To all of you who have been lovingly helping the Boyers and the Voigts - Thank you!! Please don't stop.... Neither of them are fully funded so if you haven't had a chance to fill up their cups... PLEASE DO..
One that reminds us that stepping out in faith sometimes puts us on paths that twist and turn.
It's about a family.
A big family.
The youngest 19 years old.
It's about a Mama and Papa who love the Lord with all their hearts, souls and minds and who have raised Godly, mission-minded children. A few years ago they looked around at their emptying house and felt the Lord tap on their hearts. You have room for more. A precious babe in Rus*ia.
They raised funds. They did the paperwork. They traveled to meet her. Spent thousands and thousands of dollars. They held her in their arms and claimed her as their daughter.
But Rus*ia closed and their sweet Adalyn became lost to them. Unreachable. An iron gate erected in their path.
Oh how their hearts grieved. They cried and prayed and advocated, but the door stayed shut.
Then last December they saw a picture of two little ones.
Please please pray for the Boyers. Pray for Charlie and Lola. Pray for the facilitators. Pray these babes home. If the Boyers can get these two babes out.. then the doors might open for others to follow. There are so many babes right now caught in limbo.
Four long and grueling years of writing non-stop and around the clock.
I started writing for BiblioPlan 8 years ago. I was teaching a Classical Medieval history class at our homeschooling co-op and was using the BiblioPlan guide as my resource material. I had some material from the former teacher of the class but beyond that - I was on my own. The guide was great but it was only a guide. I had used it with my own boys and loved it but again - it was just a guide.
I had to make maps, question pages, timelines. I had to find hands on activities. I had to research and study the material in order to teach it.
Hundreds of hours to teach one Medieval history class. The next year I taught Early Modern and Modern history in the same year. The following year I taught Modern and Ancients. My hundreds of hours became thousands and thousands of hours.
The owner of the guide happened to have her son in that first Medieval class. She saw what I was doing. We started partnering together. At first I just created the material and received a commission. Eventually it became a full partnership. Now we own the company. Rob edited my material on the side - when he came home at night from building houses. The more I wrote though the harder it was for him to edit and maintain a full time job.
So four years ago we made a big decision - We wanted to take the material I had been writing and create a full-fledged Classical Christian history/literature curriculum which included writing our own history books to go with it. So Rob stopped building houses (we had our own building business at the time) to help me write full-time.
We thought it would take a year.
We thought it would be easy.
We were wrong on both counts.
We are finished.
What we set out to do four years ago is finally done.
BiblioPlan is now a full-fledged four year history and literature curriculum designed so that a child is able to cycle through it three different times.
Each of those four years has been designed in a way so that a 1st grader can do it as well as a 10th grader. Leveled material for the different age groups. Rich enough for high school credit but fun and engaging for the younger ones in the family.
Fourteen products for each year.
56 products total.
Today we are putting the final touches on the final two products.
There have been times in the last four years when we wondered if there was even a light at the end of the tunnel.
No, he did not get to use the brand new shovel and bucket we bought him to play in the sand.
Yes, he had a wonderful time anyway on our trip.
Yes, he thought Ripley's Aquarium was a great alternative to the beach.
Yes, I could have stayed at the Aquarium all day just sitting peacefully in front of the tanks and watching the fish swim by.
Yes, we had a great convention.
Yes, we talked to a lot of schools.
No, absolutely no one had any idea who we were but most of them were open and excited to hear about us.
Yes, I am glad to be home.
No, I don't have any more conventions this year!
Yes, I am very very glad about that!
No, we are still not finished writing but we are very close.
P.S. If you are looking to help a family in need...
Michelle Barrett is two weeks from travel and is short by over 9,000 dollars. Because she is a single mom she has struggled to get any grants.
We really need to support her!!
You want to know why???
Besides the fact that she has stepped out in FAITH and is ADOPTING a special needs little guy....Three years ago she adopted two siblings from the U.S. Foster System. The little boy has ARTHROGRYPOSIS and the little girl has limb differences.
That makes her a SUPER MOM!!
Anyone who adopts a child with arthrogryposis has my love and support!!!
Please won't you sow into her adoption? She has fundraised like crazy and has raised over $20,000 for this adoption.
Rob and Aaron and I are in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina today.
We are running a booth at the Southeast Christian School Convention.
It's a convention for teachers and administrators and as part of the three day convention - they build in free time for the teachers which means the vendors get free time too. This afternoon is free time/beach time! Woo Hoo!
Aaron is so excited.
Two nights in a hotel and time to play at the ocean. What more could he ask for??
THAT IT STOP RAINING PLEASE!!!!
We were hoping to have all of our writing finished before this convention but time moved too quickly and we aren't quite done. The deadline is hanging over heads like a little black rain cloud. We are trying to let it go for a few days though and just enjoy our time with our littlest.
While we are gone.... I'll entertain you with some cute pictures of Aaron and his favorite dog, Summer!
Would you believe that about 6 years ago that dog knocked me over and broke my arm and hand?
Would you believe that in the four years Aaron has been home she has never knocked him over?
She's not the brightest dog on the block ... her retriever skills are atrocious... she thinks covering herself in stuff we shall not name here is the best fun...
I remember riding in the car with him that first day and wanting nothing more than just to hold him in my arms, but he would have none of it.
We went out to dinner with another Reece's Rainbow dad and had pizza.... an American child's dream dinner... He hated it. He still doesn't like pizza very much.
We were stuck in the city due to USCIS losing our paperwork. Rob and I were outright miserable because after 3 months of trauma - we just wanted to go home.
He totally didn't mind the delay though because walking around the city was his favorite part....
It was here that we realized that our son who had been caged up for six years had a remarkable sense of direction.
No matter where we walked in that city - he always knew exactly how to get back to the apartment. Since language was an issue - there were sometimes when we weren't heading back and he would get rather upset with us because we were NOT going the right way.
Our facilitator came to visit us while we sat and waited for USCIS to get their act together... Aaron refused to speak in front of her or anyone else that could translate for us, so we never knew what he was saying to us.
We knew he had a very limited vocabulary - it wasn't until last December that we learned that most of what he had to say was not worth translating! Potty mouth.
He spent most of the time in the airport with tears streaming down his face. No sounds. Just tears. Not because he didn't want to go but because he didn't understand that in order to get on an airplane you had to go through hours and hours of waiting in line.
When we finally arrived and met our family and friends at the airport...
The first thing he did was stick out his tongue at everyone!
We never knew how to interpret that gesture... especially since he has never done it again!