Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Birthday Boy

I can hardly believe it, but tomorrow our Samuel is officially a 4 years old. It doesn't seem possible, but here it is. Before I know it he is going to be 18 and leaving for University. I don't have any pictures to post (well I do, but it is really hard on this computer, so I won't). However, for those of you who are curious about what Samuel looks like these days I have a great surprise for you. Just go to (you can link to it below in my links). Our good friend Cydil Waggoner has started her own photography business and was gracious to take pictures of Samuel and I recently. I do recommend her as a photographer, she has a great eye, a beautiful spirit, and loves the Lord (she is also an adoptive mom). She has posted a couple of the pictures that she took for all to see. So go and enjoy.

By the way if anyone calls tomorrow to talk with Samuel, please don't tell him it is his birthday (we are celebrating next week when Andreas gets here).

Blessings to all,


Monday, September 01, 2008

Still in the States

Hello Everyone,

It is Laurie this time. I have really missed these posts, so here I am. No pictures this time, I will try another day to do that.

I am still in the States. Samuel is doing well and enjoying having other kids around. Unfortunately he is also learning how to fight like a sibling. It has been interesting. It has been easy to step back into the role of Nanny. The kids are still wonderful and I have enjoyed my time with them. This time will also solidify this wonderful family in Samuel's memory. Tomorrow is Labor Day in the States, so everyone is off. It is also my mother-in-laws birthday and Tom Velie's birthday. So to the both of you Grattis and Happy Birthday.

Please pray for all the folks who have had to evacuate the Gulf Coast, and all those who decided to stay. As Hurricane Gustav follows just about the same path that Hurricane Katrina did 3 years ago. After living through Katrina and seeing the aftermath, I have a better understanding about what is happening and what will happen. It is devastating and hard to recover, but praying for them is incredibly important.

Please also pray for Andreas. It has been hard for him to be alone and to do all that needs to be done while I am gone. He had a hard evening with only one person from outside the church showing up for our international service. Please pray that we are faithful to what the Lord wants us to do in that church and that we continue even when it is discouraging.

God Bless you all. For those in the States that I haven't seen yet, or are looking to come and see me... I have three weeks left. Would love to see you!!!