I am a 30 something year old mom of five precious boys and two sweet girls. Five of our children are here with us and two are in the arms of Jesus. Our sweet baby girl Hope was diagnosed with Dystrophic Epdermolysis Bullosa and our youngest son came to us through adoption, our youngest daughter through foster care, and I've recently been diagnosed with malignant melanoma the Lord has shown us just how Faithful He is. We will continue to Journey and follow Him where ever He leads. We feel very blessed that God chose us to be the parents of each of our kids, and we look forward to what He has in store for us in foster care!
I was hoping I'd have more time to update with all the fun things we are doing, and yet we are so very busy I have not had time! We have spent the first two weeks of school exploring and learning and really enjoying each other. We've harvested from our garden, done some canning, freezing and dehydrating, we've taken trips to the lake, the zoo, the park, the creek, the retirement home. We've visited with family, read lots of books, researched many animals, provided some respite foster care, and enjoyed being outside. The week ahead will include LOTS of time at the Albion Fair as the kids are prepping their entries today!
Though I am sometimes so busy that I barely have time to grab my cup of coffee in the morning, I cannot help but look at my life and praise God for all He's trusted me with. I am so blessed to get to help Him form and shape these four sweet blessings and I have to admit He gave me the PERFECT partner to do it all with. I had my wisdom teeth out a few weeks ago and Howard really stepped it up...I didn't think it was possible to love him more but each day, I do!
So here is a fun photo update:
Ben and Hope washing tomatoes for Daddy and Luke to process
Luke and Howard processing the tomatoes.
Our favorite nine year old
Our bountiful harvest
Sweet Hope and her bounty from the kids' garden
Sweet Luke and his homegrown purple corn and the first carrot!
Silly Ben and his carrot stub
Green Bean Smiles
Mommy and Hope at our family reunion
Mommy and Papa White kissing on a cranky Hope
Hope, Daddy and Jake watching the trains at the zoo.
Go ahead and mention my child, The one that died, you know. Don't worry about hurting me further. The depth of my pain doesn't show. Don't worry about making me cry. I'm already crying inside. Help me to heal by releasing The tears that I try to hide. I'm hurt when you just keep silent, Pretending she didn't exist. I'd rather you mention my child, Knowing that she has been missed. You asked me how I was doing. I say "pretty good" or "fine". But healing is something ongoing I feel it will take a lifetime. ~ Elizabeth Dent ~
"When I Lay My Isaac Down" - Carol Kent "The One Year Book of Hope" - Nancy Guthrie "Holding on to Hope" - Nancy Guthrie "Empty Cradle Broken Heart" - Deborah Davis "Waiting With Gabriel" - Amy Kuebelbeck "Streams in the Desert" - LB Cowman "It Takes a Parent" - Betsy Hart "I'll Hold You in Heaven" - Jack Hayford "Crazy Love" Francis Chan "Radical" David Platt