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Sweet Josiah January 30, 2009

Filed under: JOSIAH!,pictures — Ellie @ 4:42 pm

Sweet Josiah

this picture didn’t come through in my last post but I thought it was worth sharing with everyone.


Adoption: January 29, 2009

Filed under: adoption,Christian living,quotes — Ellie @ 2:35 pm

“…They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to repent.” –Jeremiah 5:3

I was defiant.

 “…All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” — Romans 3:23

I was disobedient.

“All we like sheep have gone astray…” —Isaiah 53:6

I was wayward.

“You have been rebellious against the Lord from the day that I knew you.” —Deuteronomy 10:24

I was rebellious.

 “… Every fool will be quarreling.” —Proverbs 20:3

 I was argumentative.

 “The heart is deceitful above all things…” —Jeremiah 17:9

I was deceitful.

 “…Desolation and destruction are in their highways.” —Jeremiah 59:7

I was destructive.

“… by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind.” —Ephesians 2:3

 I was angry.

“Why is my pain unceasing, my wound uncurable, refusing to be healed?” —Jeremiah 15:18

I was broken.


 “For you did not recieve the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have recieved the spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!'”— Romans 8:15

Yet He adopted me.

“And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘know the Lord,’ for they shall all know Me… ” —Jeremiah 31:34

 He made Himself known to me.

“…For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” —Jeremiah 31:34

 He forgave me and forgot all that had come before.

 “… I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” —John 10:10

 And He gave me life abundant.


 “For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you…” —John 13:15


“Whoever recieves one such child in my name recieves me.” Matthew —18:5


Just some pictures for now… January 27, 2009

Filed under: JOSIAH!,life,Mercy,pictures — Ellie @ 3:19 pm


three guesses what this is a picture of:

1) the floor in the Den

2) Stripes

3) 2 Cows


Josiah selecting his next read




 Sweet Mercy

 The answer is, C: Two Cows.

At least, Mercy is sure convinced.



The Incredible Josiah January 15, 2009

Filed under: JOSIAH!,life,pictures,random — Ellie @ 3:31 pm


Josiha with his ship


This boy is entirely amazing. We have been discovering lately that though all people think their baby is smart, this boy really is exceptional. Really. He has incredible powers of observation. He is developmentally way beyond expectations for his age (eight months). This morning Momma was changing him after he got up and he was actually playing peek-a-boo with his blanket: he’d grab it with his two chubby fists and pull it over his head. Momma would say “Where’s Josiah?” and little giggles would be heard from under the blanket until finally he pulled it off and revealed the grinning face of a boy who perfectly understands the concept of the game. He’s also starting shaking his head no when he actually means it. He does it if you’re feeding him and he doesn’t want anymore, he does it if someone he doesn’t want reaches for him, and today, he did it when Mercy asked Momma for some of his gerber cereal snacks. As Momma said those big boy’s had beter look out, because this boy is so quick, he’ll soon have them all licked with his lego creations :-).  I think the main reason for him being so smart is, he is firmly persuaded that if he thinks of something, he can do it. His thoughts are quickly translated into action. For instance, at least once each day he will see Mercy or Annie run by and think he can just go right after them. So he’ll let go of whatever furniture he’s been ‘cruising’ around and try it, but he CAN’T STAND INDEPENDENT YET- and he falls down. Maybe he knows that eventually he’ll let go of the couch and run and every day he has to try it, he thinks “maybe today is the day.”


But I think it just hasn’t occured to him yet that there is anything in the world that he can’t do. 


If this should be my last day January 10, 2009

Filed under: Christian living — Ellie @ 10:47 am

I had almost forgotten… but life reminded me again. I had thought for a moment, ‘I still young- I am secure’… but it is not so. No matter what magic diet we use, no matter how healthy or ill, young or old we are, none of us know the number of our days on earth. None of us know if we will be here tomorrow. I know that today I am a closer to my Home than I was yesterday… yet I do not know how close or far I really am.

I don’ think anyone should wantto die before their time. I do not feel a longing for death- I want to live to meet my ***someday*** Ethiopian siblings, I want to watch my brothers & sisters grow both physically & spiritually. And yet- we are not to long for death but we are to press on toward heaven. Because of our loving Saviour, death is no longer something we must run afraid from, but something to look forward to as the doorway to our completion in Christ- the doorway to life. Because He told us the He went to prepare a place for us, we know that we have a home & a rest awaiting us- and we know that He will be there, the ‘flower of flowers’ to meet us on the shore. Because He promised in His word that though here our sweetest communion with Him is but as through a glass, darkly, then we shall see Him face to face- we know that the level of pure joy awaiting us cannot begin to be imagined my our little minds.

It would be easy to get caught up in all this, but really, it’s a tricky business. While we are to look forward to and long for heaven/our completion, we must also remember that we are here for a purpose- to spread His kingdom where ever we go, to go into all the world & preach the gospel. We are not called to just sit at home and say ‘I’m so heavenly minded, I’m just going to sit here & look forward to my completion- we none of us know how much longer we have anyway.’- no! We must consider, today may well be my very last day- what does that mean? How should I live? Well, I have found that we must live today as if it is the very last day of our story on earth. If this might well be the last bit of the little part of my story those I leave behind will know, how do I want my story to end? Well, I want those who remember me to say; “And she lived her last day in the grip of the reality of Christ in all His glory, and she stepped through the doorway of earthly death and into eternal life, and she looked upon her maker, and He said, ‘well done.’ The Beginning.” How will the people I know remember me? Will they remember a once wretched sinner saved by the grace of God & through His kindness following in His steps all the way? Or will they say; ‘she said all the right words, but her life testified that she did not believe them’, ‘She honoured Him with her mouth but her heart was far from Him’?

I pray that by His grace & through Him alone, I may live every day on His reality, clinging to Him as I press on in His name until I am released to worship Him fully.


Not Impressed January 5, 2009

Filed under: life,Mercy,pictures,Sarah — Ellie @ 2:01 pm
Sarah, Sarah & Hannah

Maybe they were posing for the cover of their new album (on which they sing “Something Crazy” off key and very loudly while listening to the iPod).

Sarah & Mercy

Saturday, Momma & the three ‘middle’ kids (Hannah, Ben & Sarah) were gone to the movies & I was getting Mercy down for her nap. She kept getting up & I had to make her get back in bed. When she had finally settled down I thought, I went downstairs or something– and came back to hear wails and cries coming from her bed. I tried to ignore it for a while since it’s not that unusual for her to fuss a while before going to sleep, but finally (I know, bad child training) I went in there & sat on the bed beside her. It didn’t take any urging to get her to say what was wrong. Between gasps of sorrow, she confessed: “I-(pitiful whine)-got up-(sucking in of breath)-and- the guys- Trey and Emma-(whine)- told me to go lay down-(sucking in of breath)- and I- (sad whine sucking in of breath gasp noise)- was not not very impressed!!!” This was followed by a fresh round of wailing & something that sounded like a big sister trying to hide a laugh & sound sympathetic.



He’s eating…

Filed under: JOSIAH!,life,pictures — Ellie @ 11:02 am

Josiah with taters

Maybe I should have made it a multiple choice???

We were in the kitchen getting supper together, and I was holding Josiah. He kept eyeing the potato masher, which someone had left in the bowl of half-mashed potatoes while they went to attend to another job. He waited patiently until I wasn’t looking, then reached out & helped himself. And yes, he certainly WAS enjoying it!!!