Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

This morning my friend Sarabeth sent a link to this Blog Post

It is a great post and I hope you take the time to read it.

It reminded me of how I felt this morning as I was reading the same account in Luke.

I stopped on this verse.

Luke 22:63-65
Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, "Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?"
And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him.

He was blindfolded and beaten and mocked!

After I read the post above and had time to reflect on what I read I wondered what side I would have been on.

I know my Savior well now. I have walked with Him for a while and have a deep relationship with Him.

But there was a time when I didn't.

Would I have recognized Him?

It is a question I don't have to ponder long.

I am certain I have accused others wrongly, thinking their intentions were something other than genuine.

We know for sure juries have wrongly convicted and even sentenced to death innocent people.

The answer could be yes... I might not have recognized Jesus as the Messiah!

Which is why Easter is so important.

He is risen!

I am forgiven!

Blessings on this Good Friday!




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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Benjamin Jack


June 11, 2002 - March 22, 2013









Goodbye sweet Benny.

You were such a good dog.

We are not the same without you!

You will be missed now and always.

Love you Buddy.


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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Play 60 Read 20



The Panther's came to our school last week.


It was a Play 60 Read 20 event.


They encourage the kids to get 60 minutes of play every day.


Then to read 20 minutes everyday.


Jonathan Stewart and Sir Purr were there.


The kids were so excited.


Adam was a celebrity judge.



After Jonathan Stewart and Greg Olson were introduced Adam had a nice introduction as the original number one Panther drafted first in the Make a Wish Draft....
Introducing

ADAM SMITH

They even had a new number one jersey made for him.

The Panther's are the best!


Sammy posing with her buddy Mr. Stewart.


Adam with his forever friend Amy Laws ( Amy In Laws as the kids call her).


Adam and Sir Purr.

Adam was showing Sir Purr how he can walk on crutches.

Friends for life!


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Friday, March 8, 2013

Funny stuff from the trip-





Every night when I would get my camera back I would always find pictures like these.


I assume this is how 13 year olds entertain themselves.


What is this?



The serious look.


Did AK crack herself up or what?


I can only assume Grace was taking the pictures.



These are from another night.


The girls really kept it all light and fun.
Thank goodness.
We saw some hard stuff so we needed them!



By the end of the trip we were all getting into it.
The girls showed us the "peace and pucker look".
Anne does it perfect.


Me not so much.

I was given such a hard time for this picture.

Apparently your peace sign should not cover your pucker. 

OOPS my bad!

So I am not a cool mom.

At lease I tried peace and pucker.

Looks like my friends really know it!


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Monday, March 4, 2013

My Favorite Picture

Miss Anne, as Adam calls her, was Adam's preschool teacher a couple of years ago.
She was Sammy's preschool teacher when we traveled to China to bring Adam home.
I did not know at that time that Adam would get to have her also.

Anne talks about the first time I walked around the corner with Adam after arriving home.
She recalls seeing him on my hip.

Neither one of us realized the impact Adam would have on her life and mine.


Here they are together at the end of preschool in 2011.

Neither of us knew we would travel back to his home in 2013 together.

This is a special picture of a special moment.


Here is Anne sitting on Adam's bed. The one he slept in while he lived at Harmony House.

She is holding Rudi, another little boy with Spina Bifida.

So much I could say about this but words would never do it justice.

I pray that little Rudi will have a big impact on his forever family
 and preschool teacher wherever they are.




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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Day Six and Seven

Day six was a travel day. We had a little time in the morning to pack. Then after lunch we headed to the airport to make our way back to Beijing.

Our flight was delayed and we were late getting back. We asked Lily if a few of the kids from HH could meet us in Beijing for dinner.

We really wanted to go to Langfang and be at HH but we just did not have the time.

So instead the kids came to us.

We thought they were just staying for dinner but actually they stayed the night, went to the Pearle Market with us the next day and came to the airport also.



We walked across the street for one more night of Chinese food.


Little Kirsten did not come to dinner but that didn't stop Patti.
She found her in Lily's room.


She got to feed her dinner and love on her.



We were thankful for the extra time with the children.


Sunday we said some very sad goodbyes at the airport.
I was crying so bad that the girl at the ticket counter told me "Don't cry. You can come back."
If only it was that easy.

AK and I took the goodbyes hard.

Hugging Lily and Linda and Christy not knowing when we would see them again.

It was too much.

Twenty four hours later we were home.

Thankful for our families and thankful for the time in China.

But left with the question...

What now?

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Day FIve- Terra Cotta Warriors

 Day five started out right where we left off the night before, with our hunt for children's shoes.

We ended up at two different shoe stores but these moms were determined to deliver new shoes to the precious children at Egg Granny's



AK and I in front of the supplies our group purchased.



Here we are fitting shoes on a little girl.
I am only posting this because her face is not seen.

I wish I could show you more.
The kids were thrilled with their new shoes.

One little girl with Downs Syndrome kept running back in forth in her new light up shoes.

The joy on her face was priceless.

We had met earlier in the  morning to discuss the situation at Egg Granny's.

We talked about all that was right and how Egg Granny has such a good heart.

We talked about all that was wrong and how this needed to be a legal foster home.

How the children needed to be documented and given a chance to be adopted.

We talked about the future and the ill health of her husband and what would happen if she took ill.

All of these things were then discussed with Egg Granny.

She seemed open to the idea of getting an apartment near hers, hiring some nannies and making what she is doing fully legal.

It is what is best for the kids.

I look forward to seeing how things progress.





When our time with Egg Granny was done we hugged them all tight, promised to keep them in our prayers and then said goodbye.

Our next stop... The Terra Cotta Warriors.









Here the girls pose with their famous "peace and pucker face".
Every picture we took of them always had two poses, one serious and one "peace and pucker".
That is what you get with 12 and 13 year old girls.
They were so much fun on the trip and brought a fresh and fun perspective.


I had so much fun with Anne! 
She is great to travel with and we share the same heart when it comes to the kids!
It is a blessing to have her as my friend.


Such a touristy thing to do!


This is the farmer that discovered the soldiers. He is in his eighties.
He went to dig a well in his village and instead unearthed the 8th wonder of the world.

His village was then moved so archaeologists could get to work.


Later that night we headed to the Muslim Market.
It is really just an open air market and places to eat and many street vendors.


It was fun to be out. I did not see any other Americans out that night.


Again we ate authentically in a restaurant that said the words "Spleen Appetizer"
on the door. We really did not want to eat there but we were tired and Lily promised it would be good.
This restaurant had its own cat that came out of the kitchen at one point while we were dining.
Well, Lily was right it was good. We had so much fun while we were there.



This picture of the Terra Cotta soldiers is a great analogy of the work Harmony House does.

These soldiers were made by hand for a purpose.

When found they were in pieces.

If not for the work of those dedicated they would have remained in pieces.

Instead they have been loving restored to the treasure they are.

Just like the orphans lives touched by the wonderful work of Harmony Outreach!







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