Tuesday, June 9, 2009

One year ago today...

So much has changed in our lives.
As I type this my gorgeous Liji bounded down the hallway to give his beautiful Zippi girl, his *little darlin'* a big smooch.
HOLLAND has been a VERY beautiful place. Some rocky roads in Holland too but man oh man, the amazing things we've seen that God has created there!
Praising God for all He has done and continues to do.
Will update with more soon.
All is well, just busy.
Enjoying this season of our lives so much.
Blessings and much love to you and yours,
Lus x


singing mama said...

heey lovely Lusi,
Those posts you linked to that you wrote, made me cry! You are such a beautiful woman with such an amazing heart! I love how you turn everything back to God even when it is not 'ideal'.

Hoping to catch up with you next monday?

Love to you


I am... said...

hey lus!
just wanted to drop by to say hello :) hope things are well in ur part of the world

Carolina said...

Wow Lusi, it's nice to be able to do that isn't it? To look back to a time where it looks like the world is falling apart around us and yet He still holds is safe in his loving hands. You have always inspired me to turn to Him no matter what, and this is proof that have been faithful. (((hugs)))

Homeschoolmum4Christ said...

Hi Lusi,
The post about autism diagnosis is an excellent one, not just because you realised that autism is just a label, but because of the way that you turned it back to God.

I hate labels, as they take away from the person's personality. There are very view people who are perfect, but just as I am an asthmatic, I don't want people to remember me for my asthma, but for who I am and the God who made me.

Love your little boy for who he is, his good attributes, and his loving gentle nature.

Cherie said...

Glad to hear all is well and you are enjoying your lives so much.
Sending Love and Huggs to your beautiful Family.
Cherie xx

Anthea said...

Hey Lusi, nice to see you back. Hope you are all well. I haven't followed your Holland link, but don't think I need to, as I too know Holland is a good place. I can't imagine being anywhere else right now.

I have made some great friends in Holland, I have become stronger in so many ways. I am more accepting and I appreciate the small things in life more now. I don't sweat the small stuff. Yep - Italy would of been great, but Holland, it is perfect!!!!

Anthea said...

Hey Lusi,

I thought you might like this too...might be long for a blog comment - sorry...

The Special Mother

Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social
pressure and a couple by habit. This year nearly 100,000
women will become mothers of disabled or handicapped
children. Did you ever wonder how these mothers are chosen?
Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting His
instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation.
As He observes He instructs His angels to make notes
in a giant ledger. Finally, He passes a name to an
angel and smiles, "Give her a disabled or handicapped
child." The angel is curious. "Why this one God? She's so
happy." "Exactly," smiles God. "Could I give a disabled or
handicapped child to a mother who does not know laughter?
That would be cruel." "But has she patience?" asked
the angel. "I don't want her to have too much
patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and
despair. Once the shock wears off , she'll handle it. I
watched her today. She has that feeling of self and
independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You
see, the child I'm going to give her has his or her
own world. She has to make her or him live in her
world and that's not going to be easy." "But, Lord,
I don't think she believes in You." God smiles. "No
matter. I can fix that. This one is perfect - she has
just enough selfishness. " The angel gasps
-"Selfishness? Is that a virtue?" God nods. "If she can't
separate herself from the child occasionally, she'll never
survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a
child less than perfect. She doesn't realize it yet,
but she is to be envied.She will never take for
granted a "spoken word". She will never consider a step
"ordinary". When her child says "Momma" for the first time,
She will be present at a miracle and know it! I will
permit her to see clearly the things I see...ignorance,
cruelty, prejudice... and allow her to rise above them. She
will never be alone. I will be at her side every
minute of every day of her life, because she is doing My
work as surely as if she is here by My side." "And
what about her Patron Saint?" asked the angel, his pen
poised in mid-air. God smiles, "A mirror will

By Erma Bombeck

Anthea said...

Sorry for raiding your blog....but here is the follow up to Welcome to Holland.....

Celebrating Holland - I'm Home
by Cathy Anthony

"I have been in Holland for over a decade now and it has become home. I have had time to catch my breath, to settle and adjust, to accept something different than I'd planned. I reflect back on when I first landed in Holland. I remember clearly my shock, my fear, my anger, and the pain and uncertainty. In those first few years I tried to get back to Italy, my planned destination, but Holland was where I was to stay. Today, I can say how far I've come on this unexpected journey. I have learned so much more, but this too has been a journey of time.

I worked hard; I bought new guidebooks; I learned a new language, and I slowly found my way around this new land. I have met others whose plans changed, like mine, and who could share my experience. We supported one another and some have become very special friends.

Some of these fellow travellers had been in Holland longer than I and were seasoned guides, assisting me along the way. Many encouraged me; many taught me to open my eyes to the wonder and gifts to behold in this new land. I discovered a community of caring - Holland wasn't so bad!

I think that Holland is used to wayward travellers like me and grew to become a land of hospitality, reaching out to welcome, assist and support newcomers. Over the years, I have wondered what life would have been like if I had landed in Italy as planned. Would life have been easier? Would it have been as rewarding? Would I have learned some of the important lessons I hold today?

Sure, this journey has been more challenging and, at times, I would (and still do) stomp my feet and cry out in frustration and protest. Yes, Holland is slower paced than Italy and less flashy than Italy, but this too has been an unexpected gift. I have learned to slow down in ways too, and look closer at things with a new appreciation for the remarkable beauty of Holland with its tulips, windmills and Rembrandts. I have come to love Holland and call it Home.

I have become a world traveller and discovered that it doesn't matter where you land; what is more important is what you make of your journey and how you see and enjoy the very special, the very lovely things that Holland, or any land, has to offer. Yes, over a decade ago I landed in a place I hadn't planned yet I'm thankful, for this destination has been richer than I ever could have imagined!"

Anthea said...
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rvavic said...

Nothing more or less to say other than I love you so much Lusi.... you are an inspiration, a joy, a wonder...

... and my friend.... LUCKY ME !!!!
Stay cool girl !
Hugs to you and your clan.


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