Friday, August 30, 2013

Fatherless Friday

I've been ministering to my dad for the last 24 hours.
 
He's been sick for a few weeks and unable to eat and drink much.  Yesterday morning he took his blood pressure like he does every morning and it had tanked.    I played ambulance and rushed my dad to the hospital. Once we got to the hospital his blood pressure was as normal as mine.  ?????  We figured it was a fluke and after a few hours of observation he would be discharged and we would get to go on our merry way!  Until dad's blood work came back..... 
 
......Last week Dad had a CT scan done with dye injected.  Unfortunately someone dropped the ball and forgot to inform him that he should not take some of his meds with that test.  The combination of the dye and the meds wrecked havoc on my dad's kidneys.   Rushing my dad to the hospital with a tanked BP was the BEST decision because otherwise we would never have discovered that his kidneys were in BIG TIME failure!
 
After several rounds of IV fluids he was starting to perk back up.  When I left him at the hospital last night I hugged him tight. 
 
I don't take for granted the blessing I have been given in my dad.  Too many in this world live fatherless.  Too many.  I have a dad and he lives next door to me.  He loves my family deeply.  He has been one of Aaron's biggest supporters and my little son loves his granddad more than words can say.  Once my dad's eyes were opened to the plight of the fatherless across the ocean he has been a fierce warrior for them.  He supports our Lost Boys and gives to the families and the orphans.  He prays.  He cares. 
 
PLEASE CARE WITH HIM....
 
Our Fatherless Friday babes are all found on the RECENTLY UPDATED page of Reece's Rainbow.  Many of them have waited for a very long for a Papa to come.   Some of them are facing transfer or have already been transferred. 
 
Chrystyna
 
Chrystyna is seriously in need of a family. PLEASE SOMEONE LOOK PAST THE LOUSY HAIRCUTS. 
 Chrystyna 2013 
 
Armando
 
This little guy is so full of life and joy.  Put on your running shoes Papa.  This little guy is going to keep you trim and fit!
Armando (3) Armando (4)
 
Aubree
Oh Please Please Please someone see Aubree!!!! 
 
 
Collier
What a sweet soul!  
 
 
Alys
This little one is 11 years old.  SOMEONE GET HER OUT OF THAT CRIB!!
 
Alys June 2013 
 
 
Diana
What a beautiful girl!!
 
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Quentin
 Check out that smile!
 
Quentin update 2013 (5) Quentin (1) 
 
Brett
 Oh Brett!!! 
Brett Dec 2012 Brett 2013 

 
Delta
 Please look past the eye and see into this child's heart!!! 
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Coralina
 What a precious little girl!
Coralina June 2013 
 
Ethel
This sweet one faces a lifetime in a crib if not adopted soon as she is soon going to be transferred.... She just started walking!  PLEASE!!
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Tatiana
I love this sweet girl and she has been listed for forever!!!
 

Tatiana 2013 

Kristopher
Go read the description on this sweet soul!!
 
 Kristopher 2013 

There are so many more....

REECE'S RAINBOW


They need Papas.  They need Grandpops.  They need family.  They need a hope and future.

I've been privileged all my life to have a dad.

I wish that same privilege on all of these babes.

Pray.  Advocate. Give.  ADOPT.

Come on dads.... ADOPT!





Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Twenty Four Percent!

 
Woo Hoo.....
 
This came as a HUGE surprise!!!!
 
This was in our Virginia Homeschool Convention Magazine...
 
We had NO IDEA they were doing this!
 
WOO HOO!!!!!
 
 
Considering we incorporate the Story of the World, Mystery of History, all the Beautiful Feet books, some of Diana Waring's books and most of our reading lists match the other major curriculums on that list.... I shouldn't be surprised but I was...
 
YEAH YEAH YEAH!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Terrific Tuesday

Remember my Fatherless Friday post???
 
Scroll through.... See if you can figure out who is missing.....
 
Tavin
 
 
Bernadette
 
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Brenton
 
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Yule
 
Yule (2)
 
Silas
 
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Virgil
 
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Frederick
 
Frederick
 
Antoinette
 
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Anthony
 
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Benjamin
 
Benjamin(2)
 
 
Otto
 
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Israel
(named by me)
 
Grk
 
Lorelie
 
Lz
 
Willie
 
 
Willie (1)




DID YOU SEE??? DID YOU NOTICE?

Two were missing....

They are no longer on the Newly Listed Page!!!

THEY ARE ON THE MY FAMILY FOUND ME PAGE!!!

WOO HOO... WAY TO GO CARRIE AND DONOVAN!!

 
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Now that makes for a Terrific Tuesday!!!

Now whose going to step up for the other sweet lambs that need to be found?????

Here's another Terrific Tuesday bit of news....

Remember last week when I wrote about my friend Renee and shared with you that she lost her brother?  I wrote a blogpost titled LOVE WINS

Well, some lovely soul has stepped up and offered Renee a $1,500.00 matching grant.  WHOEVER YOU ARE... THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!  I am reaching through my computer and giving you a HUGE CYBER hug!!  You have no idea how much you ministered to my hurting friend's heart by your act of kindness!!

Okay - for the rest of us....Will you help Renee match it???
Her Reece's Rainbow account needs to read $6293.00 to reach the match!! 

CLICK HERE TO HELP RENEE REACH HER GOAL!!

Free Caroline!



Every dollar donated is doubled by the donor!!! 

Let's make this a TREMENDOUSLY TERRIFIC TUESDAY by MATCHING THAT GRANT!!



 
 
 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Once They Are Opened

I used to do Fatherless Fridays every Friday.
 
But somehow in the chaos and confusion of our lives and on Facebook, I lost my bearings.   Buying a business has been a good decision for our family in the long-term but in the short-term... OH MY GOODNESS! 
 
August has by far been the hardest.  Families and homeschool co-ops and Christian schools and Classical schools are all trying to figure out what in the world they are going to do for history and literature and writing and geography and art and Bible and BIBLIOPLAN is FINALLY getting noticed in the social media world which means we are fielding questions and calls and yes, sales!  Since our business consists of ROB AND ME, and we are both STILL WRITING  (we are still working on our Early America and World year)...well, we just feel snowed under most of the time.
 
But this week a little boy appeared on the newly listed.
 
Tavin

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He has arthrogryposis like Aaron.  He is in an EASY part of his country (10 day wait waived) and he is adorable.
 
To say my heart stopped is putting it mildly.
 
Rob and I both just looked and loved and wished....
 
I didn't want to share him.
 
I wanted to keep him to myself and just love him from afar.  My little secret.  I wanted to pretend that we could go over and get him but the door for us is not open right now and sweet Tavin needs a family.
 
So yesterday morning I took a break from work and shared Tavin with you.  It honestly hurt to do it.  I didn't want to give Tavin up.
 
Along with Tavin I shared a whole bunch of other sweet ones that I have been watching and praying over.  In that list was my other sweet secret - Israel. 
 
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He's been my other secret longing.  If you look at my sidebar you will see the first picture we ever had of Aaron... notice the shirt?  Red is my favorite color!!
 
It felt so good yesterday.
 
I set aside the chaos.  The confusion.  The frustration.  The exhaustion.
 
And I blogged for the babes.
 
...The amount of private messages and comments and the INQUIRIES.....  Wow!.... So worth it!!
 
These kids are so worth it....
 
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Oh my dear friends...

Do you see?  Do you see your sweet one?  Is there a spot at your table?  These babes are from all parts of the globe.

And there are more.

So so many more.

Little ones who will bring challenges and adjustments to your family but who will also bring joy and laughter and wonder and awe.  Little ones who will teach you about God and His Ways.  Little ones who will reorient your world beyond anything you ever thought or imagined.  Little ones who will steal your heart and never ever give it back.

Do you see?  Will you consider?  Will you pray?

Will you look?

Just look.

Look at Merry

Merry (2)

Antonio

Antonio

Nash




Rylan

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Jasmine

Jasmine

LOOK at them.

See them.

There are so so many more....

Please take the time to look.

Pray.  Consider.  Advocate.  Donate.

Love.

Once your eyes are opened....

 Ginny

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Once they are opened....

Quilliam

Quilliam


Now they are opened!


Jada

Jada 2008

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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