Let the Summer Fun Begin…

first photo of kidsOne year ago today, we started this blog to chronicle our journey to be “A Forever Family.” God has blessed us beyond our dreams. This is the first photo that we saw of our kids back in the fall of last year. Last year was a flurry of activity to get ready to meet our children and bring them home. What a wonderful journey it has been!

We just talking about it today, how much the children have grown and how much they know since January 14 of this year! They have such amazing vocabulary already and have conversations with adults who would never guess that our the kids’ first language was Hungarian and not English. They have learned so much in such a short time! We are so proud of them! Daddy has been a very good teacher at home school! The children are able to write their numbers to 50 with some help. This week they have been reading rhyming words by sounding them out. I have always been a firm believer in Phonics, but I have seen it proved true in my own children! They read the book “Andy” by Tomi De Paola. I helped them a little, but they read the rhyming words by themselves!!!! They are able to spell words if we make the sounds for them. They are on the verge of spelling.

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This week, we went to church conference in Mobile. While Daddy went to his meetings, the kids and I hung out at the pool. Tibi, by the way, sounded out “pool” all by himself and read his first word that first day. Anyway, back to the pool. Tibi was very timid when he first stepped foot in the pool. We got them both arm floaties, so we let them walk in by themselves. Dorina walked right in but Tibi was still afraid of the water. The first day, they didn’t put their heads under the water, but their confidence grew as they realized they could go all over the pool with their floaties and still be safe. We played with a beach ball, played tag, and swam all around. The second day, they both were much braver. Dorina even put her head under the water and started jumping in to me. Then she asked to take her floaties off. I kept her in the 3 foot area, but she did wonderful! She even jumped in and swam to Daddy and Mommy with her face in the water! Tibi kept his floaties on but he did do some jumping in and he put his face under the water at least once! We had such a wonderful time swimming together and playing! The kids didn’t want to get out of the water! We have water babies now!!!
Our children have learned so much English and we are so proud! It is still cute when they make little errors in their speech. Here are some of our newest sayings…..Tibi was talking about our family and he said, “I like aus.” He meant I like all of us!

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“It’s blinking, but I am ok, ” Tibi said. He meant it was bleeding. He also asked us “Do you have a probbob?” He was playing doctor and wanted to know if we had a problem for him to treat.

One day I was talking about someone lying down and Dorina said, “Number 9, Do not lie!” That is number nine of the ten commandments. I had to explain to them that lying down and telling a lie are not the same.

We are so proud of how much the kids love God and how many scriptures they have learned. Today, the kids wrote special love notes to Jesus and put them in a plastic heart that they have. It was so so sweet! They pray every night for all of the people that they know who are in need and especially for children who are being adopted from Hungary (and their families). They pray for Mommy and Daddy and all of their family too. They thank God for so many things and pray about everything! They are great teachers for their Mommy and Daddy about faith! They are learning the 23rd Psalm, I Cor 13 and they already know the 10 commandments and several other verses. They frequently recite their verses throughout the day. They also know so many “Jesus songs” as they call them. They really enjoy the “Bullfrogs and Butterflies” series and the “Psalty Kid’s Praise” series. I have enjoyed teaching them the songs of my childhood. When we hear the children singing their hearts to Jesus in praise and worship, it brings tears of joy to our eyes and smiles to our faces! God has blessed us so much! So many people have said to us that “the kids are so blessed to have you.” But the truth is, we are the ones who are blessed to have them in our lives! They are so full of love and happiness and joy! They have taught us about God’s love!

new familyThank you Father God for our beautiful family! Thank you for blessing us with these beautiful children! Thank you for giving us so much love and joy in our family! We worship you and praise you for all that you have done, all that you are doing, and all that you have in store for us!!!!

God provides the grass we need for right now

Last night at church we watched a video about Psalm 23.  In the video, we saw a group of sheep being led by a real shepherd in Israel.  Ray Vanderlaan explained in the video that the shepherd, leads the sheep to enough grass to “fill their mouths.”  That means that they get what they need for right now.  The sheep don’t worry, because they know that when they need to eat again, the shepherd will know where to lead them to find food.  The shepherd always leads them to safe water and food when it is time.

We want to be that kind of sheep to our Shepherd.  We want to patiently and trustingly wait on the Shepherd to provide and care for us.  We know that the Shepherd is leading us in this adoption process and He will provide for us as we need it.  Yesterday, we got a call in response to the letters that we sent out.  Another business in Dothan has written a check to sponsor our upcoming Taylor Mason show on November 18th at Harvest Church!  That means that half of our expenses for the show have been provided for by Corporate Sponsors in Dothan!!!!  God has provided!  We still need $2000 to provide for the show, but we know that God will provide the grass we need as we need it!  We are expecting that the money raised from the show will cover our money needed for Hungarian court and travel and expenses while in Hungary.  We also need to make 3 more payments to Lifeline.  But we know that God will lead us to the right place at the right time to meet our needs!  If you would like to help, please see our Donate page or Donate Now button.  We are also working on a puzzle piece fundraiser and will be able to share that with everyone very soon!

We have our last Home Study Visit tomorrow!  Then the waiting begins for all of the government entities to process and approve our paperwork.  That will be the hard part…….we have no control over that part.  But again I am reminded of the sheep and the Shepherd.  The Good Shepherd leads us to the right places at the right time.  The Good Shepherd knows the land – He knows what is ahead.  He knows where the good grass grows and He knows where the safe water is found.  He knows where the rocks and cliffs are and keeps us safe when we listen for His voice and follow Him.

The video mentioned earlier also talked about how the sheep watch the shepherd’s feet.  We are to watch the feet of Jesus and follow after Him.  In the video, it showed how children (young girls) are the shepherdesses that walk behind the sheep and that young teenage boys (under-shepherds) go in front for the sheep to follow, but the father is usually standing nearby watching.  The scripture says that God goes before us, behind us and around us.  He is always watching and caring for us.  One woman in the video said that she felt like the under-shepherd to her children.  That she should be the example of the feet to follow for her own children.  That is so true.  God is entrusting these siblings to our care.  What an honor and privileged!  We have to walk in such a way that our children can imitate our feet to know and be like Jesus.

 

In the video, Ray Vanderlaan also took his group to see an Acacia tree.  The Bible talks about a tree that is growing in the streams of water in Psalm 1.  But Ray takes them to a tree in a dry valley.   This area is flooded by water only during a heavy rain that runs down the mountain and fill the valley.

This doesn’t happen often, but it means that there is water running under the ground in this valley.  This tree has tapped in to the underground water.  There is not any visible water in this picture, but there is evidence of water!  The tree is proof that it has tapped into a stream of water.  Ray Vanderlaan explained in the video that we are to be the evidence that we are tapped into God.  Our lives should be living proof of our loving God.  We should be the fruit that extends to a dying world.  What does that mean?  For us, it means caring for the orphans.  It means loving each other and loving those around us.  It means sharing the love of God in tangible ways every day.   It means that we sink our roots down deep in Father God and spend time knowing Him intimately and deeply.  It means taking time each day to study with our Father and talk to our Father and walk with our Father.  It means trusting and being steadfast in His Word.  It means being a sacrificial example of His love every day.  It means knowing how much Father God loves us.  It means knowing Him and being known by Him.