Do you remember that game? It was recently 'unearthed' from a closet and the kids are loving it. I personally never liked it much - you work so hard to put all those pieces in the correct spaces before it pops up and they get all mixed up anyway! Not to mention how some of them are really similar. The little kids call the game 'shapes' and are so very proud of themselves when they get them all put in (it's not running...). That's the version I like =) Low stress, just put them in on your own time. Lately I've been seeing that game like a metaphor for life! There's a lot going on here and we work hard to fit the pieces in just at the right time...
First things first - lots of prayer requests! Please pray for our family, as our home study file was submitted for a possible adoption (foster-to-adopt). They (the state or the county of origin) will call and let us know if we have been selected as a match. More on that later when I am able to share details, but of course you know I will be quick to announce any updates =) Also, please pray for Dave's mom. She's been struggling w/a lot of migraines and they found what they believe to be a benign tumor. If you would like, she has a caring bridge page where you could read more about it (let me know and I can get you the link). This weekend she will receive IV treatment for the migraines. Pray for her physical comfort, peace about the situation and that healing will come quickly! Finally, please pray for the theater group...we are going to be filming the play and turning it into a movie! It will eventually be sold on amazon, but we will be raising funds to pay actors, the directors and filming costs before September. If you would like to be a part of the production of this movie in any way, please see our website (http://leastoftheseplayers.wordpress.com) or FB page! We have seen the Lord's hand at work in all of this and we cannot wait to see what is to come! We would appreciate your prayers, your encouragement and of course, if you are able, your financial support. We are in the process of setting up a way for people to donate online, so I will let you know when that is up and running.
Things you can join us in praising the Lord about - recently Colleen was at the children's hospital and her BMI was AVERAGE!!!! That is a huge deal here at our house!!! The doctor and nutritionist told us we can 'back off' - no need to stress about calories and how much Colleen is eating. (Easier said than done, especially when you've been doing it for years!) It's pretty exciting to think that Colleen has reached her goal, now to work on maintaining it =) Please praise God w/us that so far no one has gotten super sick or anything. It's been a pretty good season so far of relative health. Also that we are all enjoying our various activities - Moses' latest floor routine in gymnastics was much improved - he almost has cartwheels down! And by down, I mean feet up! The last couple of meets he struggled to turn his long self over like that...but he's getting a lot better! At conferences, the teachers all had such good things to say about our kids. The reading teacher showed me Colleen's writing journal. I held back the tears as I saw the first few pages of chicken scratches compared to the most recent page. There was at least one whole sentence...it was readable, there were spaces between the words, it was in a straight line and I know it took a lot of focus and determination for her to do that! My sweet girl is starting to read on her own and impress me w/her fortitude and stamina to do more in school than I thought possible for this year.
I have been meaning to write a bunch but it has been so busy lately! AND COLD. Many days of below zero and wind chills waaaay below zero. We sort of go into survival mode on those days - check chickens more often, kids might not have school, check pipes and find indoor activities to keep us from getting cabin fever =) Thankfully lately it's just been snowing a bunch and not too cold. I started babysitting a friend's little girl 2 days a week - it's so much fun having a little one in the house again! She found some of our favorite books and I was reminded how special some of those foundational things are to kids. I started going to a small group of women, the women's ministry is busy serving and getting ready for our conference, play practice is in full swing since we have 5 shows over the last week in March/first week in April. And then there's the movie!! Busy busy...Moses just finished his 3rd gymnastics meet and both kids started practices for the kids' spring musical. Dave is playing music for church again and starting a small group too. He's been taking on a few more responsibilities at work and we're helping w/the kids' musical at church too. We know that if we are able to add to our family, we may need to slow down a bit at first, but most of the people we are working w/already know that =) We are very blessed to have friends and people we consider family here that are so supportive! Best of all, we know they are praying for us! I'm doing my best to 'lean in' and let God lead. So many times, big stuff like this starts happening around here and my brain takes off - I think through all sorts of scenarios, good and bad, riding emotional waves as I think about each one. It's good for me to be busy, to keep my mind centered on what is important and keep my thoughts in the present. I am very grateful to be a part of the small group and the group of people in our theater company. I praise God every day for Dave and all the ways he helps me, not to mention keeps me on task =) It's helpful for me to write here too - like therapy! - and to know that people who read here are praying too, so thank you!!