May 31, 2012

A Tired Brain

Ever been so brain tired that you can’t even think to  write a blog post?

Yes, that’s where I am at right now. Phew.

Lots of things going on (12 yr old birthday campout, soccer festival, TFI projects, 14 yr old birthday, yard sale for Guatemala) and lots of things going in my head.

Lots of decisions to be made—some which are hard decisions where there doesn’t seem to be any ‘right’ answer.

Lots of things to weigh heavy on my heart—and a lot of them I can’t change or make right.

I need to write a yearly report for Ab—and I should be doing instead of writing this blog post. I need to gather homeschool stuff and update transcripts—but I am scared to go in the school storage spot. I might got lost forever.

I am determined to get in shape during the summer while I have extra time. (sure I do) so I can just maintain over the school year. Now..if can only get Rebekah to stop making things like ‘fresh picked strawberry filled scones’.

So…with that. I am going to leave you with a bunch of random stuff.

Nikki and I in DC (who by the way received her referral of a precious baby girl while we were at the beach!!)

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Ethiopian dress that our friend Fekadu sent me. I love it.  If you are headed to Ethiopia and need a driver/guide and FRIEND—contact him! His contact info is up above under Ethiopian Travel Tips.

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Book that I am finally reading:

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

Book that I am reading next:

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And where I think you should shop--and use this link :)

Because they sell things like these that  are Presented by the Starfish Project, the purchase of these earrings will benefit women escaping lives of forced prostitution in Asia.

May 29, 2012

Redeemed I am His! jewelry set by Dayspring

I recently received the Redeemed I am His  jewelry set.

While the bracelet is a little busy for my normal day to day wear ..I love the simplicity in the necklace.

(right now the set is on sale for $22.99!)

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And the back of the necklace:

I don’t know about you…but sometimes I need a constant remind of this. I am His.

PS (Dayspring gave me this product to review and all the thoughts/opinions are mine!)

May 26, 2012

6 and 8 yr old sisters waiting for a family!

As I look into these girls’ eyes I can just see the life and playfulness in them!  Please help us to advocate for these girls! Could they possibly be part of your family?

Name: SK & BK

Age: 8 years and 6 years

Gender: Both children are female

Country of Origin: Ethiopia

Waiting Since: April 7, 2012

Summary: SK and BK are from the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Although BK is a little shy at first, she likes to laugh and play with her friends. Her personality really starts to show around adults and children she knows well. BK is in 2nd grade and performs at her grade level. SK enjoys playing with her friends and looking at clothes. She is in 3rd grade and also performs at her grade level. Are you their forever family?

 

 

Want to find more out about any of these children? Here is the information below!!



IAN's Waiting Children Info Emailwaitingkids@internationaladoptionnet.org
IAN's Phone Number
303-691-0808



Information about Tigray

Location: northern part of Ethiopia
Capital: Mekele

Canyon west of Adigrat in northern Tigray
President: Ato Tsegaye Berhe
Area: 80,000 square k.m
Topography: 600-3000 meters above sea level
Climate: Hot and mild
Population: 3,901,000
Working language: Tigrigna
Distance from Addis Ababa to Mekele: 783 k.m
(the following was found on http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/595583/Tigray)

Tigray, also spelled Tegray, Tigrai, or Tigre, historical region, northern Ethiopia. Its western part rises in high-plateau country where elevations generally range between 5,000 and 11,000 feet (1,500 and 3,300 metres).

The region is drained by the Tekeze and Gash (Mareb) rivers. To the east lies the Denakil Plain, including the Kobar Sink (some 380 feet [116 metres] below sea level).

Tigray contains the core of the ancient Aksumite kingdom and the historic settlements of Aksum, the kingdom’s capital; Yeha, a ruined town of great antiquity; and Adwa, the site of a battle in 1896 in which the Italian invading force was defeated.

Although vegetation is sparse, most of Tigray’s population is engaged in agriculture (cereals, legumes, coffee, and cotton) and stock raising. Hides and skins are important exports. Salt and potash from desert deposits are also exported.

The region, which has long been home to the Tigray people, also supports the Raya, Azebo, Afar, and Agew peoples.

Waiting Sisters—13 and 10 years old!

Name: LG & RG

Age: 13 years and 10 years
 
Gender: Both children are female
Country of Origin: Ethiopia
Waiting Since: December 19, 2011

Summary: LG and RG are from the Tigray region of Ethiopia. They can be a little shy at first, however, can be very social around people they know or children their own age. LG is in 6th grade and enjoys going to school. She performs at her grade level. RG also goes to school during the day and performs at her grade level. Both girls enjoy spending time with each other and are very bonded.
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Want to find more out about any of these children? Here is the information below!!



IAN's Waiting Children Info Emailwaitingkids@internationaladoptionnet.org
IAN's Phone Number
303-691-0808



Information about Tigray

Location: northern part of Ethiopia
Capital: Mekele

Canyon west of Adigrat in northern Tigray
President: Ato Tsegaye Berhe
Area: 80,000 square k.m
Topography: 600-3000 meters above sea level
Climate: Hot and mild
Population: 3,901,000
Working language: Tigrigna
Distance from Addis Ababa to Mekele: 783 k.m
(the following was found on http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/595583/Tigray)

Tigray, also spelled Tegray, Tigrai, or Tigre, historical region, northern Ethiopia. Its western part rises in high-plateau country where elevations generally range between 5,000 and 11,000 feet (1,500 and 3,300 metres).

The region is drained by the Tekeze and Gash (Mareb) rivers. To the east lies the Denakil Plain, including the Kobar Sink (some 380 feet [116 metres] below sea level).

Tigray contains the core of the ancient Aksumite kingdom and the historic settlements of Aksum, the kingdom’s capital; Yeha, a ruined town of great antiquity; and Adwa, the site of a battle in 1896 in which the Italian invading force was defeated.

Although vegetation is sparse, most of Tigray’s population is engaged in agriculture (cereals, legumes, coffee, and cotton) and stock raising. Hides and skins are important exports. Salt and potash from desert deposits are also exported.

The region, which has long been home to the Tigray people, also supports the Raya, Azebo, Afar, and Agew peoples.

May 25, 2012

7 people + 14+ hours in cramped car = vacation

We survived! :) Actually we had a fabulous time at Panama City Beach! Enjoying the ocean (so beautiful and clear so I could watch for sharks and other wildlife that might eat me or the kiddos) and our dear long lost friends.

We took off early (you may have seen from Bekah’s post) due to lack of water all of sudden (Dad got a little crazy with ripping cabinets out) (and that no one had taken showers because we were doing it that night so we could hop up and leave early) and off we were!

How to survive this trip with kids for that long?

Well, you sing We are the World a dozen times and pretend that you are all the singers..Dad especially loves this one.

The middle son will try to balance the football on his eye for a period of time while the youngest girl yells “you are going to mess your eye up”

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While mom drives, Dad takes random pictures of things and keeps saying if you want to stop somewhere just say “by golly, that looks interesting!”

We had fun with stories of this picture…

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Decide something does look interesting..but can’t find it after a 1/2 hr and give up.

Lake Seminole…we never found.

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Decide to go to Butter Bean Beach (yes, for real) while driving through Savannah, Georgia(because the GPS said it was the closest point of interest) and found it.

ummm. yea. it was a swamp with a patch of sand right beside the highway. for real.

and here is a review of it from our wonderful internet

Butter Bean Beach is magnificent vacation destination to visit during family getaways. This is one of the most sought after beaches in Georgia State that offers a range of recreational activities and excellent settings for various other activities. Kayaking, surfing, swimming along with watching various species of birds and marine life is quite popular among the visitors. This place is like paradise for visitors who love to fish as there are many fishing sites that provide the visitors an ability to easily find them.

Seriously. I wish our pics came out. because. ummm..nothing. we died laughing at the patch of sand with about 5 people on it. and it was crowded.

  And vowed to never follow GPS point of interest again.

Stop and seen some wonderful friends along the way and remember how much you miss them.

Ab was enthralled with the uniform

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nice face Bekah

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feed T lots of snacks.

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Be driven nuts by your VERY talkative 9 yr old brother.

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take lots of random pictures

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Quick diaper changes

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thankful for a handicap parking permit

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calm cleansing breaths

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trying to figure out how little we can order and still be full :)

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and someone was tired of vacation

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May 23, 2012

May 22, 2012

Waiting brothers—9 and 4 years old!

I shared about these brothers last week but I think they got lost in the shuffle. I have seen their faces and they have taken a piece of my heart. Please share this post so that their family can be found.

Name: AH & MH

Age: 9 years & 4 years

Gender: Both male
Country of Origin: Ethiopia
Waiting Since: October 21, 2011

 
Summary: AH and MH are from the Tigray region of Ethiopia. The boys are very social and enjoy playing with children their own age. AH is in school during the day and is performing at his grade level. Although MH is not old enough for school yet, he already can name his colors correctly and can copy some capital letters. Now they are looking for their forever family!
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Want to find more out about these brothers? Here is the information below!!



IAN's Waiting Children Info Emailwaitingkids@internationaladoptionnet.org
IAN's Phone Number
303-691-0808



Information about Tigray

Location: northern part of Ethiopia
Capital: Mekele

Canyon west of Adigrat in northern Tigray
President: Ato Tsegaye Berhe
Area: 80,000 square k.m
Topography: 600-3000 meters above sea level
Climate: Hot and mild
Population: 3,901,000
Working language: Tigrigna
Distance from Addis Ababa to Mekele: 783 k.m
(the following was found on http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/595583/Tigray)

Tigray, also spelled Tegray, Tigrai, or Tigre, historical region, northern Ethiopia. Its western part rises in high-plateau country where elevations generally range between 5,000 and 11,000 feet (1,500 and 3,300 metres).

The region is drained by the Tekeze and Gash (Mareb) rivers. To the east lies the Denakil Plain, including the Kobar Sink (some 380 feet [116 metres] below sea level).

Tigray contains the core of the ancient Aksumite kingdom and the historic settlements of Aksum, the kingdom’s capital; Yeha, a ruined town of great antiquity; and Adwa, the site of a battle in 1896 in which the Italian invading force was defeated.

Although vegetation is sparse, most of Tigray’s population is engaged in agriculture (cereals, legumes, coffee, and cotton) and stock raising. Hides and skins are important exports. Salt and potash from desert deposits are also exported.

The region, which has long been home to the Tigray people, also supports the Raya, Azebo, Afar, and Agew peoples.

May 21, 2012

Vacation through Bekah’s eyes

 

Vacation. Picture it--- two annoying teenagers (one of whom is a back seat driver), one grumpy-pants preteen, a talkative 9 year old,  an attention seeking toddler, a mother who is a total back seat (passenger seat?) driver, and our faithful driver, who loves Hampton Inns.

So Thursday night, we begin our long and treacherous journey. We originally were going to leave Friday morning, but while they were ripping out the cabinets so new ones could be put in, something went GRJHEFIBTBNHFSO and the water broke.

Driving. 14 hours. In a car. With 7 people.

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After 2 1/2 days of driving (we had to go really slow because we left early but couldn’t check in early). We finally were in Panama City Beach.

So Monday morning we begin our first full day at the beach.

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He thinks it’s funny when I bite his fingers? I don’t know…

 

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And that night, we ate dinner at Olive Garden. At 1am I started barfing. I threw up—no joke, for 15 minutes straight. I ended up falling asleep on the bathroom floor. So Tuesday I hung out in the condo for most of the day, but when I did emerge on Tuesday:

IMG_5042 - Copy     We have lots of good discussions. It’s hard to take him seriously when he’s standing around in a diaper though..

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Wednesday. Except for mum and T, we went on an airboat ride. We were supposed to see alligators, but um, no, that didn’t happen. After that we just hung out at the beach.

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On Thursday we rented a pontoon boat and went to Shell Island and rode around.

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IMG_5304     So you know when you’re walking in really dry sand and it makes that awful squeaky noise? It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me. I cannot stand it. It makes me want to punch something, I hate it so much.

AND we saw not one, but two hammerhead sharks that day. One was probably like 3 feet and the other was about 9. Just kidding, it was like 5ish, but 9 feet sounds better.

Friday:

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Ma and Pa left to go get dessert with some friends…so I had to put Teshale to bed..and..well…basically, you have to hold him down until he stops moving…and I was there with him so long I fell asleep. Also note: Scrooge the Musical shirt---at the beach, yeah buddy, I wear Christmas shirts in the summer.

and then we drove home..enjoy this fabulous video of us entertaining ourselves in the car. Make sure you watch until the end to see Teshale licking his feet.

 

Oh and why did I mention that Hampton Inn is my father’s favorite cheap hotel? Well, on the way back, we were kind of being complainers, so he stopped at a Comfort Inn. Long story short: Ew. Never again. I will always love you Hampton.

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