Kalindi Update February 26, 2009
The Gospel February 25, 2009
Some Fun Pictures February 24, 2009
Here are my flashlight superheroes. Do you like their pose?
My Valentine Sweeties:
Kira has a “window”:
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
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
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:
A Sweet Conversation February 19, 2009
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
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.