Monday, June 23, 2014

A man's heart plans his way....

Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.

I definitely have days when I say to myself, "I'm too old for this"... like today.

But really, God knows the plan and directs our footsteps...


The path we are on is definitely not the path I envisioned or the plan I had... But the satisfaction in my heart goes beyond any momentary irritation I occasionally have. 

JOY

I could not imagine life any other way... lead us on Lord, lead us on...









Saturday, June 21, 2014

A multitude of photos of the young Princess

We got a multitude of Photos yesterday from China!
 Last week, we sent a birthday cake to Elizabeth, although it was not her birthday.
 Because it's never a bad time to celebrate!
 And although we could not be there for her 5th birthday this year...
 I'm praying she can spend her sixth birthday with her new family!
 That would be mighty difficult, but with God all things are possible!
 Her next birthday is March 8th and...
 I am certain in this photo she is wishing and praying that she will be HOME soon! 
 "Dear Jesus, please send me quickly to my Mama and BaBa and Brothers and Sisiters..."
And with that she shares her cake with her friends!
I would love to know who the two sweethearts are with her.  
 And the young lady to appears to really care about our young princess!

 All snuggle loved up!
 So sweet! can they come visit us!
 Never get between a girl and her cake! I think she will fit right in here!
 Happy belated Birthday baby!
 We are working and praying hard to get you HOME!



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Feeling Anxious-casting care?

I have to confess that being in a "fundraiser" mode makes me extremely uncomfortable. I'm not very good at it. It keeps me on the computer too long and I start getting anxious, like now...

Psalm 55:22 says "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.

You would think by now I would remember all that the Lord has done for our family. How he has provided for ALL OF OUR NEEDS according to HIS RICHES in glory!  (Phil 4:19) You would think I would remember, every single time I ever cried out to Him, He has heard... and provided!

So today, and tomorrow, and the next few days, I am focusing on the family and lifting all my cares to Him and laying them at His feet... I will just "hang out" with my Daddy, with coffee, conversation, and remembering how good He is to us and blesses us and loves us.

God led us to Elizabeth...  And He's going to bring her home. Glory be His!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Updates and Lilla Rose Fundraiser

We sent a cake and a little gift to Elizabeth and they will most likely take a few pictures.... I'm praying for some new photos to come soon!
Hoping so!!! 

Prayer request: We need about $3,000 for our homestudy as well as fees for USCIS. USCIS is immagration and will grant us formal US approval to adopt an overseas orphan. I'm praying for this money BEFORE the end of August because we will need an equal amount ($3,000+) in August/Sept for the remaining agency fees, dossier (all the legal paperwork) authentications, translations, and sending the entire dossier to China so they can start their end of the adoption. It sounds like a lot, it is! But God can do it! There is nothing more satisfying then knowing the heart of our Father and responding the way Jesus did. God gave everything for us! The price was paid in full and I praise Him for that! Nothing is impossible by the blood of the Lamb! 

Currently on FB we are having a Lilla Rose fundraiser. Beautiful hair accessories that are high quality and fashionable... for Mom, Daughter, and even Grandmom! Click HERE and it will take you to the FB event!

 You can also shop Lilla Rose directly HERE
 These Dragonflies are my favorite Bobby Pins!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Disney Fun!


 Late last summer, Asher went into the hospital for a sickle cell complication called acute chest syndrome. It was serious and at one point he only had about 85% of his lung function I think... it may have been worse but the details are sketchy now. While there, the pain was so intense for him that his blood pressure sky rocketed! The pain lead to seizures. We found out he probably had an underlying bp problem for several months... I felt like a mommy failure, how could I not know! I did see signs, but didn't connect it to high bp. He was in the hospital for 2 1/2 weeks, most of it was ICU.

I have never seen Asher so helpless and sick. I had moments I thought he wouldn't make it. But the Lord reassured me. It wasn't his time to leave this earth.
A rare smile after he peed on the nurse :)
 The whole event took a toll on us all. In fact, we were getting a bit tired of life. Along with multiple hospitalizations, Brad had been laid off from his job the year before and was out of work for several months.

THERE WAS NO WORK TO BE FOUND

He took an awful job making far less then our budget allowed... it didn't even pay our mortgage. We were tired. We were weary but Brad and I also knew we were blessed so we had to make a choice to praise God. Throughout the year, and even during Asher's crisis in ICU, we CHOSE to praise God. 

As Asher began to miraculously bounce back, we talked about taking the kids to Disney. Asher had about 14 hospital admissions and I knew he would most likely be eligible for Make a Wish. 

But I didn't want him to use a wish yet...You only get one wish a lifetime. Asher will have sickle cell disease all his life. He may need/want that "wish" when he's a bit older. When he understands more about it and how he can wish for anything- something totally for HIMSELF. 

So I began to pray that God would make a way for our family to go without contacting Make a Wish. 2 months later, Brad got the job we were waiting for! The one that pays the bills! And that same job needed him to work OT during the month of January. A LOT of OT! It paid for Disney :) So we booked that trip in March... btw, this all took place BEFORE we realized we were adopting again. Not sure we would have gone to Disney... but we did and we were so blessed!
 
Our Vacation was in May! And the weather was perfect! 

Best Buddies!
 The best part about this amazing trip was that my Grandsons Levi and Micah, and daughter Amy and Son-in-Law David went too!
The first night set the tone for the whole trip. We saw the fireworks and the Electric Parade and it was a blast to see it all through the eyes of the kids... I teared up during the parade!

Simply adorable!

The Castle of course!

Breakfast with Pooh! I look at this and there is definitely room for another little girl!!! Can you see where she fits in?

Piglet was a hit!
Flannery clan minus Taylor

Early Parade

Following the Parade
This will go on our 2014 Christmas Ornament this year!

We had met with Mickey and many of his friends!

And enjoyed every minute of the hot weather lol! Especially after the 1000 inches of snow in NJ last winter ... ok maybe not that much, but it felt like it!

A Jedi apprentice... Padawan Asher was very serious about his training! He was looking at Darth Vader.

Not sure what Padawan Levi is thinking... looks a little nervous. He was about to go up against DV as well.

And Padawan Evan appears to be ready for the showdown with the enemy!
  Here they Go!!!






And we had lots of fun on the rides!



And swimming at the amazing Riverside Pool!

Animal Kingdom...

 Arielle with Mary Poppins!
spit spot!

China at Epcot!

Most of the time we had Asher in a wheelchair so he wouldn't get too tired! It was the best idea. And we made sure he got in bed at a decent hour... that was hard but we did it!
Animal Kingdom
Amy Lynn and Levi at night

Love the Hulk Shirt! lol

And how can you not love this!!!
This trip was one I will remember forever. The look on all the kids faces! All the "first times"... it was wonderful and I'm so glad that we had the opportunity to go on this trip and be together and laugh and just have fun. We all became ill with a virus on the way home. Asher developed a fever and 2 days after we got home he was admitted... we are thankful it didn't happen in Disney. God was watching over us the whole time. We could have done without the virus, but this vacation was very much needed and we had good family bonding time... I wouldn't change for the world. And I'm praying we will do it again someday!