11/30/12

Family Fall Highlights

I realize I'm probably the only person going to read this post right now but I need to highlight the last few months anyway. I love looking back on past posts and seeing what was going on and how much everyone has grown.
Amy and Arielle's Birthday in Sept!
 
Fall Harvest time with the family. visited a Maze and Hayride with the kids. :) Even went Apple picking... First time!

Hayride!
Perfect pumpkins
Arielle is learning to read. It's a blessing to hear her finally read to her brothers.
Samuri Warriors!
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Asher's 6th Birthday in Nov
Love
Happy Birthday Baby!
My beautiful baby girl had her 2nd son... 
Micah Benjamin! So beautiful. 8lbs 5oz.
Brothers (and my beautiful Grandsons!) Levi and Micah :)
Hurrican Sandy tore up the Shore and New York!
Ocean City
 
Sophie and Maxine... Found in a storm drain during Hurrican Sandy.. now a part of our family :)
 


11/3/12

Stretching beyond the Natural

ADOPTION. There has been nothing more challenging, nothing more rewarding, nothing that has helped me to grow... in EVERY WAY... Stretching me to the max!

 I’m learning about true love. Love that goes beyond the natural. I’m learning about maturity (and how immature I sometimes am). I’m learning about Jesus in a way that I’ve never seen before.  I get it now... 

I get it. 

I get what it means to be ADOPTED by my Father. 

There’s no reason for Him to love me. But he does. Enough to sacrifice EVERYTHING to bring me home. I was the lowly one who needed a family. I was the abandoned one destined to die – because in the world 
 
...that’s what happens.

 But my Daddy paid the price, brought me home and gave me not only a forever family, He redeemed me from my destiny in this world... death. 


 So I really get it now. 
And I thank God for the 3 adorable faces I get to see everyday who have taught me (and continue to do so!) about an unconditional and sacrificial love that reaches to the very ends of the earth to save us.
 
 
And it's just the beginning...
 

9/6/12

Summer? Where are you!

So, I can't believe that it's September! Summer flew by at mock speed. We barely started and then "poof" it was gone.
 
 
It's been busy, and for some of us, great! But for poor Asher, it's been a hard August. He's had a painful month and ended up in the hospital for a few days. Fever. Cough. Pain. And just generally fatigued. He still is not 100%... praying for my little man.
 
He starts Kindergarten at home this year! One on One! I'm excited to spend that time with him :)
Cape May Point - July
 
Evan had a pretty good summer but he has worried about starting school. He's been home schooled so the "unknown" had him concerned. He start school yesterday... it was rocky at first but he figured it all out by the end of the day. Today was a good day :) He's going to do great. It's a private Christian School. Small classes and great teachers! His big brother Brad teaches there as well! 
Down OC July
 
 
Arielle has done wonderful this summer.
Awesome
Maturity
Growing leaps and bounds!
I can't believe the change in her since she came home! And it is all God! She prays everyday, reads her Bible and takes her walk with the Lord serious. Blessed Momma.
OC - favorite pass-time
This is not to say we don't have our problems, and we have far to go. Especially with education. But I'm beyond blessed to say I couldn't imagine life without her.
 
 
 
August was a rough month with Asher but it did have it's moments of blessings... like the birth of our brand new Grandson!
Micah Benjamin
9lbs 5oz
 
Oh what a joy it is! To watch my daughter and her husband raising a family of their own is bittersweet. Although I miss the days that my Amy Lynn was little, it's cool to see her love and nurture her own sons. And when her step daughter is visiting from across the country. They are Mighty Men (and woman) of God just waiting to happen! I pray for their confidence to grown in Christ and that they feel the Love of Jesus abound in their lives.
 
Enjoy the photos-a few of my favorites from the summer! Brad got a job and starts next week... finally. We are truly blessed. God has a plan. May we always seek Him for what that is.
A forest walk


Bushkill PA

A roller-coaster ride for the first time!!!


Trips to the park with the boys

Hagley Museum with friends, LOL

One of my favorite photos... the powder mills at Hagley

Don't often post a photo of me but the beautiful background is worth posting! Longwood Gardens

A sprint through the garden :)

Best Buds!

Another Favorite

What are they thinking???

Tree House at Longwood
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

5/24/12

I woke up this morning with an anticipatory feeling... lol! Is that a word? It is today!

 I know something is happening and I even told Brad. Of course he just blew me off :) Gotta love husbands.

I don't know exactly why I am feeling this way but I know I've been asking my Father for a few things, Good things, Holy things. And the Bible says to ask in Jesus Name, and it will be given. Jesus said it. And I believe it. And I BELIEVE HIM!

He also said in Mark 10:27 "with people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God." I believe this too.

5/22/12

May Pictures!

Just some May stuff! Birdhouses where finally finished and soon to be mounted outside to house our fine feathered friends!
Levi had a birthday, 6 years old! So my grandbaby came over for a little party with the fam :) hmmmm, looks like Power Rangers... lovely...
Oh and Lauren shared a party with Levi although her birthday was last month, she's 27, my baby is old! What does that make me? We also celebrated her finishing her 2 year degree in Animal Science... trying to convince her to continue right away and not take a "break"! We got her a Kindle Fire for her outstanding grades and accomplishment!

Here are the happy birthday pair with a multitude of candles!
Trying to blow out the trick candles Daddy put in there! Oh Daddy!

Ok, I know this is a boring post to most, but right now, it makes me happy :)

God's Grace to you! Terry

5/21/12


After a nice dinner out with the family, we walked across the parking lot to a fountain to make a "wish" and throw our coins in. Of course I think Arielle would have preferred to keep the change given to her :) Crazy American folklore. I'd love to know where the wishing well comes from...maybe I'll look it up. Probably something Irish.... anyway.... I threw my coin in and wished for more children (surprized?) Asher wished for a a little brother. Arielle wished for a little sister. Daddy wished we would just come to the car! Evan, on the other hand, wished to be a Power Ranger... too much Netflix!

5/12/12

I love my life-blessed I surely am. Mother's Day is tomorrow and I'm already overflowing with an outpouring of love from my kids! The littles along with Arielle got me flowers again... oh how I love them. Flowers to plant in the garden :) Acutally, I get this every year and I look forward to it!

But my heart turns tonight to the ones with no mothers. The children who have no family. Millions.

My heart aches for them. So tomorrow, Mother's Day, I pray...  that a heart will open up. One Heart. For one Child. Lord open the eyes of our hearts to see you in the eyes of an orphan. I pray, that tomorrow will be the day that someone will make the decision to give a motherless child what they've always wanted, A Family!  Lord, clear their minds of distraction and speak clearly and directly into their soul.

And Show them with You, Lord, all things are possible.


5/10/12


Where do I start!? I miss my blog :( sorry I've been away so long. And there is much to catch up on! May camera has given me problems for months now and I'm missing so many moments! But I'm working on getting myself a really good replacement that will spark my desire to photograph "life" once again. But for now, my point and shoot will have to do! 
My Daughter Amy is Preggie! I love seeing her middle growing by leaps and bounds. As a matter of fact, she's even bigger than when this photo was taken. This was taken about a month ago.... She's due Mid August, something I'm looking forward too, and, IT'S A BOY! so Levi is going to be a big brother :)
My son Bradley was married to Melissa last month. Such a wonderful year we've had so far! So much growth in many of us, including me. My son is a man and has barely lived at our house for a few years now. Yes, he still resided here but we rarely saw him except when coming and going. but letting my baby boy go in my heart was very difficult. But necessary at the same time.

 I've learned when a son gets married, it's much different from when a daughter gets married.  Basically, I just sat back to enjoy the ride. Relatively stress free too! But there was much more personal angst then when my daughter married. Maybe I just had more time to think; the memories of when he was little, the little hugs and kisses I got at bedtime, his inability to share his mommy's lap with is sisters! The snuggles had been long gone. But you don't think about them being gone until a new milestone is reached. And marriage is the milestone we've been leading up to all his life. When the first three were little, I faithfully prayed for their future spouses...that's my prayer now for the current crew .  
So now I can just step back and thank God for the answered prayer of a Godly wife for our son, right? It wasn't so easy. When Amy was married I was involved with every detail. But, a wedding is all about presenting the bride to her husband, she's the star-and her mother is her support for wedding preparations :) A man is supposed to leave his father and mother. Then he stands in awe of her beauty that moment he sees his bride, and the covenant between them is made eternal, and the celebration begins... the two become one.   ok, I'm rambling...

 Heads up to you mother of boys! Back off, don't be an overbearing inlaw, and recieve your
daughter-in-law into your family, that's your job, not hers. Be at peace. Make her feel like "family" because... she is.
(oh and Darlene if you ever read this, thank you so much for being such a loving support to the kids! We love you!!!I never understood what the mother of the groom had to go through, but I do now! forgive me for being stupid)

Melissa is a beautiful wife indeed... and a beautiful daughter. She's a precious part of our family tree now.

Our family continues to grow.


My three daughters Amy, Lauren and Arielle... and me

Lauren and Mike
A rare photo to get these two together!


Bradley and his blushing new Bride Melissa

What do you do with three little boys when they are bored? Give them your phone!

Brad was married the day before Easter. The wedding was in the morning and we were home by late afternoon. So we colored eggs after! 

Very proud of their eggs!

Boy, Asher's really "cheesin'" for the camera!

On our way to Church, Easter Morning!

You may have noticed Arielle in a skirt. She's truly come a long way since last year. We celebrated her one year anniversary in April too! We are so please at the progress Arielle has made in EVERYTHING! She is learning, growing, maturing and becoming a beautiful young woman. She still doesn't like wearing the skirt-but will tolerate it, hehe. Her dress for the wedding was stunning and the photos above only tell part of the story.

I'm certain that the insecurity she experiences is being chipped away each time she is told she is loved, each time she is told she CAN do it, each time she is told she's beautiful, smart, and reminded that she can do anything she works hard at and applies herself to. And her commitment to God will one day totally "restore what the locust have eaten". Healed and made whole in Him.

We have school all figured out for next year too. All three of them. A different plan for each one. Arielle will go to high school here in our town-8th grade, Evan will go to a Bethel Prep for 2nd grade(my son Bradley teaches there), and Asher is being home schooled for kindergarten using the K12 program. It's actually a charter school option in our state now, so it's all paid for, free computer too! It's perfect for him because he can go at his own pace. When and if he goes into the hospital he won't get too far behind. And I can still keep an eye on his energy level.

Blessing and Gods Grace to you! Terry