Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
She stops briefly as I yell for her to come back. The cat she was apparently fetching heeds my call and heads back toward the house.
I can do nothing but chase her down, through weeds wet as a marsh and as high as her shoulders.
At church, I spend 10 minutes plucking stick-tights off my pants, to the amusement of several congregants, most of whom are city folk. My friend David, who lives in the boondocks near us and happens to be an expert in fish, bugs, birds, weeds and most all things environmental, informs me that the seed in a stick-tight is edible. So we stand in the worship hall and each eat one.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
We're now 4th on the Bethany forum wait list (we could be a family or two lower than that since not everyone is on the forum), so there's a slim chance we could be in this group, but I'm not holding my breath. Oh, the rollercoaster of adoption.
Congrats to Kellie and Shan and family. Hoping for fast court dates.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
This is an unedited letter from Sami, the sponsorship coordinator at Yezelalem Minch, to Jayne, the U.S. coordinator for the program. It gives a glimpse into the sad situation of some of the kids and why YM needs sponsors!
Have you heard about Leelt Degu? She is an 8 years old girl. She lives with her mother. Her father was dead. Now she is following her education. She is grade 2 student. They are living beside the road under plastic home, attached to someone’s fence, around Addis Ketema. The location by itself is very dangerous. Her mother is mentally ill. Before she almost lost her mind, she tried to sale candles, incense and other religious materials around orthodox churches. Now she cannot do that. Now they have no income. Leelt is also exposing to be attack or harm physically or mentally. She needs so much help and care. We visited her home and it is not a place to live. It is not a home at all. They have no bed, blanket, kitchen materials, food, no enough clothing, nothing. Currently, Leelt is getting help from Yezelalem Minch in many areas like education, health care and food. Thank you for taking Leelt’s case in to consideration.
In June, YM had 350 children being helped by the program; 87 of them still needed sponsors. Today, they have 50 children still needing sponsors and a very long waiting list of children who can't be admitted to the program until more sponsors are found.
Sponsorship of a YM child is $30/month (coordinated by Helps International Ministries) and covers school fees and supplies, schools uniforms, medical expenses, casual clothes, recreation and part of the family’s food.
If you're interested in sponsoring a child through YM, you can visit the HIM website or email the program coordinator, Jayne Morrison, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell her what gender and age child you'd like to sponsor (if you have a preference) and she will send you an electronic sponsorship packet with pictures of your child and tell you where to send your first check. You can also set up auto bank draft.
This amazing program is saving lives, providing nutrition, and allowing children to attend school who would otherwise have to work to support their families.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Tonight, after a brief knock-down about what books we would read, I insisted we try something new and broke out The Christmas Story. I started out by reading exactly as it was written: The angel said, "You are blessed among women, for you shall have a son. He shall be called the Son of God and his kingdom shall never end."
Now I'm not sure how I thought she'd react, but she kept looking over the edge of the bed toward "Frosty the Snowman" and "Dora's Sweet Adventure."
So I tried a different approach and rewrote the story a bit: So these shepherds were in this big field, watching over their sheep to make sure they didn't run away. And this angel flew through the sky and scared them. But the angel said, "Don't be scared. I've got some good news for you...and the shepherds were so happy they decided to go see this baby Jesus..."
You'd have thought I just turned on Barney. She started asking, "Who are those guys, Mama?" So I said, "Those are three wise men (one, two, three) and they went to visit baby Jesus and took him some treats..."
And she said, "Like candy?"
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Spence usually carries C's 27-pounds, but I volunteered today since he'd been sick and I needed the workout.
I sure got it.
The hike was full of huge rock houses.
Friday, November 28, 2008
They touched noses to check compatibility.
Then Delilah got to roam in her lot for a while.
The meeting was a little tense at first.
Then Delilah blew off Skip to have a little grass.
But he kept a constant eye on her to make sure she didn't try any funny business.
Then D and S went for a little ride around the farm. She's about as big around as a pencil, but she's going to be a great trail horse.
Welcome home, Delilah!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
One day while I was in the kitchen and C was in her high chair, suspiciously quietly eating yogurt --
Me: Caroline, what're you doing?
Caroline: Making a mess.
One day while I was in the living room and C was in the kitchen, coughing repeatedly --
Me: Little C, what're you doing?
Last weekend, while we were driving home from Chattanooga, C was in her car seat "reading" a book. I noticed she'd had it in front of her face a really long time and hadn't turned the page in a while --
Me: C, what're you doing?
Me: Oh Caroline, can you wait til we get to a potty? Can you hold it a few minutes?
Caroline: I can hold my horses, Mama.
PS. She did and we made it to the potty! Thank goodness we were 1/2 a mile from a rest stop.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I'll post better pictures once we go pick her up.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
You could always recognize him by the tornado on his forehead.
We're giving Skip special attention, and we hope he won't be alone for long. We plan to get another horse or pony sometime to be Skip's companion and perhaps suitable for Caroline as she gets older.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I couldn't resist posting a couple of her other pieces.