Shine Like Stars

Shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of life (Phil. 2:15)
We're not trying to be rock stars but just shed some light on a sad and lonely world. Stay tuned for how God works through weak and tired, sometimes really cranky vessels.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Unofficial Update

So our official number is still #9, yup it was 9 in the beginning of July too. Unofficially we are #7. I know this because AGCI (our adoption agency) has a list serve that adoptive families can communicate on. There has been 2 referrals since our caseworker gave us our last update. There are a few families on the list above us who aren’t on the list serve so potentially we could be #5 or #6. We’ll get an update from our caseworker next week, so we’ll have an official number.

I am an optimist and everyday I think that the call is coming. So maybe tomorrow…..I guess not since tomorrow is Saturday. Maybe Monday.

What a wonderful peanut butter jar

My lovely family has been so supportive with our adoption. My brother’s family just had a bottle drive for us. They passed out 400 flyers and collected and returned over 4,000 bottles!!! We are amazed by all the work they put into this effort.

It’s not like they have a ton of free time. They are a very busy family of 9 and have a lot on their plate. Seriously, I’m so blessed by these guys. I’m also so impressed by the idea, they’re super creative.

I also received zip-lock baggie of cash this week from my sister’s kids who had a lemonade stand for us and raised $95! Those kids worked hard for usJ They are all so excited about our adoption, it’s awesome.

My other nieces and nephews gave us their allowance that they had worked and saved. Their generosity is so humbling and encouraging.

I feel so blessed to be the youngest of 5 siblings who are raising their children to be sacrificial givers. I often watch their parenting skills and take notes on what I should do! How great is that. I have the best nieces and nephews everJ I love that they are so invested in their new cousin. I can’t wait to bring her home to them!

Another try with a pet...

My boys love animals. They are desperate for a pet. Our last ‘pet’ was a couple of frogs. They lived maybe a few months but the upkeep for them was too intense for me, with having to feed them live crickets. So after the last one died, I said we could get a hermit crab one day. They seemed easy enough…at least I wouldn’t have feed them live insects and be afraid to live in my house when a cricket got lost (yes this happened, I was a crazy, jumpy person for a week).

A few weeks ago, my dad found a praying mantis at his work. He put it in a container and brought it for my boys. They were in love! They named him James and talked about their ‘pet’ constantly. James had been with us for a few days when I walked out in our backyard and found the top off his container and a huge James perched on the container. I did what any i-don’t-like-bugs-mother would do and screamed for the boys to come out and help me. They came running out just in time to see him take flight off of his box!

These poor boys were so broken hearted. They both wailed and wailed. Not like the whiny, irritating cry, but the heart-wrenching, so desperate type of cry. They were so, so sad. We couldn’t mention the “J” word for days.

I melted and said it was time for us to get our hermit crabs. I wanted them to feel some ownership of them and they have been earning allowance for a chore chart that we started. They had to pay for half of the hermit crabs and all the crap that you have to buy for the little critters. They decided to have a lemonade stand and earned all the cash they needed in less than an hour (our neighbors are great). So we headed to the pet store and got our hermit crabs.

We learned that Pet Smart doesn’t live up to their name when it comes to hermit crabs. By the time we got home Nathan’s was already dead. Michael quickly took it back and got another one. The next day we were going camping and right before we left , we realized that again Hermit Crab (Nathan picked the name) was dead. Again we took it back. We had a week of two healthy hermits when I picked up Caleb’s hermit crab, Cooper, and he fell out of his shell. Not a good sign! To Pet Smart we head, again. We kept the shell and just brought the crusty crab and exchanged it for a really big, creepy hermit crab. At the store Michael asked a few of the workers about hermit crabs and no one seemed to know much.

Later that night when we checked on the hermit crabs, I noticed that there were still parts of Cooper in the shell. Michael had done research earlier that day and he said the Cooper had just molted, so he didn’t really die. This gave us a flash back to our African Dwarf Frog, Rod, who died and came back to life. Anyway, now we have 3 hermit crabs and we really enjoy watching them with all their creepy ways. Oh by the way, I named the 3rd really big one Creeper because he really creeps me out.

I hope one day our boys will be able to have a cuddly pet. But Michael’s allergic to most animals and he refuses to take meds in order to have an animal (I tried that early in marriage, it didn’t work. I do have a funny ‘rub a cat on your face’ story, I’ll share later).

I told you, he's really creepy!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Ugly-Cry Face

I've been wanting to write this post...well, I don't really want to do it, but I feel morally obligated to warn those of you who read our blog about what's to come. You're probably thinking 'awe I can't wait to see pictures of the baby' when we go to Ethiopia and I'm right there with you. Unfortunately, I'll probably be in at least some of those pictures and well, something really crazy comes over me when it comes to adoption, modern day slavery, extreme poverty, etc...

We call it The Ugly Cry Face. Here's a snapshot of what's to come so you're not scared of it when you see it. I'm really ok. Nothing's physically wrong with me. In this instance I'm extremely happy that my nephew is home....

As if the ugly-cry face wasn't bad enough, Blogger won't let me upload in a smaller size! It's so big it's like you are seeing it in person. Sorry about that!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Amazed by generosity

A year ago Michael and I were so stressed out wondering how we were going to make our first payment for our adoption expenses. We had a month to come up with lots of cash! Six months earlier we had felt called to start the adoption process (we've always wanted to adopt, we just didn't know when), so we stepped out in faith with little money in our savings (as usual).
We have literally been amazed, shocked, dumbfounded by how the Lord has provided. Last year Michael started coaching and I was able to work for my brother-in-law's advertising company. We were able to make that first large payment. Since then, every time we've had another payment due, surprisingly enough we've had money!
In the last six months, we have been so humbled and honored by so many friends and even strangers who have heard about our adoption and bought a shirt, or made a donation! We've had people donate to our garage sales, nieces and newphews have lemonade stands and give of there own money, more nieces and newphews do a bottle drive for us! A benefit concert is also in the works! Oh, and we received a grant from this awesome ministry...Katelyn's Fund!
Really these people are so amazing and we are so blessed to be in their lives. I'm so glad we have so many great people around us who are willing to invest in our adoption and who will love our baby so much. Thanks so much to everyone for supporting us in so many ways.