Jan 30, 2012

Noah's Big Day.......

Yesterday my sweet Noah made a public display of his faith in God! He was so excited and so were we! He had so many friends and stand up in his honor. I always knew my boy was special and would grow up to love God and I pray that yesterday was a start to his daily walk!!!
Mom and Dad couldn't be more proud of you Noah!

Jan 25, 2012

Small Groups.....

A while back I told you guys that Marc finally gave in to our small group pastor and decided to lead a small group. They try to limit the groups to 20 and as of today we have 26! Wow......how exciting!

I have been trying to catch up on past sermons from our church that we have missed and the one I listened to on Saturday was on other things that were great but also the importance of small groups.

I still remember our first time going to small group. We were both nervous to walk into a house where we didn't know anyone. NO ONE! The couple we did know weren't able to make it that night. We had a great meeting that night and that was the start of life long friendships! One couple has moved but are still our best friends and another couple is still in small group with us and are some of our best friends. We then became part of another group that at one point was almost all adoptive families. That was really neat and we still love every one of them and it was hard to leave but we fell like this is what God wants us to do!

My point to all of this is that if you just have to take that leap and I promise you that you won't regret it. And as Tommy says, if they are weird you just find another group next semester!! LOL!

Believe me and I say this from experience....the leaders are not perfect, in fact, we are about as human and it gets. We let life get in the way and don't read our Bible like we should, we have our share of life issues and have HAD some serious marital problems that we worked through and came out stronger and better because of it and mainly because of our involvement with our small group!

If you live in our area and are interested in finding a group for you so to Secondbaytown.org and find one! Even if it says full and you think you want to be in that group email the leader and ask!

Flashback photo....our first small group Christmas party! The kids amaze me! Joseph..the one in the back with longer hair is about to go into the air force and Taylor, Nicholas and Thomas are all about to be Juniors in High school! Time flies but I have loved doing life with these people since 2007!

Jan 19, 2012

Home from Haiti.......and a giveaway!

Here it is Friday and I feel like I am just now getting readjusted to life at home! Boy, is it hard to leave that little boy behind. I miss him so much but was so ready to get home to my hubby and kids. There was just something "off" about being in Haiti without Marc!
I will try to write soon about my thoughts and prayer times I had while there. This was a great trip with lots of life long friends made but also a very difficult trip as Vensly wasn't the easiest baby to deal with. He loved me and enjoyed being with me but the truth is he was off his schedule and the only place he's ever known and was suddenly with a white women claiming to be his mom. Very unnatural situation! Needless to say, I didn't get to spend much time at all in the creche and with the other children so I didn't get many pictures this time. So sorry to my adoptive mom friends!
BUT...I did get lots of hugs, laughs and kisses while there! I am counting down the days until he gets home and I really don't think it will be long! We are in MOI and that means passports and visa are soon!

Another note, I was contacted by an online scrap booking company that want me to do a giveaway on my blog to help promote their company so as soon as I receive my package and the one to giveaway I will announce it! SO keep checking back soon!!!

Jan 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Hubby!

Today is my husband's birthday so today's post is all about him! Marc is 37 today and we have been married almost 18 years so I can say I have been married to him HALF of his life! WOW! I am so proud of him and everything he is today......
A great husband.
A great provider.
A great father.
A great friend.
A follower of Christ.
A servant.
A lover of Haiti.
A hard worker.
A comedian.
A great teacher.
A great leader.
A protector.
The list really and truely could go on and on.......let me just say that I am so blessed to that of all the girls in the world God chose me to be his wife! Happy Birthday baby!

Here is a little section of his new website for his run for Constable.......


A lifelong resident of Baytown, Marc Estes and his family are proud to call Baytown and Chambers County home. Married 18 years this August, Marc and his wife Lesley, have 5 children, 4 boys and 1 girl. Of the 5 children, 2 boys are adopted from South Korea and 1 boy from Haiti. They often say, “We have 3 adopted children but we just cannot remember which 3 they are”!

Marc has been fortunate to lead an industrial equipment and engineering company on the Houston ship channel for the past 12 years. Under his leadership, the company has experienced growth of over five hundred percent and continues to expand its presence along the entire Texas Gulf Coast. Marc is the first to pass any accolades along to others as you can often hear him state, “I might have had the vision and was the one to set the goal, but it takes a team to make it happen”.

After the attacks of 9/11, Marc had an overwhelming desire to serve his community. He enrolled in the University of Houston police academy attending night classes Monday through Friday for eight months, graduating as Honor Graduate, the most prestigious award given to an academy graduate. He takes his journey in law enforcement seriously and considers it “his calling” to serve his community in this way.

Over the past several years Marc has had several accomplishments in law enforcement. He was promoted to Sergeant and leads a team of officers. He also obtained a fire investigators license and currently holds an arson investigators license.

In July 2010, Marc and his son went to Haiti with a mission team after the country suffered a devastating earthquake. His life was so impacted by that experience and the gratitude of the Haitian people that he now serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Brent Gambrell Ministries, a ministry located in Nashville, TN. Marc has since made numerous trips into Haiti and will continue to serve in the country for many years to come.

It was on that first trip where Marc fell in love with a little boy, Vensly, who had been given up by his parents. Their home had been destroyed; there were no jobs, and no possible means of providing for him. Marc inquired about the little boy and surprisingly learned that he had not been matched with an adoptive family yet. Marc called his wife from a satellite phone and told her about the little boy. Vensly, now almost 3, should be coming home anytime. Marc, Lesley and their children anxiously await his arrival.

Jan 6, 2012

Update on Vensly.......

This week we received our COMPLETED adoption decree, which means he is OURS, his adoption is complete in Haiti! He just needs approval from the Minister of Interior to get a passport, then the passport has to be printed, and then he needs a visa from the good ol' USA so he can enter the US! Wow....we have come a long way!!!! Our boy is SO CLOSE to being home with us where he belongs! I am praying he is home long before his third birthday which is May 10th!

Jan 5, 2012

What would you do?

I mentioned in my last post that we visited another church last Sunday evening and during that visit I noticed a fairly young man sitting in the back of the church. He looked very tired.....his skin was VERY weathered from the sun and his hands were very beat up....like he has worked very hard with them. He was a nice looking man but I am certain was probably homeless or close to being homeless. He sat alone for about 20 minutes as people were coming in for the service and during that time I noticed he just stared straight ahead and had really BIG tears in his eyes. I prayed for him right then...but from my seat and didn't dare let him know I was "staring". I was worried about him and felt very sorry for him. BUT...I am embarassed to say....it stopped right there. After the 20 minutes or maybe even less passed I noticed a man get up from his seat by his wife and go over to the gentleman.....he talked to him for a minute or so and then just sat next to him the rest of the service. Later I noticed another man standing up next to him with his hand on the man's shoulder as if he was praying over him but also just letting him know that he was not alone. WOW....that is what a church should do! That is what we should all do!
Marc even asked me if I thought that would happen at our church and I thought to myself "I hope so"...but I am not sure as our church is big, and crowded and I am afraid that people like that are getting lost in our congregation.
I know as a women I probably couldn't have comforted him like a man but how many women are at our church hurting and wanting someone to reach out to them or just simply pray for them?
I really want to be that person....that person that leaves the comfort of sitting with my husband in church to find that person hurting that may need my prayers or just my hand on their shoulder that morning or evening!
What would you have done? Are you one of those people?

Jan 4, 2012

New Year's Resolutions!

I really didn't officially make to many resolutions but I do feel like I have a clean slate to start doing the usual....loose weight, eat better, cook more, read my Bible daily, and all the other things we need to be doing!

Sunday evening we visited my inlaws church and while I can't remember word for word everything the guest preacher preached one thing did stick out and I did claim it to be one of my new year's resolutions.

I am going to quit telling Marc or anyone for that matter...."You never" or "You always"....I have said this before but this time I am going to STICK with it even if I literally have to bite my tonque!

On another note....Noah, our budding photographer, took this picture of his dad and I and I think it turned out pretty good!

Jan 1, 2012

Happy New Year! 2012

I can't believe that it is 2012 but I am so excited because I know that this is the year my boy will be coming home from Haiti!
I am praying that it is before his 3rd birthday in May!

Hubby and I had a great time last night in Galveston....we didn't get to do much because the fog was really bad but we spent time together just us two so that was a nice change! Of course all we talked about were the kids which made us miss them and wish they were with us!

Today we enjoyed a nice late lunch of cabbage, black eyed peas, rib eyes, ham, mac and cheese and cornbread that my mother in law made!

Also, I let Noah borrow my canon Rebel and showed him how to use it and now I think we may have another photographer in the family! He has taken a ton of pictures! Some of them are really good!

I did make some new years resolutions but I am not going to put them here in case I don't keep them but I sure am going to try!

Happy New Years to all my blog readers........I hope it's a great year and God Bless!