Tuesday, January 20, 2009

They Become a Family

The day they first met.

The family after attending church in Ethiopia.

Crazy kids!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Thank you for praying!

Wow - what a week it has been! Thank you so much for praying for Brian and Amy and their 6 kids.

It has been a week of answered prayers.

Brian and Amy and family arrived safely and their first visit with the kids was more than they could have hoped for.

They faced "paperwork" issues - missing paperwork - and God transported the document to the right place.

They were unsure of Consular appointments and today they had their first real appointment and it went well.

Now they settle in and wait for all things to fall into place and just have fun being a family.

I got to here their voices on Wednesday and it was so amazing to hear from them and know they are doing well and to hear the sweet voices of my newest grandkids whom I have not met yet saying "Hi, Nana, I love you!". Those are crying words.

You have all been amazing - following their journey and praying for the needs as they arose. Thank you!

Continue to pray for their time there - their safety - the never-ending stream of paperwork and appointments that will eventually lead them back home and for their hearts to seriously bond as a family.

Most importantly "Praise be to God!".

Sunday, January 11, 2009

They are there!

Brian, Amy and their 4 kids arrived in Ethiopia last night ( 3 a.m. Ethiopia time) after more than 30 hours of travel. We are thankful for safe travel.
Please click here to read about their first visit with Yeneneh and Sosy. It is a beautiful post.
We are so excited and can't wait for them all to be back home.
Please continue to pray for their time there and for all the paperwork to be processed quickly and for appointments to happen at the right times.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

We need your prayers!

This my Brian and Amy and their four children - Olivia, Phillip, Natalie and Nathaniel.
They leave in about 24 hours to go to Ethiopia - yes, the whole family is going!

This is Yeneneh and Sosy. They are Brian and Amy's children by adoption and they are in Ethiopia.

They will all meet on Sunday for the first time. They will become a family.
Please pray for them. The preparation to leave with 4 kids, massive amounts of paperwork and legal documents, clothes and necessities for 3 weeks and more... this is all overwhelming.
Pray for their ability to remember everything they will need and for a peace and calm in their home over these next 24 hours.
Pray for the process in Ethiopia. There are legal things that need to happen on a pretty tight timeline. If these things don't happen their trip will have to be extended and this will cost a lot of money.
Pray for their safety and for good health.
God began this process in their hearts 3 years ago and HE will bring it to completion this week. We praise HIM for all of this.
Thank you for praying!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Chris on CNN

My oldest son, Chris, was on CNN news on Christmas morning. I know I'm late in posting this but I had trouble getting a good link.
Even though Christmas is over, we can begin now to reclaim Christmas.
Click here to watch the interview.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Hide Them in Your Heart

Will you join me in this new year of hiding God's Word in our hearts?

Just to the right of this post you will find the current scripture to be memorized.

Only good can come from reading and memorizing scripture.

You can do it - Let's do it together!!!!

"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

Friday, January 2, 2009

2009: The Year of __________

Fill in the blank.

It's January 2 and we have a clean slate - a blank page. We can make it what we choose to make it. It is a new beginning.

My blank looks like this.

2009: The Year of the Word.
I am resolving to read the Bible through this year. I am also committed to memorize scripture this year. I will have a new scripture on my blog every 2-3 weeks. Join me and let's help each other. Let me know if you will be a part of hiding God's Word in your hearts this year. We can do this together. You are never too old. My two oldest grandaughters will be joining me via email.

2009: The Year of balance.
My life is almost always crazy busy. I wear too many hats and have too many commitments. People say to me "how do you do all that you do?" and then I feel good about all that I do (in a crazy way). And then I don't have time to be in the Word the way I need to be - I don't have time to cook dinner for my husband - I don't have time to just sit and BE - I don't have time to hang out with my kids - I don't have time to have my grandkids spend the night - I don't have time to take a long bath or read a book or watch a movie.

For several months God has been doing some serious work in me. It has been hard. I am a multi-tasker who enjoys serving and I don't give up anything easily. For these past few months God has been prying my hands open.
He is saying to me - Stop - Be still - Know Me - Rest in ME. If you know me, you know that I don't sit well.

So... this year I will surrender. I will open my hands to Him. God has a balance for my life that I have not achieved in a long time. This will not be easy for me. I will be tempted to continue in my crazy lifestyle. Please feel free to make me accountable.

Life for most people has been accelerating and moving out of control. It is time to return to simplicity. Slow down - shed some of the extra things that keep our families on the run all the time. Turn off the TV - sit and talk with your kids - play games - pray together - read the Word together. Stop running from sport to sport - lesson to lesson. Allow yourself and your family to breathe and BE.

I pray that we will allow ourselves to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and that we will not lean on our own understanding. But In EVERYTHING we do we will acknowledge God and allow HIM to direct our paths.

Happy New Year!