Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Posted by Angel at 7:47 PM
This is so neat. We have 2 more contributors to the Chapter 1 book club of Dangerous Surrender. I have been SO blessed reading each of these posts and I truly hope you will all keep posting and sharing. We have so much to learn from one another. One thing that has been really cool to see is how REAL you are all getting. It is also so neat to see people with vastly different personalities wanting to walk forward down the same path. It just shows me that there is REALLY something we have hit on here. People from all walks of life know in their GUT that there is more out there than the every day, all about me life we see....
Carrie is a born fighter for social justice and SUCH a cool person. She was on the mission trip to Ethiopia with me and a very talented writer. Here is her post!
Alice is a precious blogger buddy. She is a mommy struggling to figure out what exactly God has for her. I have no DOUBT that it is huge! Here is her post!
Posted by Angel at 2:16 PM
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Tessa posted about Dangerous Surrender. Wow Tessa! Thanks so much for getting so REAL with us. That was awesome and brave. Just so you know... people like you are big part of the reason why I blog. It's not just a hobby around these parts. ;0) I am so excited to see what God teaches you in the coming months. Sounds like you are having some major cool God moments. You are on your way to amazing things. WATCH OUT! It's in the water here. LOL! Hugs, Angel
Posted by Angel at 8:10 PM
You know those moments when you KNOW you are doing something right with your kids??? Well, I KNOW this had to be one of those moments for these special parents. Watching this video got me all choked up. What a cool little family. Congratulations to this WHOLE precious family. :0) Angel
Posted by Angel at 7:34 PM
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Today is 3 weeks to the day from when I got LOA! YAY! I am now very chilled again. Yes, my excitement made me temporarily insane but I think I have recovered. We had a wonderful, restful weekend playing with our girls and doing other fun stuff. Every activity we did I kept imagining with a toddler. This simultaneously thrilled and terrified me. Just in case you didn't know I have a pretty cushy life with my 9yr old and almost 5 yr old. I think our PRECIOUS new 2 yr old addition may add some spice. ;0) I, OF COURSE, am not complaining.... Despite my touch of terror I can hardly WAIT to get my hands on that little cutie. I get to be a toddler mommy again. It's such a fun stage for me- though at times challenging. BUT COME ON! They are SO STINKIN CUTE!
I should be receiving that wonderful TA (travel approval) very soon. I hope this week. I HOPE TODAY! It seems in the past that when I was waiting on something like this a song might coax it along. LOL! ;0) Yeah I know. Pretty much waiting on God to coax it along when he is good and ready. The songs are fun though while we wait. SOOOOOO in honor of my pending TA!!!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
GREAT post about Dangerous Surrender here if you want to check it out. Thanks girl! I love it! It really touched my heart to hear what is going on in your life.
I welcome more posts in response to Chapter 1 of Dangerous Surrender. Just leave me a comment when you get yours done and I will let everyone know. :0) Angel
Posted by Angel at 12:19 PM
I am: SO EXCITED TO GET KAIYA!
I think: What do you mean? I CAN'T think!!! I'M TOO EXCITED!
I know: that we are on the right path.
I want: to get on a plane to China....
I wish: I were more patient. :0)
I hate: I hate it when people take advantage of those who are weak. ARGHHH!
I miss: a little girl in China I haven't met yet...
I fear: failure
I feel: Unfocused, Impatient, Excited!
I hear: my slightly sick Kaitlyn eating her breakfast and watching her show
I crave: nothing now... mostly chocolate
I wonder: what Kaiya's personality is like
I love: my wonderful family and friends
I ache: when I see orphans who are alone
I care: about extreme poverty
I always: love the beach
I am not: energetic today
I sing: to Radio Disney ;0)
I cry: when I feel overwhelmed
I don't always: have self discipline
I write: on my blog
I win: hugs and kisses from my girls
I lose: my sunglasses way too much
I never: say never
I listen: to shows while I blog
I am scared: of my kids getting hurt
I need: MY KAIYA
I think: I need to stop being so obsessive about Kaiya Rain Zhen :0)
Posted by Angel at 9:53 AM
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Wendi has decided to give us her two cents in Dangerous Surrender on her blog henrylegacy.com! YAY! Thanks Wendi. Leave a comment here if you have blogged about chapter one and I will link you as well. Thanks guys. I have so enjoyed reading your thoughtful responses. If you haven't gotten a chance to read the comments below the Dangerous Surrender chapter 1 post they are definitely worth a look. If you haven't commented yet we still want to hear from you. :0) Angel
Posted by Angel at 9:29 PM
OK BLOGGER BUDDIES! Here is the deal- it's a little complicated to explain so I won't even try... BUT it looks like I MIGHT be flying to China 3 weeks from today. Now there are no guarantees yet so I won't be too upset if it's a week or so later but I really think it may happen. OH WOW!!! I just looked at the calendar and thought 3 WEEKS! WHAT??? WOWZER! So that would mean leaving on May 14th and meeting Kaiya on the 19th. So here is a video of my baby walking to CELEBRATE. Isn't she adorable? I am COMING SOON KAIYA!!!!
Posted by Angel at 4:25 PM
I loved the call to prayer every morning. Which is funny since I generally DO NOT like waking up early. I guess since I was already jet lagged and awake it didn't bother me. Every morning I would smile and giggle.. and think I am SOOOO in Africa. I just HAD to share one of my favorite memories of our trip with you. :0) Angel
Posted by Angel at 4:10 PM
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Disturbed is not something we really go for in our society is it? I love how Kay talks about this. We are raised to NOT talk about things that make people feel "uncomfortable." Don't talk about religion or politics or HEAVEN FORBID money. We don't tackle uncomfortable topics. It seems the church especially shies away from topics that truly matter. Child prostitution, child labor, rape, poverty, injustice, ethnic hatred, greed, materialism, environmental destruction, HIV/AIDS...
SURRENDER! It's a dirty word in our culture. We feel that surrender means FAILURE. We are a "never say die" kind of people. We are independent. We don't NEED anyone right?
Then I married a genius. I know you might think I am exaggerating- maybe I am- but I don't think so. He's gonna kill me when He reads this. Too bad Russ. It's my blog. Get your own book club. ;0) I adore you Russ but it's time the public knew you are a braniac, egg head nerd. If you didn't get that from this post he wrote it's your own bad anyway. Hee hee... He is though. He's a genius. His brain works in ways I can't even get sometimes. He went to a MAJOR MBA program and here I was just being little ordinary Angel. I spent years following him around the country just having fun being his wife. It's a pretty great gig. Still though... I began to see that God had something big for ME to do too and it scared the crud out of me. I was pretty comfortable with the supporting role. Stand by your genius egg head and all that. I was not too sure how I felt about more than that.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Posted by Angel at 10:08 AM