Just….no.

This lady sure is missing her books! Yes, I’m talking about myself. Just wanted to update you all on what’s been going on! I get a lot of questions and it’s easier to reply this way as I get worn out easily and don’t check my messages as often as I should!

My beautiful view…

I’ve been confined to bed for the most part. I’ve gone out of the house less than 10 times this year. Yes, a fourth of the year has gone by and I haven’t even left my home more than single digits. Yowza!!!

Good thing I love my cute home and my amazing family! ❤

I’ve been wearing a heart monitor for over 3 weeks now and have another week to go. I had an abnormal EKG and abnormal Echo, so I am waiting to see what this will produce. Fun times!

EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) is known to have heart problems attached to it, so I’m not too surprised!

“Three heart problems associated with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndromeinclude autonomic dysfunction, aortic root dilatation (enlargement of the blood vessel that distributes blood from the heart to the rest of the body), and mitral valve prolapse. About 1 in 3 people with hypermobile EDS have autonomic dysfunction.”

I also had some blood work done and we found a few concerns that we are looking into a bit further. (ie: more tests and more blood work)

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I still can’t read hardly at all due to the strain on my eyes and head. It’s terribly sad, let me just tell you! I am hoping we can get to the bottom of this and I can get back on track! It’s seriously gone from a Disney trip and my awesome vacation to meet a lot of you lovelies in August to not even being able to stand and make a sandwich for myself! I can’t even shower very often – meaning that I have to use those hospital wipes and dry shampoo!!

Barf.

Double Barf.

I appreciate your prayers and concerns. Unfortunately, it’s extremely overwhelming right now to have much company. (Yes, even as much as I love you all and miss you!!)

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Getting Started!

Image-1Alright!!! The time is here! Tomorow we embark on a YEAR LONG journey through the Bible.

I am SO EXCITED! I actually have a new Bible that I am going to use so I can start highlighting all the new things I find.

I’ve decided that I am going to use three colors:

Pink: To highlight any passages that describe God and His character in ANY way

Purple: To highlight any passages that say ways we can please or worship God (including phrases like, “I fall on my knees and pray”.

Yellow: To highlight any passages that are confusing or that I find to be at all difficult to process.

I would love to hear your thoughts about other things I can be looking out for! I would also love to have you join me so we can be reading the same passages and having really awesome discussion/accountability.

I will be starting tomorrow, April 1st. (nope! No joke!) Please join me and comment here any thoughts you have. ❤

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PS: I know that this is not TECHNICALLY what Matthew 18:20 is referring to, but it still works~

A very personal story

I barely know where to begin. The last few years have been a whirlwind of events. Four years ago, God called us to bring a teenager into our home and pursue adoption. After disappointment after disappointment, we found our precious son. The was almost 2 years ago. As many of you know, he came to live with us and there were a series of ups and downs.

A few months back, our precious boy decided that he didn’t want a family, but wanted freedom to pursue harmful things. He chose to walk away.

You can imagine how that affected the family. He was son and brother.

We all fully trust that God is in control and is sovereign in all things.87273ccb5c71f4bad842039a160479c1 We will always be here for him and love him. We know that life moves in waves of change. It’s not always easy, but clinging to God is what we do. As I read story after story in the Bible of those God used and chose to highlight, I felt such a mix of emotions. Mostly, I felt Him holding me tightly and whispering His perfect love into my ear as I wept. We are not called to ease and comfort. We are called to obey, and we did. We do. We will.

As we worked through some really difficult things, my blog was put on hold. I thank you all for your words, emails, letters, boxes, etc… of encouragement. I am praying that in this new “wave” of my life, I will have a chance to return and do what I love so much. As always, your prayers are welcomed!!!

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Where have I been? Well, let me tell ya!!

Hey, guys! I just wanted to let you all know what’s going on here. Last week, I was on our family vacation with my family. My brother decided to join us this year!

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My two sons and hubby in the first pic. My brother and myself in the second. Fun times!!

I will be heading to my sister’s next week because my brother-in-law is having open heart surgery. I will be spending time with my 6 nephews and nieces. Super excited. Auntie is one of my favorite roles!!!! We would appreciate any prayers you can send our way 🙂

That being said, I will be out for a bit while things even out. We’ll get back to the fun face-offs and giveaways after a week or two. Looking forward to it!!!!

Feel free to shoot me an email, or comment on this post, if you have any questions, ideas, requests for face-offs. Also, as always, send me your prayer requests at: aTransParentMom@gmail.com

❤ you all!

Thankful For

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That being said, it has begin to take me way more time than I have to get all of these posts out. I seriously need help.

I would love to introduce you to a couple of wonderful girls that are helping me out!!!

Rebecca Kaufman is a long time friend. We’ve known each other for 10 years. She’s working on a health and wellness blog which you will find out more about later! Give her a shout out on the aTransParentMom page!!

Becca, you are amazing!!! I couldn’t get this all done without you!

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You can check out her blog here. Or, you can see what she’s up to on Facebook! Pop on over to the aTransParentMom page and say, “hey” to her too!!

Sydney, you are totally awesome! Excited to work with you and journey through life with a new friend!!!

God, all glory to You!!!!

What’s New?

Hey, guys!! I am excited to try out a new “Look” on my blog. Please let me know what you think of it. Do you prefer this one or the other type?

You will need to go to the top and click on “home”. There you will see the new layout.

This seems like it is more user friendly. It’s easy to see the posts without having to scroll forever.

Also, the plus sign at the bottom will take you to all the different links that you are used to seeing on the side of my page.

So, please give me some feedback! I want to know what you guys like!!

BTW, I haven’t forgotten about my Box of Books Giveaway! It will be happening sometime in the next few weeks. Keep a watch for it!!!

❤ you all!

Are we up to the task?

IMG_2021I was speaking to a new, sweet friend a couple of days ago. I posted a review of 52 Things a Son Needs From Their Moms and I really enjoyed it. It’s right on, as far as I am concerned. It’s how we have parented our children and have seen the fruit of doing it that way. Our children love God with all of their beings and have servants hearts. I know that can only be God.

She mentioned to me that her son is older and she might have failed him. I just felt like I wanted to run and give her a big hug! In my humble opinion, I feel that it is never too late. When we are honest with our mistakes, so our children don’t think we are hypocritical, they will come to respect us. If they know we love them, that’s what matters. Woo them and win their hearts.

I know one thing for certain, and that is God is sovereign. He gave you the children you have because He knew you were the best one for the challenge. Nobody else could do a better job becabroken-heartuse you were the one God picked. He knew that you have what it takes, with His help.

Be encouraged, friends. Seek God with every area of your life, serve together, do life together! Play with your kids and look into their eyes when they talk. They will fall madly in love with you.

I read something once that really stuck with me. What do your children see in your eyes when they come into the room? Do you look happy to see them? Don’t have time for them? Can’t look up from your iPod? Look annoyed? Delighted? You know, a huge smile and a look into their eyes saying that you are happy to see them will do wonders to their attitude. It melts the frost.

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Let your kids see how happy your are when they are near. Drown them in love, hugs, kisses and time. I don’t care how big they are. My teenager still gets his little nose and forehead kissed. As much as he fights it, you can’t argue with the huge smile on his face. ❤

So, be encouraged!! You haven’t failed, friends!! When you do, go to them and say, “You know what? I really screwed that up. Can you pray for me because I’m really struggling with _____ right now?” Buh-Lieve me, my kids get to hear this ALL. THE. TIME.!!!

And remember, the time goes so quickly. Show them your “Happy to see you!! eyes” when they walk into the room!! Please!!! You won’t regret it. I PROMISE!

Please Remember!!

prayer11I would be SO HONORED if you would allow me to pray for you! You can email me at:

aTransParentMom@gmail.com

It can be anonymous, ugly, heartbreaking and crushing. I would love to pray with you and for you. Please don’t hesitate to use that email for anything you would like me to talk to God about. You don’t even have to tell me your name OR the problem. Just say, “PRAY FOR ME!!”.

God knows and that’s good enough!! When there’s more than one praying, it just makes it easier. I would love to do that for you, friend ❤

Thank You

God, thank you for my family. Thank you for a husband that is kind, attentive, supportive, seeker of You and imitator of You. Thank you for children that are becoming the same way. They are so selfless and in love with You. That’s all I could ask for as a mother.

I thank You for the freedom we have in this country. I pray it won’t be wasted, but used to worship You in everything we do and say. I pray that You are brought glory throughout the world. I pray people will see You in the flowers, the sunset, the clouds in the blue sky and in the beautiful rainbow You gave us as a promise and symbol of Your love.

I thank you for loving me. You loved me enough to give up everything and come here as a man. You humbled Yourself and made Yourself lower than anyone here on earth. You came as a servant. You came to love and serve others and to show us an example of how to live through the power of the Spirit and the Father.

You were fearful, crying and tortured. You bled, hung and faced the wrath of God for me. You, who knew what it was to see the wrath of God. You love me that much.

You rose from the dead and showed Your loved by returning to the very ones that left you alone in Your darkest hours. You still loved them. You are all I want. You are all I need. My heart belongs to you completely and fully.

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