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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

are you in?



Waiting is hard for adults and for kids. In an effort to wrap their brains around how long 6 months is, the kids worked hard today on paper chains to count down the days until we receive a referral. Those that know us well won't be surprised that we found a way to make a competition out of it. We made chains for everyday for the next 6 months. (We have been told to estimate a 1-6 month wait for a referral)

Each child wrote their name on one of the chains and the one that is closest was going to win a prize! Hill thought we should open it up to anyone that wants to participate:) So, if you are in for a little friendly competition (and $20 cash)-- write a date between September 1st and February 29th in the comments section (you could be mean and pick a later date- we won't like it, but it could happen). For those unfamiliar with posting a comment- click on the word comments at the end of this post and write your guess. You will need to either sign in with a google account or you can sign in as anonymous-- be sure to include your name in your post if you do this so we know whose name to write down!!!

The person whose name is closest to our referral date will win the cash and the coveted title "Alexander Referral Contest Winner"!! The kids are really excited about reading the comments and then writing down names--so please join the fun.



Tuesday, August 28, 2007

back to school


We are back at it! It is always difficult to get back into the swing of things after the carefree days of summer, but we are ready for a great school year. We have one in K, 3rd, 4th and 5th/6th!!
Wow-- praise the Lord for Miss Stacy. Stacy is the cute one in the front of the picture. She is from our church and is a huge help to me with the kids. The kids love her and so does mom!







Monday, August 27, 2007

faithful


One of the many reasons that I love my husband is that he is faithful! He is faithful to his wife, his friends and his sports teams! I found out early on in our dating life that Texas Tech and the Texas Rangers would come with the package. (It is a great package, I might add!!)

He is no fair weather fan-- he is the eternal optimist with both. Every year IS THE YEAR!!! He truly believes that the Rangers and Tech will go all the way. (I do love that about him.)

Last night he got honored for that faithfulness. His father (and now M) have had season tickets for over 30 years!!! He got to go on the field and receive a momento for the occasion. The kids and I were so proud of him! Yay dad!!!



Saturday, August 25, 2007

melissa's musings

I want to welcome my sister-in-law, Melissa, to the bloggy world! Melissa is the beautiful wife of my brother, mother to four, faithful friend and quite possibly the funniest person that I know. She is quick, real quick. She lives in the inner-city of Dallas and has really, really interesting things happen to her on a daily basis.

I have been telling her for months now to start a blog. She will call and tell a story about her day, I will cackle and wish that others could experience the laughter that I am--- so, like any good sis-in-law, I set up a blog for her:) She ran with it and you should stop by and meet her. Click here

Melissa with Sadie
Monday, August 20, 2007

approved

approved, Liked; commended; shown or approved to be worthy of approbation and support of. (American Dictionary of the English Language)

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

WE HAVE BEEN APPROVED!!!! After 6 LONG weeks of waiting for our CIS approval-- it came today. We were driving home from San Antonio today and Jessica (staying here with the three canines) called yelling that "it came, it came!" We all started screaming in the car and I started crying!! I guess it just felt good to have it come and be one step closer:)

Now the official wait begins!! We are so thankful to God for His perfect timing and His goodness.


Thursday, August 16, 2007

peace

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:15-17
Tuesday, August 14, 2007

happy birthday



Happy 6th Birthday sweet baby girl!!!
Sunday, August 12, 2007

passing time



I love how creative kids can be if given a few boxes and hours of time! The plan was to make a fort, and then sleep in it with the dogs. Issy ended up in our bed-- and so did two of the dogs:) Memories are being made! I think we will need a few more boxes and a larger fort to fit two more kids in there:)


Thursday, August 9, 2007

zambia



My sweet friend Kristin just got back from several weeks in Zambia. She is the friend that the Lord used greatly to open the floodgate on our hearts and draw us towards adoption. It was watching the video from Family Legacy Missions (organization she went with to Africa) that Issy started asking if we could bring all of the orphans home. We told the kids to start praying, and pray they did.......they were ready immediately, then the Lord confirmed it in my heart, and finally dad got on board. We are all 100% convinced that this is a gift from God, and for that we are incredibly grateful.

Last night Kristin had a fellowship to share with her friends about her time in Africa. This trip changed her in powerful ways and it was a blessing to hear all about her two weeks in Zambia. Family Legacy Missions operate week long camps for orphans in Zambia (counselors are given a group of about 10 kids each session) and really have the opportunity to pour into their kids and share the love, hope and truth of the gospel. Many of these kids have never had anyone hug them or tell them that they love them. Many embrace the hope that is offered to them in Christ and for the first time feel valuable, worthy and loved. To see the tears in Kristin's eyes as she talked about her precious girls and her deep, deep love and affection for them was amazing. She hated to leave them, and prays she will have the opportunity to return.





A really great project that they have started this year is a sponsorship and child development program for all of the kids that attend camp. For $36 a month you can provide food assistance, education, health and medical services and regular spiritual discipleship training. How cool is that?? They are hiring and training Zambians to mentor the kids that get sponsored. The kids will be trained in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and prayerfully turn around and do the same. Think how this can help change this nation!! I love how Family Legacy Missions is committed to the long-term impact on these precious children's lives. I do ask you to pray for the girls that our children picked out last night to sponsor. Faidess is 12 and Aliness is 11. They both accepted Christ at camp and I'm so excited that they will be followed up with as they have very daunting circumstances in Zambia. Pray for Kristin too as her heart aches for Zambia and the girls she grew to love.













As I watched that video months ago, one particular boy tugged at my heart. His name is Kelvin and he was 13 years old. He sang this song about loving and serving the Lord with a steady stream of tears falling down his face. I was so convicted of his sincere love for Jesus, and his ability to love and praise him without the distractions of the world. He literally had nothing except his hope in Christ. I told Kristin to please find out about Kelvin, and I prayed that he had been adopted or was doing well still in Zambia. Below is a picture of Kelvin! Kristin found him and he is doing awesome. He is actually what they call a deacon at camp. The deacons help out at camp and love on the kids. The video was over 4 years old so he is probably 18 now. Can you believe how cute he is-- the light of Jesus radiates through him.




Kristin has put an amazing video together, and I will be getting several dvd's to share with others about this incredible opportunity to serve. I challenge you to consider going to Zambia sometime to minister to these kids at Camp Life or to sponsor a child through their new program. Kristin still has several of her girls available to sponsor, if you are interested email me.

I'm encouraged by Kristin's faithfulness to serve, and for the opportunity to walk through this journey with her. She is a professional photographer and it shows in how she captured these kids. Click here to see her website.





Thank you for allowing me this moment to share what I think is an incredible opportunity to "care for the orphans" as the Lord commands us in James 1:27.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007

no news

Whoever said "no news is good news" is a liar!

I am ready for some news:)

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him." Psalm 37:7a

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