Sunday, October 30, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Instead I glimmered (read sweat) in the warm 90 degree sun wondering when where the breeze was that the weather man spoke about. Instead of crunching through leaves I stepped on a red ant hill and rather than jumping in piles of leaves we came inside to escape the onslaught of mosquitoes. Mosquito's in October is just nonsensical. And just like everything else, mosquito's are bigger in Texas too. With a few new bites each, we came in side, dabbed on some coconut oil to quell the itching and shared a nice bowl of ice cream. No warm apple cider on a night like this, but the ice cream sure hit the spot. And I'm beginning to think Gabe has a sweet tooth like his Momma!
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Last Friday, I recieved great news from our old church, the church that when visiting I walk into and immediately feel like I'm at home. Our old church is going to start an Orphan-Adoption Care Ministry and while I was talking to the missions director I was ecstatic to hear this fabulous news. However, shortly after learning about this new ministry I was, well honestly sad and even a bit mad. Sad that I am missing out on this opportunity, sad that our new church seems to have other goals for the future besides starting an orphan ministry (which I
completely understand) and honestly a little angry that the orphan-adoption care ministry started after we left. I realized my anger is not valid and now I am just disappointed that I missed out on this opportunity. It took until today that I realized how silly I was being.
Monday the weather man said we had seen the end of the 90 degree days here in Houston. He lied. However there were a few days that were in the 70's and we spent plenty of time outside enjoying the reprieve of hot weather. Friday it was 91, hence the 'he lied' statement.
This weekend was our community's annual garage sale. And boy was it disappointing. It seemed like people just dumped their junk out on their driveways with absolutely no forethought. The only item we found was well worth the dollar we paid.
Matt's mom came into visit from Ohio on Friday. And on Saturday Gabe met his Great Uncle John and his lovely wife for the first time. And Gabe now has a new girl friend as he loved Christina. He loved her so much that he followed her around after she'd leave the room and wanted her to hold him over me. If you know Gabe, you know how monumental that is.
The weather is supposed to be in the 70's this week but I'll believe it when I feel it and am not feeling 90 degree heat penetrate my skin when we go outside. Speaking of weather (again), we took Matt's mom to the Houston Prime Outlets and I found a steal of a super cute jacket at J.Crew. I've had my eye on it since this summer and once it was on sale for $25 I just had to scoop it up! I haven't had a jacket for years but realized my thick Ohio-winter coats would be a little too warm for the majority of the winter. I'm a little too excited to have the opportunity to wear it.
Hopefully tomorrow we'll receive our October numbers for our adoption wait list. I under estimated how much I'd be depending on these numbers to get us through each month.
And that ends the most random post ever.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I'm not sure what circumstances evoked Christian Larson to say this, but maybe he was waiting for something; something his heart longed for but was still far away.
Like us, Laura is waiting for her little boy to come home from Ethiopia. She's still waiting for a referral (like us) and to commemorate the passing of each month bringing her closer to the missing piece of her puzzle, she makes a beautiful (and different each month) piece of art work and raffles it off.
They're beautiful. The amount of detail she puts into them is astounding. I'm impressed by her artistic talent and she's even made one for us.
So go check it out, enter to win and follow along with her on their journey to her son.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Here's to at least a few more sprinkler friendly days!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Last December when Sondra, Akane and I went to Empress Taytu, I was abruptly taken by surprise. By the cold, spongy taste of the injeri, the unique textures and the spiciness of food labeled mild.
This time my friend Samantha accompanied me and while the food was the same, my experience was different; knowing what to expect allowed me to truly enjoy the food. Knowing the injeri would not be like a tortilla shell, I actually liked it! Knowing that the foods listed mild may still be too spicy for me I took smaller bites. Knowledge really is power when it comes to eating ethnic foods!
And again, the sambusa was my favorite part of the meal! That may be one Ethiopian cuisine I need to learn how to make.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Realistically we could be waiting through another rainy season but with any thing is possible with God on our side so I'm praying that we're home in the US as a family of 5 (or 4) before then.
Friday, October 7, 2011
“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.” - Bernard Meltzer
This week I've been blessed to spend time with some of the women I admire most in life. Strong women, faith-filled women, women that have over come obstacles, women who build me up, women who challenge me to be better and women who keep it real. Early morning walks, late evening pedicures, dining on Ethiopian food, laughing until it hurts, a few much needed tears shed and a lot of talking was had. I mean a lot of talking!
Next week, the distance from Houston to Ohio will never seem greater as I reminisce about all the time I spent with the ones I hold dear.
But today I met up with a friend to walk, to talk, to wrangle our children in strollers and on playgrounds. I missed her deeply but didn't realize how much I needed to see her until we drove our separate ways. Has that ever happened to you?
Do you have a friend that you can be brutally honest too, say things privately to and know they'll keep your trust? I do. I have a few. And today I was with one of them. And she listened to me, spoke with me, walked in comfortable silence along side me and laughed out loud with me.
It felt good. It felt honest. And it was needed.
Sometimes distance causes friendships to fade away. Sometimes life gets too busy and the days are too short. But I have been blessed with friendships that distance doesn't define relationship. In some the distance has created a deeper bond, a bond we know that we have to work to keep. I have been blessed with friendships that encourage me, enrich me and keep me accountable. My friend cup, it is full.
A friend is a hand that is always holding yours, no matter how close or far apart you may be. A friend is someone who is always there and will always, always care. A friend is a feeling of forever in the heart.” - Henri Nouwen
Thursday, October 6, 2011
It is absolutely impossible to see this and not marvel at all of the many promises God gives us.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Playing in the waves!
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” ― Oscar Wilde