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Pequenopie “Little Feet” January 20, 2012

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As we celebrated Martin Luther King day this week, I have been pondering what this means to so many people, what it will mean to our Abby girl. There is so much prejudice in the world, it’s so unreal. People are judged not only on their color, but how they look, what they do, so many different things.

When I meet someone for the first time, I’m not looking at their color or how they dress. I look to see what is in someone, what is in their heart and soul. Sometimes you can see this outwardly, you just know by seeing them in that instant that they are kind, loving and a good soul.

God made each one of us unique, beautiful and special. Not one of us are the same, how truly amazing is that. There is only one of me, inside and out. Only one of you, you won’t find another one of you, anywhere in this world. When I look in Abbys face I see a beautiful girl, with dark eyes and curly hair. I don’t see her color, even though her coloring is beautiful. From the instant I laid eyes on her I thought how beautiful she is.

She is not my coloring, she is a caramel color, she has white and african american in her family. I think of her, an innocent little child, and I wonder how will she be treated. Being adopted by a white family, living in a majority of a white neighborhood. I hope that she will see her skin and see how beautiful it is and never wish she was white like me.

We are all unique and different, so as a parent of this child, I will teach her it’s what’s inside that counts. You can be the most beautiful person on the outside, wear all the right clothes and look the look but be so ugly inside. It’s the inside that is what a person is.

More to come later!

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” January 10, 2012

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Happy New Year!

We had a wonderful time at New Years with my family, almost all of us were gathered together, and those that were not, were greatly missed. My parents were in from Tennessee, we celebrated my dads 80th birthday, so it was a great time being all together. Of course miss Abby, stole the show, like she always seems to do.

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This was a difficult Holiday this year for many people that I know, going through hard times during the Holidays can even make things harder. It is an added pressure, family coming in and everyone is supposed to be together. Emotions can run very high also, just trying to get everything done, wrapping, cooking, cleaning and so much more.

We have had our share of challenges and changes at the end of this past year. Seeing our oldest daughter start a new chapter without her husband, finding herself and trying to start over again. Also our youngest daughter has moved out and we were truly devastated.

Life has a way of marching on, moment by moment, and day by day. Before you know it, it has been months. Most days we are ok, happy and joyous but then feelings come in or a situation can make it really difficult. Through the difficult times you really see who your support system is. Family and friends have been so good to us, and God is our constant. Without him, don’t know how we could get through some of these days.

I look at Abby everyday and know how truly blessed we are. Not only has my family, friends, hubby and children been such a support but having Abby makes things so good for me. I have to get up in the morning, feed her, play with her, she depends on me.

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Looking forward to new beginnings, memories, joy, laughter and so much more in this new year. We are still waiting for that much awaited call from the agency, we know that we have more love to give and share. Also that even through these hard times, God has put this on our hearts and souls. I can’t think of a better thing to put my hands to. To be a loving wife, mother, and a help to another child, a safe place.

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17

More to come!

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” December 24, 2011

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As we near Christmas and everything that Christmas represents, we are focusing on all these things we have to do. Shopping, parties, wrapping, and spending time with family and friends. Most of us receive and give gifts to our loved ones and maybe some of us give a gift to a charity or to someone who is struggling just to have a Christmas dinner. I also think we may look at our lives and see all the blessings that God has given us. I saw this video posted from Dawn, a fellow adoptee, who was working in China when I was there and was truly touched. I think it not only is about Chinese orphans, but all orphans all over the world. Chinese, Russian, African, American and on and on, they are all the same. I pray for more families to be touched by adoption and to see what a beautiful gift it really is.

what all these children really want are a family for Christmas. We all have wants and needs, that we hope for. This makes them all seem so silly and ridiculous. There are families that just want a meal on the table or some heat from their furnace. It really puts things into perspective. When I saw this video I couldn’t help but thinking of the miracle that we are living daily, with our little Abby. How blessed we are to have her in our family, to be her mom and dad, her sister, her grandparent, aunt or uncle.

 Have a Merry, Merry Christmas!

More to come later!

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”” Luke 2:11-14

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” December 12, 2011

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On Thanksgiving I think most people think of what they are thankful for. I have to say so many things come to mind, so many things we are grateful for. Friends, family, our children, love, and so much more.

Life can be difficult at times, and I thank God that through those hard times he makes us stronger. We learn not to depend of ourselves, but on him and our family and friends.

We had a wonderful time on Thanksgiving, celebrating with Michaels family and enjoying each others company. Abby of course stole the show, she danced, sang and was very silly.

She is getting so tall and growing each and every day. She keeps me very busy every day and she loves to play itsy bitsy spider, and pony girl. She also loves to dance and shake her booty.

Abby saw Santa and did so well, she went right up on his lap and was smiling and laughing. Santa had to hold her hands down since she was trying to grab his beard and glasses.

More to come!

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”Isaiah 7:14

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” November 21, 2011

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Lately we have had some major changes in our lives, that’s why it’s been quiet lately on this blog. Our oldest daughter Beka, has left her husband and wants to end her marriage. We have been very supportive of her decision and have enjoyed all the added time we have with her. At the same time we had to go through our own feelings about all this, loosing a son in-law and not wishing this on any of your children. A divorce at so young of an age but so thankful that they are both young and had no children.

At the same time she has come back into the family again, we have experienced another loss. I won’t get into it right now, but it rocked our core. When something happens like what we experienced it makes you look around, I found myself asking what did I do wrong, why didn’t I see this? After much agonizing we have come to the conclusion that there was nothing that any of us did wrong, it was not our decision. There are so many feelings, anger, sadness, guilt, unbelief. I only could rely on God, family and close friends, to be where I am now. We are living, laughing, enjoying life; which is so bizarre but life goes on. I have to go on not only for myself, but also my husband and children. In the midst of grief, there is joy, pure joy.

When a family has a death, life goes on. When people are sick, hungry, losing jobs or houses, life goes on. Abby still gets up every morning, needing to be fed, needing her mommy. She needs to be on her regular schedule, we have talked about how much she has helped. Not that God, family, friends, and my own children and husband haven’t been my support, but there is something about a baby being totally dependent on me. We will get through this and even though it’s hard right now, I know we will be stronger in the end.

We have also decided that in the near future, when the agency calls, we will still bring an orphan in our home. My heart and soul is for these children, we have dreams, and this won’t stop our life from going on and fulfilling those desires. Seeing how much joy and love we have lathered on Abby and her on us, what better thing to do. To save another, to be a safe resting place.

“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” Psalm 95:1-2

More to come!

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” November 1, 2011

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Happy Halloween!

Abby is a monkey this year, she had such a fun time, picking out our pumpkin and watching daddy carve it. She totally fell in love with her pumpkin but once it was carved she was afraid of it.

I also tried on her costume a few days ago, and she didn’t want to take it off. It reminded me of buying things for my girls, like shoes or clothes and them taking them either to bed with them or wearing them to bed. Some things we had to say no to, like boots.

Tonight we just trick or treated around our block and she did so good. She actually acted like she enjoyed it and wanted to go into people’s houses. At one of our neighbors, who have never met her, she went right into the ladies arms and gave her a kiss. Awww, what a sweet little girl. Looking at her pictures last year, I can’t believe how tall and grown she is getting.

Monkey see, monkey do!

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

More to come later!

 

Pequenopie “Little Feet” October 17, 2011

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It feels like fall is in the air, I actually love sweater weather and the leaves changing but I just don’t feel ready for the while stuff and the cold. Time sure does fly by, it seems like every year, I go through the motions of Christmas shopping but every year I’m just not ready. Once again I feel that way and it goes by so fast, we all shop and cook and then Christmas night, it’s over. Anyway, time marches on, whether you are ready or not.

Things have been busy and happy. This video I posted today, is of Abby, Maddie and Gabby, last weekend on Abby’s birthday party. They are so cute together, I can’t wait till the next time. Abby is constantly picking up new words, she is now calling Beka, Beta. So cute, all along we have been telling Beka and I think she thought we were just saying it but this weekend she heard it. 

Every day is a new and has wonder to it, even on those gloomy dark days, Abby gives us all such joy. She makes everyone smile and laugh, even when she has been naughty. It is hard for me, waiting for the agency to call but I just have to be patient and know that God has it all figured out. He knows all things, just like he knew we were going to end up with Abby.

When life is difficult and we don’t have any control, which we never do anyway, I can rest in him, that he knows the end. He always gets us to where we need to be. There has been many times in my life, that I can look back and see him, see his path and ways right before me. It’s hard to put your trust in the unknown and just knowing. So right now I am human, and just keep praying and trusting in him.

I know that many people are going through difficult times, all kinds of problems, their kids, marriages, losing homes, sickness, worry, more things than I could ever list. So take heart and know he sees all, knows all and will get you through those difficult times. Sometimes he has to change you, or cut things off of you, but in the end it is worth it. Sometimes we need to grow, and didn’t even realize there was something wrong.

When we left our church a few years ago, there was so much that we didn’t even see that was wrong for us and our family. It was when we took a step back, we could really see clearly.

“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14

More to come later!