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Saturday, January 30, 2010
STOLEN FROM KARI'S BLOG. DOUBT SHE MINDS. INCREDIBLE. HELP PUSH THEM OVER THE TOP!
As of today, we have sold!! We only need 11 T’s to reach our “new” goal of 600. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know Tom Davis and the children are jumping up and down right now in Africa! Please join me and praying that we hit 600 by Feb. 1st! Together, lets break some crazy T shirt records!
We’ve exceeded the 400 goal and are now opening up to older kids…we have set a new goal for HopeChest Project “Shirts For Shoes” Please pray we can sell an additional Please donate now-Click Here.to provide new shoes for OLDER orphans at the Kolfe Orphanage in Ethiopia. Their shoes cost 3x more $.
Do you see these orphans….
and these smiles…
and this adorable craziness…
and these 3 miracles…
Can you wrap your hearts around an orphan’s reality?
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Kristin is at it again. I have literally been stalking my friend Rebecca's blog and hanging on every word. She is in Ethiopia with her hubby, one son and Kristin to pick up her daughter. This beautiful child has captured my heart. I am so full as one more orphan has found their place, their home.........are you being called to open your heart and home????
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Seth Eyasu continues to amaze us as he transitions into our family. His language is progressing so rapidly, it is fascinating to witness. He is a little puppet for the big kids. This is the result of spending some time with Hill and Wick. Only 2 months home and look what they taught him. So proud. :)
It may not make sense if you haven't seen any of this seasons American Idol.
Friday, January 22, 2010
I have referenced the work that Katie is doing in Uganda several times. This girl gets it, she is living it. The following post is such a beautiful picture of living out the gospel. Now if you still haven't picked up "The Hole In Our Gospel" by Richard Stearns.....what are you waiting for?? This is a living, breathing example of what he talks about in the book.
Monday, January 18, 2010
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I wanted to share this excerpt from "The Hole in Our Gospel" by Richard Stearns. If you haven't purchased or borrowed the book yet, please do so!
Meanwhile, Martin Luther King Jr. was vilified as an extremist and enemy of decent, God-fearing people because he dared to challenge the social injustice of his day.
(below is a letter that Dr. King penned from a jail cell, it is titled "Letter from Birmingham")
"But...as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you. " Was not Amos an extremist for justice: "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." Was Paul not an extremist for the Christian gospel: " I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." Was not Martin Luther an extremist: "Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God." And John Bunyan: "I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience." And Abraham Lincoln: "This nation cannot survive half slave and half-free." And Thomas Jefferson: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that men are created equal...." So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremist we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary's hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime- the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth, goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of extreme extremists."
He has told you, O man, what is good;and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
My dear and faithful friend was kind enough to write the last post. I would greatly appreciate everyone heading over to let her know that you are praying for her Maggie today as she is having surgery. They have attempted this before and it wasn't successful. I know she would love the encouragment!
Kim, a dear and faithful friend, gave me a blog award. Isn't it fun to win stuff??
Well, here you go. My answers to the questions that required one word answers- more difficult than you think. :)
1. Where is your cell phone? Table
2. Your hair? Ponytail
3. Your mother?Wise
4. Your father? Simpatico
5. Your favorite food? Mexican
6. Your dream last night? Healing
7. Your favorite drink? Coffee
8. Your dream / goal? Ethiopia
9. What room are you in? Living
10. Your hobby? what?
11. Your fear? Roaches
12. Where do you want to be in six years? Ethiopia
13. Where were you last night? Praying
14. Something that you aren't? Organized
15. Muffins? Blueberry??
16. Wish list item? endtopoverty (made it one word!)
17. Where did you grow up? Texas
18. Last thing you did? Cookiedough
19. What are you wearing? Pj's
20. Your TV? Off
21. Your pets? Tibbi
22. Friends? Gifts
23. Your life? Blessed
24. Your mood? Humbled
25. Missing someone? Gwen
26. Vehicle? Beast
27. Something your not wearing? Shoes
28. Your favorite store? Target
29. Your favorite color? Blue
30. What was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Yesterday
32. Your best friend? Moody
33. One place that I could go over and over? Ethiopia
34. One person who emails you regularly? Jamey
35. Favorite place to eat? Anywhere!
I pass this award on to:
Jen- I wouldn't have survived this last adoption without our multiple daily phone calls. Our kids were together in care for a year and still speak of one another constantly. I love that and I love this family.
Lauren- our precious teacher and friend. We miss Lauren and Matt living here, but are thrilled they will be around awhile! :) She has a precious heart.
Jamey- Such a gift of friend, faithful, thoughtful and just waiting for her fingerprint appointment to send her dossier to Ethiopia. Bringing at least 2 kiddos home, I did say at least! :) Oh, and today is her birthday so tomorrow we are headed to a spa for the day! Yes, I am just that kind of friend.
Jess- We go back a ways! She started babysitting the kids when Issy was a wee babe and now she has a wee babe of her own. How can that be? One problem, they moved to Houston----come back, come back.
Katheryn- Some people, ok most, call her Kate. Yet another one that cared for my kiddos, started when Hill was a baby, then all of them. Is there a better compliment to a parent than someone else LOVING your kids?? She now has 2 kids and I'm starting to feel old. She promised to get back to blogging!
Lori- We met early on the adoption process, clicked and have walked through stuff together. Dig her honesty. Maybe this will get a post out of her. Love you sweetpea
Monday, January 11, 2010
Hello Gwen here ... faithful friend to the Alexander family !!
I am going to tell you a story that I hope will encourage you in your prayers for Abe and the Alexander Family ... I had the privilege of meeting Emily over 2 1/2 years ago and it was an instant connection. We were destined to be sisters in the faith and journey together in the blessings of adoption ...
I will never forget the phone call that came from Emily when Abe was diagnosed ... I was broken for my sweet sister, yet I knew the strength with in her and her family ... I could see God shining through them all ... I told my oldest child Jeremiah about Abe and he was instantly captivated by his picture, his story, and his healing ... I could see something in Jeremiah's eyes that said he fully believed in God's healing powers... I told him about Emily's prayers for healing and he jumped right on board with praying for Abe ... Each time I would tell Jeremiah of a milestone Abe had conquered he just smiled as if God was right on track ... Then one day we were on our way to school and there is the fabulously created DEEP RED bush and Jeremiah knowing the love the Alexander family has for Texas Tech just thought this bush could be our reminder to go before the Father daily for Abe ... He stated that we would pray each day on our way to school for Abe and then on our way home ... It was about a month later when the leaves starting falling off the tree that Jeremiah said, "How cool would it be if by the time all the leaves where gone from the tree that Abe was healed !!" ... I paused and had to take check of my own heart ... I had never fully believed in that kind of miracle for Abe, but Jeremiah did ... He did in such a simple way ... He knows the power of the almighty FATHER, because honestly why NOT ... We have all read the bible ... We know of His amazing powers to heal ... We have read about His miracles ... Why do we doubt then today ...
Jeremiah just saw Abe's little Christmas video and was very proud of his little buddy sitting up so straight ... He still prays and stills believes that Abe is destined for greatness... You see Jeremiah sees the strength in Abe and in the Lord ...
Let's all join the Alexander family in prayer over Abe ... Let's go boldly before the throne and spill out our hearts !!!! I want to believe like my 11 year old believes ...
Isaiah 40:4-5 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level; the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed; and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken."
Blessings sweet Abe ... so many love you and will pray and pray and pray for you !!!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The Thornes have Yanet! I can't express what it does to my heart to see another child be united with their forever family. Isn't she just beautiful??
Mama has her hands on her girl- praising the Lord for this sweet blessing.
The Thorne girls!!
Moody with Yanet in November
Monday, January 4, 2010
Have you read this book?? If not, I HIGHLY recommend it. It is wrecking me much like Crazy Love did over a year ago.
"For I was hungry, while you had all you needed. I was thirsty, but you drank bottled water. I was a stranger, any you wanted me deported. I needed clothes, but you needed more clothes. I was sick and you pointed out the behaviors that led to my sickness. I was in prison, and you said I was getting what I deserved." (pg. 59)
This is after the author, Richard Stearns, has done an amazing job going through Matthew 25.
Get the book and let me know so we can discuss it please. I enjoy working through a good, thought-provoking book with others..........especially when the book asks the questions, "what if all followers of Jesus looked beyond the walls of their churches and worked together in reclaiming the world for Chirst's kingdom? What if we actually demonstrated God's love for the world instead of just talking about it? What if we embraced the whole gospel of loving God and loving our neighbors?" (inside front book cover)
What if? my friends.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Have you met the beast? This is my ride - yes, I drive a church van. It does have 6 wheels, a dually as some say. Still not sure if that makes it better or worse. :) Honestly would have thought you were crazy if years ago you told me that I would have 6 kids and drive a BIG van. Just evidence that the Lord transforms our hearts in many ways. I love it, really I do.
My amazing husband drove the beast with the 4 older kids to Colorado and I got to fly with the 2 little boys. Some may call me a Princess, but really I was simply taking one for the team so no one had to hear sweet Abe fuss for 18 hours. :)
Everyone all packed up and ready to go.
Sweet boy still didn't understand that he wasn't going on this beep beep ride! :(
We had a blast with everyone- 23 in all under one roof and it worked. It was crazy at times, but simply spending time with family was priceless. I only pulled the camera out a few times, so many people are missing. Hope to get more pics from others (hint, hint) soon.
Crazy cousins in the snow!
Half of my crew on a chair lift! So much fun skiing with your kids. :)
Seth doing a little dancing.
Abe loving the entertainment!
Issy and Olivia Christmas morning
Nanny and Abe
My honey and I sporting new robes!
Dea in his awesome hat
Seth with Travis
Avery and one happy boy
Mel and Sadie