Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

All Decked Out


A few weeks ago, Dirt set out to build us a much-needed deck.


(the one that came with the house was falling apart)



He figured it would take him 3 weekends.


Which was pretty ambitious, considering he was doing the entire thing by himself (well, the kids did pitch in)



By the 2nd weekend, the deck was framed and things were really coming together.


Dirt was building a much larger deck than what was previously there.



By the end of the 3rd weekend, he was laying the decking.



which took longer and was more backbreaking than originally expected.



During the 4th & 5th weekend (and while I was in Africa), he found time to lay the remaining decking.



And this weekend, he put the railings up.



Dirt Rocks.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Oh Baby

I'm not a baby person.


You know this.


But there is something very human about peering into a crib and finding two underweight, undernourished little babies in it...


...and crying.

The question skipped in my mind, like an old record..
"How could someone throw away a human being?"


God found you and got you to safety, He has a plan for your life...
...You little human beings, you.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Family

So many people have been following our adoption journey for so long. I don't know if this qualifies as an update or not, but this child is not an orphan.
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He lives at an orphanage. A terrible place, really. But he has a family. He has a mother and a father, 3 siblings who love and pray for him, an aunt and uncle who adore him, grandmoms who send birthday presents, cousins who think he's cool, and 6 foster aunties who are completely smitten.

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I can't go into detail about the time we spent together, not here on the blog anyway. We spent a lot of QT together. I am so thankful that the Lord gave me so many precious moments with my son. Each night I went to sleep replaying these moments, and praising my Heavenly Father for giving them to me.

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He is truly the sweetest thing ever. I got to tuck him in, pray with him, and read the bible to him. I told him to brush his teeth, reminded him to use his manners, untangled his slinkie, uploaded his pictures, kissed his forehead, beemed at his high scores, told him no, listened to ipod songs with him and giggled with him to Weird Al Yankovic videos and our private jokes.

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We giggled a lot. Megs (one of my teammates) said, "listening to you two laugh together is pure magic".

He told me his secrets and I wiped tears from his beautiful face.


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He is not an orphan, he is my son.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Gone Servin'

This blog will be quiet for a few.





.."here", means here: http://www.lobstersintherough.org/



See you soon!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Diamond in the rough...er..in China

I recently stumbled across the blog of an old friend. Not a close friend - more like a short-time friend. We met at church and hung out a few times before we moved away - and then they moved away.

I have loved getting caught up with them through their blog. If you like the magazine "Real Simple" - you'll love Christine's blog - it's Real Simple minus the billion-and-one ads and the junk that they fill that magazine with to make you think you need more things in order to make your life more simple.
Christine's blog is the "real" real simple, if you will.

http://homemadeinchina.blogspot.com/

Enjoy!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Another Special Someone

I've been so caught up in my daydreams of seeing B in a few days, I nearly forgot that I'll also be seeing sweet Anwar, our [other] sponsor son.
I received this e-mail from a friend who visited HFTH last week:
I am attaching some special pictures for you from Anwar. Practically as soon as we got out of the van, he went to get some of his letters...so, as soon as I realized that you were the sponsor, I made sure to take some special photos. He really liked where you had talked about how he reminded you of your son because they had similar hair. (His hair is shorter now – hence the photo of his head…)

How sweet is that?

This is Sarah, my friend from CHC visiting with Anwar. Sponsor families mean sooo much to these sweet kids. I can't wait to spend time with Anwar on Saturday.

This is the day I met Anwar, a year-and-a-half ago. How fun is it that I get to sponsor him?!

Friday, October 01, 2010

We've Got Work To Do...

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Matthew 28:19-20
I once saw a t-shirt that said, "if you are a Christian, orphans are your thing". When I read Matthew 28, I can't help but think, "if you are a Christian, missions is your thing". I mean really, what part of "GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS" is unclear? This is what is referred to as "The Great Commission". It's our job on this earth.
Several years ago Dirt went to Spain and I remember thinking that I'd do missions later in life, when the kids were grown, but for the time being, my missions field was at home. I had no idea that God would call me to Africa just a few years later. It's truly so crazy to me that I am serving in Africa. I never would have planned this for my life, I never would have imagined this. I am so thankful that I follow a God that makes me step out of my comfort zone and He gives me adventures that are so incredibly fulfilling. They are fulfilling because I am serving Him - the Creator of the Universe. How incredible is that? The same God that made eyeballs and sharks and the sun...I am being used by Him! Awesomeness.
My main objective for going to Africa is to glorify God. I would never have chosen this path for my life, it is only be His grace, goodness, and mercy that He has allowed me the joy of serving Him in this way. Don't be fooled with thinking that "I am a good person", because I am not. The only good in me is from God.
Feeling blessed and thankful today.