Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless HIS HOLY NAME.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

God Did It For Me...Part 2


F- Feeling right at home!
A- All about loving each other!
M- Making of Memories!
I- I am accepted!
L- Laughter
Y- Yesterday's's best friend!

By far, the best thing about our trip to the States was getting to be with family. There is nothing in this world like being with family. You can just let your hair down and act crazy, if you like, or sit in the corner and be quiet and watch everyone else act crazy (I'm usually in the OTHER group!!!) and you're still loved and accepted! We were able to be with Tom and Mona; and David and Jolene; and Sarah and Jason; and Mom...the most wonderful lady in all the world! It was great being around my nephews and nieces and being able to love on them. There is no way I could describe what fun it was being together....

Tommy and Mona have 5 children, ages fourteen to two; Jason and Sarah have 6 children, ages seven to eleven months; and David and Jolene have 3 children, ages eight to four. I love watching Tom and Mona with their children, and admiring the way theirs have grown into lovely young people. Every time I am with them, I try to learn all I can as I watch them...14 seems very far away from now, but I know before I know it, that my 7-year-old will be 14! (That's hard to imagine!) And when I am around Jason and Sarah, I can't help but ADMIRE how they handle their little ones, because they are all so little! It is a testimony to me to see how calmly and sweetly Sarah deals with her close in age, many times all of them demanding her immediate attention at the same time...but she sweetly and tenderly cares for each need, as if there is only one child in the room! I want to be a mommy just like her! And David and Jolene are an example to me in the way they do things by routine...order and never chaos. How do they do it? They inspire me to want this in our home, too!

And among all this family fun, I got up each morning to the smell of coffee in the church kitchen, and to the sight of my mother reading her Bible. Everyone had to go through her bedroom to get to the washing machine or to the shower or to the nursery (Tom and Mona's bedroom!); but she stayed focused. What a blessing and testimony to me!

I was thinking just today: If you have nothing in the world besides family, you are BLESSED! What a blessing family is! To each of my my true friends who love me JUST as I am...I say: I love you; I cherish the relationship we have; and I am so thankful God put us in the same family!

(I apologize for the dates on some of the pictures...the camera somehow got that all messed up!)

Tom and Esther and Elisa

Brother-in-law fun!

Who does he belong to?

"This is my first candy ever, Aunt Anna!"

Cousin love....

Good ol' Gospel singin'! I love it!

The girls thought I needed a new hair style.... it?!

Belated birthday gifts for Little Andrew

Little Miss Esther Joy

Can we open the gifts now?

Helpful big sister...Gabriela and Elisa Faith

Singing Christmas carols...there is nothing like family harmony, is there?

"Look what I got!"

Mimi's gonna read us a story! Gather 'round!

The "grandchildren" book that Jolene had made for Mimi!

I love all the little heads gathered around Mimi's chair!

Figuring out the Construction Game

Andrew carving the turkey...yummy!

Christmas dinner

Childrens' Mad Santa

Brianna got balls....

...and Stewart got a bead necklace set!

Mama trying to win something good for her Little Esther

Adult Mad Santa

Remember: The biggest gifts aren't always the best!

O Holy Night...sung by the Sloan Ladies...

...and David and Mom playing a piano duet.


Misty said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. It was such a joy to see you and your family.

Colleen said...

What fun to be together!!! Thank you for sharing your pictures! It was so good to see your family again. It brings back wonderful memories of fun times we spent together in Laredo. I am so glad that God provided for this very special time for you and your family! ~Colleen

Cindy said...

I loved the pictures! I miss you all so much. God bless you all!

Jolene said...

Oh, these pictures bring back such fun memories! And, I especially enjoyed seeing everything again, in light of someone else's camera. Thanks for making my day... again!

~Ruth said...

What FUN you had...wish I could have been there :) I know you had double fun for me, though :) Love you, and TOTALLY agree with what you said about family. I LOVE being...
Your sister,

Debby said...

You are such a blessing to me. God's way is perfect and I am so blessed to have a godly husband who is such a good leader here in OK. I love how the Lord is using you in Mexico and thank you so much for sharing your heart with us. I cannot tell you what joy your blog is to me! Thank you for your encouraging words!


Malinda said...

I’m so glad you were able to come up – what a blessing!!!!! I loved the pictures – thank you so much for sharing them.