Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Orphan Free Uganda- Harvest Style

Wherever God has each one of us today, what a mind boggling truth that God wants to use our prayers for His glory. Join with me today in praying for the men and women who serve in orphanages around the world (especially in Uganda).

Lets pray that they would be encouraged today and know that He is near. Lets believe together they would stand on the truth that God values their work, sacrifice, and gives them the power to do what He has called them to. Lets pray they would have strategic wisdom and insight for the children in their care and know how to love and train them each and every day.

"On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many." 2 Corinth. 1:10,11

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Unfinished toe nails

This picture pretty much sums up my week.

My periodic attempts to paint my toes were interrupted by sickly children. They have been like this for several days.

I usually attempt to adhere to Dr. Sears opinion on fevers. (i.e. fevers are not the devil. They are our friends that fight infection). After several days of of a mid range fever but no other symptoms, I decided to use some home remedies for fever reducer that I have never tried before.

I gave her a warm bath and put a half a cup of vinegar in it. I allowed her to soak for 10 minutes and its supposed to help kill the bugs naturally. I also rubbed egg whites on the bottom of her feet and then slipped on a pair of socks. By 3 a.m. her fever broke and she was feeling so good that sleep was not on the horizon until 6:30:)

Within 48 hours, her fever was back and add a little lethargy to it too. We took her into the doctor and after a days worth of tests everything pointed to a Urinary Tract Infection- poor thing! We were thankful to know what was going on.

After a long day at the doctor in Houston, we decided to spend the night with my mom. The next day we got our things together and headed back. We were all dirty and in need of a bath, so when we got home the kids went into the bath. Isaac has this slide thing that he does into the bath. Yes, we have let him do it. Quality parenting, right? He ended up landing weird on his arm and there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth! After several hours of attempting to distinguish between drama and reality, we decided to take him into the doctor. The jury is still out with what is actually going on in that elbow of his (its difficult to tell in toddlers). Here is a pic of his new look:

Its just one of those couple of weeks that you just have to laugh at.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Orphan Free Uganda- Pastors

Lets continue to pray for an awakening in Uganda to the gospel and to the cry of the fatherless.

Please pray with me today that the Pastors of Uganda would have a heart for the orphans in their country, that they lead the battle cry and influence those in their body to fight for the children in their country who have been forgotten.

Due to the political and social unrest and instability of Uganda for the last several decades, economic conditions are bleak. According to the International Bible Society, pastors in rural areas of Uganda make 30 cents a month. These people are needy themselves but give freely of their lives and heart for God. Lets pray that provision for God's work would abound, for God to send workers into the harvest, and that His kingdom would come in Uganda!

Below are some pastors of varying denominations so we could pray for a few by name:

Frederick W. Semazzi

Godfrey Mawa

Ruhasha Fresian Dickson

Benjamin Udeozor

Paul Gidudu

Elijah E.L.Sebuchu

Kinene Vincent

Henry Michawel Busuulwa

Ebunyu Richard

So many others who are unnamed, under-resourced, and spiritually dry. Let us lift them up to Him who knows every name, every need, and every heart.

Oh the joys...

Now gentlemen, if you will please excuse yourself, we have a little girl talk to be had. To put it plain this is not gender neutral. So go ahead, click out...come on. Jason, I know you're going to be a doctor and you know all these things anyway, but I really want you and Bella to have kids and this might put that in jeopardy. You can come back next time.

So ladies now that it's just us, I have been pondering the joys of post-pardum life. I wouldn't want you to miss out on any of those details :) so here are some ways that I know I am post-pardum:

Pre-baby I pulled my jeans over my hiney and now I pull it up with my jeans and have to shake it back down. I so thought I might need a video blog to explain this one but thought I would spare you the visual torture.

The thought of wearing anything labeled maternity makes me want to throw up a little in my mouth.

'No, that's not my mustache, that's my sun spots from pregnancy hormones.'

I own stock in astroglide.

My toddler looks at the backside (you know I get a baby in the back too) and asks, "Mommy, why did you write back there?"

I want to own every kind of spanx ever created.

Instead of tucking in my shirt, I have to tuck in my stuff in attempt to hide the muffin top.

Intimacy is planned around when 'the girls' are full.

When the husband never knows what size 'the girls' are going to be and I kind of wonder if he feels like he has different lovers.

I have thought about writing with a sharpie on my bra- 'one person at a time.'

It hasn't been that long since my roller coaster pregnancy and I see a lady in a hospital gown holding a newborn and I want to do it all over again.

It must be selective memory.

Or this face.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Orphan Free Uganda

At last count, Uganda had 2.3 million orphans. That is 2,300,000 children who do not have a family, who do not have a mother or father, who do not have their own home, who do not family dinner, and who do not have the medical attention that many of them so desperately need.

God is calling me to my face. He wants us to be a part of what He is doing in Uganda. Together we can stand. Together we can pray for His kingdom to come in our own lives and in the lives of the body of Christ in Uganda. Lets believe together that one orphan at at time would be changed by the gospel.

We are going to start here, then in the coming weeks there will be more prayer points on my blog. Please just take a minute at your computer to join me in praying that God would first move in the hearts of Ugandans to draw them unto Himself and that millions would become a new creation (2 Corinth. 5:17).

Wikepedia says that over 80% of Ugandans claim to be Christians, so please pray today that God would stir in the hearts of believers in Uganda to support and adopt the orphans in their own country.

Father of orphans, champion of widows, is God in his holy house. God makes homes for the homeless, leads prisoners to freedom... Ps. 68

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My babies, you are missed...

We recently randomly received another medical bill from my miscarriage. We have been very confused about our medical bills lately but after many phone calls I think we have figured out where the breakdown is...

But by the final phone call, I just lost it on the phone with the insurance lady. I was trying to hurry up the phone call before the flood of tears came, but she just kept asking more questions. Meanwhile I am blubbering on the other line...

Isabel and Our little twin (I call him Joel) know that mommy misses you and loves you very much...

Hold them tight Jesus, hold them tight.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Little slice of heaven

I really think that Lake Travis is a little slice of heaven. When we round the corner and see the stretch of rippling water with the cliffs in the background it brings in a rush of wonderful childhood memories. I have loved sharing this experience with my little ones. Isaac has learned that we always pause to savor the beauty and he proclaims with me, "Wow, that's beautiful!"

I know everyone else is ready for fall, but I am sad to see summer go! Summer, we will see your sweaty, fun self next year.

T4A Highlights

The Together for Adoption Conference exceeded all of our expectations and I am so excited to give you a little taste.

There were several "tracks" that you could take with your break out sessions. We took the intro track which I would liken to pre-marital counseling but more like pre-adoption counseling. The information we gleaned was invaluable. Just as much information, it was expectations (those things can be killers). Having the right mindset as we begin our journey is exactly what we needed a little dose of...adoption reality.

In no way could a blog encompass our conference experience, but here are some of our highlights from Together For Adoption Conference. (The video on their conference home page is a profound in itself :)

163 million orphans in the world (that is the latest numbers) and a question I have asked myself all too often is "why is it so hard?" This analogy helped me in relation to international adoption in a nutshell: Think how difficult the citizenship process is here in America. We are in essence going to that country and breaking their citizenship in that country and making them a citizen of the U.S. Sounds pretty elementary but it helped me.

Just being in the same room worshipping, praying, and fellowshipping with that many people who love adoption was life changing in itself.

6. Dr. Karyn Purvis. She is helping adoptive and foster parents attach with their children who come from difficult places ( one example is reactive attachment disorder.) Several families told us that the thing they wish they knew before they adopted was about her research and material.

147 Million Orphans They have the cutest gear and the proceeds go to feed children and raise adoption awareness.

Lifelines Adoption Services. They are really doing great work in making international adoption a more smooth and efficient process.

Snowflake Adoption. I have apparently had my head in the sand or something, because I have never heard of this. Wow, what an exciting opportunity to redeem these little lives.

Aaron Ivey. Enough Said. That man is an annointed and creative lead worshipper and an adoptive father himself.

If you are interested in finding out how to spear head an adoption ministry or fund at your church, then Hope for Orphans is the first place to go. They have many resources for churches of every size and want to support you in your efforts. November 7th is orphan Sunday and would be a great day to begin awareness at your church. Pray about what you can do where you are at.

I'm still processing everything from the weekend so more to come in the months ahead.

Love to all!