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Saturday, May 28, 2011

change lives- it will only take a few minutes

Please take the few minutes necessary to help the awesome people at The Adventure Project and their goal their campaign to get 1,000!!  They give you step by step HERE.

My page is here.  You can do it.  Moody and all six kiddos have pages.  See, easy.

This is personal as Eyasu's family are all farmers in rural Ethiopia.  Go now.  Support their efforts.  Change lives.  It is so easy to do. :)

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

why was this child born blind? or with cp?

My mom sent this John Piper sermon this morning.  It is titled "Why Was This Child Born Blind?"  and it was very powerful!  Several of his words spoke to me.  My favorite line was If you want to be one of the most remarkable kinds of human beings on the planet—a Jesus kind—see people with disabilities. See them. And move toward them. God will show you what to say.  Wow.  Think about that.  "A Jesus Kind!"  I have written here before about what it does to my heart when people talk TO Abe.....just gets me, big time.  

Here is a bit of my email reply to her...."Just made me cry and really thankful for the special people that look at Abe that way, with love, grace and treat him as Jesus would.  Though it remains hard, and will most likely get harder as he gets older and bigger, I'm just humbled and grateful that He chose me, us, our family to get the daily blessings that little man gives to all of us."

That really is my heartbeat.  He is simply a good and perfect gift.  One that teaches all of us that are privileged to know him well.

My sweet mom sent this reply, "Knew you would find it personally powerful.  I too love that line.  Abe has helped me look at all people with disabilities in a different way:  as "uniquely & wonderfully made" by our Creator.
You ARE blessed to have been entrusted with this beautiful child.  God will supply the grace all along the way.  Today is where you are.  And he has been used of the Lord in such powerful ways already and he's 3!!"

So, take the time to watch.  Take the time to SEE.  To Him be all the glory.  ALL the glory.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

from blog to msnbc

Remember my raving review of White Glove?? You can read the post here.  Well, apparently the good people at WG read the post and next thing you know, I am being interviewed for an article on their services by a nationally syndicated writer. What are the chances? :) They asked for a family pic and I was pleased to share one where we are sporting some 147 Million gear.  You never know how the Lord might work to draw attention to His bigger purposes.

Still think it is a genius service that I intend to use........prayerfully not too frequently, but when needed.

Have a blessed day.

You can see article here.
Friday, May 13, 2011

ready to be back

The City of Addis - A short documentary from Session 7 Media on Vimeo.

This is an amazing video of Addis and highlights some incredible ministries doing work there.  It makes my heart long to be there.
Friday, May 6, 2011

birthmothers day video

Tomorrow is Birthmother's Day.  I simply don't have words to adequately express how my heart feels towards the women that carried and deeply loved my sons.  We have had the pleasure of getting to know Abe's birthmom and will never have the opportunity to know Eyasu's.  Either way, they will forever have a place in our family.

I have shared this before.  It is pretty raw and difficult, yet I just don't know of a better way to show you how in His marvelous creation, He could weave the lives of two moms together so perfectly.

ethiopiasmile 2010: Reunion at KVI Orphanage from Kurt Neale on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

superman was adopted

Check out these great shirts!  The Ritzmann family is in the process of their 4th adoption in 4 years!!! Yes, 4 in 4.  For those that have adopted before know that it isn't cheap, but oh so worth it.  They are selling these shirts to help bring home their little one from South Korea.  He has some special needs and prayerfully will be able to join his precious family soon.

I just purchased two for my Supermen, Eyasu and Abe. :)  Show some love and buy a shirt.  Who doesn't like to feel like a superhero anyway??

Monday, May 2, 2011

great book and excellent resource

I had the privilege to get to an advance copy of Julie Gumm's new book, Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption.  Julie and I first "met" years ago as we were both in the process to adopt from Ethiopia at the same time.  We have kept up and I am so thankful that she took the time to tell her story and share these creative ways to raise the funds for an adoption.

There is a statistic that says that 35% of Christians consider adoption, yet only 7% actually do.  There are many reasons that tend to be given, but the high cost is usually at the top of the list.  I pray that this book would be a blessing for anyone that thinks finances are standing in the way of responding to the desire to adopt.

Julie and her husband, Mark, have an inspiring story about their response to the Lords conviction to get out of debt.  She weaves their story with various fundraising ideas, budgeting strategies and other excellent examples throughout the book.

You can get your copy here.  You will be glad that you did!

Julie and her beautiful family

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