Monday, October 27, 2008
It's time!!!!!!!!! It's finally here.... ever since my trip to Africa last March I have had many of you asking how you can help. You were interested in sponsoring a child or going on a mission trip. I have been watching God working in amazing ways to help these sweet kids and now IT'S HAPPENING!!!!!!! A partnership has developed between Red Letters Campaign and Children's Hopechest. This is opening wonderful new opportunities for orphans in Ethiopia.
Children's Hopechest is OFFICIALLY going into Ethiopia and helping Hanna's and MANY other wonderful organizations that are working to care for the fatherless.
Some of you may go to churches that are not ready to take on sponsoring an entire orphanage...So, if that is you then maybe you would want to participate via an online community through Red Letters Campaign!
Here is what sponsoring an ORPHAN via Hope Chest looks like...
-You will be assigned an orphan from sponsored orphanage.
-$35 a month which will meet your child's physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
-you will exchange letters with your child (either via email through Hopechest or through handwritten via Hopechest)
-you will know who else is sponsoring the other children at the same orphanage
-An annual trip will be offered in which you will have the opportunity to go to Ethiopia, spend time with your sponsored child, their orphanage, and the online sponsoring community. (How amazing would it be to be in Ethiopia together loving on the same sponsored orphanage!)
Here is what Red Letters Campaign is working on...
1. The possibility of a password protected part of the RLC web page where we could all see pictures of all the sponsor kids. Every mission team would post their pics and videos for everyone to share. That way we could really get to know "our kids."
2. On the password protected site would also be posted letters from the sponsored kids... you could also e-mail your sponsor child right through RLC.
3. In April there will be a HUGE Launch Ethiopia mission trip. We will make an effort to get a bunch of RLC people going and send donations for all of our sponsored kids. If you attend you will have a chance to meet the kids, get to know the beauty and hardship of Africa and blog about your experience.
4. We will make efforts to set up a conference call with Tom Davis for all of those interested in sponsoring through Children's Hopechest and/or attending the mission trip.A few things that Hope Chest does that I think is extra sweet and different ... the orphanages they work with are not currently enrolled in any other sponsorship programs... the child that you will sponsor will have your family as their only sponsor. Hopechest is able to provide everything for the orphanage and thus able to create a tight, LONG TERM, relationship between the sponsoring community and orphanage. Hopechest has local staff that check in on the orphanage regularly, mentor the children weekly, and share Jesus with them. The goal would be that this would be YOUR sponsor child until they are grown. The hope is that this will be a very special relationship for your family and the child you sponsor. As a RLC community we would work to visit these children, love them and give them a sense of what family feels like.
I know this is a lot.... I encourage you to check out the Children's Hopechest website to learn more.
We are trying to get an idea for how many are interested so we know what size of orphanage to sponsor! If you think you might be interested either email the RLC Ethiopia Lead-Amy at (amyde63 [at] hotmail [dot] com) and copy me on the email as well- angel weir @ gmail dot com
I am THRILLED to have the opportunity for our blog community to minister to an orphan community together. We can't bring them all into families.... this is a wonderful chance to bring a bit of family to them.
PS Please feel free to use this post to spread the word! If you decide to help RLC sponsor an orphan community by putting info on your blog would you link your blog below?
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Looks like we have several families coming November 11th to our get together in Kissimmee, Florida. After getting e-mails from several families I realized I am a DORK and lunch is a lot harder for my workin' momma buddies. SOOO we are gonna change the time from 11am to 5:30pm. We will still do the picnic at the park. It will just be a dinner picnic. If I haven't gotten back to a couple of you yet I apologize. It's been busy as always. Please don't hesitate to write me again if I am too slow!! firstname.lastname@example.org I am looking forward to meeting some blogger buddies. :0) Angel
I am SOOOOO thrilled to announce that we have met EVERY ONE of our goals in OPERATION PRINCESS HAIR!!!
Today Abby's life is better because you are in it...Today MY life is better because you are in it...that means the world to me. Angel
The final check is in the mail for Amy and her precious family!!!!!!!!!! Amy's Virtual Baby Shower was an overwhelming success and I have all of you to thank for that! I am so blessed that we were able to help her to welcome 5 new sweeties into their family. Are you ready for the final number????
Posted by Angel at 8:11 PM
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
My children always eat the healthiest things and we never condone DISGUSTING behavior.
Our children have perfect table manners and would never act unruly in a restaurant.
Our house is always immaculate. The laundry is always folded and put away neatly. Our motto is you always finish ALLLLL the house work before you dance!
Our family never fights- it's like a love fest around here.
We have trained our children to be very gentle and careful with our fancy household furnishings.
We won't stand for any nasty table manners...
My husband make sure that his interactions with the children are always educational.
We never have to tell our children to be quiet because they are naturally so calm natured.
Ok well.... maybe our family isn't perfect after all. There are sometimes piles of laundry and a messy kitchen while we dance. My kiddos are sometimes unruly and almost always at least a little bit noisy. They aren't famous dancers or ready for American Idol. Chips and candy pretty much make it into the diet weekly and Kaiya sometimes eats her toes. Russ makes our toddler do funny trick for marshmallows and she often looks like a meatball at the dinner table. Not to mention this morning when I walked into her room and her diaper was off with nastiness I won't begin to delve into all over her bed. It's not a perfect picture- we don't have the beaver cleaver thing going on around here. Still when the view in my review mirror is this..... how can I complain?
My days are spent watching miracles happen...
Like a little girl who couldn't sit up alone on a couch 4 months ago running, climbing and sliding at Chik-Fil-A. That's a miracle.
Like a little girl from Guatemala who was afraid of her own shadow asking to do competitive swimming....
Like a 5 year old diva crying because she loves her family so much that she never wants to grow up and leave...
and a husband who says his favorite part of the day was coming home ALMOST every day... and forbids me to worry about making dinner so I can focus on my girls.
I guess some people might think my life is simple and I am missing out on something. In my mind this is everything that matters at all.
Monday, October 20, 2008
1. It feels kinda weird to me that I haven't moved in 4 years. I have moved at LEAST every 3 years most of my life. Don't get me wrong- I am liking it. It just feels odd to stay in one place for so long. Some days it shocks me that I am still here.
2. I need my sleep. I get down right grouchy if I don't get my sleep. I am a night owl and do everything I can to avoid early morning activities and to coerce my children into being just like me. So far, so good.
3. My favorite thing to do is travel to amazing places. When I was younger I wanted to be a travel agent or a flight attendant so I could travel for free. Bet ya couldn't have guessed that one! ;0)
4. I used to work for an amazing photographer. She bought me my first awesome camera and encouraged me in my photography skills. I love her for that.
5. Russ and I lived in the Seattle area for awhile back before our kiddos. It was one of the most carefree times in our marriage. Weekends were always full of hiking, camping, snow skiing, whale watching, scenic drives, shopping at outdoor markets and seeing new things. I still miss seeing Mt. Ranier and those carefree times. I don't miss the dreary winters or housing prices.
6. I am a big analyzer. I am not the kind of person that usually just lets a thought slide on past. I have to sit there and figure out what I think about it. Sometimes useful.... sometimes just annoying...
7. I do NOT like being tied down. I want my life to be flexible and fun. I can't STAND having commitments every week that I have to be at. It makes me crazy. I need to be free to get up and go. On that note I can't handle not having my own car when I go somewhere. I get all jittery when I feel stuck. Guess I have an independent streak huh?
Posted by Angel at 3:57 PM
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
A group of our RLC leaders just returned from Ethiopia! They went on a scouting mission to help Children's Hopechest scope out potential sponsorship opportunities.
They went to see my Hannah.... Here is Tom Davis with her as they talked to her about how they could help her and all 162 of her children.
2 hours with this woman changed me forever. I have dubbed her the "Mother Theresa" of Ethiopia. She glows Jesus. If you can't see Jesus when you stand next to her you are blind to your core. Her words have rung in my ears MANY times since that meeting....
Posted by Angel at 11:11 PM
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
November 11th I will be in Kissimmee, Florida. I would love for any adoptive families in the area to come to a picnic in the park at my condo. We will meet at 11am at the park. Everyone will bring their own picnic lunch and blanket. Then we can chat a little while the kiddos play. If you would like to come please e-mail me at email@example.com and I will tell you where it will be. Hope to see you there!!!! :0) Angel
Friday, October 10, 2008
Now she is also a dear little warrior fighting for her life. She was diagnosed with Leukemia and life suddenly took a radical turn for this amazing family. Her concerns of which princess dress she should wear have turned to whether she will get poked or be able to keep her food down today.
This is sweet Abby right now....
These are the battle scars she has right now in her fight against cancer...
Just one of the MANY things she has been forced to give up is her GORGEOUS princess hair and it makes her very sad.... What is it like to be the mommy that has to tell your 3 year old that she has to take medicine that will give her horrible sores, make her throw up constantly, and cause her to lose her hair? What is that like? What is it like to watch tears slide down your sweet baby's cheeks even in her sleep cause that's how much it hurts.
THIS is not OK with me. If I could I would make this go away. If I could I would change this- I wish there was a way. I know there are so many of us who wish that. We CAN'T MAKE IT GO AWAY! We just can't.
What we can do is give Abby back her princess hair. It's expensive and not something this family needs to worry about during this stressful financial time of paying for medicine and gas and hospital bills. We can not make this all go away but we can give Abby back her hair and make her smile.
SOOOOOO TODAY WE BEGIN....
OPERATION PRINCESS HAIR!
This is your mission, should you choose to accept it...
1. I want us to buy sweet Abby one of these- http://www.hatswithhair.com/
It's called a pony sport. It costs $228. It's made with real human hair. It's very comfortable and can be worn with any baseball type cap that Abby prefers.
After visiting with her mommy we feel this would be very comfortable and fun for everyday use at home and the hospital.
2. We will flood Abby and the other kiddos in the family with care packages that let her and her family know they are loved. If you feel you would like to send Abby or her family a present please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We can all send Abby fun presents AND ALL SEND an ADORABLE BASEBALL CAP to wear with her new hair. Then everytime she is having a hard day her momma can bust out a new care package to give her something to smile about.
3. We are also going to buy Abby a custom made wig! Check it out here....
I am so excited about this! It is going to be custom made to look a lot like her hair did before she needed to start chemo. So when Abby wants to dress up nice and look like the Abby she remembers she will have this. This wig will cost about $450. It is made of real hair and created just for her little head.
4. If there are donations exceeding the needed amount for the princess hair we will invite the family to use this money to help with whatever extra expenses they are facing during this difficult time.
It's hard for me to fathom what this family is facing. I want to do whatever I can to support them.
They are full of faith and strong. Cancer FEARS this little fighter! Let's do whatever we can to love and walk with this family during this time. I can't begin to imagine what they are facing but I PRAY that people would be there for me if we ever did walk this path.
TO HELP ABBY GET HER PRINCESS HAIR YOU JUST NEED TO CLICK ON THE PAY PAL BUTTON ON THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER THAT SAYS "OPERATION PRINCESS HAIR."
IF YOU WANT TO SEND ABBY A CARE PACKAGE INCLUDING A CUTSIE NEW BASEBALL CAP PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT email@example.com
Thank you from the BOTTOM of my little ol' Texas heart for taking care of a little girl named Abby. What we do matters. What we do makes life better or worse for those around us EVERY SINGLE DAY. Let's take time to stop and care. Hugs, Angel
PS If you would like to spread the word on your blog PLEASE do it!! Feel free to take this whole post or part of it. Then please link your blog to mine so everyone can see how many people are loving and praying for Abby.
I would just like to say how much it has meant to me to know that my post about homeschool and time4learning.com has actually helped some of you. This means a lot to me because I have struggled so much with what I should do with my kids in school. I understand how hard it is. I am truly thankful to help any of you to find something that really gets your kids excited about learning!!! So here are some questions and comments from my last post that I wanted to respond to today. If you have more questions or comments please feel free to leave them and I will do my best to get answering them. :0) Angel
Sami's education has lots of holes in it. She knows a some of the K stuff, part of the first grade material, and a little of the second grade requirements.
Do you think that it would work for her?
The issue that concerns me is that she and I need to have a break from one another, a respite. We both do better when we have time apart. So, homeschooling seems to remove that break that we so desperately need.
A- THANK YOU for sharing your heart. It means the world to me to know that God was able to speak to your heart through my silly little homeschool post. Sometimes I feel literally compelled to write certain things and I have no clue why. That whole post just spilled onto the page and I was thinking, "Why in the WORLD did I need to write my whole life story??" LOL! ;0) Still I knew I was supposed to push publish with all my guts hanging out. Sometimes I really have no idea how many people are struggling with the same fears and concerns- feeling ALL ALONE like I do.... Why do we do that to ourselves? I guess for me it's fear of what people will think about me. That's the honest truth. There are people who will judge me for what I believe or how I do things.
NOW, I have questions about your Bible Studies. I recently began an adult Bible Study (and am LOVING it beyond belief as well as learning lots) but I am very curious what you do with your children for their Bible Studies (especially for me considering I am learning myself)? How much time do you take per day/week, etc?
What I really want is to get you one on one to have a chat candidly about so many things....
You are an inspiration!
She sounds so stinking cute. I love that about the swiffer commercial. How funny! Oh, you tell her I love my swiffer and could NEVER go back to my old mop. ;0)
Posted by Angel at 11:29 AM