|Happy ThanksLIVING from my crew! Despite the looks on our faces, we really are a happy bunch. This was our 150th (at least) attempt at a family photo with everyone looking at the camera!|
When my kids were in my womb, I remember praying, asking the Lord to give me children that would be world changers; kids that would make a difference in this world for His glory. I prayed that prayer daily for four years. When I hit year four, I felt like the Lord was saying to me loud and clear that if I truly wanted to raise kids that were going to change this world, I needed to show them that I could change the world. I have no idea what God has in store for me, but I am ready. I am ready to be the change that I want to see in the world.
Opening our hearts and our home to our sweet baby girl Airlie has been life changing. Chris and I were chatting today about Thanksgiving and about how special it is every time we have a new baby to be thankful for. This year is super special! We have a little girl that now has HOPE! She now has LOVE, A FAMILY, and BOUNDLESS OPPORTUNITIES! Last Thanksgiving, she was 1 of 170 kids under four years of age, who went to sleep in a room in one of fifteen baby beds without being told she was loved unconditionally, who was left to console herself when upset, who was likely hungry, and never kissed good night. This Thanksgiving, her life has changed. Through God's divine and absolutely PERFECT plan, her old life has passed and her new life has began. I am so incredibly humbled and honored that God has chosen us to be her parents. I am forever thankful that her life has HOPE...
I am also incredibly thankful for my Cavan and Kian. They are compassionate, caring children that are learning so much every day. I am doing my best to teach them to see the bigger picture and not just focus on their wants and needs. That's challenging for a four and one year old! I was so proud when we made our Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes last week. They were so excited to make them and overjoyed to turn them in at church!
Chris is so supportive of all of the WONDERFUL ideas (ha ha) that I have! I am thankful that he is a man that loves his family and listens to God's call for our lives. I am thankful for my parents. They are such kind hearted, generous folks. My daddy, who has battled Multiple Sclerosis for years, is a daily inspiration for me. The challenges he faces each moment are enough to bring me to tears just thinking about them....yet, he takes it all in stride and stays so incredibly positive! He is PRECIOUS! I am thankful for my sis and her hubby, and my BEAUTIFUL niece and nephew. They light up my sky...
My heart is just overwhelmed with thanks to my loving God for the beautiful life He has given me. Here are some of my favorite photos from the last couple of weeks:
|We made these super cool turkey shirts. The backdrop of this photo is an autumn colored abstract painting by the Daniels' children. |
|Trying to take pictures is so challenging with three kids....poor kids.|
|Airlie and Kian getting ready for their baby dedication last Sunday.|
Oh and Bro. Trent, do you mind if we use your picture in our blog???
|Airlie holding "my Jesus"|
|Bath time fun!|
|Hanging out with her cousin Audrey....pure joy!|
|I am thankful for my Cav...|
|...and for our newest edition, Airlie!|
May we live every day giving thanks,