Dec 21, 2008

Thinking of relocating!

We have really been prayerfully considering a move to Iowa for a LONG long time. Huatzin has been more eager than I. Something about freezing temperatures when I am used to the wonderful beach temperatures of Orange County sounds VERY unappealing.
;-)
However, I am from Iowa and we would without a doubt have a better quality of life there. What is so sad if that here in California, we are considered barely above poverty, but over there we'd be considered well off! The things we long to do could easily become a reality. Over there the foster to adopt system is practically beating down my aunts door pleading with her to take in more children, begging her for referrals of PAP's. (potential adoptive parents) Here we have dreamed for at least 5 years of adopting but never could afford the bedrooms needed to adopt.
( Each child needs there own rooms) This is the first time we have had bigger than a 2 bedroom.

Now that we have had a big home to adopt, ( renting of course) it has taken almost a YEAR and STILL no sign of his fingerprints... We can't afford to stay here with his work doing things like "mandatory 3 week vacations" for all employees. If we accept the 3 bedroom town home we applied for, then we can say goodbye to our dreams of adopting from Fostercare. :-( now that we are a tiny bit closer to getting back our fingerprints, we now have been told that because I am pregnant, I need to wait until I have the baby, and MY CHILD IS A BIT OLDER! like 1 year. So that is almost 2 years to wait. We have held off our Ethiopian adoption until we get a HUGE green light from the Lord. I can't justify starting the application process and having to raise $20,000-30,000 for 2 ( or 3 sweet Ethiopian kiddos) when they are doing massive layoffs at my husbands work. ;-(

Iowa has so many opportunities, for work, income, and being able to buy LAND to live self sufficiently. It would also be nice to get away from family influences that may not be good for our family. We are praying God's will to be made known, and for a great home for our family, with nice neighbors, and a good church and homeschooling support system if we are to go. We are searching for something no more than 30 minutes away from my aunt who lives central in Des Moines. We are praying for at least 1 acre if in Des Moines, at least 2 or more if farther away from Des Moines. At least a 4 bedroom, with garage, basement obviously, 2 bathrooms at least, for under $235,000. May the Lord direct our paths and yours! In Jesus, Alida w4

Dec 17, 2008

So, we had our utrasound..

Well we had our first appt with my midwife yesterday. We were all so curious to see if there was 1 baby or two. My kids have been praying for TRIPLETS! They have friends that are triplets and REALLY want to experience life with 3 baby siblings. Aren't they sweet?

Interestingly enough even our ultrasound tech is in the process of adopting..
From China and Ethiopia of all places! We both shared our passion for Ethiopia and how we both hope to adopt from there. I've met tons of people in person that want to adopt, none from Ethiopia. They must all live in some OTHER part of the country ;-)

Well to our surprise there is only ONE little bundle one the screen! Yet another "Singleton" for us! I asked the Ultrasound tech to make SURE they weren't more. This is the ONLY pregnancy with symptoms similar to my twins. I have been vomiting almost daily since I returned from our ladies homeschool retreat! In fact each time I'm in the car I remind myself or the kids to make sure there is a disposable cup in the car. Nothing worse than being on the freeway and scrambling for SOMETHING TO GET SICK in. Ick! I can't believe I am THIS SICK with ONE baby.

One surprising result of the ultrasound was that I am almost 16 weeks along instead of 11. This is VERY surprising for us as I has a very heavy 7-8 day long period while being pregnant! Weird. So we'll have a June, possibly May baby! So... I guess we are finally breaking out of the July Baby mold. Funny thing, though I'm not intuitive at all... I had a dream before I went in for the Ultrasound where I felt the baby kick and in my dream someone told me that the reason I felt the baby move is because I was further along than what I thought.

I expected to be a couple days off but not a whole month! The other thing is, usually by now my morning sickness is long gone. I would be shocked if this continues the whole pregnancy. Well, could happen, this baby is just DIFFERENT! ;-) Anyhoo, We had hoped /prayed for twins again.. but we are so thrilled that we'll have our sweet little "Singleton" maybe that's what we'll name him? haha! and it is sweeter still that we'll get to hold this baby way sooner than planned! Thanks for sharing our joy! Alida w4

Dec 3, 2008

Photobucket Album

Nov 30, 2008

Roll Call

All is going well with us! Other than extreme morning (24/7) sickness, we are fine. We finally signed up for the first time EVER with a midwife! We will finally get a homebirth. I have waited 4 YEARS and two babies for my homebirth waterbirth. I don't need to worry about who will watch my children because they will be here at home with us! What a relief. We are so done waiting for county to come back with whether or not we can adopt that Huatzin decided we will go the international route. We have called and called repeatedly about our application to foster/adopt and finally were told they think they lost Huatzin's fingerprints months ago! Huatzin chose Ethiopia. (personally Ethiopia is a bit common /popular these days and I like the road less traveled (Ghana, Rwanda, Burkina Faso) but if my awesome husband says that we have a child in Ethiopia, then by golly, we have a child in Ethiopia! Now we just need to find an agency willing to take us while pregnant. Many have rules against it, but not all. I just saw This blog and it was a family ( pregnant wife) that just got back from Ethiopia with 2 beautiful boys and is due in 62 days! Also this one! A family with 2 babies, 1 bio 1 adopted form Ethiopia being raised as twins! Precious!

We are So BLESSED! We found what I think is our new church. We got kicked out of one due to Josiah. What is funny is that while we were there, they were speaking on Leviticus and on how those with the name Kohen (Cohen) are descendants of Aaron and High Priests. It just so happens that WE are Cohen's so they through the youngest little Cohen , descendants of Aaron OUT of the Church! lol. If that isn't ironic. We were later told that "there is a place for babies" and that "at least one person in the congregation was an unbeliever) (I guess the Holy Spirit can't convict hearts in the presence of children! I figured if we can't ALL worship together then we won't worship there at all. We are an all or nothing family. ;-)

This last past weekend I got to spend the weekend with the wonderful ladies in my homeschool group in Yucaipa. It was a 3 day long mom's night out/slumber party. It was amazing. I am SO blessed! What the Lord shorted me in the area of functional family he more than made up in blessed friendships, godly mentors. I am blessed with so many Titus 2 loving mothers. I tell you for two years I prayed and fasted the Lord would give me godly friendships to help me reach my full potential in Christ and God superseded my every expectation. If you need a Titus 2 mother, pray, the Lord is faithful! Many folks lack even 1 mentor and I have handfuls. It was such a glorious weekend, so relaxing and fun. The theme was "peace be still" for you Homeschooling mamas. I hope to type up notes. If anyone is interested.

Regarding the elections, we have been asked by many people if we are thrilled with the results. Well, for those of us Black "scripture adhering Christians," (must emphasis that as many of my black friends say they are christian but don't bother reading scripture) it was a very bittersweet day. For those of you who studied the political beliefs of Martin Luther King Sr and Jr, and follow the ministry of Alveda King ( MLK Jr. niece) you'd know the day was disappointing. It's not that we don't want a black president, it's just that we were kind of hoping it wouldn't be Barack Hussein Obama! Nevertheless the Lord is still on the throne and nothing happens apart from His willing it. He sets up kings and takes them down. This is no different. Anyhoo, if you are interested, I have become a HUGE Alveda King fan. She was actually going to be aborted. Her mother asked her grandfather MLK Sr for money to pray for an abortion and he told her"you will not KILL my granddaughter, " he then went on to describe what she would look like as he had seen her in a vision. This is before the days of ultrasounds. Her life was spared, and for great purpose. She is a champion of abolishing abortion. You can Hear Alveda King Abortion Testimony at Supreme Court - 1/22/08
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzTsrMTmRcY&feature=related I hope to include more on my blog later but she is part of quite a few really great ministries.. including
http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/ http://www.kingforamerica.com/Groups/1000030975/King_for_America/The_Community_Blog/The_Community_Blog.aspx http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/articles.htm Dr. Alveda King: 'Planned Parenthood, Stop Using and Lying to My Family' http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/984295787.html Dr. Martin Luther King's Niece Upset Abortion Business Using Uncle's Image MLK's niece: Pro-choice is pro-murder http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2007/09/20/news/porter_county/doc9789ac223bfab3c98625735c00051b6b.txtKings were and are VERY pro-life much in favor of protecting the civil liberties of EVERYONE including the unborn. Charles Colson, for example, said “Were he alive today, I believe he Martin Luther King Jr. ) would be in the vanguard of the pro-life movement.”

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, 'The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the future of his children for personal comfort and safety,' and, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to injustice everywhere,"
Dr MLK Jr. 'infanticide, or infant killing, was stopped by the early Church, that was willing to risk their lives, to go out into the public square, and scoop up children that were destined to die'."
How can the “Dream” survive if we murder the children? Every aborted baby is like a slave in the womb of his or her mother. The mother decides his or her fate

One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws, but conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws."

"A just law squares with the moral law of the law of God. An unjust law . . . is out of harmony with the moral law."

"Let justice roll down like the waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."~ Martin Luther King

“before you go to bed tonight, more than 1500 babies will be killed in a black woman’s womb.”

Oh, God, what would Martin Luther King, Jr., who dreamed of having his children judged by the content of their characters do if he’d lived to see the contents of thousands of children’s skulls emptied into the bottomless caverns of the abortionists pits?

Dr. Alveda King, like her revered uncle before her, has dedicated much of her life to the civil rights movement, specifically defending the preborn, which she has called "the most compelling issue of all." She joins activists from the National Black Pro-Life Union, the National Pro-Life Black Caucus and the Life Education And Resource Network among others.
She has continued her long-term work as a civil rights activist, speaking out on issues that face society today. "I believe that School Choice is a pressing civil rights issue. Perhaps the most compelling issue of all is the life of the unborn," Alveda says. "Faith in God, and the commitment to fulfill His will for our lives -- not faith in government bureaucracy - is the key to positive action. Have faith in God!" This is the message that Alveda carries to the world.

Gender Predictor – Will Your Baby Be a Boy or a Girl? - Results

Are you having a boy or a girl? Use our Gender Predictor tool (based on the Chinese lunar calendar) to find out!


In case you can't see it, it says we're having
A GIRL! let's see how reliable it is.
We could care less either way. We have plenty of clothing for either sex, and whatever sex we don't have, we'll just adopt from Ethiopia! So boy/girl, no matter, we'll have or adopt one of BOTH Lord willing! Ahh the beauty of being a QuiverFull ProAdoption family.

Nov 28, 2008

Nov 20, 2008

Teacher Goes to far!


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Wow! How sad. I hope this doesn't destroy this little boys love of learning! There is a saying and it always proves true, "no one loves your child more than you."

Nov 13, 2008

Rodriguez Family Happenings

Please read this amazing yet tragic post of what happens when some minorities try to place children up for adoption! A must read! http://rbohlender.blogspot.com/2008/09/wholy-disturbing-story.html

It was the best of times it was the worst of times... ;-) We are so excited about our new baby and/or babies due in July. I love my husband so much! What a great guy. You gotta consider a man so incredibly special, when he looks at our 4 beautiful wonderful children and proudly states that he loves them so much that he wants many many more. He doesn't care how we get them either. He doesn't care if they are way darker or lighter than him, if they are biological or adopted or bear any resemblance to him at all. I gave my heart a very special man! A man that looks past stretch marks and an often times messy house and still tells me I am beautiful, gorgeous, and that he loves me, and often times shoots across the room to tackle me for hugs and kisses, whether I'm perfectly put together or not.

I am now pretty doubtful that we'll have twins. I am not a sick as I was with my boys. ( though the nausea is still pretty awful) I think I was just so hopeful. I don't EVER want to be pregnant again.. EVER! Though I have read that women that get a liver cleanse and kidney cleanse prior or becoming pregnant often without any morning sickness at all. Problem is, there is NEVER a time when I am not nursing a baby/toddler. I have been nursing for the last 7 years and am likely to be nursing for many more years to come. We can't decide whether or not to fork over all the money for the home birth or going the hospital route. I much prefer the homebirth waterbirth option.

The other thing that rips at my heart.. I desperately want to adopt. I recently read a story on how some black newborns are aborted because the birth mothers don't feel confident they'll find parents to adopt their black children. I would LOVE to adopt a house FULL of black children! How terrible. Ladies, if you know of ANYONE that has a minority baby that they want a safe loving home for, please consider OUR family.

Sadly, It has been 9 months since we sent in our application to become fost/adoptive parents and we have not heard back. It pains me so much to know that somewhere there are large sibling sets and single children languishing in foster care, waiting for the loving arms of their new parents and siblings. We are so eager to meet these special kids. I know, All in God's timing. I am starting to wonder if He is directing us to wait until our children are way older, or what. I have never HEARD about people having the issues we are having. I can only assume that this is a divine delay that is all a part of His plan. I TRUST that He holds our family size in His hand and that He will open the doors for us at His appointed time. Perhaps some of the children meant for our family aren't yet born? Nevertheless, It is hard to hear of many families bringing their children home while we wait with empty beds and rooms in our home. Sniff Sniff. I feel the Lord is calling us to wait for International adoption until we adopt our foster children. Well, more specifically, we don't feel a peace about stepping out to do international until we've adopted from foster care first. Does that make sense? I'm not quite sure what the purpose is for all the delay, but I do know that "For now we see things in a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now my knowledge is in part; then it will be complete, even as God's knowledge of me."1 Corinthians 13:12

We have seen gorgeous HIV kids, cerebral palsy kids, kids that have swallowed lye and have burned their esophagus (Caustic Ingestion) , (common in Liberia as many wash clothing with lye, the problem is they place them in unmarked bottles, so on hot days the kids drink it thinking it's water! They then need surgery to survive or they perish) (TO READ MORE CHECK OUT THIS BLOG http://peetfamilyinliberia.blogspot.com/2008/04/caustic-soda-injuries.html blind children, all of which we would definitely consider, along with quite a few healthy large sibling sets too.

Homeschooling is going Fine. The perfectionist in me knows it can be much better. The kids love learning and being with one another. I'm working on being more structured and organized. We will (from the recommendation of Marian Soderholm http://www.natureoflearning.com/index.html )begin doing a College schedule for all of the children. This frees up time to accomplish much more than what we are doing currently, and work on many more subjects! That is, if I can also come up with a balance of Flylady and Managers of Their Home! This year We'd LOVE to learn Spanish, German, and if we have time, a bit of Hebrew, Latin and Greek and guitar if at all possible. ( I'd love to also somehow encourage Canaan's love for art, science, building, design and architecture) It is so great to finally discover his passions as Elijah seems to be excel in everything language arts, mathematics, sports related and competitive in our family. )

The math curriculum we are doing will have the kids at least one or two years ahead if we can complete it this year! (our goal) I think that next semester we will really cut out so many field trips and classes as I don't have the stamina or energy to do it at the moment. (unless I can pull it together and be a bit more on schedule) I also want to incorporate more structured (less spur of the moment)preschool activities for Anaiah and Josiah. They want in on the action too! This year we have a huge focus on Character, serving and growing in the Lord. Makes for an adventure filled school week that's for sure! Don't worry, I WON'T be riddled with guilt if we don't accomplish even half of what I mentioned. There's always summer school! ;-) We keep in mind that "A man's heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9 I know the goals I have for my children come second to God's will for their precious little lives.

Be blessed as you make YOUR plans, but remember to be open to direction by the One whose will is perfect and whose Love, Mercy and COMPASSION are never ending and limitless! Love in Jesus Alida w4

Nov 9, 2008

Rough Riders and Spanish Americans at Fort Mac Arthur 08

Rough riders at Ft Mac 08


My husband is the Spanish American guy in white that falls down the hill dead! A Fine performance!

Nov 4, 2008

Lack of Christian conviction with Abortion

It was sad, we went a couple weeks ago to a country wide ( ALL OF ORANGE COUNTY) Pro-Life rally, and only about 30-40 people showed up!
FOR ALL OF ORANGE COUNTY. I understand that people get busy..
Brian Kemper from Rock for Life http://www.rockforlife.org/ http://www.rockforlife.org/blog.php?id=2354#2354 was there speaking about the horrible atrocities going on. He spoke and asked "how many churches live in just a 12 mile radius from here? How many 10's of thousands of Christians live in a 12 miles radius? Any this is the group that showed up to stand for life? How important is the life of the unborn to you?A real tragedy today is that hardly a pastor speaks out against abortions. That is why you see many " Christians" today lining up to kill the child in their wombs today. Many pastors don't teach the word of God much less taking responsibility for your actions and accepting consequences.

The ladies form a Homeschooling group that I am involved with went to pray outside of a abortuary. They noticed a couple in the parking lots sitting in their car, They asked them "hey what we're you just praying?" They responding that they were praying to God to give them peace over the abortion if they should do it. The ladies spoke with them and mentioned scriptures that pointed them to what God's heart is on the matter. They mentioned something to the effect of not knowing its wrong because the pastor never preached that it is wrong. In the end they ended up choosing life for their baby, but what a sad commentary for our time! Does YOUR PASTOR speak out against abortion?I went to another pro-life rally and many in the pro-life community went to pastors to give them literature to give our to their congregations, some asked them not to return! Some refused! One even said, "well what is the problem with abortion? What happens to a innocent child when they die, they go to heaven right? so what's the problem? "

The problem is that God hates innocent blood been shed, if you look in the bible, over and over he speaks of HATING the shedding of innocent blood, that it cries out! The problem is that babies have their limbs ripped off and are decapitated. The problem is that it goes against God's word and it's murder. This was a pastor of a major OC Congregation. What does your pastor say about it? Prayerfully encourage him to be a advocate for the unborn! Pray for the Lord to provide opportunities and ways for your family /church to help. Whether it be adoption, or mentoring, or giving financially or (most obviously) just voting for pro-life candidates! ( a small aside) I have heard several times by "Christians" that they like a certain candidate except that one small abortion issue. Think about those words. that small abortion issue. 50 million people have perished and folks even Christians call it "that one small abortion issue" It terrifies me that folks must have no CLUE what God's word says. Judgment will come upon this nation quickly especially when even the "Christians" don't realize this atrocity for what it is and consider this a small issue. Abortion is THE issue that effects ALL other issues! I heard a person say "people keep asking what went wrong this election, how did we get stuck with such terrible people running for office? The children that were supposed to be here have all been aborted or prevented via birth control and sterilization. So all the godly people we were supposed to have here arent here. 1/3 of the generation gone!

This from the Pro Life Rally
The whole comment about voting for pro life candidates being a polarizing issue is just crazy. I hear all the time that I am a one issue voter. Abortion IS THE Political ISSUE of our day that affects all other issues! It is a moral and spiritual issue. Take for instance our immigration concerns going on over here. Has it occurred to ANYONE that we wouldn’t need to keep so many illegal aliens here to do these jobs if we hadn’t killed off over 45 MILLION of our own American citizens? That also affects social security. We don’t have enough workers to put into social security as folks are living longer… well 50 million citizens would have been really helpful! If I am a one issue voter than the issue that I vote for will be life! LIFE gets my vote. I think of the whole slavery issue in our history. I wonder how many great politicians had wonderful ideas and causes but yet still supported slavery. The slavery issue was a polarizing issue in that time as well.

Abortion is the issue, if some want to call me a polarized voter, so be it! I vote for life! life is what matters. We say, oh but look they have such a great plan for such and such. Are you aware rat poison is 99% nutritional? A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. What does God say is evil.. read 6 things the Lord hates… the shedding of innocent blood. Some of us need to get a little more on fire to the application of God’s Word!

In the day of slavery many thought it would never end… when it did, those that sat by and did nothing or were lukewarm were so ashamed!

In 193o’s German Christians missed an opportunity to speak up on behalf of their Jewish citizens. They turned a deaf ear! Hitler went on to kill 6 million Jews. It seemed that Hitler was so powerful, the war (like abortion)seemed like it would go on forever… When it ended, They hung their heads in SHAME when they saw all those corpses!

May we stand proud with dignity when God asks us “What were YOU doing when they were killing 50 million of my people. What did YOU doing when they were murdering 50 million of the least of these.

What was important to YOU when this was going on? I will say that I voted for life, that I supported pro-life candidates and groups, that I adopted, (we are adopting). That we prayed outside of abortuarys, that we volenteered at birth clinics, etc. that I rescued those being lead away to slaughter. When people look in History of the 21 century church people will see one thing about the church. It was COMPRIMISED and luke warm! We have the same abortion rates, divorce rates, and sex before marriage rates as the world. it is said that 95 % of US is Christian, yet every where you look, in every city liberal judges, representatives, congressmen, bills and laws keep getting voted in… folks that say they are Christian but they don’t care about the things of God and don’t vote for the things of God. God is good to always leave a remnant! Stand up and be apart of His righteous remnant that is faithful! OK off my soap box. Goodnight. http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=18647

Nov 1, 2008

The Rodriguez Family has some family news!

Josiah (our family mascot and spokesperson) has an important ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE.




Did you get it? Or did it go over your head? We are excited and thrilled to be welcoming number 5 at the Rodriguez Refuge!! Sign up for adoption and the Lord gives you more bio kids! We prayed to be made fruitful and to be multiplied and the Lord is faithful to do just that. The Lord is so good! Children are truly a blessing from the Lord!

The day before my son turned 2 I felt a nausea that wouldn't go away in the evening. I just had this peace that I was pregnant. Sure enough on my little guys birthday, Oct 17th. I took at cheap test purchased at the 99cents store and it came back quickly and obviously positive! We are thrilled. We are totally Quiver Full and LOVE children.

I was only 2.5- 3 weeks along and strongly nauseous. I went online and most say you wouldn't even know your pregnant yet. I found out weeks from even being late. Soooo, I am wondering if the Lord has blessed me with another set of twins! Perhaps that is why the test came back so early and I am already so queasy? We'll see. We are also still prayerfully proceeding with either fost/adopt or international, either Haiti, Liberia, Ethiopia or Ghana. So, we'll see. It would be incredible to nurse my adopted baby with my bio one. Bless you all. Thanks for sharing our joy! , Alida due 7/4/09.

Oct 17, 2008

Josiah Turns 2!










Here is Our precious pumpkin snacking on his favorite treat, yogurt!  
Our precious little Josiah Valor turned 2! We are so proud of him . He is so exuberant and full of life. He is a charming, huggable friendly joyful happy loving funny little guy and he is adored and loved by his siblings and all who know him. Here are some pics/video of our cute clownish kid. Only the Lord knows what great exploits our little King Josiah will do in his life! Posted by Picasa
 


We call him GI JOJO!!

Sep 5, 2008

ROLL CALL/ what's going on with us

Well, not much is happening in the way our our adoption journey. IT IS SORT OF AT A STANDSTILL. Oh well, all in God's perfect timing, we will wait upon the Lord. The sibling set we pined away for and prayed over and that we thought would be prefect for our family are now long gone. They were removed from the website. I suppose the parents that are adopting them could change their minds but that doesn't seem likely. They are still up at the heart gallery. You can view them here. Heart Gallery http://www.heartgalleryoc.org/gallery_dekk.html
Aren't they precious! sigh. I have quite a few friends/online buddies that have recently brought home children from Liberia, Haiti, and Asia. We even had our eye out for a really precious Sudanese girl and her brother (Josiah's Age) but they too were adopted! This is a good thing I know. I just have to remember that our children are handpicked by GOD TO BE APART OF OUR FAMILY IN HIS TIMIMG.

Aug 10, 2008

Nick Vujicic, BORN without arms and legs

No Limbs, No Limits Watch this INSPIRING ARTICLE about Nick Vujicic. ( BORN without arms or legs, but living a wonderful productive life! When life gives you lemons...

Aug 9, 2008

I Will Survive (the first year of homeschooling)

Thought this was cute!

I Will Survive (the first year of homeschooling) *Or* any year homeschooling
Originally written and produced by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris
Originally performed by Gloria Gaynor
Mercilessly altered with apologies by Natalie Criss

First I was afraid
I was petrified.
Kept thinking I could never teach
´Cause I´m not certified.
But we spent so many nights
Reteaching homework that was wrong.
I grew strong,
so now I teach my kids at home!
We study math
and outer space.
I just kept on despite the fear
with a big smile across my face.
I bought a set of Base Ten blocks.
I bought books with answer keys.
My parents think we´re nuts,
but they don´t even bother me

Come on, let´s go walk out the door.
We´re on the road now,
'cause we´re not home much anymore
My friends would laugh and say we´d be unsocialized.
I heard one mumble
that I´d give up by July.
Oh no, not I!
I will survive!
As long as I know how to read
I know we´ll be alright.
I've got all my life to learn.
I've got energy to burn.
and I'll survive.
I will survive.

It took all the strength I had
not to fall apart.
Decided to attend
a play date at the local park,
and I met oh so many moms
who offered eagerly t o help.
They used to cry.
Now they hold their heads up high,
and so do we!
My kids are cool!
They´re not those chained up little people
stuck inside at school.
So if you feel like dropping by
and just expect us to be free
you´d better call ahead first
´cause we´re probably busy!

Aug 6, 2008

Checking in! Vasectomies, martyers, wic &abortions and Barak Obama

No word yet about adopting.. still no word back about our fingerprints, still no van or bus.. still not pregnant! We are trying to ease our way into schooling. Here are some topics of interest.. Did you know.. most EVERY excuse used for birth control is the same ones people use for abortions! " we're not financially ready" "it's to much work" we're already stressed out" "it's not the right time" "I couldn't handle a baby right now, (or another baby right now) " we're not ready" yada yada yada.. NO OTHER time in history have women been able to get their tubes tied or get vasectomies. Why do we break our bodies... It is unnatural to "fix " ourselves in order to not have children. It goes against how our bodies were designed, yet i hear SO many Christians say that it is God's will for them to rig their reproductive organs. Why would that be His will when He made the body to produce? It just goes against logic to me, but oh well.. I still love my friends that do it, even though i don't understand it.

This just in... Somali Christian martyred A Somali Christian has paid the ultimate price for his faith.

Check out this Ravi Zacharias Stumps Scientists on Science!

Oxymoron: WIC refers women for abortions

This happend right in Santa Ana! Abortionist Arrested For Violent Attack On Pro-lifer

The road to Rome In this climate, it is easy to understand why Barack Obama quickly captivates the hearts of people. He smiles, and he points down the path. "All you need," Obama promises, "is hope...and change...and me." Eagar to "catch the wave," many people are standing on the platform ready to buy a ticket on the Obama Express.

Jul 13, 2008

Why Does America Have Orphans If It Has Christian Churches?

A MUST READ!

Orphans vs. American Dream
Author: Anthony Bradley

Why Does America Have Orphans If It Has Christian Churches?
America has nearly 115,000 orphaned kids in foster care waiting to be adopted. Some wonder how this is possible in a country with Christian families. Surely, there are 115,000 missional families in America, right? Missional families, for example, embrace the redemptive mission of God and practice "true religion" in their local communities (James 1:27). Missional Christians in America could eliminate the foster care system tomorrow if we would stop "shootin' up" with the American Dream (heroine) in order to get high on a lame life lived for the sake of comfort and ease.

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world," writes James (1:27). As a matter of fact, the Bible has over 40 verses mandating God's people to look after orphans and the fatherless for various reasons.

According to the American Religious Identity Survey, conducted by the City University of New York, there are over 224 million Christians in the United States. So, why are there 115,000 orphans in a country that has over 224 million Christians?

Since God's people have always been called to live missionally we are not surprised to see that James is not saying anything new. "When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow" (Deuteronomy 24:21).

Let's break this down further. The Washington Times reports that there are about 65 million evangelicals in America. So, again, why are there 115,000 orphans in America's foster care system? Does this mean that there are 65 million people missing huge sections of their Bibles? Would someone please alert Crossway and Zondervan!

Historically, the early church was known for taking in their culture's orphans and the needy. This is such an ancient tradition of the church (except for post-1960s American evangelicals) that Pope Benedict XVI even talked about it in his first encyclical "God is Love." He writes, "the Church cannot neglect the service of charity any more than she can neglect the Sacraments and the Word. . . Justin Martyr in speaking of the Christians' celebration of Sunday also mentions their charitable activity, linked with the Eucharist as such. Those who are able make offerings in accordance with their means, each as he or she wishes; the Bishop in turn makes use of these to support orphans, widows, the sick and those who for other reasons find themselves in need, such as prisoners and foreigners. The great Christian writer Tertullian relates how the pagans were struck by the Christians' concern for the needy of every sort."

Sadly, some of you are now more concerned about the fact that I quoted a Pope than you are about his actual point. Here's the deal: pagans were introduced to Jesus because Christians were taking care of the needy in obedience to Scripture. Taking care of the needy is not done only for the sake of evangelism. Practicing "true religion" is an extension of the kinds of Kingdom-oriented, salt and light, truth-bearing, grace-filled, Jesus-loving people who live to treat other people the same way God treats them (Ephesians 2:8-10).

We were all orphans and God adopted us in his family, remember? "Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.' The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children" (Rom 8:14-16). As such, the best possible home for an orphan is in a home where a family is following Jesus together as former orphans themselves.

If your church is not cultivating an ethos that practices "true religion" it may not be missional at all. It may be dying or sinking into a consumeristic, entertainment quicksand where people come to have their "felt needs" stroked. Your pastor might wear "cool" clothes, have a "cool" blog, or be in the process of trying to make God and Jesus androgynous but God seems to care that his people are being led by capable men who lead the rest of God's people in bringing the Kingdom to their local neighborhood in all its forms.

While not all Christians are gifted or equipped for taking in orphans it's pretty convicting that 65 million American evangelicals can't rescue 115,000 kids from an unstable hell. If the pagans in our neighborhoods aren't struck by how our churches are applying the Word of God to the needy it's possible that we aren't the real deal yet. May we all pray that our churches are soon as mature as James commends. The revolution continues. . .

Anthony recommends: Bethany Christian Services (a Christian adoption agency operating in the US and abroad; www.bethany.org) and Adopted by God: From Wayward Sinners to Cherished Children by Dr. Robert A. Peterson.

Jul 12, 2008

The Jonas Brothers are homeschooled/Our Curriculum next year!

This seems like two totally different topics, but we have been praying for which curriculum to use for the boys for next year and I believe it will be ACE School of tomorrow.
I am on the group website and lo and behold I found out that the Jonas Brothers are ALSO homeschooled and in this video happen to be using the SAME curriculum! hahaha
Now from what I hear, the Jonas Bros are a Christian family that travels as a family everywhere together. ( which i think is wonderful considering the sad state of affairs the music/Hollywood industry is with respect to teen stars) Think Brittany Spears, Jaime Spears, and other young celebs. The boys have vowed to remain pure until marriage. They also want to be different than those out there. Time will tell if they maintain their morals in such a immoral industry. ( I am not a fan, but respect the goal of staying pure. Personally think the focus of the songs being about relationships and heart break is actually a bit counter productive to the goals they have set for themselves, but oh well. Here is more on ACE http://www.aceministries.com/homeschool/Default.aspx Below is a video for any of you fans ( featuring ACE and the paces)

Jul 8, 2008

Is Adoption Really a Christian Duty? - Christian World News - CBN News

Is Adoption Really a Christian Duty? - Christian World News - CBN News

RELATED LINKS:
Orphans Promise

Christian Alliance for Orphans

4Kids of South Florida

Caring World
CBNNews.com - The Bible tells us to care for the orphans and that task grows tougher each year. Right now, there are an estimated 140 million orphans worldwide.

How can we stem this tide? A group of Christian organizations and churches are working together to find the answer.


Please watch this video! Many ways to help and info included!
https://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/382078.aspx

Not everyone may be called to adopt, but we can all pray and we can
all act in some way as the body of Christ! May we be the hands and
feet of Jesus! James 1:27 27Pure religion and undefiled before God
and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their
affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. If this is
not something you are interested in, please delete. Alida

BTW if any of you went to the Orphan Summit and purchased
the cd's i'd love to borrow them, if you don't mind. :-)

Jul 1, 2008

Question For Obama..When does Life begin?



This is from Lisa Metzger over at http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/carolinametzgers/554522/"Amen and Amen! Obama is 100% pro-choice / pro-death and should NOT be our next president! He doesn't want to impose his supposed "pro-life views" on anyone else because it's deemed religious in nature. What about murder in general? Isn't that "religious" (remember the Ten Commandments)? Aren't you imposing your views on another when you think that murder is wrong? It is the same with the little babies in the womb! There's no difference at all between it being against the law when murdering your neighbor or when murdering a child in their mother's womb! You're always imposing your views, morals and values on a murderer when you tell him/her that she can't kill someone. I just don't understand the logic here...that's because there is none. Logic is absent when choice is convenient!"

Jun 30, 2008

Letter: Barack Obama and the Audacity of Eugenics

Letter: Barack Obama and the Audacity of Eugenics

“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. And the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” -- Margaret Sanger, founder, American Birth Control League, now known as Planned Parenthood (the nation’s largest abortion provider).

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thanks to all of you at Planned Parenthood for all the work that you are doing for women all across the country and for families all across the country - and for men who have enough sense to realize you are helping them, all across the country. I want to thank Cecile Richards (national president of Planned Parenthood) for her extraordinary leadership. I am happy to see so many good friends here today, including Steve Trombley and Pam Sutherland from my home state of Illinois. We had a number of battles down in Springfield from many years and it’s wonder to see that they are here today.” -- Barack Obama, standing before an assembly of Planned Parenthood members.

NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League), the pro-abortion political action committee, has consistently given Barack Obama a 100% rating for his unswerving support of pro-abortion legislation. Obama even failed to support legislation banning the horrendous act of “partial birth abortion,” where the baby is nearly fully delivered from the mother and then the doctor inserts a sharp tool into the baby’s skull and “terminates the pregnancy.” I’m sorry, I know that is a graphic subject, but it simply stands to demonstrate the horrible crimes against humanity that Obama perpetuates!

Barack Obama speaks fervently for equality and fair treatment for all races, classes and sub-groups of individuals. So, why is it that he is in bed with the vile and contemptuous abortion industry? It is an established and sad piece of American history, shunned by those of the liberal persuasion, that the pro-abortion movement began, quite openly, as a social experiment to “control” the population of minorities, the poor, and the “feebleminded” or individuals with disabilities!

Unfortunately, most Americans that have been duped into supporting this form of murder known as abortion probably are completely unaware of the true roots of their “freedom movement.” I understand that most are probably ignorant of the true derivation of the abortion industry. However, now that you are aware, how can you, in good conscience, support such a cause or a man like Barack Obama who seeks to enshrine and propagate the hideous social experiment of abortion and the attempt to eliminate the “undesirables” of our nation?

Chris King,

Tomah

Jun 19, 2008

RE: Please pray for a family for this sibling set! UPDATE/more children !!

Ladies,
Just HAD to share with all of you.. Your prayers have worked. Many of you wrote/called to tell me that you are praying for these children. 3 families even contacted me saying they wanted to adopt them. THEY FOUND A HOME! SOMEONE ADOPTED ALL SEVEN CHILDREN! Praise the Lord that sibling set found a forever family. God is good. My heart was filled with joy and thanksgiving! Unfortunately Brittany is still waiting. Here are a couple more sets that need prayer and homes...please read and/pray for them. Perhaps some of you may even consider being a father to the fatherless? My hope is that each of these children would all find homes. It makes it easier for me to know which doors God is closing for us by having them adopted. :-) pass it around to get the word out. BTW for some reason there tends to be many more waiting boys then girls needing homes. ;-( Take a look at the photos and pray! BTW, if you DO adopt because of this post, or adopt any of these children, can you please let me know? Thank you. Alida w4
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--a very special family needed Please pray for this child and her child. I was especially was taken by the responsibility this young lady is showing in her own life, going to school with good grades,wanting to go to college, working part time and taking care of her child. I hope we in the adoption community can help both of these children by at least getting the word out, if we aren't called to be their family ourselves. I have a very strong feeling that both these children are starved for the affections of a real family. My heartbreaks for this young lady to have to ask for grandparents for her child. Please forward these children's stories where ever you can to get their word out.

Charlotte T., proud volunteer with http://www.untilallhavehomes.org http://www.grantmeachance.com
Kaylee's story:http://www.babyjellybeans.com/web/do/site/home?ID=174441
Subject: a special family is needed
From: TDelle@...
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 19:20:40 -0500

Okay, here is a very different situation than I've ever presented.
Please pray for this situation and pass it on to anyone who may be
interested in pursuing this adoption. Thank you, Tammy

AVAILABLE CHILD INFORMATION
Name: Matrine
Status: Born
Birth Date: 3/18/1992
Gender: Female
Race: African-American
Special Need: None Known
Comments:
This child is a mature, 16 year old female, who has completed the 10th grade. She hopes to attend college after high school and currently has the grades to do so. She is the mother of a five year old daughter, Melissa, who she is currently parenting. Matrine hopes to find a family that will adopt her and become grandparents to her 5 year old daughter. Matrine hopes to find a family that is young thinking and can help her to develop and grow into a well rounded young woman. She currently works part time at McDonald's. She is open to moving away from the Memphis area. Adoption Assistance is available for this child. Matrine has no developmental, physical or behavior problems.

Tammy Delle, M.A.
Middle Tennessee Director
Bethany Christian Services
220 Athens Way # 405
Nashville, TN 37228 615) 242-0909
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Precious age 5 she's been waiting...
http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/precious+w-13991
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http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/malachi-13643
Hey, you wouldn't even need to change his name to a biblical one! Malachi is 5 ______________________________________________________________
Christian age 3 http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/christian-14388
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Nathan H ( H should be for HANDSOME, because that's what he is! Nathan means gift and he is a gift from the Lord for whoever adopts this set. ;-) Nathan and his sister Alize are both 5. you can find them here http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/nathan+h-6743 They have been on this site for a LONG time. Help them find a home. They are from California
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Another precious set http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/jaustinity-14113 Jaustinity (age 6) Donavan (age 5)and Alayna (age 7)located in Texas They are precious
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Have you ever wanted girl twins? Shametra & Shameka age 5. http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/shametra-14256
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Joseph age 7, Keshyaunna (5 girl) Tyreece (boy age 4) http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/tyreece-13247 check out those gorgeous eyes
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Davontrae 11, Semaj age 9, Emonni (girl 7) Asiah (Girl 6) Carl ( male 5) http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/emonni-13590
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Aisha (girl 11) Ayisha (girl 11) Lee (male age 5) Layiron age 3Male
http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/ayisha-12606
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http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/shakira-14339Shakira age 4 Cheyenne age 8
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http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/brendon-12268 Fabulous 8! Brendon(male 17) Lesha female 15, Tyshawn male age 14Mariah female age 13 Tabitha ages 10 female, Nakia age(8 female) Danyale age 5 female Jaheim age 4 male
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Jacob (male age 7) Christine age 7, Charles (age 4), Georgie (female age 3) http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/charles-9740
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http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/emarion-12136Enederia (female age 12) Elijah age 8, Edward age 6, Ethan age 5 male, Emarion (male age 4) Exavier *age 3
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Hayden Age:3 http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/hayden-14279
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logan age 3 female http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/logan+t-13992
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Antonio (age 3) http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/antonio-13694 _________________
Gage 5 Arianna F 7 http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/gage+f-12809
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Pearl 11 http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/pearl-10667
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Cheryl 10, Joseph 7, Kaylee 6 Anthony 4
http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/anthony-14208
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http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/ruvy-12159
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JadaAge:3 Taleah age 4, Dakota 6, http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/jada-14131
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http://www.cakidsconnection.com/FindChild.php
Meckhii is a beautiful little guy who likes to play computer learning games. Meckhii interacts well with adults and is loving and needs encouragement to interact with kids. Meckhii has faced a lot of challenges in his young life, yet he still manages to share his bright smile with the world. Meckhii needs a family that can support his needs and advocate for him throughout his life. Meckhii
Meckhii is 4 years of age. His ethnicity is African-American, and he will join an adoptive family as a single child. His agency is located in San Bernardino, CA. His reference number is 496426.
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Melinda is 6 years of age. Her ethnicity is Asian/Pacific Islander, and she is one of 4 to be placed together for adoption. Her agency is located in Torrance, CA. Her reference number is 494283.
http://www.cakidsconnection.com/ViewChild.php?ChildID=494283
Meet Melinda, a beautiful and sweet girl. School is a challenge for her as she has to switch from using Khmer to learning English. Melinda is quiet and mild-tempered, but can also be mischievous as she sometimes likes to tease other children. She follows her sister Deborah around and likes to imitate her actions, such as pretending to read or write. Melinda can be independent and she follows adult directions well.
SIBS: Pamala, Sary & Deborah
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Rayleen is 7 years of age. Her ethnicity is Latino, and she is one of 3 to be placed together for adoption. Her agency is located in Orange, CA. Her reference number is 495471.
To see siblings, click on their names: Selene (ID: 495472) Melody (ID: 495473)_________
Endya is 9 years of age. Her ethnicity is African-American, and she is one of 3 to be placed together for adoption. Her agency is located in Oakland, CA. Her reference number is 496355. To see siblings, click on their names: Jabari (ID: 496354) Dantrell (ID: 496356)
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Disrupted Haitian adoption/beautiful girl!
http://www.achildswaiting.com/adoptive_parents/adoption_disruption/disruption_children.php I was checking out waiting children when I saw this precious beautiful gem! I saw this child and wanted to post it here. I am not on any other Haitian groups, so if you feel compelled, pass it on, or if you feel led, pray and see if she might be right for you family! Bless you, Alida w4

Brittany 's Profile http://www.achildswaiting.com/adoptive_parents/adoption_disruption/profiles/brittany.php « Back to Children Waiting
Brittany was born in Haiti on 3-12-93 and has been in the USA for 2 years. She was adopted along with her birth brother and a friend from the same orphanage. She maintains contact with her birth family in Haiti, which is important to her. Brittany continues to identify heavily with her Haitian culture and maintains her native language.

Brittany is in the 8 th grade in ESL and special education classes. She is significantly behind in her studies, primarily reading at a 2 nd grade level. Brittany struggles at times to remember what she learns. She has a hard time making friends and is shy. Brittany has low self-esteem and has problems with depression for which is medicated. At times, she can be oppositional when she feels depressed or bad about herself.

Brittany loves to cook and can style and braid hair in a very artistic manner. She needs a family that is willing to help her feel better about herself and will help her reach her potential academically. She is a sweet girl who needs a loving family that will commit to her to adulthood and beyond.
For more information please call 330-665-1811
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Jun 15, 2008

Not much news on our adoption journey.

Well not much has changed on the status of our application. We are waiting in a sort of limbo waiting to even get our home study done. sigh. I sometimes wonder if the Lord is closing the door for us as it seems to be taking so long. I keep having to remind myself that it should be His will and not mine.

Day after day drags on, and still no word on our paperwork. :-( Waiting is hard. I want to be approved already and hold our children in my arms. I checked the website and two of our children had birthdays. sniff sniff, they had birthdays without their mama and daddy, and loving siblings. ;-( We love these kids but we truly are open. if the Lord wants to do something completely different. Though I really would like to adopt these particular children, only the Lord knows what is best and who would be the right match. A gal I met recently encouraged me by telling me that "God already knows which children are for us, He knew it before He created the foundations of the world, Even Before I was created, they were mine. " ;-) Well when you look at it that way. i seem,s so much easier to trust Him and His timing. It is still hard to be patient.

We were even prayerfully considering a teen that is raising a 5 year old. We don't want to limit God in what gifts He'd have for us or what the package (children) will look like. Truly, only He knows what is right for our family.

It breaks my heart to see so many orphans and kids in foster care all over! All different ages needing loving homes. I don't know how folks aren't completely grieved about the number of children going to bed hungry and/or parent-less each night. But I realize that this isn't every persons calling in life.. Did you know
Nearly 40 percent of American adults, or 81.5 million people, have considered adopting a child, according to the National Adoption Attitudes Survey. If just one in 500 of these adults adopted, every waiting child in foster care would have a permanent family?Isn't that amazing? Anyhoo, if you want to check out a cute video, watch this. Be blessed in Jesus Christ, our GLORIOUS REDEEMING SAVIOR! :-)

Jun 14, 2008

Buy a FROSTY from Wendy's/ help kids in foster care June 14th 7 15th!

Dear Friends
For a cause close to my heart!
Let's go to Wendy's to help kids in foster care. Bring Dad to Wendy's ( www.Wendy's.com/ ) this weekend and buy him a Frosty. For every Frosty sold June 14 and 15 (at participating locations), Wendy's will donate 50 cents to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption ( www.davethomasfoundation.org ) , a non-profit charity devoted to increasing the number of adoptions from U.S. foster care. We will be going both days. I just LOVE Dave Thomas. He has been coined the patron saint of Adoption. :-) - Dave Thomas and www.stevencurtischapman.com of www.shaohannahshope.org have done SO much for orphans and adoption. Here is a cute quick video regarding the Frosty Project. Pass it on, be Blessed! Alida
To see your message come to life click here:
http://www.rockinfrosty.org/retreive.asp?name=Alida&fname=Alida&message=Let's%20go%20to%20Wendy's%20to%20help%20kids%20in%20foster%20care.

BTW if you are interested in adoption or considering I have a brochure I can give you if you are local, otherwise you can order one for free from Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Considering Adoption?
Today in America, 129,000 children wait in foster care for a safe, loving and permanent home. In Canada, 30,000 children wait. You can help by learning about foster care adoption and taking the next best step, ordering a

A Beginner's Guide to Adoption
Our signature adoption resource. "A Child is Waiting: A Beginner's Guide to Adoption", will help you learn more about the adoption process. Available in Spanish-language and Canadian versions.

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Jun 13, 2008

National Foster Care Adoption Attitudes Survey (2007)

Many folks have wanted to adopt. Check out these links and look at waiting kids all over! Or, if you are unable to adopt, look at the links and pray for these children! Pray that they find good homes and that they are loved and comforted and tat their needs are met! If ever there were those that desperately needed prayer.. it would be these children. Here are links for WAITING CHILDREN PHOTOLISTINGS. These children are available in the us and ALL OVER!

http://www.untilallhavehomes.org/
http://www.achildswaiting.com/adoptive_parents/waiting_children.php
http://www.heartgalleryofamerica.org/
http://www.heartgalleryofamerica.org/Galleries/State_Galleries.asphttp://www.adoptuskids.org/
http://photolisting.adoption.com/ (Great site/both international and US)

Every day in America, children are abused, neglected and abandoned. Thousands enter the foster care and juvenile justice system through no fault of their own and are subsequently permanently removed from their homes because their birth families are unable or unwilling to provide a safe environment for them. Today, 129,000 children in the U.S. foster care system are available for adoption.

National Foster Care Adoption Attitudes Survey (2007)The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption commissioned Harris Interactive to understand Americans’ attitudes about foster care adoption, their beliefs about the children waiting to be adopted, their perceptions of the system caring for these children and their attitudes toward what a healthy living environment is for a child. By highlighting perceptions, or misperceptions in these areas, we can work to more effectively move children from the temporary, yet too often long-term care of the state into the permanent and nurturing care of a family.

Some key findings are:

U.S. adults are considering foster care adoption more often than any other type of adoption, but misperceptions abound about the children waiting to be adopted and the foster care adoption process.
Almost three quarters of American adults (72 %) have a very favorable opinion of adoption and almost two-thirds (69%) believe we as a society should be doing more to encourage foster care adoption.
Although 89% of Americans are familiar with adoption in general, 79% of Americans are familiar with foster care adoption.
Yet, given this large pool of potential adoptive parents who are both familiar with the issue and considering acting (48 million adults), 114,000 children still wait to be adopted from the U.S. foster care system.
Three core misperceptions about foster care adoption shared by the American public may deter potential parents from engaging in the system and following through with foster care adoptions.
1. Americans do not have a clear picture of the 114,000 eligible children in the U.S.
foster care system waiting for adoption.
2. Americans underestimate the diversity of individuals who are capable of adopting from
foster care.
3. Americans do not fully understand the U.S. foster care adoption process.

In order to increase the number of Americans engaging in the foster care adoption process, greater efforts must be taken to provide an accurate picture of the available children waiting for adoption, the specific steps for the adoption process and the diversity of individuals capable of adoption. In addition, key reforms must be implemented into the U.S. foster care system to ensure the adoption process is clear, efficient and responsive to the needs of prospective parents.
View the news release.
Download the Executive Summary for an in-depth view of key findings.
Download the Full Survey Report with Executive Summary and detailed findings.
View the Foster Care Adoption Fact Sheet to learn more about foster care adoption today.

Jun 7, 2008

America's generosity unmatched

America's generosity unmatched
Star Parker - Syndicated Columnist - 6/5/2008 7:00:00 AM

Americans are hearing so much these days about how bad we are that we're starting to believe it.



In a recent Gallup poll, 68 percent said they are "dissatisfied with the position of the United States in the world today," and 55 percent said they think that the rest of the world views us unfavorably.





However, as I page through a publication called the Index of Global Philanthropy, which is produced annually by the Center for Global Prosperity at the Hudson Institute in Washington, it becomes obvious that these American feelings of self-deprecation are misguided.

This is the just released third annual edition of this index. It produces a unique snapshot portraying the full extent of American generosity to developing countries, by amount and by source.

Usually when the question of aid to the developing world arises, we think of government funds. But this index shows that, whereas it may be the rule in the rest of the industrialized world that most aid is government aid, in our country this isn't the case. Most of the contributions that Americans make abroad are private and voluntary. And they are large.

In 2006, the latest year for which data is available, the index reports that Americans contributed privately and voluntarily $34.8 billion to individuals and organizations in developing countries.

Philanthropy is distinct from government aid in that it originates with private citizens and is voluntary, but also the recipients are private individuals and organizations, as opposed to governments. Private to private versus government to government.

The $34.8 billion in philanthropy from private Americans exceeded the $23.5 billion in official U.S. government aid abroad by $11.3 billion, or 48 percent.

This private philanthropy is flowing from foundations, corporations, private and voluntary organizations, universities and colleges, and religious organizations.

Of particular interest in this year's index is the $8.8 billion reported from religious organizations. According to Carol Adelman, who directs this work, the data was produced by commissioning "the first national survey of congregational giving to the developing world" ever done.

The average contribution of congregations was $10,700.

To put this in some kind of perspective, the $8.8 billion in giving from American religious institutions to developing countries was $1.5 billion more than the total giving from all private sources in 30 of the world's major industrialized democratic countries combined.

When consolidating all assistance funds flowing from the United States to developing countries, the total is $129.8 billion. This is the total of government aid, philanthropy, and remittances -- funds sent directly by private individuals to other private parties in developing countries, often family members. A far second in total giving behind the United States is the United Kingdom at $20.7 billion.

There are a couple of important messages here.

First, of course, is the incredible compassion and generosity of Americans. American largesse does not need to be pried or forced by the government. It flows organically from free, civic-minded and often religiously motivated citizens. And it comes from citizens of every income strata. The religious giving data shows that whereas the average congregation gives $10,700, the median number is $2,500, indicating that there are many smaller, less wealthy congregations engaged.

The other headline is the central importance of the private sector in both generating prosperity, but also in sharing it.

Bookshelves now strain with studies showing the failures of government-to-government aid.

It is individuals who create wealth. Compassion and personal responsibility reside in the breasts of those same individuals. Neither can be said of government bureaucracies.

Barack Obama spoke at the commencement ceremony at Wesleyan University the other day. He talked about national service and, recalling John F. Kennedy, committed to doubling the size of the Peace Corps if elected president.

From what I see and what the data shows, Americans don't need government to make them care, contribute, and volunteer. If anything, they need less government so they'll retain and keep control of more of what they produce and subsequently share with those in need.

Other countries may have their own motivations for what causes them to view Americans the way they do. But the data is clear. Americans are unmatched in creating prosperity and sharing it.

It's time to pay closer attention to what Americans do rather than what others say.




Star Parker (parker@urbancure.org) is president of CURE, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education and author of three books.



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Dalit Woman, Newborn Die After Hospital Refuses Treatment

Dalit Woman, Newborn Die After Hospital Refuses Treatment
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Maya Devi, a 28-year-old Dalit ("Untouchable") woman, writhed in labor pains outside the maternity wing of a medical college as her sister and neighbor looked on helplessly April 23. Seven hours after doctors denied her treatment at the hospital in Uttar Pradesh, India, she gave birth to a baby boy. The baby died minutes after being born due to a lack of medical help.

According to a report by the Press Trust of India, because of her caste, the hospital's chief superintendent and other doctors refused to touch Devi or provide her with medical treatment while she was in labor.

Because Devi was a Dalit, most of the hospital staff considered her unsuitable to receive medical treatment.
But Dr. Kiran Pandey, head of gynecology at the hospital, refused to let the social stigma of the caste system get in the way of caring for this "untouchable" mother.

Dr. Pandey was an hour away from the hospital when she found out about Devi's situation. She rushed back as quickly as she could and brought the unconscious mother into the intensive care unit. But for all Dr. Pandey's efforts, Devi died the following day after a series of heart attacks.

Because Devi was a Dalit, most of the hospital staff considered her unsuitable to receive medical treatment. Dalits belong to the lowest group on the caste social ladder and are seen as less than human in Indian society. Because of their position, people belonging to the upper castes fear making contact with them. Despite the fact that the caste system was outlawed more than 50 years ago, it continues to have a strong hold on much of Indian life. Throughout the country, Dalits are still systematically abused and work as virtual slaves. They are constantly told they have no value.

Very often, those who abuse the Dalits get away with their crimes. Fortunately in Devi's case, nine doctors have been suspended for refusing to offer treatment in her time of need.

The state's chief minister, Mayawati, expressed deep sorrow over the infant's death by announcing financial assistance to Devi's family, but no amount of money could ease the pain of Devi's death.

Now, thanks to Gospel for Asia's missionaries, Dalits are experiencing a sense of hope and a renewed awakening that they are worthy of love. They are amazed to find out from the missionaries that Jesus Christ loves them and died for them.

GFA missionaries in Uttar Pradesh ask for continued prayers for their work among the Dalit people and throughout India.

May 26, 2008

Please pray for a family for this sibling set! PLEASE!

Ladies,
Many of you know my heart for adoption. I was once in foster care and it was a horrible experience. not only because I was removed from my mother which is traumatizing, but because I was placed with an abusive foster mother. I believe the Lord is placing it on many hearts and is raising up many Christian families to adopt these children. Please keep us in prayer as we are seeking to adopt a sibling set that is really on our hearts. There is a special sibling set of believing children that I'd love to ask prayer for and I am also hoping that you will forward this information to anyone who might be interested in adopting from foster care, also to the prayer warriors that you know. Many times God uses godly Christians to change the lives of the helpless forever. Did you know that Dave Thomas of Wendy's was adopted ?( I believe from foster care) He has a HUGE organization that gives free info and offers assistance for those considering fostering and or adopting. Anyhoo, this sibling set is available for adoption. There are 7 of them including a set of twins. They are in Oklahoma but it is possible to adopt them from any state. Did you know that when you adopt from foster care, the children get free medical and dental AND FREE EDUCATION at both college AND university? You get to experience the rewarding joy of loving a child and changing the course of their lives for the better. You get to add to your family! You would probably get assistance with foster care funds until the adoption is finalized and you may qualify to get Adoption Assistance Funds even after you adopt. (though obviously money shouldn't be THE reason. There are many unsavory characters that foster for money. ) I pray that these children would find a strong loving Christian home with people who truly love them and help them meet their full potential in Christ. (and that isn't doing it "just for the money." Here are the cute kiddos. They are SO precious. Please pray them into a good home. My heart breaks for them I can't imagine my children being separated from one another for any amount of time. :-) Please also let me know if any of you adopt them. Some amazing family will be abundantly blessed by these children! BeautyforAshes5@att.net or 4GodsGlory4@gmail.com Thank you, Bless you, Alida w4 Below at the end of this article is a link with info of another young teen that needs a home. A dispruption from Haiti, she lives in thge US, at her site you can find out about other disruptions which are in he US with kids from ukriane, Russia and other places you'd typically ghave to pay $30,000 to adopt a child from. Perhaps this would be a blessing for someone wanting international but that cannot afford it?

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a nonprofit public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than 150000 children in ... www.davethomasfoundation.org North America's foster care systems waiting to be adopted. Created by Wendy's founder, Dave Thomas, who was adopted as a child, the Foundation leads signature national service programs and works to streamline the adoption process and make adoption more affordable for families. As the only foundation dedicated exclusively to foster care adoption, we are driven by Dave's simple value: Do what's best for the child. Read more...

http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/edward-11747
Edward, & Demetreus , ( Both age 8) Darious , ( age 6) Daryonna , ( age 5) Dorian , ( age 4 ) Deja , ( age 3 ) Dejuana , ( age 2)
Edward, Age:8 Gender:M State:Oklahoma

Are you interested in a special, spectacular, sensational sibling group of 7? Well there is such a group whose names are Edward, Demetreus, Darious, Daryonna, Dorian, De'Ja, and Dejuana. These siblings are currently placed in separate foster homes (some together) but all desperately want to be placed together. Edward is the oldest of the bunch that has a lot of personality and a great smile. He enjoys drawing, school, his Bible, video games, and board games. He is an excellent eater and will eat just about anything. He could take better care of his possessions but has good follow through with his hygiene when reminded. Edward shows affection through hugs and does well with animals. He also does well in school with encouragement and guidance. Like most children Edward needs to be cared for with love and closeness and needs the reassurance that he is cared for.

DemetreusAge:8 Gender:M
These siblings are currently placed in separate foster homes (some together) but all desperately want to be placed together. Demetreus is next in line and is a very smart and inquisitive child. He is a fun loving child who enjoys his doctor’s books and wrestling toys. He enjoys pets and takes fair care of his possessions. He has very good eating habits, is very neat, and takes good care of his personal hygiene. Demetreus shows affection through hugs and kisses and loves attention and affection in return. Demetreus needs a family to provide structure and consistent supervision.



Darious Age:6
Darious follow’s up with a great deal of personality and a good attitude. He enjoys his Spiderman books, Batman toys, videos and his scooter. He is a very good eater and has no favorite foods. He has good personal hygiene and takes good care of his possessions for a child his age. Darious enjoys pets and shows his affection through hugs and kisses. He will also sit on the laps of his caregivers as a sign of affection. Darious loves people, loves to be hugged and kissed, and needs nurturing from his family.

Daryonna Age:5 Daryonna is the oldest girl who is known as a very nurturing child. She has high self- confidence and is very well mannered. She also loves to learn and keep busy. She is very prone to toys that she can try to figure out how they work. She enjoys books, play learning toys and painting. Daryonna has a desire to take dance in the future. She takes very good care of her personal hygiene, does not like to be dirty and does not like to get boo boo’s. She is a very good eater and loves animals. She shows affection through hugs, kisses, and verbal comments. Daryonna also has a good cooperation level. Daryonna loves attention and needs a family that can provide that for her.
Dorian Age:4 Dorian is the youngest of the boys who is very loveable and has a great memory. He loves trucks, books, and the movie “Cars.” He is currently learning how to clean up and often sings the clean up song when picking up his toys. He is beginning to be very inquisitive about food and about if certain things can be eaten. Dorian does well with pets and shows his affection through hugs and kisses. Dorian can be very active and does great playing by himself. Dorian needs a family to be very patient and affectionate.
Deja Age:3 De’ Ja is the next to the youngest child who is very intelligent and very easily entertained. De’Ja loves dolls and will play with any kind of doll. She also likes anything with buttons or any learning toy. Being inquisitive and intelligent, De’Ja likes to try to figure out how things work and will attempt to take things apart and put them back together again. She takes good care of her possessions and hygiene for her age. She also loves to eat her vegetables before her main meal. De’Ja loves animals and shows her affection to others through hugs and kisses. De’Ja has an appropriate cooperation level for her age but needs a lot of attention.
Dejuana Age:2 Dejuanna is the baby of the bunch. She is very independent, easily entertained, and has the ability to play by herself. At this point Dejuanna is more interested in learning how to walk than playing with toys. However when playing with toys, she will go after anything that her sister, De’Ja is playing with. Dejuaana has a good appetite, likes anything that she can feed herself, and also likes eating her vegetables before her main dinner. Dejuanna shows affection through hugs and kisses and also loves pets. She has an appropriate attention span for her age and needs a patient home, and time to warm up to new situations. http://photolisting.adoption.com/foster-adoption/children/dejuana-11753
HELP THESE KIDS FIND A HOME!!!!
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Disrupted Haitian adoption/beautiful girl!
http://www.achildswaiting.com/adoptive_parents/adoption_disruption/disruption_children.php I was checking out waiting children when I saw this precious beautiful gem! I saw this child and wanted to post it here. I am not on any other Haitian groups, so if you feel compelled, pass it on, or if you feel led, pray and see if she might be right for you family! Bless you, Alida w4

Brittany 's Profile http://www.achildswaiting.com/adoptive_parents/adoption_disruption/profiles/brittany.php « Back to Children Waiting


Brittany was born in Haiti on 3-12-93 and has been in the USA for 2 years. She was adopted along with her birth brother and a friend from the same orphanage. She maintains contact with her birth family in Haiti, which is important to her. Brittany continues to identify heavily with her Haitian culture and maintains her native language.

Brittany is in the 8 th grade in ESL and special education classes. She is significantly behind in her studies, primarily reading at a 2 nd grade level. Brittany struggles at times to remember what she learns. She has a hard time making friends and is shy. Brittany has low self-esteem and has problems with depression for which is medicated. At times, she can be oppositional when she feels depressed or bad about herself.

Brittany loves to cook and can style and braid hair in a very artistic manner. She needs a family that is willing to help her feel better about herself and will help her reach her potential academically. She is a sweet girl who needs a loving family that will commit to her to adulthood and beyond.


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May 21, 2008

We attended a Foster Care Prayer Vigil

I debated on whether or not to attend the Prayer Vigil and am glad that we did. I didn't know if kids were allowed but I am accustomed to schlepping my children with me EVERYWHERE, so we all went. For those that are curious, you can go to to set one up in your area, or this to know how to pray specifically for the needs of children.

We broke off into groups and prayed for one page at a time... so for 10 minutes we all took turns praying the workers, next was the families birth and foster ( that the Lord would raise up more and heal the broken ones, next was the children and all the issues that they face, the support that is needed, lastly was the church. ( that many would volunteer, pray, take action, and/or foster. That the church would step up and that church leaders would launch ministries for orphans and waiting children. Prayed that believers all over would be consumed with passion for the children in foster care (and orphans) and would make themselves available to how God would use them. Also to ask God what He would have US do in relation to the foster care system and the people it serves! There are MANY ways to volunteer or help out, including (but not limited too) fostering and adoption, Mentoring, gift giving..

We were able to pray for individual families and children in the system and those that aged out that are struggling. It was wonderful to hear the people pouring their hearts out on behalf of the hurting children and those aging out with no family. I wish the church would provide support for those that just need a mentor as they have already become adults. I pray that each hurting child would come to know the All sufficient One that can meet ALL OF THEIR NEEDS. SO many children, so many stories. It is overwhelming to me, but not to our Heavenly Father.

I was able to meet some really neat caring people. One precious man was so burdened for these children he prayed with such fervency & with tears before the Lord. It was beautiful. I spoke with him afterward and he shared that after he retired, he felt led to give back for all the he had been blessed with and mentored a couple of boys from YMCA. Afterward he felt led to start up a group called "All God's Children" that sets up children with mentors!(from his church) He just got paired with another boy and he sees it as mission work. He says it blesses him greatly! What a servant.

I met another gal who asked why I was there. I mentioned that I found them through familylife.com ( I LOVE focus on the family, Shaohannah's Hope and others are really starting a movement for the cause of the widow and the orphan!) Glory to God! I feel this is the beginning of something huge. May the Lord raise up mighty prayer warriors and those to mentor, volunteer or financially help these kids. If everyone steps up and does even a small part, MUCH can be done. Many hands make work light.
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I shared with the gal my heart and how I myself have been in foster care and now we are adopting. She took my info and told me how blessed some of the youth would be to hear me come and speak about my experience. I am thrilled! I have such a burden for them. My own mother aged out not getting any support. This is how I ended up in the same system that she was raised in. We will see how God uses this. It is all in His hands to be lead by Him. I would love to give back all the support and encouragement that have received from all of you through the years. I'll keep you updated. Please pray for my children if you will. i know they are out there, I am not sure if they'll be the ones the Lord will bring to us. I think of them often and my heart swells with love when I think of them. I would love to call them my own but I wait on the Lord to reveal His plans for us. Love to you all. Alida

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