Chloe is 9??

In 3 weeks and 1 day, my baby will turn 9 years old...  NINE YEARS OLD!  This will be our last year in single digits!  :(   I now know what everyone meant when she was a little bitty thing and the advice offered was "enjoy every minute, they grow up too fast!"  I am so blessed to have her and thankful that the Lord chose Jay and I to have the responsibility of nurturing her.  


This has been a pretty stressful week...  I won't really share many of the details, but I will say that there have been events with almost all of the children.  One has the worst diaper rash ever, one has apparently developed some food allergies which has caused us to have to go get some different items from the grocery store (which reminds me of our Friday evening...  I'll get to that in a minute), one child is just wild all the time -- yes, Will, and the other two have had an emotional week.  WHEW!!  Anyway, all is well today though.  We have grown to love the chaos -- somewhat anyway.  So, our Friday evening -- it was family night at the grocery store for us.  And let me just tell you, there should be a reality show about our life!  :)  It was pretty humorous to say the least, especially if you were a spectator.  From now on, I think I'll carry the video camera with me EVERWHERE we go.  Until I have video for your entertainment, I'll leave you with a few recent pictures.  

Chloe and Will riding a horse.

Will "working" at church.

Me and Xander


I'm recommitting...

Seriously, it has been ages since I have blogged.  I want to offer my apologies to anyone that has actually read my blog or anyone that has checked it in the last 6 months.  I am officially recommitting to this blog.  Hopefully I can at least weekly update with the latest Adkins family news.  Ok, here goes...

So, since I blogged last, I think there have been some pretty huge things happen.  I'll hit the high lights for you.

In November of 2008, we met Keith's dad...  He not only looks JUST like Keith, he is exactly what Keith needed and just in time.  Keith spent every weekend with his Daddy from the first weekend in December through March 14.  On March 14, 2009, Keith moved out of our home and in with his Dad.  The Lord taught me so much through this.  One major thing I learned was that each one of us has a void in our life.  One that can only be filled by The Father.  When Keith was with us, he knew that he was loved, but he still longed to be with his very own Dad.  Being with his Dad gave him joy, peace, security and hope.  He now knows that he is wanted and loved by someone that belongs to him.  Keith has been rescued by his Dad.  :)  Please pray for him to come to salvation in the Heavenly Father soon so that he can feel TRUE and PERMANENT joy, peace, security and hope.  

Things were pretty smooth around here until the week of Keith's departure.  On Monday, March 9, I got to go to the hospital and pick up a baby!!  He is so sweet and so cute.. such a GREAT baby!  I'm not sure how long he will be with us, but the Lord has given me a peace that no matter what happens or how long he is here, I've been able to have him and love on him during what I consider to be the sweetest time in his little life.  There is no feeling like that of a newborn baby laying on your chest with their little head nuzzled under your chin...  (sigh).  
And then, on Thursday, March 12, we got another kid...  This time, it's a girl!  A teenage girl!  I know what you're thinking, and all I can really say about it is this...  We knew this girl long before we knew that she would one day need foster parents and we couldn't imagine telling her that she couldn't stay with us.  

So, here's the rundown.  
We first said that we would only adopt and not foster.  The Lord had other plans.
We said we wouldn't take a boy older than Will.  The Lord had other plans.
We said we couldn't handle more than one at a time.  Hahahahaha.. The Lord had other plans!
We said we would never take one older than Chloe.  You guessed it.  The Lord had other plans.

I guess the moral of the story is this.  It's good to have a plan.  As a matter of fact, I highly recommend it!  I've become rather OCD lately and I am planning more and more things in my life.  The lesson to learn though is to be flexible!  I planned so that I wouldn't have to face my fears and show my weaknesses.  God had another plan and it was to prove that in my weakness, His strength is made perfect!