Sunday, February 24, 2008

Lovely Libby

Took these pics of Libby dressed up in one of her Chinese outfits and I think she looks so beautiful!
Libby loves "feetball" which for some reason is her word for basketball. Try and figure that one out?!?! Brittany was Libby's nanny for our week in Cuero, TX. Brittany is such a sweet heart. She and Libby had a blast together. Thank you Brittany!
Libby loves to swing (finally!!). And yes, that's me wearing high heal black books in the playground gravel. That is not my normal playground attire, I promise! We were leading worship that evening and the playground was at the church. It was impossible to pass it by when Libby was asking "swingset? play? go down slide? So we had a little pre-service play time.Libby puckers up for her upswing kiss from Daddy! So sweet!
Libby and I in front of a 400 year old live oak tree in Cuero, TX.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Nini Cavasos Passed Away Tonight.

On the drive home from Cuero, TX tonight Billy received a phone call informing him his grandmother, Nini Cavasos, passed away. Nini Cavasos is the mother of Billy Foote, Sr. She was well into her 90s and recently came down with pneumonia and some other complications. While she had a long and good life, she is certainly better off tonight in the presence of Jesus. She will be greatly missed. As you think of the Foote family, just ask the Lord to fill them with His peace and comfort as they grieve. Billy Foote, Sr. currently has the flu, so he will need extra prayers as he is very ill and grieving the loss of his mother.

Billy (my husband) is doing well. While he is incredibly sad to see Nini go, he had the opportunity to drive home several weeks ago and say some special things to her and that makes the letting go a little easier. He will be driving to Longview on Friday to be with his family for the funeral service on Saturday.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Six Weeks Summary

Here's how the last 6 weeks have played out for the Foote family. Clean, pack, travel, catch a cold/allergies, lead worship, receive encouragement, travel back (under interesting circumstances), rest?, tackle adoption paperwork long into the night, do laundry, repack, start over.... multiply these steps by 5 and that's been our life for almost 2 months. (Did I mention we have a two year old, too????)

I am NOT complaining! The Lord has been so very good to us. Everytime I got sick I still had a voice. Everytime Libby didn't sleep in the hotel, we woke up with strength for the new day. Everytime we thought "we can't do this anymore", God sent amazing, precious encouragement. Every time I panicked that I wasn't getting adoption paperwork done fast enough, things went faster than planned. God has truly been showing us His provision, favor, love, and power!

Every one of the events we've been given the opportunity to lead worship for has blessed our socks off this year. The Spirit has been moving in fresh ways and God has used each event to speak hope and encouragement to our hearts as well - regarding what our giftings are and what the future holds. While we still plan on coming off the road for a while - we're realizing that this particular door is NOT completely closed. We have peace about not traveling in a full time capacity, but we are also thinking that we'll continue to do one event a month as the Spirit leads - and ONLY as the Spirit leads. We feel strongly that the coming slower season is just that - a season. And that's a big statement coming from us - you see, we really thought this last fall that we were D.O.N.E. Done! Period! But we have been revived and shown that God is NOT through with that part of our lives. We simply, for now, have the freedom to slow down and enjoy our daughter (s) and local ministries.

Side note - Libby is so incredibly precious. She's had a great time in Cuero, TX this week. We're doing a small town revival and since it lasts longer than 2 days (which is the length of most of our events) she's been able to get used to the schedule and routine. After the service tonight we were provided a great meal in the fellowship hall and Libby just ran around and entertained everyone with her AMAZING smile! While others wanted to sit and talk, I just wanted to stare at her and soak in God's goodness in giving me the opportunity to love and guide her precious spirit. I did NOTHING to deserve such an honor. His mercy and grace are so much more than sufficient. They are..... they are....beyond..... beyond words... there are no words to explain the magnitude of His grace and mercy.... they are just beyond....

May each of you know the grace and mercy of Christ. May He reveal them to you in a way that is profoundly relevant to where you are and what your needs are at this very moment.

Below are a few pics from the last several weeks. The first few are of Aria's room (and things in her room). It's coming together beautifully...

Crib bedding, up close. It's called Satin Safari by Cottontale. I found it at a baby boutique on a GREAT sale!!!

Here you see the Karen people from Burma who have been resettled in San Antonio. Every Tuesday night Billy goes with Larry Singletary and the Gager family to teach these precious families English as a Second Language. Last Thursday Libby and I went with Billy and had the opportunity to play with the kids. I had them doing a jump rope contest in a tiny little room of the apartment until (about 20 minutes into it) I realized that we were on the second floor and someone below had to be getting mad! Whoops!
Karen children from Burma. SOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!! Here they are being silly for the camera.

Libby and Daddy Libby jumped right into the jump rope contest. The Karen kids look similar to Libby and I think she felt very comfortable around them.

Libby continues to LOVE the drums. Okay, love is probably an understatement. "Obsessed" might describe it better. She plays drums all day and at every event she has to both play the drums and watch Kevin play the drums.
Valentine Banquet in Borger, TX.
Are we a hokey band or what? Great thumbs up Kevin! That really makes us look cool! HAHA!!!
Libby's hero (Kevin) helps her refine her drumming skills
Terry Singletary, me, and Karen Nolan. These precious friends and their husbands took my family and I out for my birthday dinner at Macaroni Grill. I love these sweet ladies! They are rare gems!
Libby the artist!
Becky, this one is for you since you wanted to see a pic of our new hard wood floors. Whatcha think?
Love you all!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Keep Praying!!! - Good News!

My sister, Becky, called today and said that Jason has a job interview tomorrow morning (Thursday morning) for a job that would really be his dream situation. The company interviewing him is very impressed with him and it sounds like it will work out - but let's just ask the Lord to give Jason calm, peace, confidence and favor tomorrow morning!! I'm so excited to see what the Lord will do!

Also good news - looks like my brother, Kelly, has a promising job opportunity to be a worship leader at a local church in Charleston, SC. There's still some things that have to be communicated and decided so let's keep praying for him and his wife, Carissa, as well!

All is well on the Foote front. We have been truly immersed in traveling and adoption paperwork. It's been NON-STOP!! Seriously! But it's all been wonderful and we are so grateful the Lord has given us these opportunities and the strength/energy needed to push through!

I'll post some cute pics of Libby soon - I promise - Oh and Aria's room. Yep - you know me - I'm already decorating!