December 28, 2012

MATCH!!! Emebet’s Surgery—UPDATE

All FUNDS HAVE BEEN RAISED!!!  Thank you all of you who donated and our generous friends who matched donations!
UPDATE!!  We now have a donor that has volunteered to match all funds raised for Emebet’s surgery until it is covered. From now (12/28) until we receive the amount needed!

Great time for your $$$ to count double!! 

Remember Eyerusalem? 

Her parents were injured when Eyerusalem was just 18 months old.
Somehow her father's motorcycle fuel tank caught fire and quickly spread in to the home igniting a kerosene can and sparked an explosion that burned her father badly and crippled her mother. He has recovered and is back to work but has scars and some enduring problems.
She was bedridden for a year and is now confined to this chair. 


A mother despite her circumstances that is filled with such joy.


We need to raise funds asap for her.  She is scheduled to go in the hospital January 10.

We have the funds for the beginning already in Ethiopia but the hospital needed us to sign a contract that we would cover the funds for the whole amount before they would begin. We told our friends in Ethiopia to go ahead and sign that contract IN FAITH that the funds will come for this sweet momma.

And now we need your help!

The cost of the surgery with the doctor, medicine and hospital is to be around $1,900.  We have raised about $600 so far.

The gift of her being to walk again and fully take care of her daughter is PRICELESS.

We have sent scriptures from you to Emebet and Zewdu went to share them with her and to offer encouragement and prayer.


Zewdu shared this:

I have told all the messages and encouragements by each name and she was crying as I telling about your commitment. Her daughter, Eyerusalem was also at home and enjoyed our visit. One word Emebet said at last is that" I thank my God for giving you around here and abroad to support me. If God doesn't brought you all in my life, I would be history leaving my child for hardship in life much worse than mine. Your visit, words of encouragement and prayers have a meaning for my existence and please keep doing it day and night. By all these I am seeing my God helping me and has a bright future for me to raise my beloved child, Eyerusalem to live a life better than mine. God Bless You all for helping us and keep in touch with me.


Would you like to help us bless this family?

All funds received will go straight to her care and surgery.

(paypal button below..if you’d like to make a donation by check message me at  )

Your tax deductible donation will go straight to her medical needs. 

If you would like to comment (or email them to me  with encouraging words and prayers for her—we will make sure that she gets them.

Thank you!!

December 27, 2012


We wanted to share some of the recent goats that have delivered to families in Ethiopia!

Thank you to those that have fundraised for us and those who have donated!  These goats are huge blessings to these families.


The staff in Ethiopia gives instruction and checks up on the families that goats have been given to.  They make sure they are doing okay and taking care of the animals.


Thank you for being a blessing to so many!


December 26, 2012

Christmas Time

Christmas was quite a bit different this year. First year without Greg’s mom, still grieving and coping with Dad’s loss, and a lot of either things that threatened to take joy from us. There is so much loss and heartache in our family and with our friends around us. It was overwhelming at times.

A lot of processing going on here in our home and I was having trouble getting motivated to do anything..much less prepare for Christmas.

Thankfully, we know the true meaning of Christmas and that it’s not about gifts, cookies, decorations…but JESUS…so thankful for His peace and His joy.

Here are some snapshots of Christmas this year.

Caroling with friends




My Santa :)


Our Christmas tree bit the dust. so we started a new tradition. torch the tree Christmas morning.


Visiting with cousins..



A friend had sent these luminaries last year to use to send up in remembrance of Greg’s mom. We were able to use the Christmas evening and send them up for Greg’s mom and my dad.

After the first one we realized we weren’t going to burn the neighborhood down….we had a special time sending them up.

Thank you Kathy!




May all of His peace and joy be yours!

December 17, 2012


The world lost a good man late Tuesday night—while we hated to let him go—we are so thankful that he is whole and pain free and rejoicing in Heaven.

This song was one of his favorites and we played it at the service celebrating his life.

Welcome Home Dad.

December 7, 2012

Happy Birthday Bekah!

17? How in the world did that happen?



(don’t judge me…I had toxemia and was actually looking good here in comparison to the day before)

I am thinking about all those people who told me the years would fly by while I had 3 wee ones and I snorted and thought “yea, right”.

Well, they were right! 



Happy Birthday Rebekah!  I can’t wait to see what plans God has for your life as you serve Him and others!



December 5, 2012

Bieber Fever

We are not big Bieber fans as I prefer other types of music to fill our minds…

(though Josh did go through a phase where he looked like him for a while and his sister teased him unmercifully for it)


But every time T hears the start of Baby he comes running.

He has Bieber Fever.

December 3, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday T!

Happy Birthday to the little guy who has blessed our world!

Who has grown tremendously and keeps us running…..

He tells us to ‘hang on’ and ‘come here’ more times than I count each day……

who loves Elmo, dad’s truck, and the big orange tractor and will pitch a fit if he hears either start and he’s not there…..

Happy Birthday to a little man who loves all ‘nummy’ food and shares oh so well with the dog…..

and likes to throw everything…

and makes us laugh every single day….

and whose new found joy is getting a big gulp of water, finding the dog, spitting it on him and rubbing it in.


Happy Birthday little guy.

We are so glad that you are part of our family.

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