Brotherly Love

We are getting closer and closer to the day we get to meet our next child...and you can imagine what some days are like. LONG. Though we do not know what sex or even the age of the toddler, we are trying to prepare as much as possible. There is a salvation army type thing here every few months, so I go a stock up on some 1euro clothing! Since we have girl clothes, I normally just buy boy things and if that doesn't work we will just donate it to the orphanage, so it works out perfect....and it helps us get more and more excited! Of course Sadie being the busybody that she is and the fashionable little girl must try on all the cloths....I eventually had to get a safety lock for her closet.. 6 outfits a day, her 'brother's cloths', hats, cloves...it was enough.

She loves taking about her brother and how she will play with him, and she says she will share...we shall see. I can't wait to share these memories with Him, knowing all the prayers that have been made for Him. Thinking of her and seeing her pray for her brother, always reminds me to pray for mine. Though we do not see each other often nor did we have a lot in common growing up...we did share the same house and now can relate on many levels...you know how that goes. So bro-bro (I hated when mom made me call you that), we love you and are praying for you despite the distance.

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

My Brother....hummmmm




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Mom, do you like my outfit?


what is with little girls and 1.534 billion outfits a day? having to pick it out themselves? having to have accessorizes?

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Hope

Head over and read this email from Hope on WeAreThatFamily Blogspot, very interesting and encouraging.

PRAISE! Adoption Update. We have made it through the paper-chase and are officially waiting on the "Phone Call", where we get to find out all the details on our precious child! It's kind of like we are coming upon the "big' ultra sound where you get to find out the sex!

Please continue to pray that it is all in God's timing....we consistently feel like there is much more that he wants from us. Pray that he Leads.In the mean time we are waiting on CIS (for international adoptions) approval and pray that it comes through fast, we will not be able to travel for the court date without it. After those 2 things happen, we must travel to Ethiopia for the court hearing, where the child will be legally ours! But unfortunately, you have to wait on finalized documentations from the Ethiopian Government to bring you child home which takes up to 2 months. So we must return again to bring him/her home.



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summer time!

We enjoyed visiting the beach for the first time this summer with some new friends, who have 3 young children. Sadie had a blast and they showed us where there was a free mini zoo near by, Corsican style with Wild Boar {and baby ones!}


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Called



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a hike with daddy

Thanks daddy for taking me on hikes, I really like to be with you, especially outdoors.
You always know how to have fun and make me laugh, I love you.


You always protect me and help me when I am afraid.


And carry me when I am tired.
And get me water when I am thirsty.


But most importantly Thank you for your my hair.  Happy Father's Day, Daddy!


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Lately - some firsts

Just wanted to share some pictures of  some firsts happening around here...

1st Annual BBQ

We met up with Samuel, Francesca and Philippe for, what turned into out "1st Annual BBQ in Corsica with an Québécois", although we had Americans, a Egyptian, and a Pakistanis as well. We had cheeseburgers....I didn't realize how much I missed and enjoyed and good, grilled cheeseburger!






The guys.......thanks for cooking Samuel!

 And just because it is a funny photo:

  Francesca and Sadie!

 1st Corsican Meal {made by moi}

Last week, Niko and Marie came over with their son, Sadie Best Friend's, Pepu and I thought that would try a Corsican meal that another friend taught me how to make....thankfully it was as easy as you can get. They only thing is, I didnt know when Figatullie season was and the sausage I bought was not good....whoops. So we just had to whip up some pasta to along side the Corsica Fried Cheese. {i forgot the name} but it is one of the ways Shepards use to eat cheese, when they were gone for months at a time herding the sheep. The cheese is similar to Ricotta cheese and you just put about 7 spoons of flour, some salt, egg and water until it is creamy. They say the texture is the key....and then deep fry it. Yum.

Isnt this funny, one of the pieces came out in the shape of Corsica, unplanned of-course! 



and because they are so cute, I do not remember when this was taken but it was at their house. Sadie and Pepu where watching a moving while we were playing cards:



1st Moroccan Meal {in corsica}

We had a lunch with some friends from Morocco, who I met in my free french class! They have kids about Sadie's age and Sadie made herself right at home.

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1st Pot Pies for a Corsican Electricity Company Seminar 

Last week I helped Annette with a few seminars she hosted at her B&B, one day they had typical French meal and the next day she wanted to do something fun so we had a "Southern" Meal, Chicken Pot Pies & BBQ Chicken Legs. They were actually a big hit {thanks for the Recipe Suzanne}. There was also another girl there, helping out, who was hilarious...she insisted we take photos and translated the recipe into French for her. I am glad I got a chance to get to know here and look forward to hanging out again soon.  One of the guys after finding out it was a 'Texas' meal asked me if there was serpent in it......that was a first but we often get asked, after finding out we are Texans, "Where is your Hat and your boots? What about your spurs and your horses?" I wont lie...sometimes it make me a little proud to be from the Lone Star State.



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The other side of the World Cup

Remember to pray for the Nations as you watch games, see news clips or read about the World Cup. Especially the girls being trafficking because of the mass of fans traveling to South Africa. You can read more on Tom Davis' blog, here.

Head over there to watch the video......

"Girls as young as 15 were offered to us, a warning sign as sex traffickers prey on the young."

"You are Tricked, transported and the trapped, There are no human-trafficking laws in South Africa. So getting JUSTICE for these girls is going to be a huge problem" They need our Prayers.

"One lady had NO visa, and pages have been removed from her passport" She has no hope.


Also, Shaun Groves needs our help, His son's sponsored compassion child needs heart surgery and when they agreed to sponsor him, it was going to be through anything. anything helps.

        Achile is an 8-year-old boy in Burkina Faso with a congenital heart defect known as tetralogy of Fallot. Because of Achile's heart condition, he has been in pain for five years and hasn't been able to attend school regularly and receive the full of benefit of sponsorships through Compassion International.

 Doctors there now believe his condition requires urgent heart surgery, which is not available in Burkina Faso. Achile will be transported to a specialized hospital in India for a lifesaving operation that will cost an estimated $20,449.  Donate here: http://compassion.com/Achile

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Uganda Necklace, See Exactly who made them!



Read the stories behind this amazing necklaces Here and Here.


You want to see exactly who made the Uganda necklace that you will be wearing? Check out this video.




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Happy Mother's Day!

No it's not as late as you think....the French Mother's day was this past Sunday! So being so far away from our mom's and Sadie's grandma's, we decided to give some fruit baskets to some friends, in Honor of Them! There are many Moroccans that come up to Corsica to find work, I have been able to get to know about 5 of families....despite the HUGE language barrier, and I wanted to do something for them on Mother's Day since they are so far way from home.

 Aren't they so cute....We MISS you and LOVE you and have change our background to this picture to remind us to pray & give praise for you guys more!



I thought I was doing this really cool thing - but once again the Lord showed me....as I was delivering them, I was invited in to to have some coffee. {somewhat different culture, there is no quick 'drop offs', you must come in for tea and hang out for a while}...but it was so full of JOY, meeting their sweet children and practicing our 'baby' french. {little hint do not put your cup down or else you will be be able to finish your tea!}  Through I could not share much, I sat and prayed for them and for them to know our Savior. THEN they sent me home with more goodies then I came with....despite their situations, they are way more giving then I am. It also resulted open doors and dinners invites,  please pray for these precious families and our language barriers. The Lord was probably thinking "See I do not need you but How sweet of you to offer"...ok not really but It was humbling.






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Filled With Praise Blog Party

Amy over at the Filled With Praise Blog, is hosting a 'blog party' today to try and get to know her readers/bloggy friends...she will being doing a drawing for some pretty cool prizes, if you link up you blog with the answers to these questions...here is a little about me, please let me know if you do it so I can read about you as well!

If you could have dinner with any person (past or present) who would it be?

     It would be Amy Carmichael, though I doubt she would have anytime to sit and have dinner....
     She served in India for fifty-five years without a furlough, dieing there at the age of 83. She heard, Hudson Taylor,  founder of the China Inland Mission speak about missionary life and she was ready to sail, however they decided that her health made her unfit for the work. She suffered neuralgia, a disease of the nerves that made her whole body weak and achy and often put her in bed for weeks on end. SO she join a different society, and save 100's of Hindu Temple children, young girls dedicated to the gods and forced into prostitution to earn money for the priests. In an effort to respect Indian culture, She herself dressed in Indian clothes, dyed her skin with dark coffee, and often traveled long distances on India's hot, dusty roads to save just one child from suffering. While serving in India, Amy received a letter from a young lady who was considering life as a missionary. She asked Amy, "What is missionary life like?" Amy wrote back saying simply, "Missionary life is a simply a chance to die". She has a very encouraging, motivating book about her life called, A Chance to Die.


What is your most embarrassing moment that you are willing to share with the blogging world? 

I have had many of these through out my short life, thankfully I do not get embarrassed too easily. Let's see... I went back to work 4 months after Sadie was born and was still breastfeeding so I had to pump a few times a day in the bathroom on the other-side of my work building....so you can just imagine between pumps, leaks, milk bottles.....


And learning a new language has it fair share of laughs....I have asked a guy if it would be "swimming" this weekend instead of "snowing". I also told a lady that I love her new "Horse Cut" instead of "hair cut". And my wonderful speech impediment, that I though I had over come suddenly reappears and makes the U and R sound impossible!  

If you could only use one word to describe yourself, what would it be?

Busy-body - sometimes in a good way, sometimes not. I can't sit still for anything (even when I am blogging I have to be doing something else) I do not enjoy movies or tv because I cant sit still that long. {all through I do enjoy a good book when I am falling asleep at night} I got that nick-name when I was young and consistently moving.  

If You found a machine that allows you to fast forward your life to a moment or to rewind your life to a certain moment, but it can only be used for one moment.  Would you fast forward or rewind and to which moment would you choose?


This one is Hard! Being in the adoption process...I would fast forward to meeting my precious child for the first time. Through I would love to rewind to our conversation, when it was evident that we were to move forward. We had been praying (separately) for God to break our hearts with what breaks his, and it just fell into place with both of us. It was just like finding out we were pregnant with Sadie, except with a lot more unknowns! Oh - I would like to rewind to when Sadie was first handed to me and I looked up at Matt, who had tears in his eyes.



 And of course the cliche one, I would love to rewind back to our 2 week engagement! It was a sweet time, crazy, but sweet. Friends and family really pulled together for us, making the perfect wedding....I would not change it for anything. Most things were either given or borrowed by great friends and family and Matt's mom really helped get the reception just perfect with our favorite things - Chicken fingers, Chili's SW egg-rolls (matt's brother-n-law, is a chef and was able to get them), cotton-candy, a delicious cake made by his sister and sparklers! And we they all cleaned up afterward!


 


What is your favorite simple blessing in life?

Being married to guy that seeks the Lord, hearing is prayers for his family, friends and children....and a open internet connection with friends and family - it is a lifeline sometimes being so far away from home.

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