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Carneval

We went to the park with the kids to pass out tracts and get some play time and we found out while there that there was a fair there with rides, food, music and in the end, fireworks. We decided to stay and the kids were delighted that we did. they all got to chose a ride, and I was surprised that CC chose one that was pretty high. Christina and her had the control and went as high as they could.

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Jordan and Cherise went for something a bit closer to the ground…

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This is what goofy Jordan does with an empty pop corn bucket!

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The boys really like playing with Ema. Jordan kisses her hand like a little gentleman and will do anything for the little red head!

My favorite quotes, songs and stories

Beautiful

This song is a priceless winner which has, over the years, encouraged me through some pretty tough times. The lyrics are so simple, the idea something we should always know, but nevertheless it’s one that at least I need reminding of sometimes. I love the way NTL sings it with emotion and when I close my eyes, it’s one of those songs that just takes me to another place!

Beautiful
 
Do you ever wonder why
You just don’t fit in sometimes,
Like you’re left out every time.

You don’t see yourself as beautiful,
But before you cry,
Just stop & listen for a while.
 
You’re so beautiful to Me
And I want you to see
That you’re just the way I made you to be.
You’re so beautiful to Me
And nothing can change
Or take the place of what you mean to Me.

Somewhere inside this great mystery that you see
There’s a reason, oh yeah,
An answer to everything.

I made you different from the rest of them,
Unique and so beautiful,
Like a diamond, so precious, more than anything, you are –
 
So beautiful to Me
And I want you to see
That you’re just the way I made you to be.
You’re so beautiful to Me
And nothing can change
Or take the place of what you mean to Me.
 
I know sometimes it’s hard to accept the way that you are,
But you can glow with a beauty from within and be My shining star.
Lift up your head & look in My face.
Just let Me be your all,
And that’s all that matters.
 
I want you to know
You’re so beautiful.

about the kids

It’s been quiet…

…too quiet…

So, I thot I’ll post some pix from the last week. I still haven’t been able to get any pix from the wedding, need to download them from another computer, but with life being so busy these days I just haven’t gotten around to it. But these will have to do for now, heh.

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He’s just too cute when he sleeps. I buzzed his hair as he was just too hot. He wanted it shaved, but I didn’t go that far, heh. He can sleep in for the longest time, longer than any of the other kids, especially if he goes to bed late. He also moves all around in his bed and if I’m not careful I’ll get a foot or two in my face at night as his bed is right next to mine.

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Someone gave this crane for us to give away, but of course the boys just had to set it up to make sure all the pieces are there, the electronics work, etc. This toy is gonna make some kid really happy!

food-spread.jpgWe had some Indian friends over for dinner. Faithy made the most delicious curries, I think we all ate too much 😛

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Hannah with her flower girls showing off their bangles.

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Busy weekend!

Last week has been busy in every sense of the word! The weekend came together in the most amazing way. We had so much to do, but nothing overlapped, thank the Lord and we had great fun as well!

Saturday I was at the zoo for six hours face painting for their anniversary. Joy had other face painting parties to do so I was on my own, but since it was busy it was fun as I didn’t even have time to look at my watch, much less get bored. The Lord made the weather perfect, as it didn’t rain, but clouds would cover the sun making the heat bearable.

When I was done, it was a rush home for the fastest shower I’ve had all year and making the girl’s hair in preparation for them being flower girls at a friend’s wedding. Thankfully, they were already clean and dressed by the time I got there, meaning I just had to do their hair and get me ready. We did get to the church on time and the girls were adorable. CC and Christina walked in front with baskets full of rose petals and Cherise and Ema were at the back just looking cute.

It’s only my second wedding at a church, but this time we were more involved and it was very small so we were able to actually see what was going on at the front. I never used to understand why people cry at weddings, but it hit me too…can’t explain it, tears just come…At the end, I couldn’t decide what was more sweet, that the bride (she’s Indian) chose to read her vows in Croatian, or that the groom was quietly whispering the lines to her. That just made me smile. After the ceremony, the girls got to throw the petals on them as they came out of the church. Someone told the girls to throw them up high and the next thing I see is a full handful of petals going straight into the grooms face. We were all laughing as the groom stood there coughing petals!

We were invited to the reception afterwards which was a first for me. Lots of Croatian music, some oldies and plenty of fun. There were other Indians, so I had great fun talking about my favorite subjects…It rained when we got to the boat restaurant, so we were inside most of the time. The only down side was that I hadn’t eaten since breakfast and the dinner was traditionally late so I felt sick when I finally did eat at 11:00. That’s something I’ll remember for next time, heh.

Sunday, we brought the kids to the zoo as well, so Joy and I took turns facepainting and I could take the kids around to the animals. There were baby animals: a monkey, a sea lion and 2 bear cubs which absolutely delighted the kids.

All in all, a delightfully busy weekend, but to be honest, I’m glad we decided to take the day off today!

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This n That

This morning Joy was telling the boys the story of Mary and Martha for devotions. She asks them if they know the names of the two sisters Jesus was staying with. Prompt reply, “Charlotte and Cherise!”

Mickey comes and says, “we’re playing I’m the daddy and Jordan’s the deer.” “A deer?” “yes, like, Dear, you do the dishes!” My oh, my!

I would very much like to devise means of torture for the person(s) who invented English spelling. I mean, who needs a ‘d’ in hedge or ledge or ‘t’ in watch or catch?!?!?! Why is come with an ‘o’ instead of a ‘u’ and why oh why do we need 9 ways to spell and pronounce ‘o’???? Both CC and I were in tears this morning…reconciling ourselves that at least we’re not learning to spell in French…no offense, heh.

We finished the room changes! Putting stuff up in the attic, moving furniture, boxing away the winter clothes and blankets, etc. The kids are now all in the big room and Jordan is sleeping with us in a smaller room. He’s very excited about his new bed and is doing great at sleeping in it all night, heh. Thankfully there were no injuries and other than a few scrapes and scratches, we survived and will rest peacefully tonight…the sleep of the truly tired!

My favorite quotes, songs and stories

Another great one!

This is one of those quotes I’ve grown up with, one I’ve read many many times but that still speaks to me every time.

What the Lord looks on is not just all your hard work, but your motives.—Why are you doing it? Is it because you have that same driving passion which motivated the Apostle Paul and all the Apostles and all the martyrs and every great man or woman of God?—That irresistible compassion which should motivate every child of God in everything they do, everything they say, everywhere they go, with everybody? The great fanatical Apostle Paul summed it all up in these few famous and ringing words which have cried out from the heart of every true Christian in every true good deed he has ever done, and for which indeed he is willing to die: “The Love of Christ constraineth me!”—2Cor.5:14.