This is blog was created to share some tidbits of our daily lives

and advocate on behalf of the 143 million orphans around the world!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Katie in Uganda

Not sure if I have mentioned this, but I stumbled upon a most inspiring blog. The blog address is I sort of use this blog as my quiet time, time to put things into perspective, time to center, time to "WAKE UP" and get over myself, if ya know what I'm sayin'. Anyway, if you haven't checked this out, DO IT. You will be blessed, inspired, heart-broken, and maybe even humbled and ashamed. The author of this blog is none other than a YOUNG, 19 or 20-year old girl who gets it. A girl who left the comforts and ammenities of the US and went to live in Uganda. She has adopted 10 children I believe. She comes to the states at times to raise money to feed, clothe, and get money to provide them with an education...but oh-does she do much, much more. Here is a little excerpt from one of her blog entries. It touched me so much that I wrote it down by hand and felt led to share it. Sorry, this is long, but she along with Paul unlocks an important "secret" that we all seem to miss.

From Katie's Blog--she had just come back to U.S. for a while to raise some money and was missing her children in Uganda...this is what she writes...

"While it has been my hands doing the work, I have done none of it. Often people ask me how I do it, and the answer is simple-I don't. A little coffee and a whole lot of Jesus. This plan, these accomplishments are not my own. I am dependent. Powerless. Weak. Drowning. And while all those adjectives should sound scary, they have found me in a beautiful place; a place where I can't go one minute without crying out to my Father or I will sink. I am grateful for this place.

Paul says in his letter to the Phillipians that he knows "the secret". He has been well fed and he has been starving. He has live in abundance and he has lived with nothing. His revelation? That he can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strenthens.

Sometimes I wish I was still living in the hungry, needy state in which I lived in Uganda. Sometimes I feel that it is easier to cling to Jesus in that state of having nothing than it is to cling to Him in my current state of abundance. But the thing is, although I am not physically hungry or in need, my soul is thirstier than ever. And Paul's secret remains true; as I let HIM strengthen me, there is NOTHING he can not accomplish through me. "

Let us live with the revelation that we have from Paul and from Katie and live each day allowing Christ to empower us in a way that only He can.


Finally, a LOT of SNOW!!!

We finally got some snow! We were off from school all week! Yay!Ice, Ice, Baby! It really was beautiful!

Could you get a bigger piece, Bryson?

Yippee, no school!!!

It was so nice to be off with my boys and see them enjoy the fun of being off from school. I loved those days off when I was little, and still do!!!
Thank you, God for the snow!

Snow Tubing at Perfect North Slopes

After tubing, we got some hot chocolate!

Bren wanted a Twix bar instead of cocoa.

My hubby and I having a sweet moment!
Me and my boys!

Daddy's boys!

It was a blast!!!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Mamaw you go!!!

Our First Snow Day!!!!!

Heather and Sophie
It was Sophie's First time to really go sledding and play in the snow. She laughed all the way down the hill!!! (This is for you Grandma and Grandpa Kight!) Best Friends!
Bryson and Cole

"Watch out Mommy!"

"Here it comes!"

The whole Gang!


We couldn't believe the weather over Christmas break!
The boys took advantage of the nice weather! Bryson


Random Christmas Pics

Bryson trying out his new basketball he was wanting. Guitar Hero Rocker Bren!

Santa left this in the basement! Yessss!!


Niecy Darc rocked out to Taylor Swift on her new ipod!

Random Christmas Pics

Here's my nephew Derek..he was happy with his Guitar Hero game for WII!My FAVORITE Christmas pic. of all time!!!!
My Mamaw Jean and Papaw inspiration to all of us!!!!!

Me, Niece Morgan, Niece Paige goofing off, taking silly pics of ourselves and laughing at them!

Too cute of my niece Paige!!!

My oldest niece, Madison~ She is growing up way too fast!

Invitation to the Governor's Mansion!

Brennan entered a poster contest at his school in the fall for "adopt a highway". He NEVER expected to do well, in fact, he cried about doing the project at all. I encouraged him to do his best...and that he did. His was sent to the state...and we got the news that he got 4th Place Honorable Mention and was invited to a luncheon at the Governor's mansion. He was presented with his poster framed and engraved, a 2009 calendar with all of the winners on the pages of the months, and a wonderful day off from school! We were SO PROUD of him!!

Here he is with our friend Vince, who just happens to be "Deputy Chief of Staff" for the Governor. He made a special stop over to see his buddy Brennan. Suuweeet!!!

The mansion was decorated so beautifully!!