Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
On Christmas Eve, we get together with my family. We spend the day celebrating the Lord's birth with songs, plays, poems, and more. Grandma loves a big program, and Grandpa (being a pastor) loves to remind us all of Christ (always saying a lovely prayer of Thanksgiving). Of course, there is the family spelling bee and lots and lots of food shared. Then we open a few presents. When it is just dark enough we load up the vans and go Christmas light watching. Then it is time to head home to bed.
Christmas morning we gather around at home and Jer reads the story of Christ's birth from Luke.
The Birth of Jesus 1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels 8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Then we have cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate as we open a few presents. No Santa comes to our house. This was a strange decision for Jer and I both. We both were raised with Santa coming. But, we are happy with our choice and it seems to not bother the kids in the least.
We enjoy the day just at home together.
Then we usually head to Indiana the following day to celebrate with Jer's family. This is an exciting time. Jer's mom is the ultimate in gift giving. It is definitely one of her Love languages, not Mine at all. So, she enjoys having presents to celebrate the holiday. Her house is small and it is full of presents from floor to ceiling for her many grand kids. Once all are passed out it isn't really too much, but it is so fun seeing this mountain of gifts and watching it be passed out. It is also fun watching my mother-in-law and sister-in-law because they really have a great time of it all.
Of course, we share a great meal together there too. So, it is easy to see why my kids say that Christmas is about family. I just hope they realize it is about the family of God.
At home, my family has already set up the Christmas tree. It's my baby brother, Stephen's first Christmas. He likes to pull stuff of the tree. We have to watch on him. Every Christmas morning my dad reads in the Bible the true meaning of Christmas, about Jesus being born. Then we open presents. Last year we had to take turns going youngest to oldest.
On Christmas Eve we go to my grandma's house, and my aunt has a spelling bee. It's fun to spell.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
In many ways life hasn't changed that much. School with the kids moves forward and they all are doing great. They each bring me great joy and stretch my patience and faith. My marriage is stronger than ever, and if it wasn't for that I am not sure I would have been able to make it through this year at all. Jer has a great job with a great company, and I am grateful for that. So day to day life is still basically the same.
But, my struggle this year is with my desire to trust my Lord more, to commune with him more often, to know him more intimately, and to be closer to the body of believers in the same way. As Jeremy and I struggled to make some very difficult financial decisions and to make some difficult decisions in our care for our children, we felt very much alone. This along with other things caused me realize I needed to seek my Lord more. This has been a challenge. There are many questions I have these days that only a strong relationship with My Lord will answer. So, I struggle to connect with God and even more so, with his People.
That feeling of being too different, too strange takes over and causes me to isolate myself even more. So, this year has been a struggle, but like I tell my kids even when things are tough we must Praise the Lord and move on.
So, here goes:
God is good and Sovereign, praise his Name.
God has provide us a warm home for the winter.
God has provided more than enough food for our family.
God has provided Jer with a great job w/ a good company, good co-workers, and understanding employers.
God has given us 11 beautiful, healthy, smart children.
God has given us a great family, with wonderful aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, and even pets.
God has provided us with transportation.
I am truly blessed and my Lord knows my name and loves me no matter what. So, though I can't always understand his way, I know he is good and righteous.
Celebrate the birth of our lord and Savior this month and all year long.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
My second favorite is "Monster" by "Skillet"(I wonder why they named their band that.) They have a website at http://www.skillet.com/home. Here are some lyrics, "I feel it deep within, it's just beneath the skin, I must confess that I feel like a monster, I hate what I've become, the nightmare just begun I must confess that I feel like a monster". I don't know why I like this song. Well here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mjlM_RnsVE.
THAT IS IT DANIEL OUT.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
"When the toast is burned and all the milk has turned,
And captian crunch is waving farwell,
when the big one finds you may this song remind you
that we don't serve breakfast in hell"
and the other part I like is the very last part of this song
"Oh rise up fruit loop lovers sing out sweet and low with
spoons held high we bid our brother cheerio"
These parts of the song are my favorite because, I like the words to these parts and I like how he sings them. I like this song because it's a christian song and fun to sing along with. I also like the lyrics, and tune to this song. I also like the group who sings this song. Well I guess I like everything about this song. Rachel
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I like "Revelation song" because I get happy when I'm singing it. My Favorite part is"Clothed in rainbows of living color, Flashes of lighting, Rolls of Thunder, Blessing and honor, Strength and Glory, and power be to you the only wise king". I picked this song because the words are talking about Jesus. I like this song alot! I like the words and music.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Do you ever wonder why? Well, often I get that question about our family? IT used to bother me a bit that even complete strangers felt they had the right to question me about my family. But, being a curious person myself, I realize when you see a large family (especially with kids so close in age) it pecks your curiosity. I have to admit I am a people watcher, and I find people and especially families very interesting. I will see a couple that has been married a long time with no children, and wonder if they wanted children and for some reason couldn't have them, or if they felt led to not have any for other reasons. Maybe, they just don't like kids, whatever? I will see a single woman with children and wonder how she found herself in that position. Or a single Christian man in his later years, and wonder why he never married, etc. So, since I know I am curious about others, I understand why people our curious about us. I do have to say, that I am often not bold enough to ask such personal questions of people, just because I am curious. I do not want to ask a question of someone that may be painful or just plan rude, just because I am curious.But, because you may be a curious reader, I will take some time ot answer the why question for our family.Here is the long story:Jeremy and I met the summer before our senior year in high school. My parents moved to the small town of Decatur, IN where my dad was the new pastor of a small country church. As we prepared for that move, my mom and I began praying that God would bless me with a special friendship when we settled in there. Mom had thought us kids very early to pray specifically for the desires of our heart. She had taught us at a young age to pray everyday for our future spouse, and she prayed for that person too. Well, mom and I knew this was going to be a rough move for me, so we began praying for a good friendship. Well, I had know idea that God would answer that prayer request and the prayer request for a future spouse in the same person. Jeremy and I met that summer and became friends. Shortly after becoming friends, Jeremy became a believer in Jesus Christ as his savior and began a relationship with Christ. We soon began dating and it wasn't long before we began talking marriage and our future. (It had always been my dream to marry right out of high school, and I had thought this dream impossible when I hadn't met my mate by my junior year in high school). We would take long walks on Sunday afternoons and talk about what we believed the Lord had for us as a couple. In those talks it became clear that we both felt the Lord leading us to trust him with the growth of our family. We felt strongly that he was calling us to raise up Kingdom Builders. Also, it was clear that we would one day be foster parents, with the goal of helping families reunite. We had no plans to ever adopt any children at this time. Our goal was to minister to children and families. We married the December after graduating from high school. We had two wonderful years of marriage before our first daughter was born. Oh, like all couple we had hard times, but we learned so much about each other in those first years that strengthened us for what lied ahead. After Tyler was born we took in our first foster child. Then soon came Rachel. Oh, it was scary trusting the Lord, money was tight and we haven't always been the best stewards of what the Lord has blessed us with. At times, we both felt unsure of God's calling to trust him with our family planning. We took in several more foster children and God used us to help them reunite with there parents or relatives. Then we got Daniel and Lydia, and there was something different from day one about the place they held in our hearts. We knew God wanted us to make a commitment to these two. It was good he told us from the beginning, because it was a messy and painful time the years of them going in and out of our home for three years. As they came and went from our home we were blessed with Brenden and Bekah. We struggled with being certain if the Lord wanted us to keep having more children. Especially, when I became ill after Bekah. But, when the Lord did a miracle and healed me through the prayers and faith of our church. I placed my trust back in him. Finally, the day came when we were asked to adopt Daniel and Lydia, and we knew it was right. So, now God had blessed us with six kids under the age of seven. wow, was I overwhelmed. I spent many days questioning if this was truly God's plan, and wondering why he chose me. Then there were days when I was so excited with how he proved faithful. The many times he brought us through tough financial times, and times of insecurity as parents. There are the days of feeling so unworthy of such an awesome calling. The times when I see them growing in their faith, the times I see them caring and loving each other, the days when I see them learn something for the first time, the excitement at learning and the joy of teaching each other. This life like any is full of joys and struggles, but it is a faith journey and I can honestly say I feel so honored to be the mother of now eleven beautiful children. Ok, the other question I often get is are you done. To be honest, we do not believe the Lord is done blessing us with children. We have a strong desire to adopt one more time, we are looking to adopted a little princess. Also, we do not feel the Lord leading us to do anything to prevent his blessing on us through child birth. How many more, I don’t know. Do I want to be like the people on TV and just have a passel of children? Not really, but I will trust that the Lord will led as he always has. The days of joy, definitely out way the days of being overwhelmed. So, I feel so blessed to raise these children for the Lord.
''Above All " is my favorite song, because it reminds me how much Jesus loves me, and of all the pain he went through for me. It reminds me that what Jesus did for me is greater than all the treasures of the earth, and all the knowledge in the world. The chorus is my favorite part of the song because it remind me that Jesus was crucified. He was rejected and alone, but he still died for me. A sinner ,who may or may not love him back. But, he still died even for the people he knew would not love him back. He could of saved himself. He could of stayed in his lovly home, heaven. But, he loved me so much that he died for me. Thats why I like this song. Tyler
Friday, September 25, 2009
We got new kittens for Rachel and Lydia, from are grandma. Rachel and Lydia both had kitten's before. Lydia's cat ran away, and Rachel's died. So now, they both got new one's and they are cute. But our other cat's don't like them accept Buddy does, maybe because Buddy is really their uncle. Rachel's cat's name is Phoenix and Lydia's is Missy.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
First is Zach but his real name is (Zachery Caleb Hirn), he is the second little's bother,he is one. Zach likes dogs,cats,etc,he likes to play soccer and baseball. Zach likes to copy Davey, he likes to make messes and likes to pick them up too. He sleeps with me almost ever night, he likes to go out in his shirt and diaper. Zach screams when Josh and Davey do, he does not like pasta sauce. Zach's birhtday is May 10. He likes candy,candy,candy,etc. he likes to play with cell phones. Zach likes to play rock band but we don't put him in. So that's all about Zach.
Next is Miah his real name is (Jeremiah John Hirn) he is (5) Miah is the 3 rd oldest boy. He likes to play star wars with me he also likes to watch star wars. He likes to play drums on rock band, he plays Polly pocket with Lydia, Rebekah,and Brenden. He likes to play with the cats,his favorite wii game is Lego star wars (mom does not like it when he plays it every day). So that's all about Jeremiah. BYE
Monday, April 6, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I HOPE YOU LIKE THIS BLOG ABUOT BLOODHOUNDS BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Today I'm going to tell you about Zebra's. First of all zebra's are mammals,their diet is herbivore,their average life span in the wild is 25 years. The size zebra's are at the shoulder is 3.5 to 5 feet(1.1 to 1.5 m.),their weight is 440 to 990 pounds(200 to 450 kg). Zebra's stay in a large group called a herd. No animal has more distinctive coat than Zebra. each animals stripes are as unique as fingerprints-no two are exactly the same-although each of the species has it's own general pattern. Why do Zebra's have stripes I think there just there to be beautiful. Zebra's live in sub-deserts,plains and are and bushy grasslands the zebra feed's on coarse grass,sedges,bark,leaves,buds,fruit,and root's. Well that's all I have about zebra's the next time I write about animals it is going to be about a skunk.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Hi! its Lydia again and I want to tell you about my sister. Her name is Rebekah, we call her by her nickname Bekah. I like playing with her a lot, we play outside, Polly pockets, and lots of other stuff. Me and Bekah share a room in the basement,with the other girls Rachel and Tyler. They both have their own room. We like baking together, me and Bekah are friends. Me and Bekah like playing in our room a lot. Me and Bekah have a bunkbed, she has the top and I have the bottom. Me and Bekah share a desk. And that is my sister.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I GOT THIS STUFF HISTORY THAT http://www.nationol geographic.com/
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
I want to write about a Siberian Tiger but I don't have time.
If you want to learn more about animals or science go to http://www.national geographic.com/.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
This is about our new Wii game and brother. First I'll tell you about our new wii game. It's rock band two. It's better than rock band one because you can hear the insterments better,and you can go to differrent places if you unlock them. There's places like Boston, and a lot more. Also,on rock band two you get to make as many people as you want you get to name them and buy clothes for them,and name your band. you get money and fans for the songs you play. Now onto our new brother. My mom had our brother on Thursday the 5th of February. His name is Stephen Micheal Hirn, butwe call him pillow because that's what Josh wanted to name him. Stephen cries a lot. I don't remember Zach crying this much. Well,now you know about our new game and our new brother.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
to tell you what I can't eat. Toffee, nuts, caramels bagels, pizza crust,caramel apples,ice,apples(unless cut) pop, pie, cake,Doritos, and jerky. I can't have candies like, Now and Laters,sugar daddies and baby's, Tootsie rolls, Star burst, licorices, and gummy bears or hard candy. I have to have braces for two years. I have to brush after ever time I eat. I have to floss different than before.
I want to tell you a story. I brought a school book to the Orthodontics and a layed it on a chair. Then a lady asked me if she could quiz anybody that walk in with my book. So one person, that she wanted to quiz, did not come back so she called her on the phone, and told her to come back. Then she wanted to call Dr. Faust, the orthodontist who wasn't in the office. She asked him the question and he got them all right. THE END. BYE.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Oh, and just a reminder this book is fiction, so don't get to carried away.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Now, I want to tell you a little story that's true. My family was on our way to Indiana, to go to our grandma's for Christmas. It was the day after Christmas, and the roads were icey. We stopped at a gas station. My mom and dad said We had to go back home, because it was to icey. Then mom said let's go to Mc Donald's,and We did. We went there to wait for the salt trucks. Then after they come by We did not have to go home. We got to Indiana. But, it took forever because, someone was driving so slow. We finally got to My grandma's, and it took six hours to get there. It usually only takes about two hours. So that's My Christmas.