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Monday, June 29, 2015

Somewhere to chill out

The little boys and Mercy have the 12' x 25' deck. And they love it! Keeps them out of the flowers and away from one of the busiest streets in the city- only 30' away from our yard. The surface/decking is flat so they don't trip and fall, like they do in the yard. The sunsetter keeps them cool. They LOVE it!

But the big kids needed somewhere to go by themselves without little brothers/sister.
Our small back yard was waiting!

Tom left us some piles of yard trash piles- but we are getting him to finish the job!
Tom has let the lilac bushes (left of Lysa) get out of control!
There isn't much grass back here because of the pine trees. But the big kids don't sit in the grass. :o)

Behind Lysa (below) to the right you can go up stairs to my bedroom. It is fenced in so when I open my bedroom door the dogs run into the kennel on their own.
In the evening the kids run down here from my room.

 These were taken the night they set it up. Since then they have washed and wiped down everything from the winter dust/dirt. We also put up 20 solar lights here to light it up at night. 
Years ago we had a nice sized portable pool out here. The middle group of kids, now grown, swam in it.

Behind the grill (above) is our 5' x 18' dog kennel. We covered it with tarps, the dogs have less to "worry" about since they can't see people walk by. Faith keeps the kennel clean 5 x a day. Thank You Faith! Just yesterday Faith told me "You can never have too many dogs!!" WHAT??

 My favorite swing! It hasn't been out for a while. Too busy bringing home children!
Our chimnea-(back right) we've never had a fire in it. Fire scares me in the city. Up north we have very carefully planned fires. Some neighbors burn their last years garden brush with a permit in the city. But its been too dry to get a permit. We have to pay the city a lot of money to haul away yard trash. Up north its burned in an hour for free. Makes no sense.


 Our pines are huge. But since the drought they don't look well. Isaiah laying down looking up!

 The 4 big kids LOVE their new place to enjoy the summer weather together. They want to make hot dogs on the grill every night! LOL! I think they did a fantastic job! Now if we could only get rid of the mosquitoes! 

Isaiah, our future Air Force son always watching the sky for planes.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

oops!

forgot to add big sister Grace and Brother in Love Dan, never forget a birthday either!
Thank You Grace and Dan!

(I'm biased but they are the CUTEST ever!! LOL!! ;o)

June Birthdays

 Noah, Julius and Kitty have June birthdays. Noah turned 12 first, then Kitty, Julius turned 8.

This year we had a "jewelry party" for Kitty's bday.
We also started a new tradition for the "4" oldest.
Kitty gave Faith, Lysa and Isaiah each a gift on "her" birthday. I had bought a few things and set them aside in my closet. So during the jewelry party for Kitty; Kitty gave Isaiah a Buzz Lightyear watch, Faith a fancy necklace and Lysa a tinkerbell necklace.
They were thrilled. They enjoyed it so much they want to do it again on Lysa's birthday next month!

Kitty is reading "Through Gates of Splendor". Elisabeth Elliot joined Jesus last week, and Kitty wants to be a missionary. I thought she'd like Elisabeth's writings. She's really enjoying it!

A birthday card from Great Grandma Shirley (my mom) who never forgets a birthday. A new jewelry box, stickers and jewelry.

Why do they have to grow up so fast!
I thank God for blessing our lives with such a precious young lady. We all adore her.
Thank You Isaiah for the great pictures!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

For our Sisters and Brothers in Christ! :o)

Some very Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ received some hard news today. A door they hoped that would be opened was closed, hopefully just for now. His timing is PERFECT. His Will be done.

Please pray with us on their behalf.

This song has recently lifted my spirits high and pulled me through our own times like that. :o)

I remember when 3rd Day first started singing. My oldest girls were in high school. I have so many joyous memories of their music inspiring us then now.
With this song I think they just get better and better!

Faith and I just finished singing this together as I was posting it. Moments like that- Gifts from God!

This is my goal Lord. Till I am a Soul on Fire!

Lord we PRAISE You!

Another song that we sing a lot together :o)




"Where I Belong"

Sometimes it feels like I'm watching from the outside
Sometimes it feels like I'm breathing but am I alive
I won't keep searching for answers that aren't here to find

All I know is I'm not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

So when the walls come falling down on me
And when I'm lost in the current of a raging sea
I have this blessed assurance holding me.

All I know is I'm not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

When the earth shakes I wanna be found in You
When the lights fade I wanna be found in You

All I know is I'm not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong
[x2]

Where I belong, where I belong
Where I belong, where I belong

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

God, MY ONE, MY ONLY TRUE LOVE


"Healing Begins"

So you thought you had to keep this up 
All the work that you do
So we think that you're good
And you can't believe it's not enough
All the walls you built up
Are just glass on the outside

So let 'em fall down
There's freedom waiting in the sound
When you let your walls fall to the ground
We're here now

This is where the healing begins, oh
This is where the healing starts
When you come to where you're broken within
The light meets the dark
The light meets the dark

Afraid to let your secrets out
Everything that you hide
Can come crashing through the door now
But too scared to face all your fear
So you hide but you find
That the shame won't disappear

So let it fall down
There's freedom waiting in the sound
When you let your walls fall to the ground
We're here now
We're here now, oh

This is where the healing begins, oh
This is where the healing starts
When you come to where you're broken within
The light meets the dark
The light meets the dark

Sparks will fly as grace collides
With the dark inside of us
So please don't fight
This coming light
Let this blood come cover us
His blood can cover us

This is where the healing begins, oh
This is where the healing starts
When you come to where you're broken within
The light meets the dark
The light meets the dark
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(I could have written this song about my life, but I didn't of course.)
The attackers can attack. The people who said they loved me. Its all dust in the wind. You are talking to the clouds. God knows my heart. He uses everything for good. He pulls me even closer to drown away the noise.
He is waiting for YOU too.
We are praying for YOU.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

and the cutest photographer ever :o)

 Friday Family dinner is a big reason we get dressed up. :o) 
The older kids pick out their own outfits.
Only Samson and Faith choose not to dress up.
And this Friday Faith didn't sit still long enough to get her picture taken.
Samson went to bed early.
Dinner was late so Samson wanted to go to bed.
Isaiah's group photo didn't turn out. Which happens :o)


Behind Kitty are 50 pound sacks of oatmeal. We eat a lot of oatmeal. 
As dinner cooked the little boys and Mercy were playing, so we moved the oatmeal here till they went to bed. Julius would love to open a sack! LOL!!
Several boys were falling asleep so we put them to bed. It was 7:00.
We all get up at 6 a.m. They are very active and need their sleep now, after years of living in orphanages with lights on 24/7.

Lovely sisters!
My son in love Dan brought over the new bed he made for Moses. It is a crib sized trundle bed. It slides under Noah's bottom bunk. We were going to wait to put him in it till tomorrow so he could play in it first and get used to it. But he loved it so much he got in and went right to sleep! Sweet silly boy!


Lysa didn't want to have seconds after dinner. But an hour later she was hungry again! ;o)
Behind the girls is the back door to the deck. The kids all eat out there on nice days. The boys can spill and slosh their drinks out there to their hearts content! LOL!


And 
       the 
            cutest 
                     photographer 
                                          ever :o) 
Wearing his man size (large) felt top hat. He wanted a hat to go with his suit- he wanted a top hat. It also fits Dan's head and he's over 6' tall!

Isaiah puts dinner in the oven for me when I'm tired. He knows all of my new oven's functions. He read the manual. I'm ashamed to say I hate reading directions. And now with everything electronic I can't just press buttons just to see if it's the right function! LOL! I had our main dish pre-made. Grace brought quinoa noodles. YUM!

At dinner the kids Thank God for our happy family. At my age Fridays come so fast. Time speeds up. I treasure these special meals with my family! I treasure our time together.