What you can do/what you did…

I have some incredible creative & thoughtful friends; this blog is a long time coming.  If you have friends adopting or going through some big life changes I hope that you are inspired to help them too.

Here are some of the ways that we were blessed…

First they cleaned out our kitchen & pantry, thank goodness! 2009 expired mustard, it wouldn’t be so bad if they hadn’t had to throw away 4 of them. Whoops!

Before we left we bought a freezer & Tyler built a huge pantry…they were completely empty.

Then our friends showed up all smiles & got to work (this is after cleaning & organizing our kitchen)

Then they cooked & cooked & cooked…

And baked. Until the freezers were FULL & then went shopping until the pantry was FULL!

They washed & put away all of our kid’s clothes.

Sheets were washed.

Beds were made.

They left us encouraging notes around the house.

Helped us finish projects around the house.

Some things not pictured:

  • Put carseats in the van
  • They made “family rules” posters & translated them into Spanish w/pictures
  • Painted our bedroom
  • Cleaned our house & filled it with fresh flowers
  • Labeled every room in the house in English & Spanish
  • Set up baby gates & child-proofed our house to help the kids learn boundaries
  • Lined up meals for us for 2 months
  • Stocked our refrigerator hours before we landed
  • Organized all the donated clothing, toys, etc in the attic
  • Then they checked on us a LOT, & they still do!!

Please know that this did not take much money but it did take a lot of time.  “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34”  Where is your treasure, are you investing it in others?  Are you allowing others to invest it in you?  We were leaving in 5 days & I was talking with a good friend telling here all about my “to-do list” & she finally took it away from me & told me you focus on your kids, your family & friends will take care of the rest.  Pride was out the window, the realization that none of this happened or would work-out because of something I did.  Find the time to invest & help others, not because of what it can do for you but because of what it can do for them…if you are a Christian this is a command:

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

The beautiful gift of time.  To bond & attach with our children, to help with homework, to love on them.  When big brother first came home he didn’t even know all of his letters & now he is very close to reading!!

At the dinnermesa,

Beth

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4 thoughts on “What you can do/what you did…

  1. Lauren Robertson says:

    So inspiring! Love watching the body of Christ work. Thanks for always blogging. I check your blog I think everyday! Always encourages me!

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