Oh my goodness gracious. The next time my dear husband tells me, “Honey, I need some new photos of you,” I am so going to know that he has something up his sleeve. We’re complete opposites when it comes to photos. He’s spent hours and hours in front a camera in exotic locations around the world. Me? I feel like a complete goof with two left feet. Especially when he’s standing there behind the camera telling me to, “Spin around, honey.” “Smile, honey.” “Turn around faster, honey.” All while I’m constantly looking over my shoulder to see if any passersby are staring at this ridiculous blonde spinning around. Me and twirling just don’t go very well together.
His post totally made me laugh, tear up, and be so thankful for the man God gave me–even though my first reaction was to edit his little collage the heck out of there. Me and my pride. Yup, I hate those pictures…but he loves them, so they stayed put. I love that he loves me just the way I am.
Anthony…I love you WAY better.
Speaking of my rocking husband, he has started a series on his blog for anyone who has ever struggled with RHS (Reluctant Husband Syndrome, you know). Today was the first in the series. “I might consider adopting, but later. So what’s wrong with putting it off for a year or so?” Pass it on to any husband you may know of who needs some encouragement in this area. It’s a big thing for so many men when it comes to growing their family through adoption.
I hope you all had a blessed Mother’s Day. Ours was so wonderful. I could not help but miss my own mom something awful though. I really miss having a mom. I miss the sound of her laugh. I miss being able to pick up the phone and just have mom on the other side. I am so sad that I never took the time to do it more often when she was still alive. I often wonder what she would say about my life now. We only had four kids when Mom went to be with the Lord. Life has changed so much.
Moms are so special. Losing mine way too soon has made me realize so many things about my own mothering. For one, I am always mindful of the fact that life is so fragile. It can really be a case of here one day and gone the next. I try to be very purposeful in being Mommy to my children–making the most of each and every minute that the Lord blesses me with them. Time is so fleeting, isn’t it?
My kids were so sweet yesterday. I think I heard, “Hey, happy Mother’s Day, Mom,” at least a hundred times throughout the day. All at the most random moments, of course. I love that about kids. They just speak the things that come to mind at any given moment. I got some precious handmade cards and some flowers to brighten my day. It was so good.
We’re winding down our school year, thank goodness. I am so ready to be done now. May is always such a drag–the end is in sight, the kids are restless, and Mommy just needs a break. We actually got through our work really quickly this year and all four of my students have already started working on the next grade’s schoolwork. Don’t even ask me how we managed that with two new toddlers in the mix…I have no idea.
Totally shifting gears here…
I wanted to share an amazing family with you all. Many of you already know the Blocks, but just in case you don’t, I would love to introduce them to you. Amy, Todd, and their sweet family have heard the call and are moving their family to Gautemala. They will serve as missionaries in an orphanage there. The Blocks are such an incredible family with huge hearts and and an enormous passion for orphans.
This sweet family cannot leave the U.S. until they have raised enough support to be able to sustain themselves on the mission field. They have already sold their home and most of their belongings, and are now living in a rental until all the funds are raised.
Click on the button to take you directly to their fundraising page.
Lorraine from All are Precious In His Sight is having a huge blitz for the Block family. She is calling the body of Christ to rally together and help the Blocks fulfill the call of God on their lives in Guatemala. Lorraine is trying to find 108 people to each contribute $25 a month.
Please go to Lorraine’s blog right here for all the details and how you can help one family go out on the mission field. Some are called to stay–but some are also called to GO! What a blessing that this family is willing to follow the Father–no matter where He may lead them.
That’s it for now, friends. Tomorrow I will share my heart on something that I have been thinking a lot about recently. Something that grieves me when I hear it and see it–and causes me to look at myself and the way I am with my children, with my friends, and with strangers too.
Love and hugs to all of you.
**** In case you missed my earlier post, I posted about Vanya’s family and their blog. Go and meet them. We’re rejoicing that sweet boy will be coming home soon!