Thursday, August 25, 2011

Oh, I have a blog????

Cause I obviously forgot that....

just realized I have been awful about updating.

'Banding Together' update - our yahoo group's one day, full-court press to raise money for the famine relief organizations raised $4030!!!!!!

The breakdown goes like this:
  • World Food Programme - $190
  • Doctor's Without Borders - $425
  • Children's HopeChest - $1,085 (most earmarked for the TOG well)
  • World Vision - $2,195
Thank you so much to anyone who went and donated. And don't let it stop there, continue to spread the word about the situation in the Horn of Africa because every little bit helps. We may not have any more prizes to give out, but just the joy of knowing you helped to feed a little one in the midst of starvation will be more than worth it.
** our site is still up and running as a link to other aid agencies

In other news, or really, non-news:

We received our 'on deck' email June 22, 2011.

Yeah, I'm a little behind the 8 ball on that one. Two whole months behind. BUT, in my defense, it was met with little fanfare. The 'on deck' email that I had been wishing for for months didn't rock my world as I had hoped it would because it was also sent around the same time as another email stating the wait times for infant girls had increased from 8-11 months to 12-18 months.

On deck status is 'suppose' to mean that you can expect a referral in 1-3 months. I have always said that I thought that when someone goes 'on deck' it means they have been matched with a child, she is in the transition home, and they are working on her paperwork. How else could it explain them being able to say your referral is forthcoming soon? But as the current waiting families have been waiting on deck since September, the excitement waned as it just doesn't hold true. Things happen, countries change, government policies change... so we are still waiting.

Another miss - July 27th we had been waiting 11 months DTE. And were at number #5 on the waiting list. As this number was UP one since the month before due to a family ahead of us changing their request - I didn't make the kids suffer through doing their drawings and picture post. We switched ice cream brands as well. Eddi's girl scout cookie ice cream was MUCH better by the way.

However, the ice cream change didn't work it's magic as on Saturday, we will be :

1 Year DTE
and we are still #5.

Nuf said bout that.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Banding together

Worst in 60 years. Lack of law and order. Very dire situation. Any idea what I'm referencing?? Many I have spoken to have no idea about the current status in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia. Kenya. Somalia. Uganda.

The worst famine in 60 years. Most of us are old enough to remember Live Aid and "We are the World" -- when artists and the world banded together to make a difference and do whatever they could to save the lives of children suffering. But today, in the midst of debt ceiling debates, double dip recessions, rising food costs - our minds are anywhere but on helping others. Unfortunately. We are turned inward with our eyes on our own needs. But.... 26,000 children already dead and millions more in danger.

"What this boils down to is children dying." - Anderson Cooper, in Somalia.

So tomorrow, Thursday, August 11th - our adoption agency yahoo group, a family of families who love Africa. Who either have children home from Ethiopia or like us, have children still in Ethiopia -- we are banding together, small as we may be, to do our best to raise awareness and raise money for the faces that we love so dear.

Tomorrow until midnight, if you go to our site and follow a link to a reputable donation organization to donate to alleviate hunger and famine in Africa, you can choose a token gift which has been donated by our families, as supplies allow. Just a small, ultra-cool gift as our thanks for standing with us and showing God's love to the least of these. Donate $5. $10. $25. Any little amount helps and adds up.

Adoptive Families for Famine Relief

And please share the link. That doesn't cost anything.

And we know, cause we've heard in regards to adoption - you can't save them all.

But you also can't out-give God. And His Word says that when you bless others that blessing will be returned to you, more than you can even imagine. So when we think about our low savings account, or the price of our weekly groceries, and we worry about making ends meet and feeding our own children - are we trusting God to take care of us when we hold tightly to the money that He has entrusted us? Or do we trust Him even more when we open our clinched fists to allow Him to use that money for His good?

Yes, it may mean a week of eating out less to give $25. It may mean having your kid wait another month before buying those new $30 school shoes if you donate $50. But when we stand before God - do you think he will ever look down on you and frown because you EVER gave too much? Especially when it is the faces of the children HE loves that are suffering? Just a thought.

And a couple more images to occupy your thoughts....

No, we can't save them all - but are you content to say it is o.k. to not even try???

James 4:17 "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins."

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

Luke 6:38 "Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back." (NLT)

Anderson Cooper's interview with model Iman re: famine in Somalia

Just to remind you of the images of Ethiopia's famine: