Ellie’s Song (Update)

Last fall I wrote about our youth pastor and his wife and their plan to adopt a young girl from Thailand.  You can read all about it Here.

The adoption process is still moving along and I thought I would post an update from Gregg:

Things still going strong with the adoption! In the process of completing what is called a dossier and then it is a matter of waiting… and waiting… and then waiting some more.
I wanted to tell you all about an opportunity that has come up! Kxoj, the local christian radio station in Tulsa, has issued a battle of the bands. My brother and I are going to be making a music video to Ellie’s song to submit! The winner gets to open for Mercy Me’s Rockin Worship Road Show. I would love if we got the opportunity to do that for 2 reasons: 1. It would help us get the song some exposure helping us raise funds and 2. It would help raise awareness for adoption! One thing Tam and I have been praying for is that through our story there might be other families God calls to adopt! Then it’s not just Ellie’s life that will be saved but possibly dozens more!! The radio station picks the top 3 and Mercy Me picks the winner! Please be in prayer for us and that the Lord would have favor on the song!! Thank you all so much for your continued prayer and support!

Well, the video is finished and you can watch it on YouTube.  Gregg has also posted a re-mixed version of Ellie’s Song on iTunes, and you can find that here.

Thanks to all of you who have been praying for this awesome family and their adoption journey!

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Increase

I’m trying something new this year.  Instead of making a long list of New Year’s Resolutions (I think I made like 15 of them last year and kept a grand total of none of them) I am going to try an Un-resolution.  I first heard about My One Word (the Un-resolution) on the Eric and Mandy show on Air 1, a radio station my family listens to quite a bit.  The idea behind My One Word is that you select a single word to define the new year.  After thinking taking the first week of the 2012 to reflect a little, I chose the word “Increase” as My One Word.

Why increase?  Well, as I mentioned in my last post, I feel like I got a little overwhelmed and lazy the last half of last year.  I didn’t write or blog nearly as much as I wanted, wasn’t working out, wasn’t even working around the house as much as I should have been.  However, this is a new year and my focus is going to be on increasing my work in a number of areas.  Some things I would like to increase in 2012 include:

  • Work outs – getting back on track as well as increasing time and intensity
  • Writing – increase my number of blog posts as well as increasing my lesson writing
  • Involvement – increase my participation in youth group activities and increase support of my Sunday School girls in their high school extracurricular activities
  •  Improvements around the house – increase my time spent on organization, cleaning, and household improvements
  • Reading and Games with the family – increase the amount of time we spend on these activities as a family

The best part of choosing the word “Increase” as My One Word?  If I gain weight this year, I can still claim victory since the numbers on the scale will have “increased”!

She blogs too…

Recently my daughter and I were talking about one of my friends (no, not behind-your-back-gossip talking, just talking) and I made the following statement:

“She blogs too.”

While she didn’t actually say this out loud, I am pretty sure this is what my daughter was thinking:

“Mom, ‘too’ means ‘also’ and so maybe you just mean to say ‘she blogs’ because you haven’t touched your blog in over 3 months.”

Ouch.  At least she was smart enough not to say it out loud.

Of course, she would have been right to be fair…I haven’t posted since the middle of September.  Wow.  I remember last summer sitting at the computer and thinking about how much writing I was going to get done during the fall.  For the first time since I had become a mother, all three of my children would be attending public school.  Sure, I was starting classes in the fall too, but that was just two days a week.  That meant I was going to have 8 hours a day, three days a week all to myself. Just thinking about how much I was going to get done made me smile.

Ha.

Well, you see how well that plan worked.  To be fair, there was a good deal of time wasted by me this fall.  Sometimes reading for pleasure, sometimes watching Netflix, sometimes just staring out the window enjoying the quiet.  I also spent a lot of time on school work – I must have forgotten how time consuming homework and studying could be.  Of course, there was housework and running errands and preparing for Sunday School and Bible Study.  What I’m trying to say is that a lot less writing got done last fall then I thought would.

But…it’s a new year…so it’s time for some new goals.  I think I’ll be a little less ambitious this year.  Instead of aiming for a post a day this year, I think I will shoot for a post a week – 52 seems a lot more doable than 366 (leap year!).  Besides, that way if I somehow manage to write 2 posts a week I will have exceeded my goal by 100% – who wouldn’t like to earn a 200%???

Happy New Year!

And you thought Frontierville was just a game…

Last weekend we were given 5 chickens from friends of ours.

These chickens weren’t intended to be pets…their fate was the freezer.  I will spare you the details on how we spent our Saturday afternoon last week.  Let’s just say that I am thankful we live out in the country and leave it at that.  Well, once we cleaned up from our day, I thought my pioneer-woman experience was finished for a while.  Oh, how wrong I was…

At the beginning of this week, we noticed our water pressure gradually declining.  At first I was a little concerned that our well was drying up – the drought is pretty severe here, and we have heard of a few people having this problem.  Tim wasn’t worried about that, however, and instead said he thought the filter on our pump needed changed. Tim needed a little help from our landlord changing the filter, so this morning our landlord went out to the pump house to make the change.  As they were talking, our landlord noticed that our water pump was running but was barely getting any pressure.  He called in a professional and after about an hour of tinkering, we learned that our pump was dead.  No big deal right – we do have a number of major home improvement stores in the area.  Oh yeah, there’s just one thing…

You see, our well is old enough that it takes a special kind of pump.  A number of smaller supply stores carry them, but not the big chains.  And did I mention that the smaller stores don’t open on Saturday.  Ha.  That’s right…our old pump was lying on the dusty ground beside of the pump house and a new pump can’t be purchased until Monday.  How fun is that!

Our landlord, of course, felt horrible about this.  They brought us lots of bottled water and told us to use their showers as long as we needed.  However, there were a couple of issues we needed to address at our house.  For instance, we had a sink full of dirty dishes from breakfast, lunch, and some miscellaneous baking Rebecca did this afternoon.  Also, we really didn’t want to run next door every time we need to use the bathroom.  What to do, what to do?

Well, Tim remembered that the water faucet on our shed is attached to our landlord’s wellhead rather than ours.  So, he ran an extra long hose from that faucet to our back door.  He brought in a bucket of water and boiled water on the stove for me to use for washing dishes.  Then there was the bathroom situation.  He has been filling up buckets and using water from those buckets to flush the toilets.  After numerous trips to fill buckets and lugging them back inside I think it is fair to say that we will both sleep well tonight!

How We Labor on Labor Day

School is in full swing for everyone here in the Cobb family.  But Labor Day means a three-day-weekend.  How did we spend it?

I have a big Anatomy test on Tuesday…so most of my Labor Day has been consumed by Studying notes, flashcards, and my text book.

Tim brought home lots of grading this weekend…so he is spending most of Labor Day on the computer, inputting grades and touching up lesson plans for the week.

Goldie is choosing to spend the afternoon showing the sticks and pine cones in the yard who is boss.  She also protected us from a sinister looking (?) passer-by on a bicycle.  Good Dog.

The weather today is dramatically different from the past several weeks – still sunny, but temperatures are only in the high 70s and low 80s.  So, Timothy and Linden spent a good deal of time outside practicing their soccer moves. (Rebecca decided to spend the day with friends, so I guess she will have to post her own pictures of her Labor Day!)

HAPPY LABOR DAY!

Ellie’s Song

Ok…summer is over for 2/3 of my children, so hopefully I will get back to posting a little more regular!

This is our youth pastor Gregg Gober (and yes, he is holding a cake pop likeness of himself)

This is Gregg’s wife Tamara with my daughter Rebecca at camp this summer (it was eighties night, no, they don’t normally dress like this)

And this is their adorable son, Elijah

Gregg and Tamara are preparing to adopt a little girl…here is their story (as told by Gregg):

“Hey everyone! I wanted to let you in on a little of what God is doing in Tam and I’s life. We are scared, excited and we are trusting the Lord.

Last summer the Lord really impressed on our hearts that we are suppose to adopt a child. He revealed it to us separately at first and then as we both came to each other with our convictions on the subject we were ecstatic to find out our hearts were united. There are only a few things we know for sure: 1. We feel we are supposed to adopt a girl from a country where girls are not really regarded very highly in their society, and 2. We feel specifically led to adopt her from a country where there is very little access to the gospel.
Of course our flesh immediately sees obstacles and a few concerns but we know ultimately that the Lord is in control of those things.

Well as I was praying about how we were going to come up with the money for this adoption the thought occurred to me that I could write a song and whoever wanted to contribute could go on iTunes and buy it for a dollar. All the proceeds would go to fund the adoption. I would call it “Ellie’s Song.” So I prayed that the Lord would give me some lyrics and I really feel that He did. With the help of my brother, we have finished recording it and “Ellie’s Song” should go on sale (if everything works out as planned ((and it rarely does))) sometime at the end of this week or beginning of next. I am putting three other original songs on there as well in case you feel the Lord impressing on you to contribute $4 instead of $1, but anything and everything helps. I hope you will partner with us in bringing Ellie home and together with the Lord we will TRULY write “Ellie’s Song.”

I will keep you all updated on when the song actually hits iTunes. Please pray for us. In fact would you please take the time right now and say a prayer for us, we would greatly appreciate it. To God be the glory.”

*********As of this evening, all four songs are available for purchase.  If you would like to help, please visit iTunes and search for Gregg Gober.  You can listen to a sample of all four songs and purchase any (or all) of them.

Thanks!

Ten-Year Fishing Trip

When our oldest turned 10, my parents established the tradition of a ten-year birthday trip.  Since she was the first grandchild, the trip was a complete surprise and she had no say in where we went.  My mom and I took Rebecca to Chicago for 2 days, where she got to visit the aquarium, have dinner and shop at the American Girl Store, and stay at a hotel for the first time.

Rebecca, age 10, posing with one of her American Girl Dolls in Chicago

Since Timothy was almost 7 when Rebecca turned 10, he had three years to plan his trip.  He decided early on that he wanted to go on a fishing trip, he just didn’t know where.  Unfortunately, Timothy turned 10 two days before we moved to Louisiana.  With all the changes and transitions that came along with moving, his ten-year trip had to be postponed.  He was very understanding about the situation since he knew he was going to get his trip – he just didn’t know when.

This year, on his eleventh birthday, he was finally rewarded with his fishing trip!  We had cake and ice cream and then packed up my dad, Tim, and Timothy and sent them to Lake Calcaisieu in Southern Louisiana for a two day fishing trip.

Here are the boys right before they left for their trip.

This is a picture of the living room area of the lodge where they stayed – I definitely wouldn’t call this roughing it!

The boys arrived at the lodge Monday afternoon, but didn’t have to go fishing until Tuesday morning.  That left them some time to take in a few games of pool at the lodge.

Of course, it wasn’t all fun and games on Monday. Here is a picture of my dad giving Timothy a refresher course on casting.

He looks pretty confident – I think he has the hang of it!

Here’s Timothy getting ready to go out on the boat the first day.  Notice that it is still dark. See, this is exactly why I will never be a great fisherman – the fish get up way earlier than I do!

Here fishy-fishy-fishy…

Success!  This wasn’t Timothy’s first fish of the day, but it was his first redfish.  What a great catch!

The boys were given orders not to come home with an empty cooler and they didn’t disappoint.  Here is Timothy with the catch from the first day.

Day 2 – back on the water.

Taking a pause during casting for a photo opportunity.  This picture was taken by my dad, notice Tim in the background taking a picture from the other side – in addition to ordering the boys to catch lots of fish, they were also ordered to take lots of pictures.  My mom and I must be pretty scary, because they didn’t let us down on either request!

End of day 2 – here is Timothy with the day’s haul.

Even though he had to wait an extra year for his trip (poor planning by me and Tim for moving right around his birthday!), he agreed this trip was definitely worth the wait.  All the boys had a great time and they brought home lots of fish and lots of pictures!