Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Today our princess turns 18 years old. It doesn't seem possible! It feels like just yesterday Mike got off the plane and handed me our precious princess. She was 3 months old. There were a ton of people at the airport waiting for the princess to arrive. She was sleeping when Mike handed her to me and she never woke up…not once. She was cooed over, passed around, kissed and never woke up! Well, she did open one eye for a minute then went back to sleep. She still does that!

That night Mike and I watched her all night long because we were sure she would wake up because her night and days would be mixed up. Not our girl! She woke up bright and early the next morning and looked around like “what is everyone looking at?” It was Fathers Day and a news crew was there to do a story. Mike and I were so tired but not our princess! She was bright, perky and ready to go!

Jordan you have blessed my life in ways I could never have imagined. Your desire for excellence, your passion for the orphan, your love for God and your family make you an Extraordinary Woman! You will do great things with your life and I am so honored that God chose me to be your Oma. 
I am so proud of you and all that you have accomplished in your 18 years. The world can be a scary place but you show no fear.  You are a child of God and it shows in everything you do!  

And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? Esther 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Giving It All to God

I haven't posted very much lately. Life has thrown me a few obstacles in the last few months and sadly I let it  consume my life. What a waste. One of the many lessons learned through this little trial is that you can not let the choices  of others ruin your life. There are always two sides to a story but most will listen to one side without any facts or inputs and believe every word. That is their problem, not mine.

As for me I am so blessed to be surrounded by some of the most amazing family & friends anyone in the world can ask for. But more than anything I am blessed to be the daughter of the one true God. Because of Him I survived the trails the last few months have thrown my way and I will survive anything else life decides to throw at me.

Every day I spend the morning with God and without fail He places a word of truth and hope in my heart. I don't always trust man but I will always trust God. One of the many amazing things about God is that He loves us no matter what we have done, no matter what we think, or how we act. His love is unconditional. He wants us to have the very best in life but sometimes in order to receive the best we need to go through the worse. It is during that time of  despair that we can only reach up to the One who will take us in His arms and love us.

Sadly, for many Christians it is this time of despair that we want God to fix things fast and easy. I mean who wouldn't? None of us likes pain or heartbreak. But if He did that for us then we would turn into shallow, lazy, uncaring people who only thought of ourselves. And we wouldn't need Him. I need God. I want the best of this life God gave me. In order to have that I need to give it all to God. Not just bits and pieces at my choosing, all of it.  I have to trust Him and put my faith in Him...only.

Dependence upon God makes heroes of ordinary people like you and me!  Bruce Wilkinson