Thursday, August 30, 2012

Half a World Away

Half a World Away by Jill Marshall-Work

Half a world away
Sometimes it seems we're so far apart
But a half a world away
Is not too far for a journey of the heart
My little one, my precious joy
I'm waiting for you
My precious son, my little boy
I know you're waiting too

Half a world away
A child waits for a family of his own
While a half a world away
A family waits to come bring him home

My little one, my precious joy
I'm whispering a prayer
My precious son, my baby boy
I hope to soon be there

Half a world away
So many miles to bring you home at last
And half a world away
So many months of waiting are past.

My little one, my precious joy
You're fin'ly home to stay
My precious son, my little boy
We celebrate this day...

Knowing we will no longer be
half a world away.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What we made on Monday...

We went our annual apple picking trip this weekend.  We have lots of apples and it is time to pull out all the yummy fall recipes.  One of our favorites is apple donuts.  It is a  recipe passed down from my Mom.

Apple Donuts (apple muffins)
Mix together:
3 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. nutmeg
3 1/2 tsp.baking powder
2/3 c. shortning
then add:
2 c. grated raw apple
2 eggs (beaten)
1/2 c. milk
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. butter

Mix all ingredients except topping ingredients.  Fill a greased muffin pan 2/3 full. I use a mini muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Mix sugar and cinnamon together.  Melt  butter.  Remove donuts from pan and roll the tops  in the butter, then in the sugar/cinnamon mixture.  Enjoy!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

By the numbers...

Happy Thursday! We are still waiting for J. Today I just thought I would put our waiting into numbers.  When I see it in actual number of days it blows my mind a bit. 

It has been 671  days (October 22,2010) since we applied to Holt's Waiting Child Program to pursue the adoption of J.

It has been 625 days  (December 7, 2010) since we went through the interview process to be selected as his family.

It has been 623 days ( December 9,2010)  since we were told we were chosen to be his family.

It has been  42 days since we last saw J.  We miss him!

Thank you for the prayers.  Please keep them coming.  We are so close!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Heritage and Heart

I want to share about one of my favorite Etsy stores, Heritage and Heart...globally patriotic clothes.  It was created by my friend, Sheila.  Sheila and I went to college together. She and her husband,Chad, are also adoptive parents.  Sheila wanted to create clothing  that her two children could wear to show pride not only in their American culture but also in their birth culture.  Out of that desire she created Heritage and Heart.  Her clothing is handmade and beautiful.

This is the original tshirt. You can add any country's flag

This is Js shirt!

Cute panda tee with skirt.

Love this blanket!

Elyse's favorite skirt!

So go to her store and check out all of her wonderful clothing items. If you use the coupon code SHEEHYBLOG you will get 15% off your order now through the end of September!
Happy Monday!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Working on this...

 So true!  I am working on this...

  I just came across Lindbergh's book and I am very excited to read it.  Have you heard of it?   There is a great series of posts on the book here

While on vacation on Florida's Captiva Island in the early 1950s, Lindbergh wrote this essay-style work taking shells on the beach for inspiration, and reflecting on the lives of Americans, particularly American women, in the mid-twentieth century. She shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment during her visit.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Adoption feels like...

Adoption feels like genetic connection because it links you directly not only to your own gene pool but to the genes of all humanity, all the way to the roots from which we all originated...adoption carries the added dimension of connection not only to your own tribe but beyond, widening the scope of what constitutes love, ties and family.  It is a larger embrace.

-Isabella Rossellini

Friday, August 3, 2012

Still waiting

We have been home from our second trip for three weeks.  The waiting continues.  We know we are on the home stretch but for some reason the closer we get the harder it is to wait.  We know that soon J will be home and all of this will be a memory!  His bed is ready, his clothes are hung up in the closet and folded in the dresser, and his toys are just waiting on him. We are waiting on him!  Life has been busy here but even in our busyness we still feel of us is missing.  I was in one of those pity party moments and I read a quote from Beth Moore.  I love how God comes to us in exactly the right moment and exactly the right way.  

Really, what I meant was this: you can't rush God.  You can't push Him.  You can't pull Him. You can't tug Him or taunt Him. If He has a mind to linger right where He is, you can't budge Him one inch. You can, however, try to go without Him; but, chances are, you'll come back because, if you really have a heart for God, you'll be miserable beyond His blessing. 
-Beth Moore

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Free the Girls

"He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well.  Is that not what it means to know me? declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 22:16

A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about modern day slavery and the sex trade industry.  At the end of that post I listed different ways that we can help these women and girls who have been rescued from slavery. I have been doing a lot of research on this topic and I am amazed at all the groups out there working hard to  get these women and girls out of slavery and the work that goes into helping these ladies get on their feet and recover.

Let me introduce you to Free the Girls.

We work alongside safe houses around the world that rescue women
 from sex trafficking and provide rehabilitation services.
Your donation helps survivors of human trafficking make a living selling used clothing while they recover and build their new life.

Selling second hand clothes has not only become quite a business here in the US but has become a profitable way to make a living in many other countries.  Free the Girls is using this sustainable model  to help women who have come out of the sex industry start their own business.

What do these women sell?  They sell bras.

Why bras?  These women who have come out of slavery have been abused by men. This type of business gives them the opportunity to only work with women.  How brilliant is that!

How can we help?  We can donate our quality, used bras.  The women receive their first inventory of bras at no cost to them.  They do pay a small fee for additional bras once they sell their initial inventory.  That fee is used to help with shipping costs. 

Would you help?  Would you donate a bra?  I am going to be collecting bras over the next couple of weeks.  If you live in the area, I will be shipping off a box in mid August.  If you don't live in this area you can just mail in your donation directly to Free the Girls.

Free the Girls
8200 S. Quebec Street
Centennial, CO. 80112

Christ has no body on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ's compassion for the world is to look out;
yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good;
and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.
-Saint Teresa of Avila