Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Adoption update

If you read yesterday's post, you know I have been trying to get ahold of our social worker to find out how our homestudy is coming along. Well I got ahold of her! :) Yay!!! The homestudy still isn't done. She said she has a meeting with the head lady on APRIL 1st to discuss how to get it done. She is new, and is uncertain how to go about ours since my hubby is self employed. But she said she is trying to get it wrapped up. I am just very eager to move on. This has been a long, long road so far. So please pray with me on the first! That it all goes well and that we will soon be homestudy ready!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Homestudy Blues

Feeling overwhelmed with our homestudy. Things are taking forever! And I can never seem to get a hold of the social worker to get a status about how it's coming along. If they take to long to get it done could we have to retake PRIDE???

 The beginning of November we had what was supposed to be our last visit.  After that the social worker quit, and it took until Feb 20th for the new social worker to get started on getting ours done. She came out for a visit, found out the last social worker didn't get half the paperwork she needed. We turned all that in a few weeks ago and I have been calling her every day since then to see if she needs anything else and how it's going. But no luck. I have even been emailing her, but no reply. Please pray it gets done soon!!! I know that she is probably having a lot of stuff to get caught up on from the last social workers...but still! April 12th will be ten months of doing this homestudy!!

That's what I need!!!

Picture is from here 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Learning the States

One of the things the kids have been doing as each postcard comes in, is coloring in the state on a state coloring page. Since we are only getting one copy of each card in the mail, I thought this would be a great way for each child to have something that is for them only.

The fact that it helps them to learn where the states are located on the map is a bonus.

They are loving it! 

We got four more postcards in the mail today. Which means we have now received postcards from 13 states! So much fun. 

 Matthew 22:39 - And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Grab this free  United States Coloring Page!!

Friday, March 15, 2013

St Patricks Day Fun

Today we are having fun doing some St. Patrick's Day Worksheets. You can find so many great printables online to add to your homeschooling day. Best part? A lot of them are completely free!!!!


The kids have also been having a ton of fun checking out the clover we planted. Seems to be popping up just in time!!!!

 You can find free St. Patrick's Day printables  here
And the "Find the four leaf clover" page here

Proverbs 15:15 

All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.


Hope you have a great Saint Patrick's Day!!!!!! 

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

One Child Stories from Lifesong

"And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'" Matthew 25:40

One Child. One Life. One Soul.
An ongoing theme of our ministry is the power of ONE. Not to ignore the often overwhelming 147 million orphan statistic, but to focus on making an impact on ONE child. As Andy Stanley says, "Do for ONE what you wish you could do for every one. And when do you for ONE, you often end up doing for far more than just one." 
Please enjoy these ONE child stories...


In Zambia, like many parts of the world, witchcraft is very prevelant. At Lifesong School in Zambia, we teach the children that God is more powerful than witchcraft and the witchdoctors that practice it. They can have power through Jesus Christ to fight off evil, through HIS NAME! Listen in as Paul shares the experience that he and his friends had with a local witchdoctor...
Pray that God will continue to show himself to Paul and use this experience to build his trust and faith in our Father God.
Learn more about Lifesong Zambia >>


Thomas grew up on the streets without any parents to care, protect or provide for him. A missionary brought Thomas to Lifesong's Master's Home of Champions, knowing he would be cared for. Listen in as Thomas shares his heart for the people of Liberia and the role he sees for himself to bring Christ's name known!

Pray that Thomas will continue to grow in His relationship with Jesus Christ and with boldness, share the gospel to others. Learn more about Lifesong Liberia >>

Read more ONE child stories...

Katie Rescued from Orphanage -- Katie, born with down syndrome, was 9 years old and weighed only 10 pounds when Joe & Susanna traveled to adopt her. Read Full Story

Natasha Breaks the Cycle -- "I was looking for someone to understand me, to love sincerely...I received all this!" Read Full Story

"I am your mommy!" -- Beautiful account from one of our Lifesong Adoptive families, sharing their first moment they met their son Cohen from Congo. Read full story

Monday, March 11, 2013

Postcard Swap

A few weeks ago I signed the kids up for a 50 State postcard swap. It's turning out to be a whole lot of fun! Today I designed and ordered our postcards from Staples. I think they turned out great! What do you think??

If you can find a group to participate in I would highly recommend doing this for a homeschool project, or just for fun!! It provides lots of learning opportunities. Each post card we have received has the state facts written on the card. The kids can put them in a binder and use this as a handy resource for learning about their states. Plus it's just plain fun!!

So far we can check off....

New Hampshire
and Georgia!!!


And here are ours.. Time to send them out!!

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