Tuesday, June 11, 2013

8050 Place has moved . . .

8050 Place has moved . . .

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Under Construction

I am in the process of working on some changes with my blog.  I'm so excited about it but right now it's taking some time to reorganize and revamp.  But hopefully in the next week or two there will be a new and improved 8050 place!!!


Friday, May 10, 2013


“We want to open our Bibles and find a verse that will correspond directly to our problem and provide a solution.  But that’s not how we get wisdom.  Finding that wisdom is “straight” (Proverbs 8:8-9) comes from immersing ourselves in Scripture—all of it, not just a passage here and there and as we do, it shapes our understanding about all of life.  If we make a habit of Scripture immersion, we will find, when confronted with one of life’s difficulties, that the wisdom we so desperately need will come to us a lot more easily.  Wisdom is indeed clear, but its clarity doesn’t come in a three-easy-steps sort of way.  The more we soak ourselves in God’s Word, the more we will be able to readily lay hold of wisdom we need for particular circumstances.”   (emphasis mine)  -Lydia Brownback
This has rocked me this week.  I feel as if wisdom is calling to me when she says “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?”  I don’t want to be na├»ve and ignorant.  I don’t want to be undiscerning, not knowing what to keep in or out of my mind.  But yet I am.  And the only way to not be simple is in Christ.  So I will strive to actively pursue wisdom, to actively pursue Christ (Proverbs 2:1-5).  I will strive to immerse myself and soak in God’s Word.    

“Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”  Proverbs 9:6


Friday, April 26, 2013

Star shaped sugar cookies

Growing up there was never a birthday celebration skipped.  Typically, mama would cook a meal and cake of our choice.  Some years we had the entire extended family to join us for supper, some years an "attempt to stay up all night", squealing girls slumber party was included (which I'm sure my parents are thrilled those are only a distant memory).  Regardless of the way we celebrated my mom always did her best to ensure I enjoyed the special day.  Now that I'm a mama I have the responsibility of planning birthday celebrations for Roxie Kyle.  We weren't sure we were going to be with Roxie on her first birthday so when we found out that she would be home, my mind started spinning. 

The meaning of Roxie is "star; bright; dawn" so it seemed only appropriate that we celebrate with a star theme.  So the planning began.  We would have star shaped sugar cookies, a big number one cake decorated with stars, star suckers, star garland . . .  

One night when I was checking things off of my party to do list I began to think about this little girl we were celebrating.  She truly was a "star" in our lives and had "bright"ened our home so much!  As much as I wanted to celebrate her first year of life, I had to stop for a minute and ask myself what all this work was for.  You see the decorations and food and hoopla is fun, but I've found it's so easy to get wrapped up in all the extras, the things that truly don't matter.  I don't necessarily think there's anything wrong with the star garland streaming from every corner of the room or dozens of star shaped sugar cookies.  Who doesn't like a big old sugary piece of cake piled high with ice cream at a birthday party?!  

However, is that overshadowing the true source of our celebration? 

"Through him we have birth and life and every thing and every person in our lives.  So God is the reason we have anything to celebrate.  He is the ultimate source of any of our celebrations."  -Noel Piper

Roxie Kyle is a gift from our Father.  She is made in His image, knit together in her birth mother's womb, planned before the creation of the world to be a part of the Wilson family.  The type of celebration may vary from year to year but what should not vary is that we will strive to demonstrate God's love for her and say to her "we are thankful to God for giving us you!"

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is not variation or shadow due to change.  James 1:17


Monday, April 1, 2013

The Best Part of Waking Up

When I wake up in the morning, I tiptoe downstairs and pour myself a big piping hot cup of coffee in my favorite mug from a tacky New York souvenir shop. I snuggle between the pillows piled high on the bench in the sunroom. This is my time. The quiet of each morning, watching the small part of the world around me wake up, having a few minutes with B before he heads to work, spending time with God.

Something new has been added to my mornings though. The reality that the crib across the hall holds a little one is still a bit surreal. To peek in the door before she wakes and see her tiny body snuggled up with her stuffed animals seems make believe. But it's not make believe. She's real and she's here, every single morning. When she wakes and I walk in her bedroom door our eyes meet, and she smiles. The sight of me makes her smile. Some mornings it's too much to take in and I let the tears fall. As I scoop her up in my arms and she snuggles sleepily up to my shoulder, I thank God. I thank Him for the blessing of being her mama.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

year ONEderful

Today is Roxie’s birthday.  Her first birthday.  I’m bursting with all sorts of emotions. 

Excitement that she is one. 

Celebration that she is with us.

Pain that we missed 11 months.

Anticipation for what’s ahead.

In the (almost) one month that she’s been with us, she’s changed us.  She’s brightened our world.  She’s turned pain into rejoicing. 

When I think about her birthday, the blessing that we get to celebrate with her in our arms, there is also a sense of aching in my heart.  How many children are out there celebrating a first, second, tenth, eighteenth birthday without a family?  How many families are out there longing for their children to be in their arms?  I can’t ignore this aching.  So what can I do?  What can you do?

Over the past year so many of you have journeyed with us to bring Roxie home.  You have cried with us.  You have rejoiced with us.  You have prayed for us, for her, and helped us carry the burden to labor for her arrival.  We have felt so encouraged by your sense of support. 

In honor of our girl’s first birthday, I’m extending to you an invitation.  An invitation to help other families bring their children home.  An invitation to help just a fraction of the 150 million orphans worldwide. 

Hope That Binds is an adoption and orphan care ministry that provides adoption grants and fundraising support, adoption consultation to churches, and adoption advocacy.  By donating you are helping families to celebrate birthdays together, not to mention the other 364 days.  Any funds given here will go 100% to adoption grants. 

Giving is easy.  Just click on the donate button below.  


Friday, February 15, 2013

Love List

It’s been awhile since I added something to my love list but this is worth taking the time to love.  Roxie Kyle is teething.  The messy, wet kind of "I put everything within my sight in my mouth” kind of teething.  So . . . when I came across these necklaces I had to give them a try. 

Mindy Mae's Market offers a super cute necklace for mama to wear and baby to chew.  And it’s safe for your little one’s mouth.  Plus, if Roxie’s not in my lap or arms I can just slip the necklace around her neck. 

There are a variety of colors and bead shapes to choose from.  The $21.99 price isn’t too bad either (especially considering what I’ve spent in $2 and $3 teething toys).  For a lower price of $9.99 they also offer a teething bracelet (it doesn’t have as many options on bead choices). 

Just a side note, Mindy Mae's Market has lots of other cute things, so make sure to browse through their site.  

Click here to purchase.