We are confident that God who began the good work in us will complete it and teach us to be God-fearing parents; leading His littles ones back to Him! Please, please continue to pray for us!
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Our summer trip this year was up to see Kalese, Ryan and Jonah in Missouri! We were excited and thankful to finally get to see their hometown. Ryan is a Luetinent in the Army and is stationed in Missouri.
As we were standing near the waterfall, hearing the roar of the water and watching the steady flow, I thought of God's unrelenting love. When water gets going down a waterfall, it's NOT stopping. It's going to its God-given ordained place.
"Many waters cannot quench love,
Our first day consisted of us visiting a beautiful park called Meramec Springs in St. James, Missouri. We took the Scenic Route and actually found ourselves at the top of a hill, overlooking the Spring and other hills!
We also found a cross, which delighted my heart immensely!
Resting in the shadow of the Cross :)
After enjoying the scenic hill, we traveled down the hill and had a picnic lunch together in the park. It was very pleasant walking by the spring because the cold water (50 degrees) would give a nice cool breeze as you were walking by. I just couldn't stop thinking about how refreshing/renewing God made His creation.
Here we are right in front of a crisp, flowing waterfall. I LOVE waterfalls. Like, really like. I don't get to see them very often, so I jumped on the opportunity to catch some sweet photographs in front.
I was also reminded of the Scripture,
"Many waters cannot quench love,neither can floods drown it."
- Song of Solomon 8:7
That's like us, as Christians; once we believe upon the Lord Jesus, His love cannot be quenched in our lives! No matter what, nothing can separate us from Gods love! He will get us home! I just needed that truth and I'm so thankful God spoke that to my spirit while visiting the park.
With my love :)
neither can floods drown it."
- Song of Solomon 8:7
My husband loves the outdoors and anything that's an adventure!!! He got in the crisp cold water and invited me in! I got in with him for about 30 seconds; the water was FREEZING (to this little Texas girl!)
Jonah came in with us for a little bit :)
Kalen just hanging out in the spring. I'm telling you, He's a manly adventurous man - and I love him so much.
Here we are enjoying the scenery together.
Uncle Kalen and Jonah hanging out.
When we got back to their home, Kalen and I decided to take a little evening jog. Let me tell you, they warned us that it was going to be a hard trail, but oh boy! Was it ever! We both have minimalist Vibram soles on our running shoes so we felt EVERY rock, and I mean every one!
But my husband loves an adventure, so we were NOT turning back! :) This rocky trail veered off into the woods where there was a small trail made by a little 4-wheeler of some sort. Basically we went from rocks to tall itchy grass! I won't forget to mention the hills, too! Haha.
See what I'm talking about?
My sentiments after about 15 minutes! Lol.
That evening, Kalese and Ryan took us to the legitimate historical Route 66 diner in their hometown.
We enjoyed a yummy dessert!
The guys :)
The Girls :)
On our last day, we went up to Springfield for some fun adventures.
Our 1st stop: the first ever Bass Pro Shop! I told you my husband is crazy about the outdoors, and this Bass Pro Shop is named the "Grandaddy of all outdoor stores". We (or Kalen) could have stayed in here forever. There were legitimate animal & fish exhibits as well taxidermy animals. They also had a gun and archery museum.
Kalen's favorite animals are bears, so we found a few bears to snap some pictures with!
After the museum, we went to visit 1 of the thousands (small and big) caves in Missouri. Missouri is known as the "cave state". This particular cave was called the Smallin Civil War Cave because soldiers from the Civil War rested in this cave in the 1800's. It was beautiful.
Ryan, Kalese, Jonah and us about to enter the cave!
The entrance to the cave and our very informative tour guide! He was a legit historian and geologist, so we learned a lot on our journey through the Smallin Civil War Cave!
Something really neat; the Cave was dedicated to "the glory of God for the use of those who love His handiwork..." With a quotation of Genesis 1 on the bottom! This made my heart happy! I loved supporting this Cave and I did enjoy looking at God's handiwork here!
The view from the inside looking out... breathtaking!
The end of the cave tour... I wanted to jump in and continue on, and of course - so did Kalen! :)
Leaving the cave... God is glorious!
We're thankful to the good Lord for giving us a sweet trip with family! Now onto licensing for us! We should be licensed to be foster/ adoptive parents in the next week or so, so our lives could be changing drastically and soon! Pray for us! We will keep you updated! Love in Christ!
Friday, July 10, 2015
Lauren and I grew up in Round Rock, Tx. The Round Rock/Austin area was our stomping grounds from the elementary years to the High School years and even into the college years for me. Little did Lauren know after college and marriage and 2 kids, God would call her family back to this area to build a church and have another kid, hehe. Her husband is a pastor of Redeemer Round Rock.
Anyways, I enjoy coming to visit my sister because we are super close and I love her dearly. Friday mornings Josh (her hubby) has off, so he watches the kids and allows Lauren to go have some well- needed Jesus (bible study/prayer/reading) fill-up time. Since I am town, I DELIGHTFULLY went with her. She let me choose the place, and I chose good ol' Mozarts! Who goes to Austin without visiting Mozarts on Lake Austin BLVD? It was Such a sweet time of refreshment and Bible reading.
My sweet sister, Lauren
Look at that beautiful view of Lake Austin!
I can't deny this! Haha
A selfie - my sister caught me in the act so I really thought it was funny! I was just so happy to be here drinking coffee and drawing close to the Lord with my sis!
Turtle friends/family, piggy-backing! Hilarious!
Ah... God is good and glorious!
Some sweet truths The Holy Spirit reminded my heart today; "my hope is built on nothing less... than Jesus blood and righteousness! I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but only trust in Jesus name!!" Because of His sacrifice alone I/Christians can stand faultless before the throne... Such grace!!! Undeserved-- gift!
After Mozarts, we hit up my favorite goodwill in Austin. I callthis particular goodwill the "rich Goodwill" when I lived here (because it's in a real wealthy part of town); but apparently everyone has found out about it since I left because it was crazy busy and the prices have gone up for "boutique shirts"--- what!!?? When did Goodwill know the difference??? Lol, I'm a little bummed about that, but still MANAGED to find some goodies :).
In front of the goodwill in Austin (tried to get the "G" in there!)
The rest of the day consisted of me playing with my nephew and nieces! Reading with Owen was super sweet!
Today was just a wonderful day and I wanted to take time to thank God for it, as well as share it with you.
Encouragement for the day;
Look for the little blessings God brings in each moment of everyday and fight to remain close with Jesus; whatever that looks like for you! FIGHT. Our walk with the Lord doesn't come just naturally all the time, we have two natures battling for our allegiance! Depend and trust in God's word and promises! Fight to remain in Christ by obeying His word and spirit within! Submit to His Lordship no matter what the cost! By dieing to ourselves/wants/desires we always find Jesus- which is what our souls need and truly want anyways! :)
Love yall, in Christ,
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Yay! After two long months of preparation (that I will blog more about later:)) our home study is finished! Yay!
All went well! We are so appreciative and thankful for everyone's love and support! We're so looking forward to licensing (which should be in a couple weeks/Lord Willing) and loving on some babies!!! Keep us in your prayers!!