Sunday, July 29, 2007

The Shower.....

Check Spelling The Shower was wonderful...and I forgot my camera! How awful, luckly my sweet MIL had hers and took a few snapshots. It was a little akward opening gifts with no baby and so I brought my little friend pictured with me....can you see that she was dressed in a Ruby Red dress for such an occasion. I am blessed to have some wonderful friends in my life and wonderful Sister in laws. My SIL Cindy made this amazing cake she decorated the continent of Africa and placed a heart where Ethiopia is at and made Amercia and a little flag that says "Home" in Washinton state. We were blessed with tons of things. Friends also brought donations for the orphange great things! As I sat and looked around at my beautiful friends...and I have to admit I have some really pretty friends. I even have a friend who is a Princess Diana look-a-like! I just had such a warm feeling of joy, support, love and hope for Ruby. I can't wait to introduce her to them. Especially the Aunties!

Friday, July 27, 2007

So the matching starts NOW!!

I have always giggled at moms who dressed there kids the same, not in a bad way..just in a "Sound of Music".. love silly giggle. So...why on earth did I have the guts to get these for Ruby? I couldn't stand it...its too cute to have us both have pink Converse. I am sure it wont be the only thing I color coordinate or even match. Just had to share!
So we have two weeks exactly to go...Am I excited, lots of people have asked? You know my son J reminded me of how excited everyone is and happy about Ruby...then he hit me with some words. "Mom,..but Ruby's mom must be so sad." Ouch! He is right, I have forgotten a broken heart in my joy. It really broke me the reminder of my son. It made me break, so I have just had a broken heart and my joy has became grief again for her mom. I have prayed and begged the Lord to help me out of this pit, but I think He allowed me to wallow in it for just a bit. What the enemy meant for harm...the Lord will use for God. I believe that I trust that is the unfailing Word of Truth. We have kept a big part of Ruby's story private to protect her. Please continue to pray for me for her momma. Pray that I can meet her and share a hug with her and perhaps if she lets me weep with her.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

An American Tail - Somewhere Out There

Ruby's Tale...ohh grab a tissue!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Awesome Gifts...

We have had some really wonderful people so excited to love our baby R. We are blessed to have friends and family genuinely happy for us. We are truly rich with love. We have gotten some sweet gifts.

This is baby's dress she will wear at our Embassy appointment, our friends Linda and Larry gave it to us (Love you two!)
Pictured above is her first Cabbage Patch doll given by Miss Dana. My Friend had her decked out in my favortie Gymboree outfit for baby R.

My close friend who is adopting a baby from Kazakhstan made this shirt for our baby.
If you know anything about me...I love gifts. So this is a sweet gesture for us. Our travel date has changed to August 10. We are busy booking tickets, getting paper work and packing donation items for Hannah's Hope. Waiting to travel is the hardest part....I think!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Traveling dates: CHECK!

We have travel dates!! We have a daughter (legally!) We travel to Addis Ababa on August 3. We will travel be travling the same time as five other families going to be united to there children. I CANT SLEEP!!! I CANT WAIT!!! We are both working like crazy on the details there are tons of them. Childcare, packing, shots, packing, buying some cute clothes for baby of course and more packing. What do we need anything yes!!! We need help with ticket cost. So if you want click on the paypal donation link $1.00 would help. :)

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Why Africa?

"Look in any city or corner of the world and you will find poverty. But the problems we face in the United States, Europe and Japan simply don't compare to those in Africa. Seventy percent of Sub-Saharan Africans live on less than $2 a day. 200 million go hungry every day. This year alone at least a million Africans, most of them young children, will die of malaria and two million will die of AIDS." (statement and facts collected by DATA, Dept, Aids, Trade, Africa.).

Ethiopia is one of the most impoverished countries in the world, with a per capita annual income of less than US $100. Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV/AIDS and contributes to its spread by limiting public access to health education. According to estimates by UN AIDS, Ethiopia will have 7–10 million cases of HIV/AIDS by 2010.

*Life expectancy of Ethiopian women 43 of Ethiopian men 41

* UNICEF reports that in Zimbabwe, a child dies of AIDS or is orphaned by AIDS every twenty minutes.

*HIV and AIDS have killed twenty-one million people, including four million children.

*13 million children left as Orphans, 25% of those live in Nigeria and Ethiopia.

F and I choose Ethiopia because we felt the call of the Orphaned children, it breaks my heart, breaks it, that we can not be the answer to such big numbers. Our prayer is though this journey others will be challenged to open there hearts to children of the African Nation. Help though donations such as sponsorships, Feed the Children, purchase (Red) products where % profit of purchase goes to the Global Fund. A bigger prayer is that some of you will even go on to adopt, I do know adoption is not for everyone. Yet we are all called to care for the Orphaned.
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress ." James 1:27
........that's why Africa!

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