Thursday, September 26, 2013

What Hannah learned in Sunday School

Last evening, at dinner devotions, Hannah announced to everyone: "Did you know that if you don't pray every night that you will shrink?"

Some of the kids giggled and Paul and I just looked at her.

"Ummm, where did you learn that at Hannah?"

"Sunday School.  That's what my teacher says."

"Your teacher told you that you would shrink?"

"Yeah, and we even sing a song about it!"

She was thinking of this song:

Don’t read your Bible, forget to pray,
Forget to pray, forget to pray.
Don’t read your Bible, forget to pray,
And you’ll shrink, shrink, shrink.
And you’ll shrink, shrink, shrink.
And you’ll shrink, shrink, shrink.
Don’t read your Bible, forget to pray,
And you’ll shrink, shrink, shrink.
Read your Bible, pray every day,
Pray every day, pray every day.
Read your Bible, pray every day,
And you’ll grow, grow, grow.
And you’ll grow, grow, grow.
And you’ll grow, grow, grow.
Read your Bible, pray everyday, 
And you’ll grow, grow, grow.
Glad that heresy could be rooted out. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Lifesong Mission Moment

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MEETING THE NEEDS // Adoption Funds

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We see Adoption Funds as a "Win-Win-Win" solution: the local church is actively involved on behalf of orphans, the financial roadblock for families is removed, the orphan child is adopted into a permanent Christian family...all with minimal administrative burden for the church.

Using the adoption matching grant and interest-free loan processes already established by Lifesong, churches can easily navigate through the details of adoption funding....all with no cost to the church.

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ALWAYS WITH YOU // Adoption Fund Story

Cameron and Sarah experienced the love of their church family through their adoption journey. His Kids Our Homes Adoption Fund, at North County Christ the King Church have blessed this family and others as children are brought into forever families. Listen in on their journey...

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Bringing Churches Around Adoptive Families - Dave and Carrie, directors of His Kids - Our Homes (Lynden, WA) share how they have experienced the blessing of having a Lifesong Adoption Fund.  Watch Video

"God Worked to Bring Them Home" - Scott and Kathy bring two more children into their home through adoption with the help from TAMBA adoption fund. Read more

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Ode to 'Ria

 In this job we are used to people coming and going.

Kids come, kids leave.

We've had to say good-bye to fellow employees.  It just seems part of the job.


But knowing that doesn't make this good-bye any easier.

Maria has been a part of our family for 2+ years.  She came in to be our assistant, and to help out these troubled kids.

But what she ended up doing is becoming a sister and friend to Paul and I, an adoptive aunt to 3 Suvar children, and an immense help in so many times of need.

As I have said before, making friends isn't my forte.  And someone who basically lives with you who isn't flesh and blood.  Well...

But I am so very thankful that God placed the very person that we needed, right when we needed her.

Maria, we love you, you have become a part of our Suvar family, whether you like it or not.

 Maria and our kids at the park, just a few weeks before her illness.

 While Maria recovered from a bone marrow transplant, we kept the home fires burning, waiting for her return...and we let her know it, too!
 Hannah on her 4th birthday with the gifts from Maria
 One of my most favorite pictures of our crazy, dysfunctional family.
 Bowling on our house trip

 Celebrating birthdays...
 And Christmas...

and mourning at fish funerals.

 'Ria, we are so very excited for you and what God has in store for you next.  Don't make yourself scarce around these parts.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Running for Bryer

In Paul's first two years of college, he was fortunate enough to get placed with some pretty cool guys.  Well, those pretty cool guys have married some pretty sweet ladies.  We've been to each other's weddings, and thanks to the wonderful world of Facebook, have been able to keep in contact over the years even though miles separate us.

This has been instrumental in the past year as Justin and Carey have been living daily with the struggle of keeping their little boy, Bryer, healthy and alive.  We've been able to get regular updates and have been able to pray for their family from afar. 

Sadly, mournfully, Bryer "was made complete with the fullness of eternal life when he peacefully entered heaven on September 12th"(his mommy's words).


Paul and I have ran in the Columbus Marathon and Half-marathon for the last 5 years.  We always enjoyed doing it just to get back to Columbus and experience the city again.

But this year we signed up in the Spring to run in support of Bryer, who was going to be hanging out at Mile 21 with his family, cheering on the runners, as the Nationwide Children's Champion of that designated mile.

Well, race day is October 20th, we still plan on running it for Bryer, in memory of him, and we are looking for support.  You can visit Paul and I's support pages at:

All of the money goes to the NICU at the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

And please, while you are at it, pray for the Largent family as they now face life without their little man.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

what's keeping me going lately

 If you have talked to me in person lately, I'm sure it is apparent that I am burning out.

The link that you just read over?  Yeah, it describes me pretty well.  Sigh.

But I'm not going anywhere.  I'm still in this thing.  I'm gonna continue to shepherd these kids, and love these kids, and keep these kids accountable for their own lives.

But some days I am just worn out.  There are crummy days, days that feel just a little bit singed around the edges.   And days that feel like the whole thing needs scrapped and started again. And those days I am drawing my strength from these words:

If the Lord had not been on our side—

if the Lord had not been on our side
    when people attacked us,
they would have swallowed us alive
    when their anger flared against us;
the flood would have engulfed us,
    the torrent would have swept over us,
the raging waters
    would have swept us away.
Praise be to the Lord,
    who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird
    from the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
    and we have escaped.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 124 (emphasis mine)

Because even on the crummiest of days, I know that God is still on my side.  And to think if God wasn't on my side.....I shudder. 

God has promised to always be on the side of those that seek His face.  Be encouraged to know that no matter how crummy a day may get, if you are seeking Him, well, He's got your back.
You are like a bird who has escaped the cage - you are free!  You don't have to be defined by the crumminess.

Thank God for that.

Monday, September 2, 2013

August Lookback

August started with a wet-and-soggy, but prosperous Gateway Auction

bittersweet goodbyes a couple days later

a hold-on-we're-almost-there week leading up to school

the ache in the chest that came with sending two little Suvar's off to school and the relief that residents made the trek across campus to do the same

embracing the joy of 11 years of marriage, and all that has come along with it

a final campout in the backyard to tie up the summer

a colorful, messy run with a friend

and a uber-relaxing, much-needed trip to see dear friends for the weekend (bummer, no pictures - help me out Carmen!).

August was up and down with emotions and energy, but then, every month has some of that.  Thankful that God is still God, just like He said he would be.  In life's uncertainties, I need that.  Amen.

 Children's Museum in Indianapolis
 One of these days we'll have to make it back and get to all the exhibits we couldn't get to in one day.

 1st grade!
 Can't believe he's put up with me for this long.  But I think I have him convinced to stay around.
 Camping in the backyard and a bit of reading before lights out