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I am not a big fan of resolutions, they always seem to be forgotten about and usually not accomplished.  However, I do have a few goals I would like to post, mostly so that I can remember them and have a little accountability.  I also intent to do monthly progress updates.

Financial–We need to pay off medical bills and a debt for Josh’s motor (whatever went out on his truck before the transmission)!  So, these debt totals are a little over $3,000.00.  That is going to mean paying about $260.00 a month on these debts to have them paid off by the end of the year.  This is going to be a huge struggle for us with our tight budget.  I am excited to see how God is going to allow us to accomplish this through him, since financially, we cannot do this alone! 

UPDATE: From a medical/truck debt of $3,100.00 on the 1/1/11, a goal debt of $2,840.00 to an actual debt of $2,500.00!!!  Yay for month one, thank you Lord for you faithfulness to provide. 

House-We are possibly going to need to purchase a dryer this year.  I am praying ours holds out, but it is not looking good.  Possibly we can repair it, but who knows!  I would also somehow like to get a new deck or at least have ours repaired so that we don’t have nails everywhere, rails falling out, and the thing is barely attached to the house at this point.  It’s a bit scary.  We have always dreamed to have a bigger deck with stairs that go to the back yard for the kids, but it has never been a financial priority.  Now, it is a bit of a hazard.  However, this too is a God goal, because it’s not in our budget!

Update:  Well, the back deck is still about to fall off, the dryer still works terribly, and now our dishwasher is not looking good either.  Oh well, we will make due with what we have for now!

Reading-I intend to read 24 books this year.  I have never been much of a reader.  Actually, I have never really enjoyed it that much.  I guess school does that to you?  So 2 books a month, here we go!  Oh, and I am also GOING to read through the Bible!  The Chronological Bible, I am keeping up so far and thrilled about actually accomplishing this goal I have started too many times and not finished!  Oh yeah–I plan to get the 24 books I am reading for FREE!!!

Reading Goal Update:  I have read “Lady in Waiting”, “Sun Stand Still”, “The Dragon and the Turtle” (yes I am counting new children’s books too!), and the first 31 days of my chronological Bible (which I LOVE!)  So, 3 books down, at least 21 more to go in 2011, I cannot wait for my next book to arrive!!

One more goal.  It’s interesting because we need to get out debt to accomplish our dreams in life to glorify God’s kingdom and live the life we know God has in store for us.  That being said, Josh and I both are planning to go on a mission trip this year!  We, again, cannot accomplish this alone!  Obviously, we don’t have the funds to do this.  So, let’s see where we are led in this part of our lives! 

Praying hard for this goal to become a reality!!!

Of Course what are goals without a little eat healthier and exercise!  I am not making any specific goals in this area, just to be healthier.

I am sooooo excited to see what God has in store for our family in 2011.  I honestly cannot believe I am even putting these goals in writing, much less posting them for anyone to see!  I just read “Sun Stand Still” and it was a book that makes you remember how big God is, how faithful he is, and how we have to pray and believe and follow simple ordinary steps and watch God do the “extra”.

Susan Meissner is now a favorite author of mine!  I didn’t want to put this book down.  Watching as the lives of 2 ladies unfold and seeing how their lives were intertwined, although they lived decades apart, was enthralling.  The mix of truth and fiction was perfect.  I loved just imagining that this story could be true.  The relationship between Lady Jane Grey and Lucy Day was exciting and intriguing.  Reading this book, I felt like I was watching them mature and grow up.  The life of Jane Lindsay was like that of so many others in our current world. You see families struggling with divorce and the possibility of divorce entirely too often.  Reading how they realized that they had the ability to control their lives, and they could make decisions and also had to live with the consequences was like watching them take control of their lives.  I would recommend this book to anyone male/female, middle school age and up.

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As I have said before, some blogs are just a public journal of things I want to remember and memories I want to share with my children.  This is one of those entries….

I want to remember the moment Leslie told me that they were going to adopt a little boy from S Korea, I was in Casa Vieja with Leslie and Pauline for a quick lunch before we picked the kids up from school.  I think I only found a few days before the “Official Thanksgiving Announcement” because Leslie received an adoption related phone call she had to take.  So, she told me they were adopting and I was thrilled. 

I want to remember the first time I saw a picture of him (also at Casa Vieja), and how I loved him instantly, just like my other nieces and nephews.  I was so excited to get my 1lessorphan t-shirt and hoodie.  I enjoyed so much advertising the cookbook in order to get recipes, and not so much editing, but the excitement of seeing them for the first time was also awesome.  Now, selling them is fun too!  www.1lessorphan.com  check it out!

I love talking to people about adopting and about the orphans in other countries as well as our own.  I love the scriptures that I have been led to about orphans such as James 1:27, Exodus 22:22, Isaiah 1:17, Matthew 18:5, just to name a few. 

Mostly I love the comments from my children.  Carter and Maddox went with the Landskron Family (our babysitters) to the Adventure Science Museum a few weeks ago….of all of the fun and exciting things they did, Carter had this to say….”Mom guess what I saw River, mom I saw him at the place we were at.” Me-“no honey River is far far away in another country, he isn’t in America yet”.  Carter- “no mom I saw him, he has dark brown hair and you know mom he’s just different, like he looks different, it was him mom!”  I loved his enthusiasm, although I still had to explain to him that he didn’t see River at the Adventure Science Museaum, lol.

Last week after we dropped Carter off at school, we were driving home and Maddox says with a tear in his eye, “Mom, I really really really miss my new cousin River.  You know he wears the Thomas shirt and I really really want him to play trains with me.” 

I amazes me how they already love River so much.  I love watching this process and getting to read about not only River, but all of the precious orphans that are being adopted by families in our church.  God is amazing in his works, and seeing these families follow in obedience and spending their savings to give orphans a mother and a  father, and even brothers and sisters in amazing. 

What is most spectacular is that these orphans are being brought into Christian homes where they will be given the eternal gift of knowing Jesus Christ.

To my nephew…I pray for you daily, I pray for your life now, that you are happy and healthy.  I pray for your transition to America with your new family.  I pray that you pick up the language quickly. I pray that you love all of your new cousins and that you will be great friends.  I pray that you come to know Jesus at an early age.  I pray that I can always be here if you need an aunt to talk to.  I love you and I cannot wait to meet you!

As I was writing this post, I received news that 2 orphans in the orphanage our church sponsors in Haiti passed away last night.  There is a cholera outbreak there.  Please pray for the orphans there and the mommas that take care of them.

As I reflect back to this date one year ago, I am truly humbled. Carter’s fall down a flight of stairs resulting in a laceration of his kidney happened one year ago today.  I wrote a note on facebook here http://www.facebook.com/#!/note.php?note_id=302463156342 about Carter’s injury/Vandy experience.  It is hard to believe it has already been a year since I experienced my most difficult trial to keep it together as a mom.  I am, by nature, a pretty calm and collected person in emergency situations.  Watching my sweet little boy endure needle sticks from 3 failed attempts to place an iv was heart wrenching.  Seeing how faithful God has been, how he has healed our little boy has been amazing.  So tonight as I tuck in my sweet Carter, I am just incredibly grateful to every person who was there for us, supported us, and prayed for Carter and our family.

Head over to Leslie and Brandon’s site and enter to win a cookbook!  Only a few hours left!  www.1lessorphan.com

This week I have had entirely too much time to think and worry about my children and not as much what they are/will be exposed to, but how Josh and I should handle these situations.  Also, how we should prepare them for these times in their lives.  I know we can’t prepare them for everything and that we can’t have all of the right answers, but I want to get some things right.  It seems that children are exposed to so much more at  a younger age than I was.  I know working in a junior high, the amount of students who are sexually active appalls me.  Not to mention the curse words, cigarettes, drugs, disrespect towards adults, etc. etc. 

I am thinking I need to ask our small group if we can do a parenting study.  Oh, what this has anything to with title “thankful”……I am thankful to have a sister who has children who are older that I can talk to about my fears and concerns.  I am thankful for friends who can admit their parenting mistakes (or just things they would have done differently), that they are not proud of, in order to help me not make the same mistakes.  So many people want to give you advice, but when it comes to admitting their child said a curse word, or cheated at school, or smoked a cigarette, etc. no one wants to talk about it. Maybe because our society is so judgemental or they are ashamed, but admitting to others what you messed up as a parent can really help other parents to train their children!

I pray that I am continually surrounded by friends who can admit their mistakes and who I can talk to about my mistakes so that we can learn from each other in a safe, judgement free environment.

I am not a big fan of resolutions, they always seem to be forgotten about and usually not accomplished.  However, I do have a few goals I would like to post, mostly so that I can remember them and have a little accountability.  I also intent to do monthly progress updates.

Financial–We need to pay off medical bills and a debt for Josh’s motor (whatever went out on his truck before the transmission)!  So, these debt totals are a little over $3,000.00.  That is going to mean paying about $260.00 a month on these debts to have them paid off by the end of the year.  This is going to be a huge struggle for us with our tight budget.  I am excited to see how God is going to allow us to accomplish this through him, since financially, we cannot do this alone! 

House-We are possibly going to need to purchase a dryer this year.  I am praying ours holds out, but it is not looking good.  Possibly we can repair it, but who knows!  I would also somehow like to get a new deck or at least have ours repaired so that we don’t have nails everywhere, rails falling out, and the thing is barely attached to the house at this point.  It’s a bit scary.  We have always dreamed to have a bigger deck with stairs that go to the back yard for the kids, but it has never been a financial priority.  Now, it is a bit of a hazard.  However, this too is a God goal, because it’s not in our budget!

Reading-I intend to read 24 books this year.  I have never been much of a reader.  Actually, I have never really enjoyed it that much.  I guess school does that to you?  So 2 books a month, here we go!  Oh, and I am also GOING to read through the Bible!  The Chronological Bible, I am keeping up so far and thrilled about actually accomplishing this goal I have started too many times and not finished!  Oh yeah–I plan to get the 24 books I am reading for FREE!!!

One more goal.  It’s interesting because we need to get out debt to accomplish our dreams in life to glorify God’s kingdom and live the life we know God has in store for us.  That being said, Josh and I both are planning to go on a mission trip this year!  We, again, cannot accomplish this alone!  Obviously, we don’t have the funds to do this.  So, let’s see where we are led in this part of our lives! 

Of Course what are goals without a little eat healthier and exercise!  I am not making any specific goals in this area, just to be healthier.

I am sooooo excited to see what God has in store for our family in 2011.  I honestly cannot believe I am even putting these goals in writing, much less posting them for anyone to see!  I just read “Sun Stand Still” and it was a book that makes you remember how big God is, how faithful he is, and how we have to pray and believe and follow simple ordinary steps and watch God do the “extra”.

Before you read this book, be prepared to listen to God and be ready to obediently go where you know He is leading you!  Often, as Christians we know that we are being led to go somewhere or do something, but we are scared to death so we ignore the feeling.  Also, we are too often not supported by others, we listen to those “you are crazy!” comments and they add to our fear.  Honestly though, what do we have to fear if God is on our side.  We need to fear no obeying God and not going where he is leading us!! 

One of favorite passages from the book in on page 25 where Steven Furtick writes “If the dream in your heart isn’t biblically based, focused on Jesus, affirmed by the key people in your life, and tethered to you passions, gifts and life experiences, chances are, you’re way off prompt.”  I just love this because it is something so many people need to hear!  Many people think as long as they believe their plan is good, that’s all that matters.  We all need to step back and be sure our dreams include the affirmation of the key Christians in our life, and that our dreams are focused on Jesus.  Otherwise, they are probably doomed before they begin.  I believe God puts people in our paths for a reason, and we shouldn’t ignore or neglect relationships or things we learn from past failures and current friendships. 

I also love this “extraordinary moves of God begin with ordinary acts of obedience.”  How true is this throughout the Bible and the lives of so many people I have seen God move through.  You have to step out, take that first walk of obedience, work through your fear and trust God. 

I enjoyed all of the stories throughout this book of people’s “Sun Stand Still” moments and experiences.  We should know that God is big enough to make the sun stand still and that if we believe that and we have a dream that is focused on Jesus, we need to go for it!  We need to pray our own “Sun Stand Still” prayers and be ready to watch God move as we obey and tackle our fears!  

I loved this book, and I highly recommend it!

I am loving all of these snow days and being able to stay home with my boys!!  It is so awesome to have them fighting over who gets to sit in Mommy’s lap 🙂 

Kyson took one little step the other day and is standing up a lot but still not walking.  He has the best personality.  He loves giving kisses and he loves paying with his big brother’s toys!  He is a little love bug, but he is also a big MOMMY”S BOY!  He has a little melt down every time I walk past him and don’t pick him up, which is several times a day!

I cannot believe my little Maddox is going to be 3 next month!  He is very funny, lots of personality and a huge vocabulary!  His words and understanding are a constant amazement to me.  He talks like a 5-year-old.  He knows his abcs, but doesn’t have much interest in learning the sounds they make or other things Carter knew at his age.  So far, Maddox is seeming to be my street smart, learn from experience, and Carter is my book smart, taking it all in child.  Of course they are 2 and 4 so who knows what the future holds!   

Carter is in preschool.  He loves going to school and loves playing with his cousin Mackenzie.  Mrs. Denise, their teacher, is wonderful!  Carter can write his name, read color words, and he actually recited Psalms 23 (almost the entire thing without error) to me the other day! 

Random info.-Kyson is wearing 18-24M clothes and a size 6.5 shoe.   Maddox is wearing 4t and a size 10 shoe.  Carter is wearing XS shirts and size 6 jeans although I think he will be in 7s before I know it!  He wears an 11 shoe, but they are getting small also!!

Josh and I are continually in awe that God has blessed with the privilege of raising these 3 little boys!  They are so precious and our prayer is that they give their lives to Christ at an early age, that their hands do His work, their lips speak His word, and their feet walk in the paths the Lord has for them.