Sunday, January 8, 2012

today I love a new year.

First month of the year. There is always such a blank slate feel to the new year that gives me such hope, such excitement, such desire for all an entire new year can possibly contain. 

The Papa lit off some fireworks for us all on the last eve of the old year.

A quick video clip of more fireworks. 

Olliebollen. Deep fried balls of deliciousness, dusted with sugar. A Dutch New Year's tradition.

And my lovely man has been busy, late into the night each night, recording the songs of his heart and uploading to YouTube to share with the world. I love the songs he sings. Check him out here.

Today I loved the idea of posting a list of things I loved today that I saw here. I have no shame in borrowing such a lovely idea, even if all the things I love and loved technically didn't happen today.

One day when I get more caught up to snuff I will post the things I actually loved that actual day.

For now? I will say today I loved...

Morning sunshine in my bedroom, this sweet boy scampering up into bed and snuggling his little self in between us, patiently waiting for us to wake up, and then launching a pillow fight once we were awake. Sunshine shining onto my bedding and sweet faces and downstairs? Spilling onto the kitchen floor.

Today I loved the littlest fingers in the house peeking beneath the bathroom door. 

Today I loved being witness to the strength in this boy's persistence. Smiling all the while he learns to master standing at that bottom stair.

Today I loved this face, this boy, this cherub. He blesses me so. 

Today I loved a drive with my loves, and enjoying the scenery inside the car even more than the scenery outside the car.

Today I loved the view from the back seat.

Today I loved watching this little man play peek-a-boo

Today I loved wearing the hand-painted-by-yours-truly-red-Toms-shoes on this beautiful drive.

Today I loved snapping pictures of a picturesque city from the passenger's seat.

Today I loved seeing both ends of the rainbow that followed the rain - and realizing a few moments later that one end of the rainbow was attached to our car. We were the pot of gold. I like them apples.

This day I loved my children, even more than I did the day before.

Jacob is really into licking everyone and everything right now. Any advice on how to curb this? My Egan did the same thing when she was but a wee thing but I forget if I played any part in her growing out of this... sigh. This too shall pass. The little guy doesn't look like he minds too much.

Today I loved seeing the pictures my sweet girl took of Amos practising standing using my leg as support. 

Today I loved and yet ached browsing photos of sweet, beautiful, precious orphans blessed with an extra chromosome that their birth parents weren't able to see past. And today I loved basking in the joy that fills my heart knowing that my sweet Man and I are beginning the process of bringing one of these little ones home. Forever. (please pray for us). More on this later.

Today I loved learning a family has committed to adopting sweet Katelyn, the little girl with the brown eyes who jumped out of the computer and into my heart nearly a year ago. She had already been transferred to an adult mental institution that without being adopted she would have spent the rest of her achingly short life. So many of these precious children die far too young, barely living in conditions that are heartbreaking, to say the least. God has placed a calling on my heart, and it is louder than anything I have ever heard before.  

I want to shout 
Mama's coming, little one! Mama & Daddy are coming to get you, whoever and wherever you are.

All in God's time. 

These are just a sample of the sweet faces you see when you browse Reece's Rainbow. There are so, so very many beautiful little children waiting for families.

Until then? What strength the Scriptures give me.

"I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name." Isaiah 45:2-3

Today I love announcing (finally!) another giveaway! Because today, I love knitting. I only recently re-learned how to do the basic knit stitch and I have a growing collection of knitted things. I have been knitting nearly every evening after the little ones are all tucked in... 

Sporting my bicolour hand knitted infinity scarf on our little jaunt. Not my most flattering picture, by any means.

One commenter will receive one of my handmade infinity scarves. In a color of their choice (from my available colours). 

Now, go check out Reece's Rainbow. Donate if you can. Pray for these children, this ministry. 
And be sure to leave a comment and follow my blog so you can stay updated on our continuing story... and you can win a lovely scarf.

Stay cosy, until next time.


  1. my first time here .. and your blog should come with a warning: "must bring kleenex" *grin*.

    love getting to know your heart and your love ... Xx

  2. I think you have one of the most beautiful souls I have ever encountered. You are constantly, and unwittingly, challenging me to be a better mother, wife and woman of God. I will be remembering to keep you guys in prayer as you follow His voice; I know He will be with you to guide, direct and comfort every step of the way. Sending you so much love...thank-you for opening your heart and your home. I just love seeing your kids' wonderful smiles!! :)

  3. Speechless. Like really.

  4. Absolutely beautiful Laura:) Every picture and every sentence! I love you and this journey we are on together - forever. Ps. I don't want a scarf or a offense they're very pretty, but not really my style.

    Joel <><

  5. This post made me smile.

    Then this post made me bawl with joy (all the sweet loves on Reece's Rainbow).

    Love your heart, and if we can do anything to help you as you move into this exciting new chapter of your life, just ask, and we will stand with you!

    God bless,


  6. Laura I am so happy to see that you are blogging again! I love reading them, you are an amazing writer with a beautiful heart. Cherish everyday and know that you make a difference in the this world!!

    Christa Palen Willes

  7. I love it when you have a new blog post :) always makes me smile. I love seeing how Amos is doing, Ola is practicing her standing now too...before we know it they will be off and running!

    I am re-learning how to knit too, but I don't have anything to show for it yet!

    and I am with K... anything we can do, you just let me know!

  8. What a nice thing to wake up to! I loved this blog. Will you make me a scarf?

  9. I am so glad you have a blog...this has just blessed my heart today. your sweet pictures, your precious family...sigh. That picture of Jaxon....that's forever etched in my mind...oh you've brought me to tears once again sweet friend. We are praying for you an with you as you continue this journey. Love ya

  10. Oh Laura. I haven't had the time to read your blogs since the arrival of my little one. But today I found the time to curl up on my couch with a cup of coffee and thought about how my life has changed over the past year. I thought about the people I have met and the ones that inspired me.. You. Mrs Luyt have been one of the biggest inspirations. You make me want to be better, a better spouse, a better mother, a better person. You inspire me to pursue God even more. God is using you more than you know.
    Thank you for you, your blogs, and for allowing the Holy Spirit into your heart so He can touch other people's hearts.
    Praying for you, and your family and every sweet little soul with just a little extra peice of God.

  11. Yeah for another new year, a clean start and another blog post! I especially love the black and white photo of Amos standing with his arm out. It looks like he is saying "Don't worry, I can do this. I'm good." Love him and all of you!!

    p.s. Natalie giggled out loud when she saw the picture of Joel and yourself. She said you are so funny. :)

  12. Oh, how I adore you! Your words make me cry and your pictures make me feel like I am there....something that will just have to suffice until I really AM there! Someday, someday.

    And even though I don't "know" them either, I feel so very proud of your kiddos...their milestones, their accomplishments, their sweet, sweet hearts. I feel like I could hang out with you all and enjoy your company immensely...oooh, and maybe you could teach me to knit :) I just bought knitting needles a week ago (still in the bag), and there they will sit until I find someone to show me (watching a video doesn't work for me ;)

    I SO feel your sentiments in your first sentence....LOVE IT! And I yelped a squealy squeal out loud when I saw Amos's tiny fingers under the door....I looooove fingers under doors!

    Here's to our new year, new hopes, new excitement, new desires! Much love to you,

  13. I am in love with your kids. So flipping cute.

    I wish I could knit. But I can only do one huge long string. My grandma went crazy trying to teach me (a right hander) to crochet the line into something, but she was left handed.

  14. edithannette on IGJanuary 10, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Oh! Now comments work! I think I was just impatient. I am so excited to follow your journey.

  15. Laughing out loud at Jacob licking... Because Lennon is a licker fo sho. I am totally going to check out your husband's music!

    I want so badly to be in a financial position to adopt twins - one of which has DS.

    A mom can dream... And pray.

  16. Hi,
    I met you at the FVDSS Christmas party. I went to school with Joel and adopted Sofie (with DS) from Bulgaria. Anyway, if you wanted to chat or have any questions about the whole adoption thing, feel free to contact me! This seriously make me very excited! I'm on Joel's Facebook or my email address is

  17. beautiful scarves! a lot of ladies at my church knit and I want to learn too! as for sharing the heart melted for these babies...God Bless them...LT

  18. laura sweet are doing a good you forever...

  19. I loved seeing all the pictures you shared. Amos is beautiful! Thank you for your work in the forgotten fields...

    .ambre. @

  20. Wow- seeing those photos of the children waiting for their forever families is heartbreaking. I will be praying for all of them. Love the photos of your beautiful kiddos too. So nice to have found you through the SITS group. xx Jenny

  21. Your kiddos are absolutely adorable! Your scarves are gorgeous. I can knit but haven't finished a project in years. Just too many other hobbies occupy my time I guess. Nice to meet you...I followed you over from Bloggy Moms :)

  22. Thank you for the window to your beautiful heart!


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