Harder Family

Harder Family

Thursday, October 19, 2017

God Giveth More Grace

Philippians 4:19 "And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches glory in Christ Jesus." 

Since adopting the boys, I have noticed that God gives me just enough grace each day. Some days it feels like I'm not getting enough grace and I wish God gave me a little more grace. But, I know that He knows exactly what I need. God has been stretching me to depend upon Him more and more each day. There are too many days that I am not extending enough grace to my children. I've yelled too much, said unkind words out of anger or just being exhausted and stretched thin, etc. Yet, God has used those weak moments to teach me so many things. I have had to learn from my errors and I have had to apologize many times to my children. Although I do not like doing this, I know that it teaches my kids the value of an apology and it also reminds them that mom is human, and I make mistakes. I am far from perfect, and that is why I'm so thankful for the Holy Spirit and the work He does in me every day. I'm so thankful that His mercies are new each day!

As I sat down to finally update my blog, I realized how long it had been. I was trying to figure out why I have been so exhausted lately. I then looked at my calendar. Just being a mom to 8 kids keeps me busy. Then you add on homeschooling those 8 children and my weeks get insane. If that wasn't enough, we have had a lot of doctors appointments, especially the last three weeks. I sat down and figured out that since adopting the boys in March, I have been to 43 doctor appointments, 2 ER visits, and we had Shan Chen's surgery in July!!! That is a lot of time sitting in doctor's offices and in the car, since at least half of these appointments have been downtown. As of right now, we still have at least 10 more doctor appointments and 2 surgeries, before the end of the year!! I'm thankful that Matthew 6:34 reminds us not to worry about tomorrow. I cannot even think about all the appointments we have left. It seems like every appointment I go to, it gets replaced with 1-2 more. 

In all the busyness, I have learned to have to rely on God each day. God has also been working on my heart through scripture memory work. It has been a desire of mine to work harder on memorizing God's word. I remember hearing someone talk about how they memorized a whole book of the Bible. I remember thinking to myself, "How in the world does someone do that?" I realized that if you take a few verses at a time, it actually isn't too bad. This summer I challenged the kids to memorize Matthew 6. I decided to do it with them. I found it so enjoyable, and something I can work on at the doctor appointments, that I decided to memorize the Sermon on the Mount. Not only does this allow me to meditate on God's Word, God has used the verses to challenge and encourage my heart. 

Please be praying for us as we navigate all these doctor appointments and that God gives us wisdom on how to proceed with a few medical issues that have arisen. Also, Monday is Wayne's next MRI. Please pray that it comes back clear and that God continues to get the glory for the healing that He has done in Wayne's life.

The following are catch up pictures from the last month. The first few are when Wayne's mom came to visit us a for a few days. 

In Michigan, on our way to pick apples.

I went back into the orchard to fill up the rest of a bag (since it was cheaper). The lady at the orchard decided to give me a ride back. 

Playing games with Grandma.

Our sweet Sophia turned 10! These are the pictures from her date with her dad.

We visited Cantigny Park with Grandma. The kids had a blast playing on the tanks. Unfortunately, we went on a Monday and the museum was closed.

Saying good-bye is always hard.

After Grandma went back to WA, we went on our first tent camping trip as a family. It was wonderful to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Sitting around the campfire talking and playing games was so refreshing. I see more camping trips in our future!!


We went on a family canoe trip. I will have to post pictures from Wayne's phone of our actual canoe trip in another post.

The older kids went on a 5.2 mile hike with me while Wayne stayed back with Micaela, Joella, and Shan Chen. We had a blast. Later that day, Wayne and I did the hike together.

 Please remember to pray for Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) as they recover from the awful fires. Thank you for all of your prayers!! We appreciate all of them and are so thankful for all of you.

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