Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Blogging for Orphans

Brush to Berries from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo.
"Simply giving this person money is treating the symptoms rather than the underlying disease and will enable him to continue with his lack of self-discipline... a better solution would be to develop a relationship that says, we are here to walk with you and to help you use your gifts and abilities to avoid being in this situation in the future'" (An excerpt from the book, When Helping Hurts)
Lifesong is serving the people of Zambia... the orphaned, the at-risk, and the poor... by utilizing the land that is, like the people, so full of potential. Lifesong farms-Zambia reaped its first strawberry harvest in June, and local grocers have been purchasing the berries. With additional acres to farm, we are hoping to process some of the berries and begin marketing Lifesong Farms Strawberry Jam.
By harvesting fruit, we are able to serve more orphans by providing the gift of a job at Lifesong's gardens and self worth to an orphan's caregiver. We are also able to provide future employment for our kids as they transition into adult living, develop a system to raise funds to help cover operational costs, and develop expertise that can be replicated in multiple countries where Lifesong serves. Most of all, we are seeking to glorify Jesus as we teach others how He walked 
1st PRIZE: Lifesong is giving away a 1-night hotel stay for the LIVE ORPHAN SUNDAY event in Kansas City!!! Let me just tell you, this event will be FABULOUS!!!
2nd PRIZE: Lifesong is giving away FREE Gobena Coffee for 1 year - 2 lbs per month shipped straight to your home.
HOW do you enter? Well, I'm glad you asked! There are several ways to enter. PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT ON THIS LIFESONG POSTING FOR EACH ENTRY, including your email address so Lifesong is able to contact you!!!
1. Share how the Lord is working in and through your adoption/orphan care ministry (1 entry)
2. Re-post this Zambia blog posting on YOUR blog to share what the Lord has been doing at Lifesong Zambia (1 entry)
3. Tell about an Orphan Sunday event you had or attended in the past (1 entry)
4. Tell your plans for THIS YEAR's Orphan Sunday on Nov. 6th (1 entry)
5. Re-post this on your facebook wall (1 entry)
6. Re-post this on your twitter page (1 entry)
7. Post on YOUR blogs, facebook, or twitter and tell Lifesong that I sent you (1 entry)
8. Tell what you think about the 'Brush to Berries' video - what moved you, what stood out to you, what are you excited about? (1 entry)
9. Become a fan of Lifesong on facebook here (1 entry)
10. Send an email to info AT lifesongfororphans DOT org asking to receive our monthly updates (1 entry)
PLEASE leave a separate comment on Lifesong's post for EACH entry, including your email address so they are able to contact you!
***Giveaway starts immediately and ends at midnight on Monday, October 3rd.


Monday we officially attended our first foster-adopt meeting. It was long, but fun. There was soooo much info to take in. They also said for our age group that we may want to consider a private agency. That we can stick with them and who knows they could get a baby or toddler quickly or it could take a while. So if could pray with us about this, it would be appreciated. We want to follow God's leading. So far we are sticking with foster care but it could be a long road. Any advice is appreciated. Maybe someone who reads this has been down the foster care road?
In homeschool news, things are going great. His reading is getting better and little Miss is starting to do a great job writing her ABC' took a little more time for her to develop the motor skills to do it. But she is on the roll now! We also added a science curriculum this week. I had been looking for one and my mother-in-law found a good one at a school yard sale. I think this may end up being my little boys favorite subject.He went to sleep with his science book the day we got it. :)

pic from here 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Looks what he's been up to

 At first he would just lay around and sleep. But lately he has turned into a  very "At home" kitty..
Turns out he loves to shred toilet paper while we sleep... He will keep at it until the whole roll is in a shredded up ball on the floor.

On the homeschool front, we are now on lesson 18. And they still seem to be having fun! Yay! His penmanship is getting great, and little miss is really starting to get into the flow of things. She is learning to write all of her ABC's which I think is a fun thing to teach. One thing they both love is our little health class we have going. We do puppet shows, cut, glue..all the fun things :)
And last but not least....Someone turned four this week!!!! Our beautiful little girl. She was born exactly one month to the day after my brother was killed in an accident. She is our little Ray of sunshine :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Adoption Video

 I came across this video on youtube. :) Love it..

Thursday, September 8, 2011

And now they are done!

Yesterday we completed our fingerprints. We went to the local DHHR office and only had to wait a few minutes to go back. Once we got back there it was a different story. The fingerprint scanner wouldn't work, and we ended up being in the office for about an hour while they tried to fix it. I was worried we would have to make another appointment and that Hubby would have to take off another day of work. But thankfully they got it working and now this step is done!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

We have a finger print appointment!!

So heres the big news!!

This Wednesday we are getting fingerprinted!

Woohooo we are one step closer! !!!

                                                             the picture is from here

Monday, September 5, 2011

Foster Care Adoption Facts

Foster Care Adoption Facts
                                      this list of facts is taken from our inquiry packet from our local DHHR
  • On any given day in North America, nearly 550,000 children are in the foster care system, and more then 150,000 of them are available for adoption, just waiting for the right family to find them.
  • There are 463,000 in the U.S. foster care system; 123,000 of these children are available for adoption. Their birth parent's legal rights have been permanently terminated and children are left without a family.
  • More children become available for adoption each year than are adopted. In 2008, 75,000 children had parental rights terminated by the courts, yet only 55,000 were adopted.
  • Children often wait five years or more to be adopted, move three or more times in foster care and are often separated from siblings. The average age of waiting children is eight years old.
  • Each year, one in five children (29,516 in 2008) who are available for adoption turn 18 and leave the foster care system without a family.
  • Adopting from foster care is affordable. Most child welfare agencies cover the costs of home studies and court fees, and provide post-adoption subsides. Thousands of employers offer financial reimbursement and paid leave for employees who adopt and Federal and/or state adoption tax credits are available to most families
  • Each child is adoptable. many children in foster care have special needs. All of them deserve the chance to grow up in a safe, loving, permanent home. Support and other post-adoption resources are available.


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