Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Not so sure about this!
This is my new baby that Grandma Shirlee sent me. Honestly a coincidence that their clothes match perfectly.
Friday, December 19, 2008
She is so photogenic!
For us? Our neighbor had a luncheon to welcome Sabrina. The Christmas tree centerpiece was a gift for Sabrina and everything was pink! The platter in front is sandwiches with pink bread!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Scott's cousin, Amy, greeted us at the Chicago airport.
Chillin' in the airplane
Traffic was horrible, and this multi car accident on the way to Nazret was scary.
The livestock in the road, both in Addis and Nazret made me laugh.
Day 2: Was relatively calm. We gave Sabrina her first bath, which she screamed all the way through. However, her cry is very soft like one of a newborn so it wasn't too bad. We had our visit to the US embassy. We had a couple of small scares. One when they had trouble locating a document and then when they said, "her visa will be ready Friday morning". We said but we fly out Thursday night. They were able to accommodate us, so no problems there.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Without taking into account time changes (it's only 4:50 am), in approximately 24 hours we will be in Africa. In approximately 48 hours we will meet Sabrina. Though in my heart, I know and love her so much!
There is a car seat in my husband's car for the first time in probably 9 years. I can't remember when they actually get out of them. I should have taken a picture, it is so cute. It is pink and brown with flowers, funky not cutsie. (You can find it on http://www.target.com/. The cheaper one not the one that costs $200+!) Noelle even got over the fact that it was pink. We were out in the dark last night trying to figure out how to install it. What's with the cool new latch system? Pretty sure my car doesn't have that. Oh, well. Also in our car are eight trunks full of supplies. Imagine this...we are traveling to Ethiopia with one carry on bag weighing less than fifteen pounds (each). Funny, in one way we are really travelling light but on the other hand...!
Specific prayer requests:
1. Baggage check. That they would be kind. We will be charged for our two extra bags. I don't know if there is any flexibility in that amount. We heard $180 per bag. I tried to weigh the bags, I got 45-51 pounds each. Pray that I was fairly accurate and that if the bags are slightly over 50 pounds that they would pass through any way, without extra charges.
2. Noelle's passport expires in January and has a horribly light photo. Pray that we do not get any hassles.
3. Pray for our first meeting with Sabrina. We hope to bring her back to the guest house with us but that is pretty scary, too. Check out where we are staying at http://www.ethiopiaguesthome.com/.
4. Pray for our schedule. It is very hard for me not to know ahead of time what we are doing each day. Pray that arrangements can be made for us to visit the two orphanages that we have brought all of the supplies for. Pray for us to be able to make it to a market to buy souvenirs. We are unable to take Sabrina with us to the market, due to new "rules" in country.
Well, my alarm just went off, so I suppose I better stop typing and start getting ready to leave. Thank you all for being such an important part of our journey!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
What better time to remodel a bathroom and hallway. Opposite the red brick is our front door. So the project is definitely out of the way. The hallway is our room, Noelle's room, the main bathroom, and Sabrina's room.
This is the main bathroom right now. No toilet, no sinks. Yesterday 10:00 am as I am seriously starting to pursue my list of things to do I get a phone call from my husband. There are some minor issues with the remodel. All the way home I am praying, "Lord, please let his 'minor', be minor to me as well." Not so much! The bathtub had to be raised. They thought they were going to have to put a large hole in our sons closet. Yes, that's minor. The biggie was...the piece of furniture we intended to use as a vanity would be very difficult to use. Moving water pipes, etc. So off to Home Depot to pick out new vanities, mirrors and counter tops, ASAP. The Lord has provided and we were able to make those decisions. Unfortunately the bathroom remodel is now costing a little more.
Back to packing. I got up at 4:00 yesterday AM and made a pretty detailed list. I must say that despite the distractions yesterday, fantastic headway was made. Thanks Elke, for your help! Today I need to weigh all the bags and work on figuring out how to bring our personal items. Did I mention that Noelle is now going with us? We bought her a ticket on Monday. We are all pleased that she is able to go. Please pray for Jake as we are gone. He has a killer schedule. Two a day swim team practices, work at Target and a very tough college prep schedule. I barely got him up this morning. Pray that I would be able to balance encouragement, motivation, and what amounts to pressure in his eyes.
FOUR DAYS until I am holding the little one we have been pursuing for nine months!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, my awesome friends hosted a shower for the orphanages. These are some of my small group girls from church. Say hi to Emily, Genae, Chelsea, Bree, Katie and Megan. Sunday night they came over and filled ziploc bags full of treats for the kids. They even drew on the bags and signed them. We included granola bars, cheese crackers, toothpaste, candy and a toy. We did either a ball, matchbox car, playdough or "bling".
These are the lovely ladies that threw the shower for us. Meet Billie, Angie and Elke. Sorry, about the closed eyes, Elke. I think there was more than one camera taking photos.
It was hard work checking out all the awesome things that were donated. Note the cute coral colored dress, you will probable see that on Sabrina sometime soon! Thanks, Deb!
Don't we look cute in our hats? I think the kids will probably look better. On the left side of the photo is my daughter's friend, Rachel. And then my daugher, Noelle. On the right side of the photo are my mom and one of my sisters, Karen. Thanks for making the drive, Karen. I missed you, Kat. We had an awesome time and I am so excited to take all of these things to the orphanages! Thanks again everyone!!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
My mom and my sister recommended this one. Apparently there is some outcry by the Christian community about how God is portrayed. I am comforted by this portrayal of God. I love the picture of the trinity. If you need to feel God's arms wrapped around you, this is a great place to start.
I started this book quite a while ago and got distracted. It would make a great daily devotional. The subtitle is "Trusting God Takes You to Amazing Places". Who doesn't want that!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
|Make a Smilebox slideshow|
This is our little angel!! My first try at a slide show. She came to the orphanage in February at 9 months and 8 pounds. She is now about 17 months and 17 pounds and standing all by herself. WOW!! I cannot wait to hold her!!
I cannot thank you enough for your prayers. HE HEARD AND HE ANSWERED!!
Wait: to hold oneself ready for an arrival or occurrence. to be in expectation or hope of something.
The Bible says:
Psalm 27:4 "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."
Psalm 130:5 "I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope."
Isaiah 40 :31 "But they that wait upon the Lord; shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not by weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
If you have any more good ones, let me know. As I wait, and pace, and pray for my phone call that reveals our daughter's court results!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Noelle has been struggling with many things, both physical and emotional. Sometimes the hardest part has been deciding which are which. She will be going back to Walnut Ridge, a private Christian school, on Monday. Not an easy choice to make.
Jake is doing really well. But life is full of new things for a 16 year old almost man. Dances, girls, choices about spare time, learning about money, etc. He got a job at Target! Yeah, Jake. But he says the discount is just for him. I asked how much the discount was, and he didn't even know. OK, I am pretty sure I would have considered that a benefit worth knowing about! Get this...he sold his Xbox 360. If you don't have teenagers you might not know what a big deal this is but...WOW! I just pray that we don't "neglect" him in the face of all the "crises" we are dealing with. Man, I love my kids!!
Which leads us to child #3. The one "stuck" in Ethiopia. Our new court date is October 30th. God's plan is so much better than my plan. If she had passed on her original date I have no idea how we would have travelled. There are still many miracles to occur for us to travel in November, praying that she passes this time. I do have a volunteer to travel with me if Scott is unable. Thank you, Christy (my sister-in-law, sister in my heart)! We can pretend that we are on Amazing Race. Speaking of which, there is a local one-day version I am dying to do, wish you were here! You have to be 18 or Jake would love to do it! He says I should call and ask, at 6'2" he can probably pass for 18.
Then there's me. God is so taking care of me! With a little earthly help from my mom. Praise the Lord for her. She is a retired counselor which helps in so many ways. Yesterday, the day I took care of the school stuff for Noelle, was a little stressful. But pretty much, if I feel like if I am heading for the edge, HE pulls me back.
The greatest thing, is that God is pulling Scott and I, especially Scott, right into His waiting arms!
Monday, October 13, 2008
The second little one is also three years old. His name is Samuel. You can read Samuel's story at http://www.paul-samuelphillipson.blogspot.com/. Samuel was involved in a tractor accident and has required many surgeries and will have to undergo many more. Funds are being raised for Samuel and his family at http://www.mikeanddianeandtribe.blogspot.com/. Again, please consider giving and absolutely get down on your knees.
These two stories have helped Scott and I to keep our eternal perspective despite the unsettled economy.
Scott reaching for the really high, really shiny ones!
Farmers for a day.
This one is for you, Judy. It's not Iowa, but it's close.
Wow! Isn't God the most amazing artist. We all needed a breath of fresh air this weekend so we headed out to Gays Mills, Wisconsin for some apple picking. We went to Starry Ridge Orchards and picked our own. It was so fun, and relaxing. The colors were wonderful and the apples are fantastic. They recommended a combination of Cortland and Spartan, so that's what we picked. I made apple crumble last night. I found the recipe on Food Network's website.
Filling (I doubled all of this, except the lemon, I only had one):
4 large apples (about 3 pounds)
1/4 cup sugar
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
1 cup flour
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Set oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
Peel, core and slice apples into 1/4-inch slices. Place apples in a large mixing bowl and toss with sugar, lemon juice, flour and cinnamon. Pour into a lightly greased 9 by 13 inch baking dish, spread into an even layer. In another large bowl, mix together the nuts, flour, oats, sugar and cinnamon. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, gently work in the cold butter until pea-sized lumps are formed. Top apples evenly with mixture and bake until apples are bubbly and topping is golden brown, about 45 minutes, rotating halfway through cooking. (Mine took at least 10 minutes longer, probably because I doubled the apples!) Yummy!!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
1. I collect, and use, eclectic and vintage purses. Unfortunately, because most of them are very old, they generally wear out long before I would like them to.
2. Many times a week I eat the same breakfast: Go lean crunch cereal, mixed with berries and yogurt from Moo Roo. http://www.hansendairy.com/ (Way fun dairy tour if you are ever in Iowa!)
3. I like crossword puzzles and sudoku, and often do them before I go to sleep.
4. I am lactose intolerant and both our kids are fructose intolerant. I used to love to cook, but it has gotten much less fun with all of the restrictions!
5. I love to kayak!! It is so peaceful. The air smells good and the water feels good. We went for our anniversary this year on the Root River in Lanesboro (Minnesota). I really want to go in Northern Wisconsin near the Apostle Islands and on the east coast, maybe in Maine. I love to travel and there are very few places that I do not want to go.
6. I was never in drama "growing up". But as an adult, I have been in three plays at the local children's theater. "Lily's Purple Plastic Purse", "Bridge to Terabithia", and "Henry and Ramona". It is very fun to interact with the kids, and be someone else for awhile.
7. My husband and I met on a missions trip to the Fiji Islands with Teen Missions International.
I tag: Katie (http://www.beyonddecaf.com/), Dawn (http://www.clivedawnb.blogspot.com/), Julie (http://www.fourplusmore.wordpress.com/), Diane (http://www.mikeanddianeandtribe.blogspot.com/), Amber (http://www.skywardjourney.wordpress.com/), Emily (http://www.teamalexander.blogspot.com/), and Carolyn (http://www.twietconfetti.blogspot.com/). It is very funny to me that I have only met in person one of these people. I wish my sisters blogged, but they don't!
Side note: As I am sure you are all aware, the financial climate sucks! As some of you may not know, my husband is a financial advisor. We were brainstorming ways to cut back financially and he suggested the Internet. I said, "Sorry!" I will skip going out to eat, I will wash and iron tons of dress shirts, I will give up magazines, but I can't give up my email and blogs!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
OK, here it is:
Friday, October 3, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
by 14 minutes! Unfortunately, he missed his Boston qualifying time by 2 minutes!
We'll try again, wait he'll try again, in the spring.
Here's the other man in my life, Jake. Homecoming night with our great friend, Katie.
Apparently, he danced the night away!
Thanks, Lord, for a fantastic weekend! For many answered prayers, especially for travelling safeties. Keep us sane this week as we await our court date on Friday and help us, especially me, to remember that it is safely in YOUR capable hands!! Amen.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
"Such a big miracle in such a little girl"
Tell me honestly, does the "S" make it look like it says "Sin", rather than an initial??
I got this dresser at a garage sale when I was in high school.
I know, I was a weird kid. But, not a bad way to spend $30!
I am having an antique child's size chaise reupholstered in vintage pink and cream fabric. Our daughter, Noelle, loved it but has outgrown it. I can't wait to see it refinished! I went garage sale-ing today and found lots for the Foltz' kids. Marisa wanted to go but had other plans so I volunteered to shop for them. It was so much fun!! Grandma Judy, I covered most of my kitchen table with fun stuff for them! They said that it is much colder in Arkansas than in Florida or Thailand.