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Praise

In the midst of paying for this adoption we are also paying for Gabriella's 2 hospital stays. Can I just say medical intervention is SO expensive!

This last time Gabriella went to the hospital, they transferred her by ambulance to a Children's Hospital about an hour away. We received that bill only days after she was home. The cost, just for the ambulance ride, was well over $2,300.00!! Unbelievable...but it was a necessary trip for her health and our sanity. So, we scraped the money together praying God would somehow fill in that gap now for adoption funds. Well, He did in a most unexpected way! I was going thru the mail and saw an envelope with the ambulance name on it and thought, "oh no, not more". I opened it and surprise! It contained our check with VOID stamped on it. Apparently, our insurance decided to cover that expense. So praise God! He restored that money back to us to put towards our adoption. WooHoo!!

Thank you Father for your faithfulness. Forgive me fo…

So, What Do I Do When I'm Stressed?...

Rearrange the furniture of course! I forgot to put that in my quirky post. I haven't heard anything since that phone call saying "it's possible your son might be born today" back on Tuesday. So, I guess it wasn't time yet. Oh me, Oh my.

But seriously, around here when the boys hear me ask "how much do you love me?" they know what that means. Mom wants to move furniture around. For some odd reason it makes me feel productive. Usually, we will move it this way and then that way to try and find the right "look". LOL! Now you see why they run when they hear those words from me!

I don't know, maybe today instead of moving the furniture I'll just go mow the grass. That's Ryan's job but I'm sure he wouldn't mind at all. LOL!

Emotional Week...

My heart is still aching for the Chapman's and our friends from church. I am a person who feels very deeply and it takes me awhile to process things. On top of the raw emotions, fear has grabbed hold of me too this weekend. Gabriella was sick again on Sunday and in light of her hospital stays I must admit that fear twists itself like a ball in my stomach when she is "off" even a little. I don't want to live in fear and I know that's not what God wants either. But, I'm not there yet. I'm working on it, step by step. Her personality has changed some from this medicine and she's back to not eating a whole lot too. I'm hoping to hear from the Dr. today to get her numbers from her bloodwork that was done on Friday.

On another note, our oldest son passed his driver's test last week and took his first solo drive on friday night. Boy was that bittersweet! Of course, we want him to grow up and live his life but it's bittersweet to see him taking an…

You need to check this out....

Here are two sites that are worth checking out.

www.ugandaorphans.com
Visit this site to purchase Premium AA Ugandan Coffee and you will be feeding orphans. 100% of the profit goes to the kids. Duncan Hill started this corporation in 2002 to benefit Ugandan orphans and widows. His goal is "Rescuing Uganda's next leaders...one child at a time."


And this site www.makewaypartners.org has many statistics that will make you cry. But, it also allows you another opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child. Listen to this statistic from their site...

Sex Slavery in our world today, there are more women and children forced into sexual slavery than the entire female population of Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, LA and NYC combined. Eye opening, huh?! There are videos and lots of opportunities to help end human trafficking and modern day slavery. Won't you help?

Quirky?

I got tagged by my friend Trish. http://www.laundrylittleboysandlattes.blogspot.com Here's the Rules--Link the person who tagged you.* Mention the rules in your blog.* Tell about six unspectacular quirks of yours.* Tag a new set of six following bloggers by linking them:

1. I hate shopping. The only shopping I do is grocery shopping and that's never fun because it's like a small car payment! :)

2. I have a serious issue when ice cubes stick to my fingers. In fact, my boys will do this often, or worse, stick ice to their lips, to gross my out. YUCK!!

3. If someone holds my legs or feet down it causes me to feel claustrophobic and I will cry out, loudly, I can't breathe! Another fact that my boys and hubby take full advantage of and will roll on the floor laughing at me. :) Go figure!

4. I really dislike meat. I think it's the smell and the texture. I would much rather eat the side dishes than the main meat dish.

5. I don't drink milk. Maybe I have issues wi…

Another Tragedy...

Friends of ours from church had a call from a detective yesterday. Apparently, their son was found dead in his home. He was in his early 20's! I have no more details but ask all of you to lift this precious family up in prayer as well.

What an incredibly hard week. Such senseless tragedies. Lives cut short, broken hearts, unbearable pain.

I KNOW God is there and He is faithful. Crying out to him on behalf of these families in despair, please join me in praying for Eric and Trudy and the Chapman family.

PLEASE PRAY!

I just found out that Steven Curtis Chapman's youngest daughter, Maria, was killed yesterday. Please pray for the family during this heartwrenching time. One of her teen brothers was driving down the driveway and apparently ran over her. It was an accident and will be so hard for him to live with, I'm sure.

Steven Curtis Chapman has done so much for the adoption world. He and his wife, Mary Beth, has been strong advocates for adoption for many years and have also adopted 3 daughters from China. They have an organization that offers grants for adoptive parents called Shaohannah's Hope.

I've read about children being run over by family members backing up or driving in their driveways. This is awful! Please watch your children. This can happen so quick and have devasting consequences.

Father God, we lift up the whole Chapman family to you right now. Be their comfort and balm. Surround them with Your tangible presence through loved ones. I ask that you would especially be wi…

There are so many waiting...

I saw this on my friends blog and it just grabbed me and had me sobbing. There are so many, many children like this waiting. I can't bring them all home but together, you and I, we can make a HUGE difference in the lives of some, if not all. My life's verse has been
Isaiah 6:8 "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here I am Lord. Send me!" I believe God is no respector of persons and that He has taken us on these adoption journeys because we have been open to His leading. We are not saints by any means just people, like you. We were open to whatever child God had chosen for us no matter, color, race or disability. Is this an easy path? Absolutely not! There are many days I question God and doubt my abilities. But God is always faithful. Always. Please read this poem with an open heart and then pray and ask God if there is a child waiting for you. I understand that you couldn't make room …

Truly Blessed...Again!

Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world!
Sons are a heritage from the Lord,children a reward from Him.Like arrows in the hands of a warriorare sons born in one's youth.Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.They will not be put to shamewhen they contend with their enemies in the gate.Psalms 127:3-5Our family and our hearts are expanding again! We have accepted a referral for an African American son, who will be born in June!!!!!We are excited to meet our newest gift. He will be greatly loved and Connor is so excited it's a boy. LOL!We covet your prayers as we await the call that our son is being born and waiting to be held in our arms forever!!!!!!! Please pray for his precious mother as she makes this heartwrenching choice...for strength, peace and that we can minister the love of Jesus to her when we meet.


Campout?

Well, I guess it was sort of like a campout. Sean, Zack, and the 3 little ones and I all packed tightly into the little ones' bedroom. It felt like a campout...you know when you are in a tent and the next morning you can hardly move after sleeping on the cold, hard ground! Well, we weren't in a tent but we were on the hard floor and we (Sean and I) did have a hard time moving this morning...so campout it was!

You see, our little Gabriella is sick again. She has been running high fevers for the last few days and after all the drama we had last month and in January, I'll admit I'm a little panic crazed at this point! Did I mention that Sean is the even-keeled one? Or could you just tell it?! Anyways, she has a bad case of strep throat. We would never have known because she never complained and seemed fine except for the high fevers. She's been eating fine and until last night wasn't overly cranky or fussy.

So, I've been camping out beside her bed but last night…

On My Soapbox Again...

Ok here I go again....

I have been looking into adopting through the state, just looking at all our options. So I call to talk with someone today and ask some questions. The first woman passed me onto a second woman who was very helpful.

Ok, so here's the deal.... we saw 3 Asian children, siblings, waiting for a family and our interest was peaked due to the fact that we have a very soft spot for Asians. :) Now apparently, although these children are older, 4,7, & 9, they are "giving priority" to a Cambodian family! Now how many Cambodian families living in USA are looking to adopt?! I would think not a whole lot! So these poor children must continue to wait for their forever family because a caseworker wants a "perfect" situation for them. Don't we all! But let's face it, life is not perfect. I'm sure these kids would take less than "perfect" if it meant a loving family willing to teach them about their culture and heritage. But hey, wha…

Too Funny!

Tonight we had friends over and I just have to share a Connor funny. Our friend, Chris, has spikey hair and Connor goes over to him and says "Your hair looks like a porcupine". We all busted up. Too funny!!

Connor had to go to the potty at one point and he says to everyone "I'll be right back, I need to use the restroom." The restroom, huh?! Too funny!!

Earlier today we went grocery shopping and Connor was helping get something from a shelf. There was a man stocking shelves and Connor turns towards me and points at the man and says very loudly, "Mommy, that man is very fat." I quickly got down on my knees, drew him close to me and told him that could hurt someone's feelings so if he thinks something like that to whisper it in my ear. Then he got on his tip toes, points at the man and whispers very loudly, "mommy, that man is very fat!" Oh my!

Things That Make Me Think...

My oldest son will be 17 in November, I was married at 17! Hmmmm.......

Our first home costed less than our last adoption! Hmmm.......

I always wanted a little girl and God has blessed me with 2 on earth and 1 in Heaven! Hmmm.....

When we go grocery shopping it's like a car payment!! Hmmm.....

We've graduated from "family size" to "party size" Stouffer's Lasagna! We always say there is a party going on here! Hmmm.....

I have 2 teens and 3 toddlers and a new baby on the way! Hmmmm.....

Kyalynn hates ladybugs but loves ants! Hmmm....

Connor thinks playing with toys is torture! Hmmm....

Gabriella loves to agitate! Hmmm....

All our landscaping is green because our little ones take all the flower petals off as soon as they bloom. So we just have green stems everywhere! Hmm......

My sons and husband thought it was hysterical to shoot a squirrel with the paintball gun. Now we have a squirrel with a pink backend running up our trees! Hmm....

We have another day of life, a…