27 December 2008
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02 December 2008
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world so that you can do what others claim cannot be done to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Thanks to From HIV to Home for sharing the new prayer of my heart.
27 November 2008
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27 October 2008
17 October 2008
16 October 2008
13 October 2008
Joshua and Patience each got 2 strategically timed short rides in the stroller to break up the walking.
11 October 2008
Anyway, there's a lot of excitement at our house this morning. It's a gorgeous fall day, and the kids are so excited to help a little Ethiopian boy come home to his new family and the blessing of good health care. We're headed out after lunch. Tomorrow or Monday we'll post pictures from our 3.5 mile trek, but for now I wanted to share a little more about why our family committed to this fundraising opportunity. It's definitely not because we're bored and couldn't think of any other ways to fill our fall weekends.
For several years now I've been following the personal story of a family who adopted a little girl with serious medical needs from our orphanage in Liberia. Their adoption story is full of drama, much more than ours. I've always been impressed by the sacrifices they've made out of love for God and an adorable little girl. Not long ago they decided to adopt again. This time they chose an HIV+ boy from Ethiopia whose face makes my heart melt. Through that process, they became more and more passionate about HIV orphan care and loving the truly hopeless. Out of this passion was born From HIV to Home.
Every year tons of new non-profit organizations emerge in America. Many of them flounder and fail over time because passion alone isn't enough to build an organization. However, I believe that Jennifer has what it takes to build a strong organization that will "pave a road home for the world's HIV-affected orphans, particularly for those children who are themselves HIV+." In a short time, HIV to Home is already making an impact. Jennifer knows that adoption won't solve the HIV crisis in Africa. In a just world, the amazing HIV treatments available here in the US would also be available throughout Africa, allowing parents to stay alive and raise their kids. But we don't live in a just world. Parents and children are dying at an alarming rate all over Africa, so adoption is a tiny bandaid that can bring hope to one child at a time.
We know that our little family can't save the world, but today we have the chance to help one 3-year-old Ethiopian boy and one American family find each other and be blessed through the love they will share. That's enough to bring joy to our hearts and tears to my eyes.
06 October 2008
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06 September 2008
28 August 2008
20 August 2008
19 August 2008
18 August 2008
After club was over Patience came down from the bathroom and calmly said, "Mommy, the bat is flying around the hallway." This bat had been hiding out somewhere in our house since about 1am last night when Toffee (our cat) pounced on it about 10 feet in front of me. Unfortunately, Toffee let go, and both cats lost track of it after tearing around the house for a few minutes. By the time I woke Peter up and he found 2 racquets, we couldn't locate the bat. We hunted everywhere we could think of until 2am and finally decided we'd have to share our house. I covered our fruit basket so we wouldn't be feeding it and went to bed. When Patience discovered him tonight, Peter was quick to find the racquets and knocked the poor creature down the stairs faster than I could believe. He cleaned him up with a plastic Ziploc bag and then proceeded to give the kids a detailed biology lesson about bats. Patience and Garty were really into it, touching the wings and checking out the teeth (through the bag of course). Joshua was less amused and had a lot of questions before bed about whether more bats would get in our house. Rosemarie didn't seem too thrilled either. Never a dull moment at our house. Stay tuned for pictures of the kids posing with the bat later in the week.
- Please pray that God will bring the kids who need to be here.
- Please pray that the kids will cooperate while they're here and that we'll be able to truly love them. At times having certain neighborhood kids here can be quite frustrating.
- Please pray for family unity as we have a much more stressful week than normal. We all know how much easier it is to wound those we love when we're feeling pressured.
- Please pray for me as I study my lessons. Wonderful friends and supporters are making my week easier by coming to help with club, amusing the kids, and providing meals. Now I just need the brain capacity to focus.
- In regard to focusing, please pray for peace as I just received some news that weighs heavy on my heart this morning and could easily distract me from what I need to do this week. Most of all, please pray for the family and friends affected by the news. (How's that for an extremely vague request?!)
I'm going to do my very best to provide frequent updates this week on how our club is going. If you don't hear from me tonight, it's safe to assume that I'm lying on the couch staring at the Olympics and pondering whether I can make it up the stairs to bed.
14 August 2008
- P: Do you know Liberia?
- J: Yes, I know Liberia.
- P: Do you know Liberia?
- J: Yes, I know Liberia.
The song continued for quite a while. Eventually Patience stopped singing while Joshua continued. When I was sure he couldn't sing any longer, he sang: All done for now. All done for now. I'm coming stop now.
We had a minute max of silence before Patience started singing again. The new song started with much repetition of the phrase Liberian children. Joshua evidently couldn't allow her to sing alone, so he started up again singing: I'm coming start again... I'm coming sing it again... [insert lots of senseless sounds that Joshua often uses in his songs] and on and on.
I wrote all of this down on the back of an envelope while they were singing so I could get it word for word. I was afraid that you would think I exaggerated otherwise. But seriously, I couldn't make this stuff up.