Welcome!! Grab a cup of coffee and visit with us! We hope you enjoy our story! (((HUGS)))

Welcome!! Grab a cup of coffee and visit with us! We hope you enjoy our story! (((HUGS)))

Friday, May 27, 2016

Please pray

If you have time, could you please pray for our sweet Foster boy "G". He needs everyone who is willing to pray that the Lord's Will be done on his behalf.
It's a HUGE mountain. But the Lord moves mountains without effort doesn't He!

Thank You. We'll share when we get the news. Altho government responds sloooooooooooooowly.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Getting old enough for young people to wonder.........................

Adding a little girl was going to be our last "hurrah!". The ending to our adoptions. And it was Tom's idea. When he was in Bulgaria, he fell in love with many little girls there. It was his dream to bring one home. To be her Daddy.

I had my 5 little bumpkins and I was over the moon happy! But I would have also embraced a little girl from Bulgaria.

In the meantime we were contacted by an agency with a baby due to be born with Down Syndrome. A girl! We were so excited.
But when she was born a week early, she did not have DS. We were crushed.

We took a break and told our adoption agency we'd take a break and resume in Spring. (This was also while a grown child we raised had called Social Services on us.) We had a lot of emotions to work through.
Early March before we called them, our adoption agency called about OUR daughter. Miss Mercy. It didn't "feel" as exciting as we expected it to. This was a "desperate" placement. Thank goodness I refuse to go by my "feelings"!

And then it was such a long ordeal - months before our State believed we could care for all her many needs, and allowed her to stay. But God knew before she was even born- who her forever mommy and daddy would be!

Tom was a little sad to lose his dream. And Mercy was not as excited to see us as we were. But of course he sees now, he is her Daddy. That was 3 years ago last March.

This is my sweet LOVE waking up. I wouldn't trade any sleepless night with her for a different daughter. She needed us. We needed her.

The other day I was having a meeting with my favorite DC. (a person I pay to keep our Group Home paperwork compliant with the State) We were discussing MA and Sp's health. My DC is young, her children are under 3. As I age everyone gets younger! LOL!
She looked at me and asked "Are you still going to do this after MA and SP are gone?"

I should not have been surprised. But I was.

Since Mercy, CC and G, have come; we see the great need for a new kind of group home client. I hate to think of children living in Group Homes, but it is a fact today. And where better than where there is a mom and dad figure instead of "staff".

 In a time when people don't have time for children like these- we do. After so much experience and God given wisdom, why would we waste it? Prayers are always answered as God knows/does best. Would this be my choosing? Probably not. It's hard work, I'm human, I like to relax! :o) But I eagerly seek Him to answer His call. Knowing He does the really hard stuff for us! And He gives strength beyond our imaginations.

This is not something we "do", it's not a "job". This is how we live.

And I can't think of a bigger blessing! Lord willing we will live like this until He tells to stop! How will we know when He is done with us? Through daily prayers,  through daily walking hand in hand with Him! He never forsakes us!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Helping as best we can, Can you PLEASE help Mercy House?

 G is not thriving here. He has serious emotional/behavioural issues. He does things sweet 7 year old little boys shouldn't. He physically destroys everything around him. Even the things he likes, cookies, toys. Without any regrets. He seems almost tortured in his "need" to do this.

Some days the human me asks "Why are you doing this?" Of course I know why we are doing this, we are doing this because we can't turn our backs. We can't not love. We see extreme need. It breaks our hearts. We just can't turn our backs. This is a fallen world no matter where we live. And if we are extremely blessed- God sends us. And that is our JOY to serve Him. Only by His Grace do we do this. We are not special.

His parent's parental rights will be removed soon. He will no longer have supervised visitation. He will be left to grow up "In Care". He is fortunate that here we are a family. There's a Mom and Dad here, even if we can't be his mom and dad, we can still love and nurture him. He is blessed by the other children here who love him unconditionally, even when he swears at them, or hits and kicks.

Most Care Providers for his level of needs are absolutely not families. They are sterile facilities. Is it too much to ask a family to take in a child like Mercy or CC or G? There is no right or wrong answer. All I know is Lord Willing we are here. And the County can't find very many people like us willing to do this.

Because there is no other "place" for him as a 7 year old child, chances are good we can continue to have him here in what we think is most appropriate.
Our hearts are hurting for all of his losses and how he has no say or control over what happens to him.

I was going to put his Birthday party pictures up but I see Isaiah didn't load them! And I don't know how yet! LOL!

I promised a good while back that I would help a family that is doing something in the Philippines that I think is so worth supporting. I was very excited to spread the word about them. Unfortunately I became quite ill and that has really set me back. satan never rests. I'm slowly catching up now! :o) Catching up at 59 is more challenging, in fact catching up each year is more challenging! Lord Willing I won't be stopped!

I tried to snag a few pictures, pictures that completely broke my heart, but wasn't able to. I did snag the map! :o)

Here are their links~

Nikki's beautiful blog, where I met here a few? years ago, maybe 4??!! years back while adopting our boys
The photo at the top of her blog could be my G here in America.......lost and who will help.

And this is Mercy House, their Mission~

I have truly been so inspired by them.
They moved from the comforts of their home to go into the battle field. They walk the walk. They follow where God leads.

Best of all they give God the Glory. They are very humble people.

PLEASE consider sending them a donation. Donations are tax deductable. They spread God's LOVE in conditions that make it so very hard. PLEASE help them help these beautiful children.

And PLEASE!! You absolutely MUST PRAY for them, the children, their work!

Thank You for visiting! We never take your friendship for granted!