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Pure Religion – The Lloyd Family Adoption Journey



This post is dear to my heart.  I have personally been praying for this sweet family for quite a while.  I know I am in good company, because I know there are many others lifting the Lloyd family and little Samuel up in their prayers.

This is from a post on April’s page…

I was asked today why we were adopting and why Africa. Honestly I love that question. It allows me to brag on God! I am not perfect or anyone to follow I am not posting this because I think I am good. But to tell a little of our story and answer why to anyone who we call a friend. My quitting work full time was a huge leap of faith and a test that we passed. One month and one day later God changed our lives again. That day we did a newborn session and I pulled out a scarf I had brought back from Africa. I told the mom that it was special because it was from Africa. Little did I know she too had been on a mission trip a few years ago. As she spoke I kept hearing God say the time is now. I actually had to sit twice and try and compose myself. After the session I had to hurry home to pick up our kids from school. Jason stayed behind to shoot a Senior session. During that 45 min drive I argued all of the logical reasons why we can’t do this with God. Then as I arrived to Dyersburg I heard him very clearly say you have a baby in Africa. You are the mother. You can waste time and tell me why you can’t do this but I am telling you, you have a baby in Africa. The longer it takes you to realize that is the longer he goes with out his mother!
So I pulled over and cried and apologized to God! Little did I know at the same time Jason was also having his own God moment. I thought I would surprise him but he already knew! So that’s it. We are following God every step of the way no matter how crazy or illogical and we could not be happier. One day soon hopefully we will have an update that we can post but for now it looks like we will be home with our baby in 10 months to a Year.
Thanks for reading and please keep our complete family in your prayers!

God spoke to their hearts almost a year and a half ago, and they are still waiting. Following God is not always easy, but the Lloyds have decided to do just that. No matter how difficult or expensive, they are on the journey to their son. #waitingforu

Take a moment and watch their Journey… (Warning, have tissues ready!)


The Lloyd Family Adoption Journey Timeline

Nov 12 2012 Heard separately, but at the same time that they had a baby in Africa …
(don’t you just love when God does that)
Nov 14 2012 Signed with an agency
Nov 28 1012 Announced to family and Facebook that we were adopting
Dec 27, 2012 Homestudy done
April 2, 2013 All documentation complete and approved. Officially waiting for a referral
April 10, 2013 Samuel was born
May 20, 2013 We got THE call. We have a SON!!
Aug 27, 2013 Passes court and CONA!! Samuel is now a Lloyd!! Told Gavin and Addie
you have a brother. Announced to youth group, we have a son, and told family and
Sept. 27, 2013 Our adoptive country stopped issuing exit letters, for up to 12 months :(
Oct 10, 2013 I-600 Approved!!
Oct 17, 2013 Embassy received I-600 and Visa investigation started.

Currently they are waiting on the visa investigation to be completed. This can take from 3-6 months. They are at month 4. Since passing I-600 Samuel has been in foster care.
It is expected that both parents will have to travel to pick Samuel up and are expecting a 3 week stay. Currently they have not received any grants, in spite of applying for many. At this time they  have paid all agency and lawyer fees. However they still have monthly foster care fees, travel cost, and re-adoption fees to pay as those arise.


What you can do…

Pray for the Lloyd Family and little Samuel as they go through this adoption season.

Sign the Petition to Congress to help resolve pending adoptions to the Congo…

If you feel lead to help in a financial way please donate using the go fund me link…

Pray for all the orphanages around the world, Pray for the children who are hurting, and families who are waiting to selflessly receive them into their home. Pray that these children will come to know the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and that they can be used as an instrument to further the gospel to the United States and even to their native lands.

May God give us an open mind and open hearts…may we desire and seek a pure religion.

James 1:27
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.


Easy Pin-Wheel Quilt Tutorial


A few months ago some friends and I planned a little quilting day.  We had talked about this some time ago when we went to Stacy’s house to make a dress.  Unfortunately, Jess didn’t get to make it to the quilting day, and she was greatly missed!

stacy quilt

Stacy’s finished quilt.

Since Stacy and I were expecting, this was a fun time for making a baby quilt!  The girls picked out the pin-wheel pattern which is easily made using a jelly-roll.  You can order one or pick one up at your local sewing supply store.  We enjoyed visiting with Stacy and her kids!  The kids always enjoy being together and almost “non-supervised” play days, I think they like best! :)   We stayed so busy I didn’t take any pictures of the kids!  You’ll just have to take my word for it that they were here!


My finished quilt.

You may also want to check out the You-tube video demonstration.

Well here we go…get out your jelly-roll!

Group your strips into 4′s and sew them lengthwise together.  You can take time to match them, or just take them off the roll in order and see what you come up with.  You should wind up with 5 groups of 4 strips.


You then need to trim strips to  blocks to 8 inches square.  A cutting mat and rotary cutter are essential!  How did our grandmothers do this without them!!!


This is what they look like.


You should get 4 or 5 per strip, for some reason, I can’t remember! Oops!  Lay them in matching groups.


Pick from different piles 2 different squares and lay them right sides together with the strips going opposite directions.  (this is important to make the pin-wheel!)


I laid them all out to make sewing them easier.  You should have 12 blocks and one square.


Sew 1/4 inch all the way around the whole square.  Complete all other 12 blocks the same way.


 After all are sewn, get out your cutter , mat and ruler again and cut diagonally an x on your blocks.


It should look like this.  Keep all you blocks together…DON”T MIX THEM UP!


Open them and press the seams.


This is what your pin wheel will look like!


After you have done all other blocks, you simply sew your 4 pieces together to make your square (1/4 inch seam).  Press your seams.


When you have all your blocks sewn and pressed you will need to trim them to 9 1/2 inches.


These are your finished blocks, ready to put together!  You should have 12 of them.


I love to use a jelly-roll in quilting, it is so easy to use and there is very little scraps left over.


Sew blocks into strips, press, then sew your strips together and press.


There you have it your finished top!  I completed it with a matching 5 inch border.  Pick out a coordinating fabric for your backing and trim and find a local quilter to finish it out!  That’s as far as I can take it!  A special thanks goes out to Teresia and Shirley, some of our neighbors who saw my quilt on Facebook and volunteered to quilt and bind it for me!  It turned out beautiful…and just in time for baby!







Baby Week!


Its here!  A week an a half of Birth Stories!  I just love reading birth stories, and when we had a TV, I enjoyed watching Birth Stories on TLC!  Lets just say I love all things baby,  I even had several subscriptions to baby and parenting magazines years before we had any children. I have since come to my senses about the magazines and do not accept their worldly philosophies!  The only training manual you really need is a good King James Bible.  Of course I always anxiously await each new edition of the Above Rubies Magazine.  You can start your FREE subscription here.

Back to babies…If you haven’t read Our Story…click here first.

If you have already, check out these posts!

Lee…Blessing Number One

Grady…Blessing Number Two

Jo Anna…Blessing Number Three

Eli…Blessing Number Four

Clara…Blessing Number Five

Announcing Our Newest Blessing…

Why we chose a Home Birth Part 1

Why we chose a Home Birth Part 2

We are trusting God for our Life, for our Provisions, and for our Blessings (children)!  He always Preserves and He always Provides. We are looking forward to many more children, His number and His timing!  God always knows best!

baby in womb

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:4-5

And… Just in case you are wondering, baby #6 hasn’t arrived yet!  Yes, my due date was yesterday.  Yes, I’m tired, yes, I’m ready to hold this little one in my arms.  Apparently God is still working on my patience…I hope I’m a fast learner! :)

Be A Builder…

Close-up low section of woman holding spade


“Every wise woman buildeth her house; but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” Proverbs 14:1

I think we can all agree that none of us wants to be the foolish woman described in Proverbs 14. There are the obvious things such as anger and arguing, but what are some everyday things that we overlook and are not so obvious that might be tearing down our homes without us knowing? Let us take a look:

1. Putting other things before God.

This can be anything from your career to housework.  Anything that takes a priority over God’s Word.

 2. Children more important than husband. Husband neglected.

 This is a common teaching in modern day America.  In God’s order, the husband comes first, you are his helpmeet.  The kids need to see this example of a wife loving and putting her husband first to have their own strong marriage one day.

3. Ministry at church (or other things) becomes an idol and first priorities are disregarded.

A wife’s ONLY ministry is to her own husband, Secondary, if she is a mother…her ministry is in her own home, to her own children.

 4. Not staying within your budget.

 This is bad stewardship and shows a disrespect to your husband who is working hard to provide for you and to God in whom all things belong to.

5. Downcast countenance.

No one wants to be around a pouty Polly.  You have Christ in your heart and an eternal life in heaven…be happy, go and tell!  Look like your redeemed and thankful for it!

 6. Discontentment with the Lord’s provisions.

Whatever God provides, be it big or small, have a grateful heart and learn to be contented like Paul.

 7. Listening to lies from the enemy.

Why?  Really!

 8. Being so enticed by the world (through music, media, magazines, tv shows, you name it) that it leads you to sin

I shall set no wicked thing before my eyes…or my children’s!

 9. Focus on self or self pity.

Jesus First, Others Second, Yourself Last!!!

 10. Not asking husband before taking on new things.

There is a reason God has provided you a leader, rely on him…it’s to your advantage!

 11. Not managing our homes well.

Nothing says “I Love ya honey”  like a nice clean nest, and a warm meal when he comes home from work.

 12. Neglecting to train our children.

 Too, often neglected with the ease of free government schools and all those childless hours to do with as you wish!

13. Never being home.

How can you be a homemaker when your are not home?  Keep your feet at your own house!

 13. Gossip and slander.

 The tongue is mighty and it will destroy your home and family if you let it!

14. Not filtering everything through scripture.

Everything must be filtered through God’s Word!

 15. Coming up with excuses as to why we do the above.

Excuses come easy don’t they!

This list is not exhaustive as many more could be added to it and it is not meant to discourage but be a starting point for looking at how we live our lives on a day-to-day basis and what God expects instead.  Feel free to add some more in the comments section below as the Lord leads you.

When we are actively plucking down our homes we are not exalting God. Titus 2 actually teaches women to be ‘discreet, chaste, keepers at home, obedient to their own husbands so that the word of God be not blasphemed.’

Amazing, is it not, to think that our actions are so powerful that they can actually exalt God or blaspheme His Word. I don’t want to go through life knowing that I had a hand in blaspheming His Holy Word, and that I only lived up to half the potential He had for me.

Home builders should lift up  God’s words just not in word but in deed.  Our lives  need to preach the gospel Actions speak louder than words. Actions require commitment and self discipline, a dying to self. So where ever you might be on this list, ladies—-let us strive to be home builders. Building up our homes for Christ and His glory alone.  We are accountable…to our husbands, our children, other Christians and most of all to our heavenly Father!

This marks the conclusion of this series.  For more on this topic…you may want to check out Part One and Part Two.


A Self-Seeking American Woman


A Self-Seeking American Woman – Throughout the years

In the 40′s…

Women left the home to help the war effort.  With their husbands gone away to war, Uncle Sam recruited the American Housewife to fill the vacant jobs left by their husbands.  When hubby came back…a lot of women stayed in the workforce.  Besides, they had came out of the depression, and they liked having that second car, and extra money that came with a second paycheck.  She sought to find her own self-worth being an equal earner.


In the ’50′s and early ’60′s…

If she managed to stay out of the workforce, her dream would have been to own a cute little home with a white-picket fence, and share it with a husband who came home to us every night. We would have had a few well-dressed, well behaved children, who attended boy and girl scouts (sure can’t do that anymore!) and government school, so she could focus on her homely duties while they were away and maybe catch a few soap operas in her spare time. Her leisure time would have been spent at the garden club, and window shopping, through it all her ultimate goal would have been to compete with the Joneses’ and to fulfill herself through her children’s dependence on her. 

In the late ’60′s and early ’70′s…

after she began to understand that having those things could not, in reality, bring her true happiness (because they were not Christ-centered).  She then threw out the baby with the bath water and, instead of looking to our own selfish tendencies, she decided that men were the problem and they were keeping women from personal fulfillment.  There went the family. There went God’s order.  There went our Country.  Free Love, without consequences, abortion, birth-control, and bye-bye prayer in schools.  Women no longer needed men to raise their family, because good old Uncle Sam would send you a check to help pay for that fatherless child.  Unwed birthrates began to skyrocket.  The woman needs no man to fulfill herself.

In the ’80′s and early ’90′s…

many children live in blended families with several step-siblings or half-brothers and sisters, because of the climbing divorce rate.  Many children don’t know where there daddies are or even who they are.  Women meet their “babies daddies” in neutral zones aka “parking lots” to drop off their kids every other weekend, all the while working and scraping to get buy…and crying on a new shoulder about how hard life is, with no though to how she got there.


In Modern Day America…

Most women see no need for men, except for their own selfish pleasures, or to feel pretty (because they are being advanced upon by them). Some women have come to the conclusion that men are necessary, sometimes, but they can only be tolerated on our own terms.  It is God’s command that the woman should be the help-meet to the man in his pursuit of purpose and success in this life, but nowadays, women expect men to serve them.  We are not satisfied unless pampered.  We are not content unless lavished upon.  Housework and mothering becomes drudgery because of our selfish hearts.  It’s not really a fear of doing without nessicesities, It’s a fear of not having what they want, and they want EVERYTHING!  Satan laughs through it all.

 Satan’s lie prevails, TRUST ONLY YOURSELF, You can’t trust God.  This lie has been white-washed, however, in order to become politically correct. In an attempt to keep us from religious guilt, we do our best to explain away the “hard” verses, Pastors have led the way in  paraphrasing or even outright changing the Bible to please our own desires.

God loves women, and He gives us the most profound, moving picture ever presented as to how men should treat women–He sent His only begotten Son as the Bridegroom, who laid down everything, from His life to His reputation, to save His beloved bride!  In the “Bride” we see women as God sees them. They are to be loved, cherished, protected and provided for. And yet, the Heavenly Suitor does not force Himself on the object of His affection, but rather, He leaves her with the ultimate choice.

He leaves us with that same choice. What will we do with this choice to trust Him completely?!  First of all you have to belong to Him…then…


  • Will we lay down our life to serve Him?
  • Will we sacrifice our desires to serve others?
  • Will we joyfully put ourself last?


When we truly worship God…we will in turn serve joyfully. There will no longer be room for worshiping OUR Own FLESH!  Stop seeking SELF and start SEEKING God!

Read the first post in this series…

Homebuilder or Home-wrecker  and tune in tomorrow for Be A Builder

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