Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Mailed more care packages today...

Today I mailed our second set of care packages to our babies.  (Actually, I mailed them to the T family who delivered our last ones for us. They'll deliver them when they go back to Ethiopia to bring home their baby girl in a couple of weeks.)   The man at the FedEx store who helped us back in June when we sent our dossier was there again today. When we explained that we were sending in our paperwork for our adoption, he was genuinely happy for us. Today he remembered me when I came in, and he was so excited to hear that we had our referrals and were sending care packages to our children.  It was a blessing to see him again.   I thank God for the "little" things He sends my way just to brighten my day!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

What's been going on...

Well, we are still waiting for our court date to be assigned.  That will not happen until October, so there's really not much to tell on the "progress" side of the adoption. But we haven't been just sittin' around, that's for sure! 

Last week, the first four went to the grandparents' for several days while my brother came to help us get everyone's rooms ready to fit two more kiddos in them.  We repainted all the rooms and built loft beds for everyone.  (There are still a few details to complete, and I'll post some pics when they are completely done - hopefully next week!)  No kids knew what their rooms were going to look like.  I did all the planning, etc. without telling the kids anything except that they would be getting "loft beds".  And I think they were all very happy with the results!  We absolutely could not have done it without my brother coming and working 16-18 hours a day with us for 4 days straight.  He built all six beds and helped with lots of other misc. jobs, and all he got paid was some 5 Guys, Foosackly's, McDonald's, Chick-fil-A, Steak & Shake, a really yummy sandwich from the Winn Dixie deli, and some tater tot casserole! (THANKS, Eric!)

Another fun thing that has happened since my last post is that we were able to send care packages to our little ones.  They were delivered by the T family from NM who also took pictures and some awesome video for us of the kids opening their gifts.  It was so great to see them "in action"!  So cute and sweet - and so lively and fun!  I can't wait until we can go to our court date and be able to deliver care packages for someone else! 

We are still praying about the $$, but we are trusting that God is going to take care of it all somehow. 

Besides that, we are now back to home school, and fall activities are almost in full swing.  Soccer 3 nights a week plus 2 games on Saturdays, diving, piano, co-op, dance, robotics, plus regular church activities and Bible studies, etc.  And hopefully in October we'll add a trip to Ethiopia in there somewhere!

So... that's pretty much our update on what we've been up to.... (in case anyone wanted to know why I haven't posted lately!  LOL)   

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


I have no words to say about this....

The Village of Korah from ReFocus Media on Vimeo.

Monday, August 2, 2010

God is great. God is good. Let us thank Him for our...


Gourmet food. Soul food. Fast food. Southern food. Health food. Snack food.
We party with it. Snack on it. Plan our days around it.
It is the centerpiece of family reunions, football parties, church fellowships, romantic dates, and even movie nights.
Multiple restaurants on nearly every street.
Fully stocked grocery stores.
It is available 24 hours a day.
We have entire cable channels devoted to it.
We don’t even have to get out of our cars to get it.


We are so blessed in the USA to have more than enough of it.

We “ask the blessing” before we eat. We teach our kids to do it, too.

But what are we really saying?

I admit that most of the time I am thanking God for giving me food that I like. I am sincerely thankful that God has provided food for us, but most of the time I don’t really consider what an incredible blessing having food is. I take it for granted - as if there were no other option. I don’t even think about it. The concept of not having food is not a part of my daily life. I’ve never in my entire life wondered where my next meal is coming from.

There have been times, when presented with some terrible statistic or picture of a hungry child, that I have thought about other people – other moms – who have to see their children hungry. And it has brought me to tears. I can’t imagine their pain. It has to be a horrible reality. But not until recently has it become truly personal. 


So simple.

So basic.

So powerful.

The lack of food or the availability of food makes the difference not only between being hungry or being satisfied, it also determines whether families can stay together.  How many birth families who have given up their children have done so because they simply lack the food to feed them? How many could remain together if they had enough food?  It is crazy for me to think that something as simple as food has the power to separate families or allow them to stay together.


I know there are often other factors. That most children who live in poverty around the world also do not have access to education, healthcare, or “good” jobs. But the lack of food is critical to daily life and requires immediate action. You can live together as a loving family without those other things, but not being able to provide food for your children places parents in a desperate situation that must be remedied.

It is heartbreaking that families who already have so little must often give up their most cherished relationships - their own children or grandchildren or neices or nephews - because they do not have what we so blatantly take for granted every day. Families are literally torn apart for lack of food.

That is not okay.

Food is more than entertainment. More than an activity or hobby. Even more than just a way not to be hungry. Having food helps us keep our family together. If we didn’t have food, our kids may not be able to stay with us. That is a sobering thought.

Since this reality hit me a few days ago, I have not seen our daily habit of “asking the blessing” the same way ...and I never will again. 
I am truly thankful for our food on a whole new level.

I am thankful that I am not hungry.
I am thankful that my kids are not hungry.
But most of all I am thankful that we get to stay together as a family.