I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies aliving sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Rom 12:1-2
Happy because my sweet Suzanne has a family that wants her. Sad because of the Russian adoption situation. Please read my friend Stori's blog post linked below and pray for Suzanne and Daphne's family and for all the other families facing similar situations. And please pray especially for the children affected. Oh, I just can't tell you how this child has my heart. I have often prayed and asked if she is my child, but I knew the answer was no, and now to have her this close to having a family and it being thwarted by politics...ugh! It hits so close to home. I cannot imagine having been told that I couldn't make Baby Girl a part of our family.
On January first of every year, each of my children receive a new book. Sometimes these are special books like The Hobbit or Roxaboxen or Blueberries for Sal; other times they are just cool books that happened to be on sale. This year I went with the "on sale" theory (or, more accurately, "on-sale-plus-free-shipping-from-Amazon") and ended up with hits all around. This is a great tradition (if I do say so myself). One that I started when I discovered that books didn't really pack a huge bang for a Christmas gift, but I still wanted to give them, and the kids really do like them long-term. Besides what other gift do you get to write a sappy inscription on for posterity to see? Well, they may not pack much bang on Christmas, but they are appreciated on New Year's Day, when everyone is ready to snuggle down and take it easy.