Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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Friday, March 19, 2010
Babies! I have never denied loving babies. This week, I especially love my own littlest baby. She registered for Kindergarten. She's not ready but I guess the teachers have to have SOMETHING to do in the fall. I'm hoping she can at least learn her letters (just saying them) before August. She still skips a few groups and ends in a very dramatic, operetta style X-Y-ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! One morning I walked in the door after dropping the kids off a school and she was just crawling out of bed. I just sat down in the middle of the kitchen and scooped her into my lap to snuggle all that warmness and morning scents she exudes. I squished her. She giggled. And then we had breakfast. Less than 5 months left to enjoy this baby like this.
Cousins! This weekend we have a cousin in the house. And it's not even the usual cousin. This one is MY cousin and she brought her whole family all the way from Illinois just to see us! Ok, well it wasn't JUST to see us... but at least they're staying with us. They have an 8 year old girl, like Maggie. They have a 6 year old boy, like Ruth. They have a 14 month boy, like Lydia. Wait... Lydia's physically older than that! :) We're going to the American Girl store, Build a Bear, and BabyLand General. We 're also going to eat food... food that Jody cooked. You remember her? She's my mother and she wanted to make chocolate sheet cake for Tim. So she cooked all day and is going to bring it up and serve us after a long day at the mall. Pictures soon, I'm sure.
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Right now a group of bloggers is on a trip to Kenya with Compassion International. I read a couple of their blogs on a very irregular basis. One is Mckmama, who tells the story of raising her 5 kids. Number 4 child was a mckmiracle to even be here and she chronicled her pregnancy and his first year of life with all the medical interventions and such. He's now "normal" since November.
Another one I read is This is Reverb. He's a pastor/minister from Chicago (I think) and often contributes recipes to The Pioneer Woman's website. He's very interesting to read.
I've read a couple of their entries and looked at a bunch of their pictures from their trips. Apparently, Compassion only takes trips with bloggers so they will blog and thus encourage others to sponsor more children. I hadn't heard this before, but it's a great resource to spread their work to those who may otherwise not hear about them. But then it feels a little odd too. Someone told me they don't take normal, non-blogging people on trips to meet their sponsored children. Weird. Even if we pay all the money? I didn't research this, so if you know differently, please tell me.
Anyway, their trip (well chronicled) is a good read in all websites.
So... we've been sponsoring a few children of our own through World Vision. What's the difference? How are these organizations different from our standpoint? From the child and community's standpoint? I really have no idea. I know we send in a monthly amount and get and send mail back and forth. They send us a yearly update on the child's progress in school, health, family, etc. They send us a yearly photo. One of the first things they do is provide clean water. A well.... more than just water for your sponsored child, but clean water for the entire community. Then it's food, education, supplies, etc.
We do not send as much as I want to. I have a pile of stickers and small things to send each one but I rarely make a package until World Vision sends me the Christmas/Easter/Birthday packages to just sign and send back. Sometimes I remember to have the kids make a card. We have their pictures on our board. We try to remember to pray for them regularly. But pretty much it's more a financial thing for us. World Vision uses the money we send to provide for this kids and their families. Their parents. Their siblings. They all live in Africa. All in different countries. All in war tore, AIDS infested(?) areas. I'm not sure of the correct term for being in high risk AIDS areas.
All this to say... if you aren't sponsoring a child (and ultimately, their family & community) I would urge you to consider it. Either organization. Any country. A commitment. Every month. Give!
For kids like Hlompho (Lesotho), Diane (Congo), Lwenziwe (Swaziland) & Giny (Tanzania).
Chile would be a good place to start looking.
As Pastor Ryan says... give til it hurts. I'm not sure we are.
Thursday, March 04, 2010
It was a beautiful Christmas day... as you can see. With 15 of those things running around we had sent them all outside to play for a while. What started with a bunch of boys "playing" football... turned into more of a wrestling match... which then pitted cousin against cousin.
Everyone sizing up the enemy...
Trying to hold on to hope. Titus coming in... just in case!
Here's my star runner. She really does enjoy it and seems to do well, without complaint!
I just love this picture.
Lydia sang with her preschool choir a week (or so) ago. She was horribly grumpy the first hour but had fixed her heart and sang with a smile for the second service.
She is working on her motivation. Being the 4th child is often, um... well, she's very self-focused and does what she needs to make sure she's the top. We try working on pre-school material to help prepare her brain. She doesn't like to answer, even if she knows. "Lydia, sing me your ABC's"... a,b,f, oh I can't know them, she replies. I've a few spies who are trying to quiz her regularly as her performance is often enhanced by attention from friends. Dawn can get her to J without too much difficulty. :) Kindergarten registration is in 2 weeks and the teachers are going to wonder what I've done wrong!
Mom came to stay with the kids over Valentine's weekend. We had an adult dinner at church. She's convenient sometimes and the kids sort of like her. Dad was in PA keeping all the Rose kids... Mom was here. Good thing they're retired! :)
She has to come back for a WEEK in April and do it again because...
Next month Curtis and I get to go on a cruise with other couples from church... as long as his passport arrives! It better get here.
This is from our Valentine dinner at church. It was a snowy night outside but obviously warm inside.
I can't believe I just found the folder of all my Christmas pictures. I guess another post should follow soon.