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Pequenopie “Little Feet” December 26, 2010

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   Christmas 2010

 What is the meaning of Christmas? 

 Christmas Eve we went to a candle light service, at our church and sang Christmas songs. It was so beautiful and really helps to put you in the Christmas Spirit. Abby sang and clapped the whole time.

Christmas morning we got up and Santa had come to our house and left some gifts under the tree. It was so cute watching Abby playing with her new gifts and seeing the girl’s light up with surprise with the things they received. This year was very different for Aubrey and Lizzy, since they both have jobs and bought presents for everyone. They really enjoyed shopping and giving to others.

Christmas afternoon we went to Aunt Barbs and Uncle Jerry’s, we do this every year and it has become a family tradition. It was a lot of fun seeing Abby walk back and forth and play with their dog Shelby. Since Abby is more mobile it was tons of fun seeing her with everyone. She actually stole the show, the little show off, in the video above with daddy. All of my children and their significant others were there also, so it was so nice being all together.

 For me the meaning of Christmas above all things, is the birth of Jesus. But for many there are so many meanings, I couldn’t possibly list them all. I also think family and friends is so much a huge part of Christmas for me. Giving to others less fortunate is also, a part of the meaning of Christmas for me. To make someone else’s Christmas a joyous one, full of food, gifts, or whatever they need.  This year the biggest gift that our family could receive or want is our new daughter Abby. A gift that can’t even fit under the Christmas tree, it is so amazing, that I don’t even have the words for it.

Every Christmas it seems like it comes before you are even ready and then is gone in a wink of an eye, so fast. You bake, shop, wrap and plan so much and then it’s gone. Every year the DeLongs have a Christmas get together after Christmas, so it’s nice that we still have that to look forward to. The closer we get to the New Year we start thinking about our lives and what we can change for the better. I encourage each of you, to look at your family, your kids, your grandchildren, your parents, and even your friends and grab them close and live your life like today could be your last. Tell them how much they mean to you, how proud you are of them, of all the good things. We have had a few people we know die expectantly and it just makes you realize what really is important, it’s not about how much you spent on the gifts, or how broke you are, being stressed or any of those things. It’s about life, love, joy, blessings, God and so much more.

“Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” Luke 2:28-32

More to come!

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” December 20, 2010

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This weekend Abby and I got to go shopping with Aunt Debbie and cousin Matthew. It is one of those traditions that these two sisters try to get together before Christmas and do shopping together. In the last few years we haven’t been able to do this, so it was really special to have this time together. Abby and Matthew had a great time too, they were so cute together.

It was a special day for Matthew too, he met face to face his biological sister. There family lives blocks away from our home and it was really special to see Matthew when they came back and how excited he was to actually meet her. I think this is the way Abby and Gabby will feel when they are growing up. Both my Abby and Debbie’s Matthew are so lucky to have siblings that they can know.

Abby is growing so fast before our eyes, it really is amazing. Beka was over today and said, every time she sees Abby she is doing something new and Beka is over at least twice a week. Such a little personality too, she is so fun to be around, she keeps me busy everyday.

This week our Pastor let everyone know, that one of his friends was taking in a homeless 17 year old. Abby and this child are a constant reminder that there are children all over the country, who are homeless, abused, and neglected. It truly overwhelms me and hurts inside of me for them. This young girl had nothing, it felt so good to buy her a few things that they would give to her for Christmas.

 It’s amazing how people react when they heard about this, I had family and friends asking what could we give to her. Isn’t that the way the human race is supposed to be, aren’t we supposed to take care of each other? Some of these abused children have no voices until someone in the school, or family sees a problem. What would you do if you saw a child outside in this freezing temperatures, with no coat on? What if you knew of a child in your own family that wasn’t being taken care of or there was abuse, what would you do?

My heart will always be hurt and challenged by all of the heart-break and abuse some children endure. I know all over the world that there aren’t enough good, loving foster homes. If you have love, compassion and room in your heart, then do something. Even if it is helping an outreach, supporting the children who need cleft lip surgeries and then are adopted. Or think about that love you can give each and every day to a child in your own home.

“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most high; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercies of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven” Luke 1:76-78

 More to come later!

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” December 12, 2010

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Traditions

There is so much to look forward to, so many new memories and things that your children will always remember. Things that make you a family, things that we cherish and make us become who we are. I remember every year jumping on my parents bed, on Christmas morning trying to wake them up. The whole time they were faking that they were asleep but it was something that made our childhood what it was supposed to be.

Spending time at our Grandparents home, I have memories still to this day of my Grandpa Corey, smoking his pipe and clicking his false teeth in and out of his mouth. I remember at Grandma Friesner’s house playing in the upstairs bedrooms, jumping on the bed, bumping our heads on the slanted ceiling. Playing in their attic and loving to be a part of the adults conversation. There are certain decorations that my parents put up each year, that meant so much to me as a child and now as an adult. My mom had a snowman candle, and my dad put reindeer and santa going up our staircase.

We went to Aunt Barb and Uncle Jerry’s house this weekend and it was so nice to be around family. Abby is growing up to be a little entertainer, she blew kisses, stumbled around and was so cute. We are continuing to make traditions that not only our bigger girls will remember but Abby too. Abby was showing her little personality, so busy, so sweet. She was a little piggy at dinner, eating everything the adults ate. Abby now knows how to wave and say “hi”. We are enjoying every moment, every new thing, every day. All of our kids bring us joy every day and we look forward to spending time with them. It is so right to have a married daughter, a young adult, a teenager and a baby all at the same time. Most people would think it is weird but in my life it is  so wonderful, so sweet. Can’t wait to see what the new year brings, more traditions, memories and firsts with Abby.

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Galatians 4:4-5

more to come later!

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” December 5, 2010

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I think we all look back at time to time, and see where we came from and what we’ve ended up with. The path we took was so hard to see, sometimes I just didn’t know how it was all going to work. At first my heart was, it can only be a China baby, isn’t it funny how God can change something in you, without you even understanding it at all.

I am still baffled and overwhelmed by how perfectly and beautiful it all worked out. Both Tiffany and us, are people who believe wholeheartedly in adoption and the miracle of how God makes is all work out, not only for us but for his good.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

 I remember when we first decided to adopt, I thought of a child and knew we could love her. I knew our girls and family would love her but I didn’t really know how to see it. I didn’t see how we would be as a family, I saw a glimmer of how I would be as a mother, again. Holding little Sharon in China, feeling the same motherly instincts I felt with our girls. It was there, in my heart and mind, it was so unexpected. I still get choked up even writing how I feel because I know without a doubt that it is and will always be a moment, that God reached into my very soul and changed me.

Now I see all around me, this love for this little girl. This one that God hand-picked to be a part of our lives, forever. That is just so amazing, it is incredible, but God is a miracle worker. Aubrey recently at her work, saw a mother hit her child, very hard on his cheek, so hard it left a mark. I think we all at one time or another see a parent hit or say words that should never be uttered to a child, let alone anywhere near that child. She came home, and told me how she immediately thought of Abby and the things that we kept her from seeing. It’s amazing when your kids actually get it, they see why you made choices and the sacrifices you are making on a daily basis.

Yes, there are sacrifices but they are wholeheartedly worth it. Just this week, Michael and I were talking about how we can’t imagine little Abby being ours. In such a short time, she has become ours. We still look at her and see her beautiful face and just can’t believe it but we are so full of joy and promise. We also can’t wait to enjoy this Christmas with all our family and friends, but I think it’s even more enjoyable to see Abby see it all, as a babe. A little one who will experience her first Christmas, with a family.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

 More to come!