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Adoption #2

Its finally time to start the updates on our next grand adventure in parenting, adopting two more Latvian siblings!

Our summer included an unexpected, last minute, hosting of Little ‘O’. She stayed for a month inner home and left too soon. Our hearts were overjoyed at her arrival, and awakened with the realization the she is one of us. Yes indeed! Little ‘O’ is a Watters Girl. And soon, she and her younger brother will be here with us. Yes, you just read that right. Brother,  little, soon.

We are making our lists, checking them twice,

and looking up good flights at a great price.

As it stands we are awaiting word this week for our first round of court and social worker dates in Latvia. We have requested to travel as soon as next month! Everyone here is excited, nervous, hopeful and just ready to get things moving.

We have been working on this adoption since May of 2016. Its longer than a pregnancy, and shorter than forever. Some of you will remember that our previous Latvian adoption required 3 trips to Latvia over the course of 6 months.It will be very much the same this time. For our first trip we will stay for a few weeks and get to know the children and their culture more. Pray for Adam, he is learning Latvian! I am so proud of him.

At this point we have had a lot of questions about clothing needs, help while we are gone, cost, and so on. Thank you, to those of you who have already begun meeting those needs! Per clothing for the children,  we are going to wait until we have them home to do much about purchasing clothing. Help with those who will stay behind. If you are available to help with our non travelers just email me or call. I don’t have much to say otherwise until we get our travel plan set in stone. Finally, the cost. Yes, it is very expensive to adopt from Latvia. The majority of the expenses lies in the travel & housing while in country. If you would like to help with the adoption specific fees, travel expenses or otherwise in a financial way here is how:

PayPal  PayPal.Me/aprilwatters

Texas Bank & Trust account labeled ‘Adoption’ for Adam Watters (2 T’s)

Adoption Related Services, Inc. can also receive a donation for adoption specific fees only on our behalf. This would need to be a check with ‘Adam Watters’ in the note line.               Adoption Related Services, Inc., P.O. Box 201 Shrewsbury, PA 17361

Thank you for the prayers, words of encouragement, serious questions and provisions. We will keep you updated as things move along. We cannot post photos yet, but I assure you, they are healthy & cute!!! For those of you who live closer we are very excited for you to get to know our new kiddos this spring. Until sooner or later…

Blessings! Mamite April, for the Watters Clan

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Lent – Week 2 – Day 8

Ephesians 5

” Imitate God in everything you do, because you are his dear child. Live a life of love, following the example of Christ.”

I have often wondered what it would e like to have an older brother to look after me. Maybe I would want to desperately have his approval. Most likely I would have done anything to get his attention. As I observe the little sisters in our home I see what joy they have in knowing their big brother(s) notice them. I have also observed what devastating lengths the girls are prone to go in an effort to gain what they seek.

Recently one of the sisters was really having to wrestle with this need to gain approval. In order to gain the attention she hungered for there were compromises made and boundaries knowingly crossed. As a mother this alarmed me, as a Christian it peaked my curiosity. As I prayed through things this thought came to mind:

God did not create you to be like _______, he created you to be like Christ.

As we seek approval, acceptance and attention, so we focus our efforts in a sometimes worldly direction. So who holds the place of ‘approver’ in your life? A sibling, parent, spouse or child? A boss or co-worker, or giver of accolades? As we seek to gain their approval we are choosing behaviors that reflect what they value, and not all of these behaviors are pleasing to God.

In the end I do have a big brother, the first in this new way of following the LORD, his name is Jesus and he is the Christ. If I am focusing on Christ’s example then all I do in, an effort to gain his attention alone, will be nothing short of exactly who God desires for me to be like.

#createdinhisimagetobehislikeness

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Lent – Week 2 – Day 7

Psalm 19

‘The heavens declare the glory of God…’

‘Keep me for willful sins, may they not rule over me.’

Here are the two points we talked over as a family last night:

1.This Psalm is such a diverse one. You can read the beginning and gather evidence of God in creation. No matter who, when or where there is the proof right in front of your very eyes of a God who is awesome! Step outside today and try to explain that away.

2. Also, the sincere, humble, plea that God would open our eyes to our hidden faults and strengthen us in our weakest moments. Acknowledgement that we need his kind of wisdom and intervention.

#proof #acknowledgement

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Lent 2016 – Week 2 – Day 6

James 4

Yes, again the LORD lead us back here. This was  probably due to the fact that some of us needed to be reminded of the seriousness of following Christ. Either we are following him or we are not. Either our lives are lining up with his example, or they are not. Taking a hard look at some realities. No one had much to say, not even in Dad’s breakfast recap. Me thinks that the LORD is doing a bit of a purging week at the Watters’ household. Ouch.

#puremotives

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Lent 2016-Week 2-Day 5

Psalm 33 “In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.”

Tonight we will talk about trusting in the LORD, who knows our hearts. He made us! Placing our hope in the LORD, who alone is our salvation. What do you place your hope in? Job security, family ties, cultural norms, skills and abilities, formal education and training? Anything other than the LORD alone is less than deserving of your hope, trust and praise.

#praise #hope

 

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Lent 2016- Week 1

This year we are observing Lent as a family. Easy evening we reflect on a scripture together and the Adam prays that word over our family. Tonight as we close our first week of Lent I want to share with you the week’s reflections in hopes that you may also be challenged to refocus on the LORD.

Day 1: Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all of your heart and do not depend on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight.”

Today we discovered what God’s will is for us – to obey him. What does he want us to do? Trust and obey: love the LORD with all of our hearts and love others. No matter the assignment, location or vocation, issue or problem, blessing or tragedy. Acknowledge him by obeying him and following Christ’ example in every response.

Trust. Obey. The Way.

Day 2: Psalm 51, Specifically 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

This second day of Lent we read a beautiful Psalm born in the heart of a truly repentant man. In the midst of pouring his soul out to the LORD he makes an earnest plea to his God; an acknowledgement that he had not followed the LORD’s commands. He was seeking a renewed purity within himself that would honor God. Tonight we prayed that for our family – nothing else to add.

Repentance. Restoration.

Day 3: James 4:1-10 “Come close to God and God will come close to you”

Such a beautiful revelation. When we seek him he will be found. He does not whisper obscurities in dark corners, he publicly proclaims bold promises. God is not hiding from you. If he seems far off then one needs only to look back at the map, Jesus Christ. The reality is that there has been an alternate route chosen that has lead away from God. No dear ones, God will not wander away from you.

Humility

Day 4: 1 John 4:7-20, Specifically 4:17 “As we live in God our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgement, but we can ace him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.”

In this final devotional there was so much to say. Love. Love is a choice we are commanded to make. Love God, love others. Not conditional, not situational, not moment by moment, and not emotional. And fear. Love has no need of fear.

God is love. Love drives out fear.

So there is the start of our Lent season. A daily reflection in the word that washes us. I hope you will join in on our journey through the remaining  days and allow the LORD to use this time to draw you closer to himself, looking more like Christ each day.

Good night dear friends,

April

#lentdevotional

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I’ll show you some……..trouble!

Nothing makes me happier than to be a part of someone else’s spiritual growth! I am especially thrilled when that growth happens in one of my precious, and precocious, children. Recently one of these darlings had a huge paradigm shift, one that probably saved their entire theology from being tainted. It might be a blessing to you also…

They believed that God would never give them something in life that was too much for them  to handle. (insert chuckle b/c this kid is oft too much for me to handle) Considering the harsh circumstances that said child began life enveloped in, I was fairly surprised. They had somehow adopted this belief in a God who doles out life like a coin-less candy dispenser, as in carefree and easy all the time. I can see where that hope for a genie-like god and home on ‘easy street’ could have grown in her early years.

Basically she believed that those who follow Jesus will have care free lives, with no troubles. Because of this belief her salvation was constantly in question. If following Jesus means an  easy life, and bountiful blessings – things she was not getting- then she was not saved. Never able to be good enough to be blessed. Here is how we tackled her trouble…

First up, Matthew 6:34 – Don’t worry about tomorrow, its got enough trouble of its own to worry about. Tomorrow has some issues…

Then there is this one, 2 Corinthians 1:4 Its about God comforting us in all of our troubles, and us comforting others in all of their troubles.

And finally, James 1:2 Clearly stated: when troubles come, practice joy!

So, sweet spunky child of mine – and reader- you are going to face some troubles in this life. But, you are not alone and it is not all resting on your shoulders. Take heart, have hope, live in faith! God’s love for you does not spare you from the realities of being alive. He does give us something, or rather someone, though…

Matthew 28:20 Jesus is always with you, to the end!

John 6:35+ In Jesus we have everything we truly need, like perspective.

John 16:33 Jesus has had success in defeating this world!

What to do now? Well, lets first accept that this life is not going to be easy – easy is overrated anyhow! Second, we need to be honest with others about our own troubles, and supportive of others through their troubles. We can stand on the Rock and make it through the troubles of this life together! I hope you will consider these freeing truths and make a real effort to apply them to your life-routine.

Blessings,

Mammite Watters

(Parents, I encourage you to be honest with your children also when you know you’ve messed up in-front of them. That modeling career you’ve always  dreamed of is ready for you!)