Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Monday, December 15, 2008

I am determined to post tonight. I have sat down a couple other times over the last couple months and have really struggled to convey my thoughts. My thoughts are still jumbled, but I guess jumbled thoughts are better than no thoughts, right?!?

I will highlight some happenings from the last couple months to get you up to speed...

There was Halloween...we are not big fans of Halloween and we don't "celebrate" the day, but we do get dressed up and go to a Harvest Party hosted by a local church. I only included this so you could see the picture of our night out! Take a good look...Christopher, not Katie, is the pirate this time!

Then we had Kellen's birthday. He had a party at the bowling alley and we had a ton of fun. Kellen requested a particular cake that he had seen in one of my magazines from over a year ago. The moment he had seen this cake, he knew it was the one!

Todd got his first elk! I am sure I am leaving lots of details out on this one, so you'll have to talk to Todd to get the scoop!

The African Children's Choir was in town and it was amazing! Those kids are incredible. If they are coming to a city near you, GO! You will be in for a treat. I was emotional during the show, thinking about all that God has brought us through to unite Christopher and Katie with our family. What a fun night and we got to experience it with some dear friends!

Sickness...this could be a whole post in itself. We have had 4 with pink eye, 2 with strep throat, sinus infection, bronchitis, ear infection, emergency room trips for croup/severe breathing difficulty, emergency room trip for an inflamed hip joint which was thought to be a bone infection, impetigo, bacterial infections, hand surgery, and an allergic reaction to the antibiotic for the strep throat...and this is all in a 3 week period!

Jaden lost his two front teeth!

My sister has moved up to Montana and is in her 9th month of pregnancy! We are preparing for the birth of her little boy. We are happy to have her so close! My parents are living with us until they head back to Uganda, and the kids are loving their time with Grammy and Grandpa. Add 5 kids to the mix and a couple of dogs, and we have a full house! There is never a moment lacking in adventure. Our days are full and a wee bit busy! or crazy! However, you want to look at it!

Our life is full of blessings, and as we approach Christmas, we are so thankful that God has united our family. (Last Christmas we were longing to to have C & K here). God has accomplished a lot over this past year. As we go through dry times, it helps to look back and remember all that God has done. Today, I started reading our story from the beginning just to be reminded of our faithful and sovereign Lord. Even at times when I can't feel or see Him in the day in and day out, He is there. It has challenged me to look for glimpses of God throughout my day--even in the mundane activities or routines. I want to be in awe of God. I want to be aware of His presence.

Thank you Lord for never leaving us. May our eyes be fixed upon You, Lord, this Christmas season.


Gipe Family said...

Yes, it's me..I know it's kinda silly having your best friend, whom you talk to almost every day comment on your blog. What can I say? I still love reading your blog. You are such a beautiful family. I feel so blessed to have you all in my life. I love you guys!! Thank you for always being there for me!!

lana said...

It's me too! Ditto what Lacey said. Thanks for reminding me to reflect and look for God's hand in the mundane daily activities.
Love you all,

Shauna said...

You have been a busy Mama. I love reading your blog. You have no idea how much our phone conversation meant to me. Have a Merry Christmas and we will have to chat after things slow down (HAHA - when's that?!?). Have a Merry Christmas!

Janelle Knight said...

Jenny ~ It was so nice "meeting" you in the elevator at the Medical clinic on Friday. I was so overwhelmed by your beautiful family (and perhaps my full arms had something to do with it) that I forgot to introduce myself. My name is Janelle and I am so honored to read your life stories on your blog. Thank you for being so kind to share all you have gone through and are going through with your amazing family. Your kids are incredible and their parents are an inspiration to me. Thank you for your reminder of how important it is to appreciate all the little blessings God gives us each day! Merry Christmas!