Tuesday, September 16, 2014

~*Wondrous Things*~

We recently restarted our bible study fellowship and a wondrous thing happened. Analina had confidence and she noticed something that has changed her (I hope) indefinitely. 

She noticed all these other little girls that were so much smaller and younger than her doing so many things she never does. She is forever acting helpless and tends to have the "I can't do it" attitude. A wee bit of competition has turned a fire on in her that I could never ignite. 

She was comfortable and confident for longer than I have ever seen her be and she didn't go to the other adults to seek out validation or attention. For moms of RAD kids you *know* I'm calling that a huge victory! 

The following day she made some bad choices and had to go to bed early and as she sobbed "I'm so disappointed in myself", I explained how consequences work (again) and today (two days after bible study) she was actually able to calm herself down from a rage because she knew the rage wasn't worth the consequence it would bring. 

WOW! Cause and affect thinking is elusive for these kiddos! So it is a HUGE breakthrough for her to make these connections. 

Following several days of rages, which have been happening since July, Sunshine was able to calm down from a huge rage and even tell me his line of thoughts that caused him to be so scared in the first place. For Sunshine this is enormous due to his intense fear. His self-confidence needed this boost. 

Such difficult work for children that were never taught how to use their words to process emotions. 

Keep covering them in prayer. They are healing one step at a time. 

  Proverbs 16:24
Gracious words are a honeycomb,
    sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

~*In Honor of Sue*~

Last year (9/12/13) my sweet, amazing friend, Sue Talbert was taken home to be with the Lord.

 Her online family was left reeling. She was a connector, you see, someone who had networking down to a science, but not for the personal gain of worldly wealth. Oh no, simply because she gravitated toward those who needed a word from the Lord in dark moments and needed loving support.
She was a lover of all things warm and fuzzy, crackling fires, knitting needles and yarn, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and crunchy Autumn leaves. 

So many times this past year I have thought of something I wanted to ask her about and instantly that deep ache of loss would come back. This last year has been so incredibly difficult without her wisdom and presence.

Her husband and son have felt the heaviest burden, of course, and while we do deal with the sting of her loss, they are the ones who need continued lifting up of prayer.

This week I am drinking my Pumpkin Spice Latte in memory of my sweet friend, Sue Talbert. 
(Last years {post} about Sue)

John 16:20b
You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.

Monday, September 8, 2014

~*Menu Monday*~

What's for dinner for the crew this week?

Soup (with homemade rolls)
Chicken and Veggie Enchiladas
Baked Potatoes (salsa/cheese, of course)
Chuck Roast w/roast veggies
Tuna Noodle
Shepherds Pie
Veggie Stir-fry

What are you feeding the family this week?

Psalm 78:24
he rained down manna for the people to eat,
    he gave them the grain of heaven.