Saturday, December 15, 2012

Grinding Teeth



Last night 26 pillows lay empty.

I don't have anything profound to say.  My heart bleeds for the families.

We live in a fallen, sinful world.



Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.



Haggai 2:6-7 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty.

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Aaron has had a mild cold this week.  Last night it stopped being mild.  I listened to him coughing through the night.  I would have pulled him into bed with me except that I don't want my sweet babe to get what I have.  I gave him medicine for the coughing but it wasn't easing it and though I knew he was sleeping, it hurt to hear him hacking away through the night.

What really broke my heart though was to hear him grinding his teeth.  He only does it when he is upset or not feeling well.  Last night qualified.  I lay and listened to my child grind his teeth for hours.  He not only ground his teeth but he banged them against each other over and over and over again.  Poor babe was miserable and it was his way of comforting himself.   It is one of the many things that children in orphanages do to comfort themselves in their cribs.  They lay and grind their teeth and violently rock back and forth and bang their heads against their crib rails.

They grind their teeth for comfort.

They rock themselves for comfort.

They bang their heads for comfort.

We live in a fallen and sinful world.

Come Quickly Lord Jesus!

Today is the last day for the Giveaway.

Yesterday, before the tragedy in Connecticut, I challenged us to get the bottom 85 babes over the 300 wall. Despite the news, quite a number of you responded and 40 children went over that wall.  That leaves 45.

I don't want to give up on that goal.  These kids live tragedy every day of their lives.

I grieve for the families in Connecticut, but I also grieve for the babies who are laying in cribs grinding their teeth down to nibs.

The Angel Tree is over on December 31st.  There are far too many babes who are not even close to the 1,000 goal.  Getting 45 to the 300 mark is a tiny step to getting all the babes over the 1,000 wall.

On this last day of the Giveaway - You only need to give to ONE.  10 dollars or more to ONE child to help them climb the wall.

I don't care which child.

Just give.

JUST GIVE.


These are the 100+ AMAZING DONORS.... 

Julie S.          Connie S.        Amy J.        Julie         Jane G.       Jennifer D.     Nicole N.   Kelly D.
Pam D.          Joni K.            Julie S.       Sasha F.   Kelly B.      Mandy          Jen         Lisa A.
Missy B.        Tanna S.    Rochelle C.      Amy B.     Tammy E.     Gretchen E.   Gina K.   Nicole V. Christina S.     Morgan M.     Deb W.    Karla A.    Alynn B.     Kim D.     Rick and Kim D.        Sheri M.     Beth B.     Amy J.    Leah H.      Liza M.     Lisa L.  Sheri M.   Elaine L.   Rachel M.     Kamala U.     Lisa W.     Stephanie L.     Sarah D.    Lisa B.     Michelle B.    Jason K.   Lydia R.   Amanda W.  Jennifer K.  Carolyn D.   Kelly  Christine N.  Christine S.    Susan G.   Luba B.
Katiana K.   Micheala T.   Rosemary M.     Molly C.   Jo M.    Lisa C.   Lisa S.   Deborah P.  Belle G.  Cindy C.  Missy B.  Stori W.  Momma Paula C.  Jamie (Eli) Larissa I.  Julie F.   Jenny P.  Kathy K.  Jamie   Amanda U. Kathy S. Val D.  Tracy S.  Mary W.   Elissa   Kim K.   Julie  Eric H. Joy M.  Debbie H.  Christine F.   Amber N.   R. N.   
Stephanie  
Jennifer S.     
Elizabeth S.    
Carolyn     
Dalas M.  
    
Kelly B.     
Kate H.     
Katy C.     
Cathy H.     
Chrissy M.    
Stephanie      
Jen     
Jennifer S.     
Kari K.     
Lindsay P.     
Kara M.






$8,429.00 has been raised so far in this Angel Tree Giveaway!!!

The bottom of the tree has raised to at least $261.00 in each account!!


      Frank                                 Sonny                                 Yegor
   $1055.00                               $1299.00                            $1032.00
                   I JUMPED THE WALL!!   I JUMPED THE WALL!!  I JUMPED THE WALL!!
   

       Alexei                                Emmitt                                     Bobby
          $1022.00                            $1085.00                                 $1005.00
 I JUMPED THE WALL!!I JUMPED THE WALL  I JUMPED THE WALL!!
 





Filled with 30 Giveaway gifts totaling well over $2,700.00, and also filled with a whole host of babes who need YOU to SEE them!!  

To enter... it is now a free for all...

FIRST.... Donate to ANY CHILD on the Angel Tree.  Donate 10.00 TO ANY CHILD!!!


                                            CLICK HERE TO GET TO THE ANGEL TREE

SECOND... You have to leave a comment WITH YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME letting me know who you donated to.   Make sure to give me the total amount donated  (I will NOT publish this if you ask me not to).  Every five dollars donated earns you one entry into our giveaway!!!

THIRD.... You will also earn one entry for each child you donate to. For example, a $50 donation spread among 5 children earns you 15 entries: 50/5 = 10 entries for the money, and 1 entry each for the 5 children!  So spread the love around!!!!


FOURTH.... You can also earn entries for SHARING!  So share away.  Share on Twitter.  Share on FB. Share on your blog!!


BIG PRIZE GIVEAWAY ITEMS....



Ipod Touch 32GB Blue (headphones included) 
5th Generation!! BRAND NEW!!
($300+ Value)


16 GB iPad with Retina display
BRAND NEW!!
($500 value)
(This iPad is from Stori Wann's Giveaway... entering here will automatically enter you into her giveaway)
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WINNER'S CHOICE OF EITHER AN IPAD MINI OR A WII U
BOTH BRAND NEW!!
($300+ Value)
 PICK ONE!! :)  

Kitchen Aid 5-Quart Stand Mixer
($430 value)
BRAND NEW!!
You get to pick the color!!
(This Mixer is from Stori Wann's Giveaway... entering here will enter you into that one)
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A Mixed Media Boxed Canvas Original Artwork by Jane George
Value £160 (U.S. $256.00)
Jane is a professional artist working in the UK.  She exhibits across the country and does public and private commissions.  All her shows sell out so this piece will be a collector's item. 


The original artwork is being created JUST FOR THIS GIVEAWAY.  

It will have a transformation theme featuring butterflies and journeys to hope.
An example of a similar piece created by Jane is here:


Sterling Silver Diamond Snowflake Pendant Necklace
Purchased FOR THIS GIVEAWAY
($100.00 Value)



Full e-reader version
($100+ dollar value)
You pick the year - we send you everything you need for your family for that year!!

GIFT CARD BONANZA....

                                      $100 Visa card                        $75 Gift card (Winner choice)
                                                                                       (You may also Pick A Child)
          

$100 Amazon gift card                              $25.00 Walmart gift card
 

A $150 gift card of your choice between Best BuyPottery Barn or Home Depot
(This card is from Stori Wann's Giveaway... entering here will enter you into that one)
This can also be used for a Pick A Child on the Angel Tree!! 

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$100.00 GIFT CARD OF WINNER'S CHOICE...
 OR PICK A CHILD ON THE ANGEL TREE GIFT CARD

$25.00 PICK A CHILD ON THE ANGEL TREE GIFT CARD

$25.00 PICK A CHILD ON THE ANGEL TREE GIFT CARD




             $18.00 Gift Card to Hooked on Hope                 $10.00 Barnes and Nobles Card                       
                                 

OTHER AMAZING ITEMS....

Silver boa scarf
 ($22.00 value)  


                                                                                                           Christmas Music CD
          Hand made set of 3 Starfish-style Christmas ornaments                  ($10.00 value)  
                

 Josh Groban Noel CD
($10.00 value)

                  Really cool Chain Mail Bracelet                                                                                               
(I won one of these in a previous Giveaway and LOVE it)            Rus*ian-English Parallel Bible
                                    $30.00 value                                                       (30.00+ value)
                                               

Three lizard and one star fish keychain!!
 

Duct tape Wallet

BiblioPlan Craft Books 
(12.00 hardcopy version)
These are  BRAND NEW products!!  They are filled to overflowing with several years worth of crafts in each book!  Great for teachers and homeschooling families!  An Ancient, Medieval and Modern Craft book will each be given away!! 


2 Brand New Pendants purchased at the Vienna Christmas market in Austria
(10.00 Each)
                     Silver Pendant with Mustard Seed Inside              Red Jasper Pendant


GO WILD ON THE ANGEL TREE AND HAVE FUN!!!



THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS ON DECEMBER 15TH!!

15 comments:

  1. Donated $10 each to the 3 babes currently at the bottom - Henry, Levi and Morgan :) ~ Jenny Pohl

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  2. Donated $60 to Brandon Kolya Lina Wyatt Elias and Emmitt even though he is not at the bottom I just want him to find a family.

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  3. Just donated $5 each to:
    Alexa 23 HA
    Caleb
    Damon 9HA
    Dennis
    Hayden 26HA
    Pacey
    Reba
    Trinity 23

    Thank you! God bless,
    Charrissa Browning
    www.anextraleaf.blogspot.com
    browning.onehappyfamily@gmail.com

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  4. Donated $10 each to Jasper, Dennis, Trinity, Daniel, Erika, Kristie, Caleb, Gloria, Dallas and Alexa. Total $100. Lisa Allen

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  5. Donated $5 to Emily and $35 to Jasper. Ivy Adams

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  6. I just saw a lot of $300's on the Angel Tree! :-)
    Hope all of you are feeling better soon!

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  7. Donated $15 to Channah. She has the same special needs as my oldest. I will be praying she finds a family soon! Hope you are feeling better.
    Amy Smith

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  8. Donated $25 each to Sylvie & Evelyn
    Thank you for all you do!
    -Michelle CIark

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  9. Donated $75 to Vance on 12/12. Marie Hillman

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  10. $35 for Archie. Thank you for everything you do Julia!!

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  11. I just donated $5 each to Irina, and the 3 babes who were currently at the bottom, Alexa, Alexander, and Erika. I live in AZ. and my donation came in after midnight because we are 3 hours earlier than you, and then I had difficulty with Paypal. I hope I can still be entered into the Giveway.

    Thanks,
    Barbara Potempa

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  12. Andrew and I are late getting in on this giveaway. We have donated $70 to 7 children, Alicia, Francis, Frank, Kristie, Sophia, Stacey and Sonny.

    Andrew also donated money to Hanson...He would like me to tell you that Hanson's blue cross (the Soup giveaway) is still waiting for him when he comes home.
    Today is Advent III. Our prayer is that someone has the courage...to answer the call from voice in the wilderness...and take the way untrod.
    There's a voice in the wilderness crying,
    a call from the way untrod:

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  13. I'm a day late but I donated anyways. Thanks for all you do Julia to PASSIONATELY advocate for all these precious children. I'm so glad all your little ones made it over the wall. Praying you and Aaron feel better soon.

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  14. I donated $35 to Ekaterina...there's just something about her face.

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  15. The tooth grinding can be so upsetting. I am wondering if you ever asked the dentist about a night guard to help out. I am late for this but will try to make a donation.

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