Friday, July 30, 2010

I'd choose you...

Over this...

again and again and again.

I'd choose you...

over this....

again and again and again.

I'd choose you...

over this....

again and again and again.

I'd choose you....

over this....

again and again and again.

I'd choose you...

over this...

again and again and again.

I often hear people say they would love to adopt- but they cannot afford it.

They believe there is no way they could come up with the large sum of money it cost to adopt.

And yet, many times, without even realizing it-they are investing even more into the 'finer' things in life.

And often, without even realizing it, they go into debt trying to pretend that they can.

They have fallen into the trap of believing that things make them important, things make them accepted and things make them happy.

And that is such a lie.

There are children all over the world, even in our own back yard, waiting for someone to realize their real value...

Waiting for you to see them for the true treasures they are...

Waiting for someone to realize they are the finer things in life...

Waiting for someone-

to choose them,

over a lifestyle.

"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Matthew 6:19

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Kids helping Kids- part 2

I just wanted to say thank you to the so many of you who have taken the time to encourage Addisyn- and to the many of you who are working together, with your kids, to make a difference for the preschool children in Ziway, Ethiopia.

A few of you requested pictures- so that your children could see faces of the children they are wanting to help. Lifesong was so gracious and shared some of their pictures with me so that I could share them with you. :)

Thank you so much for doing what you are doing and for your willingness to give up a little so that they can have a lot. Even if you are unable to help out at this time, your prayers for the Adami tulu preschool and the children in Ziway, Ethiopia would be greatly appreciated. :)

Also, if you plan to help out and send a check to Lifesong, please make sure you tell them it's for the Adami Tulu Preschool.

Thanks again for your help and thank you for having the courage to be the change. :)

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Kids helping kids in Ethiopia

Have you ever had a time in your life when you knew you had reached a turning point? Where you knew things were going to be different- that YOU were going to be different. That is what happened to me when I was 9 years old.

My name is Addisyn and I am about to turn 15 years old. This is my moms blog but she asked me to share part of my story with you.

When I was 9 years old we adopted my sister, Aleigha, from Guatemala. My parents had asked my brothers and I how we felt about adopting a baby and we were all on board. What I didn't know though at the time was how adopting a child would change my entire family- and my entire life.

When you are 9 years old it's pretty important to you that you are like every one else. It's pretty important to you that you fit in. I remember wanting to dress like my friends, talk like my friends and do the same thing as my friends. Adopting my baby sister changed my being like everyone else. When she entered our family we no long 'looked' like everyone else. When we went out in public people stared at us or asked questions. We were no longer just an ordinary family- we were now a multi racial, adoptive family with five children (who many people considered a large family). It was sort of hard for me to pretend I was just like everyone else anymore- because God had called our family to be different.

What I didn't know then was how God would use this experience to mold me into becoming who I am today. What I didn't know was that God would use our experience to create a passion for the least of these. What I didn't know then was how glad I would be that He did.

Going against the norm isn't always an easy thing to do. Actually sometimes it's downright hard. While God has blessed me with many supportive friends- we still do things differently than a lot of other families. Different isn't bad- it's just different and most kids my age just want to fit in. I'm okay with not fitting in. I'm okay with just being who I am. I may not win any popularity contests- but at least I definitley don't struggle with trying to figure out who I am .

Because of our adoptions, I have had the opportunity to go to Guatemala and work at Eagles Nest Orphanage and also travel to Ethiopia this past March to bring home my baby sister, Havyn. I loved Ethiopia before I even set foot there and that love only doubled when I did. My favorite part of being in Ethiopia was getting to spend the day with missionaries Gary and Peggy Ifft. Gary took us to Adami Tulu Preschool in Ziway, Ethiopia and I am pretty sure I left a piece of my heart there. I have a quote hanging on my bedroom wall that reads "When you walk with God, you always reach your destination."
I had reached mine.

Being at the preschool that day also made me realize how much I had been taking for granted. I no longer wanted to just claim to be a Christian- I wanted to LIVE as a Christian. Instead of just memorizing the verses in the bible- I wanted to put them into action. I knew that I couldn't return home and go on with my life the way it had been. I couldn't open my closet door and see 12 pairs of shoes in there without thinking about those left behind with none. I couldn't go into the mall with friends and spent $15 on yet another t-shirt knowing that $15 would have fed 5 children at the preschool for a month. I couldn't just be a regular American teenage girl anymore- I was different.
And different, I am realizing, is a good thing.

Last Tuesday families in Ziway, Ethiopia lined up to sign their children up for preschool. Over 50 children came- and there were only 30 openings. Such a huge need! Each child enrolled will need a school uniform. The cost for boys is $6.20- which includes pants, shirt, a vest, their book bag and supplies. The cost for girls is $5.83 which includes a skirt, shirt, vest, their book bag and supplies. The monthly fee for a child to attend is 25 Birr ($1.84). Yes, you read that right- $1.84 A MONTH is all it cost. You and I probably spend more than that on chewing gum and yet some children are too poor to even pay that.

Soon, children all over America will go 'school shopping' with their parents. Shoes, clothes, socks, and supplies will be thrown into their carts without much thought. And one thing I can guarantee you is that it will cost you far more than $6.20.

My challenge for you is to talk to your child. Tell them. Teach them. They won't know unless you do- I didn't. Teach them something far more important than what they will learn the entire year at school. Challenge them to go without one of those items thrown into your cart and instead send that money to Lifesong for Orphans and for Adami Tulu preschool. Show them how to think of others. Help them develop a heart for giving. Show them how to think outside of their own wants. Teach them to make their lives count. Develop in them an awareness for others. Teach them how to care.

More than anything in this world I would love to sit in my desk at school this year, love for your child to sit at their desk this year, knowing across the world, in Ethiopia, another child is getting the same privilege as we are because you and I chose to care enough to do something about it.

Will you please help me? Will you please help your child help another? Even if you can just give enough for one child to have a uniform and a book bag, that is huge to that one child.

Today, you can choose to live a life that is bigger than you. Today you can reach far beyond your ordinary existence. Help educate a child. Give them a chance. Change their life.

They changed mine, now it's time for me to do the same for them.

Please feel free to post this on your blogs, facebook, or yell it from the rooftop of your child's school. ;0) Thank you so much for spreading the word.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dear God,
Thank you for letting me be their mom...

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Say yes

Please watch this...
Please put yourself in their shoes...
And please pray, then listen to what God is asking YOU to do.

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Conversations with a 3 year old in the bathroom...

Okay, admit it, with that title you are expecting a story about something stinky....

While we do have plenty of those stories, I thought I would spare you today and share this one instead. :)

Today I was standing in the bathroom getting ready. I had just jumped out of the shower, threw on some clothes and was starting to do my hair. Kaden comes stumbling in, still half asleep. The first thing he does every morning is seek me out, hold his arms up in the air, which is his way of saying 'pick me up'. I love that.
Today was no different, I picked him up and hugged his warm little soft body against mine. (Seriously is there anything cuter than a little boy in boxers?) Kaden then points to the mirror, gets the BIGGEST smile on his face and exclaims "Look mom, I am black and you are white!! Isn't God the coolest?"
I love that. Love that in a world full of racism my son can see the beauty of God's creation and know that it is good.
We don't pretend to be colorblind. We don't try to make any of our kids something they are not. We celebrate our differences and see the 'coolness' of how God made each and every one of us- just the way we are.

Yes my sweet, beautiful boy, God is the coolest and I am so glad that you see that so clearly.
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

I have always wanted to be able to sew. But, the good Lord did not bless me with that talent- even in the smallest of ways.

I always dreamed of sewing adorable, unique outfits for my kids and everyone would stop and ask me where I bought them and gush over how cute they were. :)

So, when I saw this blog and what this sweet adoptive mama made- I actually drooled on my keyboard (Not a pretty thought I know). But seriously, aren't they adorable? I can just see my girls in these!
This mama got her some talent!!! Go check out her stuff- you will be glad you did! :) Oh and 10% goes to different charities like Mayan Families. How cool is that?

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