Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Adoption Day!

Today was a very special day indeed. Today we made Dezzi and Lucas part of our family.
We went to court in our matching T-shirts and this wonderful Judge signed the papers. It tock all of ten or 15 minutes for the entire hearing.

Here are all the people who attended our hearing. From left to right Chantell our adoption worker, Karen O'Cain our county worker, and two other amazing workers but their names escape me. I am so sorry. But one is the head of the foster care department and the other is a parent aid.

After the hearing we had a balloon releasing ceremony. It was very nice.

Everyone released their balloons when their name of position was called. It included everyone who made today possible.

It was a little chilly and windy but that's ok.

The final two balloons were released for Lucas and Dezzi.

After the hearing we headed to the church for a party with our friends. The kids even had their birth grandma, great grandparents, uncle, siblings and cousins present for the occasion. What a blessing they are to the kids.

It was a pot luck and there was lots of good food to eat.

Here are Dezzi's cupcakes with her new initials on them.

The special cake with all of our firsts initials on them including Ansir and all the pets.

Lucas's cupcakes with his new initials.

Finally a picture with all the kids who are part of Dezzi and Lucas's birth family. I am so glad that we are able to keep these family ties.
The Lord has blessed us beyond our wildest dreams.
To God be the Glory!
Sing Praises to your King!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Foster Care

Over the past 7 years or so my husband and I have been foster parents. We have had the privilege of hosting 17 beautiful children in our home over the years. Children whom we pray for continually as they continue through life journey. We do not hear how they are doing once they have left our home but the Lord knows their needs. While the children are in our home they have the opportunity to hear about the Lord Jesus Christ and what he did for them on the cross. They learn songs like Jesus Loves Me and they also learn how to pray. One of our last little ones loved prayer time and she could pray like no other. Her prayers went on for a good five or ten minutes. And even though we only understood bits and pieces of her prayer I know that her Father in heaven caught every word.  What a privilege to teach these young kids about God.

Many people ask me how on earth can you be a foster mom? Isn't it hard to send them back home? I don't think I could ever do that! Well my answers are as follows. I can only be a foster mom by the strength my heavenly Father gives me to do so. The comfort he gives me when I must grieve after they go home and the hope he places in my heart of getting to help, teach, care for and comfort more of His children. I remind my self that these children did't ask to be placed in this situation and the still need all of the love and care that I am able to provide. So why not me? If I don't do it who will? I discovered this week that ND has a huge shortage of foster care providers in many counties. If you think that you might be able to open your home to a child or two or three or four :) please contact your local Social Services department and ask about taking the PRIDE class. You will know if you are able to do it after completing this class. When Tim first came home and told me we should think about becoming foster-parents my response was the same once I listed above. But once I took the class I knew this was in Gods plan for me. Yes it is hard, it is sad and sometimes you will even get mad at the authorities who send the kids home even when the social workers Suggest that no they shouldn't go. But you will have made a difference to that child or children who were in your care for a day or a year depending on their situation.

So think about it! Pray About IT!

Sing Praises to your King!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

If We Say We Have No Sin We Deceive Our Selves.

1 John:18-9 This is a verse that I remember saying each Sunday as we recited the liturgy of confession and absolution while I was attending  the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. In case you were wondering they can be found in the Divine Service setting two from the LSB hymnal pg 167.  I have always found comfort in hearing these words and miss hearing them now that I attend a church that is not as liturgical.

We attend church to hear about the law that shows us our sins and also the Gospel which reveals the saving grace that God has bestowed upon us. This is what strengthens us and helps us to hold steadfast in tough times. If we are not hearing both of these things during the sermon at our churches we need to ask ourselves What Jesus is our church proclaiming? Is it the true Jesus of the bible or a Jesus that fits the mold of what we want him to be?  

Sing Praises to your King!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fellowship In Christ

Today we learned about fellowship. I must confess that when I hear the word fellowship I think of the coffee time at church or a gathering where something fun or entertaining is happening. Too often this "fellowship time" turns into a gossip session or an all about me session. How is this glorifying our Father in Heaven. This is not the kind of Fellowship that John is talking about in 1 John 1:3 Being in fellowship is much more. It is sharing in the hope of eternal life. Praying for one another, encouraging one another with scripture and working together for the glory of God. The next time you are at a church function weather it be coffee or a youth activity where there is fun to be had. Take some time to talk about the Lord with those fellow believers, offer to pray for or with them, discuss the sermon or part of scripture that you have recently read. Let us turn those fellowship times into true Christian fellowship.

Sing Praises to your King!