Monday, November 29, 2010

let's pretend, shall we?

let's just pretend my recently
celebrated birthday was a big one...
one that begins with "f" and rhymes with "shorty",
shall we say.

and just suppose my wonderful husband
planned an incredibly special evening
with my dear family at my favorite restaurant.
can you picture it?
my brothers and sister & their spouses, nephews & nieces,
our own sweet kiddos, cake & presents...

and in our world of pretend,
my sweet husband also did not include
the traditional "black" theme that most would
choose for a birthday of this degree,
one of four decades,
that, of course,
we'll pretend was celebrated.

it's amazing how young i am to have four children,
one of whom is driving.
a modern miracle.

thank you Brian, Ali, Erin, Quinn & Gracie
for making sure my day was a special one.
I felt loved,
and not a day over 39.

I heart this place

oh those crazy cousins

little miss sassafrass

the chocolate more than made up for
the numbers on top of the cake

my wonderful sister

the best brothers in the world. for reals.

my fabulous sisters-in-law

not. even. funny.

my dear Mama

Grandpa & Gracie Shu

so blessed!

Quinn's Lego present to me! :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mom!!!!

Hey, everyone! Yet again, Rachel's daughter has decided to invade the blog. And for a good reason! Today was her birthday! So, happy birthday, mama! I love you so much! You are a beautiful godly woman, who is amazing and loving. You are the best cook in the world! I am so thankful for you! None of us deserve such an amazing mom!!! We love you so very much!!!!!!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

a very Thankful heart today

"Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into His presence
with singing! Know that the LORD, He is God!
It is He Who has made us, and we are His;
We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with Thanksgiving, and His courts
with praise! Give THANKS to Him; bless His Name!
For the LORD is good;His steadfast love endures forever,
and His faithfulness to all generations."
Psalm 100

the faces I thank God for with all my heart...

one year ago today
what a year she's had!
glory to His Name!

Monday, November 22, 2010

his thankful heart

thought I'd share Quinn's Thanksgiving
acrostic from this morning...

What I'm thankful for
The Bible
He rose from the dead
And my heart
Not being slaved by evil
Sunshine and the sun
God's love
I am saved
Ice cream
God's plans

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Friday evening we had the privilege
of once again serving at a
Steven Curtis Chapman concert
for the ministry of Show Hope.

We will forever be grateful to the
Chapman family and Show Hope
for their part in bringing Gracie home.
The grant we received was a blessing
we were humbled to receive, so chances
like this, to give back to this ministry
are such a treasure!

I know where I am as a mom right now
is "my place" in God's plan for me,
but I have to say when we are around
those with a huge heart for the orphan,
my heart beats at an incredibly passionate pace.
The best part?...We as a family are all
experiencing this passionate heart beat -
For adoption and China as well.
We can't wait to see what God has for our future.

We were able to spend a good part of the
evening with the Chapman's daughter-in-law.
The humility of the family and their focus
of giving a voice to the "least of these"
is incredible. They are also so gracefully
"stewarding" (as Mary Beth put it)
their testimony of walking through grief
and clinging to Hope in Jesus.
God's hand is clearly on all of them
as they share their talents and story.

Last summer they were able to officially
(named in memory of their beautiful daughter)
located in the Henan province of China.
This is a home dedicated to special needs
orphans, and is a beautiful facility filled
with love and the presence of Jesus.
The little ones there are not only well cared for,
but are also receiving medical care needed to
make them eligible for adoption!
Geoff Moore (musician & adoptive dad)
shared that the government of China has
recognized the work being done there,
and has asked the ministry of Show Hope
to take over the special needs floor of every
state run orphanage in that province...
the favor of God
He went on the share that if a family
is able to visit the orphanage in China where
their child was kept, the special needs
floor is usually off limits.

That was our Gracie.
Thank you God.

The packets that were being distributed
have a picture on the front of a child who
had been adopted with the help of a
Show Hope grant. As we were setting
up, Ali said "There's_____!"
(a friend from school who was adopted
from China when she was 12!)
To add to that "coincidence", her friend
ended up coming to the concert!
She was able to meet the Chapman family,
& they were all blown away by God's
fingerprints all over this encounter!
so cool!

Would you prayerfully consider
with this amazing ministry?

Gracie's new "fwiend"
(At one point, they had a crowd gathered
as they were dancing away in the lobby
to the background music of Caleb Chapman!)

The girls w/ Julia

Ali had the honor of going back with her friend to meet Steven!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

30 days

check out one of my favorite blogs
for a fabulous chance to win
some fabulous things
and read the heart of a
fabulous Mom!
Ni Hao Y'all

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

life, liberty & the love of legos

in school right now
Quinn & I are learning about
the beginnings of our wonderful country,
and today we began reading
about the events leading up
to the revolutionary war.

I don't care what age you are,
it's well worth it
to go back and "re-learn" the
values and events that
formed our nation-
it's amazing.
we are blessed.
Quinn is loving history right now,
and in fact asks to read & research
more even after we're done
w/ our day's work.

Quinn came to me this morning
with his latest lego creations...
(and I quote)

"a redcoat soldier"

"a dead redcoat soldier"
gotta love boys,
and I sure do love mine!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

orphan awareness Sunday

(pause music on the sidebar before playing!)

November is adoption awareness month.
Please pray about your
"piece in this puzzle".
To GOD be the glory!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

3 weeks post-op

she did it.
last night Gracie slept 10 1/2 hours in her own bed!
thank you Jesus!!
following cleft surgeries, congestion can
be an issue for a few weeks.
after effects from the anesthesia can mess
up sleep habits as well.
we were so grateful that we didn't have
to share our bed with a very restless
2 year old last night!

Gracie's palate looks great
and seems to be healing very well.
the "mushy food" diet has not been
too fun, but she has done great with
her limited food choices!

We're all thrilled to be enjoying the beautiful
fall weather together as a family!

ali & erin are gone to a youth retreat
for the weekend...
it will be VERY quiet around here! :(

allow this proud mother to share the promotional
video for the retreat this weekend.
(it so happens to include said
mother's oldest daughter!)

(remember to turn down
the music on the sidebar!)

Monday, November 1, 2010

three quarters of a century

75 years
happy birthday to the most
dad (and grandpa!) in the world