Thursday, August 5, 2010

The House Your Building

God has been speaking a lot through music, lately. Songs seems to fall in my lap and it seems like they are written just for me - even though most of the time I do not even know the musician! I came upon a song this last week titled "Show me" by Audrey Assad. She has a beautiful voice and it has beautiful lyrics.

You could plant me like a tree beside a river
You could tangle me in soil and let my roots run wild
And I would blossom like a flower in the desert
But for now just let me cry

You could raise me like a banner in a battle
Put victory like a fire behind my shining eyes
And I would drift like falling snow over the embers
But for now just let me lie

Set me like a star before the morning
Like a song that steals the darkness from a world asleep
And I'll illuminate the path You've laid before me
But for now just let me be

Bind up these broken bones
Mercy bend and breathe me back to life
But not before You show me how to die
Oh, not before You show me how to die

So let me go like a leaf upon the water
Let me brave the wild currents flowing to the sea
And I will disappear into a deeper beauty
But for now just stay with me
God, for now just stay with me

The title of her album is "The House your Building". I am so excited for what God is building up our house to be. I am reminded again of the need to die to myself and look the the Lord. As we walk through these days of paperwork, paperwork and more paperwork ... while we are waiting, sometimes patiently and sometimes very impatiently I am thankful that God is building up our home and preparing us for our next child's arrival to be with us. I know God is working on my marriage - I know God is working on my relationship with each of our five children. I know God is preparing a very special place in our hearts for our sixth child. God is amazing!

Monday, August 2, 2010


Ethiopia, Africa. I can not wait to travel across the world to bring home our child. Until then, we are learning all we can about Ethiopia. We have some dear friends that are celebrating bringing home their son from Ethiopia a year ago. Tammy made an amazing Ethiopian meal for us and some other friends last night. It was yummy! We had injera and doro wat along with some other Ethiopian dishes. We are learning that injera is not only a type of bread, but it is a eating utensil. In Ethiopia this spongy, sour flatbread is used to scoop up meat and vegetable stews. Injera also lines the tray on which the stews are served, soaking up their juices. Injera is made out of teff flour, which is high in protein and flourishes in the highlands of Ethiopia. Doro Wat is a spicy Ethiopian chicken dish. It is so fun to be learning about and soon to be very connected to the Ethiopian culture.

Ryan and I ate out at an Ethiopia restaurant a few months ago. Here is a picture of our meal.

After the meal last night we had a sweet time with friends. I'm so thankful for all of our friends. We are blessed.