Sunday, February 19, 2012

Home sweet home!

 We've spent the last few weeks house sitting for my sister while she was out of town. It has been wonderful to get to spend some time with family and friends. Now this evening we are headed home. I'm excited and yet sad:( I've enjoyed getting to eat lunch with my hubby every day, hang out with friends, go on coffee dates with my sister.... but there is still no place like home! I'm so blessed!
 Thank you all for hanging out the last few weeks. We loved every second of it:)
~Esther

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Godly Responses

  This is just something that has been on my mind a lot lately. How do you respond when someone hurts you? Growing up I would lash out. As I got older, I started responding "more maturely" :) I would either get huffy and walk away, or burst into tears and walk away. Then I would relive it over and over and get angrier and angrier inside. God has been teaching me that I need to just let it go when someone hurts me, which is much easier said than done. Sometimes I need to talk with the one who hurt me, but not in the heat of the moment, if I want to respond in a godly manner. 
 People LOVE to give everyone advice, so it came as no surprise to me that we would get loads of it when we announced our plans to adopt. The thing that I was not expecting, was how hurtful some of the words would be. "Maybe you will still have a baby of your own," as if an adopted child would not be "our own." I realize they probably didn't mean it that way, nevertheless, it still cut to the quick. It's like some people think adoption is "second rate." We are God's adopted children. 
 "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. "
Ephesians 1:5&6
 But, I don't want this to be a rant about "poor me" but rather a reminder to submit ourselves to our Heavenly Father and let Him continue HIS work in our hearts and lives.
 It is my hope and prayer that God will continue His work in me and that I will learn to respond the way He would.
~Esther

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My nephew Ivan and niece Ursula

My nephew Carl

Ivan having fun at the children's museum

Ursula having fun in the kitchen at the children's museum.