Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

To all those we love, far and near:

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Conversations with Maximus

This little gem of a conversation occurred a few days ago when I was at Dad and Mom's with the kids to get some pre-holiday cooking done.

Me: Maximus, would you like to watch a movie?
Max: Can we watch it in the movie weeter?
Me: (chuckling) Weeter? Do you mean movie theater?
Max: Oh, "weeter" is in Spanish.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

In Honor of Stephanie

Love and prayers to Warner and all of Warner and Stephanie's family. Stephanie's
long and courageous fight with cancer and her young death is a poignant reminder that we live in a horribly and tragically broken world. But it will not be so forever– as Stephanie has now seen with her own eyes.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

"Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

He who was seated on the throne said,

"I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

Revelation 21:3-5

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Monday, December 07, 2009

Conversations between Max and Maggie

Overheard today between Maximus and Maggie:

Max: Maggie, you are shy.
Maggie: I shy?
Max: Yes, You are shy. It means you smile when you see something beautiful.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dress Up Galore!

Here's the story of Halloween 2009 at the Roebuck house:

When we were living in Idaho, I bought Max and Maggie matching chicken costumes on clearance from Old Navy in sizes that would fit them for Halloween this year. They totally loved them, and had played dress up in them a few times before Halloween rolled around. However, I knew that this would be the absolute last year that I would get Max into anything resembling a barn-yard animal for Halloween. And I was right. As soon as he saw the other little boys' Darth Vader, pirate, Spiderman, and soldier costumes, he realized that for a four-year-old boy, a chicken costume is L-A-M-E.

But.... I was so proud of my little guy. He didn't complain or fuss. He did ask if, after Halloween was over we could "return these chicken suits to Oh, Maybe (what he calls Old Navy) and pick out something else?" And then a few days after Halloween, he told me that this year (his imaginary friend) Beedy was a pirate for Halloween.

Well, that compelled Grandmama Vicki to have me take Max to Walmart and let him pick out any costume he wanted from the after-halloween clearance sale. Pure bliss for this little guy! His choice: Pirate, of course! Then a few days later, the costumes were marked down AGAIN to only $1.40, so Maggie got in on the pirate fun as well. They kids have been wearing their pirate costumes every waking minute for the past five days. I wish I had a video of Maggie running around the house in her pirate dress yelling, "ARrrrrrrrgh, Mateys!"

And while Max asked me today if all pirates had to steal, or whether he could strictly look for buried treasure and be a good pirate, Maggie doesn't seem to have a problem with playing the traditional thieving scallywag pirate role.

Aye, I love me lil' pirates!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Conversations with Maggie

Maggie opens this conversation while I'm getting dressed to go out on a date with Lucas.

Maggie: Mommy, you going to church?
Me: No, I'm going on a date.
Maggie: I go on date with Mommy?
Me: Nope. This date is just for me and my husband. When you're 18, you can go on a date.
Maggie: No, I go when I Two.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

How We Spent our Sunday Afternoon

Today right before nap time Max took a big spill in the bathroom, falling off the step at the sink and slashing his face on the toilet.

After much deliberation, and a this-is-why-I-love-Siloam-Springs house call from our nurse friend Cindy and then Lucas fortuitously running into our favorite dr. at Zaxby's to talk through what we should do, we made the decision not to take him into the ER.

It was a pretty good gash, and it probably could have used a couple of stitches, but we decided that we would just let it heal on its own. Cindy described to us what the process would be like to get stitches, and it sounded like it would be horribly traumatic for Max. So we butterfly bandaged it and are hoping it won't leave much of a scar.

I found out today how weak I am when it comes to dealing with bloody situations. I had to lie down a couple of times because I kept getting light headed while trying to help Max. I'm so thankful that Lucas was not so squeamish!

And I'm also SO thankful that the gash did not actually make it to Max's eye, although it came VERY close. Thank you, Lord, for protecting our little one today!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Titus Task 5K and Fun Run: This Saturday!

Want to know something about me that not many people know.... not even some people who are really, really close to me? I love adoption. I need to make one of the those t-shirts like the I (HEART) NY shirts, except replace the NY with ADOPTION. That's me, friends. I (HEART)ADOPTION.

I believe adoption is one of the most vivid human pictures of the gospel. God has taken us as His own children and made us a permanent part of His forever family. It gives me chills every time I think about believers demonstrating that aspect of God's love to a watching world through adoption. Not to mention what a life-changing gift it is to the adopted child. Simply beautiful. And I sure hope that there is or will be a child somewhere out in our great big world that God intends for Lucas and I to adopt someday.

So, blogworld, now you know something new about me. :-)

If you live in or around Siloam Springs and want to support families who are pursuing domestic and/or international adoptions, take a little time out of your Saturday (Oct. 10) and come support the Titus Task event in downtown Siloam Springs. There will be a 5K race and a 1 Mile Fun Run, along with lots of fun stuff for your family to do (music, inflatables, food, professional photos, etc.).

Click here for more information. Lucas and I and the kids will be there: hope to see you there, too!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Cry Out to God

Sunday afternoons are nap days at the Roebuck house. Even grown-ups take naps on Sundays. Today I put the kids down for naps and was finishing up a couple little jobs on the other side of the house from where the kids were sleeping. Just as I started to lie down, I faintly heard Max crying, so I got back up and went to check on him.

I found him in the bathroom, on the toilet, tears streaming down his face. He was stuck on the toilet and couldn't get down because he needed help wiping. I looked around and saw how he had made several attempts to wipe himself and get down, to no avail. The place was a mess and he was covered in dried poop. He had been there for a while.

As soon as he saw me, his eyes brightened with hope. He said, "I was crying and crying, and then I just cried to God. I asked Him to send you to help me."

As we worked to get him cleaned up, we talked about how God had answered His prayer. Max looked away, as if in shame, and told me quietly, "Even after I asked God to send you, I still cried some more." His tender little heart was already aware of a lack of faith.

Oh, I feel ya, Buddy. Crying out to God, but then not sure if he's really coming with the help He's promised. Today Maximus reminded me that when we cry out to God, He will always hear and answer. Every time.

And the sweetest part? I know that the Father whispering this to my son today: No matter what mess you're in, I am here, and I will help.

Psalm 57:1-2

2 I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.

3 He sends from heaven and saves me,
rebuking those who hotly pursue me;
God sends his love and his faithfulness.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Conversations with Maximus

Insights into the imaginary friend Beedy continued today while riding in the car.....

Max: Hey, Mom. Beedy is a grown up man now.
Me: Oh, really? How did he grow up so quickly?
Max: Oh, well, he ate all his food and so he grew up really faster than me. Now he is a grandpa.
Me: Does he have a job?
Max: Yes. He works at J-B-fa.
Me: Hmmm..... is that sort of like J-B-U?
Max: Yes.
Me: Well, what does Beedy do for his job at J-B-fa?
Max: He works to earn money for toys. Toys for me AND for all of his grandsons.
Me: That's very generous of Beedy.
Max: Yes.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Conversations with Maggie

Maggie is sitting in the living room floor writing on her Magnadoodle.

Maggie: Momma, Yook at Dis! (Look at this)
Me: You drew a circle! It's a nice circle.
Maggie: No-oo (in her we're-joking-with-each-other-voice). It's not a circle, silly!
Me: Oh, well what is it?
Maggie: A Dress.
Me: Oh, it's a very pretty dress.
Maggie: Huh. (Yes)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Tea Time!

Yesterday Grandmama invited Maggie to have a tea party with two of her grandmothers. I got to come along, too. :-)

Maggie LOVED the entire tea party, which probably had something to do with the fact that Grandmama let her put as much sugar as she wanted into her tea. :-) Maggie called the sugar "salt" and kept asking for "More salt, please," in her most lady-like voice, of course. Grandmama and Abuelita were all smiles.

We used a very fancy tea set that Maria gave as a gift to my mom when she first met her at our wedding six years ago. It was special.

Thank you, Grandmama, for a very special tea party!

Mmmmmmm. "Salt"

"Oh, yes. I'll take one of those, thank you, ladies."

So dainty.

On the way home, after a lovely time. :-)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Max's Birthday Party!

We had such a great time celebrating Maximus' 4th birthday this week! We had his party a little early (his actual birthday isn't until Sunday) while his Grandpa and Abuelita are here visiting this week!

Max's cousins Jackson and Susan came to help us celebrate! They kids had fun playing speed Lego-building games:

Grandpa and Abuelita made their famous Carne Asada for dinner. It's the best food you can imagine. Seriously. Yum.

Opening presents. So many fun new things to play with!

The LEGO cake.

Maggie REALLY enjoyed the cake. :-)

All the party people! Except Uncle Russ, who came to celebrate but had to leave before we took this pic.

Silly String!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Grandpa and Abuelita are here!

Hooray! Lucas' Dad and Maria (a.k.a Grandpa and Abuelita) are here visiting from California this week! Here are a few pics to show you what we've been up to:

Snuggling and playing with Grandpa.

Chaney fixing stuff at our house. He's awesome.

Cooking with Abuelita!

Ready for a fun day out!

Merry Go Round! What fun!

Like father, like son.

More to come! We're having a great time!