Adoption journey

Over the past year, the Lord has been growing, teaching, and challenging our family in so many ways! We are responding to the Lord's leading and are expanding our family through the adoption of a precious baby!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Faith of a child... I am overjoyed!

I was just eavesdropping on my 4 and 5 year old boys playing together in the corner on our classroom floor. They were having the sweetest story time together; my 5 year old's "toy" was telling a story to my 4 year old's "toy"... the story of Jesus. As I began listening, I over heard him talking about the disciples together at the last supper. I heard him say, "Take this bread, this is my body broken for you." My 4 year old then asked, "what about the drink?" Evan responds, "This is my blood, do this in remembrance of me." He continues telling the story of how Jesus then went to the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed, telling almost every detail of Jesus dying on the cross. He went on by talking about the resurrection, and who Jesus appeared to... with details of the room of disciples, the men on the road to Emmaus, and when they recognized that it was Jesus. 

I am overjoyed as I see my son's love for the Lord, his love for the Bible, and his love for telling the story of Christ to others! Lately my 5 year old has been talking a lot about when we're missionaries... it's amazing to see God giving my son a heart for the nations so early in life. 
Jesus Storybook Bible

Lord, I am overwhelmed and overjoyed! You are so good, gracious and faithful. Lord thank you for the work you are doing in my boys! Thank You for children that love You and point to YOU. Thank you for salvation. I have prayed for You to bring salvation to our home and You are faithful, as always. Father please continue to bring salvation.... show us the depth of your love.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Dinner in the Orient... our first Theme Dinner Night!

Themed dinners is going to be our new family tradition! I got the idea from some friends from college, the Tyner Family, who has really cute themed family dinners. We had our first themed dinner this weekend... "Dinner in the Orient." It all began the day before when I scored an awesome brand new Wok set (with chop sticks) at a yard sale. The boys, who have never tasted any ethnic food, begged me to make Chinese food!! The boys had a blast preparing for our meal and learning about the Chinese culture. We learned that the Chinese invented paper, looked at Chinese art, learned to count to 10 in Chinese, listened to Chinese traditional music, and learned about the history of fortune cookies (which actually originated in California:).
We also talked about how many people in the country of China do not know Jesus. Evan responded, "well that's the first place we're going to go when we missionaries". I love his heart to tell people about His Lord!

fighting ninjas!

We also learned about martial arts; the boys favorite character was a ninja!
Even though I explained ninjas are from Japan, their costumes for the evening reflect this favorite.

my little ninjas!
The Menu
Pork stir fry and white rice
Egg rolls with sweet and sour sauce
The stir fry turned our perfectly on my new Wok... even my hubby who doesn't like ethnic food really enjoyed the menu! Everyone had fun using chop sticks instead of utensils:)

 I learned how to make a ninja mask with a t-shirt via an on-line tutorial... not sure I did it correctly:) Josh came home from work and helped the boys look more like ninjas:)

Everyone had a blast at our first family themed dinner night! Look forward to another one soon!!