We are so excited to share our Ethiopian adoption adventure, and our CRAZY lives with all of you! Our hope is that it will encourage you to step out in faith to do what God has called you to do! There are FIELDS of fatherless children waiting for someone to care for them, to love them, to tell them of JESUS' love for them...will YOU be the one??

Monday, June 25, 2012

Adoption Update

We're SO close now!!  We're NUMBER 1 and should have a referral VERY soon and we are ramping up our fundraising once again!  We've been so blessed by donations from other adoptive families, extra income when needed, etc., yet we are still SO short on funds for this adoption! AAAAAHHHHH! 

So, we will begin with, of course, Trip One to Ethiopia!:)  We are about $3500-$4000 short for TRIP ONE...which will be about 6 weeks AFTER REFERRAL...AAAAAAHHHHH!  We originally had not planned that we BOTH would travel for the court date, since that was an option, but with the continuing scrutiny over international adoptions by the Ethiopian govt., we really don't want to give them any cause for "concern".  So, now we have to hustle to get things in order!;) AAAAAHHHHH! 

We know the Lord will provide EVERY penny, but it still makes me nervous;)!  I've basically ignored the need until now, but we can't any longer!  WE NEED YOU!

We still have several shops you can shop from that we are raising money through.  Those are located on the LEFT and RIGHT sidebars.  If you would like to make a direct donation, please CLICK the ChipIn button at the top RIGHT sidebar.  And most of all PRAY!  Pray for the remaining funds to come in, and for the Lord to be glorified always through it all!

Also, if you would like to donate items(locally) for our Adoption Sale on July 7th, please email me!:)

Exciting times are a-coming!;)  AAAAAAHHHHHH!

In Him,

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Update On the Moghadam Family

This just in from www.aplacecalledsimplicity.blogspot.com

Sol and Christine have been released from prison on bail.  Their biological children have also been released.   Their bio children were released to the US Embassy custody, but at least they are together.

Please pray for their emotional healing from the last 40 hours of trauma.

This has only happened because of Almighty God's movement on behalf of those on bended knee for Sol and Christine.

The children they went to adopt in Ghana are still in the orphanage.

There is still much prayer needed.  Please don't stop!

But for tonight, we rejoice at the faithfulness of God! 



Most recent update on Chris and Sol:

It looks like Sol and Chris will be released from jail soon and will be reunited with their bio kids! Their adopted children however will NOT be released from the children's home. PLEASE continue to pray that the Lord would move every mountain and that these precious ones will soon be back with their "forever" family and heading back to the U.S. as soon as possible! Thank you!

AND,  from someone directly involved IN Accra, Ghana: The charges against the family are bogus..they have all the adoption paperwork, but since they were "copies", not "originals", this is considered a problem. The US Embassy is ALL OVER it now!:)


Keep it up friends!:)


PRAY For The Release of The Moghadam Family!!

Friends, I can't tell you how burdened I am right now!  Last night I learned of a fellow adoptive family, who is in Ghana completing their adoption of four precious kiddos, and have been wrongly ARRESTED for child-trafficking!!  They had court papers with them, but they were arrested anyway and their 6 CHILDREN, 2 of them AMERICAN children(age 4 and 6), were taken away to a HORRIBLE orphanage!

This is what I know so far. "All we know at this point is that someone called the police to make this (completely unfounded) claim. Next thing you know they were in the back of a police van, all 8 of them, with sirens wailing and headed to child trafficking HQ. After that the children were remanded to a government orphanage (which is NOT a good orphanage) including the bio kids (who are VERY young) and the parents were put in jail. After that her cell phone battery died, so nobody's heard from her since."

The US Embassy is refusing to do ANYTHING until MONDAY morning, and that is NOT acceptable!!

They are with Dillon International, and since Ghana is a pilot program, they don't have a lot of contacts in Ghana, so we need to stand in the gap and PRAY, CALL, EMAIL congressman John Campbell.  We need you to contact the US Embassy in Ghana.  And also the Department of State.  Contact ANYONE you think can help!  This family is from California, so representatives from that state are best.  I will have links at the bottom of this post for these.

Here is a short video of the Moghadam family.


Here is the FB page for the US Embassy in Ghana:  https://www.facebook.com/USEmbassyGhana

Here is the FB page for Congressman Campbell: https://www.facebook.com/JohnCampbell

Here is the citizens services dept. of the Department of State: 1-888-407-4747

Here is the link for other reps in California:  http://www.house.gov/representatives/#state_ca

Here is the link of the adoptive family who originally posted this.  They will get new info the soonest: www.nogreaterjoymom.com

Here is the Moghadam family blog: http://themoghadamsjourneytoafrica.blogspot.com/

PLEASE remember that this is very SENSITIVE, so be gracious in your emails and calls.  FIRM(that this is unacceptable), but kind in your speech!  We DO NOT want to make the situation worse in our zeal to help.  COVER them in prayer.  SHARE this on your blog and FB page!  

We MUST stand for them and WITH them on this! 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Lifesong India Update!!

We invite you to listen in with Bob and Siromani Stoll, Lifesong India, as they share their hearts on "Continuing the Work" in India...

Bob and Siromani praise their "kids" in India...
It is always a rewarding experience to interact with children who are obedient, respectful of authority and wonderfully outgoing. They are studious and have a strong, active faith in prayer.
Lifesong for Orphans is blessed to serve these children and plan to 'continue the work' that has been started so faithfully in India thanks to our many supporters.  We are praying that it will continue to bring glory and honor to our Father God!

To hear more from Bob and Siromani Stoll and their testimony of faithfulness in Indiaclick here

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Ava Update-Kindergarten

It's been a long time coming huh?;)

Well, we took Ava in March for Kindergarten screening(she will be 5 on June 25th) and got the results today....

Verbal processing percentile rank        16
Perceptual processing percentile rank  25
Auditory processing percentile rank      1(not sure this is accurate...REALLY..1?)

"high" percentile rank score is 76 or higher
"average" percentile rank score is 25-75
"low" percentile rank score is 24 or lower

Hmmmmm.  This almost made me laugh, because back in Sept. she "aced" the preschool screening and tested as an "average" 4 year old AMERICAN kid would, but I KNEW that couldn't be right!!!  Therefore, she did NOT qualify for any "therapies" with the local school district....

In addition, the letter from the school included activities to help in these areas...which if she COULD do them in the first place, she would have scored HIGHER..DUH! Frustrated.

I've been working with her on letters and numbers this year and she CAN memorize some facts, but it takes A LONG TIME to retain it...if she retains at all.  She's working on copying simple shapes(writing), but it's VERY hard for her...  She knows her colors and the names of the shapes(mostly). 

More importantly, she has real trouble carrying on conversations that are NOT about food, clothes, toys, etc...  She can't understand "why" or "how" questions...I get blank stares and then she just makes something up to answer me. sigh.

I will be calling the school on Monday, and she will definitely be going to Kindergarten at our local public school, and hopefully get some kind of help.  I knew all along that I could not teach her effectively at home..that there was something else going on with her, which we need to find out...This just affirmed what I was thinking/feeling even though others kept saying give it time.  And this has definitely NOT helped our attachment issues...:(

This has been a VERY frustrating time for me and for her, and we would appreciate your prayers as we try to figure out what her educational/cognitive needs actually are.

Oh, and I'm open to ANY and ALL suggestions you may have:).