Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Athletes for Adoption

Along with everyone else, this week has me feeling the heat, as the holiday season is now directly upon us and the "un-finished" list is being added to, instead of crossed off! As I sit down to write this, I keep thinking I need to be doing those things on that list instead of blogging, but for this "cause" I will take the time!

So, as the peeps sleep, I will quickly add a few comments to the pictures that I took during last weekends events! We had the opportunity to support a wonderful ministry for a tremendous cause!
Athletes for Adoption is a fundraiser that takes place at the Big Sur half marathon in Monterey, CA. These runners raised money & ran the 13k as a way to speak out about adoption and help bring orphans together with their forever families!

Fitting that the month of November is actually national adoption awareness month! The statistics are staggering and beyond heart wrenching, so for the outreach that these organizations have done we know many have been blessed!

We eagerly awaited them at the finish line to encourage & cheer on their efforts!

Other "spectators" that we had the blessing of enjoying their company for the weekend!

One of the sweet families that participated in the run. Even the kids did a 3K & 5K the day before!

The weekend was also filled with making memories with wonderful friends!

The kids enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather on Saturday afternoon! As if running a couple of miles that morning wasn't enough to wear out their energy! ;) G thought playing with the big boys was pretty neat!

Before I publish this, I want to add a paragraph about 3 beautiful children that God used to help soften our hearts towards adoption. These dear children, we have the privilege of calling our nephews and niece!

The first was brought together with his family 3 years ago, and the sweet girl and baby boy hopefully sometime in the coming new year! They are as precious as the rest of the family is to us, and we continue to pray for each of them as they continue on their journey! Follow along here! How grateful we are that these children will soon be blessed with the love of their forever family and to be taught the marvelous grace of Jesus!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Seeing the Cross

There is much for us to learn from the simplicity of a childs faith, and as a mother watching that faith develop is a heart-string tugging experience! This week found me soul searching, on several occasions as I answered the sweetest, most innocent questions from our three year old, that I pray are just the beginning of discovering the magnificent grace of Jesus!

As we sat and read from one of his bible story books one day this week, he became riveted to the picture of Jesus hanging on the cross. The questions came one after another about everything from the angry looking clouds that were painted across the sky, to why the soldiers below Jesus were carrying swords on their sides. He pondered how the nails in his hands and feet must have been so ouchy, and if He was scared when they put him in the dark tomb! The realization of how fascinated he was with all this became apparent when every time he saw anything bi-secting lines he ask me if it was a cross. Driving down the road he discovered telephone poles, and the grout lines in our tile we're "hole buncha crosses"! His constant search for crosses spoke to me in so many way.
Looking for the Cross in everything we do, is a conscious effort to continually be reminded of what Christ did for us!

Later this week our conversation was about sin, and here's how the dialogue went:

G: What do our sins do?
M: Do you mean what are sins?

G: Yeah, what ARE sins?
M:"Sins" is another word for when we do things like disobey or say things that are unkind and hurtful to other people

G: Hmm...I don't like sins
M: Jesus doesn't like our sins either

G: Jesus doesn't love my sins? (with raised eyebrows)
M: Jesus loves YOU, but He is sad when we choose to sin. He forgives us when we say we're sorry though. Remember Jesus died on the cross for our sins because He loves us VERY much!

G: Jesus is a cool guy!
M: {stifled laughter}

The simplicity of knowing that God loves us and provides forgiveness of our sins is the blessing of a child-like faith!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

giving credit

So you may, or may not have noticed the updated photos to the right on my blog. Either way, I'm dedicating this post to the talented photographer of these beautiful photos and giving her the much deserved credit!

We've worked together a little in the past, and she has a natural talent and a way with kids that makes for some great photos that we will treasure for years to come!

When I presented to her the oppertunity to capture a couple of hours of our little family at the Mission in Carmel, I knew she would not let me down! :) We had a beautiful afternoon, and the boys both did terrific! Everyone knows how hair-pulling these settings can be when your trying to get little ones to cooperate! We appreciated how relaxed both her and her husband were, and how sometimes the best pictures aren't always the ones where everyones perfect!

It's about capturing these precious moments in life, and the individual personalities of each child, even if it is a wrinkled up nose or pout! :)


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