Friday, January 28, 2011

I've Met My Match

If I have ever given you any parenting advice,
I'm sorry.
I have no idea what I am doing.

A certain 2 1/2 year old has me running like a water-boy.
Although VERY cute and lovable, he daily does things like:
egg the kitchen (not hard-boiled)
pour cups of water out all over the house
scale the pantry shelves
squeeze out all makeup
take my phone in the bath
throws books at the lights in the library trying to knock them out, after jumping off the tables
pour the fireplace ashes out in the living room
and... last week, slip out of the house, without anyone knowing,
and try to follow me to the gas station on foot.
He got very close. Finding him where he was is my scariest experience as a mother.

So, advice anyone?? (besides a "backpack leash")
He's the one I could hear "who IS that child's mother?" I am always there, but apparently too slow or, heaven forbid, doing something with my 2 other children.
I am really trying hard here, he never stops!
I mean... how could you really be mad when this guy eggs your kitchen??
He really is adorable, I'll even rent him out for a day to entertain you too!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Imago Dei

From Dr. Tim Keller in response to Dr. Peter Singer from Princeton:

"If you don't believe in the image of God, what are you going to ground human rights in? You're going to ground it in capacities. If you can't protect the unborn you can't protect the newly born, you can't protect the mentally handicapped, you can't protect old people. It's a fact. It's logical. If you go back to the beginning of the Christian church, here's what you saw: they came into a Greco-Roman world that also grounded the idea of rights on capacities. Aristotle said that some races are too emotional, they couldn't reason because they didn't have the capacity for higher reason. They deserved to be slaves. And in the Greco-Roman world you had slavery, you had terrible poverty, you had lots of abortion, you had infanticide. It was perfectly legal…girl babies died of exposure. And you took the elderly and sick poor people and just let them die. And that was all legal; and it was done all the time."

Dr. Keller concluded:

"But the Christians came along and they believed in the Imago Dei. And because they believed in the image of God, from the beginning they were champions [of life] … they were totally against abortion, from the beginning. Because if you believe in the image of God you have to be… if human life is good, then nascent human life has got to be good. But they were also against infanticide. They were not one-issue people. They cared for the poor… They were champions of women; they were champions of orphans; they were champions of the weak; they were champions of the poor. And they were against abortion. And they put the rest of the culture to shame because of their belief in the sanctity of life."

"So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them."
Genesis 1:27

This week is Sanctity of Life Sunday. What if we put the "rest of the culture to shame" because of our belief in the Imago Dei?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

No Objection!

We're approved!

The Rwanda government apparently feels we are an A-OK family for one of their precious little boys.
We are thrilled! It is really going to happen, we will have 4 little kids running around!
I already took Caroline for her Passport pictures, I can't believe she, at 7, will be going to Africa to bring home a little brother!
Lucy has been telling anyone who will look at her.
Our family is all abuz right now with preparations. Bunk beds and pulling down boy clothes...

By far and away the best prep-work I will have, is going to this retreat, Created for Care, Feb 4-6th. All adoptive moms, some with major experience (zillions of kids). The speakers are going to be wonderful and the breakouts are perfect for preparation. More about that later...

For now, we are just so thankful to be over the MAJOR hurdle!

Thank you Rwanda, I can't wait to know you.

Lift up your eyes all around, and see;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from far,
and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.
Then you shall see and exult,
because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you"
Isaiah 60:4-5

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas Wrap-Up

Christmas has come and gone once again.
This year it was different, though. The last few seasons I've landed on Jan 2 only to breathe a sigh of relief that I made it. I was tense and exhausted. Of course with three little kids with no real schedule for 3 weeks, some days were a struggle, but we tried really hard to not focus on the sibling fighting and normal frustrations and have thankful hearts. (I also kept running and taking my Vitamin B :)
This year we slowed down. We bought fewer presents for us and family, and did it all online. The kids got one Santa gift and then they "bought" a gift for everyone else in our family and got a great stocking.
We did an Advent gift for Jesus every week where we gave him a birthday gift via the "least of these". An inner city ministry, Glimmer of Hope water well... The girls started to enjoy this, a tradition I think we are going to love. Like a Secret Santa :)
My favorite part was doing our nightly Jesse Tree time with the girls. I made the Ann Voskamp devotional into a spiral bound book, glued the paper ornaments onto blocks of wood, painted some sticks white and put it in our entryway. Every night we counted down Christ's coming starting in Genesis, working our way to His birth. The girls really loved our time, we were able to be consistent because we put very little on the calendar.
We went to church in December with my parents, sister and brother in law. Felt right for Christmas.
Andy took Preston to the Fire Department-they rode in the engine, sprayed water everywhere.
We cut down our tree in Elgin with family
We went to dinner with good friends
I took the kids ice-skating
Yes, Lucy is scooping up the dirty ice and licking her hands.
You would NOT have believed Preston. He put on skates and marched out so confident. He LOVED it!!!
We went to Duncanville Christmas day to be with the Schulz family. 7 cousins, 2 more coming!
All in all it was a great season.
Now we fly in 2011 renewed and expectant that God is going to do great things!!