Monday, January 25, 2010

Get your SAWEET Adoption shirts here!

This is the ladies back its reads: Love will always find a WAY. Sizes come in S,M,L,XL and for 1.50 more in XX-LargeThis is the ladies front it reads: Simply Love with Africa on it
This is the youth they come is size Xsmall (3T-4T) Small (6-8) Medium (10-12) L (14- 16)

Youth Front

Mens front comes in size S,M,L,XL and for 1.50 more you can get the XX-L

Mens back this if my favorite: MAN UP AND PROTECT AND LOVE THE FATHERLESS
These shirts have been designed by new new friend Kari G. of My Crazy Adoption. I just love the title to her blog. Her blog makes me laugh and cry all in the same 5 minutes. She is very encouraging and inspirational and have made these shirts as a way to support her adoption and other families.
We are raising money for the last leg of our expenses which in only for travel. If we make more than we need we are hoping to get some special surprises for the kids and staff at our children's orphanage and if we can even move out the gates to support some more kids awesome! BUY ONE TODAY!! If you are local I will reimburse you for the shipping :)! I have already sold 7 this morning, so get yours now!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Haiti on my mind-Orphans

My heart just aches this week, with the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Haiti last Tuesday January 13th. With the amount of people left with no food, no home, no children, no mother and no fathers. I watch the news and I am sicked with a helpless feeling. We have been praying hard and effortlessly for the children that have been in the process of being adopted and have not had the chance to be picked up by family as yet.
All this media and awareness has brought a huge spotlight on orphans and our responsibility to care for them. I have had a few emails from people asking how they can adopt from Haiti, I have shared with them that its not a possibility right now, but if there is a reason that you have been moved to this perhaps start praying about orphans anywhere else. Or wait to see and it will take a while to reopen the doors to Haitian adoptions. There is a HUGE need for parents HUGE. Its been amazing to have discussions with people about adoption, Gods moving hearts.

I want you to know, you reading this right now, if you have not thought about adoption, if you think this is just for us and the craziness or for the rich. THINK AGAIN, No Pray. Pray, that God would open your heart to some kind of orphan care, somewhere. God has asked us (not some) ALL OF US to speak for those who have no voice! This is me being a voice, PRAY! Please.

If you ever want to talk about it, I am willing to chat with you about it and point you in the right direction. We have tons of children needing homes in the US as well. Here in Washington state there are needing families who will foster newborns. So, just sayin!
If you think I am a big mouth, I hope I am for the sake of a child or two. When you look into the eyes of a child that has lost everything and offer hope there is no going back to being the same old.

This week at the Teabos

Our oldest son is coming with me to pick up the kids in Ghana West Africa were we are picking up our two children from. He has been checking the mail for the mailbox for the passport. He got it this week after three weeks of waiting. Look at his oh so sweet face as he opens up to see his picture. This son of mine has inherited my sense of adventure.
We had our sweet nephew over to play and I just love this picture. Look at Ruby's face she has been hugged over and over from him a few times before I took this one.

The potty days, oh the toddler potty days. Were still working on this one!

Adoption news: STILL WAITING.....
I am nesting however. Big time! YES, it does happen still to adoptive moms like it would if I were pregnant. The need to organize and the stress of completing tasks. Fun times!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

This little girl

I get to be a mama to this sweet child. My heart is overwhelmed with the intense love that God has for her. There is a different look in her eyes now that she knows she has a family. I cant really explain it, its just a small glimpse of hope. The kids at home ask us every single day if we are closer and when can we pick them up already. They have items they have saved for each child and are awaiting the day to see them. As a mom seeing my children at home understand compassion, and get the heart of Christ is beyond what anything is this life can teach them. They have had some sacrifices of favorite things, they are tired of beans or rice :), but they complain very little about it.
I day dream of all the things we will talk about (or not talk about for lack of language :). I wonder of the things that I already know with my kids. The dislikes the passions, the irritations, the interest of each child of mine. I know just a few things about this one. She is tender, she is sweet and she is confident. I already love her! Just look at her!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

This Journey called Faith

This has been the hardest journey of faith we have been on so far. We have had some family members and some friends question our sanity, our intelligence and our priorities. We have had many family members and friends congratulate us, rejoice with us and go through some hard times with us. We have felt faint, and have had some major doubts. Yet we keep pressing on knowing that God is with us and so if He is WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened."15But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:13-17

Some sweet friends of mine gave me this scripture. This spoke right to me. I do not need to fear, I am doing what God has asked. Suffer? My heart does hurt when some folks have not rejoiced with us because they didn't feel excited for us because they didn't agree with us. For my Kings sake, its worth it! For the sake of two lives across the world that go to sleep wondering if tomorrows the day they will have a home. Two Orphans in the 143 million. I am convinced that the prayers of orphans cut right to His heart so much He makes things MOVE!

Our boys have been having some really tough times mostly the little one and bringing more kids to our home made me so nervous for my kids sake for theirs and for my sanity! If I were to have said no to God for that sake that would mean that I do not trust God with my kids.
Through loosing our three month old son three years ago we know that these lives of our kids belong first to God and He has entrusted us with them. But If I say to him I can not do what you have asked because family comes first. Um yeah that wont fly! He knows Best.

Ever see that movie Evan Almighty? He is the modern day Noah in New York that God told him to build the boat and every one thought he had lost his mind. A reporter that came to his ark building site and asked him ''Why you, why did he choose You?'' and Evan says "He choose all of us!'' This is how I feel about this. The only reason we were chosen is because we asked, simple.

You can too! He asks for EVERYTHING not in moderation. EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME! When you give Him your life and still hold back some control in the name of Wisdom does He really have your heart? You can seek some Godly wisdom, in fact its biblical to go and find that wisdom but unless there is a person that God has had a track record speaking through for your life directly that is just a persons opinion looking at your outward circumstances. That's what we found in this journey Gods voice in the midst. Go find His voice, Friends! And let me encourage you if you find yourself in solitude an island becuase of what He has called you to do, there are many of us PLENTY OF us out there. I am praying for you!
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Pray for sweet Abby Riggs!!