Thursday, January 31, 2008

Happy Birthday to My Asian Princess

Today little Jolea turned 4 years old! We are so thankful that we didn't miss another birthday of hers. I think we are taking her tonight to eat a little Vietnamese dinner for her birthday. She and I both love to eat the traditional Pho soup. She can use her chopsticks a little better than I though. Luke is a little jealous that she is 4 and he is still 3, so all day he has been telling her that he is 4 too. I wouldn't dare tell him any different. I think he will always feel that he is her big brother, and I think that is great. He is a good brother. I haven't taken any pictures of them yet today because really all we have done is stay cooped up inside. It is too cold and too windy to get out and do much. I'll try to get some photos tonight.

Here is photo of some Pho that I ate in Vietnam. It really is good soup!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep


I snuck the camera in tonight as we said Jolea's bedtime prayer so I could capture this sweet picture of her.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Jolea's 4th (1st) Birthday Party

Jolea's new scooter. She can keep up with Luke now!





OK, this is cute!!!!Jolea was amazed by the cotten candy.

She didn't want to leave the site of the cake!

Go Away Chuck E!!!
Happy Birthday Dear Jolea...................!


Jolea had the time of her life tonight at her very 1st birthday party. All the excitement took place at Chuck E Cheese. All of our family showed up for this special occasion. Jolea was so excited to get to blow out her candle on the cake, and she was overwhelmed with presents. She wasn't too thrilled when Chuck E came out to wish her a happy birthday though. Thanks to all of our family who were able to make it, and we missed you Kristal! Can't wait until your back in Texas!




Little Mai






Jolea's birthday is upon us, and on January 31st she will turn 4 years old. It is hard for me to believe that I have missed out on so much of her life up until now. It seems as if I've always had her. I guess I have in my heart. She has come so far since we brought her home in July. She loves her family. Including her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is so excited to get to see them. Each night at bedtime I say a prayer with Jolea. Joey or I used to say it for her, but she now says it on her own. I don't really understand much of it when she says it, but last night I could hear the names of Ma, Daddy, Luke, Brea. I wondered, was she thanking God for us? All we usually say at bedtime with her is the "now I lay me down to sleep" prayer. I was amazed to hear her saying her own prayer,and we were the ones she was praying for. God has given us an amazing little girl.

Here are some pictures that I have of Jolea when she was younger. In the youngest photo of her, I think she is around 1 year old. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Resolutions for Mom



“… But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:13b-14 (ESV)

Devotion:
It’s that time when many of us are making New Year’s resolutions, so how about some resolutions for mothers? Here are mine:

I will put my Bible before the television, the radio, the telephone, and even before good Christian books, for my children will know my priorities by the way they see me spend my free time.

I will make my prayer requests known before God and my children, enlisting their help in the process and informing them of the outcome, for by letting them help when I petition our Lord will they learn of a living God who still answers prayer.

When times of crisis, conflict or confusion arise, I will hit my knees before I hit the phone knowing that by my example my children will discover that although friends are important, God alone is the one who holds the solution to life’s every problem.

I will erase the words “luck” and “lucky” from my vocabulary and will instead by my speech point my children toward the One who orchestrates every detail of our lives and brings all good things to pass, for by this my children will learn of an omniscient God.

When bad things happen, I’ll neither grumble nor complain, but will instead help my children see that in the scope of our lives even the bad times are allowed for a reason, for by this my children will learn quiet trust in their Maker.

When normal childhood mishaps occur, I will remember that although difficult, it is still easier to remove grape juice from off-white carpet than to erase harsh and unloving words hurled at a child whose chubby little fingers have failed her, for by this my children will see a God who understands when our best efforts fall short.

When my children have witnessed something ugly in me - unkind words, an angry temper, “harmless” gossip, biting sarcasm or even my infamous “mommy pout” when things don’t go my way - I will confess it as sin before them seeking their forgiveness, for by this my children will develop the much needed habit of wiping their spiritual slate clean before God and man.

I will teach my children the importance of cleanliness and order while at the same time remain sensitive to the fact that a skinned knee or hurt feeling is more crucial than a spotless floor or uncluttered counter, for by this my children will learn to value people above things.

I will make time for the lonely, the sick, the elderly, the difficult to love, and will bring my children along, for with each afternoon visit, each ride to the doctor, each raked lawn or washed window they will have opportunity to serve Jesus by serving the “least of these.”

I will make our home a haven of rest and retreat from the outside world and a welcomed place for my children’s friends, for with each impromptu backyard basketball game, each movie viewed on a rainy day, each cup of hot cocoa or chocolate chip cookie, my children will have opportunity to practice the art of Christian hospitality thereby learning to share all God has given them.

I will by my actions and my speech let my children see a mom love their dad, for by this will my children sense family stability at a time when marriages all around them are crumbling.

I will not require of my children obedience, honesty, patience or kindness without first being willing to submit to the same rules whether in speed limit, in miscounted change from the grocery store or when answering a toddler for the fourteenth time, for by this my children will see a mother who is also learning and not a perfect parent to whom they’ll never measure up.

In all things will I remember that more is caught than is taught.

There are little eyes upon you, mom. You are the first Bible your children will ever read.

Dear Lord, may my goals this year spring from a right relationship with You and may carrying them out point others heavenward. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Brea's Party






Brea had a birthday party yesterday. It consisted of mostly family and her 2 best friends since our family is huge. It turned out to be a great day other than the cowboys loosing their way out of the playoffs.

Also, Miss Jolea had her ears pierced today! She is sooo excited. She freaked out as expected when the lady started putting on her gloves. She is terrified of doctors and when she sees anyone put on latex gloves she has a fit. We got them done though and she is so proud.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

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