Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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Sunday, January 24, 2010
A couple of weeks ago we bought 6 chicks at the feed store. Each big kid has 1 and all the 3 boys have to share the other one. Jacklyn and Jo Jo are obsessed with their chicks and they put their hoodies on backwards so the hood can be a pouch for their chicks to ride around in. You can see they are getting so big already. Hopefully in about 4 months we will be eating more eggs!
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
** This ministry is kind of on hold - as soon as I find out more info, I will pass it on. So many of you were interested in this - thank you! You can see pictures of the boys, sponsor and communicate with one of the boys through Children's Hope Chest **
I am a proud mama for the 9th time and my husband doesn't even know it yet. In fact, he had nothing to do with it . . . . . . . .
We have just been matched to be the "parents" of a 17 year old son in Ethiopia named Yednekachaw! He live at Kolfe Orphanage. I should explain.
Let's back up to Nov. 2008 - remember how we collected tons of donations for an older boys' orphanage? Well, when we went to pick up our boys we went to visit that orphanage called Kolfe and we met several amazing young men.
Well since then we have met and followed the story of one family who has made an incredible impact in the life of one of these boys through long distance love and care. Please, please watch her short video testimony here
Now she is asking other moms and families who would feel called by God to care for the orphans, to sign up to love these boys through emails, giving them hope in Jesus Christ that they are not FORGOTTEN. The idea is to pray for them, communicate with them, be there for them, send care packages to them and/or visit them - really whatever God calls you to do.
Is God calling you to be a Kolfe Mama?
PS - I hope to have pictures to share with you soon.
Posted by Joy at 1:18 PM
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
We were blessed to meet up with Lana and Ernie while we were in Mexico. They go there often to bring food, clothing, blankets and Bibles to some of the families the local church there is ministering too. In fact, many of you have given me donations for Lana to use for her garage sales to benefit Uganda, and Burundi. She also uses those donations to bring to Mexico.
On this trip we met this lady Ana, who had no formula and was not lactating, so she was feeding her 3 month old water and flour. Lana, who has known Ana for a while, gave her some bags of food and got to name the baby. I then nursed him for her and gave her the formula I had in my diaper bag. He was also very congested so Ernie got the Eucalyptus oil out of her purse and mixed it with some olive oil and rubbed it on him to help him breathe. It was neat how God was able to use the little we had to help this woman. When we returned to AZ and told my parents about her, their Bible study group jumped into action collecting quite a bit of formula to send down to her. She is very thankful for the help, but still bewildered why these Christians would help her. We had a good casual talk with her explaining that there are no strings attached, we just love her because Christ has filled us with this love and we just want to bless her.
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Monday, January 18, 2010
This again was just so exciting that this would all fall in place on the week that Javier already had off and at a price we could afford. Also, since it had a kitchen, we could cook most of our meals in the room (can you imagine how much it would cost for a family of 10 to eat out 3 meals every day for 1 week!) God provided!
A few times we went in to town to buy carne asada tacos (grilled steak tacos). When we pulled up to the taco shop in someone's garage, he said, "We give good discounts to church groups." (in Spanish) - He saw our big huge white van and assumed we must be a church group :). We would buy about 18 tacos, beans, fixings and a few drinks all for $20! We returned to the same place a few times and became friends with the family and they even showed us around their house.
This was our 3 little boys' first experience at the beach and they loved it! All of our kids loved it. This is the best place for our family. This year it was especially dead and it just had several older people there, so we didn't have to worry about our kids at all. They all loved the kids and loved talking to us and watching our little parade of kids go by the pool several times each day.
Jameson sneaking somebody's beer that was left there - LOL
The kids enjoyed playing bingo, beach soccer, karaoke, building sand castles, collecting shells, swimming in the heated pool and playing in the ocean (which wasn't as cold as the outdoor pool).
One day Jordan was running into the ocean to throw back a shell that had a crab coming out of it and he stepped on a sting ray. He was bleeding and in a lot of pain so we carried him back to the hotel. The hotel doctor wanted $300 to clean it up and give him a shot. Javier asked if he would die without it, and the doctor said no, so we just took him back to the room and soaked it in hot water. A lady we had met was a nurse and she said to give him Tylenol and Benedryl and just soak it - and he was feeling much better (just tender) within a couple of hours. Now he is so proud of his "war story" and we call him Manta Raya Jordan(in Spanish).
The second to the last day our friend, Socorro, came to meet us there. She LOVED it and we loved having some extra help. She then road home with us for Thanksgiving.
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Friday, January 15, 2010
This little guy has so many nicknames - all seem to include love or chubby. Most all of my babies were happy and content, but he is the happiest ever. He giggles at any little thing and is so friendly with everyone. He will be 1 at then end of the month. (not sure what is going on with my camera - sorry about the color)
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