Never forget, for a single minute you didn't grow under my heart, but in it.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Earlier today I received an article regarding children in institutions in Bulgaria. My heart breaks to think of these precious children, children like Noah and my friends Breelyn and so many others, children with limitless potential, suffering, without the love of a family, in these institutions.
These children cannot speak for themselves. They cannot call out to tell us of their suffering, of their pain, of their hunger, of their loneliness. They cannot, so we must do it for them. We must be a voice for these children.
For the next two days on Reece's Rainbow (February 14th-15th) the pictures of all of the waiting children in Bulgaria will be viewable by the general public in an attempt to raise grant money for them and help bring them home to loving families (you can ALWAYS donate, but this is a concentrated effort to get these children home as quickly as possible). Won't you please consider donating to the grant funds of these precious children? PLEASE follow the link to the page and donate even $5 will help! EVERY penny adds together to help! PLEASE pray about whether the Lord would have you to give one of these children or another child across the world a HOME and a Family and LOVE this Valentine's Day! Go HERE!
As you spend this day focusing on LOVE, imagine for me what you would think of love if you had NEVER been in a family. Never been kissed and hugged and loved on. If you grew up in a crib instead of rocking in a mother's arms! It rips me to shreds EVERY time I think of how often Noah's cries had to go unheard, and I KNOW it was not because of lack of caring at his orphanage but how much can a couple Nannies do to care for so many babies? Noah was in one of the best orphanages I have come to find out about and I know he still suffered because he was there. Imagine a place much worse. Please think about the most money you spent on a valentine's day gift today and give AT LEAST that much back to God in the way of helping one of his little ones! And please do consider if one of these is saying mommy or daddy to YOU!
In closing, I'd like to share with you a poem written by Meredith Cornish in memory of Margarita and Katerina. This really got me and most of it can be said of any orphan across the ocean waiting for a family to call their own!
While we were. . . .
While we were eating...
... they were hungry
While we were playing...
... they were restrained
While we were tucking our kids into bed...
... they were alone
While we turned up the heat...
... they laid in the icy cold
While we wrapped our children in blanket sleepers...
... they laid in their own excrement
While we sang songs and listened to music...
... they listened to the screams and cries of those around them
While we rocked our babies...
... they silently rocked themselves
While we hugged our kids...
... they scratched at their own faces and pulled their own hair for stimulation
While we cried over scraped knees...
... they moaned in their loneliness
While we brushed our daughters' beautiful hair...
... they had their heads shaven to stave off the lice
While we fought off the flu with love and nourishment...
... they got the flu and went Home.
No longer suffering... but so many more still are.
Friday, February 13, 2009
I thought I would share some pics from the sweet sweet time I had last night with my baby boy! We were supposedly watching a family movie together, which I did TRY to watch and keep up with for the sake of Bobby and Celetse but Noah decided HE was my entertainment and I grabbed the camera! I will say before you see the pics and the video that my house is a WRECK! Now as excuse I give to you the fact that I had 6 children (between the ages of 4 months and 4 years), 2 dogs, a husband, and a mom to deal with all day and evening yesterday at the same time preparing for a trip! It was totally unexpected but my friend had an emergency and she was desperate! I love her kids but we were trying to get ready for a trip Celeste, Noah and I will be taking next week and so I have been washing like crazy household linens, clothes for all going and staying and such. Anyways by the time they were picked up last night I was a bit pooped to try and clean especially since I have been feeling under the weather to boot. Bobby suggested we watch a movie we got him for his birthday so we did! My house is never the best lookin on the block but this is a bit above :) lol Anyway, ALL that to say PLEASE don't judge me too badly on the condition of my house but these were too cute not to share!
Runnin Noah! :) He was in SUCH a good mood! :) He just goes and if anything or anyone is in the way you better look out! Brownie is laying there on the floor just got missed!
More running! He does ride this car ALOT but last night he decided to run across living room while pushing it and making LOUD noice the whole way! It is funny because I do think he hears better! :) He is making SOOOOO much more noise than he use too! All day if he wasn't verbally making noise he was banging things to make it! heehee. I know I should NOT let him run inside, but he was so cute I just didn't even think about it!
This shot was actually from earlier in the evening! Bobby was being amazing and helping my by stirring as I added some last minute things to the taco soup that did not need to cook as long! :) Noah wanted to help daddy! :) Daddy obviously does not mind!
Silly boy! LOVE the grin :)
More smiles! He was havin so much fun the camera did NOT bother him :)
Here is a picture from earlier in the day! :) heehee this is 4 of the 6 I had, the 2 younger( age 12 months and 4 months) had already been put down for nap! These guys were sitting on the couch so we could vaccuum after cleaning up toys and then lay some down on couch for naps! :) They are from the left, Samuel 2 and half, Trinity just turned 4, Tathen 2 and half, and Noah 21 months! :) They look like they are in a line up heehee
He is layin in my lap here with hands in his mouth but making all kinds of sounds! heehee :)
Great smile again! :) To bad he is not dressed! That would make a great 8 x 10 to frame :) I may do it anyway!
I hope you enjoyed the glimpse into my night of entertainment with Diaper Boy half as much as I did living it!
WE send you blessings and Kisses in the Wind!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I am doing a HI/LO post to help spread the word about Riggs blog for Abby! This little girl needs all the prayer she can get! PLEASE follow the button to their site!
Ok, Now for my Hi of the past week! I guess for the Hi would that Noah did AMAZING through surgery and the doctor says he will hear better than he has ever heard in his life! The Hi is that even though I was petrefied to trust enough to let Noah have this surgery I did trust and NOAH will be better because of it! And as part of that Hi is that God had a dear friend call me on my cell phone at just the scariest moment to be there for me! It meant more than she will EVER EVER know that she would do that for me!
My low is actually somewhat the same in that the low point for me this week was my lack of faith that Noah would be ok, that even if the surgery turned out to not be helpful or necessary that God was going to be in control and would be with my baby! I KNOW these things but I did NOT act that way this past week. I can't tell you how many tears I cried. I would cry to bobby, I don't want to loose Noah! Now this is rediculous I know as the liklihood of that with this type of sugery is so very slim, but with anesthesia the risk is still there and my doubting self just couldn't help but fear it. I am actually ashamed of myself when I know several mom's whose children are fighting life stealing diseases that they have been told most likely they will die and they seem to be handling that much better than I did this small sugery. I am embarassed to admit my lack of faith but I guess the first step in dealing with something is admitting it.
Thank you Jesus that you protected my baby, took care of the need of his ears and began healing him through the hands of the physician!
WE send you blessings and Kisses in the Wind!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Daddy and Noah ready to go to the car EARLY this morning! :)
Mama and Noah in the waiting room at the surgery center before they called us to register. He was very quiet and clingy. I think he knew something was up.
This was what we saw on his bed when we came in the room! :) So cute :) I have the gown still by the way to put up and show him someday :)
This is the Nurse we had when we first got in there :) Asking questions and signing consents and such.
You can't see mine too good but Noah had an ankle id bracelet and I had a wrist one. We went together :) heehee
This is me putting Noah's gown on him.
All dressed! He looks like a sweet asian girl! :) Someday maybe his sister will look like this!
Here we are reading his story coloring book!
Exploring the room with Daddy
Meeting with the Anesthesiologist who "WOULD" have let me go in if it was up to him, BUT Heppa and the hospital will not allow :(
The Nurse and I fighting him to give him his I dont care medicine!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Here is Noah trying to open one of Daddy's birthday cards! He was quite confused by DADDY getting cards and gifts to open! lol :) He just knew something was for him too! poor baby! He did get to play with envelopes later :) My boy LOVES PAPER!
This was suppose to be a shot of Noah handing daddy his birthday card from Noah but the camera was too slow so it is after he did it! Bobby's first Birthday with a card from a son! :)
And I thought you table boy fans would enjoy this shot!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Noah chowin down on Lo Mein!
Letting Daddy feed him with chopsticks! WOW!
My sweetness smiling at his mommy! :)
So cute! lol Look out everybody!
He KNOWS he is adorable! :) and YES Mommy FORGOT to bring a bib and he is eating in Church clothes! lol I did not think the restraunt would be the place to strip him to a diaper to eat! heehee
Ok, so here is the video I can't believe I am showing yall! :) heehee If nothing else I can say we have fun! In ways this video is mild in the way of fun we have sometimes though parts are above what is normal :) heehee
NO normally Bobby does NOT throw food! heehee and also I woudl normally freak out at the baby eating off the table! Sleep deprivation and the fact I cleaned it myself before we began eating are my ONLY defences! heehee
I better scoot. It is Bobby's birthday and we are taking him out tonight! I will have more pics to blog later I am sure! :) Noah and Daddy! :)
WE send you blessings and Kisses in the Wind! (I JUST LOVE saying this with the WE now! It makes me remember every time how long I had to send this baby kisses on the wind of the ocean! but NOW he is HOME for me to kiss and FEEL!)
AND NOW THE WAIT FOR JEREMIAH IS OVER TOO!!! April 1, 2009~ June 7, 2010 First committed to Jeremiah~Jeremiah in our Arms!
Kisses in the Wind
I hold you in my heart and touch you in my dreams.
You are here each day with me, at least that's how it seems.
I know you wonder where we are... what's taking us so long.
But remember child, I love you so and God will keep you strong.
Now go outside and feel the breeze and let it touch your skin...Because tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.
May God hold you in His hand until I can be with you.
I promise you, my darling, I'm doing all that I can do.
Very soon, you'll have a family for real, not just pretend.But for tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.
May God wrap you in His arms and hold you very tight.
And let the angels bring the kisses that I sent to you each night.