Monday, November 23, 2015

Counting my blessings....

Giving thanks for the things we are given is powerful....there all days that seem crazy but looking around and starting to Count our Blessings....naming them one by one, count your blessings, see what the Lord has done....sound familiar?

So many things to be thankful for this Thanksgivng week...

Simple things that we take for granted....a warm home, firewood stacked, hay in the barn for the winter, food in our cabinets, family around, our military and emergency workers on duty, our health....

Looking back over our year....big things...

Ben and Eli are home....this past week Ben celebrated his 14th birthday.  In his country, when you are 14, you "age out" of the orphanage.  This day was not lost on this mamas heart....a day that we found having fun as a family getting to know each other could have been quite different.  I am excited they are home.

Our other children are settling in too.  I a super grateful for this because I know their hearts for the orphan.

God has provided in big ways from our church family....meals, money for winter gear for the new boys, prayers and acceptance of our newest family members.....they had the men playing an intense game of Uno with them....our family favorite game.

Today, we went to our children's hospital here in NH to receive amazingly wonderful news on Ben's "special need" is so minimal, nothing needs to be done.  Another blessing.

So many things here at home.....

As we prepare to give thanks here at home and as a nation, let us pray that God will have favor on us, he will let us see an enemy before they strike and give us wisdom to respond appropriately, He will open our eyes to our neighbor and then have us reach out in love to those around could be simple....a prayer, a hug, a word of encouragement.  It could be ever He sees fit to move our hearts, be ready to respond.  God Bless You and Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Reece's Rainbow Family Warrior for the Winslow Family

See this big ole family....they are our dear friends in Real Life.

Doing life with this gang is always part of OUR adventure....their daughter Grace teaches piano to our kiddos, some of their daughters run Bright Lights that our daughter Kiara is a part of, camping trips, Alert Cadet trios together, retreats, and even home school days together.  But..... the coolest thing about their family and ours is our LOVE for Jesus and the Orphan!

Our journey began around those last two things and we have walked along side their family through all of their has been fun to see them grow in size as well as experiences.

They have stepped up to bring home this little sweetheart and make her a part of their family.

We thought it would be fun to step up for them to be their Reece's Rainbow Family Warriors....

What does that mean?

Our job is to support them in prayer....we are working on a prayer team right now to lift up their needs as they come in.

We also put their financial needs out there....did you see their blog?  They have a matching grant right now from needs some boosting folks!  There is a deadline on that...what a GREAT way to double your money ...more bang for your buck!

We are also working on a fund raiser....look for that soon.  

Check out their blog at

So....check back often for the latest and greatest on this new endeavor at our home excited for the Winslow Gang and their new sweetheart....oh, and I thought I would add this photo from our camping trip together this summer at Moosehillock in NH.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Orphan Sunday

Today is Orphan Sunday.  For those of us on the advocacy sites....that means some big things are happening every day in the world of the orphan.  People are crying out for the ill, unwanted, older kids to help bring them into families.

There are millions...yes, millions of kids who are true orphans ....there parents might have abandoned them because of a medical diagnosis they felt they couldn't deal with financially or they thought was a curse in their culture, they might have been killed in war, the aids epidemic, or some other tragic accident.

Right now on the site we watch there are about 9 orphans who are aging out this month ...what does that mean?  No family home to come home one to call Mom or one....out there on their own....some at 14....some at 16 ....some at 18....but alone is still alone.  The statistics for those children are tragic....truly tragic.

Orphan Sunday was created to raise an awareness to do something....anything....

Did you know that during Roman Times, orphans were kicked out of the city?  Christians stepped in and brought them home and cared for them as their isn't that simple anymore but there is plenty to do....

Love an orphan today....

Pray for them.

Advocate for them.

Mentor them.

Love them.

Donate funds to help bring them to a home that can care for them.

Adopt them.

In James 1:27....we are called to Care for the Orphans.  It is actually called true religion...caring for the orphans and the widows.

There are so many BUT......Every face has a story to tell. They didn't chose to be an orphan, they weren't ready but here they sit....waiting.

Oh....and caring for them is life changing--for them AND you!  You will never be the same...

What is it that you can do today for someone who longs for family....home....belonging?

Monday, November 2, 2015

First Week

One week for the boys to be home....we have tried to settle and be a family between activities and classes.  When we are home....we have tried to focus, slow down and work on just being a family.

We have filled our days with activities to unify us....hiking, bird watching, playing games, singing together...learning about one another.  Our boys have been like a a layered gift that we continue to find out details of their lives....they love sharing...we love finding out the details.

Taking it one day at a time here at our place.....