they are us now

from left to right (click to enlarge): Jeremiah, Aaliyah, Jorge, Maggie, Mario, Cathy, Nyelie, Isaac, Jorge Introducing… (insert drumroll) The new Najeras!!! Yesterday my sister and brother-in-law have now become the proud parents of 7 kids. Yes, SEVEN!! Three of the kids pictured above are now officially in the process of being adopted by Jorge …

Christmas Cards

i love creating opportunities to have our girls help us in this MPD* journey. a little later than we’d like, but we’re finally getting our Christmas cards out today.  here’s a video of the girls helping us stuff envelopes this morning. – – – – – – – – – –*MPD = Ministry Partner Development …

our creative thermometer

deb and i are creative people. if there’s a project that needs to be done, then it has to be done with creativity and WOW. when we were in Little Rock this past summer they had some kids of staff members come share their experience in moving to Little Rock and their adjustment to life …

Raising Royalty

As a mother or a father, do you ever feel like you’re floundering with the responsibility of raising your children? Do you have a clear strategy regarding how you will ensure that your kids turn out to be decent adults? Many times I feel lost, like the best I can do is keep these kids …

the balloooooonnsss

it’s become somewhat tradition to bundle up all the kiddos and see the Balloons launch every year.  these pics were taken this morning. deb asked me what part i like best when they’re laying them all out, inflating them, when they’re rising, or when they’ve lifted off? my answer, “just watching the kid’s excitement.”  i …

for parents only: unsolicited advice

what do you do when some concerned individual offers unsolicited advice about how you should handle your children? whether it is a relative or a bothered customer at the grocery store, do you run home and implement their suggestions right away? do you start yelling, “you have no idea what i deal with on a …