Invited to walk on water

Invited to walk on water
sisters and brothers waiting on one more

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Merry Christmas. From the manger to a cross. You are LOVED.

Celebrating Adoption again this Christmas!

Precious Mohale!  Our adored son.

Christmas is all about adoption. 

You are loved beyond comprehension.
He gave ALL to adopt YOU. 

“But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.” Galatians 4:4-5 NLT

The priceless gift of adoption is extended to me and you... Through Jesus.

Through Adoption, I am, and you are..

A beloved, cherished, child of God.
You are of infinite value.
You are FREE from striving for value.
You are free from your past.
You are free from the opinions and rejections of all people.
You are free from religious legalism.
You are LOVED as HIS beloved, treasured, adored child

Being so perfectly, completely, fully loved, you are FREE to risk loving others!

Merry Christmas with Love,
David, Christy, Ianna, Leora, Liam, Sierra, Alyssa, Joseph, and Mohale!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Home almost 4 weeks

Update after 4 weeks home:

Where do I begin?

We are counting our blessings as Christmas approaches.  He's home- our hearts desire.

Mohale is doing amazing.
 Our family has been to the Dr. over 16 times in the last 3 1/2 weeks.

After multiple Dr's visits, blood draws and other labs, Liam got to be transported by ambulance.  All labs came back with no red flags.  We concluded that 60 lb boys would be wise not to lift and leverage 200 lb rocks into their pond unassisted.  Due to youth, he escaped hemorrhoids-  but perhaps such strain resulted in a busted or inflamed blood vessel?  More Dr. visits are scheduled.  However, he's feeling healthy.
Bonus:  He went from being freaked out by needles to almost bored by blood tests.
Fear is quite a monster.  
Actually, because of fear, we owe $3000 to the ambulance company.  Turns out that Liam's excruciating gut pain which panicked us all into dialing 911 was likely from too many tortilla chips and cheetos and not at all related to the initial symptoms that had us all concerned.  (Although I'd call that ambulance again- can't be too careful.)


My ultrasound and mammogram are tonight.
That's the Dr.'s belief and resulted in great relief.  Yet we are being prudent-
Being a mom has made me a hypochondriac. I'm okay with that.

Mohale is HEALTHY! 
Besides Liam and Mohale, the other 5 kids are recovering from various stages of a cold...
I love that it's only a cold and our children are home.  

My heart breaks for children who are coughing in the winter cold right now without warm blankets and without warm hearts.... 
(food, clothing, shelter, medication, parents......the needs are overwhelming.)
My heart breaks for families who didn't hear the words "benign" at a Dr. Appointment.

 OH Dear Lord, please help us to reach more vulnerable treasures with comfort in this cruel world.

Parenting update?

Here's a kicker.

We were prepared for an intensly DIFFICULT road.  Our eyes were (and are) wide open.
 (Parenting is hard with one or two or seven.)
(Somehow one was harder than seven.)
(Except on days where several are tantruming, and others are having diaper blow outs
all at the same time...)

It is so far EASIER having Mohale home than before we had him!
The relief that comes with having him safe is energizing.

A sibling bond forming between our two little boys is priceless.

I looked up to see them holding hands!  The girls were laughing.
Buttercup was under the table doing clean up duty. Good dog.]
Deer Trail / Buttercup Tale:
Baby J struggled physically during his infancy.
Nearly every feeding for the first year of his life ended up as vomit- He could really launch it...
Buttercup seriously sent me into a gagging spree the first time she noisily lapped up his vomit- thought my eyes would pop out as I Screammed  "BUTTERCUP!!!!...GAG  Out!  GAG  OHHHH  GAGG  STOP!!!  GAG..."
but we quickly grew to appreciate her skill.
(We all do a double take when we see dogs "kiss" owners faces....  AAAAAK)

Joseph continues to sleep better at night- likely due to Mohale's influence!
During the day they play, learn to share (fight), and pal around together.  They look for each other. This afternoon only 10 minutes into nap time two giggling boys found their way back to the living room dragging teddy bears behind them.  They taught each other how to escape their cribs!!

Yes, both were beaming.

The little big sisters clearly enjoy having two little brothers to nurture and boss...

I HIGHLY recommend the large "playpen" (cage?) above- good for all ages.

Thank you again for all of your prayers and incredible encouragement.

Liam is 12

December 2, 2015

How did our gift turn 12?

He's growing up!

There are not words adequate to describe how humbled I feel that I get to be the mom of this hero hearted boy who's too quickly growing into a man.

It seems like just yesterday "we" looked like this:
8 months preg with Liam

We'd chosen his name three years and two baby girls prior to his birth. 
I remember when the ultrasound tech said "it's a boy!" and my heart jumped- 

out of shock-

I'd gotten the girl thing down.  But boys? 
Bugs, slugs, spiders and could I do that?  I was the college girl who went looking for a security guard to remove spiders from my apartment at 2am.

Then this picture melted my heart
and fear of being an inadequate mom was replaced with passion for our unborn Liam:
ultrasound of Liam

And the day he was born I was further smitten:

Liam's birth announcement pic

"Liam" means "Unwavering protector"

When a tarantula found it's way into my bedroom last summer, who did I scream for??


Carefully he carried the monster up to his pond and released it safely under a pile of logs.  Daily Liam doctored the critter until it was strong and healthy.

He protects his sisters- The older ones and the little ones.  
(Often way more than they want to be protected)

He's always been surrounded by sisters:)

Looking a little outnumbered.

Whoooo do they call when they are screaming the freaked-out-bug dance????

Who gets them to smile again when they are blue?
Liam has a way with his girls...

Our world NEEDS men who know how to love.

You love your sisters.
I'm so PROUD of my young and impassioned, protective, brilliant, artistic son.

When we were in the midst of adopting our little girls, Liam's heart broke as we were exposed to foster children who's lives had been shattered.
He would often ask, Mom, why can't we adopt more kids?

Liam and his two big sisters eagerly wanted us to adopt again.

Being outnumbered,
Liam requested a brother!
Then he made a really specific request because of his love for his little sisters...

"God, can he be black like my little sister?"

As time went on his prayer changed to
"God, can we adopt two little brothers?"

We all deeply wanted to adopt again-
but it was Liam who prayed specifically for "two little brothers- who look like my little sisters."  

Answered prayers

Liam insisted on carrying Mohale to the visa Dr. appointment when we were in Johannesburg last month. Hours after this pic was taken, Liam began to get sick...
He looks so sick in this pic.  It has taken weeks for him to physically strong again.

A day doesn't go by that Liam isn't by my side helping me with his four little siblings.  
He adores them.

You are a gift from heaven beyond my wildest imaginations-
You amaze me with your creative heart of compassion, protection and incredible adventurous nature. 
Your character is strong.
I'm honored to be your mom and more grateful and proud of you than words can describe.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Video of meeting Mohale and bringing him home from Lesotho, Africa

Mohale's Adoption Video

"Our Adventure 1"
By: Big Sister, Ianna
(She numbered it because she hopes to go back to the beautiful people in Lesotho.  We all do.)

Song 1: Kings and Queens by Audio Adrenaline:
Travel to Lesotho and meeting Mohale!

Song 2: Best Day of My Life by American Authors:
Memories of beautiful Lesotho and bringing Mohale HOME!

Forever grateful