Monthly Archives: August 2011

Your Craziest Crazy Bow Thank You Ever

By | Mission-Hearted | 3 Comments

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…

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Guest: How God Chose Bella

By | My Life Is Crazy Too | 2 Comments

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

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Guest: Intense Joy and Intense Pain

By | My Life Is Crazy Too | 2 Comments

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.

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How Mama Got Her Groove Back

By | MommyHood | No Comments

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…

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Funky Vintage Simply Love Gear

By | Adoption | No Comments

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!

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Guest: Two Miracles – One Adoption

By | My Life Is Crazy Too | 3 Comments

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.

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