The day I got married, one of my closest friends looked me in the eye and said "God has many wild and wonderful things ahead for you and Jeremy."

Being called mom by 7 kids is definitely wild. Each day I look for the wonder in it all...and give thanks.

Partnering with my husband in life, parenting, work and serving is definitely wonderful. He is my favorite.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

This is not our home

With the last update we were getting ready to come home. 

We are home, but in the last 48 hours some things have happened to remind us that this is not our home.
Phil 3:20-21
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
As we were checking into our flights Monday night, our backpack with our laptop and a few other things was stolen. Jeremy had JUST taken out our passports and Immigration documents for the lady checking us in.
NOW, I can't even imagine the headache and extra time that would have caused us to be in Colombia if our documents were stolen!
THEN, all I could think about was that ALL our pictures from our time in Colombia were gone.
I was pretty upset and Emily was sweetly reminding me that at least it was not a "living thing" that was stolen.
Yes, at least they didn't take a kid.
But I was still pretty ticked.
Matt 6:19-21
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and ruste destroy and where thieves break in and steal,but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
We are home.

Tuesday morning we entered our house and had to step under the welcome sign, through streamers and found balloons, confetti, a warm breakfast casserole, stocked refrigerator, signs and notes posted around--

what a sweet welcome home!
(thank you dear friends who did that for us!)
We are home, but it's different.  We have 4 more bodies in the house and we are in this weird stage of being family but not feeling like family all the time...yet.
Two of the kids came home to a room that was no longer just their own.  Four of the kids came home and everything was new to them--it was like Christmas morning when mom and dad are exhausted and the kids are running from one thing to another in excitement, pulling everything out and wanting to play with it all.
Although it will take time for all of us to feel at home, I want to share a story about our youngest boy that made our hearts smile tonight.
Saimon fell asleep on the plane before it even took off from Colombia.  He woke up in Houston and every now and then he still asks, "Is this the United States?"
Tonight he asked again if we were in the United States and Jeremy said yes.  Saimon then asks if there are hamburgers in the United States to which Jeremy answers yes.
(he really likes hamburgers)
Jeremy then asks him if he likes the United States and Saimon said yes.
Jeremy asked him why and he said,
"Because here, I have a dad."
Eph 1:3-10
 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
This is not our home, our citizenship is in Heaven.
Do we like Heaven?
Yes, because in Heaven, we have a Father.

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