The next chapter of my life

This morning, while pondering my post today, I was reminded of a decision I made a year ago concerning what I believed to be my God-given “calling” in life.  I remembered writing a post about my feelings, as a way of holding myself accountable to follow through on fulfilling them.  A few minutes ago, I decided to reference my initial post in this blog post – imagine my SURPRISE when I located the post and discovered I wrote it in December of 2009!  You can read the post here:

http://passionatechildrensservant.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-contemplation.html

POST locating my birth-mother, I feel even MORE STRONGLY about speaking out on the benefits of adoption.  I also want to offer hope to women who find themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy and share wisdom I hope to gain from my birth-mother.  Who knows, maybe she’ll want to join me – and make this HER CALLING TOO!

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I have taken two steps over the past few weeks and wanted to share one of them with you today; it’s actually pretty comical!  I found a pro-life high school camp scheduled in our state (Virginia) in July and thought I would offer my assistance – in whatever way needed.  I do things like that a lot – I see it as following through on MY calling for God, while allowing Him to be in control of the outcome (by the response I receive).  I was SO EXCITED to receive an email saying I could help!  Now here’s the funny part (if you know me), they need help in the kitchen!  Like COOKING!  WHAT A HOOT!!!!  It’s not that I CAN’T cook, I just don’t do it too often.  There are numerous reasons why I don’t cook, but suffice it to say there is no way I can COOK without a recipe!  I am still excited about what God will do through me at this camp, both INSIDE and OUTSIDE of the kitchen!  

If any of you are interested in getting involved (or if you’re a high school student and would like to attend), let me know!  I would be more than happy to provide you with all the details!  As a matter of fact, I’ll include the poster below!

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Lasting Appreciation for a simple word

A few years ago, a good friend’s daughter used a creative word (actually, it was a real word spoken differently), which has become a regular word in MY vocabulary! I find myself using the word frequently – especially with my precious granddaughter, Harper. I also use the word with my own daughters, but for a very different reason.

This past Grandbaby night (Thursday night last week) was one of those precious times with Harper. If you live IN or NEAR Virginia Beach, you may remember the TERRIBLE thunderstorm that night. The thunder was SO LOUD it was actually scary to me (an adult)! Imagine how it must have sounded to a precious angel of 20 months.

One of our very special rituals is to go to Harper’s room (on the second floor) and look out her window at the golfers at the golf course across the street and the cars/bicyclists/pedestrians traveling down the street. We took advantage of our special time by looking out the window at the storm in a different light (HA! THAT WAS FUNNY – looking at lightening in a DIFFERENT LIGHT!). We watched the lightening and listened to the thunder as I used our “creative word” to describe God’s beauty displayed in a storm! The word is:

FARKLY

Every time we would see the lightening, I would joyfully call out FARKLY! I would remind Harper how beautiful the lightening was and how fortunate we were to be able to watch it! We were so engrossed with the beauty of the lightening; we didn’t even notice the sound of the thunder. I think the reason Harper and I enjoy our time spent together SO MUCH is because we simply enjoy each other. We don’t spend money, we don’t go to “place”, we simply hug, she sits on my lap, I kiss all over her face, and I CONSTANTLY tell her how much I love her! For Harper and I, that’s enough, that’s all we need.

Using the word “farkly” with my daughters reminds me of a very special time in our lives, and of a very special family. As a matter of fact, this family is still very dear to me (and to all of us).

And here’s a beautiful picture of our Special Family:

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Patti, Eric, Elanor and Aldrin Peters

Thank you Elanor for your AMAZING WORD!!!!  I think of YOU every time I use it!