Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Birthday, Rob!

Today is my youngest son's birthday. Robbie was the youngest of our first 4 - the "baby" of the family for 12 years before Jessica joined our family.
Robbie has many gifts - some of them are incredibly obvious - his music and his ability to communicate the message of Christ are some of those.
But others you may not know - Robbie has a gift of bringing peace into a room. He can make anyone feel extra special. He has been doing this since he was a toddler. His smile is contagious and the spirit behind the smile makes everything else alright.
Robbie is a great son - he makes me feel loved.
Robbie is an amazing husband and father.
Robbie is a gifted musician.
I love you Robbie and Happy Birthday!
You are still cool:)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas

Here it is - December 23, 2008 and I am thinking of ways to slow these days down and simply enjoy the celebration -
the time with family -
the sounds of Christmas - I love Christmas music -
the sights of Christmas - lights, decorations -
the spirit of Christmas - people are often friendlier -
I love to hear people say "Merry Christmas" -
I love to say "Merry Christmas".
But somehow I want to convey the depth of that statement - Merry Christmas!!!
I want to stop and say...
"No, really - I want you to know the Christ of Christmas.
I want you to experience the Peace that Christ brings.
I want you to stand in the hope that we have in our Savior.
I pray that you can know the love that God has for you.
I wish for you JOY.

So... today I am going to find ways to attempt to convey that to the people I see. I'm not sure how.
I am asking the Lord to show me - to give me words and expressions that speak peace and love.
I don't want to be obnoxious or inappropriate.
I just want to say "Merry Christmas" and really mean it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Meet our newest Grandkids!

Meet Yeneneh and Sosina (Sosy) Seay! Yeneneh is 9 years old and Sosy is 4 years old. They should be home in Nashville by the end of January. Thank you for your prayers!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Please Pray for our Tomorrow

Tomorrow in Ethiopia, Monday, Dec. 15, is the court date that will officially give us two more grandchildren.

Our son and his wife, Brian and Amy, have been on an incredible journey of adoption and tomorrow will hopefully see that dream become a reality. To read about their journey click here.

Please pray for the court date - for no interruptions or distractions that would postpone the finalization of the adoption. Pray also for their travel to Ethiopia in the next few weeks. They will travel with all 4 of their children to meet their new son and daughter and to complete the process that will bring them home to become a part of our family.

Watch for news of the adoption tomorrow afternoon at

Also, read here about the need for sponsors for Compassion kids around the world. What better Christmas gift could you give?

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmastime is Here!

Can't you just hear that classic song from Charlie Brown in your head right now?

I love Christmas and what it means for our family times together.

Grandkids on Ice

Grandkids with Santa

Jess with Santa

We saw "White Christmas" at the theatre - a gift to my parents for Christmas and birthday. It was great!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Advent: Hope and Peace

Advent means "waiting with great expectation". I can't imagine how God's people must have struggled to wait patiently for their promised Messiah. They had waited so long for their redeemer. I am ashamed at times to realize that I don't fall on my knees often enough to give thanks for my salvation and for the One who saved me.

I want to use this season of Advent to worship my Lord - to thank Him for dying in my place - for saving me from eternal separation from God - for giving me life here on this earth that is full and abundant because of the work that He does through the Holy Spirit - to thank Him for the HOPE that He brings into our lives.

The observance of Advent also reminds me of the Peace that comes with knowing Jesus. He came to bring Peace on Earth and He promises Peace for all who will put their faith in Him. He is our Peace - our Jehovah Shalom.

Do I live like I have this Peace? I confess that I am consumed by "busyness" and don't allow Him to be my Peace - to bring down all the things in my life that are unnecessary - and allow Him to simply "lead me beside the still waters". Will you allow Him to take you to the still waters this season? Let's just sit down- be still - and worship Him - rest in Him. What could be more important?