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Wednesday, April 29, 2009


We are headed here in the morning
  Home of these guys
While so many of my favorite people are headed to my back door for this
I'm really sad to miss attending the Summit, but we committed to this Boston trip long before I knew the conference was in Dallas this year.  I guess I can go to it next year.  :)

We are taking the whole crew with us so Moody can attend the annual American Assoc. of Orthodontics meeting.  We have been asked to speak about Ethiopia and our adoption story at the annual prayer breakfast.

Please pray that we will proclaim all He desires us to at the breakfast, that we would advocate well for orphans and give Him all the glory for our personal journey with Abe.

I would also ask that you would pray our sweet boy would sleep.  He has decided to not sleep the majority of the past 5 nights and this mama is very tired.  I keep walking into rooms attempting to pack, and can't remember what I went in there for in the first place. :)

I also get to meet a her.  Jen has been a great source of encouragement along the way and I can't wait for her to travel to pick up her beautiful little peanut.
Monday, April 27, 2009

covered in prayer

Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

This is Callie (with Avery and her bf Abbi) and she is unlike any other 17 year old girl that I know (or have ever known)!! She is mature beyond her years and our family is blessed to have her in our lives.

Callie is one of Avery's dance assistants and Avery adores her. I can't think of a better role model for my daughter. Callie loves Jesus and thinks deeply about the world around her. She has a passion for Ethiopia and the millions of orphans that live there. She sponsors a child through KVI and has a burning desire to adopt from there one day-- did you read the 17 years old part? I pretty much thought about me, myself and I when I was 17. She writes me amazing emails asking questions about Ethiopia, the adoption process and her prayers to visit Africa someday soon.

Callie loves Abe too, loves him! One night she kept the kiddos so Moody and I could go on a date. When we got home she ran out to the car to get something. She came back in with a gift for Abe. I opened up the most beautiful blanket that she knit for him. She also gave us a card that said "when I found out about Abe's diagnosis, I started knitting this blanket for him. I would pray for him while I knit, so now you can literally cover him in prayer!"

How beautiful is that? I love the blanket, I love the thought and time that went into creating this gift for my son. Thank you so much Callie. Thank you for your light, your love. I can't wait to see all that the Lord has for you- I know it will be great.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

abe getting stronger

Abe gave an exceptional performance yesterday a.m in OT. He was using big brother Hill as his stairs! (I tried several times to edit to make it shorter, but couldn't get it to work)

He was super determined and not nearly as miserable as some of the faces he managed to make. Pay special attention to his left leg and arm. It takes so much to get them to move, but every time that he does- new connections are happening!

Thank you Mickey, Hill, Wick, Issy and Avery for all of your help. :) We are so proud of this little guy. Keep praying- we SEE Him working daily.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

team ethiopia update

I think when Lori got the idea to have some families come together and donate to charity:water, she was hoping that enough money would be raised to build a well, ONE well. She got the updated numbers today, and Team Ethiopia is so close to having enough money to build TWO wells!!!  Amazing.  2 wells, twice as many people, twice as much water!!  I love that the Ethiopian adoption community has come together, along with their friends and family, and stepped up and donated.  Every single dollar makes a difference. 

Click here to be a part of the team!  Make sure to click on the red button that says "Help Lori build a well" and not the donate button at the top of the page.

Monday, April 20, 2009

new cable

This is Marco and Mateo, two of Abe's cousins.  They are Moodys sister's boys and they love their Abey.  Mateo noticed immediately that they had much in common- the same skin tone, same color hair and they are all adopted.  Marco and Mateo were born in Mexico and currently live in Costa Rica. (rough life, I know!)

They faithfully pray for Abe. Every night they pray for new connectors in Abe's brain. The other night Shanna said that Marco prayed for "a new cable to connect in Abe's brain!"  Isn't that just precious?  I like that visual image- a cable seems so strong, permanent and capable of finding many new pathways.  Thank you sweet boys for loving him well and praying daily.  We love you both dearly.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

rainy day

ImageChef Word Mosaic -
Thank you Gayla for a little rainy day activity!  Go to here to make your own.
Thursday, April 16, 2009

barefoot birthday

We certainly had fun with our barefoot day in support of TOMS shoes and their efforts to bring awareness to the fact that:
 Shoes are a simple answer to obstacles many face everyday:

* Fact #1: In developing nations, children walk for miles to food, clean water and medical help.
* Fact #2: Cuts and sores on feet can lead to serious infection.
* Fact #3: Often, children cannot attend school barefoot.
* Fact #4: In Ethiopia, approximately one million people are suffering from Podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring disease caused by walking barefoot in volcanic soil.
* Fact #5: Podoconiosis is 100% preventable by wearing shoes.

Driving around today
the girls and I at the grocery store
grabbing Abe some diapers

 stopping by Teesie's Attic to get some more TOMS- they are the best!! Stop by the Highlands to check them out if you are in the area!!! 

Not sure this is exactly what the "going barefoot" for a day was meant to look like, but it is my dear Avery's 10th birthday and we celebrated by getting our toes done!!  Hey, we were barefoot alright! :)

Ave, I can't believe how quickly you have grown.  You are an incredible gift to your father and myself- your tender spirit and willingness to help out here amaze me.  You are wise beyond your years and your baby brother is blessed to have his sissy that loves him so much.  We are most thankful for your tender heart for Jesus!  We love you sweet girl.  
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

drawn from water- part 2

How cute is that?? It could be yours if you head on over to here and purchase a raffle ticket!! All proceeds will go to help fund this new project.  

I'm so moved by
this organization and how quickly they have SEEN and taken RESPONSIBILITY. Below is some information from their website on ways you can help make a huge impact right now. In Ethiopia- a little can go a long way to change the lives of these precious kids that were literally given a second chance at life.

(If you haven't watched the video from yesterday- please take the time to do so.)  


We hate big organizations who don’t tell you where your money is going and wanted to make sure we start this of on the right foot. So before you go any further, here are the stats about where your money is going. 97% of the funds that are collected go directly towards this project (the 3% is for processing your credit card). The US based organization is completely sustained by the organizers and does not take any funds from these donations. So in other words all the money goes where it should, to help the kids. Here are just a few of the expenses we are looking for supporters to cover.

Electricity —————————————————-$25 Per month
Water ———————————————————$25 Per month
Food/per child ———————————————–$57 Per month
Nanny 1 ——————————————————-$80 Per month
Nanny 2 ——————————————————-$80 Per month
Cook ———————————————————–$75 Per month
Rent ———————————————————–$270 Per month
Pick up a new child from tribe - Car / Driver————–$500 each trip

Upon clicking the above “Make a Donation” button, you will be redirected to our secured online giving site. Our supporting 501(c)3 is The Rock of Roseville. We have also partnered with “Network for Good” to process our credit card payments. 

Monday, April 13, 2009

one day without shoes

one day without shoes

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drawn from water

Thank you Tracy for posting this. This story needs to be shared. I spent some time on the website yesterday and was greatly blessed. If you go to the site, read "the story" tab of how the organization came to be and the faithfulness of those that literally jumped into action. 

Imagine if your spouse went on a mission trip and called you while there to say honey "I think we are supposed to move our family here and help these precious children."  I took complete liberty with that conversation, but my point is that they saw a need and literally sprang into action.  

If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matt. 16:24-5)
Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men. (Mark 1:17)
I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8:12)
Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead. (Matt. 8:22)
If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me. (John 8:31)
Saturday, April 11, 2009

happy easter

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

mistletoe farms

And he told them many things in parables, saying:"A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear."  
Matthew 13: 3-9

Some neighbors and our home school science class planted a garden this weekend.  Gardening is not easy business- it is work!  The kids were all so helpful and are proud of the finished product.  We are praying that the freeze (yes, it froze on April 7th) didn't hurt anything.  We took the necessary precautions to be safe.  This is a first for our family, but the thought of running outside to grab a freshly grown red bell pepper makes me happy. :)

Each family brought different things to plant so we have such a variety.  What could you not live without if you had a garden?

Aunt Donna getting the crew organized!
The Porter fam- they bought the lot next door and that is where we planted the garden.  
Craig riding the compost! 
The kids (notice all girls- boys managed to be on basketball court right now) working hard.
making some great progress
busy planting
almost done
All finished
Preparing for the freeze

serious life

Have you read magazine?

Brent graciously has featured our blog in the April issue. If you aren't familiar with the Riggs family, you really should be! :) They are just a precious family. Their little Abby has been in a battle with leukemia and yet they continually ask how they can pray for and encourage others!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

abe montage

Abe is doing really well. He is making progress daily as he works so hard and is getting stronger and stronger. He still has a long road ahead of him. We continue to covet your prayers. Will you please pray that his brain will continue to find new pathways, that his hands will continue to open more (they are still in the fisted position when he is working hard) and his truck will strengthen even more?? If you want to add him starting to sleep better, I wouldn't complain. :)

Moody prayed at Abe's birthday party- he thanked the Lord for the pebble in the pond, the ripple effect of Abe's life, the relationships that have been built, the lives Abe has touched, the crazy stories we hear, emails we receive-- the ripple effect. Thank you Lord for this good and perfect gift.

The enemy desires to rob, kill and destroy.  He would desire that we would doubt, not see the progress, not see the Lord working through Abe, being glorified by his little life.  Some days he gains a foothold on me, I think progress will never happen, get consumed with fear and worry about the future, but most of the time- I simply marvel at the gift of this child.  Last week, I cried 2 days during therapy. He loves to stand. He is trying to crawl- making the right motions.  He has so much strength to gain before he can actually move independently, but to see his determination, to see him try......well, it reduced me to a puddle.  I couldn't have been more proud. :)

Enjoy the show- (my first attempt at one of these)

These are Moody's incredibly stylish and generous parents.  I don't know how we don't have many pics of them with Abe.  Mim comes to most of Abe's physical therapy sessions (along with my dad) and is a huge part of his success!!  They adore their 10th grandchild. 


How precious is she?  

I am hoping to get some good pics of Abe today at PT and then I promise I will fill you in on his progress.  :)

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