Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bringing Him Home

If you've been following my other blog, you know what we've been up to lately...the endeavor we've undertaken.

I wanted to take a couple of minutes here and expound upon our reasoning and share our hearts with you.

You've probably seen the fundraising logos in the sidebars, and it's true, we are adopting!

No, we're not adopting because we can't have children biologically, we are adopting because there is such a great need.  This is something Nathan and I have had on our hearts individually for many years. The fact that we both had a heart for adoption was one of the things that attracted us to each other in the first place.  We don't believe that children were meant to live life on their own, that they were meant to fend for themselves or to be tossed from foster family to foster family or from orphanage to institution. Children need to belong. Children need homes. Children need to be loved.

God gives us direct commands to care for the orphans (Jas 1:27, Isaiah 1:17, Matthew 18:5). We are perfectly aware that God does not call every individual or family to adopt an orphan, however, we firmly believe that God calls us as Christians to be involved in the adopting of orphans...however that involvement needs to happen for you.  We are asking you simply to take a minute, pray and ask God how He wants you to be involved in the orphan crisis and how you can help to bring an orphan into their forever home. If He leads you to help us bring our son home, THANK YOU. If He leads you to another type of orphan ministry, THANK YOU. There is a need, it has to be met; the most important thing is that you somehow get involved. Don't let this slip by you.  If you want to know about some great orphan ministries, you visit the Resources page on our blog to find a few places you can get involved. 

No matter how young or how old you are, you can be involved in the life of a child and change their fate.

We are in the position to love another child, however, the initial costs are too great for us to shoulder on our own (visit our other blog or click on the logos in the sidebar for ChipIn or JustLoveCoffee). We are striving to make this a community effort, and if you are reading this, you are a part of that community.

We know it may seem crazy to you at this point, but we already love our son immensely, even though we don't know who he is yet. We can't wait to make him a permanent part of our family and watch him grow up.  We've been picturing him and imagining what he might look like....wondering how he and Mayah will play together, thinking about how old he will be when we go get him and dreaming about holding his sweet little hands, hugging him tightly and wondering what his little laugh will sound like.

We've also been thinking about what would happen to him if we don't bring him home to us. His options are slim: child soldier, HIV/AIDS, orphanages with no regular care, or death.  The child mortality rate in the D.R. Congo is so huge that it's terrifying.  We want to save him from the virtually inevitable fate he would face otherwise.

Again, you may think it's crazy....but that's my son. I will not let him face a bleak future that I can save him from.  He's our responsibility to protect. He's our child. God has put him in our hearts and we won't let him go.

He is already a part of our family, and we are so thrilled to have him...we just need help in going to get him!  Thank you so much for your encouragement, your love, and your ongoing support! We are so grateful to you and we know our son will be grateful to you as well.

Help us save his life. Help us bring him home. Help us bring him to Jesus.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Turbo Fire!

Oh my goodness, my muscles are in a continuous state of aching.

My dear friends Elizabeth and Carrie and I have undertaken the mountainous challenge of the Beach Body workout, Turbo Fire.

I'm seeing the beginning stages of results, and I must say....I'm quite pleased so far :)  Normally, I tolerate loathe working out, but Turbo Fire (and the company of good friends) makes it pretty fun!  Yes, we have our silly moments and we goof around plenty, but we work HARD! Elizabeth can attest to that fact (as I almost puked in her living room floor last week)....she can also attest to the fact that I become an instant idiot when trying to use resistance bands (no, they are not meant to be used as jump ropes, nor shot at your friends like rubber bands).

I highly recommend this workout...if you have friends who will do it with you! I don't think I could be self-disciplined enough to do this on my own!

Here's a sneak peak at what we've gotten ourselves into:

I'm not usually one to endorse products, but I just feel SO much better after a good workout!  I have more energy, I want to eat better, I'm sleeping makes me a happier person in general :)  Endorphins really do make you happy!! :-D  If you're close and you want to join us for a workout, we'd love to have you! The more the merrier!  Also, if you want to get rid of baby weight, this thing is a miracle worker!!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Easter Pictures!!

Hello are a few snapshots from Mayah's first Easter!

Smooches from daddy! (A couple days after this, she actually said "dada"!!)

Her "husband", Tyler.
"I'm 7 months old!!"


Cutest shoes ever.

Apparently she likes the taste of freshly laundered dress...


This video is mostly just for the grandparents because it's kind of long....but it's open for public viewing too :-D

Here are a couple shots of her inventing her own kind of crawling (She's stubborn and likes to do things her own way...I don't know aaaaaaaaaaanybody like that in her family :)

Love this.