"Common Ground": my little corner of the blogosphere where I talk (a lot-wink) about the things that matter most to me: My relationship with my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, homeschooling, adoption, homemaking, parenting, "spousing." (yeah, yeah....I know that's not a word.....I made it up-it’s my blog-I can do things like that! Ha!)

Since my life isn’t all that different from yours, hopefully we can find some COMMON GROUND & learn from each other. Please share your thoughts!

Through the Lords’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness!
Lam. 3: 22 & 23

Click on pics to see us up close & personal! :)


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Feb. 26th

People & Places



La Palacio Nacional





Our Lawyer had us over for lunch today. She is the 2nd person from the left.
ETA: (oops, I mean the right!!!)
Todo la Familia Dillon

Mapa en Relive de Guatemala








Pictures from today's all-important visa applicaition appointment. Everything went just as planned, & his visa will be ready for pick-up tomorrow afternoon.

Thanks, everyone, for all your prayers.





Sunday, February 24, 2008

Feb. 24th


This is better than any smilie-& perfectly describes how we feel!



Still very tired, so if you came to my blog to hear eloquent words tonight, you sure came to the wrong place! (Ha! Ha!)

But, this tired is SUCH A GOOD TIRED!!!!

Nathaniel cries very little, smiles & laughs easily & sleeps-well, let’s just say-better than any baby I have ever cared for. You hold him for a few minutes, he falls asleep in your arms & you lay him down in his bed.

That’s all!

Really!

I am not kidding a bit!

Visit another day & I’ll tell you all about our AMAZING time w/ Ruthie & Nathaniel’s foster family last night.

“¡Oh, SeƱor,
quiero alabarte con todo el Corazon
y contar Tus muchas maravillas!”
(I'm sorry I can't find a way to put the accents in the right places-for those of you who know Spanish!)
Salmos 9:1

“I will praise you, Lord with all my heart;
I will tell of all the wonderful things you have done”

Psalm 9:1

(By the way, Dave did SURPRISE US ALL & showed up at our door THIS MORNING!!!! He was able to get ROUND TRIP TICKETS for $120!!!!!)






With the foster family.


Proof that all children slept last night!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

We have arrived

Can`t post pics tonight. Way too tired!

Trust us, though, he`s adorable & sweet as can be!!!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Daddy's Home......But Is He Going to Guatemala?


Well, that's a good question!




One that will hopefully be answered tomorrow, so tune back in for that news & hopefully, pics of all three kiddos together tomorrow afternoon!


Forgot to add this all-important information:

Ruth is OBSESSED w/ her Daddy, after not having seen him for almost 6 weeks.

She wanted to be held ONLY by Daddy-until she got hurt of course.

Oh, & the one time this afternoon he has told her, "No!"

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I'm SUCH a GOOF!!!!

I posted the wrong return date the other day!!!




We leave the 23rd, & return on the 28th, not the 26th!!!!

Plane 3




Monday, February 18, 2008

The Legacy Left.......


Psalm 61:5 (Amplified Bible)
For You, O God, have heard my vows;You have given me the heritage of those who fear, revere & honor Your name.



What is a heritage? The dictionary.com definition is: something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; an inherited lot or portion: a heritage of poverty and suffering; a national heritage of honor, pride, and courage.

My paternal grandfather, Frederick Glenn Harvey, whose birthday was Feb. 17.

Grandpa

What does that name mean to you?

What heritage have you been left? More importantly, what heritage are we leaving our children? Or anyone who we influence?

My Grandpa left me this:

~the knowledge that there was always someone loving me & praying for me EVERY DAY. You know how I know that? I heard him pray for me myself. From his words, I could tell it was something he did frequently.

The following video is of Grandpa praying at our wedding, almost 10 years ago:
video
~Speaking of prayer, his was a life of prayer. Daily, moment by moment communication w/ his Heavenly Father-about everything-but especially interceding for his family.

~He loved my hubby & my child (he went Home to Glory before he met our latest two)……but the way he loved to discuss God’s Word w/ Dave is a priceless memory of mine. He also bequeathed a few of his study books to both Dave & I.


~Writing. He wrote prolifically. About everything. I know my love of communicating through written words came from him.

~One of my favorite memories of him is probably over 20 years ago, when he was turning cartwheels in the back yard w/ us. He PLAYED w/ us. How cool is that?!?!?

~The way he loved my Grandma, who w/ her advancing Alzheimer’s can sometimes be difficult to practically love. I also remember a bit from the relationship he had w/ my biological Grandma before she died in 1982.

~His love of music. This gift has also been passed down to many of his progeny. Three of my cousins have majored in violin performance, some other cousins play in bands, & two of my siblings are outstanding piano players. He loved the old hymns, too-probably partially from their well-written words.

~Our family now fellowships at a church my grandparents went to around 40 years ago. There are still people there who remember them. I value their fond memories of my grandparents, & the way these dear older Christian brothers & sisters are quick to share them w/ me.


Seems like there is so much more to say, but there are not words enough to describe what a privilege it is to be left this legacy.





The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;


yes, I have a good heritage.
Psalm 16:6



I want to leave a heritage that my children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren can look back on & say, “I was left a ‘heritage of those who fear Your name.’ ”


What are you & I doing today that will promote this?

Friday, February 15, 2008

THE FINISHED PRODUCT!!!! (edited at the end!)

The culmination of the BIGGEST project ever attempted by yours truly!
Click on the pics to make them larger.


The re-painted wicker dresser, w/ some things to hang on the walls at a later date.

(HEE!! HEE!-Yes, that is my feet in the picture!)


The cross stitches were done by Dave's mom for both girls.


The Holly Hobby stuff (from my childhood) will be re-done to match their room.






This was the picture frame on the dresser in the above pics,

made over into a bulletin board.

One side will be Ana's & one side will be Ruth's.

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THE CROWNING JEWEL!
Eventually, there will be a bunk bed in this alcove,
when Ruthie is big enough for sleeping on the bottom bunk.
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There is a bit more to do, but, for the most part, we are DONE w/ the re-decorating is done!
Now, on to organization of Nathaniel's room!
YIKES!!! Only a few days left!!!!

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Edited to ADD: Tickets are booked!
Shannon (my sis), Ana, Ruth & I leave at 6 AM on the 23rd.
We return w/ NATHANIEL on the 26th!
Pilot





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