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147 Million Orphans Blog
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I've been feeling the urge to blog but have been "empty headed" on what to write. When I think about the Easter season, I am in total awe of what Christ did for me. lil' ole' me. He hung on a cross full of splinters, thorns in his flesh, and was beaten LITERALLY to death.
All of the information that is being brought to light about child slavery/children soldiers/sex trafficking is waking us up. It is showing the hate that people really have in their hearts around the world. If we REALLY open our eyes and hearts to these situations we should be broken and LONG to help. I cant help but think about the day that Christ hung on the cross. What if I had been standing in the crowd? Would I have been fighting to get to him? Would I have been crying so hard that I was paralyzed? Would I have fought to my death to help him? Or would I just stand in shock?
I like to think that I would have fought to my death. I often wonder why the disciples didn't compile a group of men and fight on Christ's behalf. i know that He told them that it was going to come to pass, but come on!! help a brother out! ( I have so many questions to ask when i sit at HIS feet one day...)
So, what do we do with the things that we KNOW about? All of the "wrongdoings" that are being done to children around the world?
rewind a few months ago... Gwen and I received a Facebook message that asked us if we would do a "FREE 1" tee. Our friend explained her situation to us and we said "YEEEES" we will do a "FREE 1" tee!
Get a load of this story: A young lady (25 years old) lives in Haiti. Megan Boudreaux is her name... (and she is AWESOME! ) She started a ministry named RESPIRE HAITI. (pronounced re/spe/rae)
-Respire Haiti was founded in December of 2010. Megan moved there in January 2011 by herself and met Michaelle (who's now her 8 year old) and started learning about Restaveks (child saves) later, she added another little girl to her family:)
-In January of 2010 she started 1 feeding program (with 70 children, now it's 2 programs, 700 children).
We have earrings coming...made from broken bottles. Megan has a group of people that she is helping to be self sustainable. they are making these beautiful earrings for us.....cannot wait for you to see them:)
Happy Easter! HE IS RISEN!
I am such a LOSER when it comes to posting frequently. I feel as though I could give you a list as long as my arm to explain WHY I do not have time....but I want to go to bed. I cannot wait to feel my pillow on my cheek. BUT, I have to share what my past few weeks have held.
I am renovating my kitchen. I think of that Dr. Seuss book where the children kept feeding the fish and it grew and grew and grew and grew. It went from a fish bowl to a swimming pool and so on....that was my family...we just keep growing and growing and growing. Not only do WE keep growing, but so do Grace's big ole' basketball playing guy friends! Their heads bump the light fixtures, their limbs stretch from one end of the room to the other..CRAZY BUSINESS. And I really desire for my home to be "THAT house" where everyone gathers and feels comfortable. And honestly, my life now is just a preview of what the future holds for my family in the next few years with Michael, Joshua, and Caleb's buddies.
I am always baking/freezing/storing meals for Michael that are gluten-free, so an extra big freezer is making me SMILE!
So, the past two weeks have been CRAZY with no kitchen. first of all, WHO KNEW I had so much CRAP in my kitchen cabinets? 12 years of storing stuff....completely over the top. SO, I purged! we have been eating out of two different rooms for breakfast and lunch and eating out every night. NOW, to some, that sounds fabulous. For me? Taking Caleb (wild man) and Josie Love (miss little social butterfly that has to stop/speak/hug every stranger she meets) out at the bewitching hours every day has been EXHAUSTING, not to mention EXPENSIVE.
I AM NOT COMPLAINING, (just venting a little haha) because my new kitchen is more that i could have ever imagined, and I haven't even gotten to the main reason that I decided to blog tonight...
I have had the opportunity EVERY SINGLE DAY to share Christ. I have had every type of "tradesman" come through my front door: plumbers, electricians, painters, cabinet makers, appliance deliverers, contractors, hard wood guys, tile layers ( I know all of these descriptions are not correct, but you get the picture) NOT ONE that walked through my front door, by the time they walked OUT, hadn't asked questions about my family. The first few days were comical. i could just see their eyes spinning, as my kids run through the door after school. Our contractor has two children and he has made multiple comments about our "army of a family." (however, he DID tell me that my "dinnertime" was a "well oiled machine!" and he was "in awe" haha) Not to mention, our dog, Bentley, attacking the plumbers as their legs hang out while their heads have disappeared underneath the sink! Each day that has passed, their eyes have grown warmer and warmer. The questions began, one by one, and I have shared HIS love and heart for the least of these time and time again. JUST by me and my family living life.
breakfast. lunch. homework. ball practices. piano. dinner. bath time. bed.
strangers. wondering. thinking. asking. learning.
ADOPTION: the simplest way to show (not speak) Christ's LOVE. SO thankful.
- I am a lover of Jesus. I have the most fabulous husband that anyone woman could ask for. The Lord has blessed us with 7 beautiful children. I started this blog so that friends and family could follow our trip to Uganda to visit Katie Davis. I have decided to keep blogging to help bring orphan awareness to the world around me.