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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Miracles upon miracles

I love miracles. I see them happening in my life and in the lives of others. Since we began this whole international adoption journey back in 2008, I have seen so many miracles. Another one happened this past week. Remember Bonnie, our van? Her a/c broke and it was going to cost $1000 to fix. And we don't have $1000 to fix Bonnie's a/c. Looking for encouragement and, okay, maybe a little bit of pity, I blogged and facebooked about our situation. Through this, God sent us a miracle in the form of a single donation of $1000 so that we could fix our van. I won't name names, on account of their request, but we are SO GRATEFUL for this AMAZING miracle. God truly does bless us through other people and I feel so blessed today, as today is when we got Bonnie fixed up. My children won't have to endure a hot and humid summer in FL without an a/c. God has smiled down upon us, yet again. So blessed.

Another wonderful friend of mine blessed me by mailing vinyl names for each of my children that she made. They are beautiful and in the cutest fonts - plus the they are BIG! Iryna's name is 23 inches wide and 10 inches tall! And so, my question for all of you crafty people (you know who you are) is to know how to mount such cute vinyl names. We will only be in FL for 4 more months and in OH for only 18 months. I would prefer to mount the names onto something so it can be reused, since, well, we're in the Air Force and that means that we move around a lot. Keep in mind that it needs to be ultra cheap and not too difficult, ie, involved hack saws or rotary-tool-like-thingys (<---the previous word may or not make any sense) so go easy on me.

My phone died and was (thankfully) still under warranty, so I mailed it in on Monday and imagine my surprise when a replacement arrived today! Hooray! That's some turnaround, people at APPLE! And it was all free. The only thing they forgot was to include a SIM card, so I have get to go down to my local friendly AT&T store to pick one up. I am super somewhat obsessed with using my phone, so perhaps this little separation has been a nightmare learning experience for me.

My Choffy business has been picking up for me, which is good. I really truly love drinking my Choffy and all the health benefits. If you are interested in learning more about Choffy, here is my website:

And now, on to the pictures!

Anna's choir concert at the high school

Color time!

Have I mentioned that Iryna LOVES her brother, Calvin?

One of the many airplanes that Keith has...

Jasper, our cat.

Keith wanted another picture of him with the airplane

Playing outside on the fort!


Playing wii with my Anna baby - a nightly activity!


shannon said...

So wonderful to hear, Jill! I love the way the Lord works through angels on earth to help us in our lives. About the vinyl: I go to Home Depot/Lowes and buy a nice stright piece of pine. Plywood even works. I would take along one of the vinyl names so you can measure the proper size of wood you'll need. If you know exactly how many you need and can show them how you want it cut, they'll cut it for you for free! Once you get it home, just sand the wood and then paint it. If you have hardware for the back, hammer that in. (I cheat sometimes and buy the 3M velcro wall strips)Place the vinyl where you want it and then modge podge over it with a sponge brush. Let that dry and do another coat. This helps to seal the vinyl, keeping it firmly in place and safe from curious little fingers that like to peel things. ;)It's as easy as that! Modge Podge is a craft store clear adhesive and is VERY sticky. Whatever it gets on will be ruined or stuck for good so use care with that. Good luck! Post pics! ;)

Paulette, Jvona & Rachel said...

Oh Jill, I'm so glad that things are getting better for you. Blessings on the heads of those who sent you that money for your van! I'm so sorry to hear about the kids bikes/scooters being stolen. It's the world we live in, isn't it? Chin up! You are a person to admire!

Trent and Meg said...

Love, love, love hearing about the choice blessings that come to you and your cute family :D Love seeing updates as well--keep them coming!!! Hugs!!