– Our little story of Livin’ the Dream- “down syndrome style.” Has life ever stolen some of your dreams? Has “Reality”, coupled with pain, loss, and disappointments, stolen your ability to dream and imagine? Maybe that’s why I love to watch Bethany’s uninhibited approach to dreams and life. She imagines what’s possible. And while […]
All of our children are in some kind of countdown mode! You know- that joyful anticipation of a future event that you eagerly look forward to and count down the days until it’s the appointed “TIME”. COUNTDOWN to CELEBRATE. “Mom! Only 48 days until I get married!” Moriah and Jonny- EXCITED “Nehemiah will be 1 […]Adrienne, Amanda, anticipate, Bethany, celebrate, family, hope and future, Jesus, Jesus Coming Again, Jonny, Joshua, joy, Keith, Micah, Moriah, Nehemiah, Noah, rejoice, Sarah, Wedding
Children with “Special Needs”, most important “need”, is to be introduced to and grow in the knowledge of God as their Heavenly Father! *just like everyone else 🙂 Don’t believe the lie that someone who is limited or challenged in the area of intellect- cannot experience God. We are all born limited in […]child of God, down syndrome, family, God our Father, God's love, grace, joy, knowledge, learn, parenting, special needs, spirtual growth
I love the story of the man methodically picking up and throwing starfish back in the ocean- one at a time. Someone ridiculed him and chided, “You’ll never be able to save all of them….why even bother- does it really make a difference?” He wisely replied, “It makes a difference to this one!” We can’t […]adoption, Bethany, Cohen, family, home, living between the trees, orphan, Reece's Rainbow, Saige, treasure
Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you; you’ll sweep them right off your […]Barclay, children, eternity, family, gift, heritage, living between the trees, overcoming, retreat, transformation, treasure
Make a stone altar and burn the fatted calf! Monumental Milestone! Our 7th child just turned into a teenager! Last time through the turbulent, terrific teens! Jesus was once a teenager! That kind of blows the mind eh? Of course He was perfect, but still, remember the “walkabout” He took when He was twelve? You […]adolescence, Bethany, birthday, celebration, down syndrome, family, humor, teenager
Jeff, Bethany, and I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Illinois, to visit my sister & her family, and my last living aunts and uncles, and cousins. Party Times! Precious times! As we were reminiscing, my Aunt inquired, “Cindy, are you going to McLean to visit the graves?” (my Mom, Jeff’s Dad, and […]death, eternity, family, heaven, partytime, perspective, thankfulness, treasure
Did you know- God is taking deep breaths- smelling our lives!
When we serve others- our fragrance is perfume to Him.
When we love with His love- He breathes deeply, rejoicing in the zesty savor of our lives!
Our prayers- our praise- our worship- our devotion to Him- is something He delights, revels in, sings and rejoices over.
It is that tangible to Him.encouragement, family, Finley, fragrance, inspiration, Moriah, Sarah, smells, treasure
Family is the Template God created to illuminate His ever circling love for us as our Heavenly Father. I spend so much time & effort, BUILDING our family into a circle of faith and support, bound together by the invincible cords of love, that I tend to forget one very intricate “God-thing” that transformed my […]adoption, family, Father's love, living between the trees, orphans, perspective, thankfulness, treasure, treasure hunter
When we went to Disney World a few years ago- one of the highlights of our trip was a big family luau- On the wall of the entrance was a big sign 3 O H A N A s Because of watching Lilo and Stitch (see- watching movies with children are educational 😉 ) I […]Bethany, children, disabilities, downs syndrome, encouragement, family, home schooling, inspiration, limitations, living between the trees, ohana, perspective, transformation
Breathing a sigh of relief here today. Yesterday was Bethany’s annual EVALUATION. Six years ago, Bethany finally got off a waiting list and was approved for a MR/DD Waiver. ick- ick- ICK!!!! (was that enough emphasis to get my point across 🙂 ) I hate the label- Mentally Retarded/ Developmentally Disabled. I mean really, who […]Bethany, disabilities, downs syndrome, encouragement, family, labels, life between the trees, limitations, living between the trees, MRDD Waiver, special needs, thankfulness, transformation
God makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind. Psalm 104:3 Grace and Inspiration have kept our home functioning since Jeff has been in Cuba, on a mission trip. I miss him terribly, but God’s helping me see the bigger picture- the eternal perspective- Sometimes we need to be #lifted […]Bethany, cognitive reframing, Daddy, eternal perspective special needs parenting, family, Gods delivery system, hugs, perspective, prayer, special delivery, special needs, wings of the wind, wisdom
If you’ve been following the * “Saige Saga” you know, the quest began simply enough. Like most people, we try to make giving intrinsic to our life- even though it may be small and meager; besides tithing, we like saving all our spare change at Christmas time because Bethany has to give to […]adopt, adoption, Bethany, China, Christmas, eternity, family, find a family, inspiration, mom dad, perspective, Saige, treasure
Children are the heartbeat of Christmas ~ To see with wonder…. to know the joy of His presence. “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” Charles Dickens Sharing Precious Moments We have 7 different nativities- they’re child friendly and […]Bethany, celebrate, Christmas, downs syndrome, family, Finley, grandchildren, Mataya, orphan, Saige, Silas, treasure
Alas, flu has come to visit our home & I hope and pray it doesn’t visit everyone! Last night, Moriah and Bethie boo were up -vomiting & I’ll spare you all the other gory details…. But even as I held heads and prayed, I was contemplating my Christmas wish. On the other side of the […]adoption, eternity, family, inspiration, life between the trees, living between the trees, love, orphan, Reece's Rainbow, Saige, treasure