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The Underwear Fairy has bit the dust!

For those of you that fondly remember the Underwear Fairy, she has gone. But do not be sad, because she is being replaced by the equally as cool Vitamin Fairy.

Ashley is a great gal that works in Liberia. (Go check out her blog www.loveinliberia.blogspot.com ) . Last time she went she asked for help with new underwear for the kids.

At the end of February she is going back to Liberia, this time with bags jam packed with kids chewable vitamins!! So here’s what YOU can do;

  • Go to www.pledgebank.com/vitamins4liberia
  • Sign the pledge
  • Go buy kids vitamins or send her a gift card to like Wal-Mart or Target and Ashley will go get them herself.
  • send to Vitamin Fairy.

See really easy.

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(this is one of Ashley’s fabulous pictures!)

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The Underwear Fairy

Last winter I wrote about the Underwear Fairy that was collecting new undies to give out to orphanages in Liberia. Well the Underwear Fairy is back in Liberia, working with Orphan Relief and Rescue. Ashley (aka the Underwear Fairy) just updated her blog and she is handing out all those new undies to kiddos all over Liberia. Its pretty dang cool. So go check it out at, www.loveinliberia.blogspot.com.

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And then we were 8…..

Ya know, I always thought we would eventually adopt again. When I imagined it, she was a sweet, chunky little Liberian toddler. A girl, of course! And I would do her hair into little puffs and she would wear the cutest little toddler girl dresses ever. She would be our last baby. I had it all planned out…to a ‘T’.

Then of course, God had bigger and way better plans for my family.

This incredibly beautiful 12 year old girl, from Brasil no less, is our newest daughter. And we are all enchanted to say the least. We met Miss G, by phone, last July. She was in Brasil being adopted by an American mom. I knew them kinda through a friend, and I helped with translation stuff. We have watched for the past 15 months as Miss G and her adoptive mom have struggled. And not too long ago her adoptive mom decided that she could no longer be Miss G’s mom. And now here she is. Of course, its not really like *snap* and here she is. There are a lot of little details, gut wrenching intense moments, and heartbreak.

I have been trying to write this blog entry for quite a while. I’ve written and erased several times over the past couple of weeks. Trying to find the just the right words to explain my feelings about all of this.

And I kept thinking of this fabulous Ben Harper song called, Blessed to be A Witness.

The Chorus says, I am Blessed

I am Blessed

I am Blessed

I am Blessed

I am Blessed to be a witness

And that kinda sums it all up. I am blessed. I have this fabulous opportunity to witness Jesus in action on a daily basis. I am humbled that ultimately He gave me exactly what I have been desiring, one more daughter. She isn’t the chunky little toddler that I had envisioned in my head. She is way, way better…..

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Learning Empathy.

The other night, as kids were getting teeth brushed and ready to head off to bed, I was flipping through the channels I noticed that there was a great show coming on PBS. Wide Angle. It would be about 3 kids that were abducted and became child soldiers in Uganda. It would be their story. So I started watching it, and slowly my bigger kids started trickling into the living room. We get a little background on the rebels and how long this war has been going on, and then they dive into these 3 kid’s stories. As we are watching Mr. O and Mr. H start pummeling me with questions. Questions about the war, about the children in Uganda, are they scared?, why don’t they just not fight for the rebels?. And on and on. Really good questions actually. I am trying to answer as best as I can and watch the documentary at the same time. Then there is this scene where this 12 year old kid is walking, alone, on this road going to see his mom for the first time in a year. He ran away from the rebel army and was now at this rehabilitation type place that tries to get ex child soldiers back to some kind of normal life. So this boy is walking. Mr. H says, ” I would be so scared to walk”. Then Mr. O answers him, “I would never be able to sleep at night being worried that they would take me again”. And on and on my boys go. Imagining what it would be like. Putting themselves into this little Ugandan boy’s shoes.

WOW!!!! I sat there stunned. You see, my boys have lived most of their lives in an orphanage during a war. Both of those circumstances do not breed empathy or compassion. It breeds survival. Making sure that you are safe. And here these two boys sat, watching about other children in a country far away from Liberia. A country that they know nothing about. And they felt empathy and they felt compassion.

The following days both boys still continued to have questions. And finally, they landed on the big question, “what can we do?”. What a fabulous question! Now they live in a country, where not only can we know what is happening in the world, but we can do something.

Here are some of the places we have found-

So, what can we do?

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Don’t you love getting mail?

So we are just having lazy, hazy days of summer without a whole lot of excitement to blog about. I thought maybe kids are starting to get bored, and what better to help bored kids than writing letters! Old fashioned letters and cards……(Doesn’t it make you have all kinds of fun thoughts about getting mail….)

Being sick and in the hospital is way unfun! But getting cool mail while you’re in the hospital would totally rock!

  • Isaac is the cutest little guy!!! I’ve been following his mom’s blog all during her adoption of this little man and then life with him. He had a bump of sorts of his back. He recently had surgery to have it removed. And as you can imagine back surgery is hard and recouping from that is even harder. He will in the hospital for quite a while now. Go to www.bringingisaachome.blogspot.com and on the right hand side there is an address to send Isaac cards.
  • We heard about Cora through Mr.O’s soccer team. His cousin plays on Mr. O’s team. Cora is a cutie little 4 year old with kidney cancer. She had surgery and now will spend the next 20 weeks having chemo. I have Cora’s address so if anyone is interested email me at, tabitha_carr@yahoo.com.

I totally don’t want mom and dad left out….

  • www.prisoneralert.com is a ministry of Voice of the Martyrs. Its kinda like it sounds, you write letters to Christian prisoners all over the world. All the rules of writing are on the website. Seriously, once a week write a letter. So easy!

Happy Monday!!!

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A little John Piper in the morning.

“I will show you how to waste your life.  Consider a story from the February 1998 edition of Reader’s Digest, which tells about a couple who “took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51.  Now they live Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30 foot trawler, play softball, and collect shells.” At first when I read this I thought it might be a joke.  A spoof on the American Dream.  But it wasn’t.  Tragically, this was the dream: Come to the end of your life-your one and only precious, God-given life- and let the last great work of your life, before you give an account to your Creator, be this: playing softball and collecting shells. Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: “Look, Lord. See my shells.” That is a tragedy.  And people today are spending billions of dollars to persuade you to embrace that tragic dream.  Over against that, I put my protest: Don’t buy it. Don’t waste your life.”

John Piper from Don’t Waste Your Life

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What do to with all that income tax moola

Income tax returns are one of my favorite things! 🙂 In honor of all that cash that will be flowing, here are some uber cool places to spend that cash.

  • Up here in Seattle, folks are going green crazy. Recycle here, hybrid there, eco friendly everywhere. So how about instead of using those plastic grocery bags that I have heard take about a zillion years to biodegrade, use an Africa Bag. These are cloth grocery bags that provide sustainable income for villages in Malawi. Africa Bags’ goal is to provide a long-term solution for the people of Malawi. By creating a sustainable economy in the poorest villages, Africa Bags can give the Malawians an opportunity to provide for themselves.

www.africabags.org

  • Learning, learning, learning!!!! I am a book/learning nut. For $100 a year you could send a kid to school in Rwanda. That $100 covers tuition for 3 quarters and their school uniform through Think Compassion. On their website there are pictures up of all the kids that still need scholarships to go to school. Think Compassion is all about supporting education and schools in Africa. If $100 seems too much, you can buy one of their super cool t-shits for $35 and that money goes towards a teacher’s salary. How freakin’ rockin’ is that?

www.thinkcompassion.com

  • One of the beauties of the USA is the ability to stay well, however we chose to do that. Whether we are all natural or all medicated we have the power to chose what medicines we take and how we will take them.

I talked a while back with a nurse that works exclusively with HIV/AIDS patients. I was intrigued and we talked for quite a while. She was telling me that now most HIV patients here in the U.S., with medications, have normal life expectancies. With their medications they can live to a ripe old age. Amazing! And yet we all know that this is not the norm all over the world. I mean you got folks that die of very treatable diseases in most third world countries. There is a clinic in Jos, Nigeria called Faith Alive. They treat, for free, HIV/AIDS patients in Jos. And guess what is the horrific amount that it takes to give one person anti-retroviral medications? I guessed thousands of dollars. But I was wrong. It costs $183 per year. I pay more than that for my kids to play soccer. Here is a video with the director of the clinic in Nigeria.

The program is called Save-A-Life at www.firstpresfc.org/BodyStyle.asp?mmid=97&cmid=38

Enjoy that extra cash flow!

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