Wednesday, December 29, 2010
NOAH FEEDING THE HORSES
MY SWEET SNOW ANGELS
Did you get any snow?? We got LOTS and the babies had a great time playing in it. Christmas was great. We went to lots of parties, stayed up way to late, ate way too much and had lots of candy!!! I knew we'd better get back to a routine when the night after Christmas, Laurel woke up in the night and got on her hands and knees (she was still asleep) and started telling Dora who is on her wall that it was "Her Turn". That same night, Noah would wake up and say part of his Bible verse over and over " And they wrapped the baby in cloths and laid him in a manger!". Too funny. They keep us laughing they do.
I guess it's time to make those darn New Year's resolutions but I haven't the time right now to think about them. I'll let you know what they are when I know what they are! :)
Once again, it was so nice to see family & friends that we don't get the treat to see a lot over Christmas. Thanks to you all for everything and all the memories made this year!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
We were going into the orphanage one day to have our visit with Laurel. A caregiver came out holding both of "Michelle's" hands up over her head. She was walking.... Not impressed yet? She is mostly blind and has CP. This little girl was then expected to climb about 30 concrete steps while the caregiver squeaked a toy I guess that helped her count. She was then taken to a picnic table, in the HOT sun and sat there, with no toys, the entire time while the other children played around her. By the time she got to the top of the stairs her tights were around her ankles. No one bothered to pull them up. She sat there quietly for about an hour.
So what do we do with this? I have no idea honestly. You'll never know the hours in prayer I've gone around and around wondering if there was a way to make her mine. It just can't happen now. It was so much easier to deal with this orphan crisis before I saw the faces. Before I had one in my own home and saw what ramifications to children aren't rocked, don't get enough food, don't get medical attention or much attention at all for that matter. And don't get me wrong, I am not being down on Ukraine. Laurel's orphanage was very clean and she was very well cared for. She loved her caregivers and they seemed to care for her but their job is overwhelming. Too many children and too few workers and money.
I am begging this Christmas for your prayers for little Michelle. I would love to see her get out of this orphanage and into a home. Her time is short. She is 4 and between 4-5 these children are transferred to institutions and are likely bedridden for life. If you don't believe me, google Institution in these countries. They usually do not live very long. Michelle needs medical attention, she needs love, she needs a MOMMY & DADDY. Please help make this her last Christmas without one. *** If you are unable to adopt that is ok. Please consider making a donation to her grant fund. It all goes to a family that would committ to adopt her. I'd bet you if she had a full grant ($24,000) then a family would come forward*** Here is her info on www.reecesrainbow.org (other angels girls 0-5)
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Girl, Born September 8, 2006
SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!!
This precious little girl is mostly blind. She has obvious cataracts and strabismus. Her medical records indicate that she is blind with optic atrophy. She has tetraparesis (limb weakness), and this is caused by diagnosed CP. A family who visited with her recently tells us she is quite low functioning right now, but goodness, how she would blossom in al oving family who could really help her overcome her lack of vision!
Michelle will be transferred to a mental institution and will likely remain bedridden for life if she is not adopted. Hope someone will consider being her “forever family”!
I have $58.5 in my grant fund towards the cost
Monday, November 29, 2010
Yes, Yes I realize it has been quite a while for an update. I really do have good excuses though if anyone is interested. I have been sick with a horrible cold that has gone on for about 2 weeks. It completely saps your energy and I felt like a robot. Round 2 of my antibiotics has finally helped and I'm back to the land of the living.
Friday, November 12, 2010
With these cool nights and mornings comes the realization that it is definately fall and headed quickly towards winter. I love the fall. I love the crisp mornings, football season (believe it or not), hot drinks and the changing of the leaves. Now, if I asked Mike what he liked about fall he would have a completely different list.... well football would be on it but at the top of the list would be HUNTING!! Yes, hunting season is in full swing around here and we now have some deer meat in our freezer. I also have a beaver in my freezer but that is a completely different story!!!!! Mike has even taken Noah out hunting a few times. However, Noah isn't too keen on sitting still and quite for 2 hours so he probably won't go back for a while. As you can see from the pictures above, Mike's done a good job on his own though. He shot the cayote tonight (Friday) on John's farm. They have a large pack of them roaming about and that isn't too safe for the calves. There is nothing quite so eerie as hearing a pack of cayotes howling just miles from the city limits.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Well, you could say we had a whirlwind weekend! We had a Triple Birthday Party & Harvest Party on Saturday. It was a beautiful weekend for it and the kids had a blast. Nana & Poppy once again supplied the Moonbounce and we had a Hayride thanks to Grandaddy. Also included in the fun was Musical Haybales, Pumpkin Decorating and of course lots of food. Thank you to everyone who made this fun day possible. Lots of memories were made. Then Sunday, the kids went Trick or Treating dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and Geronimo. It was Laurel's 2nd year TrickorTreating but the first time she actually enjoyed it. Give that girl candy and she's game for anything. Noah had a blast and didn't even get scared until a horrible looking ghost came to Nana's door for candy. That was it. It was over. Why do you have to be scary to have fun??? I'm pretty sure Noah will be in therapy the rest of his life! Anyway I think it can be summed up by saying "A good time was had by all"..... I hope! :)
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
It has been a while since I've posted on the blog. I apologize but it has been a bit of a tough week. This week, on the same day, I heard that my Aunt who has been battling terminal breast cancer, found out that her cancer has spread to her bones & that our worship leader, Mr. Carson had some type of seizure that was related to his brain cancer and has lost some function (you can read his journey under "friends" on the sidebar). CANCER. A word that I have come to despise. I'll be honest. I've asked God "why" a million times. It is no coincidence that our church theme this year is "Perservering to the End in 2010...... with JOY". Cancer isn't very joyful. It's painful and hard to watch some of my heroes struggle with their bodies. However, I'd like to share how the Lord blessed me through these two wonderful people. Saturday I was able to spend an afternoon with my Aunt. She has always had a vibrant, funny personality and that hasn't changed. She is able to laugh about some of the things her cancer is doing to her body. She is amazing.