Friday, July 25, 2008

Hannibal or Bust

Okay, so we leave Saturday for World Changers in Hannibal. I honestly don't want to go. I'm so afraid our agency will get a new list of waiting children and I'll be stuck in Hannibal with no computer, no way to contact our international adoption specialist, no way to sign papers.
But God is telling me to Go! Stop simply surviving the China Adoption wait and LIVE my life. It has been such a strain, it wasn't supposed to be like this.
So, as the Group180 leader, I will go. I will forge ahead and uphold my promise to take them. I will smile and I will enjoy my week. I will not obsess about China. I will no obsess about China. I will not obsess about China. Oh, did I say that already?
I will trust my God and His timing. I know when I finally hold my daughter in my arms, the wait will make perfect sense. I know I will never forget the wait and the anquish it's caused, but when I finally meet my daughter, I will know that the unbearable wait is what brought me her. I will wait upon the Lord, my Lord, my God, my Saviour, my Hope, my Rest, my Sustainer, my EVERYTHING. I will wait. And I will go to Hannibal!
Eternally His... JMS

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Jadeth's Sr. Pictures

Wow, my son is a Senior! How overwhelming is that? We're talking college soon. Can I afford college and an adoption? God will provide.
Anyway, we had Sr. pictures taken yesteray at Look At Me Pics. Renea does such a fabulous job! She tormented us with a few preveiws and we'll have to wait a couple of weeks for the rest. Enjoy...

I love this picture of Jadeth. He looks so much like a professional in this picture! This is Jadeth's favorite so far... Don't get me wrong, it's a great shot, but looks a little ordinary! Love the others more!
This is actually a great photo, but this dog is the most disgusting thing I've ever been around. Did I tell you that I'm just not an animal lover? Sorry, but it's the truth. This dog snorted, snotted, grunted, drooled, licked my ankles and 'clung' to Jadeth's leg the entire time. Grrrrr....
This shot was actually take a couple of weeks before Sr. Picture day. Jadeth seen something similar and wanted to imitate it. So he took the picture to Renea and right then and there they played around with it. This is their version and I totally love it!
Watch for more as she gets them uploaded! I know I'll be totally broke by the time I see the rest. How will I ever decide?
Eternally His... JMS

Olympic Prayer Band

Mine is on the way....
His- JMS

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Where has the time gone?

Wow! I knew when summer hit, we'd be too busy to focus on the China adoption wait. I'm so glad. It's too easy to focus solely on this adoption and how long its taking. It hurts. It's depressing. It's nice to be busy and live, not simply 'survive' this long, seemingly unending wait. "Those that wait upon the Lord...." He keeps renewing me and giving me the strength to hold on. It's not something I could endure on my own. There is nothing new to report on this front... so here's what's been keeping me away!

Jadeth played tennis this spring and had a very successfull season. Then he helped teach tennis basics for tennis camp this summer. He loves tennis, almost as much as soccer! He's been busy working at Hy-Vee and staying up all hours of the night playing 'rock band' with his friends. Also, right now, he's playing slow pitch softball with our church. I can't believe how far he can hit the ball. He started out playing short stop, but they moved him to third. Seems he can't control the power of this throws to first and the first baseman preferred he threw from a little further distance! His throws are dead on and I wouldn't want to be the recipient of one! It amazes me how athletic he is. And such a good kid....
Oh Jacen! Jacen had a fabulous ball season! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to watch Jacen play! He is smaller than the other boys, but such a power hitter! Even in T ball, he was hitting them to the fence! The last couple of years, he's really advanced in his ball playing and is awesome at catching those line drives hit right to short stop! He also has such a good throw to first. It's taken a while to tame his arm... he's had the power, just not the control to get it to the first baseman's glove! There was no telling where the ball would go before!

Jacen is still my little skateboarder too! He has to skate everyday! I dropped him off at the skate park yesterday and ran into the grocery store... When I returned to check on him, he was ramping up on top of a picnic table, sliding the length of it and dropping off to the concrete. He landed it perfect. Another little boy was there filming it with my cell phone. I've got to learn how to add video to my blog!

Jacen also went to tennis camp and wants to play tennis like his big brother when he's in High School. Once in a while, Jadeth and Jacen actually get along and Jadeth will take him to play rock band with his friends. Actually this summer, both have matured and have begun to be friends... sort of! They've also taken to grocery shopping, which is awesome! I need to start sending cash, rather than a blank check though!

This was Jory's first year for baseball! He was so much fun to watch! The first game, he twirled and twirled and twirled some more! I also have this on video if I ever figure out how to add it! So cute! Anyway, Jory loved to hit the ball and has the same strength and ability as his brothers! The outfield is boring and the kids still have no clue what to do when the ball comes to them! It's so entertaining! Jory went to summer school so he could become familiar with the school for when he starts Kindergarten this fall. He earned $50 and it just come in the mail! I think we'll be going to WalMart tonight to buy the bike he's been waiting for... one that looks like a motorcycle. He's short $, but one of the days he missed was not his fault, so mom and dad and grandma are making up the difference!

Jadeth recently had Sr. Pics taken, so I'll add some previews of those on another post. Jack is racing... some. Sounds like soon they'll begin working Saturday's. He's been busy with our porch project and going to ball games! I'll try to get racing pictures up sometime as well!

So, we'll keep on, keeping on.... Until next time - His, JMS

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Independence Day

God Bless America....