Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Cousin on a Snowy Day





snowy day fun



and, best of all, the arrival of Baby Diaz...






Monday, December 28, 2009

Waiting for Her

"Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied.  Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh."  Luke 6:20-21


We returned from Arkansas to find a pile of mail on the counter, a pile of packages outside the door, and a driveway blanketed with snow.  As Ethan snow blowed and William hauled in luggage, I began to slog through the mail.  It was a fun slog!  So many Christmas cards and fun pictures!  But it was the little half sheet of paper slipped into a really thin envelope that made me giddy...our license from DCFS.  Unfortunately, this was NOT what I thought it was.   Our homestudy has yet to be approved, and this little slip was not the approval.   So we wait.   If that would have been the approval, we could been receiving our referral 6 weeks earlier than projected, and that thought was so. incredibly. exciting.   UGH.  Not so.

So in the meantime we will hold onto the above verse, a promise straight from heaven, for our daughter.


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas 2009

Christmas held so much meaning this year.   Maybe it's because of all of the things swirling around us this year, things that cause us to wait...and be still...and anticipate.
Our little one in Ethiopia.  
Ethan's healing.   
Dad's healing.   
Advent.   
Watching family turmoil...waiting on the outcomes.
Watching God work, powerless to control so many things.  Yet trusting in His absolutely perfect timing, his faithfulness which stretches to the sky, but mostly His abundant grace.

Each night (well, almost), as we walked through the Bible, following the lineage of Jesus from the very beginning, we were blessed to glimpse into God's plan for humanity.

Our Jesse Tree


We are continuing our Jesse Tree this week, walking through the Bible past Jesus's birth.   It's amazing to think that each of us are a part of His plan!

Memories of Christmas 2009


Michelle and I reconnect after 16 years!


Aunt Trisha and the boys on a lazy morn


A beautiful hike through Devil's Den State Park


Ice skating


My grandmother's handmade ornaments


Woooooo...Pig Suey!


Dad telling stories and making us laugh


Aunt Mary


Immanuel, God With Us


Christmas Legos


On the ice with mom


The Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  I John 4:14-15

Thank you, Father, for Christmas, this yearly time to reflect and meditate on your coming to this earth so that we might have life, and have it to the full.

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