Just a note…

I have been away.  Not good.  Somehow blogging has changed from a way to share with my community to more paperwork.

I am not good at paperwork.

So… Life has been good though.  We arrived home one year ago with two beautiful boys, both 17, but emotionally more like toddlers.   There is no way I can summarize this past year in a quick note.  I will write the story of our year in the next post.  Suffice it to say that we are blessed.  As a family, we are more than we were.  We have learned more, laughed more, cried more, cherished more, and been more thankful for the little blessings we have been given.  I think we now know that those little blessings are not so little.  We have been given so much.  We are so thankful to have it together.

God is so good.

Check out our new page for Fancy’s Specs

There is now a new permanent page for the book Fancy’s Specs.  This is my first book as an illustrator.  I feel so blessed to have been able to have worked with Robin Shipman in creating a book that encourages parents and kids that we can always come to God with our needs and concerns.  We are so excited and hopeful to see how God will encourage families and children!

 

 

 

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http://bookstore.crossbooks.com/Author/Default.aspx?BookworksSId=SKU-000908655

A children’s book for Easter!!

Right before I left for our boys, I was working collaboratively with my friend Robin Shipman on a children’s book that shares God’s love to the littlest ones.  Fancy’s Specs is about a group of barnyard friends that learn that nothing is too small for God in the search for a pair of missing glasses.  We can always ask God for help.  It is our hope that parents can share this book with their children, Sunday school teachers with their students, and  missionaries can share with the forgotten children of our world.

 

I am pleased to announce that Fancy’s Specs is now available in paperback or e-book at crossbooks.com

 

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Funded!

I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped and loved on these boys and us. In the last few days, we have received a few significant financial contributions which have not only finished our fundraising for the boys but have also helped with the cost of going to go get them! One person I don’t even know. I want to speak to you and say you have touched my heart and I thank you. Thank you for all who have supported us. We will leave soon to go to the boys. Please keep us in your prayers. Eeeerkkk!!! Exciting!

Two things…

Good morning!! I only have two things to say…okay, maybe three….

1). Thank you. a) to God… Look at the marvelous things The Lord is doing. It is a beautiful thing to behold. He has opened our eyes to the plight of the orphan…. To the “Casey”. To the “Iggy.” This not an easy thing. We are just as busy, crazy, and , “full” as the next guy. He saw them! They were not forgotten and then He got to work on us! Ha ha!
b) thank you you you for helping, for giving, for sharing, for rooting them on, just for being on their side!

2). Second thing is not even about the boys…but someone they know. This little girl has just started getting massages( thank you mayashope.org) , a little physical therapy really, for the first time ever. And for the first time ever she is sitting up! She is still in the laying rooms that Casey grew up in, but now she is not “laying.” Sitting up anytime she wants!

Just like Casey last June and Iggy last July, Salome is aging out. Next step will be the mental asylum. Many, many children die after their transfer. After her 16th birthday, will be too late to do anything. So I ask you to do something today.

1) pray for her.
2) pay some of her adoption costs. Right now there is a matching grant for her through Reece’s Rainbow for $1500. That means every little bit you give will be doubled. You can contribute here:

http://reecesrainbow.org/59327/salome

3). See her. She is real. If it wasn’t winter where they are concerned for the health of the children, I could hold her in my arms next week. ( I would LOVE that by the way, but in a place where medical care is scarce and a cold could lead to dire consequences..). Think about her. Share her story. You may know the family God is preparing for her.

4). Here’s the biggie. Don’t dismiss this one too quick. Could it be you? After reading many adoption stories and walking through our own, the best I can figure, this is how it happens…. God sees this child that shouldn’t be seen… But he does. He then simultaneously, sometimes for years, prepares a heart, a family, to do something crazy. Because it’s right. Because they can. Because they must. Sometimes it’s an amazing family that was just made for this. But for most, I think, it is a tug on the heart of a normal person…like me…like you. Her adoption fees are quickly reaching the half paid mark with the Reece’s Rainbow grant. To inquire contact Reece’s Rainbow.

Okay… That’s it. That’s my two things!

How can I help?

Someone asked recently that the blog have a list of our current needs. So here goes…

1. Please pray for us. Please pray for the boys. Please pray for the family waiting at home.

2. As of Saturday we need a van. Our poor van was the only one that didn’t leave the accident scene unscathed. Everyone else was fine, praise God, but no more van…

3. We need $2371 for the kids expenses. That would be airfare back (615 each) the cost of the visa, birth certificate, and passport.

4. We need airfare and travel for us. We have never included those fees in any of our fundraising but they are needs, none the less.

Thank you to all who have walked with us on this journey. We are getting so close!!!

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Am I pregnant???

We are so close to traveling.  I have given birth to 5 beautiful children.  I know what it is to be pregnant.  This is another thing.   Still…I see a lot of similarities!!

This week I found myself standing in the middle of ToysRUs/BabiesRUs, totally overwhelmed.  Crying.

….Check.  Done that before.

I have been checking off the calendar.  Staring at it as if something is going to change on the page.  1…2…3….4….5….6…How many days left???!?!

…Check.

I found my thoughts drifting off every quiet moment, my mind going over the itinerary one more time, planning when I will arrive here/leave here.  It’s not like I don’t already have all of it listed off in three different places.

…Check.

I really would prefer to be on the other side of these 3 weeks/4 weeks whatever, when we are done.  When every bad scenario has lost it’s teeth because we are done.

….Check. Check.  I think I thought that before every labor/delivery.

Maybe adoption is something different, but it doesn’t seem so different right now.  :)

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Thank you!

Before I close my eyes tonight, I want to share a heart felt thank you to the many, many people who are rallying to support Casey and Iggy. Today was spent filling last minute art orders, arranging travel and preparing to bring home two precious children! Thank you for seeing how precious they are and thank you for helping us!!!

An encouraging word…..

Ps 118:7

Psalms 118
1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.
6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
8It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
9It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.
11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
12 They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.
14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.
21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
23 This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
27 God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.