Apr 19, 2011

updates on everything under the sun...except, not really

I was up most of the night last night.  I couldn't sleep..and I was bored.  So I wrote this wonderful post for you all.  I know, I really shouldn't of.  You can thank me later. : )

Adoption:
7 months.  I can't believe it has been that long waiting for the New Sister to come home!  We have had many delays but things are moving forward..finally.  I hate that I can't blog more openly about this whole process.  Praying that soon (this week, right Lord?) that I will have exciting stuff to share with you all. : )


My Dog:
I got a puppy for my birthday.  The first few weeks were *cough* really rough.  It was like having a newborn baby.  And in all honesty, if I am going to be getting up in the middle of the night and cleaning up poop I would much rather be doing it for a baby not an animal.  Just saying.  It is so much better now.  I may be just a little proud of my super, dog training skills.  Career change?  Yes please.  Or not.  But really, he is so well behaved..for the most part.  He has really forced me to get out of...well...bed.  It's amazing how having to consistently let another living being out to 'empty out', forces you to get out of bed and *gasp* actually get dressed!  And in a moment of inspiration yesterday, I decided to take him for a bike ride, you know, to get both of us into better shape. Yeah, not doing that again. Moving on...

Alex:
His grant is up too $248.50  $428.50!! My eyes {almost}literally popped out of my head. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!

Hydrocephalus:
Go look at this sweet baby.  He breaks my heart,  He is so little and really should be in his mom's arms right now.  They are having a giveaway right now for a $75 gift certifcate to Se@rs.  For every $5 you give you are entered.  Not many people have entered yet, so your chances are pretttty high.  Incase you were interested. : )  Please pray his mom and dad find him soon.  If they don't he will die and that makes me sick.

The Weather:
It has been snowing almost all week.  The snow we had was finally melting and we could actually see grass on our lawn!  BUT it had to go snow again and we got like, another foot.  It is melting, but we very well might still have snow still at the end of May.  Just another reason to head back to Africa I guess!

Done!  Don't you feel smarter?  I know, me too.  And because you all are just so great I thought you might like to see how I look the day after I am up all night.  Lovely.

Apr 17, 2011

speachless

"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord!"
Psalm 150:6

Back in January I had a choice to make.  It was time to re-enter 'real life'.  I had just gotten back from three months in Africa and recovered from malaria and it was time to get my life together in Canada.  With in a week I had three options flying at me.  One quickly was pushed aside but the last two were hard to pick between.  On one hand, I could take the job offer I was given and...well...get money.  But in the other hand I had a chance to volunteer with a little boy with Cystic Fibrosis.  If I took the job I would be able to head back to Uganda in April.  I would be able to be back in the country I love and hug and kiss my boy once again.  For some reason, I chose to volunteer.  Why?  I don't even know.  I would give anything to hold Elijah again, but I chose not to go back to him.  I chose to stay in Canada.  And that just does not make sense to me.

Over the last 3 months I have wondered about this decision.  I love, love, love my little CF boy and his family.  I have learned a lot from them.  I have a soft spot in my heart for Special Needs and I love getting first hand experience with them.  But I wanted to be back in Uganda.


The beginning of April was rough.  Knowing that I could of been on a plane back to Africa if only I had chosen different back in January.  It was hard.  Really, really hard.  I didn't understand what God was doing.  Why wasn't he letting me go back?  Why had he even brought E into my life to only have me never see him again?  And why in the world had I not just taken that job!?!  I still don't really know.  But this last week God has made some things very clear to me.  And I am blown away.

The day I would of been leaving for Uganda, I was made aware of a little girl, Diana

I was in a sour mood and had spent most of the day crying but her smile got to me.  I had to do something.   Over these last 10 days God has made it clear that the reason I was here, in Canada, was for Diana.  If I had chosen to work instead of volunteer in January, I would have had no idea what CF was.  And I wouldn't of cared.  If I had taken the job, I would of been in Uganda these last few weeks.  I wouldn't of seen Diana, and I wouldn't of been able to be apart of her dream. 
God knew. 
I am blown away.
Every single detail these last few months were worked out with out me knowing or understanding. 
Everything pointing back to God doing the impossible on behalf of a sick little girl half a world away.

Yesterday, Diana's forever family found her.

8 days before her birthday, and God answered our prayers.

I am so, so thankful God let me be apart of this adventure.  He could of asked anyone to do this, but he chose me.  And I really could not be happier.  My faith has been strengthened and once again he has shown me that he knows and sees what is happening down here on earth.  Something I really needed to be reminded of. : )
God is good.

Thank you to everyone who helped get the word out about Diana.  It worked!

You can see Diana's new family HERE.
Please say a prayer for them that the rest of their adoption process will go smoothly and that they can get Diana home quickly!  She needs to get medical care ASAP.

Apr 16, 2011

Adoption Grant updates

When I signed up to be an Orphan Warrior back in January both Alex and Melissa had Zero dollars in their grant fund.  I hated that big fat zero more then you could imagine.  My unofficial goal was to get their grants up to $100 each.  I figured that I should be able to get that much by the end of the year..maybe.  I really am not in a place to ask people I know 'in real life' for money and I do not have any source of income right now so I really was not expecting to see that much money going into their grant funds.

I have been blown away. 
Sure neither of their grants are even up to my goal yet, but they have grown by a bunch.
And it is only April.

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My sweet Alex's grant has grown to..

*drum roll*

$68.50!!!!

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Thank you to all who have contributed to Alex's grant!

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Melissa's grant fund has really surprised me.  She does not have much info in her profile.  Just a few words and a medical diagnosis.  People usually gravitate towards the children you can 'connect' with and I really did not think Melissa was one of those children.  Sure she has ME wrapped around her pinkie finger but that doesn't count because I am her warrior. : )  So imagine my surprise when I woke up one morning and found that her grant had jumped all the way up to...

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$77.50!!!

They are both so close to getting to $100 and I am so stink'n excited!!!
Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who has donated towards these babies!!

God is good.
enough said.

Apr 12, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Today, April 12th, 2011, is a special day. 
Today, a precious little girl waiting on the other side of the world is turning 7.
Stacie, the sweet girl my family fell in love with last June, is having a birthday.
It is a sad but sweet day. 
 It is sad because she is still in that orphanage, BUT sweet because she has a family coming for her!!
Her forever family is working hard to get her home as fast as they can.
This is her LAST birthday alone!!

Happy Birthday Stacie!!
We love you and are praying that today, on your birthday, you will know how much you are loved.  That you will know deep in your heart that your mom and dad and brothers and sister are all working hard to get you HOME.  Stay strong and brave.  Soon you will be home!

We couldn't resist putting on a little party for Stacie.  We are so thankful for what she did for our family.  She was the face that first got us going on our adoption journey.  Because of her, my sweet sister will be coming home to OUR family and for that I will forever be thankful.  And all though she was never meant to be in our family we will always have a special place in our hearts for her.  God is good.
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Her sweet picture that we first printed out last year and her birthday cupcakes.
 
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We really like her...
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Happy Birthday Stacie!


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Visit Stacie's family HERE
They are an awesome family and are SO perfect for Stacie.
Not that my opinion really matters, but I approve of them. ; )
Plus they have a little boy named Elijah, and we all know how much I adore that name.

Have a blessed day! 
We will be busy stuffing our faces with cupcakes!
Joanna

Apr 10, 2011

When I'm with You (or...er..not with you)

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When I hold you
In my arms, love
Somethin' changes
It's the strangest feeling

 The things that
Use to matter
They don't matter
To me

 
When I see you
And you're smilin'
How my heart aches
So full it is about to break

You make me believe in love


I could never count all the ways
That you change me, baby
Every day the sky is a deeper shade of blue
When I'm with you


When I hear you
And you're cryin'
It resonates, dear
In a place I didn't know was there


You make me believe in love


I could never count all the ways
That you change me, baby
Every day the sky is a deeper shade of blue
When I'm with you


Beautiful, baby
You're sweeter than strawberry pie
Just like the morning
Your smile brings the sun that shines


I could never count all the ways
That you change me, baby
Every day the sky is a deeper shade of blue
When I'm with you


I could never count all the ways
That you change me, baby
Every day the sky is a deeper shade of blue
When I'm with you


Apr 5, 2011

Diana

"Seek good, not evil,
that you may live.
Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you,
just as you say he is.
Hate evil, love good:
maintain justice in the courts."
Amos 5:14-15

Meet Diana,

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Is she not precious?

Diana is 7 and was born with Cystic Fibrosis.
Diana is an orphan.

I have seen this sweet girl around Reece's Rainbow before but it wasn't until recently that I really noticed her.  I hadn't even read what her special need was on her profile before, but when I did, I knew.  Those two precious words, Cystic Fibrosis. 

Some of you may remember that I started volunteering with a little boy in my area that was born with Cystic Fibrosis.  I haven't blogged about it much because, frankly, it is not my place to blog about him.  Some things are better left off the Internet, especially when it comes to another persons child.  But I can say that being around a child born with CF has changed me and opened my eyes to this special need.  I know the challenges these children face and how dangerous it can be for them if they don't have access to medical care.  I look at Diana's picture and I see her puffy eyes and pale skin.  I can only imagine how skinny she must be under her sweater.  But her smile?  And her cute missing tooth?  She is perfect.  But she will most likely not survive another year in the orphanage without medical care.

Diana turns 8 later this month and I am determined to help her find a family for her birthday.
Please help me by sharing about her on Facebook, your blog etc.
And please, please, send up a prayer or two for her and her future family.
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