Monday, March 31, 2014

Quick Prayer Request

Could ya'll please pray we find a larger vehicle that runs excellent and that we can afford?Thank you!

It needs to, at the very minimum, fit 8 people and have trunk space for a double stroller.
It needs to run excellent...Matt is not handy w/ cars.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Fostering a Teen, Week 3

Week 1:
Everyone is deliriously happy w/ the decision to say yes to God to take in another child.
Everyone IS genuinely enjoying the bonding time.  Every day revolves around BONDING, BONDING, BONDING, FUN, FUN, FUN, JESUS, FAMILY, JESUS, FAMILY TIME.

Week 2:
Ditto week 1, but towards the end of the week, exhaustion is starting to set in.
Mama saves all her chores & editing for AFTER kids are in bed and a mama can only go on little sleep before she hits a wall!

Week 3:
Slap those happy faces on kids!

So thankful we are on Spring Break!!!  We need major down time w/ NO school!!!

Our Sunshine girl is such an immense delight!  But the I'm-going-out-of-my-way-to-give-her-the-best-of-myself attitude that one of the kids had, is GONE.  And said little person has requested we have a mommy-daughter date, just the two of us.  That's scheduled for TONIGHT folks!

Everyone else (the mature ones) are still totally digging this and we can't believe how un-hard it is, except for the house being a little less quiet, which means less reading time for the Readers in the house.

Sunshine girl claimed to not really like little kids when she first arrived...which made us laugh because she had 2 little kids she would need to start liking pretty soon!  Now she is madly in love w/ The Littles and jumps in to play & join in the giggles.  :)

We're still trying to figure out meals we can all agree upon, but this was the case before her arrival.  The other kids in our home all have different ideas of what a good, balanced meal is and Miss Sunshine's most recent foster home had a mom who cooked amazing southern meals, fried fish & all.  We don't eat like that... but we HAVE cooked several of her requests already including sunny side up eggs on top of pancakes. Apparently, I didn't make the pancakes large enough. But I got an E for effort!  :)-

Still can't believe this is my life. I can't believe I have been blessed with such a beautiful family. Their hearts are so pure, so loving, so giving, selfless, gentle and kind.  This includes Sunshine girl. I kid you not, she is already a Morrow!  The Lord takes my breath away by how He TOTALLY does put the lonely in families...the PERFECT family for them!

And how is Matt, really?
AH-MAZING.  But would you really expect anything else?  When a man fully surrenders himself to the Lord in EVERY SINGLE ASPECT...he yearns for nothing more than to live fully for the Lord & to bring Him glory in every area of his life, including parenting...especially parenting.  We are raising the future, right now, one day at a time, with smiles, hugs, "I believe in YOU!", "we all make mistakes & it's okay!", worship times, family time, dinners - together, silliness, I love you's, quick WalMart trips w/ 3 teens & buying chocolate...
That's my Matt.
He takes my breath away.
I NEVER imagined I would get this lucky.

Adoption & Fostering has brought a new depth of immense joy to our marriage & family.  We are getting to take part in something HUGE for His glory.  And I am daily humbled we get to be a part of this.

This life wasn't meant to be lived selfishly for ourselves, to store up treasures for our own happiness. This life is a gift from the Lord, to be shared with others, to make His Name known among those who don't know Him.

When we die and we stand before God, all that's going to matter is what we did with what He gave us, with our life (did we surrender it to Him?), with our children (did we teach them about Him?), with our talents (did we use them for His glory?), with our finances (did we allow Him to lead us in how to use them?).

We can't take the new game system with us to heaven, or the sweet, new SUV you just financed, we can't even take our pretty shoe collection to heaven, even if it does sparkle.  Where are YOUR priorities?  Maybe it's time to re-evaluate?  I know He has definitely had our family re-evaluate what we're living for over the last few years and continues to do so, daily.

Ps. I won't get to blog much after this week. My Home School load has increased w/ our Sunshine girl, almost doubled. When a child is bounced around from home to home, district to district, they fall behind on school.  Different teachers teach out of textbooks differently. Some chapters aren't done in order. Some chapters are skipped. A child that moves several times a year from schools doesn't have time to catch up. It's not rocket science, it would happen to any of us. So we are working diligently to get her as caught up as possible before next school year. Yes, we get to do Summer School. Sobs.  Thankful she has one on one help now. :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thankful Thursday | Personal

Today I'm thankful for... too many things, but here's a few things that will bless you :).

  • beginning the adoption process of "Tiny"
  • seeing him learn to scoot during tummy time
  • welcoming another daughter into our home
  • and seeing the rest of our crew welcome her with open arms & hearts
  • and feeling like my heart is going to burst
  • having the faith to know sometimes we have to obey, before the Lord provides... so we wait on our larger vehicle and a few other things that He knows we need & we trust 
  • piano lessons for our new sunshine girl
  • ukelele lessons for Sara
  • continued violin lessons for Gabi
  • Freezer Swap Group
  • a surprise meal for my SIL & our kids while Matt & I were away at a Foster Care Marriage Conference
  • God is good, all the time!
Night, night!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I'm a mom, again...

Just wanted ya'll to know that I'm a mom, again...
My hands are wonderfully full.  My heart constantly feels like it may burst with joy.  Tears well up at the oddest times, because of a smile shared.  And boy am I EXHAUSTED.


Our newest addition is older & beautiful.
The rest of our crew has embraced her and made her a Morrow instantly.

See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us his children, and that is what we are! 1 John 3:1