Saturday, April 12, 2014

These were my breakfast beggars this am.... and I love sharing with them

Last nite my grand babies spent the nite and so this am when I was eating my breakfast ...well after all the little ones had eaten theirs. They were walking by me and asked, " Can I have a piece of yours,  Nana, Momma ? " Then , " Can we have a sip ? " So I shared my breakfast with a big smile. Great way to start my day.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

First warm weather day outside....

Jumping rope is a favorite right now. 

Even Jesse at 3 does it and jumps well. He can jump at least 25 times without missing.

Soccer is our favorite sport - and we have enough players for several teams.

I think we have turned the corner finally...I love when we can play or be outdoors. Spring and summer are my favorite seasons and this is my favorite time of year. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

More about our prayer request last week....

It is with a saddened heart that I share that we are no longer pursuing the adoption of Shadrach. There are a myriad of issues that have gotten us to this point ; most are not positive. I will not go into a blame game, but suffice it to say that this is not the end point that any of us have wanted. Shadrach will remain in our hearts and prayers.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Another example of why I love older children's adoptions

I came down last week to the kitchen and watched Caleb making breakfast for the 12 kids who have this done for them every morning. We have this as a chore that one person does for the week. You get up earlier than the rest ( other than the one who does the dogs, and sweeps and mops the kitchen) to make breakfast. Everyone loves Caleb's breakfasts because he goes the extra to make it different every day. Here he is cutting up fruit for a fruit salad....I love my older kids and their heart they have to serve their family. Caleb is 15 and was adopted at 9 yrs from Ukraine. Yes...they often come with lots of history but they also have lots of potential and love to give. I do not have any regrets with any of our many older children's adoptions. Of our 32 children including 5 bio., 1 from Mexico, 6 from Russia, 10 from Ukraine, 2 from Bulgaria , and 9 from Ghana- we have adopted 16 older children ( I counted any adoption when the child was 6 and older with most of our older children being over the age of 10 when they came home ).

Thursday, March 27, 2014

My traveling companion- Keith, my son in law- Pretty awesome sharing this with him

Arriving in Ghana

Visiting Kofi's new missions home

Holding his daughter for the very first time 

Playing with all the kids- is one of my favorite things to do when I travel to Ghana.

Always enough room in his arms for one more.

Did not complain that every lunch and dinner our only option everywhere we traveled was chicken and rice : ) 

Uncle Keith holding Shadrach

Even holding the special ones at Osu did not faze him....

I think it is pretty awesome that my son in law and I have now traveled twice together to Ghana. The first trip was a year ago this weekend to pick up Keith and Mary Kate's Milo and Abby. Mary Kate was pregnant and did not want to travel. Then when the opportunity came up for this trip there was no question we would travel once again...Both trips we got some funny looks especially traveling thru immigration. I don't many in our relationship that would even consider traveling together so I feel blessed to have Keith. We actually are a wonderful team and were able to get lots done on this trip...God has brought many children into our family thru bio. birth or adoption or marriage. I feel very close to Keith and these trips have made our bond even more precious.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My Ghana trip was child heaven for me ...but the reality for the children is it is hard. No family means a desperate and tough life for an orphan but even more for a special needs child

Shadrach the first nite we got to the home. 

This is sweet Sondra who is 13...holding the baby.

Keith holding his son

Nana holding her grandson

Emmanuel in the yellow shirt was a sweet young man who needs a family. Jr on the other end is Sondra's brother. He is 7 and also very nice. Both Sondra and Jr are good students - especially in math.

Keith holding his daughter

Nana holding her granddaughter

Sondra always willing to help and she has such a sweet spirit....

My precious Shadrach with his momma

Asleep in her daddy's arms

These are some precious ones we met at another orphanage

I hope these children get held , and tickled and loved on ....I hope that their faces are wiped clean when they eat, I hope that someone wipes away their tears when they cry or comforts them when they are sick...but their reality is that just does not happen.....No one cares about these children . Can you imagine what life is like for them ? I can't for too long ....please pray about adopting one of them.