Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jesus Calling

My previous post needs an important postnote. 

That very evening this was the reading from Jesus Calling (by Sarah Young), a daily devotional given to me by my godson. 

March 26

Waiting on Me means directing your attention to Me in hopeful anticipation of what I will do.  It entails trusting Me with every fiber of your being, instead of trying to figure things out yourself.  Waiting on Me is the way I designed you to live: all day, every day.  I created you to stay conscious of Me as you go about your daily duties.

I have promised many blessings to those who wait on Me: renewed strength, living above one's circumstances, resurgence of hope, awareness of My continual Presence.  Waiting on Me enables you to glorify Me by living in deep dependence on Me, ready to do My will.  It also helps you to enjoy Me; in My Presence is fullness of Joy.

Lamentations 3:24-26; Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)

It's no coincidence that these words mirrored my friend's on the very same day.  I truly felt Jesus Calling, wrapping His arms around me with reassurance, love and answered prayers. 

Turning Worry Into Worship

Mei Mei is doing well.  Really well.

She is sweet and loving and happy.  She is an "easy" child who goes-with-the-flow and fits into our large, crazy family perfectly. 

She delights in everything life has to offer!

Mei Mei has been our easiest child to transition.  She LOVES having a family and she LOVES being loved.  She is blossoming before our very eyes. 

I find her easy transition ironic, because as I shared previously, coming to terms with the magnitude of her delays has been challenging

In the beginning I felt overwhelmed.  I felt overcome with worry.  I worried about how to best address her delays, where to take her for testing, how to access services, how to prepare her for school.

I worried about school in general, how she would fit in socially, how an appropriate classroom could be found?  I worried about whether she would succeed, graduate, get a job, live independently. 

Yes, I am sorry to say my worry was going out a decade and more, even when she had only been home a week! 

But then something wonderful happened.  God stopped by.  At least, His hands and feet did.

My wonderful friend, Cheryl, listened to me as I poured my worries out.  Across the phone lines she was my non-judgemental sounding board and praying partner.  I cried.  She cried with me.

Ten minutes after our conversation ended Cheryl called back.  She was bringing us dinner and wouldn't listen to all my reasons why she shouldn't.

It was the full meal deal with homemade soup, bread, salad and brownies.  Comfort food.

She spent the afternoon with us, delighting in watching our children interact together.  And then she shared a recent sermon she had heard.  When we worry, we aren't trusting God.  Instead of giving it all to Him, we try to figure it out all alone--all by ourselves.  We feel overwhelmed, because we know we can't solve our problems. 

But God can.  And we have to turn our worry into worship, fully trusting that He is going to lead the way.  We can do our part (like making appointments), but then we have to leave the rest to Him.

So true.

So now, when I worry, I turn my worry into worship.  Often, I have to do it all over again five minutes later--I'm a slow learner!  Each time, I feel the burden on my shoulders lift as I praise God, knowing that He has a plan.  A great plan so much bigger than I can ever imagine. 

A plan I am blessed to be part of. 

A plan that brought this angel into our lives. 

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."    ~   Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, May 28, 2012

Let The Summer Begin

I hope you all had a blessed weekend.  We had so much fun taking Mei Mei to the cabin for the very first time.  She was over the moon excited!  Everyone had a splendid time!

And of course, no cabin trip is complete without a stop at our favorite ice cream store!  YUM!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lost Pet

Vu's teacher loves bugs.  Go into her classroom and you will immediately be greeted by a large cage of Vietnamese Walking Sticks. 

Very cool.

If you like bugs.

Which I do.

At least I used to.

Vu is the proud owner of one large black beetle bug.  With the help of his teacher he nursed it from the time it was just a wee little egg, loved it through the larvae stage, then helped it grow into a big strong bad boy.

Meet Darth Vader.

Yes, he has a head, abdomen, and thorax that only a dad could love.

And loved he is.

Or perhaps I should say, "loved he was"?

You see, Vu liked sharing his love of video games with Darth Vader.

And Darth Vader seemed to share this love.  Never pooped on the console once.

But the downside of sharing a video game with a beetle-friend is that it is very easy to get distracted by Mario and Sonic (they are at the 2012 Olympic Games after all!). 

And in all that excitement and distraction, it is very easy to forget that a real live pet has suddenly gone in search of a bedtime snack and is now missing!!!

Missing I tell you!


And in case you didn't know, when you have a pet that is only two centimeters long it is very hard to find that pet.

Especially when his absence is not reported until AFTER the house has been vacuumed.

In fact, I am sorry to report that Darth Vader has yet to be found.

I'm just hoping HE wasn't a SHE.

Lost pet. 


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bug Bites

We have this little white lie in our family.

Girls don't get pimples. 

A lady would never admit to having something is horrid as a PIMPLE!

Oh no!

Ladies get "bug bites."

Last night, as I was tucking in Patrick, he was recounting for me his latest literary adventure, The Throne of Fire.  Suddenly, he stopped mid-sentence, wrinkled his forehead in a frown, and leaned down close to my cheek.

He pointed near my nose with a look of disgust, then said, "Mom, what happened to your face?"

Me, trying to act very nonchalant, "Oh that thing?  It's just a little bug bite."

Patrick gets a wry smile on his face, tilts his head and says, "A bug bite mom?  Really?"

Me, a guilty smile.

Then Patrick says, "Well Mom, with that one, you might not be able to use the "bug bite" excuse.  He peers ever closer, making me feel like an insect under an entomologist's microscope.

"With that one Mom, you are going to have to use the "shot-by-a-BB-gun-excuse."

This kid makes me laugh!

And if you don't see me in public for a few days, you'll know why.

Icing the wound.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Special Visit

We just returned from our son's graduation.  It was such a joy to spend time with Will and his wife--and of course to see our grandpuppies and granddaughter (t minus ten weeks--doesn't Cort look fantastic!)! 

We were up at O'dark-thirty for our flight.  The lucky travelers were James, Lizzy, and Mei Mei--along with Hubby and my dad.  And me.  Of course.  Even tho I'm not in any of the pictures.  Because I was taking all the pictures.  But I guess you already knew that. 

I miss having all my babies living under one roof--time together is so very special.  I love just sitting and talking, reminiscing and laughing. 

I love hearing about plans for the future--getting details on their new home, new baby, and new life.

And I love seeing the older kids together again.  And it was so memorable watching Mei Mei literally run into her brother's arms for the very first time!

She loves having a family to love! (She wasn't quite so sure about the dogs tho--she would sit on the couch wielding two couch cushions as shields from doggie kisses.)

What's not to love?

The only part of the trip I didn't like was saying good-bye. 


We miss you Will and Cort!  See you this summer!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Truly Important

A loyal reader sent me this link to a Mother's Day article written by a Korean adoptee.  It will touch your heart--kleenex alert!  The writer (Corina Knoll) captures so many emotions from multiple perspectives.  I loved it.

And I love it when I hear from readers!  Please e-mail me any time!

Here are a few more pictures from Mother's Day. 

The best things in life are simple pleasures, like watching my children play.  Too often, I am distracted by the seemingly urgent, and I miss out on the truly important. 

But not this day.  Those smiles . . . and all those antics . . . such blessings.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Mother's Day to women around the globe!  I hope your day was extra special.

I was blessed by a special day with my mom. 

Time at the skatepark and a BBQ.  What fun!

My children spoiled me with lots of special treats, smiles, and phone calls from afar.

What a beautiful day!