Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Birthday Celebration!

I have a weakness for my husband and Cake in the same room ever since our wedding day!

I deserved the retaliation since I did strike first!

Yes it was yummy!

Samuel's mentors and friends Josiah and Kasey Damery..young... beautifully married and a huge blessing to us and our son!

Let the bowling begin!

Creative techniques by Miss Kendall!

Dalton, Myles, Leah, Samuel and Adi surprised by their bowling scores!

Samuel and his "little sister" Adi!

Samuel in conversation with his  brothers in the Lord Myles and Josiah!

Myles always at work ministering to everyone and making us all laugh!

Light them up Samuel! You are 15!

Best shot! Kendall cranks out a football whistle during the Happy Birthday song!

After we finished we shouted," Samuel...BLOW out the candles!!"

Two kids with a life full of miracles and Grace from God. Samuel talks to Dalton while eating his cake.

What a generous God to give Myles to our son as a freind.

Uncle Paul always mentoring our kiddo to learn more! He is a treasure!

Josiah and Samuel. That smile on Samuel's face reveals just how much Josiah has Blessed our son!

Steven was Samuel's first friend and fishing buddy and still an incredible one!

Dad Marcos and Samuel

Jun Jun and Samuel. Jun Jun was at Samuel's party last year that we celebrated even before Samuel came home! 

Chad, also Samuel's first friend in the USA because he is awesome!

Almost the whole Schultz family! The love they have for God is evident and poured out on our kiddo almost daily in works and prayer!

Leah being scooped up by Samuel! Leah was another first friend and faithful giver to bring Samuel home! I love her like the little sister I never had!!!

Steven gets a lift too!

Our sweet kiddo loving on Chad!

Professor Marcos is caught trying to pass off the cake to our Gracie Barra Family!

Master Of The Turnaround

Lord, I thank You for TURNING this situation around for my deliverance! You are my Master of the Turnaround!

Philippians 1:19 NIV – “for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus
 Christ, WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME SHALL TURN for my deliverance.
Lord, I thank You for making this TURN OUT to advance the Gospel!

Philippians 1:12 NIV - “Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to ADVANCE THE GOSPEL.”

Lord, I thank You that I have come through fire and water, but You are BRINGING ME OUT into a spacious and wealthy place!

Psalm 66:12 KJV – “...we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

Lord, I thank You for redeeming me and calling me by name... so this water cannot overwhelm me and this fire cannot touch me!

Isaiah 43:1-2 KJV – “... Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Lord, I thank You for TURNING this CURSE into a BLESSING!

Nehemiah 13:2b KJV – “...howbeit our God TURNED the curse into a blessing!”

Lord, I thank You for TURNING what people intended for harm into GOOD.

Genesis 50:20 NIV - You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Lord, I thank You that despite all these things, OVERWHELMING VICTORY IS MINE IN CHRIST!

Romans 8:37 NLT – “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”

© 2010 Dr. Dan Cheatham,,

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Best Friends

Kasi and Mtani...the most unlikely Best Friends

"C'mon Kasi! Lets' really make the crowd gasp!"

" I think that was the kitten/puppy chow bell!"

I love God in all His power that He does things like this that we could never think possible. What a wonderful and magnifficently creative God we are loved by!
-Love Jamie

Family fun!

Samuel and his uncle Chris on the pier Cast Netting. 

   I may have mentioned this in previous posts or I may have not. My family, Our family is incredible. We all live at a distance and Christmas may be the only time we get to see the lot of them but they sure do make an impact. In the few days we spent together they managed to mentor, love and Bless Samuel in so many ways.

Uncle Chris teaching Samuel technique before the night on the pier.

Papa Marcos picking up his newest calling..the violin!

Cousins to Samuel, Eddie and Nick mapping out the park for Samuels first ever day at Bush Gardens!

Grandpa teaching Samuel some bowling techniques.

Most of us....

Monday, January 23, 2012

To worry

 Often enough I hear comments of how many older children adopted from any country are a big challange, full of problems and baggage. On two occasions this week alone people have told us, "Wow, you guys are lucky he is a good kid!"

   Today I would like to throw caution to the wind and be a bit honest with you. I feel like I want to scream when a comment like this is made.  Sometimes I feel so sick to my stomach that vomitting could be an option.  I apologize but I am not a great enough writer to describe in detail the depth of that statement and insult I feel  the very creator God feels when it is made.. .. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made. All of us.

    Our son is a blessing to us when we are seeing his sin nature clearly and when he is lit up honoring God and us as his new parents. Im really glad we were not tossed aside as the ,"problem child" when Christ surrendered each palm to be nailed to the cross. I dont speak out of anger only a reality we live in daily with a forgiving and gracious God who gives us all we need as a family to live each day and relish in His forgiveness and....adoption. So much fear and worry pumolts the Church when it comes to doing what God asks us to do by adopting the Fatherless. There is no need to let fear rule your heart.

   I am reading a fiction book that has a great dialogue about fear.....worry and God's redemtion.....between Jesus and a man named Mack. i hope you enjoy it......

   "Why do I do that? asked Mack. "
"It is your desperate attempt to get some control over something you cant. It is impossible for you to take power over the future because it isnt even real, nor will it ever be real. You try and play God imagining the evil that you fear becoming reality, and then you try and make plans and contingencies to avoid what you fear.
 "Yeah thats basically what Sarayu was saying," responded Mack. " So why do I have so much fear in my life?"

" Because you dont believe. You dont know that we love you. The person who lives in their fears will not find freedom in my love. I am not talking about rational fears regarding legitimate dangers, but imagined fears and especially the projection of those into the future. To the degree that those fears have a place in your life, you neither believe I am good nor know deep in your heart that I love you. You sing about it; you talk about it, but you dont know it."

God is good and He does good.

Love Jamie


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

For Laughs!

We seldom laugh enough and I hope these photos make you smile! Jesus is the true Joy giver!

Samuel's off road experience!

How to exercise a dog that eats couches when he is bored.

The real Russian Santa

Elf Helper

The reason we try to sit far from others when bowling..we are loud.

The First Grand son caught the Newbie taking over the Grand Parents!

Thats okay there is plenty of Love to share!

Samuel was hungry

Elated as I spotted the cookie husband has a fast shutter...

Bowler buisness!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A year of Faith


Reflection is a greater power than regret. With that being said, I do not make New Years resolutions. I look back and ask God what happened and what He helped me with that I scarcely believed I could do on my own?

   Needless to say the miracles of God's love in 2011 were impossible to count on two hands or even my toes! God did so much that Marcos, Samuel and I, never could have accomplished on our own strength.

   So, what shall I even imagine to pursue for God in 2012? I tremble with my dreams that require even more Faith than last year but I also giggle and tear up at seeing even the provision and growth I just know God will meet us with if we get out of the boat and just FOLLOW HIM! What a magnificent creator and friend to join us where we are in this adventure with Purpose called LIFE! To make Him known.

So, I ask you for your help once again. Pray for me.
That my Faith will be so much greater than the fear that can well up in me.
That my sin will not reveal its ugly head and destroy those I love in words or actions.
That my heart is set on things above in God's kingdom and not here on earth.
That I am a Godly wife, Mom and friend for God to be revealed everyday.
That I dont shrinkback and avoid the hard things God asks me to do.
That I do not choose comfort over conviction in this 2012.
That I forgive those who hurt me and my family with the capacity Christ forgave us all.

Here is 2012..dedicated to my creator,king and Father..Christ my redeemer.
-Praise be to God.

-God's Majesty