Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School



Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Strangest Things


About 13 years ago I flew on a jet plane across the border and spent two weeks in Mexico serving alongside some of our girls from our cottage. It was hot, sticky, stinky, uncomfortable and a long way from home. I loved it. In fact, when it came time to leave, I wanted to set down roots and drag my family down there too.  Language barriers or lack of toilet facilities didn't seem to cloud my vision at all. I had fallen in love with those people and their hunger for Christ.

A few years later I found myself on a different trip, in a different place with some different girls. We drove down, slept on air mattresses in air conditioned classrooms. Despite the daily temps that rose over 100 degrees each day, at night we could see our breath in the air. It was so cold in the classrooms that I literally wore every piece of clothing I had to bed each night. On a supplies run I purchased extra socks. I even set my alarm to get up periodically during the night to go to the restroom because it was warm out there. The week was busy and hectic. By the end of the week I had developed a pretty nasty cold and needed medical attention. I still didn't want to go home. The need was so great, the people so desperate and it seemed as if we had done so little.

I'm on a different type of trip now. This mission began the day we said yes to God. When we made up our minds to see His plan for adoption through to the end. These days can be long and hard. They can also be delightful and exciting. There are things ahead we can't see or control. I won't always know the right the right thing to say or do. What I do know is this: I'm in love with this girl and her need for Jesus. No matter how uncomfortable I become on this journey, I don't want to leave it. She pushes my buttons and charms me all at once. I can't get enough of her. Having her in my life has brought me closer to God.

I bet there are some adoptive moms out there thinking that you're in over your head. You most definitely are. Cling to Jesus. Point to Jesus. I'm there with you.
Let's do this!

God is good, all the time!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Goulash



HH. I'm feeling a bit nostalgic over the weekend. I've had a heap of worry lately and some of it was replaced with a heap of blessings.


A sweet soul sent us most of K's school supplies. I didn't send her the complete list because there were some pretty heavy and bulky items on there. This box came in the mail over the weekend and we rejoiced! A few other souls have taken over lists for my boys. I've still a heap of fees to pay, backpacks to buy and some clothing and shoes to purchase, but boy did a good chunk off make me a happy camper!


I found out this weekend that this kid is taller than me. That's all I have to say about that.

I shared this on IG earlier today. I wanted to share it here as well.

Hey sweet friends. Starting this month we'll be hosting the #rileysGodpocketsale a little differently. Donations will be mailed directly to me and listed in our etsy shop. You'll still get all of the credit. Items and shipping will be listed at your suggested price. You can only donate something you have made yourself. Vintage items are welcome for you vintage shoppers out there! The shop will be open 3 days each month. You can shop at your leisure (this month August 14-16). Shoppers can check out via Paypal as usual and I will ship items out to them. Shoppers can also have items mailed to others as gifts. All the while, helping cover expenses for Riley. My hope is to unclog your feed with constant sales. This is such a huge blessing to our family. We really can not thank you enough. If you would like to be a part this month send me an email to smalltownjoyblog@gmail.com.


Hope everyone has a great week!


God is good, all the time!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Handing It Over


Deep in this land of uncharted territory, called life, we find ourselves amongst a heap of blessings. For if you fret about something long enough, you'll eventually come to your senses and manage to pray about it. Sometimes it takes longer than usual.

We're on the edge of being slung into the fury of back-to-school madness. If you haven't had a kid to send off to school in many moons let me catch you up. Basically, you are given a list of school supplies that will hopefully cover the entire school year. Then you decide which kidney you want to sell to pay for said items. I joke, but not really. It is super expensive.

I've got two boys in high school this year.

(Please stop here for a moment of silence.)

High school comes with a whole truck load of "fees" for every class.

It's also when your kids become too cool to hang out with you, FYI.

I say all of that to say this: We fall into that category of families that live on an extremely tight budget. I nearly faint when the school supply list hits the stands. It isn't the list itself, per se, but the knowledge that the bigger picture requires lists, school fees, clothing, shoes, backpacks, etc...

I've done a lot of footwork ahead of time this year to help get our girl settled for the year. I've done nothing for my boys.

(I don't want to talk about it).

We have been blessed this week by someone who is taking one list off of our hands and crossing those things off for us. I can not tell you the relief, but if you've been there, you can surely imagine.

I say all of that to say this. Earlier this week I finally handed my worry over to God instead of hoarding it up all to myself. As soon as I did, things begin to happen.

I don't know what kind of worry you're hoarding, but God will be more than glad to hear about it. Prayer changes things.

I still have a heap of things on my list, but I know that God is bigger than any list I can make, and has a much better plan than I do.

God is good, all the time!

P.S- Our shop is open again! Click on Riley's fridge art picture on the right sidebar to shop. Thanks!

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Pez Population

You probably remember that our girl has a thing for Pez dispensers. It all started back when she was a month old and my brother stuck a fairy Pez in her Christmas stocking. Of course, she was too little for it then, but about a year later she came across it and took a firm grip. One Pez led to another, all the while she had no idea there was candy with this contraption. It was a good secret.


These days, Pez dispensers are used for treats, prizes, gifts and bribery. She has 123 Pez dispensers as I type this. They've come from near and far. She's received some from family, friends and strangers. Just this week she received a package with four new ones tucked inside. 

She has a few that are considered to be vintage. She plays with all of them. I'm not limiting her fun with the "it might be worth some money one day," She's a kid, and they're her favorite toys.


She has duplicates of many of her Pez and calls them her twins and triplets. She is just as excited about a duplicate as a new kid in the collection. Pez have been a great learning tool for her at home. We have worked on classification in groups, by color (base color of the dispenser), grouping by fives, tens, and other numbers, and practicing the domino effect.


She does know about the candy these days, but she is satisfied to eat one piece and move on. I tuck the rest away. 

She'll be having a Pez birthday party this year. You can check out my Pintrest board for some ideas we've been collecting. This will be the perfect theme for our Pez-loving girl.

I bet you're thinking that we have Pez all over our floor. When we are playing with them, absolutely! When we're not playing with them we have two large buckets left over from Easter that we store them in. The buckets fit perfectly on the bottom bookshelf in our family room.

She plays with them almost every day without fail. We're not all crazy thinking that she has to have every single one on the planet, but we keep an eye out for new ones she doesn't have yet. It has been a fun and affordable collection for her and I have to say I have enjoyed them as much as she has! Who knows how many she will end up with!

God is good, all the time!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Riley's Appointment Update

Everything went well today for Riley. He has new glasses since we last saw his doctor at Emory. Today his right eye vision had improved tremendously just from this change. He went from 20/120 to 20/60 in the right eye. The best it has been since his diagnosis is 20/50, so this is fairly close to that. Overall his report was good. He does have a film settling over his macula again which is cloudy. This is creating what is called a macular pucker, which he has had before. It was removed surgically about three years ago, and now is reforming. He will have to have this removed once more, but that won't be done just yet. His snow bank does continue to build in his right eye but at a gradual rate. He goes have a mild Band K, for all of you technical people, that seems to be worrying everyone, but not enough to do anything about it. His left eye is stable with only a few floaters.

Thank you for the prayers!

God is good, all the time!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tomorrow {Or possibly today}


I'm going to be taking this kid to Emory tomorrow. (Wednesday) We don't expect any surprises in the exam andmaybe even hope for some happy news.

We're going to have to leave before morning's light to get there on time. God has been so gracious and supplied much for this trip, but all is not accounted for yet and that sometimes (mostly always) makes me nervous. Of course, I'm sure all is accounted for on God's end of things. These things I can't see tend to overwhelm me.

I'd love it if you'd pray for our safety tomorrow. You'll remember that I am a big fat chicken when it comes to driving in the big city. I'll update as soon as I am able.

God is good, all the time!