Friday, May 16, 2008


Justin and I have sponsored a child through Compassion International for over 4 years now, and it has been such a blessing. Our girl, Rudia, lives in Tanzania and is 14 years old. She was 10 when we started sponsoring her, and it's been so fun to see her abilities grow through the years. She is always asking us to pray for her family members, and the whole family loves to get our letters and pictures. We love to get Rudia's letters, too, and now she can actually write them herself! It is a blessing to be able to make a real difference in someone's life.

For $32 a month, you can sponsor a child through Compassion and change their life. I was just searching on the site for children who have been waiting the longest, and there are 52 children who have been waiting 6 months or longer for a sponsor. There are two-year-olds you can sponsor. When I think about my own two-year-old, tucked safely in his warm bed in his own room with a full belly and every imaginable convenience, it hurts to know that there are many two-year-olds going hungry tonight sleeping on dirt floors in a house the size of our computer room with 6 other family members.

For the cost of eating out once a month, you can help a child receive a Christian education, health care, social skills, and much more.

See for yourself.

Singapore, A Wedding, and This and That

For two years now we've been in limbo about the whole Singapore thing. Will we move there? Will we not? How long?

I wish I could say we have some answers, but we really don't have anything concrete. It looks like we will be moving there next summer (2009) for a year to 18 months. I say we'll be there 18 months to 2 years because I have yet to see a project finish on time. I'm just preparing myself. (By the way, if you see my mom, don't mention any of this to her. She's in serious denial. I think she'll be at Ava's house every week that we're gone to get her grandbaby fix!)

And, in perfect grandmother is getting married tomorrow. First, let me say I'm really happy for her. Second, let me say it's weird. My grandfather died right after I got married 5 1/2 years ago, and my grandmother is really young, so I'm glad she found someone she loves spending time with. But, I just don't think you expect to see your grandmother get married. I don't know this man really well (but I know he's a great man and former minister), and I think it'll be a little awkward for a while when we visit her. This man is the only great-grandfather-figure my kids will ever know. Both mine and Justin's grandfathers died long before our kids were born. Anyway, that's all I'll say about that.

Justin's mom is coming to visit next week, and we are super excited! The boys don't get to see Mimi very often, so this is a real treat. Levi doesn't even look like the same child since we saw her last. It'll be fun to see the boys with her.

And did you hear that my best friend is pregnant??? :-) She's due the day after Christmas when it'll be, oh, about 50 below in Alaska. Congrats, Dave and Lisa!!

Shocking No One
LogoThere are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

I might be able to find a few in England, though.


Friday, May 09, 2008

Do You Recognize These Kids?

Caleb did this in the 30 seconds his daddy was in the bathroom...

Standing up!


I figure it's been so long since I posted pictures of the kids that you all might not recognize them! Levi is now crawling, eating baby food 3 meals a day, and trying to pull up on anything and everything around him! Caleb is almost fully potty-trained now (yay!) and surprising us every day with his vocabulary. Our current favorite is when he says, "Actually it's a..." He mimics everything we say, which means we have to be really careful about saying things like, "stupid" and "oh my gosh."

Friday, May 02, 2008

The Surgery Went Well

Thanks for all your prayers for my surgery. It was uneventful! They took me to surgery around 9:45am yesterday, and we were home by 1:30pm. Crazy, huh? I'm terribly sore, but it's not as bad as a c-section, so I'm thankful for that!

My parents and grandmother are here helping with the kids, so I'm able to get some rest. Since Levi is older, I don't have to wake up every 3 hours to feed him like I did when he was born, so I'm sleeping pretty well.

Just wanted you all to know I was doing well!

Reflecting Him

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