Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Joseph

I can't believe that my little brother turned 13 today.

I also can't believe that of the 5 posts I've written, 2 of them have been about birthdays. Praise the Lord that Life is worth celebrating. And celebrate we did! After a family tradition of strawberry shortcake for breakfast, Lela Grace made cookies and brought them up to school for him at lunch time, and we had a delicious steak dinner and chocolate cake tonight, along with 13 presents for the birthday boy. I love food. :)

I am so happy for Joseph to be beginning the experience of life as a teenager.
I truly hope that this year will really grow our relationship. I love you Joey. Happy Birthday.

ps. Ok, so this picture was not taken even close to today, but none of the ones from this evening turned out very well, and I want to try to have at least one picture in every post. Mainly because I enjoy reading blogs more when they have a lot of pictures. Anyway, there are the five of us last spring. :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Autumn is Coming!

For the past two weeks we have had nothing but rain and gray skies. But yesterday and today the clouds have left, the sky is clear and the weather is absolutely GLORIOUS!
I took Michael out on a walk/tricycle ride after school today and it was beautiful. A little difficult to steer him along and keep him on the edge of the road and actually peddling forward,

but beautiful. :)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Hero Monday--- Rahab

So, I had this idea that every Monday I would write a summary of the life of one of the Heroes of the Faith that have encouraged me. This Monday's hero is my favorite heroine in the Bible, Rahab. The story of Rahab in the scripture is less that a chapter long, but her name is repeated throughout the Bible as a Old Testament believer and as one of the five women listed in the line of Christ. I have also read this short little incredible book by Francine Rivers called Unashamed about Rahab, I know is historical fiction but it aligns with the Bible story and has captured my imagination nontheless.

Rahab was a prostitute in Jericho, but despite the secular, pagan culture she lived in, she heard the Stories. She knew the things that God had done in delivering His people from Egypt and she recognized Him for who He was, even though she probably stood totally alone in Jericho as the only one believing in the God of Israel. When the two spies from across the Jordan came in to see the city, Rahab took a step in faith without expecting anything in return, risking her life to serve a God who she knew was the True God. She tricked the guards, hid the spies, and lowered them out of her window in the Wall of the city where she lived (which indicates that she was a woman of consequence) by a scarlet cord. She and her family's lives were spared because she had faith and the Lord had mercy on her (Joshua 2). Forgiven, Rahab was accepted into the Covenant, a daughter of Israel, one of the Chosen people, and one of the five recorded women in the ancestral line of Jesus (Matthew 1:5) In the New Testament, the writer of Hebrews lists Rahab as an example of one who "did not perish with those who were disobedient" (Hebrews 11: 31) but instead "died in faith, not having received the things promisd, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowleged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth" (Hebrews 11: 13).

Rahab, like Abraham, Moses, Abel, Noah, and all the other faithful Old Testament believers were saved by faith through grace just like we are. We look back on the death of Christ and see our salvation by the Cross. They had to do something perhaps even harder, they looked forward. But in the same way all of the believers have been saved by grace through faith, it is not of our own doing, it is a gift from God (Ephesians :8) who died once for all mankind for all time.

I love Rahab's story because it isn't her story, it is God's story. The story of Rahab shows God's perfect plan being fufilled through the most unlikely of people. His redemption and His forgivness are the theme of Rahab's adventure.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Alyssa

My sweet friend Alyssa just turned 16. She and I went to Africa together this past summer and I can't wait to spend the evening with her to celebrate 16 years of life. Love you Alyssa!
Alyssa after getting her hair braided by some little girls at the AWAA transition home in Ethiopia

Saturday, September 26, 2009


Hello everyone!

Thank you so much for visiting. I don't have a super clear vision of what this blog is going to look like so far, but I am excited to have a place to record this time in my life.

A little bit about me:

More than anything, I am loved by my Savior, who I seek to glorify with all of my life. His faithfulness is unfailing and His mercies are new every morning. I am very blessed with a amazing family who loves me and accepts me. I am the oldest of five children with two younger brothers and two younger sisters (Joseph 13; Lela Grace 10; Michael 3; Julia 3). Michael and Julia are twins and they came home to our family from Ethiopia when they were 6 months old. I have attended the most amazing classical Chrstian school in the world since my sixth grade year and am blessed by the my teachers, friends, and education there every single day. My family and I are renewed every Sunday at a beautiful little church in my town that is associated with my school, so we get to fellowship with many of the same families in both places. Finally, and the biggest reason for me starting this blog to begin with: When I was 11 years old, my mom and I traveled to South Africa and Kenya on a mission trip. Since then, the Lord has slowly but surely called me to serve His children in Eastern Africa. When I was almost 13 Michael and Julia came home and since then I have had a tried to use every oppurtunity to spread African Adoption/Orphan awarness in my community.
My desire for almost 5 years was to return to Africa, and this past summer God fufilled that dream as I spent a week in Ethiopia and a week in Uganda on a mission trip visiting orphans. It was definetly a learning trip for me, and I know I'll be going back one day. I hope to live there either full time or at least for a while whenever God directs.

"To whom much is Given, much is expected."

The Lord has definetly blessed me immeasurably, even though many things aren't perfect and evey day there is something new to wrestle with and to learn from. But more than what God has given me, I am blessed by who He is. Lord help me to keep that in front of me at all times, and to not get caught up in what is going on around me and loose sight of who You are.

ps. I am somewhat modeling this blog after another girl's who I met in the blog world who also has a heart for orphans. Reading her blog ( encourages me all the time. It is also somewhat modeled after the first blog I ever followed, a friend of mine's from church (