on the bottom.
(The curtains are Barbie from the 90s, JC Penney!)

And here is the perfect bed for Miss Mercy! (Lysa is on the top bunk) The autism tent bed..........she LOVES it!!! YES!!
There is more room in the bedroom now, and it fits all four precious girls perfectly! They are thrilled! Tom and I are thrilled! 

 Faith has decided that she is now Elvis! LOL!  (The little TV in the back only plays videos.) She has a flair for fashion! :o)

                                                 Miss Kitty, one of the three best sisters ever!

 Tom showing me where he cleaned up something I had asked him to do! He makes me laugh. We probably spend too much time in our day laughing! :o)
Things have piled up here again, we brought 8 van loads of donations home from the lake. They now need to be listed and boxed for the Salvation Army.

Here Tom's complaining about ALL of the dishes. He does run the dish washer too. We have a dishwasher from the 1980s that miraculously still works! We have a deal- I cook, he washes the dishes. :o) The advantages of working together!

 Kitty loving on her big brother Noah, he's 2 weeks older than her! :o)

 Kitty loving on her little brother Moses! Kitty has great fashion flair too! :o)

My brand new beautiful stove! Two ovens big enough to cook two 28 pound turkeys! But we use our Ron Poppiel Rotisserie (from the 90s! LOL!) to roast our turkey! This stove has 5 burners too! I waited till it came on sale! (2 years!)

Not a day goes by that we don't Thank God for the things He does, that we don't deserve!