Saturday, February 16, 2013

Heaven Has Great Boxes!

As adults, we think that it is our job to teach our children everything there is to know about everything. But sometimes, it is our children that teach us some of the simplest life lessons.  With that sweet little 3 year old Mylee, taught me a very simple lesson about heaven.

I was in the process of picking up Maci and Mylee from school when I heard the news that one of my very dear friends had lost her mother that morning.  I told the girls that we were going to make a quick stop to see Trish because her mommy had died.  Immediately Mylee was very concerned.  "Awwww....her momma died?"  Mylee said.  "Yes" I replied, "and I want to stop by and give her a hug and tell her that I'm sorry and I love her."  "Momma?  Is she in heaven?"  "Yes she is"  I told her.  "Is she is heaven with Grandma Yokel?"  Mylee asked.  "Yes. They're both in heaven."  I replied.  "With Jesus?"  She asked.  "Yes, they're both in heaven with Jesus."  I said.  "Well momma, what do you think they are doing up there?"  She said.  I told her, "Well, I'm not sure, but I bet they are all having a good old time in heaven together!"   "Well momma, when are they coming back?"  She asked.  Then I told her "Honey, they're not coming back.  They are going to stay there in heaven and we will get to see them again when WE go to heaven."  There was about a minute of silence when Mylee exclaimed "Momma, I know why they love it there!  It's because they have GREAT boxes!"  I wasn't sure I heard her correctly so I asked her "Did you say boxes?"  She said "Yes momma!  GREAT boxes!"  I was still confused so I asked her again "GREAT boxes?"  "Yes momma"  she said, "You know, when you die and they put you in a box and your eyes are closed.  Then they close the box and they push you over there.  Then when they open the box back up your eyes are open and you are in HEAVEN!  It's like a great magical trick mommma!"

I was in tears as she finished her explanation of the "GREAT boxes".  Mylee taught me something about heaven that day.  That it really is pretty simple...If we love Jesus with all our heart, we can be a part of something as magical and amazing as going to heaven in one of Jesus' GREAT boxes! 


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

An Unexpected Question...

While we were in Taiwan for 3 weeks we had the privelidge of getting to know one of the pregnant moms who also had a 5 year old little girl that His Hands had been helping. I got to go along to one of her doctors appointments and go in the room for her ultrasound. I had never seen an ultrasound other than my own. And I have to say it was very moving and brought tears to my eyes. Here was this young lady, with a precious life inside of her and she didn't have any idea whether she was going to keep her baby or not. And she was allowing me, some foreign woman she had never met, to be a part of this very intimate moment. I was completely overwhelmed but extremely thankful for this opportunity. On our ride home I told Cheryl to let her know that we just loved her little girl and Donnie said he could take her home with him. She then turned to Cheryl and told her to ask us if we wanted her. What???? I was taken back and for the first time...speechless! Then Cheryl told me she probably wasn't kidding.

We really hoped that we would be there in Taiwan when she delivered, but unfortunately that didn't happen.

Fast forward to about a month and a half ago. While we were skyping with John and Cheryl one evening I asked about the mom. Cheryl said that was funny that I asked, she had just got a call from her and she was wanting to give up the baby and her little girl. Then Cheryl said she wanted them to go to Mylee's mom and dad. I couldn't believe what I was hearing!!!! I immediately thought...What? Surely she is kidding? I also wanted to say YES, YES, YES we will take them!!!! But I knew this was something Donnie and I would both have to pray very hard about. When I went to bed I couldn't get it out of my head so I just gave it to the Lord. I asked Him to please give us a clear answer

The next day Donnie called me told me it was heavy on his heart, but he just felt like it was not our time to adopt 2 more children. First of all we had just moved to a much smaller house and we did not have the room. I would probably have to quit working to stay home and we really couldn't afford that, especially if we had 2 more children. Would this be fair to Mylee who had only been home around 7 months? Were we lacking in faith? There were a billion questions in my head! But, I also knew that God would make it happen if this was His will. Then we heard that the mom might have changed her mind. She just wasn't sure what she wanted to do.

We thought long and hard, prayed constantly, searched through God's word and even asked others close to us to pray. In the end, we just didn't feel like this was what the Lord had wanted us to do. Me and Donnie are both very open to the idea of adopting again. This just wasn't our time....and we are at peace with that.

We recently heard that both children are at an wonderful orphanage doing very well, and they already have a couple families in mind. Praise the Lord!

Monday, January 10, 2011


We all woke up Christmas morning to several inches of beautiful white snow. I can't remember the last time we had a White Christmas.
The kids were pretty excited when they spotted all the presents under the tree.
Maci using her pile of presents as a foot stool
We could barely see Mylee behind her mound of gifts.
Mommy and Mylee
WeeWee, Mylee and her new baby doll
Mylee having fun with a box....go figure!
We let all the kids open the big gift together. It was a Wii, and as you can see,
Peyton was pretty excited
Mylee opening up her cash register
Wayne was on duty, so I can honestly say the cops came to our house Christmas day. Here he is showing off his toy policeman kit he got in his stocking!
Mylee's favorite gift was her Asian baby doll.
Mommy and baby snuggling in the recliner
Mylee giving her baby a bottle
After opening all the presents, we all had a big breakfast and had fun playing the Wii. Then we played Banana Grams for hours. It was a very relaxing day. I can remember skyping with John and Cheryl last year so we could see Mylee open her gifts from us. We are so very blessed to have her home to celebrate the birth of Jesus with her forever family!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

18 MONTHS OLD.....

It's so hard to believe that Mylee is 18 months old today! It seems like just yesterday we got the call from Cheryl while vacationing in Florida that she was holding our baby girl! I can't even express the emotions we had that day. Today, as I look at our precious Mylee, I stand in awe of our Lord and Savior! He has blessed our family beyond measure!

Mylee is such a joy and definitely has her own personality. These are just a few of the things she can do:
  • Mylee is walking everywhere and gets into everything!!!!

  • Mylee weighs 20 lbs and is still wearing her 12 month clothes. She's a petite little girl.

  • She repeats pretty much everything we say. We are trying to teach her some Chinese words too.

  • She still absolutely hates to have her nose wiped.

  • She eats with a fork and spoon very well. I'm not sure if she is going to be right or left handed since she uses both about the same.

  • Bed time for Mylee is awesome! It's my favorite time of the day! Maci and Mylee each pick out a book to read, we all go into their bedroom and snuggle on Maci's bed and read. Then we shut off the lights, pray to Jesus and give hugs and kisses goodnight. I LOVE IT!!!!

  • When Mylee gets sleepy she has to have her pink blanket and her paci. It's always a package deal.

  • Mylee loves skyping with John and Cheryl...or should I say Poppy and Momma! The other day she heard John's voice on the computer and couldn't get to it quick enough. She definitely misses them!

  • Mylee loves church!!!!

  • She prays all the time! She'll be playing in the living room, stop, put her hands up to pray and then say "Amen". This is just way too cute!

  • Mylee is also very, very stubborn! Boy oh boy, can she be stubborn!

I could go on and on about Mylee, but I will stop now! What it all boils down to is that Mylee is a very normal 18 month old and we absolutely adore her and everything she does...even the stubborness!!!! Life at the Farmer house is great!

Saturday, January 8, 2011 it's 2011 and I have only 2 resolutions! Its almost always about losing weight, but I tend to fail at that one, so I am trying something new this year! I have decided that this year one of my resolutions is that I want to be a little more organized. Both around the house and with my schedule. I am just wanting a little organization in my life this year instead of flying by the seat of my pants! That's just a little bit too exhausting for me! You would think after just moving I would have gotten rid of a lot of my stuff! Well...we did, but I still have way too much stuff!!!! So look out trash man....Gina is cleaning house!!!!!

My second resolution is to stay more up to date in my blogging! Yes, to put it bluntly....I sucked at it last year!!!!! Time is just something I don't have much of anymore. Especially when I have a very energetic toddler, 2 teenagers constantly on the move, a 5 year old who wants to be on mommy's lap all the time, a full time job, laundry, dishes, breakfasts, lunches & dinners to fix, games to go to, and the list goes on and on. But...all of that will strategically be planned with my new organizatonal skills and I WILL be victorious!!!! Wish me luck!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The 4th of July...

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