Merry Christmas 2011

Greetings from the Adkins’s home.  We are closing out the year of 2011 with lots of positive things that have we have been blessed with this year.  One of our best blessings was Lydia Dawn, our little girl born on June 20, 2011.  Lydia is our 3rd redhead.  She is typical of our redheads with her laid back, fun-loving personality.  She is such a sweet, sweet child and brings much joy to our lives.  She is gaining new skills everyday as she is working on sitting up by herself and can roll across the room with great precision.  She currently has two teeth and working on several others.  She will be starting cereal soon and then we will venture in the food realm around 8 months of age (meaning baby fruits and vegetables).  Her brothers and sister are a great amusement to her and she loves for them to talk to her, which they do frequently.

Silas is looking toward celebrating his 4th birthday on Dec. 27th.  He has grown so much this past year and we are so excited about his success in potty training.  He is learning a great deal, especially from Sarah as she shares what she learns from kindergarten.  He is quite the eater and pancakes are his favorite ANY time of the day.  He is such a sweet child that is full of love and has a great fondness for cars of any type.  He can frequently be found playing with cars by himself.

Sarah who turned 5 on August 18th and started kindergarten shortly afterwards is doing well in school.  She is learning to read and has “homework” many nights.  She is definitely daddy’s girl and uses it to her advantage as much as she can get by with.  She teeters between being a girly girl and a tomboyish girl.  I call her Florence Nightingale as she is very quick to be the first to nurture anyone who is hurt or needs attention.  She LOVES to help take care of Lydia and jumps at any chance that enables her to do so.  When asked what she wants to be when she grows up she goes between being a princess or a server.  We love her caring nature and can’t believe how much she has grown up.

Isaiah, who turned 8 on July 27th started 3rd grade this year and is doing well.  He has many female friends and loved by many people in his world.  He is full of spirit and lets us know exactly how he is feeling at any given moment.  Sensitive in nature, Isaiah is quick to help out with the little ones and especially enjoys holding and caring for Lydia.  He played his 2nd season of soccer in the fall and has progressed greatly from where he was.  His favorite pastime is playing video games and with Legos.  He is very creative in nature and cracks us up with his bursts of comedy.

Nathaniel turned 10 on July 6th.  We can’t believe we have a 5th grader!!  We are so proud of who Nathaniel has become.  He is sensitive and has a huge heart.  He is typically willing to help out when needed and is a great help in so many areas.  He loves to cook and wants to be a chef when he gets older.  Nathaniel is looking forward to playing his 6th season of baseball in the spring and does a great job.  He loves to read and plays games of any kind. 

I, Priscilla, am so blessed to be a stay at home mom and care for these blessings.  Making the decision to quit Pampered Chef at the end of the last year after a 8 year run of it was a good move for our family.  After Lydia was born, I went from watching 5 extra children on a part-time basis to only watching a sweet little guy whom I have had since he was about 4 months old.  My days are full and busy but I don’t think I’d want it any other way (most days anyways).

Randy is starting his 12th year with MSD.  He stays busy estimating heating and air ventilation systems at his day job and has gotten into many side projects this past year including helping finish a basement.  His talents are many and being such a great handyman, much of his free time is spent on projects, whether here at home or for a friend or family member. 

We have been attending The First Baptist Church of Vandalia for 2 years, come January.  Attending Sunday morning and most Sunday evenings and also Bible Study on Wednesday nights, with the kids being active in Awanas, has allowed us to encounter so many additional blessings in our lives.  We are striving for a closer relationship with Christ, not only as individuals, but also as a family.  Knowing that Christ’s return is approaching and could be any day, we pray that we can impact those in our life with the message of His saving grace.  Within the last two weeks, we were blessed with a 97 Dodge Caravan, meeting our need for a vehicle that accommodates us all safely.  We are very grateful to have met these individuals who have 7 children of their own and know that God has used them to strengthen our faith in Him.

We ask that you take a moment to reflect on your blessings and remember that Jesus’s birthday is the reason for Christmas.  May you find the greatest gift that you can give Him is your heart.  We are blessed to have you in our lives, whether it’s an every day occurence or a casual one and pray for you when you come to mind.  Blessings to you and your family as we celebrate a Merry Christmas!

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Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

An amazing story that is a great read for all ages. This book gives the encounter of a young child who tells his story over a period of years about Heaven. The details that he gives makes one know that Heaven IS FOR REAL!! Although it begins slow and the father (Todd Burpo) who is one of the authors, retells the events leading up to the time in which the child has his experience in Heaven, the images and stories retold are fascinating. The experiences in which Colton experienced gives one goosebumps and I walked away knowing that I want to make sure I make it to Heaven.

Having read this and then passing it along to several individuals I highly recommend it. If you are a non-believer or someone that doubts there is a Heaven, this will at the very least make you think twice about your feelings on it. In no way did I think it was preachy or did it try and persuade you, but it did give you a WOW factor – knowing that a 4 year old experienced this encounter. This child vividly recounts many things that one could never explain or know had they not experienced it first hand.

Grab a copy and take a read for yourself.

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Let’s Do Lunch by Roger Troy Wilson

Eating all the Calories and Carbs you want to lose weight! That caption alone would make a chronic dieter want to pick this book up and read it. I am only 36 years of age and had not found out yet that I was pregnant when I starting reading this book. It was inspiring to hear the stories of people like the author who had not only lost huge amounts of weight but also was craving free and had kept the weight off, even after many years.

After getting midway through the book and finding out that I was expecting it was a bit slower for me to read as it didn’t have the same urgency that I had when I first saw it. BUT it did have lots of ideas and concrete ways in which one can lose weight and keep it off. The recipes are kitchen friendly (not exotic with unusual staples) and he has diet plans to follow along with a website that boast other people’s success with applying the techiniques introduced in this book.

A good read especially for that individual who has exhausted all the other diet plans! I recommend it and will be reading it again to refresh myself and lose my postbaby weight.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Merry Christmas – A family letter for you

Dear Friends & Family,

Greetings to you as we wrap up the year of 2010!  Things have been busy here at the Adkins’ household this past year.  Here is a glimpse of what our lives held this past year.

Randy is going into his 11th year at Mechanical Systems of Dayton.  He is an estimator for the company and has had some great success in pulling in jobs for them this year.  We are very thankful that he enjoys his job and that it is going well.  He still enjoys doing artwork and has been approached by several people to illustrate books, draw for murals and many other opportunities that use his God-given talents. 

As many of you know we bought a foreclosed house on Dec. 12th that required much work.  We had to gut the entire house in a matter of a few weeks to make it livable.  We moved in on December 31st, and it is now a very nice home thanks to so many of our great family and friends who helped us make it happen in time.  We are very appreciative of the additional space as we went from 1026 sq. ft. to 1846 sq. ft.  It took quite a team to pull it together and many long hours but we made it and have enjoyed making it a home. 

Priscilla has decided to give up her 8-year long run as being a Pampered Chef Consultant and will be able to focus on raising the children along with caring for other children throughout the week.  We are also expecting another addition to our family by July 1, 2011, as she is currently 13 weeks pregnant.

Nathaniel is now in the 4th grade and still excels at Math and Science.  He does well in school and enjoys learning.  He played ball this year and did well, his team winning the championship.  He seems to really enjoy this sport and will playing again in the spring.  At age 9 ½, he is about 5 ft. tall.  His sensitivity to things comes out often as he is a well-mannered child and does well at caring about those around him.

Isaiah is our tenderhearted 7 ½ years old who is quick to give hugs and love on the little ones.  He is in 2nd grade and doing well.  A shining moment for us as parents came in July when Isaiah announced that he wanted to become a Christian.  I asked him if he knew what being a Christian was and he said NO.  I explained to him that it was giving your life over to Jesus and asking him into your heart – Accepting that HE was Lord, Believing that HE died on the cross, and Confessing your sins to Him.  It also meant making a decision to follow Christ and choosing to live a life pleasing to Christ.  He was very serious that this was a decision that he wanted to do.  We were driving at the time and I asked him if he wanted to pray right then or when we got home, he wanted to wait until we got home.

When we got home, he and I prayed and asked Jesus to forgive his sins and to help him make decisions that would not only bring him closer to Christ (like reading his Bible and praying) but also that he could be an example to others for Christ.  It is absolutely amazing of the change in this child.  He had gotten in trouble the week’s prior in school and notes sent home.  From that day forward, he was a different kid.  The teacher was amazed even and said that Isaiah was a different student.  It was a difference that others seen. 

Our little Sarah – dubbed “Daddy’s Princess” – is now 4 ½ and is quite the entertainer.  She is quite the nurturer and loves to tend to anyone that may need special attention.  She is quick to offer assistance and thrives on her independence.  She loves to dance and “pin” around and is quite quick to let anyone know that she has talent to dance and that she needs him or her to watch.  She is great at helping out although since we have started the marble system wants to earn a marble for anything she assists with.  She is constantly singing and chatting – very much girl, but also ready to defend herself should the boys try to cross the line.

And Silas – going to be 3 on the 27th of Dec. – is quite busy.  Always on the go!  He is constantly keeping us busy either cleaning up his messes or keeping him from making them.  He tries to be one of the older kids and do things himself which doesn’t always produce positive results.  One great joy of his is playing in the water.  He loves to fill things up with water and dump them into other things, no matter if they have holes, don’t get water, or even need water.  He is doing well socially as at the beginning of the year it was difficult to get him to separate himself from me for even a brief period of time but now he goes to Sunday School by himself to play with his friends for several hours.

So life has been busy this past year in the Adkins’ household and we only look for the pace to pick up as our children mature in a variety of ways.  We are very thankful that we have God in our lives to help us lead our children in the right direction and pray that he will continue to bless our efforts as we strive for the ultimate goal of Heaven.  We know that His return is fast approaching.  We ask that if you don’t know Christ as your personal Savior that you start a relationship with Him today.  HE is the reason for Christmas  – the gifts and all the holiday trimmings get us sidetracked that without Him coming as a babe in a manger and dying on the cross for our sins, we could have no eternal life.  Choose LIFE – eternal life – so that you too can be ready when He returns.

Merry CHRISTmas and Happy New Year!

The Adkins

Dec. 23, 2010

Review of Wild At Heart by John Eldredge

I found this book to be somewhat enlighting as I have read many books about men and this seemed to be a bit different. It was enlightening because it discussed how men need to be able to be wild – to be able to let their masculinity show. It doesn’t serve a man well to be pinned down and not able to allow the inner self to be shown.

The author John Eldredge brought out the point that many times us as women do not want our men to be dangerous. We want them to be courageous but not to do anything that might cause us concern. Whereas the man needs to have the risk taking and to be able to show that he is MAN and able to do it.

I have several pages marked in the book that really impressed me and that I want to go back and review on a deeper level in my own marriage to see what kind of take my husband has on it.

Thank you BookSneeze for allowing me to review this book at no cost!

Merry Christmas from the Adkins family

Dear Friends & Family,

Here we are this year admist the busy season – even busier than normal.  We have FINALLY gotten a house after having sold ours in August.  We have been renting the house, that we have lived in for the past 6 ½ years, from the individual who bought it.  We purchased a bank owned house just this past Monday in which was totally trashed and needed much work to say the least.  Several of our friends and family has been a great blessing to us at this time as we push to be in it by Dec. 31st

Randy has been very busy this year with work at MSD of whom he has been with for the past 10 years.  He also does artwork for his sister’s company on the side.  Along with these he has managed to do 2 murals this year for a consignment shop and another for a church.  He does wonderful and is extremely talented.  His downtime involves collecting corvettes and keeping up with the Dallas Cowboys or doing those never-ending fixes around the house.

I have been busy just keeping up with the kids but have been able to squeeze in some travel this year.  I was able to go to Reno, NV to see my sister April with Silas in tow back in February.  We then traveled to Hollywood, CA with her  – it was great to get to visit with her and to get a break somewhat from my daily routine.  I was then also able to fly to Maryland to see my other sister Elizabeth for a few days – again with Silas in tow and then we caught a ride back with a friend who lives here in Huber.  I still sell Pampered Chef although I don’t do it as much as I used to – I am ok with that.

Nathaniel celebrated his 8th birthday this year at Disney World.  We were able to visit Florida with one of Randy’s cousin’s who housed us for several days.  Disney offered the free Birthday pass so we took advantage of this as Sarah and Silas were also able to get in free.  WooHoo!  Nathaniel played ball in the spring and shows great skill at it.  He enjoys this immensely.  He also was able to take part in a couple swim lessons and excelled at this also.  He does well in the 3rd grade and was asked to be a Student Leader from his class.  He loves to play his Dsi and the Wii. 

Isaiah celebrated his 6th birthday this year.  He started the 1st grade and is doing well there.  He seems to make friends easily and has the girls wrapped around his fingers.  He enjoys playing with Lincoln Logs and cars and has great creativity and seems to have the same great creative qualities as his dad.  Isaiah too was able to take swim lessons and enjoyed it greatly.  He also participated in karate classes and seemed to really like it.  In August he had his tonsils and adnoids removed and tubes put in his ears.  That was a challenge but it seems to have helped his ear infections that he was having.

Little Sarah – a.k.a. Little Mama turned 3 in August, in which she talks about her birthday still!  She takes care of Silas and makes sure that he stays out of trouble.  She is learning her colors and numbers and loves to color and watch Dora, Wonder Pets, or Max & Ruby.  She keeps everyone in line and totally nutures us all. She does great at helping out and wants to be a part of everything that anyone is doing.  She is definitely Daddy’s little princess.

Little Silas turns 2 on Dec. 27th.  He is so sweet and has recently become our little echoer.  He will say about anything that you say.  He is definitely mama’s baby boy.  He is pretty easy going and loves to try to join in with the bigger ones.  He keeps me busy for sure with the tornados that he loves to create as he tears through the house.  But for a little guy he is a great listener and makes a great companion for Sarah as she has him trained to be her puppy or to help her when playing house.

We hope that you all have had a great year.  May God richly bless you and your family as we remember what this season is all about.  It started with a baby in a manager but doesn’t end there – he went to the cross to die for our sins so that if we confess our sins we can join him in Heaven and have Christmas everyday! 

Merry Christmas – with Love from,

Randy, Priscilla, Nathaniel, Isaiah, Sarah and Silas Adkins

A light at the end of the tunnel

I went back and re-read this, having marked it private after writing it two years ago and I feel that I need to share it because much (not all) of it is true of how I feel at this point in life, yes again.  I hope that it can help someone even just to know that you aren’t alone.

After much debate with myself – I have decided to come clean.  I am depressed.  I don’t want to be here in this state of mind but by admitting it to the world I hope to achieve several things – 1.  Let people who think that I have it together realize that I too am human and have a fault (single though it is ….j/k) 2. Maybe help someone else who is going through or went through know that there is someone out there like them.  3. Maybe by putting it down in words will allow me to make heads or tails of it and get a “grip”.

I have had a very negative attitude lately and really struggled with what my purpose is in life.  I feel that I am not worthy for many things and that life struggles have overcome my ability to be what others seem to be ~ happy.  I realize that there is a cover that many people wear that allows other people to think that they have it together.  I am taking it off!  I have dealt with depression at many times of my life and have traveled many roads to deal with it.  I have a firstborn nature – very driven and wanting perfection.  I do understand that life is not like that and thus have really tried to succeed all the while either driving people away or wearing myself down to this point.  I have found that I am the one who is the pursuer in relationships.  If I am to get together with someone – it is “I” who makes the call.  It has found me at a point in life that I wonder do I truly have friends or just pursued them and they feel stuck – so I sit here and await for the calls to come in(not really).  I have found that sometimes honesty is awakening to people.  I was talking to someone the other day and told them pretty much that.  I have allowed people to expect me to call when we haven’t talked in a while and initiate the conversation, meeting, etc.  So I have to step back and realize that I not only have taught people how to treat me but I now either have to teach them how to initiate the call or just let the relationship go as it will if I don’t see it as having a positive impact on life.

I have searched God in this and found that he is still there.  My day may sometimes be as dark as my night, but I can talk to him at any time.  When I am awake at 2 a.m. because I wake fearful or when I am laying there at 11 p.m. unable to fall asleep.  I question myself and wonder if maybe I have drifted out of his will thus allowing me to be in the state I am.  So in searching I went to www.gotquestions.org.  This is what is said, “Clinical depression is a physical condition that must be diagnosed by a physician. It may not be caused by unfortunate life circumstances, nor can the symptoms be alleviated by one’s own will. Contrary to what some in the Christian community believe, clinical depression is not always caused by sin. Depression can sometimes be caused by a physical disorder that needs to be treated with medication and/or counseling. Of course, God is able to cure any disease or disorder. However, in some cases, seeing a doctor for depression is no different than seeing a doctor for an injury.”  I do not use this quote as an excuse but as maybe a better understanding for someone who sees depression as something that can be a “quick fix”.

Sadness overcomes me and I feel the tears stream down my face as I recall past things that seem to have impacted my life.  The difficult first year of marriage, the birth of our first child (second, third, & fourth), the loss of my babies – 2 miscarriages 6 months apart, the death of my cousin very shortly after my 2nd miscarriage at the young age of 34 – my current age,  then most recently the death of a dear friend at the young age of 25 and then 2 other individuals that I knew at the ages of 29 and 23 – all parents of young children.  I can only stop after writing that and Thank God that he has allowed me these struggles and sadness so that I am able to have compassion and be able to help someone else through the loss and sadness that I have been dealt.  I am not asking for pity.  I feel that I am a strong individual with a weakness as everyone else, that it catches me and I have to go to my “hiding” place and dig deep within to overcome the darkness that wants to overtake me.  It is a fight that I have within me and know that it makes me stronger to deal with whatever lies ahead.

Many people have the image that I have it “together”.  Well, here is the memo that I am sending out – Priscilla Adkins does not have it together.  As Linda recently said to me – you are too hard on yourself.  I am – always have been – and probably always will be – It is who I am.  BUT on the same hand it holds truth as I need to realize that I am the one that is accountable for me and that I can say No!, I need to realize that Rome wasn’t built in a day and thus I am not the SuperMom that I want to think that I am and get the house packed, laundry done, dinner on the table every night, dishes done and put away, homework accomplished and still be raring to go with a great attitude.  I need help!  I have to ask for that help.  I have to realize its ok for the parents of the children that I babysit to see a messy house every once in a while.   I have to be ok with having good and bad days and as long as I have put forth my best and some days even my best isn’t good enough – but its ok.

So now that it’s out there – please don’t flood me with emails letting me know how much I mean to you unless of course you plan to keep on the charade so I don’t find you out.  I would ask that you pray for me.  Pray that I find a peaceful spirit and one that is humbling unto God.  Pray that I keep the faith and keep pressing on.  Just pray.  Recently, Randy and I went to Holmes County and I had a magnet that has PUSH on it – standing for Pray Until Something Happens.  That is what I need to do.

So for now – I see light at the end of the tunnel but I ask for a friend or two to keep their light shining for me until I reach the end.