Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pure and genuine religion...

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
James 1:27

Hello Family and Friends!
We are beside ourselves with excitement about our upcoming court date in Ethiopia! It will be our first time meeting JP face to face and it will be the trip that makes him legally our son!!!! Sadly, we will have to leave the country without him until he is issued a Visa from the US Embassy. This can take 1-4 months after this initial trip. People usually travel within 6-8 weeks though. We will cross our fingers and pray for speedy proceedings.
Any who, this email is to get you involved in helping the orphans of Ethiopia. We will bringing 3 Rubbermaid tubs full of donations for JP's orphanage and the other 2 orphanages that are affiliated with Bethany Christian Services in Ethiopia.
We will be leaving Nov. 29 and coming home Dec. 5. I will need all donations by Nov. 21 to get them ready for taking. Don't feel obligated to donate, I just know there are several friends and family that want to help and be a part of the process. Not only will it be a blessing for our little man, but to other children without families that are struggling in an impoverished country.

Recommended donations:

Top five most requested items
1.Disposable diapers-all sizes,
2.Powdered formula,
3.Medications and toiletries: antibiotic cream, baby thermometers, diaper rash cream, baby oil/lotion, hand sanitizer, etc,
4.Clothing:sweaters, pants, socks, and shoes, especially for children ages 3-9. This request is for Bethany Sponsorship Families, not for the orphanages
5.Shool/craf supplies and education activities for all ages

Other items to consider:
Infant and children's vitamins,
Fer-in-sol infant iron drops,
One-piece PJs,
Crib sheets,
Baby bottles: plastic with normal nipples,
nipples for regular bottles,
Infant sippy cups,
Cloth Diapers

Personally, I would say the most important items to send would be cloth diapers. Most children are clothed diapered, including our JP. Disposables are more expensive in ET and therefore the nannies will only change their disposables about 3x a day. Which leads to the next item, diaper cream. Thankfully, JP has not been reported with diaper rash but I know several families that children had severe diaper rash to the point of open wounds and lesions. Formula and medication/vitamin's. Any typical baby item would be great and of course the little ones would love some toys, too. After all they are children:)

I hope this is informative but if you have any questions please email me. If you know of someone who would be interested in giving please pass along the information. Sunday school classes or your church or your child's preschool may be looking for a service project and we'd be happy to be your subjects!
Much love to all. Thank you in sharing in our excitement of finally bringing our son home.

Monday, October 11, 2010

"Mommy, do you like my picture of Jesus?"

So, we were in the car yesterday and Bethany was playing with her Leap Pad thingy. One of the games ask you to follow "Scout" digging and when you stop it should be a picture. Well, B is never patient enough to "follow Scout" so she just draws her own picture. She will finish and tell me what the picture is that she drew. She looked up at me and said "Mommy, do you like my picture of Jesus?"
Here it is....

Need I say more?

Monday, October 04, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

As much as hate September, I love October! It's my birthday month and it's Halloween and it's football and crisp air and leaves turning and switching off of the A/C and Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate at Starbucks! It kicks off the holiday season!!! We spent the weekend enjoying the 1st of October, here are a few pics....

B, Hudson and Hayes at the homecoming floats at Clemson. Not sure who the other kid is but he sure isn't showing his Clemson pride in that yellow???

We have kicked off the month with Greenwood's Harvest Fest 2010 at the Connie Maxwell Farm. We went with the Wiles and enjoyed lots of great food and music and USC chaplain's Adrian Dupree. An awesome speaker. The kids ran around like crazy and had a good time
in the cool fall evening.

Bethany kept tackling Austin. Nothing like a good game of chase. Look at the surprise on his little face. Later Austin threw up right in the middle of the field and we felt sure it was because Bethany wouldn't get off of his stomach! The other little girl is Kate from her class in school.

Gabby and Lydia hung out together, too!

We ended our kick-off to October weekend at our favorite Sunday restaurant, Sweet Peas!

Here are the girls on the bench outside of Sweet Peas after church!
Happy Fall Ya'll!!!
"For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is recieved with thanksgiving..."1 Timothy 4:4