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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It's A Girl!!

Those of you who know me well already know that for the past two years I have been on an adoption journey.  My journey has been a scenic route that has not followed a path that I had mapped out but rather turned into uncharted territory.  Two years is a long time to be pregnant (having one home grown child I can attest that being paper pregnant has more similarities to physical pregnancy than differences).  And yet, I firmly believe that nothing catches my Savior by surprise.  Before I took the first step He knew the winding road that I would travel, and I trust Him.  Two years ago when I started out on this journey I wrote this in my prayer journal....

"I can feel the void, the space in our family for more children.  And yet I want to do this in Your timing….  I put my hand in Yours…  I put my hope in You.  Lead me in the way that You would have me to go.  Direct my paths.  Inspire my heart.  Help me to not miss Your still small voice."

And over the days, months, and now years this is what I have tried to do--follow Him.  Along the way He has molded me and shaped me more into His likeness--breaking my heart for the orphan and the fatherless; and revealing buried, hidden parts of my heart that I have needed to bring to Him for healing.  I have grown so much during this time of expectancy, but, I am digressing....  This post is not about me or my adoption journey (although I may share more about it in the future).  It is about her.  My daughter.  I have a daughter!  Lucia Grace.  And I am so excited to tell you all about her!  She was born in Mexico.  She just had a birthday, and is now six years old.  She has dark, straight hair.  She has dark brown, almond-shaped eyes.  She has an amazing smile that reaches all the way to her eyes and will melt your heart.  And she has an extra chromosome.  Yes, my sweet baby girl has Down Syndrome.  But, don't get hung up on labels--Down Syndrome is just one part of who my girlie is.  

I can not wait to have Lucia home in my arms forever!  Right now I am raising the rest of the funds necessary to complete her adoption.  I will continue to chronicle our adoption progress here on my blog.  For those of you who would like a peek at a picture of my baby girl you can check out our family sponsorship page here.  The picture is an older one (I will share more pictures as I am allowed).  Also, anyone who may feel led to donate to our adoption journey to bring Lucia home can do so through our Reece's Rainbow family grant page.  Any donations given through Reece's Rainbow are tax deductible!  

Please keep us in your prayers, and thank you so much for sharing in our joy as our family grows! 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

163 Million Too Many

"External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world."  James 1: 27 (Amplified Bible)

It is ALWAYS the right thing to do--

to visit

to help

to care

for orphans and widows in their affliction and need.

It is ALWAYS the right thing!  You don't have to question or wonder or doubt or hesitate.  It is NEVER the wrong thing to do to reach out to the orphans and widows in this world!  It is NEVER a waste of your time.  It is NEVER a waste of your resources.  God will NEVER wish you were doing something else. 

Today is Orphan Sunday.  There are an estimated 163 million orphans in the world today!  Such a mind boggling number!  But, there are approximately 2.2 BILLION Christians in the world today.  I firmly believe that we are the answer to the crisis.  I believe that if you have a personal relationship with God that your question should be "How do you want me to help orphans and widows?" not "Do you want me to help orphans and widows?"  Because you can be assured that He wants you to help.  The only real question is how.  Here are 10 ways that you can reach out :

Pray for them

Speak up / Advocate for them
Provide for their needs

Support those who support them

Protect them from harm

 Visit them where they are

Give sacrificially to them

Encourage them to press on (Mentor, Tutor)

Adopt them into your family

Mobilize your church for them

Pick one.  Any one.  Or 2, or 3, or all 10.  I double dog dare you to try all 10!  Your life will never be the same! 

"He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it."  Matthew 10:39

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Goers and Senders -- We Need Each Other

So, as Christians I believe that we all have a job to do.  I do not believe that God saved your soul just for you to be a bench warmer.  I believe that each one of us should be busy about the Father's business.  However, we are not cookie-cutter clones of each other.  Going about God's business often looks different for each of us.  But, God celebrates differences, and He uses our uniqueness for a purpose.

"There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.  A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other."  1 Corinthians 12: 4-7 (NLT)

God makes us different, and gives us different jobs on purpose so that we can help each other.  You see God packed the very thing I need in your giftings and talents and resources.  He made us to interconnect.  He made us to need each other.  So, although He may call me to go and do, He does not give me everything that I need to get there and get it done.  Because this is not a solo performance--it is a choir.  It is not a one man band--it is an orchestra.  In order to accomplish my God-given mission I need you.

Case in point: Nehemiah

Nehemiah was heartbroken about the news from back home.  His hometown was in shambles.  Everything was in utter disrepair, and they had no protection because the wall had been destroyed.  Nehemiah prayed, and prayed, and prayed, but it just wasn't enough.  The wall had to be rebuilt.  He had the passion, and felt the call.  He was stirred to action, and was ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work.  Just one problem:  he had the heart, but not the means.  His pockets were empty.  But, Nehemiah was not dissuaded by his lack of funds.  Because he knew someone that did have them. 

Enter the King.  You see Nehemiah worked for the king--the man with the means.  Nehemiah prayed for favor.  "Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me. Put it into his heart to be kind to me.” (Nehemiah 1:11)  Then one day the door of opportunity opened: the king noticed Nehemiah's heavy heart, and not only did he ask him what was wrong, he asked him how he, the King, could help Nehemiah, his servant!  It was the opportunity Nehemiah had prayed for.  And yet Nehemiah was terrified--it is NOT easy to ask people for money.  But, Nehemiah DID ask and the King DID give.
You see they both had a part to play in order to accomplish the task.  Nehemiah was the Goer and the King was the Sender.  It took them both to accomplish the rebuilding of the wall.  Just like in the case of Nehemiah and the King I believe that God still hooks the Goers up with the Senders.  He hitches those with the passion together with those that have the means.

I have had the pleasure of making a new friend, Christie.  She is a Goer.  God has given her a passion for the children of Africa.  She will be moving there shortly to start her newly appointed job of being the headmaster of a school in the Bugabo Village in Uganda.  She has the passion, and has accepted the call.  Her desire is to provide the 220 students under her care a uniform, a pair of shoes, school supplies, a meal during school each day, and any medical/dental visits needed for this school year.  In order to do that she needs $100 per student--$22,000 total.  She currently has 17 of the 220 students sponsored.

Christie needs Senders. 

She needs those that God has appointed with the means to step forward and donate.  Because although God called her to go, He did not give her everything she needed.  Why?  Because He gave it to YOU.  Because God designed us to interconnect.  He designed us to need each other.  Just like it took Nehemiah and the King to rebuild the wall, it will take Christie and her Senders to bless the students in Bugabo Village.

You can find all the details of how to get involved here.  Being a Sender is important, just as important as being the Goer.  One is not more important that the other--just different.  So say yes.  Say yes to God's call to be a Sender, and when you do come back here and tell me.  I want to give you something to commemorate you answering the call of the Sender.  The first 75 sponsors who come back and comment on this post will receive this lapel pin from me (it is a 1" pin of Africa with a heart over Uganda).  Make sure to leave your e-mail address when commenting so that I can contact you regarding your mailing information.  Thank you for answering the call--it takes each of us doing our part to accomplish the work that God has laid before us.  He made us that way on purpose.  He made us to need each other.


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Soup's On!

Cooler weather means soup, and lots of it!  This weekend I used up some groceries I didn't want to go to waste to make a HUGE pot of soup.  This is a VERY versatile recipe that you can tweak depending on your taste buds or whatever veggies you have left hanging around that you need to use up.

           Garbage Soup "Outline"
  • onions
  • fat of your choice: butter, EVOO, Earth Balance Buttery Spread (non-dairy)
  • broth of your choice: beef, chicken, or veggie
  • tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Veggies

This soup will take whatever you throw at it!  This time around I used diced potatoes, shredded cabbage, sliced carrots, a mix of minced and sliced onions, and organic crushed tomatoes with basil.  Next time I think I will try it with zucchini, squash, corn, and french style green beans added in!  You cook your onions until tender in the fat of your choice and then add in all other ingredients.  Add enough water to cover all ingredients by about 1"and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and add seasoning.  Simmer for approx 2 hours.  And Enjoy!

What is your favorite soup recipe? 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

testing, testing, 1...2...3....

is this thing turned on?  can anybody hear me?  welcome to my little corner of cyberspace.  pull up a chair, prop up your feet and stay a while.  just know that i am new to this whole blogging thing, and i am actually a pretty private person in real life.  but, i have been a lurker on many a blog for a while now, and have found information, inspiration, comfort, laughs, and friendship there.  so....I have decided to start sharing my family's adventures as we live life by following God wherever He leads us.  

so that you can get to know me i'll share some things i LOVE --

bodies of water - running rivers, crashing ocean waves
being a mom  (it is the hardest and most amazing job i have ever had!)
burning candles
a cup of tea
coffee (just not black - blech! although i am trying to give up coffee drink it sparingly)
road trips of any sort - destinations are irrelevant, it is the journey i enjoy!
warm rain
storms: thunder and lightening 
long "Calgon take me away" baths
hot showers
hiking in the woods
impressionist art -style more than subject matter
sincere friends
learning something new
fresh flowers
being outside in nature
the Spanish language

And some things I really do NOT like --

winter  (exceptions: snow angels and hot cocoa after playing in the snow with my son)
cold rain
lack of self-control (in myself or others)
driving in hard rain or dense fog
guilt! (I am a recovering guilt-a-holic - admitting you have a problem is the FIRST step! ;)

feel free to ask a question or share something about yourself.  i would love to get to know you.

hasta pronto,


    i love to see the trees change color and play in piles of leaves!
    even if it does mean winter is coming