Psalm 127:3-5

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth.

Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!"

Psalm 127:3-5

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Children Are A Reward!

Psalm 127: 3 - 5 "Behold, children are a gift of the LORD;  The fruit of the womb is a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth.  How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them." 

As I celebrated my birthday last month I was taking into account the year that just passed.  Turning a year older can do that to you.

  Wow, it was an awesome feeling!  Many blessings have been poured down on my life from above! Last year at this time, I had no idea that we would now be a family of SIX!  I am loving that our "Arrows" have doubled!  Children are a REWARD!  Thank you, God!

I think that Carolyn understands that children are a reward, too.  She is always carrying around about three dolls in her arms at once!  She is BUSY - just like her Momma!  Here is a picture of her outside the orphanage back in May.

Do you notice the baby in her arms?  She found this baby doll at the orphanage in a broken baby stroller filled with lots of other broken dolls.  She carried it around with her while we visited Sonya and Dusty.  Carolyn shed tears when she had to leave the baby doll there.   We know how she feels - we wanted to bring all the CHILDREN from Dusty and Sonya's orphanage home with us!  Thankfully, some of these beautiful children from Dusty & Sonya's "groupa" have forever families who are working hard to bring them HOME!  We continue to pray for them and for those who still wait for forever families!


This beauty is being adopted, too!

On the 19th of July it will be two months since we brought home Dusty & Sonya.  They have blossomed so much in such a short time!  We praise God and glorify His name as we watch the wonderful things He has done in their lives!
Dusty and Sonya at the Orphanage April 18, 2011
There were times at the orphanage I wondered IF Dusty would EVER laugh.  He was always so somber and sad looking.  I am happy to report that Dusty laughs and giggles throughout the entire day.  He laughs the hardest when we throw him up into the air.  His laugh is sweet music to our ears!  When at the orphanage Dusty would only tolerate us holding him.  He was not a big fan of too much physical contact - since he was used to being in a crib - ALONE.  Good news again - Dusty is now very fond of snuggling and hugging.  He is turning into a "cuddlebug"!  Thank you, God!

Sonya is growing fast!  Since she and Dusty both got rid of their parasites - nutrition is finally going where it should!  She now weighs 28 lbs - three pounds more than Dusty.  It will be nice when she starts walking.  We quickly get tired out from carrying her around,  although Johnny never gets tired of carrying her and she weighs over half of what he weighs.  They are best buds!  Johnny adores her and she thinks he is the best!  They are great together.

Here is a video from the first time Sonya played in a pool.  She loves the water as you can see.  You can hear Dusty in the background.  He is sitting on a chair with a towel around him.  He loved it too, but I thought he needed to get warmed up.  The water was pretty cold!

Dusty is WALKING everywhere!  He LOVES to walk.  When he walks around, he usually does a lot of giggling.  It is very cute to watch how happy he is to be mobile.  In this video, we were at Lowe's "Build and Grow" clinic, so there is a lot of hammering in the background, as well as, Carolyn letting us know she was ready for nap time!  Because of all this walking, we have to have Dusty wear overalls all the time because shorts just fall down around his ankles.  He still has no tush to keep them up, even though he is up five pounds from his USA arrival weight of 20 pounds!


  1. What a change in your little man! He looks so happy now, and did you notice that he's walking in perfect time to the hammer's rhythm? I know many "typical" adults who can't keep the beat! It might be just coincidence, of course - but it might also be that Dusty has a great sense of rhythm that can be put to very constructive (sorry, terrible pun) use. Does he show an interest in dancing and moving to music?

    Thanks for the great updates.

    Susan in Ky
    Cousin to 2 from U.

  2. Amy & family,

    What a beautiful post! All of the kids are just too cute. Wow, Dusty, he amazes me with his walking. Glad to hear he is giggling and hugging. Can't wait to see all of you.

  3. Oh my heart just leaped for joy this afternoon!! What sweet pictures! I can't wait to get there!

  4. The kids are looking great! I love the picture of Carolyn holding the dolls. I'm sure God has planted the seed of adoption in your bio kids through their new siblings!

  5. Just popped over from Adeye's blog and read your story from the day you brought the kids home.

    You have a beautiful family. Yes, "Children Are A Reward".

    I had my first 5 babies in 4 years, so I definitely understand the "it seems like triplets". When I found out I was expecting twins, my "older" kids were 1, 2, and 3.

    When we adopted, we created 2 sets of "virtual twins". Our youngest bio. boys are 9 & 11 ... our adopted girls are 9 & 12.

    Mama of a Dozen
    ages 9, 9, 11, 12, 14, 18, 20, 22, 22, 24, 25, 27

  6. Great to see them doing so well! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Oh, thank you for the update and THANK YOU for the sweet picture of my Danil :) You made me have happy tears this morning.

  8. oh amy! happy tears for all of you! what a joy to see them transforming into everything God intended for them to be and right before your very eyes!! Thank you Lord. sending love and blessings your way.

    p.s. we are flying out the 31st! sooooooo excited to finally hold that baby again. see ya!

  9. I am Valentin's mommy! What an answer to prayer your comment was for us! We would love to receive the pictures and anything else you can tell us :) Your children are just beautiful by the way! Thanks so much!!

  10. Hi
    My name is Jenna and I came across your site. Dusty and Sonya are cute, adoreble, handsome and sweeties. They are inspirational heros. They have beautiful and cute smiles. I was born with a rare life threatening disease, and developmental delays. i love it when people sign my guestbook.