Monthly Archives: February 2010

Thank you!

Round One of the bracelets are going in the mail tomorrow!  Thank you to everyone who made a donation!  Fikadu and Tigist have been hard at work this past week.  We are still taking orders if you’d like to leave a comment or send an email with a request we’ll get the next batch out in a couple weeks!  And thank you again for your support of our next adoption!

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Friendship Bracelet Fundraiser

The Taylor kiddos have been hard at work making friendship bracelets the past few days.  Fikadu and Tigist really wanted to contribute to helping bring their new siblings home and so they have started taking orders for custom friendship bracelets.  We are not setting a price per bracelet, but simply taking donations that will go towards the cost of the plane tickets for their new siblings to come home!  Please let a comment or email me if you’d like to place an order and we will try to get them shipped out as soon as possible.  You can make a donation via PayPal by clicking on the link below or by sending a check.  And as always thank you for any help you can provide!  If you are unable to contribute anything financially at this time, we’d still love your prayer support and would be happy to send a bracelet along as a reminder!

And some cute pictures!

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Thank you Adventures in Odyssey

I’m not sure how many of you might have been privileged enough to enjoy the fantastic made for radio audio stories of Adventures in Odyssey as a child. . . but I listened to MANY 30 minute adventures throughout my childhood.  Go HERE for a link to the website.  Many character building life lessons were taught through the tales told and the family discussions that followed.

Well, for Christmas our children were introduced to the series and here are a few of the memorable quotes that Fikadu and Tigist now have memorized by heart.  Fikadu has popped a number of these quotes on me at the most hilarious times.

So here it goes:

Thank you Adventures in Odyssey for introducing my child to the Knock knock joke.  After one year in America they final know how to go on endlessly with mindless, nonsensical, jokes.  Such as, “Knock knock, who’s there?, Orange, Orange who?, Orange you gonna let me in”

Thank you Adventures in Odyssey for the completely annoying, yet hilarious word, “Snickerbonkers”  That my children repeatedly shout out throughout the day.

Thank you Adventures in Odyssey for giving Fikadu the line, “Math, I HATE math!”  Up until then he had no idea how to voice his utter frustration.

And finally Thank you Adventures in Odyssey for the quote that just about made me wet my pants! Fikadu one day walked up to me and said, “Hey mom!  I’m an ice cream taster. . . its a dangerous job!”

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Loving those around us. . .

Yesterday while we were out running errands we were driving through a shopping center and Tigist said, “Mom, there’s a man sleeping on the ground there!”  Now, we live in a fairly nice neighborhood and I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen a homeless person just “lying on the ground” so I was kind of taken aback and said we’d continue onto the bank, but we’d drive back by on our way out and see if he was still there.  Tigist then proceeded with questions about if he had a house, or a blanket, or any food.  She was obviously very concerned for this man.

What an incredible teaching moment!  While she unfolded the heart of God and gave me a picture of compassion, I had the opportunity to respond in showing both children what that could look like.  After our jaunt to the bank we did drive back around and see a man sleeping on the ground just as Tigist had pointed out.  In that moment I wrestled with a whole rush of fears and struggled with the desire to just drive away, rationalizing that he was asleep and we shouldn’t wake him up.  But I couldn’t, I knew that the Holy Spirit wouldn’t allow me to just walk away.  I’ve done that before.  So we called Joshua who happened to work in the office building just across the street, and asked if he could walk over, talk with the man, and offer to buy him lunch.  What a blessing!

While the kids and I drove home (we thought it best that Joshua have the first conversation with this man) Joshua was able to hear Danny’s  story, buy him lunch and share Christ with him.  When we got home Tigist said, “Mommy, will daddy give that man a house?”  As I thought about this I was struck by her thoughtfulness, but also her faith and trust that we might just have the resources to give this man a house! (we don’t)  But then she asked why someone hadn’t adopted him, like we had adopted her.  This broke my heart.  I can see her beginning to understand the significance of her adoption.

Later in the evening Danny gave Joshua a call and asked for a ride to the metro so that he could get back to the shelter in DC.  Joshua picked him up and I packed a sandwich for his dinner.  An hour later Joshua called and said he was on his way home, he had the opportunity to love on this man and enter his world and has arranged to bring him to church on Sunday.

I want situations like this to mark my days.  I no longer want to pass by the needy around me, forget the orphan, avoid the widow.  Lord, may this year be marked by loving my neighbor.

Isaiah 1:17 “Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.

Matthew 25:37-40 “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?  And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.””

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God’s faithfulness continues. . .

Thank you to everyone who has purchased coffee from our coffee fundraiser! Over the last two months we had over 30 bags of coffee purchased and we put that money toward completing our Hague Training so we can receive our certificate to move ahead with our next adoption!

We recently had our 1 year post placement visit with our social worker and it was incredible to recount God’s faithfulness over this past year! We have seen such growth in both Fikadu and Tigist. Our SW was overjoyed to speak with us about adopting again and we have been approved to adopt 2 children ages 0-6!!!!

Our adoption agency America World Adoption (they’re awesome! http://www.awaa.org ) is in the process of reviewing our post placement report and social workers recommendation that we be approved to move ahead with adopting again. We should hear back any day now that we have the go ahead to begin and we will send in our official agreement to AWAA!!!

Please join us as we continue to pray for one very special little boy on the waiting child’s list. For a long time now we have desired to bring this 5 yr old cutie into our family! And we look forward to seeing who else God has in store.

And as always thank you for your many words of encouragement, prayers, and financial support!

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