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I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us. Isaiah 63:7

Kalindi Update February 26, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lori @ 8:51 pm
I just wanted to let you all know that everything went really well with Kalindi.  She was so calm beforehand – until she was about to leave the pre-op area and found out that I wasn’t coming with her.  She cried a few tears, but we calmed her down.  The anesthesiologist came back and talked with her, joking around and got her laughing.  The doctor was very good with her as well and had her feeling at ease.  It was a very quick procedure.  She was groggy and dizzy for awhile and it was quite funny to watch her try to eat a popsicle. 

She hated the IV and wanted it out right away, although she did not get her wish.  You know how they are at the hospital, it is their way or no way. ha  She also got a fun ride in a wheelchair to the front door of the hospital. 

 
 At home, even though they said to eat soft things that would be easy on the stomach, after eating two scrambled eggs she started eating what Kira wasn’t finishing of her lunch and then asking for other things to eat.  I honestly think getting roused out of bed early and missing breakfast was the worst part of today for Kalindi! 🙂  (Except maybe the IV)
Thank you for your prayers!
Lori
 

The Gospel February 25, 2009

Filed under: Faith,Quotes — Lori @ 5:11 pm
Charles Spurgeon
 
The Instruction of Children
 
We testify that Christ is able to change man’s nature, and then good fruits will come as a matter of course; but I am afraid that in many Sunday schools the children are taught a different doctrine, somewhat after this fashion.  “Now, dear children, be very good, and obey your parents, and love Jesus, and you will be saved.”  That is not the gospel, and it is not true.  Often do I hear it said, “Love Jesus, dear children.”  That is not the gospel.  It is “Trust Him”, “Believe.” 
 
Not love, but faith is the saving grace, and that love of Jesus of a sentimental kind, which does not spring out of faith in Him is a spurious emotion, a counterfeit of love, not at all the love of God, shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Spirit.  The root of the matter is, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved;” and that is the gospel for a child of two years of age, and the gospel for a man of a hundred.  There is only one gospel for all that are born on the face of the earth “Believe in Jesus”.
 

Some Fun Pictures February 24, 2009

Filed under: Family,Kids,Photos — Lori @ 4:16 pm

Here are my flashlight superheroes.  Do you like their pose?

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Another:

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My Valentine Sweeties:

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Kira has a “window”:

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I love it when the kids lose their front teeth!  We read a book that referred to the space that is left when you lose a tooth as a window and it has become part of our vocabulary.  The funny thing about that book is that we read it for bedtime the night that Kira came running out after she had been in bed for awhile to announce that she had lost her first tooth!  It was so cute how excited she was.  Whenever she has a loose tooth she wants to read that book. 

Kira’s front teeth have been loose for awhile, but she has been babying them.  On Sunday, just after our dedication part of the service, got very enthusiastic about working one of them loose and she got it out.  It might have been the incentive of having three grandmas right there ready and willing to give her a “reward”. 🙂  

Have a great day!  Lori

 

A Prayer Request for Kalindi

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lori @ 2:23 pm

I wanted to let you all know so that you can be praying for Kalindi as she will be having a growth removed on her scalp this Thursday, February 26 at 8:30 a.m.

It is nothing serious, it is a pyogenic granuloma, which is a benign bump, but with irritation it keeps growing.  Since it is in her hair, she accidentally scratches it with her comb or brush and will also scratch it with her fingernail so it needs to come off.  She will be at the hospital and they actually give the kids some kind of gas to put them to sleep and then they will insert an IV and then do the surgery.  It is quick and she only has to stay at the hospital long enough to get the anesthetic out of her system and eat and drink something.  We should be home by noon.

We would appreciate it if you would pray that she will not be anxious and will sleep well Wednedsday night.  Whenever it comes up or she thinks of it, she will say, “Mommy, I am nervous!”  Please also pray for the surgeon and steady hands and that Kalindi will not react badly to any of the medication she will be given. 

Thanks so much!

 

A Special Day February 22, 2009

Filed under: Adoption,Faith,Family,Kid Happenings,Parenting — Lori @ 11:14 pm
Deut. 6:4-7  “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

February 23 is our one year anniversary of Kalindi and Kira arriving home with us.  To us, that seems like the day we wanted to recognize in a special way.

Another thing that Kevin and I decided we wanted to do was to formally dedicate the girls to the Lord – but not just dedicate them to God.  We wanted to dedicate ourselves as their parents, in front of witnesses, that we are purposing to raise the girls to know and love God and His Word.  We had that dedication service Sunday morning, February 22 during our church service.  Our pastor did a wonderful job of talking about the God-given responsibility that we have as parents, but that the congregation, friends, and family have a part to play as well.  We are so blessed in the church family that we have.  They have been there for us through some pretty dark valleys and some very joyful times as well.

When we were in the process of the adoption of the girls and they were in India and we were biding our time, we decided to give them new first names – mostly because we thought Kira’s given name, Vanila, might be problematic.  I wanted to keep those names as a middle name, but give them a new first name that would be of Indian origin.  Kalindi is a Sanskrit name and Kira, is of Persian origin, but is a name and spelling used in India.  In addition to those names I really wanted to give the girls a middle name that had a spiritual meaning.  We chose Kalindi Hope and Kira Grace.

This was the personal things we said to the girls at their dedication:

Kalindi and Kira,
Tomorrow it will be one year since you arrived home with us from India.  We had a desire to have more children in our family, but it wasn’t really your Daddy and I that chose you.  God chose you to be in our family.  It was God’s plan from before you were born that you would be our daughters.  God loves you very much, doesn’t He?  He has watched over you every day of your life and He will continue to do that.
 
When Daddy and I were talking about new names for you, we wanted to give you a middle name that had meaning to us and that we hoped would have meaning for you as you learned what they meant.  We chose a verse to read to you this morning that explains a little bit the meaning of your middle names. 
  
Kalindi Hope – hope is joyful and confident expectation of eternal life.
 
The hope that a Christian has is based on the truth of the Bible – God’s word.  The Holy Spirit speaks to us as we read God’s word and helps us understand it.  According to the Bible, Christ is our hope and God is called “the God of hope”.
Romans 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Kira Grace – Grace is the undeserved and overflowing gift of God’s love and good favor to His people.
 
God’s grace is a gift.  We can do nothing to earn His grace.  The gift of grace is God himself – that He wants to share Himself with us.  He wants us to love Him, obey Him and enjoy Him.
Romans 3:23,24  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus
This wasn’t the first time the girls had heard the story of their names, nor the first time they have heard those verses and several others with their special name that I have written in their Bibles.  I am excited to be able to share the good news of the gospel and the truth of God’s Word each and every day.  I am also excited to see how the Holy Spirit is going to work in their hearts.  My prayer is that the Spirit will open up their spirits to understand God’s word and draw them to Himself.
I have to say how exciting it is every day to sit down and do a Bible devotion with them and watch their reactions and hear their questions.  They are so receptive and interested.  What a blessing these girls are to our family!
 

A Sweet Conversation February 19, 2009

Filed under: Faith,Family,Kids — Lori @ 9:17 am

For some reason, Kalindi has asked me a lot of questions about finding a husband.  She asked me how I knew I should marry Daddy.  I told her that Daddy and I prayed that God would find a good spouse for us.  Sometimes I forget how much Kalindi takes everything I say to heart.  She has also asked me when she will get married and, of course, I assure her that is a LONG way off and not to worry about it now.

Yesterday, she came up and sat next to me and said, “I prayed last night that God will bring me the husband He wants for me.”  I responded that was a good idea, but she didn’t need to be concerned with a husband just yet.  “I know.  But, I thought that if God gave me a husband like Daddy that would be good.”  I told her that looking for a husband like Daddy would indeed be a good idea!  She couldn’t do any better than to look for a man that would measure up to her Daddy.

Upon hearing any conversation about marriage Kira usually states emphatically that, “I am never getting married.  I am going to live with you Mommy!”  Sounds good to me. 🙂

Thanks for reading, Lori

 

The Christian Life February 16, 2009

Filed under: Faith,Quotes — Lori @ 5:27 pm

This is a portion of an article I found online written by Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones.  If you would like to read the entire article you can find it here

The glory of the gospel is that when the Church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it. It is then that the world is made to listen to her message, though it may hate it at first. That is how revival comes. That must also be true of us as individuals. It should not be our ambition to be as much like everybody else as we can, though we happen to be Christian, but rather to be as different from everybody who is not a Christian as we can possibly be. Our ambition should be to be like Christ, the more like Him the better, and the more like Him we become, the more we shall be unlike everybody who is not a Christian.

Let me show you this in detail. The Christian and the non-Christian are absolutely different in what they admire. The Christian admires the man who is ‘poor in spirit’, while the Greek philosophers despised such a man, and all who follow Greek philosophy, whether intellectually or practically, still do exactly the same thing. What the world says about the true Christian is that he is a weakling, an apology for a man, or that he isn’t manly. Those are its expressions. The world believes in self-confidence, self-expression and the mastery of life; the Christian believes in being ‘poor in spirit’. Take the newspapers and see the kind of person the world admires. You will never find anything that is further removed from the Beatitudes than that which appeals to the natural man and the man of the world. What calls forth his admiration is the very antithesis of what you find here. The natural man likes an element of boastfulness, but that is the very thing that is condemned in the Beatitudes.

Then, obviously, they must be different in what they seek. ‘Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst.’ After what? Wealth, money, status, position, publicity? Not at all. ‘Righteousness.’ And righteousness is being right with God. Take any man who does not claim to be a Christian and who is not interested in Christianity. Find out what he is seeking and what he really wants, and you will see it is always different from this.

Then, of course, they are absolutely different in what they do. That follows of necessity. If they admire and seek different things, they very clearly do different things. The result is that the life which is lived by the Christian must be an essentially different life from that of the man who is not a Christian. The non-Christian is absolutely consistent. He says he lives for this world. ‘This’, he says, ‘is the only world, and I am going to get all I can out of it.’ Now the Christian starts by saying he is not living for this world; he regards this world as but the way of entry into something vast and eternal and glorious. His whole outlook and ambition is different. He feels, therefore, that he must be living in a different way. As the man of the world is consistent, so the Christian also ought to be consistent. If he is, he will be very different from the other man; he cannot help it. Peter puts it perfectly in the second chapter of his first Epistle when he says that if we truly believe that we are a people who have been called ‘out of darkness into his marvelous light’, we must believe that this has happened to us in order that we might show forth His praises. Then he goes on to say: ‘I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims (those of you who are in this world), abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation’ (I Pet. ii. 11,12). That is nothing but an appeal to their sense of logic.

Lori

 

 
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