"I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you." - John 14:18

Monday, August 22, 2011

Prayers & Necklaces

Yesterday started off with encouraging news from Uganda. Both children's medical reports had been received & we were just waiting on one more piece of baby Z's report to come in. Steps in the right direction had us feeling SO good! However, shortly after that, we received word that little Z & another baby from the home were in the hospital recovering from dehydration. It really drives home just how very far away they are.

When Mabel was 2 she contracted Rotavirus & had to be admitted to the hospital for dehydration. I still vividly recall how she felt like a rag doll in my arms. I remember how this child who struggled to the point of vomiting when she got a routine vaccine did not even react when they put the IV in her arm. I remember being really scared...and I was right there by her bed. I did not leave that hospital for days because that was where my child was and she was sick. I remember the relief I felt when a friend brought a doll by as a gift for Mabel & she glared at it and said "You too stinky to play with" because I knew that my difficult, cantankerous, slightly odd little child was going to be okay.

Today I sit in front of a computer not a hospital bed, but the fears and the worry, they feel the same. Today I have to let go & trust that the Lord is sitting beside that hospital bed, looking after 2 tiny souls, ready to breathe a sigh of relief when they turn a corner. Today I have to let go because I am not in control & no amount of worry or stress or sadness or crying out that this isn't fair will change anything. I can't control that Z is sick or that this is taking much longer than I had ever dreamed it would, but I can work harder than ever at making sure everything is in place when the time comes.

So, once again, if you would like to be a part of bringing B & Z home, we are offering these beautiful Ugandan Paper Bead necklaces made by women in Uganda. Make a donation of $15 or more by clicking the donate button below (it will take you to PayPal) then just indicate in the notes which necklace(s) you would like. Shipping is free.

And please, pray. Thank you.

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$15 for one or $25 for two

Monday, August 15, 2011

Thank You!

Well, thanks to a bunch of you being sweet enough to buy coffee, tank tops & hats we were able to deposit $505 into our adoption fund this week! I am so humbled by your generosity and your willingness to help us be a part of bringing B & Z home. I feel a little Blanche DuBois-y..."Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers"...only you are not strangers & I am, hopefully, not on my way to being committed ;) Remind me I said that when we have 6 kids running around!

Last week was a good, good week for our little family. We had a fantastic visit with my Vegemite eating, Banjo playing, Bluegrass loving Aussie best friend, Sharm. I cannot say enough things about "what a good kid that Sharm is" as Mike likes to say. She makes me laugh. Hard. We bought matching sparkly pink leopard print wallets (my first animal print purchase...glitter improves EVERYTHING), toured the Gap Cave, ate Tim Tams & bbq'd (not shrimp).

Last week we also got some SUPER encouraging, big step forward news about our adoption! A power outage in Kampala has caused a little bump in the road but, God willing, I should have something super special to share with you soon.

Thank you again to our family & friends who made last week so encouraging for us. We are so lucky.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

And, for the Ladies...Simply Love Tanks!

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Thank you, ladies! All of the tanks have been sold except for one Bella Organic Tank in Chocolate & one Bella Sheer Longer Length Tank in Maroon. Both are size M & available if you make a $25 or greater donation to B & Z's coming home fund!

You can donate by clicking the button below. Thank you! We are getting SO close to bringing them home!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Simply Love Hats!

Hey everyone! We are trying out a couple of new fundraisers. We are selling some "Simply Love" items that another family adopting from Uganda was sweet enough to sel
l to me at cost after she did all of the design work ;)

We have Simply Love Hats in: black, pearl grey, warm brown & olive.

We are also offering "Man Up" tees for the fellas. These awesome T-shirts proudly proclaim your commitment to care for "the least of these"!

Simply Love "Man Up" Tees!

We are asking for a minimum donation of $20 for the hats and $25 for the t-shirts. You can simply click the "Donate" button below to go to PayPal. Just put a note to me about whether you want a T-shirt or hat and, if you would like a hat, please indicate your color choice. The t-shirts are men's XL and the hats are OneSize.

We will have tanks for the ladies soon, just working on sizes and colors so stay tuned and, as always, thank you for your love and support!