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Pequenopie “Little Feet” May 29, 2011

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  Yesterday we had a wonderful day filled with some special people in our lives. We had over my brother Gregg, his girl friend Jenny, Jay and Tiffany and the girls. Maddie and Gabby, Gabby is Abby’s big sister.

It was so sweet to see all three of these girls all together, plus my girls too. We consider all of these girls sisters. They are all so blessed and so are we. It was so interesting to see Abby and Gabby together, everytime I see something silly or new in Abby, more often than not, Tiffany says yes Gabby does that. I saw quite a few things that they both do.

We so enjoyed seeing Gabby and Abby play with bubbles, Abby’s first time. Abby laughed and laughed, so sweet. They also played together, ran around and danced to some music Michael had on.

 We are so excited for Tiffany and Jay, that they are in the process of adopting Maddie. She will legally be theirs in about 6 months or so, I know she is a beautiful child and will brighten their days in the years to come. We are happy to welcome her into our big beautiful family, full of daughters.

 

 

It was so cute, Tiffany told Beka that they would have to have a boy, to add to our big family of girls. I hope you will enjoy all the cute videos that will be coming soon, of Gabby, Abby and Maddie.

More to come!

“But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children- with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.” Psalm 103:17-18

 

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” May 23, 2011

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While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about. Angela Schwindt   

This weekend was very precious to me, partly when it’s so wonderful to spend time with the best of friends and family. It’s so nice sharing your heart, thoughts and feelings and knowing that you are heard and understood. I also think partly knowing that a lady that went to China, from another church, lost her husband to cancer. I can’t believe how much strength and love she showed, constantly giving it all to God and knowing that she would be with her husband again, in heaven.

It really impacted me, in rejoicing in our lives, in the good and difficult. We all have our burdens to carry and it sometimes seems like were all alone but when you realize that there are others so much more in pain and hurt. We have had so many significant changes in the last few years. Most of them were positive and life changing but some still have the effects of a thorn or a bruise. I know some things that we experience just need time to heal, but at the same time I don’t ever want to forget and fall into the same thing.

My life as a mommy again, at twice the age I was when I had my youngest, it is  wonderful and glorious. Abby is such a little sweetie and naughty too, at the same time. One moment she’s giving you a kiss and the next she’s knocking my glasses off my face. This week she experienced cheetos for the first time, so sweet. She had the orange cheese all over her and me, yummy. Abby is learning so much daily, she now says dog. Another word, another jump or hop, another sweet thing our baby girl is showing us daily.

There is so much joy but also as a parent we all know there can be those days. Days where the mom is tired and the baby was up all night and wakes up very craby. We all have these struggles, we get used to one phase and then oh no here’s a new one. We go through so many new things, by the time they are teenagers, we think we have it all figured out. Then our teens seem to think they know better and it’s a whole new stage. On and on we go, day in and day out and before long they are gone and married. So I am a mommy, who knows all this and has been through it all. So it really helps when i know this, after the 5th time of saying to Abby no, no and no.

More to come later! Would love you to comment your memories, your stories or comments…

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” May 16, 2011

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 Life is so good, we really are so blessed. I am feel honored to be a mom to 4 precious girls, to have been picked to be Abby’s mom. Some days I just look at her and can’t believe it, and can’t imagine our lives without her. Every child is precious and special, I still remember  baby Sharon, and she will always have a part of me. She is what started this all. There have been so many things in our lives in the last few years that have changed so much.

Going to China the first year, was such an eye-opening experience for me, learning to love other types of people, to see their struggle and have my heart opened. The second time to go to Shepherd’s Field, I remember Michael and I praying for God to use me and change me. Well in the midst of this mission trip, he changed me, inside and out. I remember holding little Sharon and feeling her hair rub on my face and feeling something in my heart, just melt. I hadn’t felt this at all in years, holding my nephew, working in the nursery at church or feeling any kind of regret or yearning for another child. God did something in me, that so impacted my life and then did the same to my husband when I came home. Opening us up and showing God’s love for the abandoned.

Abby is part of that end result, that changing, opening my heart to orphans and so much more. People say they see miracles sometimes, and I see Abby and our family as one. She is now 19 months old and is such a little sweet, stinker. She keeps me on my toes everyday, she jumps and dances every time we say anything about her bootie. Our house is full of laughter, and joy, full of baby toys and fun. We are constantly excited to see what Abby will say and do, our girls get the highest pitched hi, when they come in the door. All of our girls truly love her and treat her as their own. What more could Michael and I ask for? There are times that it can be difficult when I am tired and Abby is keeping me up at night of when she’s just been prone to having those lovely temper tantrums, that kids start having. As a parent, having children is a sacrifice. There will be other things that we will sacrifice but the blessings are so much more than that, that it is unbelievable.

I wish we could adopt every child that needs love and get our little Sharon in China too but these things don’t seem to be possible. I hope my blog will open other people’s heart and minds to our experience, to maybe have a change in them. It’s amazing how many people make negative comments about people adopting from other countries. I don’t agree with this, I feel like people love all children and at first all I could imagine was a Chinese baby. God had to open my eyes to orphans here, in my own backyard. We need people to adopt here locally and overseas too. God will pick the who and where, it’s not my job to criticise.

“As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” Ecclesiastes 11:5

More to come!

 

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” May 9, 2011

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Happy Mothers Day!

Of course on Mother’s day one thinks of their own mothers, I have been greatly blessed to have one who is a mother but also a friend. She has molded me to be the woman I’ve become, she is my best cheerleader, always been there for me. She is the first woman I looked at and saw how a woman should behave, she wiped my tears, she was there in the good times, and in the bad. She taught me compassion and how to treat a husband, even when it wasn’t always easy, and that marriage and having a family takes work.  She taught me to love, to touch, and how to be married, how to be a mother.

Not taking anything away from her, but there have been so many mothers in my life. All around me, they proved such dignity, such humor. Woman, a mother in-law, grandmas, aunts, sisters, sister in-laws and friends. They have all impacted me in some way and continue to. They have been there for me in the infant stages, and all the way into teens and a married daughter. Starting over again they are there, reminding me how to be a mother to Abby.

Just this past week it was a very difficult week for me, my parents were in town for a visit, and since we were so sick we didn’t get to see them. Plus being sick and having a little girl going through her terrible twos, and having her eye teeth coming in, can make an interesting combination. Sometimes you feel like you are all alone and you need someone to talk to that has either been through what you are struggling with or recently has been there. I called Tiffany, she is my friend who has Abby’s sister Gabby. A few days later Tiffany and I talked, and it’s so funny, we both have been dealing with similar issues. Here I felt all alone, even though in reality we know that, to not be true. In life there are times when we are having a rough time and it’s so easy to feel this distance, this feeling that no one understands.

It reminded me that I am never alone, never. God is always with me, he is the one carrying me, helping me through it. He will never abandon me, ever. He is with me in every situation, every day. I remember some difficult days at the beginning of my marriage, where Michael was struggling with alcohol and drug addiction and feeling all alone. Not knowing what to do, or how to help him. How could I tell anyone in my family, I loved this man and wanted him to change. I was scared they would want me to leave him, to give up. This made me feel very alone, cut off, and very isolated. In those times I know that God was there for us both, keeping him safe and helping me to get through it. It wasn’t until Michael was ready to quit, that he did and I know it was God’s timing.  I thank God everyday, that he saved us, he saved our marriage, he saved us. I believe he carried us, like that poem footprints in the sand. In the difficult times, God carries us.

I also thank all the mothers all around me, for showing me how to be a mother and for my girls someday. You have impacted me more than you know.

More to come! Would love to hear your comments on your mother or even about yourself as a mother.

 “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6