Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
We got this email tonight:
Mommy and Daddy, is coming?
me I want to go and me want to go swimming.
Mercy and Daddy going to America.
sister sleep up! (talking about bunk beds I think)
me I'm going to church today!!
Have a dog / cat? meow?
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
- Waited for something important to arrive in my in-box- it didn't
- Bought a mattress and bed frame for C.
- Made jello salad for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow
- Made several calls to specialists regarding S.
- Connected a bit with other adoptive parents
- Worked out at the gym with my friend
- Missed a very special little girl
- Attended a Thanksgiving church service
- Cleaned up the house a bit
- Did three loads of laundry
- Was glad that S. took a nap today after two days of not much rest
- Made crock pot roast beef, but waited too late to put it in, and we didn't eat dinner until 8:15!
- Watched Glee!
- Sold a t-shirt. Thanks for your support and love Sarah!
- Went grocery shopping with J. and little boys
- Cleaned up after two "accidents" when E. waited too long to go to the potty
- Looked forward to my mini getaway with friends
- Pitched old paperwork and schoolwork
- Thought about how thankful I am... many times
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Check out the raffle going on to raise funds for Heartline Ministries. Lots of great prizes! One of the prizes is a Mercy shirt, any size. They are 100% organic cotton short sleeved shirts with a very nice design. If you don't win, you can still buy one for $20.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I thought it a bit odd that I posted about world hunger, then about a big bake sale with a huge list of items we made. I wanted to say that we had A LOT left over from the sale, but we didn't let it go to waste, nor did we eat it. We donated to this charity and I'm sure the people there loved it!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Copied from www.haitiresuecenter.wordpress.comNovember 19, 2009 by haitirescuecenter
Hey faithful reader. I want to ask you to pray for us today. The needs today seem overwhelming, no they are overwhelming. There are well over 350 outside our gate waiting to pass in the clinic today. There are a lot of kids in the RC today that are sick. Several on IV’s and feeding tubes. Several near death. Several of the kids with kwashiorkor are severely sick. Some of the worse cases we have seen. Dad is leaving today for a 1 week trip to visit my brother and his family. We need all of you today to pray- for it all. Pray for strength for us, safe travels for dad, all the patients waiting to pass, all the sick kids, all the ones that are near death, and the ones that are just arriving. We love each of you and know you are with us and you will pray.
Isaiah 35:3-4 (The Message)
3-4Energize the limp hands,
strengthen the rubbery knees.
Tell fearful souls,
”Courage! Take heart!
God is here, right here,
on his way to put things right
And redress all wrongs.
He’s on his way! He’ll save you!”
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
- PSA 68:5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.
- PSA 82:3 Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed
- ISA 1:17 learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
- JAM 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Adoption has allowed us to connect with many families all over the world! The connections I have made have truly been a blessing in itself. Adoption has allowed us to travel to foreign lands, a dream I've had that might not have become a reality. Adoption has enlarged my heart. Adoption has allowed me to reach out to children with special needs. Adoption has helped teach my children about the world and God's many children who need homes. Adoption has enlarged their hearts too!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Please consider purchasing a t-shirt for Mercy. They turned out so great. The long sleeved ladies style are $25 plus shipping. Organic cotton short sleeved t-shirts are $20 plus shipping. See available sizes on the side bar of the blog. Thank you for your support.
I am thankful for our two cars. Without them we would be homebound much of the time. I know a lot of people live their lives without a car. They take the bus, ride their bike or walk to their destinations. If we did not have a car, we would have to move into town, or hire someone to come drive us to the nearest bus route! I think it's about five miles away. Can you imagine our family, riding bikes to the bus, then taking several buses to get to a doctor's appointment? I am really grateful for our mini van!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
I am thankful my school aged children are doing well in school. It was a hard decision to give up most control of their education and send them to public school. Both J. and I had many fears. But so far, they are having fun, making good friends, and learning a lot! L. got 4 A's and 2 B's on his report card. This is great news, and an encouragement to let me know I did a good job teaching him at home. C. and K. have their conferences in a few weeks, and I have no idea about their grading system. I know that they both struggle in their own areas, but they are getting caught up quickly. It is so nice to have some time to just spend with E. and S. I think it is helping them both to have mama and papa focus their attention on them while the big kids are in school.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Hebrews 11:8 (New International Version)
8By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
1 John 2:5 (New International Version)
5But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him:
1 John 3:21-23 (New International Version)
21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Bea Rothweiler, a mom from Minneapolis, Minn., will celebrate Adoption Awareness Month the same way she always does – by talking to her daughter's classmates about adoption and reading them one of their favorite storybooks. It's become a family tradition for Rothweiler to go to her daughter's school and share their story. "We read A Mother for Choco (Putnam, 1996) and share a LifeBook of our daughter's story of us becoming a family. We usually open the session up for questions," she says.
Other parents have donated books about adoption to school libraries, talked with their children's teachers to make sure that class projects are adoption-friendly, talked with their children's classes about their child's country of origin and helped provide the teacher with adoption-friendly resources.
Some parents have written letters to the editor of their local newspapers on adoption-related topics or asked the newspaper to run adoption-related stories during November. Other parents have contacted television stations or radio stations. By law, broadcast media must devote time and resources to various sorts of public service announcements. Plan ahead on this one – contact the station's public affairs department, and maybe next November you'll see an adoption-friendly public service announcement on your local television station.
The adoption agency that Karen Lott's family used makes a yearly tradition of sending out a different adoption-related pin each year. "They enclose a note that says, 'Help [us] celebrate National Adoption Month. We hope that you will wear the enclosed pin to help increase the awareness of adoption. Don't forget: If the questions get too difficult for you to answer, please feel free to hand out our business card,'" she says. Other parents have worn buttons with pictures of their children or volunteered to speak about adoption at their workplace, church or other community venue.
Libraries and bookstores often produce story hours for young children, so why not ask that they feature adoption stories during November? Often libraries and bookstores are eager to help spread the word.Kathy Morowiak from San Francisco, Calif., remembers her first November as an adoptive mother well. "We lived in a small town, and the local library did not have a lot of resources," she says. "Together, with some other adoptive families, I approached them and asked that they feature adoption at one of the regular story hours in November. We purchased several copies of favorite storybooks about adoption and donated them. We helped spread the word to families about the adoption story hour. Nine years later, that library is still featuring the adoption story hour, and they have incorporated other activities to celebrate adoption during the month of November."
Michelle Maack Friedrichs of Mankato, Minn. celebrated her first year as an adoptive mother in October of this year. In remembrance of their first year as a family, Michelle Maack Friedrichs of Mankato, Minn., and her husband sent a photo album of their daughter Zoe's first year with them and a financial contribution to the orphanage that was Zoe's home prior to her adoption. "We are not doing anything special for National Adoption Month, but we do have some special 'gotcha day' activities that coincide with the same month," says Maack Friedrichs.
Other parents have sent a card to the social worker who performed their home study or the adoption agency that helped with the adoption. In an open adoption, they have sent a special gift to their child's birthparents. Still others have set aside extra time to volunteer for an adoption-related charity.
Jonathan Norburg of Minneapolis, Minn., plans to offer to help redesign the Web site of the small agency that facilitated his daughter's adoption. "It's something they need and something I can do for them," he says.
Diane Vanderpool of Frankfort, Ill., started thinking of the families in her church who were formed through adoption and a special idea came to her. "I have asked our pastor to do a special blessing for the adoptive families in our parish at some time during the month," she says. "I thought it was a perfect time to thank God for bringing these children into our lives."
A LifeBook tells the story of a child's life through their eyes. Adult adoptees say that LifeBooks help give them a sense of identity through having their own story. According to Beth O'Malley, from Winthrop, Mass., author of the definitive LifeBooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child(Adoption-Works, 2000), "A LifeBook is a record of a foster/adoptee's life that uses words, photos, graphics, the child's artwork and memorabilia. A LifeBook includes information about the child's birth parents and reason for leaving them. It always starts at the child's birth. A LifeBook is more than a life story. It is a unique opportunity for parents to honor every minute of their children's lives."
Many parents tell their child her adoption story on a regular basis. Others include birthparents as part of those they pray for or talk about. In our house, when we say goodnight, we add in the orphanage our daughter lived in and the children who still live there. Reading age-appropriate adoption stories is another way parents choose to make adoption a natural part of their family life. Speaking from my own experience as the mother of a very young child, I find reading stories is an easy way to tell her how wonderful adoption is.One of our family's favorite books is Little Miss Spider (Scholastic, 1999) by David Kirk. This vividly illustrated story tells the tale of a baby spider who searches for a mother who looks just like her, but finally realizes that a beetle named Betty, who looks nothing like the spider yet loves her dearly, is her "real" mother. In the last few lines of the book, Little Miss Spider tells Beetle Betty that she has learned that the best way to identify your mother is to find the creature "who loves you the best."
Whether you read a special bedtime story, start an adoption story hour or lead a media campaign, be sure to celebrate adoption in November. You – and your child – will be glad you did.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
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I am thankful today for my husband's wonderful job plus benefits! With the economy they way it is and many people I know unemployed, it makes me so glad he's got a secure job. I am also thankful that he is able to have a lot of time home with our family. Praise God! Today I used his awesome medical/dental benefits to get some dental work done. Now I have a half smile due to numbness.