Friday, November 30, 2007

Home Sweet Home at last...

Having Joseph home has been just like welcoming a new baby.
We have to get to know his personality and what he likes and does
not like..
I'm trying to teach my older children that yes this has been very stressful
but when you look at Joseph you know it's worth it.
Every time you add a new child into your family it takes off another layer of
selfishness...It's hard..I have no time to feel sorry for myself or to get on the
phone for hours and talk about how hard life is. I have no time to go shopping
or just go hang out with friends. Now I know why God wants us to have alot of kids
because it keeps us at home and out of's forces us to depend on each other within our family. It keeps me hanging on to my husband for his support and advice.
It's crazy around here right now.....You wouldn't think adding one more little boy
would shake things up so much has.
Our world is changed our home has changed...all because of Jo and In the midst of
all the craziness I can honestly say I see God..I see him laughing at me when there
is food all over the place. I see him smiling when all I feel like I do is change poop diapers I hear his voice when I get scared he tells me that he brought Jo into our life for a reason and not to doubt him...I feel his grace and forgiveness when
I lose my cool or feel over whelmed... I see him growing Taylor and Tucker.. I see them rising up to the responsibility of helping us run our house-hold right now.
They too are changing diapers and holding crying little ones. They are being a comfort to their brothers and sisters and honoring Scott and I ..Having them
along side of me gives me incredible unspeakable joy.....
Alot of families I know try and take all the hard-ship out of their children's life.
Protecting them from all disappointments and not expecting their help...Scott and I have never felt like this was the thing to do. We have always taught our children that this life will disappoint you. Friends will disappoint you and yes even your family will not live up to your expectations....One day when you marry your spouse will let you down.....It's through the ups and downs of life that Christ grows us.
It's in the hard times that he waters us and shines his sunshine on us and helps
us to grow stronger and straighter....In his word it says that we should count it all joy when we go through trails and tribulations...because it's then that Christ says I have something to teach you through all of this.....
I pray that our family can and will be forever teachable. Not perfect just willing to learn from the great teacher Christ..........
I pray we continue to teach them that people or circumstances don't make you happy.
We have to put our trust in the Lord..We have had great times as a family. We have also had hard times as a family. We have shared it all with our children and they have grown right beside us along the way....My prayer is that when Taylor goes to get married and her husband struggles that she will be a support to him and lift him up .
I pray that Tuck will be able to put the needs of his wife above his own.....
After all we are supposed to put others first and how else will we learn this if everyone is always putting us first....How else will our kids learn this if we are always making their road smooth....or always making sure they never go through any bumps in life and then when they get married Bam here is this person that don't make everything alright for get the point.....
I said all of that to say :
Thanks to my family for being the only people on this earth I want to go through hard times with..With you guys around it hardly seems hard at all..We will get through this and get Joseph better and we will look back and see God's fingerprints and see how much we have learned through it all....I love you..


Brandi said...

Wonderful pictures! Sweet blog! Again can I say. . move here! I need you to mentor me in parenting! You are so intentional in your parenting! I love you and have missed talking to you on the phone! I'll call you as soon as I gwt to the states! First day I'm home. . .I promise. . .just like I made you talk to me!

Love you and praying like crazy for little man!


Stefanie said...

Robin I just loved this post. What you have said so well is how I feel too. We will be praying for Jo's surgery to go well.


Anonymous said...

what an honor to God!! Love, Denise

Kathy, Jeff's Wife said...

I'm so glad you put these pictures up, I've been checking several times a day. You can tell he is so happy and fits right in!

rcsnickers said...

What an answer to prayer and wonderful for your family to all be together at last! He looks so happy with you guys!!! May he continue to grow and feel the love surrounding him especially from our heavenly father!


Welcome to Jen said...

Beautiful post Robin! Life is NOT easy and teaching kids that everything is peachy 100% of the time is just doing an injustice to them. Walking in Christ footsteps, allowing him to move us and grow us as people IS the way to go, even when it is hard. But why tell know this and are a perfect example of it!

Love ya,


missy said...

Hi Friend, I love rhe pictures of your new family. I felt the same way about my older kids just rising to the occasion and pitching in. It is such a good thing. Many people think adoption will affect your bio kids negatively because they won't get as much attention blah blah blah. I have seen my kids grow so much as people through this and I can't wait for God to stretch us all a little more. I'm praying for sweet little man. I know he is going to come through everything with flying colors. Is there anything I can do for you? I can be there in a couple of hours. Please let me know. Love, Missy

Jamie said...

I'm just surfacing here and catching up on your posts. Good stuff!! I'm so glad you're home with Jo. What a wild adventure we went on, huh? Being there the week after you, I thought about you all the time. And how I was so, so thankful I was able to have my hubby with me! I couldn't imagine having been there alone!
Jamie Z. :0)

Anonymous said...

Rob, I can't believe JoJo really is at "home", right where he belongs. I see he's really liking those baths after all!
Love ya girl


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