Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Even if you talk non-stop, we love you Judah-bugs. You are adorable, talented, funny, and obedient.
(we met him on a Friday so I'm posting this today and a more thorough one tomorrow)
"Their plight can look bleak but it is not hopeless."
Isn't that the truth with the work that we're (FOVC) doing in Ethiopia. The work that others are doing in different little pockets of the world. How are you giving hope to those who's plight looks so bleak?
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Kaight is the mastermind behind the dresses. I wish she blogged. Kaight, you need a blog :P
Kaight emailed me early on in this FOVC trip process. She committed to sponsoring us financially. I didn't know Kaight except for the facts that she was adopting twins through the same agency as me and that I loved how she spelled her name. That's it. But she saw the value in FOVC and supporting people in the area her children were born in. Thanks Kaight.
A few days later I got another email from Kaight. She had been to Ethiopia to meet the twins and was waiting to go back to get them. Waiting stinks. Kaight and some friends at church were wanting to do something while they waited. So, she suggested making the pillow case dresses for FOVC. I told her that I'd be happy to take them to Ethiopia. She thought they could make 20 dresses.
Imagine my surprise when I got an email on the 15th that said she'd mailed 86 dresses. Very cool Kaight and friends. Her note explains (and I hope I repeat this correctly since I'm too lazy to get up and grab the letter out of my purse) that her mom made some of the dresses and then some of the older ladies in church made the rest. How cool is that??!?!
Six months ago when FOVC wasn't on my radar screen, a friend of mine from church suggested we make the dresses. I thought it would be fun. Still haven't managed to make any. This just might be my encouragement to do so... after I return in June.
Thanks Kaight for organizing, sewing and mailing. FOVC recently began work in 2 more communities. My guess is the dresses will end up there. Suh-weet!!!
In other news, I'm still not sure what exactly I'll be doing. I read Desalegn's (guy who runs FOVC) Crops for Widows Project proposal the other night. He's an amazing dude and is a gifted visionary. I look forward to sharing more of that with you all. We had a brief FB chat last night and then I followed it with an email of questions to him about the crops. So, hopefully I hear back from him fairly soon on that.
I'm looking forward to meeting up with our team. Lory, Dr. Jo, Denise, and Rick, please don't be suprised if I hug you when I meet you the first time. So excited. And you guys will love Ryan. He's amazingly smart although quiet when he doesn't know people.
Donations are coming in. Although one big one is missing. Kaight and her friends sewed 85 dresses for the girls in Shanto, etc. She mailed them from Vermont on the 14th. They still haven't arrived here. 12 days later. Not sure why. So, if you're the praying type, please pray that those things show up in the next few days. I know, we don't need them to be here much before we travel, but it really would calm Kaight and my nerves if they did. *edited to add that Kaight's dresses showed up today. Whew!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The first picture was of Shonda's family since we were meeting up with them prior to a stop in Amsterdam and I wanted to be able to find them in the airport. They sat right behind us on our flight from Detroit to Amsterdam. So fun to get to know them over this past year.
The second, third and fourth photos were of Chrissy's kids. I didn't really know Chrissy but was drawn to her story of fighting for her kids and had been praying for them for months. I was carrying their picture around so that I could maybe see them at the care center in Addis and love on them for Paul and Chrissy. Boy did I ever see them. I think it was the middle one that attached herself to me upstairs when we were helping Judah finish his lunch. And it was Jamey who pointed out it was one of Chrissy's kids. Way to go Jamey. It was so good to pick her up, hug her, tell her that her momma was coming soon and pray over her. Well done.
One year ago was just the start of the journey. We had a few days of holiday in Amsterdam before going on to Ethiopia. But it was one year ago that we said goodbye to our oldest two as we headed off to get our youngest. Wow, how things have changed in that year!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
If you have experience with crops and a heart for serving others, I'd love to hear from you!
Monday, April 18, 2011
I'm blessed. All the time. But feeling super blessed right now. Based on the gifts we've received, we are fully funded for our trip to Ethiopia. With 6 weeks to go before travel, I'm thankful to have this part of our trip done with and for the most part, taken care of.
Thank you for believing in us and the work that FOVC is doing. I'm super excited! So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!
Since the next 6 weeks will likely be spent doing normal life things, like planting a garden if it ever gets warm here, and preparing for being gone 12 days, formal thank you's aren't making the "to do" list. But I have a really cool idea for thank you's. And if I can remember my idea when we get back, I'll make sure to send you a formal thanks :)
Friday, April 15, 2011
- There are 12 people going on this trip focusing on various areas: livestock and crops (that's us), teaching, water, medical, and more. The email string and facebook messages have been a fun way to get to know each other just a bit before we travel.
- Our airline tickets are purchased. We fly out on the 31st of May early in the morning. Thankfully, after our long flight to Addis Ababa, we won't be getting in a car and travelling hours South right away.
- I've been told the women are being chosen for the crops training. I still don't know what I'm going to be training them on specifically.
- Still having back problems. Improvement but not 100% yet. Borrowed a tens unit from a friend. It's electo-stimulation which calms the tense muscles in my back.
- Some of the different things that FOVC is raising funds for include wells and the orphanage. I'm pretty excited having recently heard that we'll see a new well in "progress". Not sure if that means it will be running or in the process of being drilled. Either way, that means enough people have donated towards a well project because they see the value of people and choose to treat others as they want to be treated. So, thank you to those who've donated to such a worthy cause.
I think that's it for now. I'm sure I could have put together my thoughts in a better way but it's been a long week and I'm tired.
If you'd like to read more about what FOVC is up to, check out their blog here: http://www.fovc.org/fovc-blog.html
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
- Foreign to Familiar. Done
- There's No Me Without You. 2/3 the way through.
- Decision Points. On part 3.
- The Connected Child. Collecting Dust.
- A Hole in Our Gospel. Umm, who knows where I'm at on that one. My lack of reading goes hand in hand with my increasing mid-section. Just for the record, I am NOT pregnant to those who might wonder.
- Isn't there one more?
Anyway, the two books I'm actively reading or listening to are saying the same thing right now. In There's No Me Without You (TNMWY), I was reading lots and lots about the details surrounding the aids crisis. It's sad and heart-breaking. The statistics are staggering. But I found myself feeling like the statistics were a bit on overload compared to the way the rest of the book has presented itself. Fortunately, I read through that part and moved on. I'm not trying to make light of the HIV/Aids pandemic, I'm just saying that it became very statistical and not very much of a story in comparison to the rest of the book. Okay, so don't get all crazy on me thinking I'm heartless and don't care about those dying of aids while I shop for another pair of keens. Really, these details are overwhelming. Anyway, the point of my post wasn't this.
Monday while I got my electro-stimulation during physical therapy, I listened to Decision Points on my ipod. Knowing I was near the end of a section, I wanted to finish that up yesterday while doing some mindless task at work. Suddenly I found myself laughing at the topic. Not because it was funny. But because it was saying the same thing as TNMWY. Seriously??? Am I listening to President Bush's memoirs and hearing the same facts that I just read the last few days in TNMWY. I most certainly was. And it was interesting to hear the same information from two different perspectives. Regardless of political interests, President Bush has a big heart. He thinks of others and not just himself. Does that make him without fault. No. Anyway, I wanted to get my notebook out and starting jotting down the stats. But I was WORKING and would never take away from my work. :) While GWB was president, he put lots of money towards Africa's HIV/aids pandemic. He also went on to talk about how malaria was killing "x" number of people (sorry, I'm not stats nerd like my hubby). And how he sought to focus on that too.
I really wanted to know how I could simply write to our past president and ask him if he's read TNMWY. I know he's an avid reader. I know he's interested in the aids problem. I wonder if he's read it. And since I was willing to contact him, why not share about FOVC, right? I bet he'd be interested in hearing about the success of FOVC and the work they are doing. Do you think I could google him and get his address in Crawford? I would so love to do that!
Anyway, isn't it amazing that I'm reading two totally different types of books and am hearing the same information. Wow. I'm so amazed by that today!