Thursday, June 29, 2017

Goodbyes Are Hard

If we do our jobs we'll- the end usually brings tears. I look forward to meeting my sweet boy one day- you are a smart cookie and will go far in this world! 

Sweet Wesley,

You will never remember me, but I was your Mama for a time. Your first day in our home, we took you to our sons adoption at the courthouse and then straight to the hospital. Daddy and I slept at the hospital to be by your side, even though you really didn't know us, we were already wildly protective of you. I brought you home from the hospital after being malnourished and neglected and drove to Children's hospital more times than I can count. I gave you endless breathing treatments and missed Christmas at home with everyone when you contracted RSV. I helped you learn to smile, laugh, sit up, crawl, hold a bottle, play with toys and not be afraid of sweet smiling faces- but I will miss seeing your first steps that should happen soon. I taught you not to be afraid of the world- I taught you to trust. I stayed awake each night comforting you when the only thing to calm your moaning was my singing, endless swaying in the front pack and the special way I nuzzle my face next to your nose and let you smell me. I've changed your diaper, been peed on, and made your bottles and kissed your sweet dimple more times then I could count. I love you. Always. Madly. Deeply. I love You. You won't remember me, but I was your Mama for a time...

Know you were loved and adored, we pray for you all the time and know you will do great things with your life!


Your momma for a time- Melissa 

What is your calling going to cost you?

When I became a Christian in my teens I struggled a lot with cost- if Christ died for my salvation, what was my life going to look like. Acts 14:22 says, " We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God." Why is it we all want to avoid doing what is hard instead of embracing it?

We sing songs like, " All to Jesus I surrender, I surrender all..."  or " Take my life and let it be, consecrated, Lord to Thee..."  as believers, do we actually mean the words we sing? Are we willing to surrender all our comforts and voluntarily choose a life of servanthood and heartbreak? I beg you ( and myself) to say yes because the joy of our salvation is valuable and the obedience produces priceless blessings that can not be bought with silver or gold- but are stored in our hearts and minds of smiling children saved from loneliness and isolation. We get th joy of being the hands and feet of Jesus, that image never gets old and leaves me in awe- Jesus chooses to use me to be His Hands and His feet.

As a believer there is a cost to my faith, I am not saved by my works, but the implication is because I am saved there will be a cost to my daily life. In Matthew Jesus was asked by the rich man to give up all he had to follow Jesus and he couldn't do It, others were asked to give up family, professions, some disciples left their boats and followed Jesus, Matthew left his life as a tax collector and followed Jesus. All throughout scripted there is a cost to salvation- the laying down of our own sinful life and pleasure and following after Jesus. What will your faith cost you? Can you give up everything for Jesus? Those are foundational questions that I fear few people consider. Jesus said to consider the cost before following after him- have we considered the cost?

Praise to God for a Living Hope

I Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Today I reflect on the last 3 years, I've journaled very little and struggled with how to share such emotion yet conviction about the journey of fostercare. So many see me pushing my double stroller, carrying one more and say, " you have your hands full, " I could never do what you do," and I cringe a little. I am no saint, there are days I struggle to merely get food on our table and keep kids from crying, but I refuse to sit and not obey. Jesus didn't give us an option to care for orphans- he said in James to care for orphans and widows. It's a command, not an option. Don't hear me say every Christian must foster- there are so many great ways to help orphans and widows that isn't fostering ( casa worker or respite provider to name a few). God gives us all gifts and bents- that is the beauty of the Kingdom!  

 Most Christians do not understand the cost of being a believer- I too struggle with wanting a more comfortable life on earth. I struggle daily with the giving up of my self, I want nicer things and some days less children!  But, there is a cost to my faith and the Holy Spirit is so faithful to send me great joy amidst the storms of fostercare. The journey is so hard, the welcoming in is a celebration with the promise of a broken heart. Yet, Gods promises are all true and He provides the most beautiful picture of Himseld when we surrender all and allow the Spirit to lead us into the joy of our salvation!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Summer Fun

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Foster Journey - 3 months

Our family received our first foster child just 3 months ago, he was a mere 2 days old and 5 pounds. Little A. has grown into a happy and relaxed baby. He is still not sleeping through the night but he is down to only one typical feeding at 4 AM then he goes right back to sleep. A loves to sleep and takes very long naps when we are home, if we're our running errands, he is less cooperative! The long "awake all nights" are done and he is  becoming more and more predictable each day. Littler A loves his milk warmed, hates water, loves chaos and movement and his swing, hates his crib and long car rides. His beautifully created personality is coming out more and more each day.

Our kiddo's have adjusted well to having a little charmer in their midst. The 10 and 5 year old are big helpers, always ready to push the stroller or bring me a bottle. They love to smile and make him laugh. Gabe, my middle 7 year old ignores him most of the time, he doesn't like to feed or push him much. We've tried to be more aware, since this was not unexpected, and spend more 1 on 1 time with Gabe. Gabe is finally warming up to him.

This week the kids are at VBS, and this was how Drew and Abby responded when asked, "Oh, do you have a new baby brother?"

Abby - No, he is not my brother, he is our foster baby. We have him because his mommy made bad choices, but she is learning to make better choices and then he will go back to her." I Wuv him a lot.

Drew  (no nonsense kid) -  Looks over at me and then looks at his teacher and says "Yes" then walks into the class. I laughed silently, he has come to the same conclusion I have, yep he is a Williams for now and we look at him as such - plus its just not a conversation we need to have with the general population. When little A moves to his forever home we will  be sad and mourn the loss and await the next "Williams" to join in our our journey.

We are so blessed to be a little part of this boys life, God has great things in store for him. We pray daily that he would come to know the Lord at a young age and would be a light to his wounded family. Our heart will break when he goes on to his forever home - whether that is with a relative or to his parents.  We also pray that God would consider us as his forever home, but its too early in the process to consider this.  We are trying to stay focused and committed to taking this one day at a time. He is safe and in our care, that in itself is something to celebrate!

We have a few friends walking this journey with us who are going on vacations, so this summer we are looking forward to providing respite care for some little ones!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Jesus Brings Hope - Our Foster Journey Placement

March 11, 2015 our little foster baby was born and hope entered the world. He brings to us a message of Christ's love  and purpose for all mankind. His mother chose life and for this very reason I know that in her own way loves him deeply.

I headed to Houston on March 12th -  the 17th "met you" anniversary for my husband and I. My husband sent me off with a kiss - off to deliver a huge part of my past. Little did I know our future dreams were about to begin. I was headed to Houston to deliver 8 years of payroll files to our payroll office and to say good-bye to many friends who have battled along side me through the ups and downs of  company life - my job of 17 years was about to be handed over in boxes to be scanned and destroyed, it was very depressing! The files delivered, we ladies went out for a farewell dinner and then I headed to a co-workers home to spend the night.

I  went to bed frustrated,  we had been licensed for a foster child since the end of January. I was beginning to loose hope in the plan that I felt the Lord had given to us - looking back now that  seems so silly to my impatient spirit!. I prayed and God reminded me to be patient. I was a bit ashamed of my impatience and confessed this to the Lord. This  was my last full nights rest as of the typing of this post. I wish I had known and enjoyed it more!

March 13 I awoke and  grabbed my Starbucks coffee and headed back to my anxiously awaiting family who were finishing up their last days on Spring Break. I arrived home at 2:00 pm and had just brought my bag into the house and was catching up on the past 24 hours, when my phone rang. I answered and it was our agency, they wanted to know if we wanted to take custody of a 2 day old preemie who was 5 lbs, 4oz. I smiled at John, ran it quickly by him and said yes! We were then suppose to wait for CPS to select a family which we were told could take an hour or so. However, 5 minutes later our agency called and said CPS accepted our placement!

I ran around the house - all 40 weeks of nesting completed in just 2 hours!  We all pitched in and the house was spotless - the wait was short - a mere two 1/2 hours from the phone call and we had a newborn baby dropped off at our home, it was very surreal.

At 4:00 our agency arrived and we signed paperwork and then at 4:30, fresh from the hospital our little man arrived - hospital bracelet and a newborn outfit that he swam in. . He was so tiny and looked so frail - his skin was pale and wrinkly - but we were all in love. I immediately fed him a bottle and  tried to get as much background on him as possible.

The whole process was over by 5:00 and we were left with a newborn baby. It  was a quick delivery! We all sat in the living room -  all 6 of us; trying to process what had just taken place. There was a lot of silence and smiles and kids who were very curious.

It has been quite the whirl wind ever since, just 6 weeks we have had him, yet he fits right into our family.  Our little A. man is up to 8.6 pounds and is growing and gaining and thriving.

We learned later that the lady who wrote our home-study remembered us when making placements and requested us specifically. The timing was amazing, John was home on Spring Break, both of Abby's surgeries were done and I had just completed my last work trip.God's plans are always perfectly  timed.

I'm so excited to see what a family of 6 entails!

This little boy brings hope - my prayers over him these last 6 weeks have been:

Lord - may he bring healing to his home, a light to the darkness.
- May he follow you all the days of his life.
- May he be anointed with joy and resilience
- May he bring hope and peace to the lost people in his life
- May he know the joy of salvation and walk in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man.

Lord watch over this little miracle of a child,  may he bring hope to all who meet him.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Williams Homeschooling Mission Statement

Why did we choose to homeschool? I receive this question all the time. I received it a lot more 5 years ago, before the homeschool movement had inundated the area in which I live. I thought about this question a lot, there are a ton of reasons so I decided to write down our mission statement back in 2010  when my kids were tiny and I started teaching my first child at home. You see, I knew the days would be long and the journey hard. I am constantly reminded that the divine things in life are hard and produce perseverance, which leads to great gains;  marriage, child raising, college, discipline, spiritual life, etc to name but a few.

Romans 5:1-4
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, wea have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And web boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but wec also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

  • ...because I love being with my children, being with them all day means the corrections I make into their lives are more readily excepted because they have been with me all day and their hearts are receptive to my instruction. If they run off to school, they would be at school more hours than with their momma.
  • ... because crazy schedules and busy days make me anxious and grouchy.
  • ... because doing homework after 8 hours of school seems insane and I wonder when they get to be kids and play outside and use their imaginations?
  • ... because my kids try my patience and shape and change me as a believer and that makes me a better mother. Not more "me" time or break time, its the pressure that refines me most days.
  • ... because I want to plan what they learn and see the progress, I want to slow down and speed up based on the child's gifted'ness and struggles. No child walks or talks or crawls on cue to a schedule, nor does a child learn to read, write or memorize.
  • ... because I care more about my children's character than their intelligence  and character is forged at home with a loving parent who instructs and guides and prays for wisdom.
  • ... because my Faith in Jesus is a significant part of my life and I want my kids to see that lived out - the great and the ugly. I want them to hear me ask for forgiveness and hear me pray for more patience. I also want to start the morning in prayer and bible and not rush off to an institution that doesn't enforce my core beliefs.
  • ... because I'm not a morning person and the idea of waking my kids up at 6:00 am just sounds like torture! Call me selfish or lazy -  I don't mind, I love my sleep and I'm a better mother because of it!
  • ... because my children are uniquely designed and therefore need unique learning opportunities.
  • ... because life is short and I only get to be a mom for a few decades, I don't want to miss a thing!
  • ... because I hate making lunches and school food is full of crap, harmful additives that I don't want my children to consume. 
  • ... because I think that heading to the Zoo is just as valuable, if not more so, than sitting at a desk.
  • ... because children learn by moving and wiggling and asking a bazillion questions - something an institution isn't capable of managing with 20-30 kids per class and is often annoyed at.
  • ... because testing produces anxiety and is a horrible way of evaluating the intelligence of children - especially in the younger grades.
  • ... because schools are all geared towards instructing girls and do not recognize that boys and girls are not created the same and do not learn the same ways (Read: Why Gender Matters). Since I have two boys - it didn't seem very logical to me to send them off to receive a feminized education.
  • ... because no teacher is committed to the success of my children, more than I am!
  • ... because I am made of flesh and I am very selfish when left to my own devices, I know if my kids were off at school all day I would waste my hours away and loose focus on the ideals God has set in my heart for our family.
  • ... because God has called me to homeschool since Drew was just a tiny little baby - something that wasn't very popular. God always directs me to His perfect plan and I learned a long time ago that obedience produces great faith and blessing.
  • ... because it never felt natural to me to send them to a bus stop or drop them off at school  5 days a week.
  • ... because family is important and I want my children to love one another - to be united and a team - homeschooling naturally produces this environment.
  • ... because  I am blessed with a husband and a job that also support this lifestyle. I also live in a great state that has a lot of like minded homeschooling moms.
 So, on the next homeschool day that brings me to the brink -- I will read my words - written while fully awake (12am to be exact) and having been well fed - an encouragement to my weary body to never give up, to not grow weary of doing good, and that refinement and perseverance produce their desired results. 

Also - remember to smile Momma  - its contagious!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Inscription for Drew: On His10th Birthday

Happy 10th Birthday my son. I can not believe you are double digits already. I have loved you from the very minute I saw the double line on the pregnancy stick. You ushered me into Motherhood! I remember the day of your birth, you were born sunny side up and my back labor was more than I could bare. I begged for an epidural but it was too late - you were on the way!

And today you are 10!!  I don’t feel a decade older and yet somehow we made it here  – all 3 ft 12 inches and 50 pounds of muscle and wit and boundless energy! You have grown up so much this last year, you are helpful and kind and have started to look for opportunities to help others. You have a soft and sensitive spirit, never loose that!  This was your year to soar in reading - we've waited so long to overcome your reading struggles and this year I've seen so much progress it makes me want to cry! You made new friends in our neighborhood and have gracefully pointed them to the Lord even though they think you are weird. I'm so proud of you!

Here are a few things to remember as you brave the next few years of maturity before growing wings and leaving the nest:

1. Love the Lord above all else - friends will come and go but the Lord will never leave you. Always put Him a t the front of your day, let him direct your thoughts and decisions and pray like crazy!

2. Be your own person – You are ninja warrior, animal loving, inventor,  chocolate-eating, brother-loving, introverted, retrospective critical thinker  - enjoy those God given talents.
3. Laugh with people, be a good friend, never hurt with your words.
4. Keep a journal, dream big!  It forces you to put into words all those thoughts that fly through your head, it will help you focus your thoughts!

5. Love your family – we are an amazing family, like no one elses family. Thought the grace of God I was given the family I always dreamed of. do not take that for granted, know this family takes a lot of work  - contribute, learn and  bless the family so you will be prepared to create the family of your dreams one day. Enjoy us, love us, contribute to our uniqueness and be proud to cary the Williams name!

6. Be a critical thinker -  do not believe just what I believe because I'm  your mom and teacher, sharpen your mind and spend time being critical and use those investigative skills to know why you believe what you believe.  Be ready to give a defense and create skills to help you become a better communicator - God will use this in powerful ways to share your faith!

7. Begin with the End in Mind - plan ahead, spend money wisely and realize that you need a plan to accomplish your goals - whether it  be college, buying a house, a passionate relationship with Christ, serving the Kingdom, balancing a  checkbook, it all takes a plan. Make that plan with the end in mind.

8. Have fun - you are an oldest like me so this will be hard, but I have faith you can do it!

9. Love others and exude thankfulness - it is the language of a Christian - they will know you are a Christian by your love and the thankfulness will keep you on the path of seeing God in the daily dealings of life.

10. Mature and Marry well - do not take the act of getting married lightly, it is the most important decision you will ever make, you are picking the mother for your children and the owner of the bank account, the cook, gardener, educator, etc. Plan and pray - make sure she is the One God has set aside for you and keep yourself pure and undefiled. You must become the man God wants you to be in order to obtain such a gem of a woman. Plan ahead and begin with the end in mind!

I love you dear son and pray for you each and every day. May this next decade mature and prepare you for a life of steadfast persuit of the Lord.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year - New Plans - New Life

The year 2014 was wonderful, it was a quiet year after the chaos of building and moving. We spend time together as a family resting and playing games and getting back in touch after a rough 6 months of house building chaos, living in boxes, frustrations, & overall chaos. We rested and got settled. John built the shop he has always dreamed of and we built a fence for the property. Life slowed in July so we took the Foster Parenting classes we had been praying about for years. I spent the next 5 months slowly combing through the paperwork and requirements and rules so we would be complete by the New Year!

October 20 - surprise I awoke anxious to leave with Abby the next day, my birthday, to visit Oregon. Instead I found out, along with my entire company of 17 years, that our company had been sold. I later found out in December that I would be part of the group being let go in March. Wow.

So here I am, my world will shift completely  in the next 4 months. It is all good, God is  good and has been preparing my heart for these changes for many years. I would be a liar though if I didn't say I am a bit lost. I've always known who I was and what I did every day. I worked and taught and kept the house - granted at a crazy busy speed. Now that work is slowing, crawling really and our finances will be cut in half - its a lot for me to take in. I am always had my work, always had a consistent paycheck. I have worked with the same people for 17 years, that is longer than I've been married. Saying good bye to all of that is very hard.

Life is hard and good and changing all the time. I will not deny its going to be rough and hard for me to find my new self, new pace, new schedule. But I know that God has orchestrated all things together for His glory and His ways are so much better than anything I could dream about. So I try to rest in Him and His promises. I will worship like I've never worshiped before and teach like I've never taught before and keep house like I always wished I had time for. I will also get depressed and cry and question too, because those are  real thoughts and fears and changes. But I will overcome because I don't' really have a choice.

I am very blessed and have an amazing family to support me during this transition.

I am also excited to give out of this season of grief - give to the little life that will be coming into our home needing a safe place to find peace and care and  comfort. We are all very eager to welcome in a new child to serve and love deeply on.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Letter 2014

Christmas 2014           

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Williams!
2014 will go down in our home as the year of insane pandemonium and then peaceful rest. The home building process from 2013 continued on into 2014, we finally moved the beginning of March from our home of 10 years in Keller Texas to New Fairview Texas – also known as the middle of nowhere. New Fairview is about 30 minutes west of the DFW Metroplex – away from the busy city life. We will forever be known as the house that had the driveway poured on the neighbor’s property, ripped up days before closing, only to be poured back in the exact same spot 3 weeks later. But, hey we quickly got to know all our neighbors and they gave us their condolences. Our move delivered more freedom for the kids to run, ride bikes, invent and climb trees. The building process continued as we added a shop and wood rail fence this past summer. Now that we are finally settled and rested, the chaos of a year of building is a distant memory. Missy and I appreciate the quieter pace of life, on a cul-de-sac where our kids can run around. We enjoy impromptu dinners with our neighbors who love to BBQ and smoke vegi’s and meat. We  have quickly grown accustom to small town life!

I (John) am in my sixth year of working for Fort Worth ISD as 6-8 grade Special Education Teacher. I really enjoy teaching and have decided to take advantage of the districts offer to pay for a Master’s degree and remain in my district another 3 years.  Obtaining a Masters has been on my bucket list for a long time, so it seems like a good time to return to school. While school encompasses much of my week, the rest of my time is spent at home with the family and building my dream shop. In June we embarked on another building project and had the shell of a metal workshop built – this process was much simpler than building a house! So in July and August I moved all my tools out of our two car garage and into my new 30x40 workshop. It has been the culmination of a dream to design the layout of my new shop, hang up all my clamps and build work benches for the kids to use. In my free time I’ve been building Missy chicken coops and a farm house table for our kitchen. I even managed to build a second one for Missy’s sister and brother in law. It is so much easier to work on projects with 1200 square feet of space!

Missy is in her 16th year of working for Westower Communications, yet due to a recent acquisition her tenure there be ending in late March 2015. This will be quite a shift for her; she plans on taking a break from treasury and finance work and invest more time in the children’s homeschooling. Westower was her first job out of High School and it has been such a blessing to our family all these years. There are few jobs where she could work from home earning a salary and raise our children too! She considers her time there a blessing but look forward to a new chapter investing more time in our children. Missy appreciates the quiet, country life with the horses and cattle grazing next door and her chickens playing in the backyard amidst our children and lively dog. She creates an atmosphere where all the kids congregate after school – much to our children’s delight. Missy planted an orchard this Spring and is currently trying to figure out how to get flowers to grow atop our very rocky soil.

Drew, my oldest, will be turning 10 in January. When he grows up he would like to rescue animals and be an inventor. Now that there is room in my shop, Drew has begun using a lot of my tools and assists me in projects – I love having a sanding buddy! So far he can safely maneuver the band saw, scroll saw and the belt sander and has been making Christmas tree ornaments to give out to friends and family.  He also loves designing blowgun courses out of wood blocks all over my shop and shooting them down atop my 10 foot shop shelves.  Drew is active in jujitsu and passed his grey belt test a few months ago. It has done wonders in controlling his energy and honing his strength. Drew is growing into a delightful helper around the house, he is very responsible; helping with dishes and mopping often.

Gabe turned 7 in November and has decided  he wants to be a spy, crane operator, pilot, and work in the Special Forces when he grows up. Oh, and in his free time he wants to go to Africa and research Cheetah’s. I'm not sure how he will fit it all in, but if anyone can it is Gabe.  Gabe has recently become interested in the inner workings of my shop and can use the scroll saw and belt sander. Gabe is also into Jujitsu and might be able to win a match against his brother in a few years! Gabe is excelling in school and loves to read aloud to his sister. He loves the adventurous life – always packing back packs and heading outside for adventures in the tree or dirt pile.

Abby (my little one) will be 5 in just a few short weeks. She is eagerly awaiting a princess tea party with an Elsa cake! When she grows up she wants to be a spy that wears pink and live in a real castle.  A typical day for Abby involves four or five changes of clothes with at least three princess dresses and a tiara.  Next, she loves having her fingernails painted and having her hair done in braids by mommy. In our new neighborhood there are lots of other little girls for Abby to play with and she is constantly waiting for them to come home from school or begging mommy to plan playdates. More often than not I feel our home is the launching point for whatever mischievous mayhem all the little girls come up with- like “lets cut each others hair” or “paint all over the walls!” Abby is enjoying a ballet class once a week and in true form bosses her brothers around and insists on playing with all their friends. She is always eager to color and work on art projects while her brothers work on their school. She is not much into structured school yet, but she enjoys listing to the boy’s history and bible lessons and then is off doing her own thing.
Belle our Belgian Mal is enjoying the additional space the property offers, she spent the year being conditioned to not eat our chickens and heard them out of our front yard. Thankfully we now have a fence so we do not catch the chickens in our front yard as often. Belle finds humor is psyching out the neighbor’s rooster who frequents our yard and terrorizing our very tolerant cats. Have you ever seen a dog play with cats? It is very funny. 

As God calls us out upon the waters of 2015 we rest in His sovereign plan. Missy and I have been praying and talking about our concern for orphans for 10+ years and have always felt the Lord softening our hearts to not just pray for the orphans but participate in changing the life of a child – and in doing so shape our own hearts and the DNA of our family. So, when we built our home last year we knew God wanted us to add an extra room to the floorplan for children in need. As I type, our license is headed to the state of Texas and in a few weeks we will become a licensed foster family for children in tough situations. This whole process is not something you can predict or prepare mentally for. We are eager to obey the Lord and see where He leads our family as we open our home and hearts to the hurting. We pray we can bring joy and a little rest into a child’s life and that in turn our faith will be made stronger and bolder for the Lord. We would covet your prayers; often when we step out in faith life gets messy and challenging. We are praying for doors to open as God directs our path and lives to be changed.

Blessings from,
John & Melissa
Drew, Gabe,  & Abby,

 In like fashion, here are a few funny or commonly heard phrases around the Williams’ home this year.
“Who ate the entire flat of berries before we got home from the grocery store?”
“Yes your tummy should hurt, you just ate half a bag of marshmallows!”
“Can we have a fire tonight Daddy?”
I’m so proud that you were the only kids who had a flashlight in your pockets when we had a blackout at church!
Would you please take down your blowgun range so I can walk through my shop?
“Clothes! You need clothes on – all the time, every day, this is not a new concept!”
You do not you need a compass, a pocket knife, a bundle of rope, a grappling hook, a lighter, a flashlight, a box of cookies, two cheese sticks, two apples, fruit snacks, a screw driver, and extra batteries to go to church.
 “Okay, what else is in your pockets?”
“Who tracked mud into the house!”
“Do you know there are chickens in our garage?”
“No, plaid and Camo do not go together – ever!”
“When was the last time you took a shower?”
“If you drop your pencil one more time…..”
“ Why do every pair of jeans have  holes in the left knee?”
“Put your bottom on the chair (sigh)… put all 4 legs of the chair on the ground (sigh)… never mind, give me the chair, you can write standing up.”

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Inscriptions for Gabe ~ 7th Birthday

 Dear Gabe,

Today you are 7! What an amazing year you have had, growing up in so many ways to become a responsible, godly man. This year we moved to a new house, it was quite an adjustment but you looked on it as an exciting adventure!

You have grown this year, you have learned to value responsibility and keep your wallet, watch and knife on you all the time. That is impressive! You learned to empty the dish washer and make your bed. I am so proud of you, your mind is so sharp and you memorize things so easily. Always use that mind of yours for good and never look down on others who don't quite catch on as quickly.

This school year you moved from leveled books to chapter books - your first was the Magic Tree House series. You love to read yet struggle to sit still because you'd rather be outside playing!

In math this year you whizzed through Alpha (1st Grade) and then started Teaching Textbooks 3. You have flourished in Math this year!

 In church you are suppose to be in 1st grade, but you love your brother so much you convinced your teacher to let you hang out with the 3rd grade class. You grow up too much, always tagging along behind Drew. The two of you are inseparable and you keep up with him so well, its almost like having twins instead of you being 3 years apart. You both have the same friends and you are now doing the same school work (for the most part). I'm so proud of you for using your mind for good and challenging yourself !
 Gabers, you are such a protective big brother to your little sister! You keep your eyes on her all the time and protect her from danger. You just received an electric scooter and you did not want her to ride it for fear of her getting hurt.

You are very social, Drew is content to play for an hour or so but then comes inside to rest and play by himself, but you get energized by being around lots of people. You love playing with all the kids in the neighborhood and sometimes talk so quickly no one can understand you. You love to share and play with friends! You get that from your daddy!
I will leave you this year with a charge from Hebews 6: " Therefore  move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,[a] and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites,[b] the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so." 

Gabe this year  I pray you will grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men. I pray you will move beyond the basic teaching and become more mature, with a foundation of repentance and faith in God.


Monday, September 15, 2014