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 I hope to include more on my blog later but she is part of quite a few really great ministries.. including Dr. Alveda King: 'Planned Parenthood, Stop Using and Lying to My Family' Dr. Martin Luther King's Niece Upset Abortion Business Using Uncle's Image MLK's niece: Pro-choice is pro-murder 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!

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!

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 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 )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 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.

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.

Atheism-Pull the Plug

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Compassion Verse

"Lifehouse Anything Skit"

Our Mighty Arrows

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