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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

dads 4 adoption

Please watch Scott (my buddy Gwen's hubby) preach it! Love this.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

cheatham crew


This beautiful family is about to change, for the better! They are embarking on the amazing journey known as International Adoption. They are headed to Ethiopia to bring home a 2-4 year old boy. Eyasu will have a new buddy and our family couldn't be more thrilled.

This family has been a constant source of encouragement to us along our adventures to Abe and Seth Eyasu and I can't wait to have a front row seat to their own! Head over to their blog to give them some encouragement and read how the Lord brought them to this place.......and sweet baby Abe might have played a small role!
Thursday, February 18, 2010

call of Christ

Saw this on Kari's blog this morning. If you watch and are compelled to action, consider joining her this summer on mission trip to Ethiopia and Uganda with Visting Orphans, consider how He wants to use YOU in the lives of the 147 million orphans in our world today.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

a grateful heart

Seth Eyasu with cousin Travis

Sometimes we will all be playing around and Eyasu will say in his precious voice (with big arm gestures I might add) "Everybody, everybody, let's pray!" and he will proceed to pray. For the longest time it was always the same prayer, "Dear Lord, thank you for Jesus, I love you, AMEN!"

Lately he has started to expand his prayers and tonight, as I lay next to him in bed, it simply brought tears to my eyes. This was his prayer tonight with explanation as needed in red. :)

Picture him in his little football, footie jammies, laying on a big pink furry pillow in Avery's bed. His hands glasped just so and this coming out of his mouth, "Jesus, thank you for Jesus, I love you. Thank you for today, good day. Thank you for big light (we had just talked about whether he wanted the door to bathroom open for big or little light) thank you Avery. For food. Thank you mommy, grocery store with mommy. White beep beep. For Hill Wick. For watching Elmo, da da ta da, da da ta Elmo's world. Yep, he sang a little here. For Issy. For baseball. Whack. Think it was sound of baseball bat hitting ball. :) Thank you for Jesus. For baseball hat. Thank you. We went to a new Kelley baseball store today and the dear owner asked if he had a baseball hat yet and proceeded to give him a hat! His smile lit up the room. For mommy. Thank you for Jesus. Tomorrow. For daddy, work then Eyasu's house. For Jesus, I love you. Amen. "

Honestly, is that the prayer of a grateful heart or what? Oh, I love this child. I kissed him and reminded him for the millioneth time how blessed I am to be his mommy, how much I love him and am grateful we are to have him here now.

There are millions of orphans right now that would long to be tucked in bed tonight by a mommy or daddy. Is that you???
Thursday, February 11, 2010

let it snow and more shirts!!!

Woke up this morning to a winter wonderland!! It doesn't happen very often in Texas so we are enjoying it. Eyasu ran downstairs screaming "Colorado, Colorado Eyasu's house!!" Hilarious. The only snow he has seen was in Colorado. :)
Sweet baby Abe was cozy by the fire, in his jammies watching Clifford the Big Red Dog! Smart boy.

Please try to ignore my annoying voice that felt a need to mimic Eyasu! Bummer, but he is too cute not to share. Jason is his friend down the street.

Snow update! Kids did some school and then were hard at work on building a snowman. Looks like Hill is delegating more than working here. :)
Abey wanted in on this fun.


In non-snow related news:

You can support this family by purchasing one of their shirts on their blog. Check them out here. They are fully trusting the Lord to provide for all of their needs throughout the process and I love that. I'm so amazed at the many ways that He provides to bring home one of the 147 million orphans in the world.

Jehovah Jireh- God will provide!

I'm waiting on the red one to arrive! :)
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

update

Abe rocked it in therapy this morning. He was looking so strong. Sometimes it can be discouraging as the progress is so slow and often difficult to SEE. Sometimes I forget that it isn't the therapy that will heal Abe, but Abe's Creator and King. He will use the amazing team that He has given us if it pleases Him to do so, but He alone has the power to heal. It can be an up and down thing- sometimes difficult to find the words to answer the question, "how is Abe doing?". I know he is making progress, but often He blesses us with encouragement through others, those that don't see him all the time. "He looks so much stronger, his head control is so much better" can all be great words to ours ears and they often come when we need it. Such a reminder that my faith is so small.

Seriously, this smile just never gets old!
He loves to stand and as his core gets stronger, he is able to stand up straighter--still with assistance though.


My precious friend, Laurie, recently reminded me of the man beside the pool in John 5 that Jesus healed. He didn't even know that the very Son of God was before him and had the power and authority to heal him. He did command the man to pick up his mat and walk. He was instantly healed! It was no result of this mans faith in Christ and what He was capable of doing though. So we continue to pray in faith and believe that the same Jesus that healed the paralytic in the gospel of John can heal our dear Abe.

Back to therapy! He has been doing such a better job of keeping his hands open and not clinching them all the time. He was bearing weight so well this morning while he was working on sitting! So proud buddy. :) Keep it up.

Seth Eyasu had his first playdate! He had a ball. I was so worried he would immediately start asking for me, cry in misery but not so much. He was with our dear friends and simply loved it! So much that they came over yesterday to play here.

Wesley, Eyasu and Ellerie
We also made a stop at Gladney today to drop of some pictures and got to see the amazing Ethiopia team. It was so great getting to show them Eyasu. He did a live "pants on the ground" and I'm hoping they aren't rethinking their thoughts on us as fit parents. :)
Thursday, February 4, 2010

360 west magazine

Our family was featured in 360 West Magazine this past week. Click on the link and then go to page 76 to read the article. (the quickest way is to click on the center button that says cover and scroll down to page 76)

I think Judy captured the reality that exists here at Team Alexander pretty well. I had the best intentions of moving the skateboard, putting away the laundry and making all the kids get dressed for the day................. oh well :)

Praying that He would receive the glory and draw the hearts of readers to do something about the 147 million orphans in the world.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

adoption community

Eyasu with Jamey's son Luke

I simply love the adoption community and those that support it. Simply Love and HopeChest ended up exceeding their goal! To think of the faces of the precious kiddos in Ethiopia that will receive new shoes and shirt makes me smile big time!

Jamey has some new items on her blog from 147 million orphans. I'm excited to get the new earrings she is selling and I can always use a new hat! Now head on over there to check them out! You will be looking cute and help bring at least 2 orphans home from Ethiopia. Win - Win!!

"Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own times of need. "
Proverbs 21:31




Monday, February 1, 2010

broke records

Just saw this amazingly CRAZY good news!!

We have prayed for 2 weeks that together we could minister and provide 400 orphans a brand new pair of shoes and a new shirt. WE DID IT… You have made a difference in a BIG CRAZY way. Well, we exceeded the 400 goal and opened things up to help older orphans at the Kolfe Orphanage in Ethiopia… we set news goals for HopeChest Project “Shirts For Shoes” and exceeded those too. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for participating in this project!! I’m just one crazy mom who loves her kids & helping care for orphans all over the world!! God, we give YOU all the glory!!

FINAL T UPDATE – WE SOLD 782 T SHIRTS!!!!!! OUR TOTAL IS $23,469.76


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