Saturday, January 29, 2011


I met my friend "E" a couple of years ago.  Our story is actually very interesting, as she is the one who led me to Reece's Rainbow (where we found our youngest daughter), but at the time, I didn't even know "E."  Since then, we have become friends.  She and I have such similar hearts, similar burdens.  When I read so many of her blog entries, I feel as though I had written them because it is my heart! She included this video on her blog awhile back, and I so agreed with it deep in my spirit that I had to share it here. 

Take the time to watch this and let it sink in and shake the indifference.  He CAN change us to be more like Him if we only let Him.  We CAN be His Hands and Feet if we are willing to lose our indifference.

Will we grieve over this?  Will we be willing to fight for our King and His Glory? 

"For His Glory, we will rescue these little ones."

Monday, January 24, 2011


I got permission from Reece's Rainbow to post photos and information for Artem (the boy I asked prayer for).  Just look at this precious face!  He's been waiting for a forever family for a long long time.

Artem K.

Date of Birth: June 4, 2006

Gender: Male

Eyes: Brown

Hair: dark brown

Temperament: good-natured


It is so painful to see these kids whose mothers drank during their pregnancy :( (( Artem’s mom was clearly not interested in giving him the best chance in life. This was her first pregnancy, he was born at 38 weeks, but she smoked and drank throughout the pregnancy. His mother kept him home until he was nearly a year old, so there is no telling what other damage she may have caused him during that time. Despite his difficult beginnings, he is described as a good natured boy, and will thrive in a loving family. He does have a minor myocardiopathy that should be followed once home, but he is active and doing much better now that he is in the orphanage.


Lots more photos available

I have $3615.5 in my grant fund towards the cost of my adoption!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Back on my post!

After a 3-month rest from blogging, I'm climbing back on my post.  It was 3 months of seeking direction, examining my motives, learning humility and just being QUIET.  Amazing what we can hear and learn when we are quiet!

My father-in-law helped get all the technical issues ironed out on the blog.  And God has had me in a boot camp of sorts, getting some spiritual issues ironed out.  So, here I am again.  He's placed me in full-time ministry...ministering to the precious family living in my own home, and serving the orphan...not part-time but full-time, wholeheartedly, without distraction, running the race He has set before me, aiming to hear one day, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Part of my calling is to be a voice for orphans.  So, let me begin that right this minute.  This little guy has been waiting for a family for quite a long time.  His name is Artem, and you can find his sweet picture and all his information HERE.  He is at significant risk, so I ask you as a reader to send this information on to your circle of friends and family.  You never know whose heart has been readied for this moment to step forward to give Artem a forever family.  You may not be able to adopt, but we can all help spread the word.  Artem (and many many others like him) do not have a voice...they cannot call someone to help we MUST be their voice.

And the very BIGGEST thing we can do is to pray for these children.  God works in amazing ways.  I remember when we stepped forward to adopt our daughter, I received an email from a lady who said she had been praying for months for our daughter's forever family to find her.  And the string of events that led to us finding her was nothing short of miraculous, so I know God heard this lady's prayers and guided us to our daughter.  So, today...right now...take just 2 minutes to lift Artem up to Him in prayer.  Pray His Scriptures back to Him: "Father to the fatherless, defender of widows---this is God, whose dwelling is holy.  God places the lonely in families...." (Psalm 68:5-6a) and ask Him to set Artem in his forever family.  And please pass that prayer request on to your small group or circle of friends who knows the power of prayer. 

This blog exists to tell the story of the orphan because they cannot tell it themselves, and I will soon begin by telling our daughter's story.  I will be seeking people willing to share their own stories of orphans.  More on that later...

For now, let me say it's good to be back.  And I ask you to help make this blog an active work in orphan ministry.  Please give this blog address to every prayer warrior you know, and tell them there's a work for them here.  Brick-by-brick, person-by-person, we CAN rebuild this wall of orphan ministry.  We all have an important role to fill.  Let us be about that work wholeheartedly!