This and that.

Orion has settled into the Eastman routine quite nicely, and we are thankful!
He is 100% puppy - in need of correction and training and training and correction on an hourly basis - but he learns fast and is eager to please.
Luke is training him in Swedish, so we are constantly looking up, "How do you say 'xyz' in Swedish?" (We are grateful for the audio pronunciation that accompanies each translation on Google!)
Luke has a lot of work ahead of him, for Huskies have definite minds of their own, but Orion has met his match! Two strong-willed, stubborn males vying for the alpha position.
The betting windows are open! Who will win? My money is on LUKE!
(The bottom left photo was taken after Orion's first bath. His expression perfectly captures how he FELT about the bath! HA!)

❤ We completed our official Foster Care interview! ❤
Dennis and I each had a personal interview the week before, and Wednesday the social worker met with each of our children, and then with me and Dennis together. We had a tremendous sense of peace all day, and we know it was because the saints were praying while we were talking!
The social worker was a delight and so gracious to our family. The best part, however, was her honesty. We invited her to speak truth to us without worrying about startling us or making us want to rescind our application - and she did! We were grateful because if the Lord allows us to be approved and become a certified Resource Family, we want to walk in with our eyes wide open. And this woman? She handed us high-powered binoculars!
We have much to think about and pray over while we await the decision of the agency, and we are eager to see where the Lord will take us and what He has planned once they do!
(We will know if there is a red light or a green light in mid-March.)

This year, I pulled the entire family into the writing of Valentines.
Josiah, Isaiah, and Ellie thought it was terrific and had great fun writing to each family member.
The teen boys, however, exclaimed, "You want us to write love notes to our BROTHERS - and DAD?!?"
It took some doing, but I finally convinced them that they were simply notes of appreciation - that just happened to be written on heart-shaped paper. And they acquiesced. <insert eye roll here>

This man!
Our friend.
Our brother.
We enjoyed a fantastic night of conversation, encouragement, truth-telling, laughter, and prayer.
(we missed Micah and Luke who were both at work)
As we closed the door after hugging him goodbye, I was reminded of this beautiful verse ... How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1
Thank you for sacrificing precious hours of school prep and sleep to spend the evening with our family, Jeff. We love you and are proud to call you FAMILY!

~~~ This has been the BEST winter we have experienced in southern California in y e a r s!
Rain, rain, rain!
Cold, cold, cold!
We have been living in sweatshirts, triple layers, beanies, and warm coats for months - and we are loving every second of it!
Snow-capped mountains, bright, green hills, long-forgotten flowers that are once again in bloom, and the scent of fresh rain and clean air have filled my days with JOY. I cannot wait for the spectacular spring that will follow this wonderful winter. ☔💦🌳🌷

When looking for a card to be used for the one-year anniversary notes sent to the women who request hand-written letters through our miscarriage ministry, I found this one. It's perfect!
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7, 8

~~~ I hope you enjoy a fabulous day of worship and are encouraged and strengthened for the week ahead!