Sunday, December 23, 2012

She's Ours!!

On Friday, December 21st, we went to court where our adoption of Avery became legal!  We were so excited!  Here's a picture of all the kids in the courthouse.

We tried to get a couple good pictures....this one wasn't on of them!

Avery was running around and in a great mood!
Here is our sweety waiting for the judge to come!

My sweet Addie and Nick

Here is Avery...again she was just so happy!!  Its like she knew we were finalizing and she'd be ours forever!

More happiness!!

Adorable boy!!

More smiles!!
Here is photo with all of us and the judge....way in the back!!!  She is offically ours!  We are so blessed to have her in our lives!!!
Here are some random videos.  I wasn't really able to get any great video, but I know how the foster families like to see the girls in videos!  Here they are!  We thank God for you and wish you a very Merry Christmas!! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Program

 Addie was finally old enough to sing in front of the chruch this year.  I bought her a pretty Christmas outfit and her and Avery dressed up for the occasion!  She was SO excited. 
 Here they are posing in front of the Christmas tree.  Notice they both have their hands on their hips?!?! Addie taught Avery that sassy move!
 Sweet sisters!

 A little hug!
 Avery finally hugged her back!
 Here is Addie singing in front of the church,  The preschool group only sang two songs, but it was adorable!  She was blowing kisses to her Daddy before the performance!

 Here she is doing the motions that go with the song.  It was so cute and she ahd such great time!(unlike my boys who NEVER wanted to sing!!)
I think Avery will be old enough to do it next year! 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Everyday Life

So I started back to work last Monday and its been super busy!  The girls are doing wonderfully with the change...Avery is actually doing better than Addison!  They are staying with "Grandma Joyce" who was the lady who watched Drew & Jack for us!  We're so grateful for her and the way she loves on our girls!  They have both really taken to her!  Its such a blessing!  Because of work, I've been a bit behind on the blog postings so I took some uneventful photos of the girls eating jsut so everyone could see them.  They're SO cute!  (Avery is potty training too! she's doing fantastic!)

Addie saying, "Kimchi!" (She's always up for a photo!!)

Avery wasn't sure she wanted to smile for pictures tonight.  You just never know if she'll be in the mood.

Avery LOVES her two middle fingers.  I'm certain we'll never break her of that habit! 

Addison was being CRAZY!  I thought this shot was so funny!

Avery smiling with her two middle fingers STILL in her mouth!  Its still adorable!

Here are the girls eating. (Admittedly...not terribly interesting) You'll hear Avery really saying a lot of words and responding to my questions.  She's so smart and learning Enlgish quickly!  It simpressive how these little ones catch on!  She her new words are "potty" and "candy"!!!  I think Addison's constant, endless chatter has helped her pick up on so many different words.  She loves Addie so much! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fall at the Zoo!

 We LOVE going to the zoo and we usually feed the giraffes.  Today, the giraffes were very close to the fence so I couldn't resist getting a picture.  They're so pretty!

 Taking a photo with the "Bubbles" statue.
 It was a beautiful fall day and Avery was ready to run!!
 She was SO happy!
 More sweetness!
 Here she is smiling for a picture!
 More photos with the "Monkey statue"
 Running through the tunnel!

 The gorilla was right up at the window!  The girls were saying "kimchi" and holding up the peace sign!
 The tiger was sleeping, but we at least got to see him!
 The girls loved riding the horse!
Avery loved riding too!

Avery was eating oranges the other day at the bar!  She puts them in her mouth and sucks the juice here out of them!  She is also repeating a TON of words too!  She said a few of them here on the video!  She is really starting talking SO much!  She's such a smartie!  We love her so much!

Friday, November 16, 2012

A letter to America

Are you elated, derailed, or bitter when you think about the election? It seems there are a myriad of responses depending on your personal political beliefs and "Christians" seem to be the most emotional of any group I've yet encountered. So when my sister in law told me about a "letter to America" that she had read on a website written by a protestant pastor, I thought I should see what she thought was so moving. This letter was written by a couple who live in Germany. They are believers and have a real heart for America. They have a unique perspective that "we" - Christians - need to hear. I beg you to read it and consider their thoughts. I pray they'll move, convict and change you as they did me.

Our Dear America:
Today, Obama has been re‐elected; all the efforts of many Christian leaders, prayer movements, “prophets” and “concerned Americans” who have lobbied, written appeals, articles, books, letters ‐ some have even done films ‐ to warn not to vote for him have come to nothing. Many of them have behaved as if the future of the Kingdom of God is at stake. Well, it is not.
Can we, as foreigners who dearly love you as a people, say a few words into this situation? Because it is evident to us that God has a clear plan with your nation. But many don´t seem to see it, and therefore run the danger of fighting the wrong fight, wasting precious time and resources, and even endlessly call upon God to do what He just will not do.
The German weekly Der Spiegel, kind of a German Time Magazine, has a cover picture of Uncle Sam in bed, titled, “The American Patient: The Decline of a Great Nation.” We think this is a prophetic picture. As your friends, we know, acknowledge and admire that America has had a great past. But how will your future look like?
God chastises whom he loves because he knows: pride will come before the fall, and humbleness and brokenness is the only condition he responds to. We personally sense we need to tell you: the destiny of your nation is in God’s hands, not yours. It is not at all about Obama or Romney, it is about God using all the nations in the world according to his global and unchanging plans. Did you ever allow the thought that God in his sovereignty is using Obama like a pawn on his chessboard to humble the U.S. as a nation because he wants to show his grace to a nation gone completely self-sufficient?
A nation that is so full of independence, individualism, nationalism and trusting a greed and fear‐based economy that there may be only one way open to heal it from its idolatry and re‐align itself with the Kingdom of God: a crisis beyond anything that America has ever seen?
In 2008, God has been challenged by a man standing up in public, preaching to the cheers of a huge crowd: “Yes we can!” We watched it; we saw the tears of excitement in the eyes of the people; the statements were received as if coming from the Messiah himself, and the electoral rallies had all the flavor of a religious revival. "Yes, we can" is the exact opposite of the King of kings saying: "Without me, you can do nothing!"
If God is the one who "deposes kings and raises up others" (Dan 2:21), does it really matter what are the names of the current puppets set in place by God that advance both the New World Order and the Kingdom of God? Neither Herod, Pilate, nor Caesar were truly important for the development of the Kingdom. That is exactly why Kingdom people do not play in the Second League, but the First, the one that matters. The one that puts the Kingdom first, and everything else – including their own nation – second.
The problem of the current commotion and insecurities arises when even the people that call themselves after God keep confusing the Kingdom of God with the United States of America. And when that happens, especially through Christians with a public voice, then we have truly lost all perspective of the coming Kingdom of Jesus Christ and the predictions he has made that will precede his coming.
America is being publicly humbled by God; and he is going to use Obama – and those after him ‐ to further advance his agenda that will lead all nations to kneel before that one true King Jesus very soon. If any nation wants to become a tower that reaches up to high heaven, it will be humbled by a God who will not share his glory with people relying on their own strength.
America, where do you go from here? What does this mean for you? The future is going to be very, very rough. Your securities will vanish, the economy will go down, the education system will become even worse, the streets more dangerous, the churches even more divided, the youth even more disillusioned – unless there is a true movement that abandons all those idols mentioned above, and radically repents, makes a radical alignment with the King of the Kingdom of God and his constitution, live the Law of Christ in all areas of life, first and foremost in the areas of sex, money, power and how we “do church”. This is a defining moment for you as a nation. You could go down, as the German journalist of Der Spiegel predicted. Or, America could be literally re‐invented by Kingdom people who are ready to implode the prevailing myths about America’s greatness, and replace it by God’s greatness. The King has even greater things purposed and would fulfill those purpose if those who call themselves after Jesus the King, would turn away from their self‐made religion, self‐made churches and religious factions, self‐made visions of success, and their self‐made, harmless God.
Can we lovingly but urgently call you back at this hour to begin and initiate a movement to reposition and repatriate yourselves into the eternal Kingdom, by submitting yourself not only in theory but also in practical deeds to Jesus the King, starting to obey the King and his liberating decrees in all the areas that count? You might even want to write a declaration of dependence on God and each other, because by idolizing anything else before and over God, you will become illegal aliens in the country that counts, where we all are called to have our home: the Kingdom, the one place where our true citizenship, nationality and allegiance lies (Phil 3:20). This is the only one country that will not be shaken, as it has an unchanging King.
If there is any way that we can help you in this great challenge and task – we want you to know we will.
Wolfgang and Mercy Simson
   If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 
2 Chronicles 7:14


Monday, November 12, 2012