Sunday, May 22, 2016

Little by little, this is becoming home!

Look who followed us back to Missouri after our trip to Utah last month! 
Here is Deanne with the crew during a night on the town.    

We bought this home as a 4 bedroom home.  However, there was an office downstairs that is now a bedroom and there was an attic space that they converted to a huge closet.  We added this dormer window to that closet and it will soon become the favorite bedroom in the house.  
Casey, Hyrum and Simon have claim to it as soon as it is finished this week.

Simon getting his first riding lesson from a good friend.  She comes over a few hours a week to give all the kids individual lessons in exchange for boarding her horse here.  This is her horse, "Lady".
Ressa and Charlie having a ride on our horse, "Fannie Mae".  Of course, when we get another horse and it happens to be a male, it will be called the only thing a mortgage banker would name a companion to Fannie Mae.. obviously, he will be Freddie Mac.

Mom mowing the front yard and ....

putting Simon to sleep while entertaining Hannah.  Talk about multi-tasking!  Most wives want a fancy car.  Mine is loving the tractor!  She has put more time in behind the wheel than I have by far.

Casey and Marshall enjoying the newly fixed 4 - wheeler.  It sat for a couple weeks waiting for dad to fix it after Casey rolled it.  Nothing hurt with Casey, but his pride.  He also learned a good lesson about speed and turns in a way that only teenagers will learn most of the time - by experience.  Certainly not by listening to mom and dad.  
We were blessed that the lesson came with just bent handle bars....

There was a branch on this tall tree in our front yard begging for a swing.  We finally made it happen yesterday.  Don't let that ladder deceive you.... that just gave dad the extra few feet he needed to heave the brick tied to the end of the rope over the branch that is about 25 feet up.

Here is our backyard swing set we brought back from our South Jordan house last month.  The kids not only love it just because it's a swing, but more so because it is a little piece of our last house they loved so much.  Since the weather has warmed up and we are surrounded by green trees and grass, we are getting attached to our new home more and more each day.  This is the Midwest we remember as we have vacationed here over the years.  Moving in January during the bitter cold, windy and brown winter season was a little rough to say the least. We know the hot and humid summer is on its way, but at least it's pretty to look at!       

Walking trail we found tonight around the lake near our home.

A picnic area and beach that we will most likely get to know very well this summer....this lake is just a few minutes from our home.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Some Rewards Come a Little at a Time

Mother's Day isn't always the happy rewarding day we would hope it could be. Some Mother's Day's are wonderful and filled with happiness and counting blessings. This year turned out to be a rewarding Mother's Day. I want to share a few of the things the kids wrote to me.

"Thank you for helping me be a wonderful young women."

This touched my heart. I want all my kids to think of themselves as wonderful and not be embarrassed about it. This daughter has struggled in her life with recognition. When she was younger we couldn't even say her name or praise her without many tears. She didn't like herself and felt worthless. A Mother's Day Reward.

Your patience and understanding tell me
 "that's the mom I want to be".

Incredible. This child experienced abuse and deep criticism for many years. She could do nothing right and she was told that the problems in the family were her fault. She had no confidence and a fear of babies. She now interacts with babies and is great with children. She knows what kind of mother she wants to be. Healing is happening and this daughter is blossoming before our eyes.

"I love you so much. You are the best mom ever! You are the best mom because you adopted lots of kids!!!"

By the time I got to this card I was holding back the tears. Great validation came from this. My 16 year old son that spent 14 years in the orphanage without a mother, loves me partly because I have adopted so many kids. This is a young man that knows the longing and need for a mother. He knows how badly these children need homes because he was one of them. He could have easily seen from the opposite perspective and been jealous of all the other kids in the family but he is grateful for the blessing. 

We can learn many things from these children that have experienced hard things in their shot lives. We learn gratitude, love, the rewards of patience and how blessed we are to be a part of the miracles that take place in the children's souls.

I received many cards on Sunday. Each one expressing their love for me their mother. Each card was hand made with the personality of the individual giver. And each carried love with it. It is a great honor to be a mother. To be given charge over our Father in Heavens children for their time on this earth. We walk hand in hand with God and if we listen to the whispering of the spirit, pray and have faith we can be the conduit for love and healing of all our children.