Monday, October 29, 2007

Jolea and Luke

Joey's grandmother makes these wonderful cookies for us every year around Halloween and Thanksgiving. She sends each kid their own bag of goodies. Anyway, I gave Jolea and Luke one cookie a piece the other day and told them to go outside and eat their cookie while I was cleaning up around the house. I kept checking on them seeing that they still had not eaten their cookie. Well, come to find out they had eaten their cookie and came back for seconds, and thirds, and fourths, until they finished off the whole entire bag of cookies. They loved them! Here are few pictures of them still eating their cookie, so I thought!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Vietnam Bridge Collapse


I received a letter from our adoption agency informing us about a bridge collapse in Vietnam. The bridge was being built across the Hau River, a branch of the Mekong River, in the southern city of Can Tho. It is part of a heavily used route linking the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City. Around 60 people were killed, and over 180 people were injured. Many families lost their loved ones who were working on the bridge. Some of the children have lost both of their parents in this incident, and many are struggling to get by. The collapse has really affected the people in Vinh Long Province, which is where one of the orphanages is located that our agency is working with. I ask that you be in prayer for the families affected by this tragedy and if you wish to donate please click on this link http://orphan.childrenshope.net/

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Judgment Night

Judgment Night has began at our church. This is the 3rd year that we have put this on. "Judgment night is a powerful dramatization of life. Life that is influenced by one of two spirits. In Judgment Night you will see how those influences affect even daily decision we make. Decisions that could even determine the outcome of our eternity. Judgment night is set in the future, the last days. Living in a time of terror and catastrophic events, families seek to find the truth of the last days. Will Jesus return in their lifetime? What are they to make of the events swirling around them? In a time of deception, this community discovers there is only on truth."

Monday, October 15, 2007

Colt's Birthday Celebration









Today we celebrated Colt's birthday by having a balloon release at the cemetary. Last year we did this, but we did it privately with just us and the kids. This year we wanted to surprise Brea by inviting a few of our friends and family. She was a little upset because we were not having a party so it really made her day when she pulled up and saw all the cars at the cemetary. Brea said a prayer, which was one of the most awesome prayers I have ever heard, and I'm so proud of her, and then we released the balloons. It was so amazing. I know Colt was so proud of big sister today. I want to thank everyone for coming out. I know it seemed a little chaotic but having the chaos really takes our minds off of missing Colt so much on his birthday. Thanks you guys! Jolea was very excited to see our family and all of the balloons. She had picked out a Mickey Mouse balloon for Colt, and Luke picked out a Buzz Lightyear. Luke refused to let go of his, but finally as we were leaving he decided to let it go. Again, thank you to all those who came tonight!
Oh yeah! We also took the kids out to the cemetary today and planted a live oak tree behind the bench at Colts gravesite. They had a blast and were very muddy! Watch the video below. Luke was saying when JoJo comes back he is going to take him riding in his new car and show him his new tree! Too sweet!
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Happy Birthday Joey Colt Crow


1 Thes:13-18 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.






Happy Birthday JoJo! We love and miss you so much!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Royal Celebration

As promised, pictures from Jolea's Royal Celebration!!















Sunday, October 7, 2007

On the trails again!

This weekend we took a trip to Oklahoma. We camped at Lake Murray with a bunch of our friends and my parents. I thought Jolea was going to be a girly girl, but I have to say she is not afraid to get a little dirty. We stopped near the water and all the kids jumped in to take a swim. Jolea went right out to the water and sat down, and Luke was right behind her. She loved it. It was rainy and misting most of the day, and we were freezing. Luke, the protective brother that he is, gave her his dry shirt to put on because she was cold. We drove 2 1/2 hours home today and we were all pretty exhausted. Brea and I had judgement night practice tonight and got home late so all we had to eat tonight was a bowl of ramen noodles. I got the chop sticks out that we bought from Vietnam, and Jolea went to town. She tried to show Brea how to eat with them but Brea just couldn't get the hang of it. Luke was so tired tonight he fell asleep before he had dinner. I felt so terrible, but he was just too tired to eat.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Cheese!

I thought I'd post a few pictures that I've taken of the kids. As soon as Jolea see's the camera, she shouts "cheese." She loves having her pictures made, and always has to put her arm around Luke.

She is definitely starting to pick up more words. She tries to say Luke, but it sounds more like "Wuke", the same as JoJo used to say. She can say Brea, Ma, Dad, Memaw, Grandad, thank you, gum, bye school ( which she says everytime we are leaving school), and many more words. I think going to school is really helping with her speech, and she loves her teacher. She finally quit crying when I would leave her. She runs to her teacher every morning and gives her a big hug. Luke still isn't too happy about going, but he won't let his friends see him cry so he sucks it up.

She is sleeping really good at night. There are still times when she gets up and comes into our room, but I've started just taking her back to her room and putting her to bed. She gets a little upset sometimes, but I was not getting much sleep when I put her in our bed, and it was becoming a habit. She is doing great, and we are all finally getting adjusted to the change. Now enjoy the pictures!

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