Wednesday, March 23, 2011

You Go Mac!!!

100,000 children in the US waiting to be adopted.  300,000 churches in the US.............

"I am not one of those people that says adoption is for everybody, but I think it's for more people that aren't doing it", Mac Powell, Third Day.

Watch this video of Mac Powell speaking candidly about adoption.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Finally! Our princess has pig-tails!

Partners in Crime!

When we were first matched with Ren one of our concerns was for Henry. They are so close in age, (exactly 8 months apart), and he had been mommy's baby.  If you know Henry, you know he has always been my extra hip accessory.  I didn't want him to feel neglected when his new sister came.  Don't get me wrong, there were several weeks of rough transition.  Learning to share mommy wasn't easy for Henry or Ren.  But look at them now.  They are two peas in a pod.  They play, laugh, run, scream, boss, tattle, and get in to trouble together.  They love each other and it is a miracle to see how the Lord  has joined them as brother and sister.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Don't Watch This!

My friend Amie Putnam sent this to me today and it has so challenged me.  I am at a place in my life where realistically, I probably shouldn't add more children to my family.  I have four already.  We have to share bedrooms.  I don't know how they will get a car or how their college education will be paid for.  I do know they will be loved and raised in the Lord.

A lot of people tell me that Tyson and I are good people.  My answer to that is thank you, but on the inside I think, "if you only know".  The Bible tells us the only good that is in us comes from the Lord.  So I know I am not good.  But lately I wonder if I am "safe".  Not really risking anything for the Lord.  Not really sacrificing for the Lord.  I feel so mediocre.  My heart tells me, there is so much more to do.  So many more children that don't need a car or a fully paid college tuition, they just need to call me their mommy. 

Please pray for me as I try to hear the Lord and as I struggle daily to know what I need to do.  Pray for Tyson as he leads our family.  In case you can't tell, he is married to one scary woman!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Not ready to adopt, but ready to help????

Dear Family & Friends,

I am so excited because this week, March 9-16, The Levi Circle is reaching out to the Putnam family to help them complete the next phase of their adoption plan! is sponsoring the On-Line Shop-for-a-Cause and 100% of profits go to The Levi Circle.

PLUS- The Levi Circle is going to match any funds raised during the Shop-for-a-Cause! has beautiful gifts, free shipping & gift wrapping, and a desire to reach out for a good cause! You can SHOP on-line at . Make sure to use COUPON CODE: LEVI at checkout March 9 to March 16.

Thanks so much for your support! I’ll let you know how it turns out!

The Levi Circle?

The Levi Circle

The Mission of The Levi Circle is to provide financial, practical, and spiritual support to families seeking to adopt or foster a child.

In November 2009 a small group of families from my church met together to gain more info on adoption and foster care.  Since that meeting, we have continued to meet and have started our support group.  We are called The Levi Circle.  One of our members, Laura Wills, came up with our name.  Levi is the Hebrew word for joined.  A circle symbolizes forever or unending.  So we are The Levi Circle and our purpose to help see children forever joined with their "forever" families.  We became incorporated with the federal government and we are now recognized as a non-profit organization.  We have our own tax ID number and gifts to the group are tax deductible!!!  Pretty amazing.

Psalm 68:6
God sets the lonely in families.

As The Levi Circle, our desire is to work along side the Lord in His passion to "set the lonely into families"

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Are you adopted?

1 John 3:1   See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

I watched this video today.  I loved it!  If you are a child of the King, you too are adopted!

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Griffin's/Griswald's Did Disney

One 17 year old, one 6 year old, TWO 2 year olds!!!!!  What were we thinking??? 

Well, we attempted the impossible and I have to say, we had a wonderful time.  It truly was an amazing trip.  I think the spanking spoon only showed itself a couple of times and for a whole week, with four kids, that is a world record.  I am almost sure of it.  Everyone was so excited to be at Disney, except for the few times that Henry, "Just wanted to go home and ride his tractor"!

Before I had ever taken my kids to Disney I had always heard people talk about how great Disney was.  I have to be honest, Tyson and I went for few days for our honeymoon.  We were convinced that there was no place on earth where you could find more screaming parents and crying kids.  We did not think it was a magical place.  But like I said, that was before we had our children.  (Though I still believe Disney holds the record for most screaming parents/crying kids per square inch!)

I am one of those crazy moms that tears up at all the magical moments.  Here are a couple of pics from our trip.

A very proud Ty with his daddy, just coming off of Space Mountain!

Indiana Jones(Ty) and the two people he rescued!

And my very favorite .....Ren trying to kiss Mulan.  She was not too fond of all the other princesses.  But she loved Mulan.  Precious!