Friday, June 7, 2013

Shep's Special Prayer

On the way to swim lessons recently this conversation started out of the blue (S for Shep, B for Billy, M for Megan):

S:  Jesus is alive
B: that's right, where'd you hear that?
S: I don't know
B: was it at preschool?
S: I don't know
B: Jesus died and then came back to life
M: do you know where He is (to Shep)?
S: He's up there in heaven
M: yeah, He's really everywhere.  He can live in your heart if you want Him to.  He lives in mommy's and daddy's heart.
S: I don't want Him to live in my heart.
M&B: ok.
S: but God's already protecting everybody's heart.
B:  Well, He won't live in your heart unless you ask Him to.
S:  I want Him to live in my heart.
M: you just have to pray and ask Him to live in your heart.
(silence)
S: dear Lord, I want you to live in my heart.  I don't know what to say.
M: all you have to say is amen.
S: amen



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Dog Frog


Just because we can.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Seminary Graduation

The ones who have sacrificed the most for me to get here.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to my sweet little family for supporting me through this 6 year journey.  Now I'm all yours.

This one's fun - all the kids who have entered our family since I've been in seminary!  Joey, Shep, Ailey, Maevy, Liam, & 2 babies in utero.   We've been busy.

And to those who have always believed in me and encouraged me to follow hard after God, a very big thank you.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Shepisms {Pregnancy Edition}

Early on in my pregnancy, Shep explained to my mom about how the baby eats in my belly.  It goes a little something like this.  There is a straw that goes all the way from my mouth down to the baby's mouth so whatever I eat, the baby eats, too.  Not far off, huh?!  He went on to say the baby can eat anything, but it really likes candy and sprinkles.

Another day Shep asked if I had three babies in my belly.
"No.  Why?" I replied.
He simply pointed to my belly bump then the "bumps" on my chest.
Ohhhhh.  Which led to an interesting conversation about how the baby will eat when she is born.

Another running theme is what is going to happen when the baby is born.  I have explained repeatedly that this baby is going to come out of my body and automatically be ours, that she is not going to be adopted like Liam.  I have even explained for the first time (he was never interested before) how Liam came out of his birthmother's body before we adopted him.  But Shep continues to insist that the baby will come out of my body, then we will need to fly to Ethiopia to "re-dopt" her before we can bring her home.  It really does seem too easy to me even that she will just be our's - no paperwork or waiting or international travel involved.  And, thank you, Lord, I will not have to fly to Ethiopia and back immediately after giving birth to a child!  Can you imagine?!

Shep also said one day that we would need to "trade the baby in" when she was born because we already have a baby (Liam).  I told him we would never do that, that we keep our babies forever.  This led to another interesting adoption conversation because he said, "But William was traded in" (by his birthparents).  I love this age and how he is beginning to make so many connections all on his own.

He was also sure even before we knew that this baby would be a girl because "we already have a William."  I explained that even if we had another boy, it would not be another Liam.  He would look different, act different, and have a different name.  I suppose in his concrete little mind brother is synonymous with William.  Sweet.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice

It's a win for Team Pink! That's right, the Clarks are welcoming a BABY GIRL this time around! As if we are not already blessed. God is so good.

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows" (James 1:17).

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Shep's "Self" Haircut


A month or so ago, I walked into the bathroom to find Shep cutting his own hair - with his Dad's CLIPPERS!  This was the result - a bald strip right down the middle of his head.  Hard not to laugh.

Why do so many children do this to themselves?  Why???

He also took a pair of scissors (children's scissors, thankfully) to our dog.  I didn't get any pictures of the dog.

Obviously, we had to shave his head.  Glad he's a boy.