Thursday, December 27, 2012

I LIKE adoption

A while ago, my husband introduced me to the Gospel Coalition's website.  If you've never checked it out, I highly recommend it.  There are so many good articles and resources there.  The Gospel Coalition was founded by men like Tim Keller, John Piper and Don Carson if that tells you anything. 

He recently found this video on adoption on the Coalition's site.  It was made by I Like Giving. I Like Giving is a movement to inspire people to live generously. It doesn't say "give" generously, but "live" generously. There's a big difference when you think about it. 

In this video you will meet the Dennehy family. They are a beautiful picture of what love is and can be.  It's also a wonderful picture of adoption.  What a gift...the gift of family!  I am reminded that my stuff and my possessions cannot be what define me.  If they do, then I'll never be satisfied.  The most important thing is love.  Love for that makes me want to live sacrificially.  A love that says this American dream is a lie and it cannot satisfy you...only Jesus and living for Him can.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas this year

The season is a gift,
when love came down to let us live

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with Hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

ways to help

Just like everyone else  I can't think about the victims or pray for their friends and family  without getting tears in my eyes.  It is beyond words and comprehension.  I am so thankful that I can go to God on behalf of these families. I am thankful that he is the great Comforter because I am at a loss.  Joanna has listed on her blog, A Cup of Jo, some other ways we can help.  She has named some local organizations that we can give a donation to that will go directly to the families of the victims.  Joanna has also given the school address.  To send a letter or card of love to the school and parents the address is:  

Sandy Hook Elementary School
12 Dickerson Drive
Newtown, CT. 06482

If you want to honor these children and adults who lost their lives in a more permament way, I can't think of a more fitting honor to them than to help another child go to school.  In other parts of the world, attending school is a luxury and one that most families can't afford.  There are so many incredible organizations out there helping others but our family can personally recommend The Kilgoris Project and Compassion International.
It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.
-Mother Teresa


Monday, December 17, 2012


"God does not love sinners because they are attractive; sinners are attractive to
 God because he loves them."   
-Martin Luther

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


We are all still adjusting to each other but life is good!  Life as a family of five has been alot of fun.  Jonathan is full of joy!  He brings so much to our lives! He loved decorating the tree but has really shown no interest since.  

Jonathan had so much fun making his own Christmas tree.

And even more fun tearing off all of the buttons! :)

Sibling love!!

Baths and balance bikes rock!  Two of his favorite things to do!

We made these yummy cookies and you can find the recipe here.  They are easy and who doesn't love chocolate and peppermint together!

You can go here and here and here to get some great Christmas printables!

If you want to be inspired and read a story of hope, the hope that only  Jesus brings...go read this post.   You will cry...just fair warning.  Thank you to my friend, Sarah, for introducing me to Sara's blog. 

 Phil Wickham has a new Christmas album, Songs for Christmas.   We love it!  It plays all the time at our house.  It is hard to have a bad day when Christmas songs are playing!


The First Noel


Monday, December 10, 2012

a book list

We love reading Christmas books together as a family each year. Have you seen the list, 50 Fabulous Christmas Books for Kids?   Simple As That  has a  put together a great list!  She has researched and listed  so many wonderful books is a great resource.  You can go here to check out the list of books.

There are some books I would add to her list.  We love Night Tree by Eve Bunting.  It is about a family who has the tradition of going into the woods every year to decorate a live tree with food for the animals in the forest.

Tomie dePaolo's The Legend of the Poinsettia and The Birds of Bethlehem are some of our favorites.  The Legend of the Poinsettia is about a girl's unselfish gift to baby Jesus.  The Birds of Bethelehem is the nativity story from birds perspective.  It is beautiful!

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston is another touching and inspiring story.  Ruthie's family  provides the town they live in with a Christmas tree each year.  With Ruthie's father off to war it falls to Ruthie and her Mom to get the tree and continue the tradition.

Happy Monday!

Friday, December 7, 2012

another Prince

The Advent season is in full swing at our house. The last few years, we’ve used The Jesse Tree study to help focus on our minds on Christ.  We love it and it has become a family tradition.  Each day, there is a scripture reading and a devotional thought that brings us all the way from creation to the birth of Jesus.  This year we’ve been using The Jesus Storybook Bible for some of our scripture readings.  If you have it, you already know how incredible the Storybook is.  I love the how the subtitle of the books says it...”every story whispers His name”.  We want our kids to know that every story and everything in the Bible points us to Jesus...everything is about Him.  I know that I sometimes forget that...I get to thinking that it is about me... I get into the mode of reading the Bible and searching for what the Bible is saying to me, or about me, when I should be looking at the Bible from the viewpoint of searching for what it is saying about Christ.  

Last night, using the Storybook Bible, we read the Old Testament story of Joseph.  You remember…sold into slavery by his jealous, older brothers…imprisoned and forgotten by everyone in Egypt….blessed by God to basically become the Prince of Egypt. I won't include the whole story from the Storybook, but I wanted to include part of it because of how beautifully Sally Lloyd-Jones weaved it back to Christ.  This picks up where Joseph’s brothers, who thought he was dead long ago, have come back to Egypt, needing his help, and are very fearful because they thought that Joseph thought they had stolen from him (see Gen. 45)…… 

They came and knelt before the new prince.  His brothers didn't know that the prince was Joseph. But Joseph knew who they were.  Joseph's dream, the one about his brothers bowing down to him was coming true.  "It's me!" Joseph cried.  When they saw it was Joseph, his brothers were afraid.  They had wronged Joseph. They had sinned and they knew it. Now Joseph would certainly punish them.  But Joseph looked at his brothers and his eyes filled with tears.  Even though his brothers had hurt him and hated him and wanted him dead- in spite of everything- he couldn't stop loving them. His heart, which they had broken, filled up with love, and Joseph forgave them.  Joseph threw his arms around them. "Don't be afraid," he said. "Behind what you were doing, underneath everything that was happening, God was doing something good. God was making everything right again."  Joseph didn't punish them, he rescued them-he brought God's special family to live safely with him in Egypt.  One day, God would send another Prince, a young Prince whose heart would break.  Like Joseph, he would leave his home and his Father.  His brothers would hate him and want him dead.  He would be sold for pieces of silver.  He would be punished even though he had done nothing wrong.  But God would use everything that happened to this young Prince-even the bad things-to do something good: to forgive the sins of the whole world.
-The Jesus Storybook Bible

For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.
Romans 8:3a, NIV


Monday, December 3, 2012

Love is Christmas

 Have you heard this Christmas song before?  The words and the music are beautiful. It is all about LOVE. I hope your season of advent is off to a wonderful start.

I don’t care if the house is packed, or the strings of light are broken.
I don’t care if the gifts are wrapped, or there’s nothing here to open.
Love is not a toy, and no paper will conceal it.
Love is simply joy, that I’m home.
I don’t care if the carpet stained, we’ve got food upon our table.
I don’t care if it’s gonna rain, our little room is warm and stable.
Love is who we are, and no season can contain it.
Love would never fall for that.
We sing …
Let love lead us, love is Christmas.
Why so scared that you’ll mess it up, when perfection keeps you haunted?
All we need is your best my love, that’s all anyone ever wanted.
Love is how we do, let no judgment overrule it.
Love I look to you.
And sing …
Let love lead us. Love is Christmas.
Let love lead us. Love is Christmas.