Counting Our Blessings

Counting Our Blessings

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 28 and 29

Day 28

Thankful for my wonderful Mother in law and friend who so graciously has been helping me out by taking the boys to school on her lunch break. This has been so helpful. She is a super blessing to me.

Day 29

Thankful for a group of woman in my discipleship group. There are five of us that meet once a week and these woman are so incredible and bless my soul each week.

We decorated our tree this last weekend and the stockings are hung. Looking forward to a great holiday. This is my favorite time of the year. Pictures to come.

Monday, November 28, 2011

More thankfullness

Day 27

Thankful for the talent at my church and for the wonderful Cd that came out yesterday. This music has touched my heart.

Day 28
So Thankful for blog friends that are in China getting there precious daughter Ruby today and for another blog friend Sharon who brought her sweet boy home a week ago. They are orphans no more and will know what it means to have a family and grow up knowing that they are adopted in Christ as well.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Catching up on my Thankfulness

I have learned that I'm not the best at blogging everyday :)

Day 21

Thankful today for Hannah's doctor appointment. Her oxygen levels were in the middle 90's highest they have ever been. She has developed another blood vessel on her own and it is allowing more blood and oygen to get to the heart. While this is benefitting her they want to keep in eye on it to make sure that it does not cause any pressure on her heart. So instead of seeing her in four months he would like to see her in two. Still so thankful for the appointment and the great doctors she has.


Thankful for my Brother who celebrates his 40th birthday today.

Day 23

Thankful that we were able to sign papers to refinance our home today. The interest rate keeps going down and we were able to take advantage of a lower rate.

Day 24

Thankful to celebrate thanksgiving with great friends and family. Today when my mom asked Hannah what she was thankful for she put her hand on her chest and said my heart. Oh my sweet girl how we love you and are all so thankful for the same thing.

Day 25

Thankful to not be shopping with the crowds and instead putting up the Christmas tree and having hot chocolate with the blessings.

Day 26

Thankful to spend the day with my husband making freezer meals. We had a great time together and made like 8 meals. We are looking for ways to help save my energy which I'm lacking these days and to help us have a stress free month so we can enjoy the holiday season.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Sadly I forgot to take pictures :(

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Boy oh Boy did I get behind on this blog. I guess you can tell we are back at home and back to busy life. We had an amazing time in hawaii. So blessed to have lots of rest and relaxation with my family. Something about being away that changes everyones moods especially in a beautiful place. Can't wait to go back someday. Here is a continuation of the things I'm thankful for.

Day 15

Thankful for my husbands job. He works very close to home and his job allows for a more flexible schedule. He gets to work with great churches and ministries and it provides above and beyond for our needs. We are so thankful.


Thankful for a four hour plane delay that allowed us to have another full day in Hawaii.

Day 17

I was so thankful to come home to a clean house, for family who got our mail and took out our trash cans.

Day 18

Thankful for a friend who helped with carpooling the kids so I could rest with an awful headache and thankful to my husband for taking us out to dinner and being understanding about me not getting to the grocery store :)

Day 19

Thankful to finally find a gown to wear to a formal event were attending in 3 weeks. It was a long and tiring search but we found one and I was thankful.

Day 20

Thankful for my church service this morning. For the message and the beautiful people that just LOVE so well.

This has been so great to do each day. I hope as you all are preparing for Thanksgiving that you will stop and reflect on the things you are thankful for and give credit to the one who has blessed you.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 13 And 14

Day 13
Thankful for God's beautiful creation. I have seen the most beautiful flowers, the stars shining bright in a dark filled sky, glorious sunsets, and beautiful sunrises. He has created all things for us to enjoy and for that I'm thankful.

Day 14

Thankful for the sweet one on one moments with each one of my kids. I got to go snorkeling with Noah and we saw a octopus and had a blast together. Jonah and I hung out and played a game of toss up out on our patio that overlooked the ocean. Hannah and I took a walk where we saw a beautiful swan, waterfalls, and roosters. I cherish these moments and are so thankful when I get them.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Day 11 and 12

Day 11

I have to say this week has made me extremely thankful for the opportunity to homeschool my blessings. We have the opportunity to learn about things and go and explore them in person instead of reading about them in a book. Before we went to see the Grand Canyon we rented books from the library`and learned all about the canyon and the kids were so excited to see and learn more about it in person. We did the same thing for Hawaii. Noah is learning Botany this year and so we learned about the different flowers in Hawaii. The first thing the boys spotted when we got here were some of the flowers we learned about :) I love having the freedom to pick up and travel whenever we please and I love that we get to choose what we want to study based on what they are excited to learn about. Thankful for their co-ops and the friends they have become so close with because of our decision to homeschool.

Day 12

Thankful for Grandpa Great. Grandpa Great is 93 years old and today we learned that he had a mini stroke and is in the hospital. Thankful to the Lord that it did not effect his speech or anything serious but he is very weak and has a leaky heart valve. Thankful that he is recovering well. Thankful that my kids still have a great grandfather and that he has lived such a long wonderful life this far. They have been able to gain so much history and wisdom from this wonderful man. I pray we get many more years with him.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 9 and 10

Day 9

I'm so thankful that the Lord continues to provide amazing connections in my life. He provided me with a wonderful Trainer who is such a blessing in my life. I have gotten to know him more and more over the last five months and his wife as well who is in my ladies discipleship group. the Lord also blessed me with another connection recently. A couple at our church. the husband happens to be the chief of staff of St. Jude hospital. All my doctors just happen to be under St. Jude. This couple has been such a blessing. They have been able to talk to all of my doctors and really get things moving for me. Viviane the wife brought me lunch the other day and played with my kids while i rested and did some packing. what a gift.

Day 10

I'm so thankful to be in Hawaii. My husband has travelled a lot this year. With all the miles he racked up he was able to fly us all out for free. Not only that. We saved up enough Mariott points to stay a week in there Villas. What a huge blessing. So thankful for this opportunity to rest and be with my family. We have not had a vacation just the five of us in a long time. Our plan is to just soak it all in and relax. I could get use to this slow pace of life :) God is so good.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 7 and 8

Day 7
We are so thankful to work for an incredible agency. We get the chance to hold seminars at different churches throughout the year. We share about God's design for adoption, our journey and our agency. It is an honor and joy and we are so thankful for the opportunity. We get a small stipen and are then able to use that to help other people who are in the process and are trying to raise funds for there adoption. Thank you Lord for this opportunity.


Today is our baby girls Third Birthday. We are thankful for her and the miracle she is. Thankful that God saved her life and has used her story for his glory. Thankful that we get to love this child everyday. Thankful that her birth mom cared for her for two months and was brave enough to pin her birthdate to her sweater so that we would have that important piece of information. What a gift. We are thankful that she cared enough to leave her in an elevator of a hospital and not in the street or some cold dark place. I long for her to feel comforted on this day knowing her baby girl is doing amazing. Hannah really is doing amazing. Many of you have asked what is next for her medically. She still needs another surgery called the Fontan. The doctor originally thought he would do this at age 3 or 4. Because she has responded so well to medication and is doing so well the doctors would like to wait until she is 6 or 8. This all of coarse depends on her doing well. The longer they can wait the better for her. Hannah has grown so much in the last year. She started a little preschool co-op in September. she loves to sing her abcs,count to 12, dance and play wrestle with her brothers. She is very feisty and has found her voice in this family. I thought Jonah was my loud one and Hannah blows him out of the water :) she talks A LOT and has more energy than all three put together. Ha! She is so smart and melts our hearts every day. We pray she grows to know her heavenly father and falls in love with him. We pray she will have a desire to follow him all of her days.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day 5 and Day 6

Day 5
So Thankful for an amazing group of friends. I spent the evening with a group of ladies who know what it is like to love like Jesus. They organized an evening of prayer on my behalf for all the physical issues that have come my way and the unknowns we are facing. They asked for ways they could come along side me in this time and shared how this journey has already been an encouragement to them. It was an emotional night as I sat there feeling so blessed to be in each one of there lives. I love that God has put amazing people in my life that are so selfless and so others focused and truly live out the gospel so beautifully. Thank you Jesus for the gift of friendship.


So Thankful for my church. I woke up so excited today you would have thought it was Christmas. Three years ago on this particular Sunday our church launched a new orphan ministry called Project Hope. They spoke on caring for the orphan. Our hearts were forever changed and the Lord called us to adopt our beautiful girl. I Love that Adoption is important to our church. Not just adoption but the Gospel. We go to a church that is built up of believers who are passionate about the Lord and his word and really live that out. Thank you Lord for blessing me with a church that is allowing me to be submerged in your word and grow in my knowledge of who you are.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thankfulness day 3 and 4

Day 3

I know I have 30 days to list the things I'm thankful for but I feel like I need a miilion. God has been so good. Today I'm so thankful for a wonderful date night with my husband. We got to see a wonderful concert by Steven Curtis Chapman, Andrew Peterson, and Josh Wilson. America World our agency we work for was sponsoring Steven's tour and we went to work the AWAA booth in between sessions. I felt so lucky to be able to share with people about adoption and then go and sit a few rows from the stage all for free. I felt like I should have been paying somebody for the amazing privilidge. So Thankful.


So Thankful for my little blessings. Most days :) they make me smile and fill my heart with immense joy. They are all three so different and keep me on my toes. Never a dull moment in our house. I look forward to seeing what the Lord does in their life and I'm so thankful I get to be apart of it.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

30 days of Thanksgiving

So I wanted to join in and Praise God all month Long for the things I'm most thankful for. I'am behind so I will share two things in this post.

The First thing I'm so thankful for is my Heavenly Father. He is my everything. I can't tell you enough how good he is. He cares so deeply for me that he sent his son to die on a cross to pay for my sins. He is constantly growing my love for him and I Long for the day that I will see my savior face to face.

The Second is My amazing gift of a husband. This man shares my same love for the Lord. He loves so deeply and so completely. He is such a hard worker for his family. He amazes me all the time with his wisdom more often then I would like to admit :) He is the best caretaker and poor guy has had to do it since we were dating(six months after we were dating I had pacemaker surgery) He is the greatest father. I love seeing him interact with his children particularly his little girl who is wrapped around his finger. I still think he is the most handsome guy on this earth and he is my most favorite person to just hang out with. Thank you Lord for allowing me to be his wife. I love you baby.

What are you thankful for?