Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Here are some of the faces of the little "neighbors" who we saw had been left on the side of the road yesterday.
TODAY THEY ARE LOVED!!!!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
That's what I'm learning this year... a kind of heavenly assignment I suppose.
In January I asked God what this year would be about for me. That is what I heard.
Predictably I asked God, "What does that MEAN? Do I need to take more cookies next door?"
God gently pointed me toward the story of the Good Samaritan.
Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.
Then I got it...
I don't need to go searching for people to serve, love... God has placed them all along my path.
So I don't want to hurry along! I want to stop and hug my babies, buy the groceries, help pay the medical bill, participate in the fundraiser.
So that's what I'm working on this year. I'm trying to intentionally walk this path of life God has given me with my eyes scanning to the left and right. I'm always trying to check the periphery for wounded.
Today some wounded came along my path. These are some precious little ones from India.
Some of them have mothers who are trapped working in brothels. Their mothers were trapped or sold into this life and now their precious babies are born into the trap. To be born into that feels unthinkable to me.
They are in a wonderful little orphanage where my friends are visiting on a mission trip right now. Turns out, school in their area starts on Thursday where they live but they don't have money for tuition YET.
I would love to help these little ones go to school. I think it's important they know someone loves them- that God loves them.
The thing is, school starts Thursday! So I'm just gonna do what I can to love my neighbor. Thank you so much for helping me. Please feel free to repost this or spread the word in any way God lays on your heart.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Yesterday our little Kaitlyn Elise lost her 3rd tooth! A special moment. Exciting no?
" When I was in Guatemala I remember my tooth fell out. I knew about the Tooth Fairy and I was SO excited! When I woke up my tooth was still there and they said it was cause my teeth were too dirty. The Tooth Fairy didn't want my teeth. So when that happens in Guatemala you have to throw your tooth on the roof and tell the mice that they can have it. Then that night they will come get it."
YOU THINK YOU CAN TAKE ME ON BIG MAN????????????? YOU THINK???????? Such a BIG, BAD, TOUGH FAIRY making PRECIOUS little girls from Guatemala SAD??? Oh... we are NOT FINISHED with this yet. Not by a LOOOOONG STRETCH!
Losing your first teeth as a little girl is a BIG DEAL! It's huge. I hated that this was it for her- the memory she had. Little dreams that turn into sad moments. My momma bear went crazy. So after the girls were fast asleep I took action. I wrote the "Tooth Fairy" (and I use this endearing title loosely) a KIND but FIRM e-mail.
I hope sincerely that you can help me in righting this HORRIBLE INJUSTICE.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I love you because my kids now know clearly what they should be working on at all times.
I love you because they are learning to manage their own time.
I love you because they are learning the value of earning money.
I love you because they are learning the value of items they believe they want.
I love you because they are now ASKING me to learn how to save and budget.
I love you because they now have a way to easily be generous all on their own.
I love you because I am discovering more about what is important to my kids.
I love you because I no longer feel guilt when anyone chooses not to do an earned activity.
I love you because you cut down on sibling rivalry.
I love you because my children are more appreciative when we are generous now.
I love you because you text and e-mail me about my kids progress and rewards.
I love you because you just make my life simpler!
Oh myjobchart.com.... You ROCK my world! :o)
I have gotten asked so many questions about how we use this tool that I thought I would just post about it.
So all you have to do is sign up. Each of your kids will have their own section that will show their jobs. They check off the jobs they accomplish and get points for each one they finish. They can also go to a section called "extra jobs" if they want to earn extra points. Then they can go to their "store" and trade in their points for rewards.
As the parent you set it all up. You have complete control. You decide what jobs they have and how many points they get for each job. You can even decide if it's something they do only once a week or everyday or morning and night... whatever. Then you put in any extra jobs you want to be optional and how many points those earn. Finally you think up the rewards you would like to have set up for them to earn.
To help you understand this and get ideas I will list out our girls list. This one is Zoe's list. Kaitlyn's is very similar. Kaiya is younger and has a bit less.
The way I do things is about 60 points roughly=$1 in our little jobchart world. I give about 15 points for every 30 minutes of job accomplished. With rewards I calculate the cost based on the dollar cost to me and the time required of me. I also might throw in extra points if it's something I would really love to see them do! :o) The number to the far left is the amount of points earned.
EVERY DAY JOB LIST
15 Review CC Cycle 1-30 Minutes
10 Listen To Bible On CD While You Play-15 Minutes
15 Practice CC Timeline-30 Minutes
10 Listen to Story Of The World While You Play- 15 minutes
10 Clean Up The Play Room
15 Practice CC Math-30 Minutes
15 Get Some Exercise/Play/Workout- 30 Minutes
15 Practice Phonograms-30 minutes
15 Language Arts- 30 Minutes
30 Math Work-1 hour
15 Grammar Sheets- 30 Minutes
15 Handwriting- 30 Minutes
15 Read A Library Book- 30 Minutes
10 Lights out- going to sleep at midnight
5 Brush Teeth
10 Clean bedroom
30 clean the kitchen
5 Turn on the dishwasher before bed
5 fix my hair
5 Get Dressed
5 Make My Bed
20 put away my laundry
5 Straighten my bathroom
5 Sweep the floor
5 Take Bath/Shower
EXTRA JOBS TO EARN EXTRA POINTS
100 Clean The Baseboards downstairs
10 Sweep the trampoline
20 15 minute massage
18000 MEMORY MASTERS! WHOLE YEAR
200 Memory Masters For One Week
100 Wash Windows
100 Clean and organize the refrigerator and pantry
150 Put all STUFF lying around in the proper place in THE WHOLE HOUSE
100 Pick up all trash in backyard and side yard
15 Read a chapter in a book
3000 Finish Curriculum Workbook
30 Clean the inside of the car
120 Take care of your little sister if mom asks- 1 hour
THE STORE WHERE YOU CAN BUY REWARDS (number to far left is how many points it cost)
60 $1= 4 Meals For a Child With No Food
600 $10 to Buy a gift for someone
30 TV Time
30 Video game time
300 $ 5.00
20 Phone time
20 Sweet Treats
50 cooking something with daddy
300 Go to the Park
300 Sleep in
200 Skip a job
650 Go to a movie and movie treat
500 Go Out To Eat
18000 Vacation To Six Flags
18000 Weekend at the Beach
500 Special Play Date With A Friend
90 Sleep with Mom
250 Ride Bikes
250 Rental Movie and Snacks
150 Stay up 1 hour later
500 EXTRA Mommy Special Date
500 EXTRA Daddy Special Date
15 Special Snacks
150 Special Field Trip
400 Request 1 special item from the grocery store for ONLY you
6600 American Girl Doll
1500 American Girl Doll Stuff- Around $25
600 Trip To The Zoo
600 Stay Up As Late As You Want
1500 Barbie Stuff - 25$ of stuff
70 A song for Mp3 Player
2400 Outfit to match my America Girl Doll- about $40
3900 Bitty Twins Stroller OR Carrier- $60
1800 Clothes Shopping With Mommy-$30
2700 Dress Up Costume-$45
180 Mickey Mouse Ice Cream- $3
500 Minnie Mouse Caramel Apple-$9
120 Disney Chocolate Marshmallow-2$
360 Disney Chocolate Popcorn- $6
3000 $50 DISNEY FUN MONEY!
6000 DISNEY LA NOUBA
4000 DISNEY Princess Dinner-Epcot
1000 Hair Cut
2000 DISNEY- Go to Disney Quest
Is this making any sense yet??? OK, let me go through the points and explain....
My kids now know clearly what they should be working on at all times.
They are learning to manage their own time.
They are learning the value of earning money.
They are learning the value of items they believe they want.
They are now ASKING me to learn how to save and budget.
They now have a way to easily be generous all on their own.
I am discovering more about what is important to my kids.
I no longer feel guilt when anyone chooses not to do an earned activity.
Cuts down on sibling rivalry.
Text and e-mail me about my kids progress and rewards.
My children do not feel we are obligated to do everything for them.
My children are more appreciative when we are generous now.
When did it start? When did the passion begin for loving the least of these? It's like asking me when I started breathing or eating. It's always been there in a way-kind of core to who I am.
My mom tells me conversations we would have about it when I was younger. I used to cry and pray for hurting children.
BUT there is a moment in time I can point to that the light switch flipped and suddenly life looked entirely different to me.
I was about 14 I guess?? I lived in Germany and had these youth leaders there. They were this precious young couple that served together. We all ADORED them. I, for sure, adored them. They were passionate and fun and full of life.
They did something that changed me forever. They adopted an amazing little boy from Romania.
They saw this little one in need of a family and did something remarkable....they said, "Yes!" They didn't even try to do the biological kid thing.
It was the 1st time it had occurred to me that adoption was about the least of these. It was the first time I got the feeling in my gut that adoption was something God cared about deeply. Something in me responded to that little boy finding a home.
I was home schooled so I ended up bonding with the little guy. I would babysit him on youth leader training trips and stuff. I would play with him and look at him and just adore him... always thinking... where would he be? What if they hadn't said, "Yes?" What would they have missed? Would he have even made it? What about all those sweet little ones they couldn't bring back? Where were they? Would they make it?
In those moments I spent with this precious little toddler from Romania I KNEW that God was telling me to adopt.
It was clear for me. It became a consistent part of my decision making- even to the point of breaking up with any guy who wasn't open to adopting children.
So when it comes down to it... that's where it all began.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Warrior Girl- is that what I am? Is that what I USED to be? Is that what I'm becoming? Is that what I want to be? What does it look like to be a warrior? Is God's idea of being a warrior always obvious or is it often something we don't expect? What does it look like in my life?
WHO AM I ANYWAY????????? WHAT DO I WANT MY LIFE TO LOOK LIKE???
OK! That's a lot to unload in one little post. I plan to expound. So I may just spill guts in a series of posts called Evolution Of A Warrior Girl. My real question is... have any of you felt like this??? The process, the passion, the loss, the frustration, the letting go, the freedom, the questions involved in caring so deeply for the hopeless??? Or MAYBE you are just totally confused now. ;o)
AKA- sometimes, maybe, used to be, gonna be, hopefully, probably a WARRIOR GIRL!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Posted by Angel at 12:00 AM
Monday, June 07, 2010
This is one of my favorite videos of our KK... cause it's just SOOOOO her. It makes me smile EVERY TIME I see it. :o)
Happy Birthday Baby!
I treasure the days with you knowing how fast they will go.
Love always, Mommy
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Thursday, June 03, 2010
About a week and a half ago I decided to finally do a project I have wanted to do for several years. It was finally time to convert the garage into a play room for the girls!!! I was so excited and a little terrified to get started. First step was to clean out the garage.
Next step was to paint. Hmmmm... how about bright red??? YES, PLEASE!
NEXT STEP! Time to clean a garage floor that is 20yrs old. That apparently takes some heavy duty cleaning. This part REALLY made me nervous. OK! Here goes... time for the hazmat gear.
(Is that how you spell that??)
NEXT! Time to stain the garage floor. Primer then first coat....
2nd coat of stain! CHECK!
IT'S FINALLY DONE!!!!!!!!! Time to get the room set up!!
Cost- About $400 for paint, stain and box fans to pump in the A/C from the house. Also required a lot of elbow grease and involved massive amounts of soreness. END RESULT! NO TOYS IN MY HOUSE=TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!! OH HAPPY DAY!!!
Posted by Angel at 11:31 AM