Miscellany and Meet Me Monday

I am linking up to two blog parties this week - Carissa Graham's "Miscellany Monday" and Inspiring You to Save's  "Meet Me Monday":
If you're here from either "linky party," thanks so much for visiting!!
1.  You will never believe what I did for the first time on Friday, due to a surprise date planned by my husband!!  Some wonderfully generous friends from church allowed us to come over and ride their horses!  Well, I think I've just met my new dream in life. :)  I truly loved it and hope to do it again in the near future!  Check back this week for more photos and a couple fun videos Kevin took of our adventure.

2.  I tried to teach myself to sew this weekend using YouTube videos.  Ha!  Roll your eyes, laugh, whatever you need to do.  Currently I have a piece of fabric stuck in the machine because I don't know how to get it undone!  If any of you taught yourself how to sew, please do share your wisdom...and don't worry, I am going to sign up for a class very soon!  I also picked up this book at the library today, for what it's worth.

3.  Kevin and I were invited over to our friend Jan's house for dinner Saturday night, and one of the other couples brought Mississippi Mud Cake, which was insanely delicious!  The funny thing about me and chocolate is that I really don't care for it unless it is extremely dark or unbearably rich!  Like this cake!  I will work on getting the recipe my friend Angela used, but in the meantime I found one by Paula Dean, and another on Epicurious.  Surely you can't go wrong with either!

4.  God is doing a powerful work in my heart lately, especially concerning orphans in our nation and worldwide.  Last night I spent some time researching adoption (mostly here), and the many children in need.  I wept and prayed over so many children, wishing in an instant I could bring them home or go to them and love them.  It is overwhelming to me how deeply God loves, cherishes, and delights in these children that he created.  I love how others such as my blog friend Venessa, have already or are in the process of loving and delighting in one or more of these precious children as well.  I have big dreams for how all this will play out for our family in the future, but in the meantime, I will pray for them.  I ask and encourage you to join in prayer for them with me.  As my husband said yesterday, "We cannot save everyone...but we can certainly pray for everyone."  As for one thing we can all tangibly do now, check out Compassion's website.  You can even sign up to regularly partner with them in ministry as a "Compassion blogger."  Kevin and I have just decided to sponsor a child, and I am planning to also do this soon with my homeschool student.

Sponsor a Child

Hope you've had a happy Monday!

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Stephanie said...

Hi there! Thanks for visiting my blog today- I always LOVE new comments :)

I love horseback riding, it is so surreal. I did it for about 10 years and due to financial situations haven't been able to much lately, but it is one of my favorite things to do!

Sewing... I laughed out loud when you said you had a piece of fabric stuck... I wish I had some advice, but I still mainly to straight lines.

YUMM- Mud pie!!

Adoption- so close to my heart. I have two siblings that are adopted and I think it is truly one of the hardest and most rewarding things. It's so wonderful that you spend time praying over these kids!!

Have a wonderful night!

Brad, Carmen, Braylen and Alea Fleck said...


Brad and I have adopted both of our girls and are fostering a teenage girl right now! It is my heart! The day we walked into Braylen's orphanage our lives were changed forever! I am so glad our Plan B was God's Plan A all along...if I could have had children, we would have missed the incredible blessing of Braylen and Alea and now Brittany. I had no desire to have any biological children after adopting Braylen, I only wanted to love a child already here in need of a home! While you cannot save each one, you can make an eternal difference in a few! Also, when you adopt, others around you will learn and catch the vision as well and you will be able to mentor and help them! We have now started an adoption and foster care ministry at BCCC....His Heart Our Hands! God is doing AMAZING things through this ministry! I will pray for you and for the desires of your heart to be granted!!!

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Venessa said...

I love horses but am actually very scared to be near them! It is so cool that you got to ride!
We can not thank you enough for your prayers! We definitely need them during this process. You are awesome!

Laurel said...

So glad you found my blog! I'm excited to read what the Lord is doing in your heart concerning orphans and adoption! As you figure out what the Lord has planned for you in that area, please feel free to use me as a resource...I love to share our experience in order to help others in their adoption journeys.

Page said...

Stephanie, Carmen, Venessa, and Laurel -

Thank you so much for your encouragement!! I love how God has placed this calling on so many hearts and families. I am so thankful for this unique community to share it with!

Venessa - I am praying for you and can't WAIT to see how God provides for you in immeasurably more ways!

Carmen - I love how passionately you have shared your adoption story at Bachelor Creek - it is inspiring and you have a beautiful family!! I pray you keep leading others to step out on faith like you have!

Laurel - Thank you so much for your kindness - it seriously means a lot and I will take you up on your offer! :)