Friday, November 27, 2009

Belated Thanksgiving...

So Michael and I were alone for Thanksgiving this year since our family is in Louisiana and I had to work so we still fried a turkey and cooked dressing, sweet potatoes, etc. Let me tell ya... we have A LOT of left overs. Usually we got to someone else's house for Turkey Day and I'm longing for left overs the next day but this time I'm hooked up. Ezra was totally not interested. We still can't really get him to eat "solid" foods. YUCK! I started putting up our Christmas decorations - YEA!!! I love love love this time of year. I just ordered a lot of Christmas scents for my Scentsy and I can't wait to burn them. It's crazy to think that this time last year I was packing up stuff to get ready to go to Ethiopia to pick up our baby boy and preparing to be a mom! It's surreal to me to think that we've had him for a year already, then again it feels like he's been with us forever. I can't wait to get started on adoption #2... the Navy needs to hurry it up already b/c this mama's getting really tired of being the only source of income. gotta run and get back to work. I am so thankful for all my fabulous AWAA families and my supportive group of family and friends!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Fundraising...


Crazy Hair!



So fundraising is exciting! When I get a notification telling me someone has purchased a magnet I get really happy :) Seeing other people get excited about adoption is so fulfilling :) The local newspaper is going to do a story on our family and an upcoming garage sale to raise money for donations to Ethiopian orphans during my upcoming trip to ET in January. So many people have really stepped up and donated items to be sold. I'm talking appliances, clothing, furniture and a nearly brand new canoe all because they feel led to "do the right thing". I hope it will be a great success!
I was reading the Reed family's blog tonight and seeing them holding their new daughter for the first time is so heartwarming after all they've been through but also seeing them visiting the grave of their baby girl who passed away while still in Ethiopia was heartbreaking. So many babies and toddlers are dying of preventable diseases with no one to advocate for them. I want to be part of the change that I hope to see. I need to know whole heartedly that I am doing everything I possibly can to serve the Lord by being his "hands and feet" for these children. Adoption is only a small part of the answer... there literally aren't words that I can find to describe how my body aches for Africa and her children. It's so much more then just emotional or ethical... my internal organs actually feel physical hurt and longing to do more, to be more for these kids.
It's hard not to get angry when I see people who seem to promote the idea of "the best of everything for their kids", like buying them the best car, the best Nintendo games, the newest cell phones, etc. yet they don't take a minute to think that the price of the Wii they just bought could feed at least TEN kids for a MONTH, or would pay for a child to have cleft lip/palatte surgery, would drill a well so people wouldn't die from diarrhea! They insert "things" where they should be inserting Jesus' teachings...the biblical idea that says "if you want to find your life you must lose it." Kids aren't taught to fear God or to want to live their life to glorify the Lord in all that they do. Parents today seem to be too busy trying to make more money to buy more "things". I feel like kids today are suffering from a different type of neglect. Kids now enter the world as adults who feel entitled, like they are owed something and can't really appreciate the little things in life. They don't know how to give back because they feel as if someone would be robbing them of what they feel they "deserve".
Now that I have had my eyes forced open, I see humanitarian aid in EVERYTHING. The boat that gets brought out twice a year, the 4-wheeler that you haven't used in years, the jet ski that broke but you've never bothered to have fixed, the endless array of Nintendo game systems and accessories, the Versace pumps that I had to have but can't even wear for more then 5 minutes without having to sit down. I now only see "things" in terms of their monetary value and want to beg people to let me sell their stuff to give the money to aid organizations. It just breaks my heart to see so much needless excess compared with such destitution. No SEVEN year old should EVER weigh 15 pounds and yet I know of a boy in Uganda right now who does b/c of starvation! What if he was your child, what if he was your nephew or your grandson, or your child's playmate? He is that to someone, can you imagine having to look at him everyday and know that you don't have any way to help him, no food to give, no medications... just prayers for a miracle. Just $15.00 would have feed him for a MONTH! That's the price of a small box of Legos, or a barbie doll. If you want to be part of the solution please donate to our next adoption or to one of the charities mentioned in the sidebar. Or just give up some time to organize a shoe drive for Buckner International or an Operation Christmas Child with Samaritan's Purse. There are so many opportunities to serve but you have to take the first step.

"Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked." Psalm 82:3-4

Friday, November 20, 2009

BUY YOUR ADOPT AFRICA MAGNET TODAY!!!

I'm so happy to announce that the Adopt Africa magnets are officially for sale! Check out the pics on the side bar and go to paypal to buy yours for youself and friends and family today and support adoption!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Magnets are in!!!

I'm super excited b/c our first fundraiser for our second adoption are in!!! I haven't picked them up yet to even see them but our magnets are here!!! I can't wait to put them up on the blog and hopefully everyone will show their support of African adoption by purchasing one for their cars. Work has been crazy busy lately, lots of sick dogs. YUCK! We also will be featured in the local newspaper for our garage sale to support orphans with HIV/AIDS during my upcoming mission trip to Ethiopia. We have gotten lots of donations thus far and it looks to be like a great fundraiser :)

Monday, November 16, 2009

This and That...

Well our Adopt Africa magnets for our next adoptions fundraiser will hopefully be in on Thursday!!! YEA! I'm ready to get the fundraising going. We have our last homestudy for Ezra's adoption in December and I wish we could do a homestudy for our next adoption at the same time but still no new word from the Navy as to when Michael will start working :(
So here is a hodge podge of pics from San Diego some from home,and from Halloween. I recently went to San Diego for a veterinary conference and it was awesome! I loved it there and can't wait to go back and actually not be stuck in class most of the day. I ran into a whole crew of LSU students on the street so that was really neat as well. They were doing something for a PR class. My best friend and vet school classmate Meena came with me and we had a great time as you can see in some of these pics. I went on a seal tour and saw huge sea lions!









PLAY TIME WITH UNCLE WESTON!
Hide and Seek














HEY BABE... WHERE'S EZRA?????????????




FUN IN SAN DIEGO