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Little M is back!

Our hearts are heavy (because things aren't going super well at his home) and at the same time happy (because we love him so much and enjoy his presence) to tell you M has been placed back in our care. We do not know for how long but are asking for your prayers for swift justice for him. He was placed in our care as an emergency placement for a week about 2 weeks ago, then sent back to his mom, and now is with us again. So there is some unsteadiness going on right now. We can't go much into detail as to why, but ask for you to rev up your prayers for little M, and us all as we adjust our hearts and homes all together again. We love him and are so happy to love on him again!

Us all together after daddy preached yesterday!  I'm pretty sure him and L remember each other :) 

Sweeties!!!!! Definitely loving having him back! 
Thank you for your prayers!!!! This is all a roller coaster but we're leaning into Jesus and just thankful for the oppurtunity to care for him again!

Trusting God = Putting all your hope in His steadfast love

The eyes of the Lord are ON those who fear Him and HOPE in his UNFAILING/STEADFAST love. Psalm 33:18 
Other versions say the Lord DELIGHTS in those who... 
Let's rewind for a second; these past few weeks leading up to Trial number 2 have been interesting to say politely. My emotions have been all over the board, at one minute hoping for one thing, the next minute hoping for another thing. Then the next minute crying about everything, LOL. Just being real here. I have come to the conclusion that I cannot trust my feelings. I cannot even trust my "gut", for this process has my heart going through the wringer for sure! In a moment of desperation to the Lord, I cried out to Him. A few scriptures came to my heart: 
“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, an…

It's Been One Year Since Licensing...

Today is August 1st 2016, and on July 30th 2015 we got licensed to be foster parents! I can't believe it's been a year since we became official foster parents. Oh what a year it has been. The ups and downs. The joys and the sorrows. The heartache... the darkness... but oh the glorious light of Jesus piercing through.

On August 19th of this year, we will have had L in our lives for a year. I was sitting in her room rocking her the other day and remembered the preparations we had made just a year prior. I was thinking about how I prayed for her, how I longed to be a mother to her, and then looked down and saw that she was here with me. The many hours I spent painting and decorating her room. Oh, how we anxiously waited to hear that phone call to care for her. Thinking upon these things was a good reminder of God's faithfulness. You know, we could have gotten a room prepared, but never got the opportunity to have a little love sleep in there. But now, this little one that we…

Echo into Eternity: Redemption in Foster Care

"Let this year or so that you have the kids Echo...into...Eternity
Those are words that shook me and brought me to my knees during a quiet time in late November (3 months into having the kids). This was around the time God began changing my heart from wanting to receive the kids, to wanting to give for the kids.
As I thought about those words, "echo into eternity" I wept. And those words still to this day shake me up a bit. This was a word/phrase of hope for me from my Father God. My papa in Heaven. It was Him telling me that even if we don't get to keep the kids forever on earth, the seeds we plant in their hearts (and later- the hearts of their families) can and will echo into eternity... Where we can truly be together forever. ❤️
So, this is where the story of REDEMPTION began, not just for the kids, but for their momma's. Their biological families. 
I began to ask Jesus, beg Him... For salvation to fall swiftly upon M and L and for their specific family m…

The good news of Christ...

It never gets old. Relish it, friends!  Lyrics from "How deep the fathers love for us" hymn! 

An open letter to our little L

Dear L, 
Today as I was running while pushing you in the stroller I thought about a few things. First, my shirt that I was running in said "Iron sharpens Iron" (proverbs 27:17), and I couldn't help but think about you being a type of Iron that the Lord has used to sharpen me into someone who looks more like Jesus. That's been my prayer for awhile, that my heart would be more like Jesus'. The interesting thing is, iron comes in many different shapes and sizes! And you, my little love, have been used as iron in my life by God and I am so thankful for this. At times, sweet one, I did not want to thank God for this, because of my sin. You don't know or understand yet how God has used you to chizzel me, to break me, and to ultimately heal me from things that aren't good for me. What a gift you are. Little L, you are a precious gift from God and have changed me forever. Thank you for always graciously forgiving, loving and hugging me as I'm learning how to b…

When Your Dad Turns 60...

You throw a party! :)

My mom planned this whole party... we just opened up our house! I am so thankful for my daddy-o. We've been through many seasons together. Easy and hard ones. I am thankful to share in this new season of foster care with him. He has been such a help; the hands and feet of Christ to us! He has walked out love many ways through this process and I've loved watching us all grow together. One of my dad's songs for me as an adolescent was "I believe in you" by Steven Curtis Chapman. Daddy-o has always been one of my biggest fans and that is a special gift from my Heavenly Father. I love you dad! I'm so thankful to share life with you!

Friends and family came from out of town!

so many people we didn't have enough eating/seating space!

L loves Connie. She met Connie the first weekend she came to live with us and has loved her since!
photo bomb!

                              Figuring out the super cool candle from the Gallaghers! (Thanks He…