Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Karate Kid 2

Will had his test for orange belt yesterday. He had to do form testing, sparring and even definitions of terms. He did well and got his orange belt. (Although they didn't come in time for the testing, he should get it at his next class.) I think he's ready for a break from karate, but I think he's going to miss it and will want to start again next year.

Will getting his "orange" belt (minue the actual belt) from his coach, Kim Dunkin.

Other updates...

Sam is back visiting while Aunt Rosie and Uncle Bobby are in Japan. He's is such a sweet dog, putting up with the kids and the chaos. Anytime I come to the computer, he is curled up under the desk. We love having him here, although I'm not sure the feeling is mutual.

It's been a while since I posted anything on the shop. (That's mainly because it's been awhile since anything happened in the shop.) Keith and my dad installed the sheetrock last week and it looks so different. Yesterday, 2 guys from our church came to start the taping and bedding. Keith decided it was a job worth hiring out and we got a great bid. They got the first part done yesterday and are supposed to return tomorrow to finish. Then Keith will paint the inside, including the floor. Then...wait for it...


It's been a long time coming and we are so excited. I can't wait to get the garage cleaned out. I know there are things out there that haven't been unpacked since we moved in 4.5 years ago. Probably a good sign that we can get rid of it...one of my favorite things. Then I'll actually be able to use the garage for the van.

Charlie is doing well. I still can't believe that he'll start kindergarten next year. He goes in this Friday for the kindergarten testing at Covenant. One of his favorite things to do is whatever Will is doing. He's getting better at building with Legos, which still occupies at least 90-95% of Will's free time. (Even over his new Nintendo DS) Even if Will's watching Star Wars, he's still building with Legos, making all the different Star Wars ships.

They also have gotten to play soccer together this winter. One of the dad's at school put an under-7 team together for an indoor league. I figured this was our chance to have them together and since it was INSIDE and only 2 miles from our house, I thought we'd go for it. They both have done really well considering they had no idea what soccer was when we started. Charlie is hilarious to watch...he doesn't know the meaning of the word hustle, but LOVES being with the big boys and getting out on the field. Will is showing some good talent and a lot of improvement. We plan on letting him continue with the next session and letting Charlie find another fun outlet. (I wish they need a junior penguin trainer at the zoo.)

Sweet baby Jack

Jack had his 9mos well check today. I debated on whether I should go with the icey roads, but decided if I got out early, it would be okay. And I hate rescheduling dr appointments because it takes so long to get back in. Anyway, my doctor is out of town, so a "guest" pediatrician saw us. Dr. Zilberg came in, a man in his early 70's I'm guessing. He was SUPER sweet and had one of the prettiest accents. Turns out he's from South Africa. He said sweet things like, "I'm assuming all is well." and "My, he's a sturdy boy, not flabby at all. You must be breastfeeding."

Jack is doing great. He's right on track developmentally, even though he has no teeth and still doesn't crawl. Just yesterday, however, he got up on all fours and is rocking. He can also occasionally get from all fours to a sitting position. I have to admit though, I LOVE having him staying in the baby phase a little longer. Funny how that changes from your first to your last.

His disposition remains as sweet as ever. I even had a lady at my church comment that he's the sweetest baby she's ever seen. He's so happy and content. What a blessing!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Always check your kids homework...

I got this email today from a friend and almost wet my pants. Thought I would share it with all of you.

(Here's the reply the teacher received the following day)
Dear Mrs. Jones,
I wish to clarify that I am not now, nor have I ever been, an exotic dancer. I work at lowes and I told my daughter how hectic it was last week before the blizzard hit. I told her we sold out every single shovel we had, and then I found one more in the back room, and that several people were fighting over who would get it. Her picture doesn't show me dancing around a pole. It's supposed to depict me selling the last snow shovel we had at lowes.From now on I will remember to check her homework more thoroughly before she turns it in.
Mrs. Smith

Sunday, January 25, 2009


It seems that adoption has been more on my mind in the recent months. We have dear friends at church that are waiting for their little girl from China and my best friend Kelly and her hubby just got their referral from Ethipoia. It has been so neat to walk through this process with these couples. Their stories are very different, but their hearts are the same...they have a love for someone else's baby and want to give these children a home and a Hope.

James 1:27 "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world."

This past week marked the anniversary of Roe vs Wade. Last Sunday was Sanctity of Life Sunday. Our church marked these dates with a 2 week emphasis on adoption. My dad preached both Sundays on our adoption and how earthly adoptions are a picture for us of what God has done for us.

Today we had a couple of ladies that work for Faith Connection come to talk to us after church. They help get information out about kids in the foster system and how to foster, adopt, and help these kids. There are currently 4000+ kids in the foster systems in our area, 1200 of them are adoptable (parental rights have been terminated), at least 70% of them are aged 9 and older. It was heartbreaking to think about these kids who are literally homeless. They may have a house to live in, but they have no HOME. She told of Kate who is being adopted by a lady from her church. Kate is 10 years old and has been in 16 foster homes. She also shared about Samuel. He will turn 18 in a few months. When he graduates in May, he will "age out" of the foster care system with no family, no one to turn to, no support. Statistics say he will likely parent a child of his own in the next year, join a gang, be incarcerated, or be homeless. It's easy for us to gripe about the system, but none of us seem to want to get involved.

I have been so convicted about my lack of involvement. I claim to be pro-life, but I'm certainly not doing anything about it. I don't pray that God would put an end to the 29,000 abortions that are done in the U.S. each week, I don't care for the orphans, I don't help the single mom, I don't house the unwed mother who has been kicked out of her home for choosing life. God forgive my apathy. I am praying about how God will choose to involve me in the children's lives. It may be through prayer and never a face to face meeting, it may be advocacy, it may be adoption. Whatever it is, I am open, after all...I have received the ultimate adoption from my Father.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Introducing Ava Eyerusalem and Malachi Bereket

Almost a year ago, a seed was planted in the hearts of my best friend, Kelly and her hubby, Sean. A love began to grow for the orphans of Ethiopia. They began to pursue adopting one of these children. As the months went on, they continued to pray and learn about these sweet children. Before long, that single seed had become two and they were waiting to be matched with siblings!

Yesterday, that seed grew into 2 beautiful babies. They were matched with the children they will be going to get from Ethiopia in about 3 months. Kelly and Sean chose their first names and will use their Ethiopian birth names for their middle names. Both children are healthy, happy and are bigger than expected. Praise to the Giver of Life for these precious little ones! Congratulations Kelly and Sean, we can't wait to meet them.

Ava Eyerusalem (Ura-solemn)

Malachi Bereket (Bear-a-ket)

My new camera!!

Keith and I have been looking into getting a dSLR camera for a few months and finally took the plunge. We were able to return the point-and-shoot camera we had just purchased. Well, our new camera finally arrived via UPS on Wednesday. I'm so excited. It's amazing how fast you can take pictures and I can't wait to get some action shots of the kids now instead of just having a blur! Now if I can just learn how to use it...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Just a tease...

The "man-in-brown" visited my house yesterday. Come back later and I'll hopefully have something posted for you. I'm so excited!!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Christmas with the Stonecipher's...both times.

When the Stonecipher family began adding more people, it meant adding more schedules. My mom graciously offered to move our family celebration to New Year's Day. (She hasn't had her family with her on Christmas Day since I was in high school!) Anyway, she woke New Year's morning with a resurgance of the stomach bug she had had earlier in the week. Dad started calling everyone. Mom offered to go to Mammaw's house, (since she's still in the nursing home) and let us still meet at their house. After we all got there, David brought up that it didn't seem right to have Christmas without mom there. We all agreed. (Of course, we decided this while we were eating the yummy lunch. No need to let a good meal go to waste.) John and Jennifer graciously rearranged their plans for the weekend and we met for part 2 of the celebration on Saturday night. We did go ahead and let the kids open one gift on New Years. After that, the babies took naps and the big kids went to our backyard to play. It was a beautiful day and so fun to just spend relaxed time together.

And part 2...with mom feeling MUCH better. I apologize for the MAJOR red eye. Out of 5 camera that would normally be there, we were down to ONE!! I haven't had time to edit them yet.

Christmas with the Beckhams

I can't believe it's already January 7 amd I'm just now bloggin about our Christmas. Where does the time go? Here are some pictures of Christmas with the Beckham side of the family. We asked if we could host again this year because it's so much easier to be at our house with the little ones. Sure enough, Jack went to bed just as we started opening gifts and napped until it was almost time for everyone to leave.

We had a great time all together. Although Keith's brother and his family live in Flower Mound, we don't get to see them very often. My kids love being around their Big cousins.

Since many of us are not big turkey and dressing eaters, we try to do something non-traditional for Christmas dinner. We have done fajitas and Mexican food for years. This year we decided to do breakfast food. I made breakfast enchiladas (a YUMMY Southern Living recipe and super easy), Renee brought a cinnamon roll dish (YUMMY) and Melba brought a big fruit tray. (The kids especially loved the kiwi.) It turned out really well and I think we may do it again sometime. We were able to make everything ahead of time and eat as soon as we got there.

Enjoy the pics!