Friday, December 24, 2010

Overwhelmingly Thankful!

We visited Macy's 8th floor in Downtown this week. The tall buildings alone were enough for the girls!
They were amazed and struggled to so the top of them from the car window!

They featured "a day in the life of an elf"! Sarah and Anna were here last year but for Emma and Ellie it was a first!
The loved every minute of it!

This picture gave me an idea! Lot's of bunk beds in one room- brilliant!! Hey, if it is good enough for the Elfs, it's good enough for us!! 

It went so well bringing the girls downtown that it made me think- if I can do this with four adorable kiddos, why can't I do this with 6, 8 or 10. As I watched the joy on the children's faces I thought of all the children without families. Without experiences, without love and without knowing Jesus. It breaks my heart and I knew God was calling us to bring more home!

For now- we can't wait to bring home Ava and Sam! Believe me- I am a little scared but each time the Lord has helped us through the transition and into a new normal. A wonderful beautiful loving (and busy) new normal!

The girls uwed and awed at the sights! 
It was so joyful!

There was a plaque with words at each scene. Sarah and I read them to the other girls.
Sarah is so proud of her reading and all she is learning! Just 2 short years ago she hated learning and was afraid of books. Just one short year ago she was still plagued by pouting when she didn't understand something- wow, has she come a long way!!

I am so thankful that this month has gone so well. Usually I do not enjoy the season- it just gets too busy. This year has been different- and we are so thankful; (yes, I know I said that twice)!
We prayed about it immediately after Thanksgiving, talked about the focus on Jesus and not getting wrapped up in the commercialism. It has gone well- we have had fun but it has not been over the top. The girls know their is no Santa but they love pretending- I love it when they use their imaginations and have fun!

When we brought home this princess, we thought we had a plan! Funny things is- that God had a plan, too and it was a different from ours! 

I must say - that we are loving his plan!!

And I think they are, too!!

What do you think??

I am feeling overwhelmingly thankful to him!

For sending His Son our Savior, for the gift of the Holy Spirit, for the blessings we receive through HIM!


Angela said...

Beautiful pictures, beautiful girls, and a beautiful reflection of the Savior's heart. Thanks for sharing!sculteef

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

LOVE HIS PLAN BETTER!!!!!! So glad you have enjoyed this year's special season of remember Christ :)

What a cute place. Yeah- we have 4 sets of bunks....always room for more :)

Have a Blessed Christmas :) Enjoy!!!

Pam said...

What fun day you had with your little girls! Love the photo of you and the 4~ so sweet. And I just smile when I think of your family next year! It is a GOOD plan!

Merry Christmas!

Holly said...

Oh, what a fun day! I wish we lived near there. I would love to take our kids! And I think God's plan is pretty GREAT!! Merry Christmas to you and your family, Jean! : )

Karin said...

That is a wonderful way to spend the day!! Your girls look so cute all dressed alike. :) How awesome is God to bring them into your family--to be loved, treasured and adored.