Adoption – We’ve Started the Journey

We’ve been thinking about adopting internationally for a couple of years and we’ve actually filled out most of the paperwork, home study is about to happen and then we begin the wait.

However, perhaps for the first time, it felt a little more “real” today.

We attended a Christmas party for adoptive families. It was simply incredible to see so much joy, diversity, laughter and love in that room. What an incredible picture of God’s great love for us.

Notice Esther and Judah in the middle

If you have adopted internationally or are thinking about it, would love to hear your story in the comments, or blogs of your journey.

Family Fun – Pop Experiment

So, Judah and I  had some time yesterday. I thought we hadn’t had an intentional Family Fun event in awhile, so….why not grab some pop, some mint candies and create a reaction of some kind.  Here’s our adventure.

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Family Fun – Couch Jumping

Esther, Judah and I were setting up for a sleep over in the basement and it was decided that jumping off the couch would be more fun. 🙂

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Where Should I Send My Kids To School?

Esther is turning six and grade one is looming around the corner. I say looming because what was once clear in my mind is not so very clear anymore.

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Family Fun – Egg Olympics

As a family Naomi and I try and have consistent family fun events with the kids. I found great comfort when someone once told me that these don’t have to be the big, well thought out events we sometimes think we need to plan as parents. Often they aren’t even close to being well thought out. They are however intentional times where we as a family can laugh, play and have fun together. This time round I decided to do a quick round of “Egg Olympics” prior to me leaving for church.

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My kids…

I have been reflecting on the special moments when my kids look at me. I thought a quick video would be a good reminder for me the next time I don’t pay attention to the depth behind each expression my child shares with me. During the process God met me. I love how He interrupts our journey to speak and remind us of truth. For me it was that even though I quickly forget the special moments He gives me with my kids, He has never forgotten anyone of the expressions of my face when I look to Him. He is faithful, He sees me, enjoys me, is proud of me, and loves to laugh with me. He has never forgotten.

I hope that my kids will always know how much their dad loved and loves them and that he treasures every moment with them.

I trust that He will also encourage and remind you of special moments with Him and others.

A big shout out to Carlos Whittaker and this post. It was the still images in his video that started me down this road…

An Interview With My Princess Esther

You’ve probably seen the many surveys people pass around on facebook. I’ve actually never filled one out. However Naomi did a little survey with Esther (Our 5 year old daughter) about me. To be honest I was a little nervous to read it. Why? Kids are brutally honest and they know you better than most. Maybe something for you to do with your kids.

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Make a Toy Dart With Weeds in under 10 Seconds

dartsSo I realize that my blog is often on the “heavy” side.  So I thought I would try and write some more about things that happen with our family. So, here’s how I impressed my kids with some totally useless knowledge.  They did have fun with it, even if it only lasted for 5 minutes, but Dad was “cool”…not that we do things to be “cool” , right?  🙂

So, what fun, but useless tricks have you taught or shown your kids. i would love to hear them so I can impress my kids further with useless skills.

Should be fun to read.

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