"I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." Acts 20:24

To Tell of His Grace

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Kaylee's 2nd Eye Surgery

She was a trooper as usual! This time she went back without even crying! 

The surgery went well but the doctor found a mass in her right eye that she needed to remove- so it was more invasive of a surgery than planned. 

The doctor feels the mass is probably benign but will have it tested to be sure. 

Prayers for our girl as she recovers are greatly appreciated! 

She really hasn't opened her eyes yet but the few seconds here and there that she has I was able to see that they are very crossed- so crossed that she can't even see. I'm hoping and praying that as the muscles loosen her eyes will straighten out and we will not have to do this surgery again. 

So thankful for the Lord's provision and that He opened the surgeons eyes to see that mass! 

Keep resting sweet girl!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!!!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Brod and Sis off to Haiti!

Yep! They're off! In fact we just saw them fly over our house ;). 

Praying for a sweet time for them as they love on the fatherless...those who are near to The Father's heart. And that as this team is going to be Jesus to those in need, that He will speak to them in sweet & special ways!!

 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by he world." James 1:27

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sissy's Birthday Party

We had a FUN group of girls!!! So thankful for SWEET friends for Sissy :)

Team #1 - "Green Apples" . We went on a scavenger hunt...thankful for our dad friends that drove the girls all around town following their clues!!! This team WON!!! It was close....they only beat the other team by about 1 1/2 minutes! It was fun to have all the brothers on our teams, too!!!
Team #2  "Blueberries"  .  They sure had a lot of FUN!!!!!
We had a great time celebrating our Sissy Girl!!!

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!!!!!

And something even more FUN.....she and Brodie are headed to Haiti in 5 days!!!! They will be serving with our church at an orphanage (Creche) and this girl is in heaven that she gets to love on kids for a week!!! Her older cousin Jordan will be going as well so that will make it even more special to get to go do the Lord's work with not only her daddy but her awesome cousin as well!!!

She will be posting on her blog as much as possible!

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Orphan Awareness Month

November is National Orphan Awareness Month! Our church celebrated Orphan Sunday last month (a few weeks early) and we have seen great fruit coming from celebrating this special day!

I can't think of a better way to celebrate than to hear stories that show us a glimpse of our Father's Heart toward orphans....

Here is one of the most touching stories I've heard about just how far 
our Father's love will go ~ 

"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" 
1 John 3:1

I see Jesus in that sweet girl's smile :))) He is SOOO GOOD!!!

Please pray for this family called by God...tomorrow is their forever family day with this sweet girl and I know how greatly appreciated prayers are in this time of transition ;) Follow along on their journey HERE

We cannot even begin to fathom the love of our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ! But we can see a glimpse of His Heart when we watch how He takes care of orphans....and it's the most beautiful thing we will ever see this side of Heaven!!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

One Year Ago Today We saw This Sweet Face....

And then we saw these...

SOOOO...thankful for the Lifeline staff and UAB doctors that went and loved on our girl before we could :)
It means the world to know that Jesus sent someone to hold her and pray over her!!!

And now we have had you for almost 8 months!!!

It's AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING to watch JESUS perform "miracle after miracle" (as Sissy said in her testimony) in this sweet girls' life!!! We are so blessed to have a front row seat to ALL that God is doing and all that He will do ;)  We love you, Kaylee Grace!!!

(Look at the light in her eyes in this picture above compared to the first pic in this post...ONLY JESUS can heal in that way! What need do you have that ONLY JESUS can meet? Trust Him for it...He is Faithful!!!)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Happy Birthday Sissy!!!

We have had 2 very special days around here....yesterday Sis got baptized at church! She felt God nudging her to make this public declaration of her faith in
Jesus about a month ago and yesterday was the big day!

Look who had a front and center seat ;)  Kaylee Grace didn't want to miss any of it!

Baptism is our public declaration of our faith in Jesus.
It's a picture of how we as Christians die to our old selves....

And are made new and given eternal LIFE in Him!!!

Miss Ashely read her testimony :)
I accepted Jesus to be my Lord and Savior on April 13, 2006 with my mom and my brother. I never really had a real relationship with him until recently. I always went to church because it was just what my family did every Sunday morning. I would go and pay attention and answer every question asked to me. In May 2011 my dad came home from work and showed us a picture of his client who had just adopted from Africa and asked us if we wanted to adopt. My brothers were all in and my mom and I said NO.  A few weeks later my mom felt the Lord put it on her heart but I was still a no. About 2 months later I had felt the Lord put it on my heart. We started the adoption process for a special needs little girl in China. My faith grew a lot in this process. When we brought her home on March 20th 2013 she just started making leaps and bounds, miracle after miracle. I started realizing that I needed Jesus more than I thought, He was more than just a Sunday morning hour deal... He was my life. I realized the depth of my sin and how He could save me and forgive me. My favorite verses are Proverbs 31:8, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” and James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” because they both remind me of my little sister and how one day when I am old enough I want to adopt.

 And TODAY is Sissy's 13th Birthday!!! How could it be that our sweet girl is already 13??!!
We celebrated with dinner out as a family :)

And with Grandpa and Nana and Papa :)
Happy Birthday to our TEENAGER!!! You are and always have been such a JOY to have as our daughter. We are so proud of the young woman that Jesus is growing you in to. It has been a delight to watch your faith deepen and become your own over this last year and a half. We know that the plans that He has for you are so far beyond anything we could ever ask or imagine! Your heart for the fatherless has encouraged and challenged us to seek Jesus more and be open to all that He has...His Ways are so far beyond our ways ~ and you are blessed with eyes to see that. Sis, the Bible tells us that when we give up our lives, we find true life. We watch you do that more and more everyday with your little sister (and all the other orphans that you advocate for!). Thank you for following Jesus towards the least of these ;)  "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength which He exerted when He rose Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the Heavenly realms." Ephesians 1:18,19