As I put an adorable “store bought” bow in my daughter’s hair today, I couldn’t help but think of the 4,000+ headbands you sent me to put on the heads of princesses and princess in Uganda on my Visiting Orphans mission trip. I still can’t believe you mailed me [this year] over 7,000 bows, hair accessories and headbands of love. The best part, was flipping out my Flip camera and taking this hilarious video of the craziness of crowing bows to the Karamonjong Tribe at Katie Davis’ ministry, Amazima. I literally dragged myself out of the pile of chaos to ask a few children to say “hello” and “thank you!”
So, thank YOU with all my heart, for making the girls and boys feel beautiful for the day! You will never know the impact you had on their hearts! We have some really amazing projects coming up this Fall [here] on the blog. Let’s wrap up together 2011 loving BIG and making a difference in the life of an orphan. Ya’ll keep inspiring me to live James 1:27 throughout the year! I love you sisters!
(Anyone interested in helping me crown princesses for my Haiti mission trip in January? hint hint!)
Enjoy …. your craziest, crazy thank you ever!!
We just adopted…BELLA is finally home & we are all in love with her! Josh and I have felt it on our heart for years to adopt even before we had kids. We have tried several times to look into different options but before things could go very far it would always fall through. We know that at the core of Gods heart is a longing and a desire for children to have life, be loved and cared for. Here is the answer to YEARS of prayer and a life saved!! Introducing BELLA CHRISTIAN NEELEY born Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 7:11 am 3.52 kilos, or 7.74 lbs Read More
I found this yummy sandwich that will feed a crowd or my 17 year old son! It’s super easy to make and no-fuss make-ahead kind of crown pleaser. I would have to substitute the “read meat” for turkey or deli chicken, but everything else looks delicious.
I’m Christy, wife to Jeff and Momma to four amazing kiddos, Avery (10), Karsen (7), Cohen (5) and Bereket (3). Here is a little bit about how we followed God’s call for our family.
The summer of 2006 we watched a special on Africa and I looked at my husband Jeff and said, “I think we need a little boy from Africa!” With a five year old, a two year old and a fussy three month old he looked at me like I had two heads! I started reading blogs about adoption, specifically Ethiopia, and praying that God would turn Jeff’s heart in the adoption direction. God did a mighty work in Jeff’s heart and after two and a half years and lots of prayer we started our journey. Read More
For the past 16 days, I’ve been a single mama. My husband has been leading the 1st Man Up Visiting Orphans mission trip to Uganda and Ethiopia. It’s just been me and the girls. The first few days I was pumped about all the “alone” time I was going to have with my daughters. I made a list of all the fun things we could do together … pedicures, picnics, swimming at the pool, and our special trip to Sanibel Island, FL. I had high expectations of spending a few hours a day tackling those spring cleaning chores I missed in the spring. In fact, I stacked three new books (you recommended) on my night stand to read at night.
Little did I know, we would have record heat waves hit my neck of the woods. It was miserable going outside … forget picnics and boiling ourselves in the pool during the day. We stayed inside our cool house praying the air conditioner wouldn’t break with daddy being gone. We counted down the days for our mini vacation [tagging along with my parents] to escape the heat in
muggy sunny Florida. I love the ocean and couldn’t wait to relax on the beach.
The rain we lacked in my hometown, we got in torrents in Florida. The girls and I would wait by the screen door and as soon as it lifted, we ran to the pool or beach. I wouldn’t let a crazy thunderstorm every day dampen my spirits. I started feeling the weight of being a single mommy, but didn’t want to miss out on my sunset dates with Zoie. Every night, she wanted to head to the beach to watch the sunset God made us. It was also my time to reflect on my hubby and son ministering to orphans and praying for their energy, strength and perseverance. I struggled often with wanting to be with them in Africa, yet cherishing my time with my daughters. I was torn. It was all worth the time being single … knowing hundreds of children were being loved BIG by a crazy team of men and women living James 1:27. (Time of print- he’s home now and wait till you hear stories from his trip!)
(my sweet Dad & Zoie)
I just want to say to my single bloggy friends with children- I’m so proud of you for being super hero moms!!
MY CRAZY BLOGGERS: I want to know how you spent your summer – any craziness you want to share here to make us laugh (or cry)?
PS: I cherish your comments and promise I’ll give my best effort to reply. Your bloggy friendships mean the world to me, even though we’ve never met in real life. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the amazing adoption stories this summer from over 40 guest bloggers, as much as I have. Thank you for living James 1:27!
It’s my honor to help fellow adoption families fundraise for their adoptions with our Simply Love Kit … I wish I could keep my blog store open 24/7 all year long, but running an apparel business would be a full time job. Thankfully blog friends, you keep wrapping your hearts around the many projects featured here on my blog. YOU make a crazy difference in the lives of orphans. Every tee shirt you buy has helped change a life on the mission field. We are all in this together! Read More
A toddler boy is what they told us. As we had prayerfully moved down the road to adoption to start our family in the summer of 2009, we had been told by agencies that most people that have a gender preference from Ethiopia want a girl. We were thrilled with the idea of a boy to start our family. Jon and I inquired more and prayed through age ranges as we thought about being first time parents. “Everyone wants babies” another agency said. Okay, we don’t need a baby. We were told to wait for our referral of a toddler boy. Read More
If you are signed up for the new June 2012 Visiting Orphans mission trip- Simply Love Ethiopia & Uganda … your deposit is due 9/1. We have 35 people signed up and 12 people on the waiting list. [$200 officially holds your spot on the team!]