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Thursday, January 22, 2015

LifeSong January1 2015

Roma. New smile_Chernigov

This past Christmas season was extra special for a young man in Ukraine. A 19-year-old young man named Roman.

Unfortunately, at a very young age, Roman lost both of his parents. He was sent to an orphanage and later met local Christians who minister to children and young adults within the orphanage walls and after they age out.

Roman is a very curious kid by nature. He has asked many questions about life, about people, and about God. Another characteristic about Roman anyone would quickly notice is that he would rarely smile, displaying a tight-lipped frown on a somewhat gloomy face. Knowing the hardships of life he had faced, it didn't come as too much of a surprise.

This past September, as he entered a tech school to become a builder, he was invited to attend a Bible Study at a Lifesong Transition Home. He gladly accepted and started to attend. Although, he wasn't quite as quick to accept the invitations that were offered to attend church.The Lifesong staff started to pray for his repentance, as they sensed he was seeking the Lord.

As the staff continued to get to know Roman better, they discovered that his lack of smile had a reason behind it. Roman didn't have any front teeth! Our staff connected him to a charitable dentist who helped Roman at a minimal charge to bring his smile back. And guess what? Roman decided it was time to start smiling again. Shortly after, right around Christmas, he began to walk in fellowship with God, believing in Jesus as his Savior! And now, as you can see in the picture above, he hasn't stopped smiling!

Thanks be to God for drawing this young man to Himself! Please pray for Roman as he starts his walk with Christ, that He would be filled with the Spirit and walk in His Truth!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Halloween and the rest of October

We ended October with a bang! 
Birthday fun at the park

Sweet brothers

I drove the kids out to our old house one night after school to get some pics with the beautiful cotton! We had awesome family portraits done this summer by a talented friend, but I needed a one year old pic of Sam for our wall!

We joined forces with some other families at our church to have the best costumes ever. We were The Darlings as part of the Peter Pan theme.

I am so sad we were missing The Roses (pirates) and The Roberts (mermaids), but you get the general idea of how awesome we were.

This was my favorite part (besides the treasure map on Mr Darling). Peter and his shadow

The Darlings' Nursery complete with bed, Nana, and Tink.

Sam went to visit the other Lost Boys

On real Halloween, we had pumpkin pancakes!

We invited a few friends over who didnt have neighborhoods ideal for trick-or-treating. We know that feeling! We set up in the driveway with chili and other yummies and had an absolutely wonderful time! I think Luke is getting used to pulling up after work and being unable to park in the driveway due to a party happening there.

The Wendys

The rest of October was full of fun friends,

galas for The Forsaken Children,

loving Fall Break,

loving Memphis weather during Fall Break,

visiting with fun friends,

celebrating Luke's bday some more,

watching our backs because of , you know, ninjas,

going to Target once or twice,

and loving these girls!

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. 
― L.M. Montgomery