Monday, November 24, 2008

Long Live the 70's and 80's!

My youngest sister emailed me and said, "Send more old pictures so I can laugh my fanny off at you guys!" So, here are some more, but none with her in them just yet . . . savin' the best for last laughs!
The top picture is taken on my Grandma and Grandad's front porch and is one of my all time favorite pictures, especially of my middle sister, Angie. She is on the top row in the middle (is that not the cutest face?!) I remember that outfit for some reason, it was terry-cloth. My cousin D'Ann is to her right and to her left is my Grandma and Grandad's neighbor (who happened to be one of Angie's best friends, and her mom was my piano teacher), Lori B. On the bottom is me, then my cousin Brent, then Mark. I had the most fun with my cousins back then and still do to this day.
The bottom picture was taken at my other Grandparent's house at Christmas. I am totally diggin the furniture in this picture! The TV with the rabbit ears, the foiled horse statue, the green velvet chair with the nail-head trim talk about some style. I think that this picture of me looks a little bit like Carlie, what do you think? I'm probably about 2 in this picture.
Enjoy! Hope Amber has stopped laughing by now! Just wait sister dear! I have some pretty sweet pictures of you! And I don't mean sweet in a good way.
Posted by Picasa

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Holidays Past

I have some great family pictures of Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter from the 70s and 80s. It's almost as much fun looking at the people as it is looking at the furniture, cars, and clothes! The top picture is from a time in the summer when my Aunt Patty and Uncle Jerry came in from California to my Grandma and Grandad's house in Piedmont. The middle one is of my three cousins and myself (and part of my sister - I didn't take the picture, so you can't be mad at me). I love my big, giant cowboy boots and my cousin Mark's pants in this picture. Oh! and don't forget the orange shag carpet and wood paneling! AND, if I remember correctly my outfit was purple polyester. The bottom picture is my two cousins Rusty, and Robin, and myself at my other Grandma and Grandpa's house. Check out the cool stereo/record player thing against the wall. Not sure why we aren't smiling, I know we were happy children. Maybe it was because we hadn't opened the presents yet?
There are more pictures to share, but I didn't want to scare you all at once! Enjoy the little blast from the past!
Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I Smell . . . er . . . TROUBLE!

Conner and Nicci never played with the toilet paper. Ethan and Carlie did and do (do). I don't know if it's trouble I smell, but it sure is something. I'll let you know when I figure it out.
Posted by Picasa

Way to Go God and E*PN!

Monday, November 17, 2008

This Christmas Will You . . .

Buy more than you did last year?

Now, I know I just posted about blogs to shop from and here I am encouraging you to refocus your spending elsewhere.  Either way (shopping from the places I mentioned or watching this video and choosing differently) you are helping a person in need.  I'm not sure what our family will do.  My hubbie and I have been talking about this for a while now.  We gotta sit down and plan - we'll let you know what we come up with.  

Friday, November 14, 2008

Christmas Wish List - by Ethan

We've been getting lots of catalogs in the mail lately enticing us with lots of goodies for Christmas (cuz, you know, it's all about what we GET). Ethan wanted me to sit down and help him write his Christmas wish list for Santa. The very first thing he had me write down was:


As the list goes on he names more specific things, but he wanted to be sure and let Santa know that he wanted ALL of the toys. He is too smart. Why didn't I think of this when I was a kid?
Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Verse That Speaks to Me Today . . .

1 Corinthians 2:9 (New International Version)

However, as it is written:
"No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him"

Hope, it is found when I need it most . . . enjoy the day!

Ups and Downs

In my zest for Adoption Awareness Month I hear that the CCAA mailed referrals for two days of LIDs this month. Just two days. That is a very small amount. The CCAA remains steadfast that domestic adoption is on the rise and that abandonments are down. I am grateful for that, but is that really true? Pictures I see of inside orphanages show quite a few children. Why are these children still in orphanages if there are families lined up from 2006-2008 to welcome them? Obviously, I do not have all the facts, I do not work for the CCAA, nor do I work in an orphanage, nor do I live in China. I just know what I see and hear from friends who have been over there. So, we wait . . .
It's a cold, rainy Monday here in Tulsa. I love days like this, where I am nice and cozy warm, the smell of clean laundry wafting through the house. What's it like where Avery is?
I love Oklahoma. I get all the seasons in full force with all their beautiful and ugly colors. I get mountains, I get plains, plateaus, rivers, lakes, big city life, and small town glory. The people here are usually pretty friendly and most of us have a heart for Jesus. Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound . . .
The bottom picture is of the Wudang Mountains in China. There are so many very unique sites in China. Of course, there's the Great Wall, there's the Dragon Back Mountains, rice paddies, lakes, palaces, remote farm communities, very different ways of dressing, worshipping, relating, being, and living. The middle picture is a rice farm terraced on the mountains, and the top is Kunming, Jade Snow Dragon Mountain.

Psalm 31:7 (New International Version)

I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction
and knew the anguish of my soul.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

So . . . You Got Some Shopping to Do?

Sweet and Spicey Designs
Red Thread Stitches
Well, as you know Christmas is coming very soon. We all have a little shopping to do, right? Well, why not shop online? The benefits to shopping online? No crowds, no parking hassles, no strollers to mess with, no pushy sales people, and no cold malls which encourage you to buy a sweater for yourself while you are there! Why shop at one of these or the ones listed to the right? Because they all help orphans that's why! See, you CAN help orphans just sitting in your own home! Isn't that easy?
The one link that is "Touching Lives" has lists of blogs and sites totally helping orphans, that is the sites whole purpose. I have purchased a shirt for myself from "Lucky Bug Kids Clothing." She is super nice and aims to please - good quality stuff.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

A Piece of the Puzzle

Adopting a child is a labor of love, it's being what they call "paper pregnant," it's paperwork gathering/notarizing/copying/requesting, it's waiting, it's waiting some more, it's praying, it's being part of a puzzle bigger than you can imagine, it's happy, it's sad, it's remarkable, and it's what we are supposed to do.
These pictures have been on here before a while back, but I just had to go through them again looking for something. I was reminded of just how far we have come, how much paperwork is involved, and it reminded me of what we are still doing. We are "paper pregnant" with Avery and I wouldn't have it any other way.

because I rescued the poor who cried for help,
and the fatherless who had none to assist them.
Job 29:12
Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Orphan Care, International

Orphan Care International was created by our adoption agency, Dillon International. It helps to provide medical care, healthy meals, educational services, foster care training, surgeries, and more to orphans who are still waiting for their forever families. This is a wonderful organization to support if you feel lead to give.

Mark 9:36-37
36He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."
Posted by Picasa

A Poll - Help Us!

Our children all have "nicknames" except Conner - he refused. Nicole is called Nicci or Zoe. Zoe is because when she was little she used to were bracelets on both hands and had reddish hair, that reminded us of the monster Zoe on Sesame Street. Ethan is Diggy, after Diggy on the show "Run's House." Their son Diggy has a scratchy voice and our Ethan does, too.
Now, here is where we are having a hard time. Carlie's nickname is a debate. My husband wants to call her Pepper Pots. I want to call her Tinkerbell (when she has a poopy diaper she can be called Stinkerbell or just Stink).
So, if you could please vote in our poll (to the right) as to what nickname you think Carlie needs that would be great. I'll post a picture of her so you can see the deserving young child is . . . .

When Love Takes You In . . .

Ephesians 1:3-6 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

As you can see, we are all adopted by our Heavenly Father.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

November is Adoption Awareness Month. PLEASE watch this short video. Even if you are not called to adopt, you can still do something: sponsor an orphan, volunteer with your local crisis pregnancy center, and last but definitely not least pray. Pray for the orphans, pray for the families in the process of adopting, pray for foster families, pray for countries who seem to be a little too proud or greedy.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James 1:27

All this month this blog will feature different ways you can help orphans.