Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Come Visit Us At Our New Blog Site!

Hello Everyone,

Thanks for your patience with us! Our new blog site is up and running now. From this point on, we will be posting all new posts from the new site! Come visit us! Our new blog site is louxfamilyblog.com

Love and blessings and thanks so much for all your support! Your words of encouragement have been very uplifting!

Hugs from the whole Loux Tribe to all of you!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Daddy And His Boys

Sorry for the delay in getting our new blog up and running. It will be ready soon. Until then, I thought I'd post a little more on this blog.

We all have been so excited about the warm weather this weekend! We've all been out on the patio and in the backyard having a great time, playing with earthworms (eewwwww), squirting each other with the hose, grilling out and roasting marshmallows at the fire pit.

After church today, Derek took Ethan and Silas out on the patio with him. They did a fine job helping Daddy play his guitar! You should have heard the beautiful music! Here are a few pics of Daddy and his boys, along with two pretty tulips that snuck in the pictures as well (Leeann and Telma)! Don't the boys look great!? They've come a long way since their orphanage days! They are really thriving, curious and into everything!!! Praise God!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Our Blog Site Will Be Changing Soon!

We are going to be switching blog sites soon, from Blogspot to Wordpress. Unfortunately, we won't be able to add all our previous posts to our new site, but you can still return to our old blog address (at this site) if you would like to view previous posts. Remember, if you would like to look at our last adoption journey, you can go to louxfamily1adoption.blogspot.com and follow along on our wild and wonderful adventure. Our new blog should be up and running by the middle of next week if not sooner. We'll keep you updated and will let you know right away when the change takes place. Thanks to all of you who have faithfully prayed and supported us throughout our adoption journeys. You are amazing! God bless you!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Beauty For Ashes

After church on Sunday, our family went over to our brother and sister-in-law, John and Tracie's house for Easter dinner. Tracie and my Mom and I cooked up a storm to feed the masses :)! It was the first time all our children had been together for a meal, since John and Tracie came home with their two newest angels. There were 15 children under one roof! Wow! By the time the younger ones were all done eating, they looked like they had bathed in raspberry jello and gravy. Elia, my adopted niece, was parked at the plate of chocolate covered strawberries, taste testing them. By the time we caught her, she had a sheepish little grin on her face, proudly smiling next to several strawberries with chew marks in them, enjoying a little feast of her own. Tracie and I decided to put all the little ones in the tub and get them cleaned up! They had a great time and we got some great pics out of it.

As I was looking at all our children together, I started thinking about God's goodness to them and to us. I became overwhelmed with emotion, thinking about what it was like before our adopted children had been rescued. Now I was watching them running around together, happily playing and feeling loved and secure. The Lord has truly given them beauty for ashes and he's blessed us with the most precious little angels, revealing more of His beauty through the precious lives of these priceless ones!

Here are some pictures of our day together. God bless you today and may you feel his presence near you!

The Loux cousins

Our Ukrainian beauties! (From left to right) our little Ethan, John and Tracie's precious Aiden, our amazing Sasha, John and Tracie's beautiful Emma and our teddy bear, Silas

Ride em cowboys!

Our beautiful girls!







The bathing beauties!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Christ Has Risen!

I love celebrating Easter! To think about all Jesus did on the cross for us, giving his life, so that we could have hope and freedom in him, is just amazing to me! His love for us just blows my mind! I was reading Isaiah 53 tonight, reflecting on what Jesus did for us through his suffering and death. Many of you are familiar with this portion of scripture and know it well. In verse 5 of Isaiah 53, it says: " But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed!" Amazing!

Our beautiful Jesus, we thank you today for your precious gift of love to us. You suffered and died so we could be set free! We remember you and your sacrifice of love and we thank you for your goodness and faithfulness to each of us. We thank you that not one of us is forgotten by you. Everyone of us is on the forefront of your mind, never abandoned, never alone. You're never to busy to pour out your love on us. I pray that we would be the same. Help us to love you the way you love us.... with full abandonment... with a heart of passion! Help us to hunger and thirst after righteousness, maintaining justice, doing what is right, for your salvation is close at hand, and your righteousness will soon be revealed (Isaiah 56:1) Thank you for your promises and thank you Jesus that you mercies are new every morning!

There is none like you oh Lord, none in the heavens and none on the earth! We love you and thank you today for the cross, and for the empty tomb!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Derek's February Poland Trip

Derek spoke at a conference in northwest Poland in February and was incredibly blessed by the precious believers there. The conference theme was "Adoption and the Father's Heart". Derek was able to tell the story of our entire adoption journey and share in depth on the theological foundation for adoption. Many responded to the message and began praying about and pursuing adoption. We love the Polish believers so much because they have an incredible spirit of strength, prayer, passion, and understanding of meaningful community. Each time Derek has the privilege of ministering there he feels he's made new lifelong friends. Here are a few pictures of his time in Gorzow . Thank you Pastor Bogdan for your incredible kindness, humility, solid leadership, and hospitality! We love you guys

Monday, April 6, 2009

Our New Niece and Nephew Are Finally Home!!!

Mission Accomplished!!! Mama and Papa finally home with their two new little beauties!

Our nephew Taylor, looking on at his beautiful new brother and sister

The whole family finally together at last!

Our nephew, Nicholas, holding his new baby brother Aiden

Our daughter Michaela, kissing her new and very exhausted cousin

What a tribe!

Our niece Isabelle, holding her precious new little brother in her arms

Elia was so happy to see her Daddy again! She really missed him while he was away!

Daddy introducing his two girls to each other

Mama with her three princesses!

I am so excited to say, "Welcome home," to our new niece and nephew, Emma and Aiden! Our brother and sister-in-law, John and Tracie Loux, have finally arrived home from Ukraine with their new bundles of joy! We met them at the airport and had a great time celebrating, with lots of hugs and kisses! We are filled with great expectancy with all that lays ahead for these two new angels!

When our son Sasha, (whom we adopted from the same orphanage as John and Tracie did), saw Aiden and Emma as John and Tracie were carrying them off the plane, his eyes lit up and he got so excited! He kept saying their names over and over again.
We kept telling him the whole day that we were going to the airport to see Aiden and Emma because they were coming to America too! I think he was a little confused but when he saw their faces, he squealed with delight!

We are so thrilled that these two precious ones are finally home. They will be experiencing more love than they've ever known, in their new family and will be growing up in an environment where they will know Jesus' great love for them as well!

We love you Aiden and Emma and are so proud to call you "family!" You are so precious to us all! WELCOME HOME!!!!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Lord Is Faithful!

Michaela and Sophia

Keyolla and Teyolla having fun with Silas

Amy Lingamfelter (family support staff and Derek's assistant) with Silas

Leeann swimming with Silas

Part of our tribe hanging out in the hot tub!

Sasha loved being able to float in the water!

Tiffany Larson (family support staff) and Silas

Gabrielle Spears (family support staff) with Ethan

Keyolla and Silas having a blast!

This past weekend we were blessed to be able to take our entire tribe of 11, and 3 family support staff helpers (who are quickly becoming like family now) to the Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park. We had a great time together and it was so much fun seeing our three new boys come alive as they experienced a water park for the very first time! Our girls loved playing with them and we all had a great time creating new memories!

It's been amazing to see the transformation of our 3 new little guys. They are all thriving and coming to such a place of life. Ethan, who was the very quiet, unresponsive one when we first met him, is now the wild one! He loves to get rowdy and he plays hard! Silas is still the ham and we found out on our weekend adventure that he loves corn on the cob! Wow, he dug into that cob like nothing I've ever seen before! We all laughed so hard! Sasha, loved floating in the water. He had a life vest on, so he was able to really enjoy himself!

Every time we have said, "yes" to adopting, the Lord has always provided everything we've needed... from finances, to strength, wisdom and guidance. We are so blown away by His faithfulness! It's a true testament of God's hand working on behalf of those who step forward and begin taking James 1:27 seriously. I am saying this to encourage any of you who are thinking about adoption to just go for it! Begin to believe that He will make a way where sometimes, there seems to be no way! He will move on behalf of the orphan and He will provide all you need as you begin to take these precious ones in to your family and make them your own.

In Isaiah 58 it talks about true fasting. In verses 6-11 it says this:

vs.6 "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

vs.7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

vs.8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

vs.9-10 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday.

vs.11 The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

God bless you today and may He encourage your heart with his love!