April 29, 2009

How Ab has made us laugh the last couple weeks.

At Sherando: "Mom, are there sharks in there?"

In the car: "Mom, I want to be Troy and Chad's friend and talk to them and play basketball" He was VERY disappointed to learn High School Musical wasn't for real.

While watching Nutrisystem commerical: "Mom, you need Nutrisystem. You're a little full" (while patting my leg)

April 21, 2009

Lamb Fostering

Below are some pics of our 'lamb fostering'.

A fun project. The kids have to bottle feed them several times each day. Our house feels like a zoo with chicks, lambs, and the like. But I love going out in the yard and hearing them cry for us to come over! The funny thing is the puppy runs with us to feed them and tries to steal their milk! She licks their face and the bottle as it drops out!









"For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home." Matthew 25:35 (NLT)

The children of Ethiopia are facing a critical situation - and many of these little ones are in Addis Ababa, in the neighborhood surrounding Hannah's Hope.

If you could see with your own eyes what the children of Ethiopia have to go through every day to survive, it would break your heart.

Ethiopia has been ravaged by HIV and poverty, leaving the country's children without food, shelter, clothing, and education.

That's why I want to tell you and all of our friends about what All God's Children International is doing to help and how you can become involved.

To have an impact on the children in the community surrounding Hannah's Hope Ethiopia, we are raising $83,520 to provide for the care of 232 children for an entire year.

This amount provides:

Food
Shelter
Clothing
Education
......and most of all, hope, for these precious little ones.

The odds are truly stacked against these little ones, and the statistics are definitely not in their favor:

One in ten children die before their first birthday.
One in six children die before their fifth birthday.
60 percent of children in Ethiopia are stunted because of malnutrition.
1.5 million people in Ethiopia are infected with HIV (sixth highest country in the world).
720,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS alone, and there are 4.6 million orphans in Ethiopia.
Half the children in Ethiopia will never attend school. 88 percent will never attend secondary school.
Ethiopia's doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000
.

To help the children of Ethiopia, go to http://www.allgodschildren.org/addis_ababa/

April 16, 2009

A laugh

We were at the doctor's office on Tuesday getting shots (only 1 more set to go!) and Ab noticed a squirrel painted on the wall.

"hey mom?"
"Yes Ab"
" A squirrel passes gas and it's a skunk?"
I barely could contain my laughter!
"No son, it's a whole different animal!"


April 6, 2009

First Big Bike Wreck

Ab loves to ride his bike...The 3 kids will be out there for a long time riding around. Ab also loves to copy big brother Josh. This led to his first big bike wreck. He was trying to stand up and ride and lost control...still standing up and not able to brake.....which led to him landing face first in the wood pile you see behind him in the one picture...I was in the sheep pen and couldn't get to him and saw it coming. I thought he was going to be hurt big time...At least we don't have to worry about him losing his front teeth yet!

He got back on and took off again! Hopefully a lesson in being careful....... Nah, probably not.











Soccer Game.....Check!

Ab had his first soccer game this past Saturday. It was a colder day than we've been having but he loved it! He is on his best bud's team and his dad is coaching...perfect set-up! His first practice got rained out...If I heard "when am I going to play soccer?" once, I heard it a hundred times!

He scored 2 goals and was very excited to say they won. He prayed that night "Thank you God for letting me play soccer and thank you that I scored 2 goals!"
Brother Joshua also had his first soccer game at a very windy and cold Eastside. Both games were at 9am at different places. Dad went one way, Rachel and I another. Thankfully, that only happens one other time.
Joshua helping with Ab's practice
Rachel looking very cute for the camera

Ab's first practice


The 'game on' face

That's the "Are you crazy?" look


First game:



April 3, 2009

Trying to make Injera

Well......

I thought I would give making an injera a whirl. I ordered the teff flour and mixed it up and let it ferment. Ab loves injera (I like it myself) and I can tell he misses it....We love our Ethiopian restaurant, but it's not realistic to go once a week to eat there...time and money constraints!
Well...It stunk...majorally...and I tried 'frying'. First one turned out like a thick pancake...(I was doing little ones to get the hang of it) Second and 3rd, I burned...The rest...just plain tasted nasty...They tasted much better once they cooled down..not as sour..Josh said they tasted like spinach. I never could get the consistency right.
We've decided that it is worth the money to buy the injera... :)
Next, I am trying wat...we will see.

Laughter

Ab has a way of making us laugh...sometimes on purpose and sometimes innocently. The other night, I was putting him to bed and he told me:

" When I was thinking about my new mom and dad, I was thinking dad would be big like Andrew and you would be little like David's mom"

I told him "sorry Ab, you got us" and he replied "That's okay"

Now for those that don't know...Andrew is one of Ab's favorite guys (20 something) and is whom he calls Dangerous .... when he says big he means muscles.

David's mom is our good friend Cecy Fencer who is Bolivian and is very tiny...about 1/3 of me! :)

The guard at Hannah's Hope, whom Ab was VERY attached to, was very muscular. Ab was more upset about leaving him than the special moms. They hugged and hugged and took tons of pictures of each other. Great guy. I think that is where his fascinations with muscles comes from (other than the fact he is a young boy obsessed with superheroes.)

And everyone in Ethiopia was very small. I literally looked like a giant and I"m only 5'7".

He made us laugh over that....who knows what his brain was thinking all along!
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