Monday, June 25, 2012

Suite weekend

4 hotel suites, 13 Suvar's, 2 full days, and 1 luxury baseball suite add up to a fun, exhausting weekend with family.  Paul's mom has had it on her bucket list to take the whole family to a Cincinnati Red's game, and watch it all from a Box Suite.  As a Father's Day gift/ family getaway rolled together we headed down to Cincinnati on Friday afternoon.  Paul's mom set us up in hotel suites - one for each of the families.  

Our suite had a room with 2 queen beds, a kitchen, a living room with a convertible sleeper sofa, another bedroom with a King size bed, oh, and two bathrooms.  I think the whole thing was as big as our apartment.  


We spent the weekend eating tons of food, visiting the Creation museum, swimming in the hotel pool, staying up late playing games, and, the crown of the whole weekend.....

experiencing a Major League baseball game from the primo seats.

Thanks George and Becky for a once in a lifetime experience!

Precious memories were made for sure!

 Hanging out in one of the hotel suites.  It was big enough that all 13 of us fit into it quite comfortably.

Seriously, she did not even balk when the guy handed her the snake.  And Maddie doesn't seem to have much of a problem with the creature being 12 inches from her face, either!

 Let the Diamond Club experience begin!  We had reserved parking, walked 30 feet to the entrance, rode an elevator directly to our floor, and walked a few more feet to our Suite.
 Loved getting the reactions of everyone as we all filed into the room.  We were all speechless.
 Quite the view

 Oh, and did I mention the HUGE buffet of food that we had throughout the game?
 Our own private box of seats with an excellent view.  When we got too hot (it was over 90 degrees outside) we could just go back into our air-conditioned suite.  Craziness.

The boys.  
Sadly, the Red's didn't win, but it was still a good show, and an awesome experience all around.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Breaking the silence

I have been kind of quiet on here lately.  I've wanted to post something but have had several things rolling around in my brain and haven't been too sure just which topic to land on. 

Plus, I think I have had a bit of writer's block.

Plus, it is summer and I am tired.

But enough excuses.  I am back and I am going to type.

This afternoon our little kids, and our big kids, broke out the crayola and construction paper and started making cards.

Father's Day cards.

People, I did not tell them to do this.  They did it on their own volition.  I thought it was a sweet, tender moment.

Because, you see, some of these kids don't even know who, or where, their dad is.

One kid can't even remember their dad.

One is not allowed to talk to their dad until they turn 18.

One never met his dad.

But thankfully each of these kids now has someone they can call "Dad."

One is adopted, one is in foster care, another just starting the journey of foster care.  What a beautiful gift these families, these dads, are giving to these kids.

We have seen countless times how drastically affected a child's life has become when there is no father in the picture.  I understand some circumstances cannot be helped.

But that is where those 'father-figures' can step in.  Every child needs a 'dad' to look up to.

Boys need to learn how to be great men.

Girls need to learn how to be treated - and loved - by great men.

I am blessed by 3 earthly dads in my life:

My dad (of course!)

My father-in-law

My husband

Great examples of earthly fathers.  Men who care for their families, have a heart for God, and want what is best for their children.

And let's not forget our Heavenly Father.

For He is a father to all us orphans.  He wants to adopt each one of us into His great big family.
Because He cares about families, He is God, and He KNOWS what is best for His children.

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"  Romans 8:15

Happy Father's Day.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

10 things I love about May

Owen graduated from Preschool!  So hard to believe that he is moving on to Kindergarten this fall.  He did not ask me if he could do this: this growing up thing.  I highly protest it and want to slow down time and have him stay like this for awhile longer.

 Mother's Day.  I have decided that I would take all the hoopla that goes with my birthday and just transfer it to Mother's Day.  I would much rather celebrate the second Sunday in May anyways.  My birthday can pass quietly by with just a nod to my mother for the sacrifice she made to get me here.
 Super Heroes.  This may be one of my most favorite pictures of my three kiddos of all times.  Ever.  Owen with his most precious blanket, Hannah with a baby afghan (did i spell that right?), and Maddie with a handkerchief.  All their idea, all their own poses. All I did was tie the knots and snap the picture.  Love how their personalities are shown quite clearly.
 Running a 5K race with Paul and our 5 resident teenagers.  It was an awesome sight seeing these 5 kids, who are mostly known for doing things wrong, see something good through to the end.  They all trained and they all stuck with it.  A few of them even took home 2nd and 3rd places in their age groups!
 The zoo!  I was most wonderfully given a family pass to the Ft Wayne Zoo for my birthday.  Looking forward to many trips to the zoo this summer.  Love seeing God's humor and creativity in all the creatures He has made.
 Field Day at Gateway.  The local homeschool group puts on a field day at Gateway Campus and lets the residents and houseparent kids participate.  Owen and Hannah were a part of it this year, taking home some red and white ribbons for various events.  Owen ran the mile, placing second, and completed it in 11 minutes and 5 seconds.  Maddie tagged along and even ran (unofficially) the 50 and 100 meter dash.
 Siblings helping siblings.  Without protest from Maddie, Hannah brushed her teeth one night before bed.  I was so shocked but managed to get a picture.
 Memorial Day.  Spent with our family of 11.  A little work, a little sprinkler action to cool off, and a picnic to end the day.
 Cypress House trip.  48 hours of residents all the time.  Good attitudes were had all around.  Thank you, Jesus.
A 2 year old who looks up to her brother and sister.  She had a stretch of days where she always wore Owen's shoes and had to have Hannah's helmet on.  Love.  Had to kiss those cheeks she is so stinkin cute.

Thank you, May, you wore me out, but taught me much. 

Now, June, let's see what you have in store.