December 26, 2008

Formula Desperately Needed In Ethiopia!

Hello friends!

We have recently been made aware of the formula shortage in Ethiopia right now because the birr (Ethiopian currency) has lost value due to the downturn in the Ethiopian economy . Because of this trading with the Middle East, the normal source of formula, has been hampered.

This has resulted in a shortage of formula in the country and more specifically, dear to our hearts, the orphanages. Imagine trying to care for those precious babies and not knowing how you were going to feed them! I cannot fathom the heartache that must be. They are desperate for formula. This comes straight from Almaz, the director at Hannah's Hope.

Some of those same babies that I loved on, specifically at Enat Elam, are becoming sick from lack of formula and being fed powdered milk.

I have talked to Julie, my case manager, about specifically what we can do, here it is:

If you want to purchase powdered formula (no liquid!) , specifically up to about 12 months of age, you can give it to me (Chrissy). If you are further away, email me and I can give you the address of a traveling family to send it to. We will send this with traveling families as they go to Ethiopia. This is the best way to get it to Ethiopia.

Monetary Donations-- Because God is faithful and we are going to receive an enormous amount of formula (I like to think big with God) and sometimes people would prefer to just give money, we can collect money to help pay for the extra luggage charge to send over with formula with families traveling to Ethiopia. This is the cheapest way to get it there.

As far as monetary donations, they can be marked Formula for Ethiopia and made out to AGCI and send to address at bottom or you can also give monetary donations to me and I will send them on.

I know that I am always coming to you guys with one cause or another...and I am so grateful for your help each time. I just really want to help these precious babies! It absolutely crushes my heart to think that they are without the formula they need to grow and live. They already have so many odds stacked against them.
If we each just send one can of formula, what a difference we can directly make to those babies!
I can't imagine the pain and heartache the orphanage directors are going through...trying to feed all of those babies and not having what you need to do it. Can you imagine?

All God's Children
3308 NE Peerless Place
Portland, OR 97232

December 21, 2008

What's He Thinking?

This is a still from a video of Ab and I first meeting. We were looking through pictures last night and he saw this one and this is what he told me... (oh the power of the same language!)

"told me this was mom and hug you and you were talking and I was thinking what you sayin, I don't know english and I was lookin for someone to tell me what you were sayin"

Crack me up! I just laughed and laughed over that! Poor kid! And I was just a rambling! I wondered what was going through his I know!

December 5, 2008


I am restless. I am longing for something more. I am not sure what it is.

Ever been there?

There is something more God is planning for our lives.. There is something more for me to do. What is it? I have been told to see where God is moving and jump in. That doesn't help me. I see God working everywhere!

Is is adoption through foster care?

Is it forsaking it all and moving to Zambia?

Is it something related to Ethiopia?

Is it something that I am missing?

Or is it that I am just restless to be home, to be completely whole with Jesus? Am I just longing to no longer be a stranger in a foreign world but to be where one day my God will call me to live with Him forever.

I feel like I am on the high dive doing that little bounce before you jump. You know, the little tiny bounces that get you ready to jump? I'm preparing and ready but just not sure what I am jumping into....

Bounce, Bounce, Bounce

Pennies for Peace

Are you looking for a good way to teach your kids the value of a penny to some people of the world ? Most of us think a penny is useless or has no value. We would hesitate to even pick one up..... About a year ago, I read a book called Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson His story is an amazing one of a man making a promise to build a school in a remote village in Pakistan (he had gotten lost and sick mountain climbing) and keeping that promise. He promotes peace with books and education. He believes when you give the children of a country a hope and a future that it will change the world as they know it.

He has a program called Pennies for Peace to help build the schools (he has built 78 since 1996 and it was rough going in the beginning...) He used pennies to show what we consider worth nothing can do in a Third World and because anyone can donate some pennies and be a part.

It has helped my children to see the value of a penny and to know that school is a privilege in certain places that children will walk hours to get to. At his website there is a whole lesson for children. When we see a penny in a parking lot, we make sure to pick it up now for our Pennies for Peace Jar.

November 30, 2008

Is it a horse or a train?

Ab had seen a pic of the kids riding horses and kept telling me he wanted to do that...he wants to do everything he sees the kids have done in the pictures...So our good friend Debbie let us come over and ride. It hasn't rained for quite a long time...but we were blessed with alot of rain on this day! But we still had a good time.

Ab saw them in the field and yelled... "I want to drive that one. Big one! No thank you for help!"
Well , when we got in the barn, the confidence wore off a little. He was a little intimidated and didn't like it when they stopped or neighed.

Here is Rachel loving on one of them.

Ready to go! He was pretty comfortable in the seat!

Here is a video of Ab...Is it a horse or a train??

November 25, 2008

Snow in WV

We went to WV with family friends to a mountain cabin..Ab got his first experience with snow..Here is a video of him.... When he pointed he said 'momma , looks like Ethiopia'. He thought the mountains looked like Ethiopia (minus snow of course!)

I"ll post some more pics later..

Snow Pics

What? This is cold!


Preparing for a snowball fight. Ab didn't understand this too well. Came in yelling.

Josh taking off.

Rachel and Ben going down...

Bekah and Ab getting ready to go....Love those smiles .. Erin and Rachel in the background
Josh getting ready to give us a push

He picked up sledding pretty quick!

The Wink

Bekah and Becky

November 24, 2008


Ab had a rough night again last night (Sunday night)

He was crying for his mom (more sobbing) and he missed her. I asked him what he missed.....His answers? Her fixing him breakfast in the morning (which consisted of bread and dipping it in something red ???) Her walking him to school and the times that she played with him. He also misses his dad giving him money occasionally to buy him a chocolate.

What does this show me? It's the simple things that make our children feel loved. Sometimes we feel we have to 'do' so much to show love. What he misses is the day to day life with his family and their love being showed in those things.

Please continue to pray for us. I plan to email the social worker today to ask some questions on different things that concern me. Also pray that God will give us wisdom, consistency, love from Him, and compassion for Ab's hurt.

November 23, 2008


Ab had a rough night last Thursday night. It came completely unexpected. He went to bed fine and Bekah came to me and told me that he was sobbing in bed. I went in to find him clutching his picture books and sobbing. He has cried before but usually it's just tears running down his cheeks. This was wailing. I stood by his bed and just let him cry for a little bit and then asked him what was wrong. His response was that he was sad and he missed his mom. I carried him to the living room and just held him on my lap and let him cry. I also just keep repeating that his family in Ethiopia love him and that we love him.

I cannot even beginto describe the emotions I felt holding this precious boy in my lap and having him sob for his mother, wanting him to feel better but knowing that there was absolutely really nothing that I could do to make that hurt go away. I can comfort him but even that seems pale in light of what he is feeling.

But I do know that God is the comforter of the comfortless and that He can comfort way beyond my feeble attempts.

November 18, 2008

Total amount for IJM Walk-A-Thon

We raised just over $1600 for our International Justice Mission Walk-A-Thon! This amount will be able to cover the expenses to free 3 people from bonded slavery or 1 girl in forced prostitution and one person in bonded slavery..

See my link Terrify No More for more information or the video Just Courage to the right of my page.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this....We HAVE made a difference. All glory to God!

November 13, 2008

Referral Pics

I was taking a trip down memory lane and was amazed at how much Ab has grown and changed since we first got his referral pics. He has been home a little over 3 months now. Hard to believe!

Pics taken mid-May (our referral pics)

Picture taken by a traveling family sometime in early July

Picture taken at home about a month ago

November 12, 2008

The things you don't think to teach!

The last several weeks have been somewhat amusing at what we didn't think about 'teaching' Ab. The things that we take for granted that our children know from living in America.

One day the bathroom sink was stopped up. I checked it out and there was toilet paper and chewed gum stuffed down the drain. Ab had been sticking bathroom trash in it. He thought it was just the same as the toilet.

I came to the bathroom one night and he was cupping water in his hands and putting down the cabinet, which was covered with spit. He had missed the sink spitting and his way of cleaning up was to cup water and pour it over it.

He is amazed at the things we throw away. He is constantly checking out the trash and retrieving special things out of it!

He stands up to wash in the bathtub...He is used to standing in a round tub to get clean.

Standing in line...just plain doesn't get it that you get behind the last person...working on that one.....

He is so used to roaming around a neighborhood or compound that he doesn't understand why he has to let us know or ask and not just taking off and doing what he wants.....

On another note:
Josh gave him a piggy bank this week and Ab told us he was going to fill it with money so that he can take us all to Ethiopia. He misses Ethiopia. He doesn't say it much but he constantly talks about taking us there....I'm just glad he wants us to still go with him!

November 9, 2008

IJM Walk-A-Thon Success!

Our International Justice Mission Walk-A-Thon was a success! We have gone beyond our goal of $500 as of now and are still receiving donations! I'll give you an update when we have our final count.

I was very blessed by my SS class. They are a great bunch of young adults! We walked for a while and then stopped and prayed for individual groups of people. These gals blessed me by their hearts.
Some chose to do other fundraisers and some couldn't walk but still raised money. But we all came together for the sake of people who are being oppressed.
If you have never learned about IJM and their mission, please check my link Terrify No More or their website.
Below are some pictures from the walk:

November 6, 2008

Things That Make Me Sad

He is already forgetting his Amharic. I would so love to keep his language alive for him. I have recorded him praying to have as a keepsake. He is even starting to pray in English now, which I love to hear....but I miss his amharic prayers.

When I asked him what he would eat in Ethiopia and he told me bread dipped in water and then 'it was finished, no more food'

He tells me that the older boys in his neighborhood would hit him and kick him when he was crying and grab him by his coat.

That he continually thinks we are cheating him with something...whether it is books, food or attention.

When he asks to get on the plane and for our whole family to go Ethiopia.

When he gets a far away look in his eyes and I can tell he's thinking about home.

When he tells me about when he was taken to the orphanage.

When I think about his family must feel.

When I think about all the other children still needing a home in Ethiopia and all over the world.

When I think about the other orphanage we visited and how they just looked so lifeless and sad.

When I think about all the people in Ethiopia struggling for jobs, food, and just the basic necessities of life. When I think of how they are forced to make decisions that I can't even begin to fathom.

When I think of how often I just turn a blind eye to the pain and suffering of the world.

November 1, 2008

Favorite Pic

Where's My Box?

I am known to like my personal space....Ab is now known to invade it 24/7....Dad snapped this shot while we were watching tv (or it looks like I was channel surfing!) ...he calls it the 'magnet'. I am so learning to let go of my selfishness....some days I still stink at it.

And then they begin to multiply! Oh...I am so loved :)

October 30, 2008

Things That Make Me Laugh!

Things that make me laugh:

We found out that Ab has been to Mexico! (remember he kept saying he had been to mexico and we kept telling him no you haven't!) Well, I was looking up Addis on google earth and there is an area in Addis called Mexico! I about fell off my seat!

This past weekend Ab has been obsessed with catching a bird and wanting to eat it. He thinks we can go and just catch one out of the air...He tells Dad to jump up and catch it. He has now changed to just catching one and keeping it. I showed him chicken in the freezer and that was how we got birds to eat in our home!

He is calling all of us 'honey' if we say something he doesn't hear or understands, he says 'what, honey?'

He believes everything he sees on TV...There is a commercial that shows sunglasses going over glasses and how much better you can see. He told us that he needs them because he can't see like that!

He likes to put 'pooh' at the end of everyone's name...Rachiepoo, Joshiepoo, Bekahpoo. My big kids are not amused.

He wanted to pick my mole off my arm. I felt something hurt and I looked down and he had grabbed it and was pulling! I said 'no Ab' and he told me 'it's okay..I got it' It took me a good while to convince him that he did not need to pull it off!

He tried to use a glue stick as chapstick!

When the Penney's lady asked if he was shy, he said "shower, no" He thought she was asking him to take a shower.

When he is hot and sweaty (which is most of the time), He opens the freezer door and sticks his head in.

He tells me 'thank you' when I give him a bath or shower. None of the other kids ever said thank you for a bath! smile

He thought our candy corn was teeth.

Laughter makes those long days seem shorter!

October 27, 2008

Terrify No More

I told you 'more on this later '!

Last year I read a book called Terrify No More that literally changed my thinking about our world. I knew alot of things took place..such as bonded slavery, forced prostitution (both of children and adults) but I never knew how much it happened. I was floored. The book was written by Gary Haugen with the International Justice Mission, a christian human rights group. This group is made of lawyers, detective, social workers, and etc. They go in to places undercover and gather info on perpetrators and then using the law of the country they are in and their forces, they rescue the victims and bring the perpetrators to justice. When you read this book, you are so inspired and in awe of God and what He can accomplish with dedicated people.

My Senior High Sunday School class has been going through The Justice Mission which is a dvd of 4 teens going to Asia and seeing firsthand what life is like there. They see the slaves, the prostitutes and hear their stories. We were convicted, inspired, and challenged. Admittedly we even felt a little helpless....BUT we want to make a difference.

We are going to do a walk-a-thon November 8 to raise money for IJM. It costs about $500 to legally free a bonded slave (they receive an emancipation proclamation) and $1000 to legally free a woman in forced prostitution. They also provide aftercare to help them in reclaiming their lives. $500 is our goal. We want to love our neighbor and seek justice as God has called us to do in His Word! He calls us to seek justice!

If you would like to be part of this by walking with us (if you live near us) or donating-- just email me at . I will keep you updated to our results!

If you want more info on IJM...go to

Here is a video that shows more about them and their fight against sex trafficking...

Here is a another video with Gary Haugen talking about their work in fighting slavery...I just bought the book he is talking about and am anxious to read it!

October 26, 2008

Virginia Holocaust Museum

Those of you who know me well, know that I love Jewish history. I love to read on it and I love the Old Testament. Unfortunately part of their history is the Holocaust. The big kids and I went with another family last week to tour The Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond. I have been studying for some time now on slavery, oppression, genocide, and things that pertain to that. My senior high Sunday school class has been studying God's heart for the oppressed through The Justice Mission. (more on that in a day or two!)

As I walked in, this was the first thing you see:

Very appropriate..I had to take a picture!

This is a very well done museum. In the beginning you watch a tape of the survivors in Richmond sharing their stories. Then you go through the museum. You see everything in 'real life' You stand in one of the train cars and imagine the journey with the amount of people. You see what people went through with medical experiments, you went down a tunnel and into an underground chamber and saw the space and people who were in hiding, you went inside a gas chamber, and saw the crematory. You saw the camp for displaced persons....You saw the pictures children drew in the camps and read their poems. It was very eye-opening. After seeing alot of pictures and wondering how people can be so thin yet still alive, Joshua told us that it made his stomach feel very weird. And that was a good way to state it....

Lisa teaching the kids...

There was a whole section dedicated to the children. Pictures and poems they wrote were on the wall along with their pictures. This was the most heartbreaking for me.

A picture one girl drew shows a mean woman and it says 'no Jews allowed'

The door to the gas chamber...
Inside the gas chamber...

Looking at all of the things that were taken from the bodies after they were, teeth, glasses, etc. We are in the crematory room at this point.
This is a remembrance for the people of Richmond. All of the pictures on here were the relatives of people in Richmond who died in the Holocaust. It was very sad to see all of the pictures of people with such hope and life in their eyes and to know how they died.

On a positive note, it was inspiring to see the wall of people who DID take a stand and fight back against oppression and do what they could to stop it or to help free people. We saw their pictures and read their stories. I hope and pray given the same choices here and now that I would choose to take a stand for what I know is right and just.
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