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I will begin this post with the information that I have often thought about an age that children should be saved; as in wondering when is too young and when is too old (yes, I know you are never too old to be saved, but I also wouldn’t want for my children to resist salvation after they knew and understood the details).  Additionally, I didn’t want them to pray to receive Christ just because everyone else was and they didn’t understand what they were doing.   So, although our family often talks about being saved or having Jesus live in our hearts, and we pray for the lost and explain to the kids what that means, we never ask the kids to make any decisions.  I think they are so young!

OK, on to the fun stuff. This afternoon Carter is walking down the hallway with his hands firmly pressed together at his chin, and he says “Dear Jesus, please come and live in my heart forever and ever, I want to stay there always and never go away.”  He repeated the prayer again (he gt a little distracted fumbling over a toy so I guess he wanted to start over to make sure Jesus heard everything 🙂  After I heard those precious words, I sat down with Carter and explained the importance of what he had just said and to make sure that was what he wanted.  We talked about sin and he mostly said “I know what this means mom.”   For those of you who are of a  religion different from Christianity or none at all, here is what our church, we, believe about salvation…http://www.longhollow.com/im_new/the_good_news

I am so happy for my sweet Carter.  He is growing up so fast, and I am so thankful that the Lord has given him to Josh and me to raise.  I love watching as he is being molded into this compassionate, loving, independent, confident little boy.  So, we are rejoicing with the angels for Carter’s decision to ask Jesus to live in his heart and to forgive him for his sins.

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I am thinking that as we have talked to the boys about adoption that maybe we left out a few details.  They have been told that children who are adopted typically do not have parents or their parents cannot take care of them. This is a common topic in our house since we know so many people in the adoption process.  Of course, the boy’s Aunt Leslie and Uncle Brandon are adopting from Korea right now, making the topic even more talked about.  (you can follow their story here www.1lessorphan.com

As we are leaving church today, Carter runs over to the infant room and is checking out all of the babies.  Followed by Maddox, they began discussing which little boys they like.  This is followed by them saying “Mom, can we have this little baby?”.  Of course I proceeded to tell them that little boy already has a mom and dad that love him and we cannot just take him.  I don’t really think they liked that answer.  But Mom, he is waving to us and smiling at us. 

I love their sweet spirits and innocence, even if they wanted to kidnap a little brother 🙂

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. 

Feb. UPDATE:  New debt amount is $2,400.00.  Not a good month   Although, we are still lower than our goal debt of paying $260 a month thanks to January.  Praise the Lord, Josh is actually getting overtime, so I am hoping March is a good month!!

March UPDATE:  New Debt Amount is $2,100.00 We paid a little over our goal of $260 a month, so I am not going to complain.  I do wish this was a quicker process though.  Oh well, staying strong. 

April UPDATE:   I like this one!  OK, from March we had $2,100.00, now our new total is $1,600.00!  So, we are another $500 down.  We had a tiny amount of help from a very small tax return.  So, Josh’s truck debt is officially paid off!  Now to finish these 2 medical bills! 

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 do with what we have for now!

Feb. Update–nothing new

March Update-nothing new except after the storm Monday our deck looks a bit more like it’s about to fall off, lol. 

April-Nothing new…

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!!

Feb. Update-Still reading Secure Daughters, Confident Sons!  Up to date on my Chronological Bible, and Bible Study Book, Boundaries with Kids. 

March Update-AYE-I finally finished Secure Daughters, Confident Sons-review coming soon.  I really need to read more books!  I also enjoyed reading Corduroy with Carter tonight.  I love the Books from Birth Program!

April Update- It’s embarrassing how much I am slacking here!  I am keeping up with my chronological Bible Study, but I have not even had time to think about reading lately.  I really want to at least write my review for SDCS from March, and then maybe getting a new book will motivate me…who knows!

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!!!

Feb. Update-PRAYING!

March Update-PRAYING!  I am not one to be a jealous person.  I am not very materialistic.  I do not desire to have the latest clothes or cars or jewelry, or much of anything.  I am however finding myself feeling jealous of all of my friends going on mission trips.  I really want to go! 

April Update–Still praying for this!!

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”.